*We were given 3 complimentary tickets to Soak City. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
The weather is warming up and what better way to cool off than to head to Knott’s Soak City Waterpark! Not only is it Orange County’s largest water park but it’s the perfect destination for some family fun with their 2-acre expansion!
Everyone loves a bargain but we also want quality products for the money. Usually when something is inexpensive, the quality is not as great. When I was younger and single, getting a bargain was thrilling! But now being married, with a child, and living on a single income, getting the most out of our money is essential.
Grocery Outlet is the place to go.
Have you heard of Grocery Outlet? It’s a discount supermarket that has an amazing selection of name brand groceries and fresh produce at huge discounts! There are over 270 locations in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Washington. Most stores are independently owned and can be found in small or big cities to serve diverse neighborhoods. I love that it truly is a family business that caters to all types of families.
Death is a natural part of life and in the event that someone in your life passes away, you and your family will attend a funeral. As adults, we know what to expect at one but for children, it is a whole new territory. When A was about 2 years old, my maternal grandmother passed away and we attended the funeral. We didn’t really explain anything about death to A at that time because she was too young and didn’t really understand what was going on.
However, about two weeks ago, my father-in-law passed away. He had been sick for over 10 years but it was still sudden and happened so quickly. We are still coping with the loss but as Christians, we take comfort in the fact that he is in heaven and that there is no more pain or suffering. (1 Corinthians 15:42-53)
As adults dealing with grief, we can surround ourselves with friends and other family members to find comfort and find the support we need during such a difficult time. But what about children- especially young children? First of all, they don’t know what to expect at a funeral. Second, they might not even know how to express their emotions about the situation. Third, they will probably have a lot of questions.
When I was younger, I used to make New Year’s Resolutions and have lofty goals of losing weight, reading X number of books, or doing this or that only to be disappointed by being unable to keep them. As I have gotten older, I don’t make “resolutions” but try to take a look at areas in my life that need improvement or changes that need to be made. How is that different from a resolution? I feel like when I set resolutions, I almost set myself up to not keep them. Does that make sense? It’s almost like I subconsciously want to not keep the resolution because I know it’s a resolution!
Now that I’ve become a mom, it’s hard to find the time to evaluate my life and find the areas that need improvement because I don’t have a lot of time to myself. But one area that I do need to focus on is taking better care of myself. That may sound a bit selfish but the more and more I think about it, when I don’t take care of myself by not eating right or getting enough rest, I just can’t be a good mom, wife, or human being because I am just worn out and exhausted.
What comes to mind when you think of a weekend in Vegas? The words “family friendly” is probably NOT one of the first things that come to mind. But I was quite surprised by the amount of family friendly activities that are available behind the glitz and glamour of Sin City. Since A was born, we’ve been to Vegas three times and each time we go, we always end up having a great time (besides that one time when our car got stolen but that’s another story for another time.)
Traveling light is not in my vocabulary and when you have a baby or toddler in tow, you tend to take everything and the kitchen sink in case you need it. Vegas is about a 4-5 hour drive from Southern California and our daughter usually naps on the drive there so we tend to drive. We also like having our car in Vegas even though the traffic on the Strip is horrible at times because it gives us the flexibility to do things off the Strip.
The two hotels we have stayed at as a family are Aria and Vdara. Between the two, I personally like Vdara better because the rooms are bigger and because there’s no casino, so there’s no smoking. They also have a little kitchen or kitchenette, refrigerator, and stove in the rooms. You can request cookware if you want to cook your own food. Some of the rooms even have a washer and dryer! You can also request to have the rooms that face the Bellagio Fountains so you can watch them from your room late at night.