Published on Sunday, June 16, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
School is out and this week marks the official start to the Summer season. I really took for granted all of the freedom we had when my son was in preschool and am loving our more laid back schedule. My husband and I have a ton of fun things planned for our kids including staycations, vacations, and field trips both near and far.
In the Spring, we had an opportu... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
This is a sponsored post from One2One Network and Mattel. All opinions stated are my own.
I remember some parts of my childhood with great detail. Like our weekend trips to Malibu so my dad could fish while my mom and I window-shopped, or how my mom and I played Monopoly and Candy Land over and over and over again. As an only child, I spent a lot of time playing ... Read More »
Published on Friday, May 24, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Even at the age of three, my daughter knows exactly how to care for a doll. Over the weekend, we headed to The Grove in Los Angeles, which was transformed into a Parisian Park for Corolle's Adopt-a-Doll Event. C'est Magnifique! From the moment she walked into the playground of dolls, she got busy bathing, brushing, and taking care of her doll's every need.
Coro... Read More »
Published on Thursday, May 9, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
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Our summers here in Southern California can get quite warm so an escape to cooler (and wetter) places is typically in order. If you're looking for things to do in Southern California with kids this summer, a trip to Knott's Soak City may just be the perfect activity to cool down. Fo... Read More »
Published on Monday, May 6, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
In my view you cannot claim to have seen something until you have photographed it.
- Emile Zola
It's probably redundant to say that I love to take photos. If you've ever met me in person, than you know that I likely have at least one, if not two cameras in hand. Andrew Harvey once said that "your best camera is the one you have with you." Some of my best phot... Read More »
Published on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Earlier this week, my daughter was sitting on our couch, "reading" a book aloud. She's only three, but we've read these books so many times in the past 3 years, she knows them from cover to cover. Even as infants, I recognized the importance of instilling a love for reading within my children. Story-time with my kids is one of my most cherished moments of the day, and... Read More »
Published on Friday, April 19, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
The weather is warm, the kids are anxious to get out of the house, and there are a ton of things to do for Southern California families this weekend! If you love pets, the OC Fair & Event Center will open its doors to nearly 1,000 animals at the 24th annual America's Family Pet Expo. Whether you want to get a closer look at animals you don't see everyday, such... Read More »
Published on Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Disney is such an integral part of our family. From the shows and films to the memories we've made at the parks, it would be impossible to name them all. One of the ways we celebrate our passion for Disney is through shared experiences with others who have that same passion. Four years ago, the first official community for Disney fans was born. D23 was named aft... Read More »
Published on Friday, February 22, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Earlier this week, as I was filling out a survey for a brand, I realized that when it comes to trying new beauty products I'm rather adventurous. I definitely have my favorites and my staple items, but I'm always open to trying new products, particularly if they are trendy, bold, or colorful!
While I definitely take note of the latest fashion and beauty trends, my ... Read More »
Published on Friday, February 8, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
In the past several years, I've noticed a trend in the automotive industry. Owning a vehicle is no longer just a means to getting around...it is a lifestyle, and automotive brands like Buick are recognizing the consumer's demand for a vehicle that fits into that lifestyle.
Buick, in partnership with Food & Wine Magazine, recently hosted it's third annual lux... Read More »
Published on Sunday, February 3, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
I remember a time when my daughter would have nothing to do with the animated characters she met in person. She would hold me tight and bury her head in my shoulder. I guess that is why the moment she walked up to Strawberry Shortcake and her friends was so special. What you can't see is her initial conversation with Strawberry...oh how I wish I had a tape rec... Read More »
Published on Friday, January 18, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
If you're looking for something to do with your little ones on vacation this coming Monday, Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine, California will host an interactive, educational event to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. This is a wonderful way to introduce children to the legacy of Dr. King and his messages of love, peace, and t... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
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Finding the right baby gear can be a challenge. I remember spending a lot of my sleepless pregnancy nights perusing the internet for the safest car seat, the lightest, most functional stroller, and a carrier that would not hurt my back. These days, the options are endl... Read More »
Published on Thursday, December 20, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Brrr! It's almost been cold enough for snow here in Southern California! It finally feels like winter, given the rain and 40 degree temperatures! With just a few days until Christmas, Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine, California wants to make sure you have a White Christmas, even if we never see a flake of snow touch the ground.
This Friday, the museu... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
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I remember the first time I heard my children giggling to the sounds of a high-pitched talking cat on my husband's phone. I had to stop and do a double take because it was probably one of the funniest moments to date. I had never seen them giggle so profusely as they engaged with ... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Earlier this week, I was chatting with a friend about some parenting challenges I've been facing. I was frustrated with myself, for not always knowing the right way to respond when my children don't listen, get in trouble at school, or simply just misbehave. Her gentle, comforting response was that just because I became a mother 5 years ago, does not mean that I ins... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I already have a few things on my shopping list since my kids are very in tune with the latest and greatest in the toy department.
I am a gadget gal and my shopping list this year includes a ton of techie gifts, which is why I'm excited about the Holiday VIP shopping event Microsoft and Lucky Magazine will be hosting in... Read More »
Published on Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
Earlier this year, we watched as the 2012 USA Women's Gymnastics team took the gold medal in London. How I dreamed about seeing Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas perform live! As a little girl, I tumbled and danced in a gymnastics class and it's always been my favorite Olympic sport.
If you are a fan of gymnastics, you'll want to see if the 2012 Kellogg's Tour ... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
If you're still looking for an engaging alternative to conventional trick-or-treating this Halloween, Pretend City will host a spooktacular kid-friendly daytime event featuring music, snacks, story-time and more. Pretend City's Halloween Bug Bash will take place on October 31st from 10 am to 5 pm and will include the following activities:
Trick-or-Treating throu... Read More »
Published on Saturday, October 20, 2012 by Caryn Bailey
The very first time I watched as a black bear ate through his treat-filled pumpkin, I was fascinated. Who knew that bears, raccoons, and coati got as excited as my children do about pumpkins.
This coming Saturday, October 27th, the OC Zoo will once again host it's annul Halloween Zoo-tacular event. Children 12 and under will enjoy trick-or-treating, crafts, f... Read More »