DIY Easter Treats

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Easter Egg Nests 2

It is a cloudy day here in SoCal today, that is why I decided what better to do than make treats! I am hosting Easter brunch for my family and friends on Easter Sunday and I wanted to try out a few recipes and I thought I would share. I love-making Easter Egg Nests, not only are they adorable but they are ridiculously delicious as well. Items needed to make these are marshmallows, butter, vanilla, and dry chow mein noodles, and small candies for the eggs.

4 Cups Dry Chow Mein Noodles
3 Cups Mini Marshmallows
3 Tbsp Butter
1/2 Tsp Vanilla
Candy Eggs, Mini Robin’s Eggs, M & M’s, or Jelly Beans

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Over low heat, melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan, once melted stir in the vanilla. Pour the noodles into a large bowl. Pour the marshmallow and butter mixture over the noodles, stir until well coated. Rub some butter on your hands, this is important as it will all stick to your hands and not together. Then take the noodle mixture and form it into small round bowls in-between the size of a golf ball and tennis ball. Place the balls on the cookie sheet, with the back of a spoon, press the center of each ball to make a hollow indentation. Next let the nests set until they are hard and then fill each nest with candy eggs.

Last year my son and I make enough for all the children in his class. The year before I made them for place settings on Easter Sunday. I took a tooth pick and small piece of paper and wrote everyone’s name and placed at each setting on the table. No one had to get up for something sweet after the meal! Tell me what you choose to do with your nests!

St. Patrick’s Day Kids Treats

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St. Patrick's Day Rice Crispy TreatsRice crispy treats are a favorite in our house, yet another reason to love them is you can make them for any holiday. We have made Christmas trees, pumpkins, Easter Eggs and now four-leafed clovers! Not only are they very easy to make, they are also delicious to eat as well. My son helped with every step of making these and had a blast while doing it.

Ingredients Needed:

1 box rice crispy cereal

1 bag of marshmallows

Green food dye

Butter (we used coconut oil instead)

Melt 2 tbsp of butter and 40 marshmallows in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Mix melted ingredients together and add green food dye. Add 4 cups of rice crispy cereal, add another cup if needed. Let set for about 5 minutes and then use cookie cutter to cute out. We used a coconut oil spray and sprayed the cookie cutter a few different times so the rice didn’t stick to it. After you have cut them out set on wax paper to set. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Rice Crispy Treats 2

 

The Single Mom & Dating… Weird AF

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Wow, the trials of being a single mom and dating, I had no idea things could get so complicated so quick. I left my husband of 12 years a few months ago. I was accused of first being a lesbian and then having multiple affairs with men, which of course neither are true. Had you told me then, that those were just the precursor to what would come I NEVER would have believed you.

Dating is weird, its difficult, its awkward, and what it isn’t is sexy. Literally the last thing I would think of when explaining dating would be sexy. Which is weird because the end goal is to meet someone you enjoy spending time with and eventually having sex. But dating is not what they write about in movies, Matthew McConaughey isn’t going to save you and then fall in love with you. I blame Hollywood, really what the hell? When I was in my 20’s stupid romantic movies were cute because I was young and dumb enough to believe that those things could actually happen. As a grown ass woman I now know not only do those things not happen it would be weird AF if they did. If I called a friend and told them a man saved my life and he was an attractive single doctor they would not believe me. Because that isn’t real life. Real life is dating a single dad, maybe he has older kids, maybe his kids are still young, maybe he is a weekend dad. But in every instance he isn’t a single attractive doctor saving your life, that is not real life.

Things can move faster when you are older, you know what you want, they know what they want and you are old enough to talk about it. That is all great and grand but when you are not honest with even yourself there will be a big problem. I thought okay I can date this guy and also date that guy, whats the harm? I’m not married, I’m single, which is a dangerous word to be honest. Somehow I convinced myself being single meant I didn’t have to be honest with even myself. Wherein lies the problem, how do we convince ourselves to do something we know we shouldn’t be doing? I started falling right back into the pitfalls of why I left my husband with a guy I dated for a while. Apparently I wanted to fall right back into my last relationship, where I was comfortable. But then I remembered this is my life, why am I again putting someone else’s needs before my own? The only person or rather little people who should and always will come first are children. No if ands or buts about it, children always come first, whether it be their children or yours, they come first.

Right now I am madly in love, the love that only happens once in a lifetime, he stole my heart. He is the sweetest soul I know and my life would be ruined forever if anything happened to him. I am lucky to have him, and that he calls me mom.


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Kids Day at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

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Join SoCal Savvy Mom at the Carlsbad Flower Fields for Kid’s Day! It is a day full of fun activities for kids, including arts and crafts, face painting and Ronald McDonald! There also is a Sweet Pea Maze, Santa’s Playground and live music.

Ronald McDonald will help to make Kid’s Day an unforgettable event! Kids can enjoy face painting, ballooning, and arts & crafts demonstrations for all at 2pm! Special performances from Star Kids and Star Glee Club 1-2pm.

 

Flower Fields Carlsbad

The above picture is from a few years ago my son, niece and some friends on the wagon ride, which is an additional charge but it is well worth it, the kids loved it. There are more fun things for kids to enjoy like the Sweet Pea Maze, which my mother-in-law and I got lost in but my son found his way out within a minute. Don’t miss out on the fun Kids Day on April 2, 2017. The Kid’s Day at The Flower Fields is a day full of fun activities for kids, including arts and crafts, face painting and Ronald McDonald, Santa’s Playground and live music. Don’t miss this great day full of fun for kids! More information about the Kids day at the Carlsbad Flower field may be found by click here.

Tickets may be purchased online and onsite.

For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May- literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.

Season: Spring

Hours: Open Daily  March 1, 2017 – May 14, 2017   9:00AM-6:00PM

Prices: $14.00 for Adults, $13.00 for Seniors 60+, $7.00 for Children 3-10, Children 2 and under are free.

Check out the support page or feel free to call at 323.908.0607.

Tickets can be purchased online or onsite at The Flower Fields.


Legoland California $30 one day only

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The Kid’s College Community Day at LEGOLAND® California is coming soon! On Sunday April 30, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. you may gain entry into Legoland for only $30!

Every year LEGOLAND®  hosts a Community Day to say thanks for being such great neighbors. LEGOLAND®  will also donate $5 of every $30 Legoland California ticket sold to the Kid’s College, which is a non-profit organization. The Kids College provides extended learning programs to children of North San Diego County.

Community Day 2013 Singing

Tickets $30: for LEGOLAND Community Day

for any adult or child (3 years and older) valid on April 30th only.

Tickets: $9: SEALIFE Aquarium 

SEALIFE tickets good for Sunday April 30th.

Kid’s College will be hosting the annual Community Day at LEGOLAND on Sunday April 30, 2017 from 12:00- 8:00pm.

This is a once a year event so enjoy the savings. All specially priced tickets for this Community Day are sold only through Kid’s College!

Tickets will be emailed from tickets@thekidscollege.org. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive your tickets 3 days after placing your order and paying for your tickets. Please contact us prior to Friday April 22 if you encounter any problems. Tickets must be ordered by 6:00pm Wednesday April 27, 2017.

You will need to print your tickets to bring them to LEGOLAND for entry. For more information or to purchase your ticket visit Kids College here.

Please note day of tickets will not be sold at the discounted rate, they normal rates will apply. Tickets purchased on Sunday will be the full-price tickets – $95 for adults and $89 for children. The savings and discounts like this only happen once a year so don’t miss out.


The Truth about Divorce & Dating

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I don’t know how to date. It has been 15 years since I went on my last date, to say the landscape has changed would be a huge understatement. There are apps that you swipe if you find someone attractive, it is bizarre to say the least. Going on dates as a grown ass woman with a child is very bizarre. We all grew up with the values our parents the baby boomers instilled in us. Find partner, marry partner, have kids with partner, grow old and die with said partner.

Sometimes life has a different plan for us and we divorce the partner. People told me divorce was difficult, but there really should be a new word to explain it, because difficult isn’t even close. So, lets add the two things that are bizarre and difficult together at the same time, dating and divorce. Seems like a great idea!

It is all so different, you have kids they have kids and the schedules, OMG the schedules. It seriously takes some imagination to make a date happen. You ask… is this your weekend with the kids? Seriously hoping it isn’t because you are kid free and want to do something, literally anything. When schedules match up and you can actually go on a date it is like a fairytale, not the kind where there is a prince and princess. The kind where you get to go out without your child! Want to go to a concert on a Thursday? Sounds fun, and it is fun. But at the end of the day you are sleeping in bed alone.

That has taken some getting used to, having slept next to someone for over 14 years, you almost instinctively go to reach for them. The person, your person who you married, had children with suddenly isn’t your person anymore. The only conversations you now have with that person are about co-parenting. It’s weird as hell, like really seriously weird. I never knew my child having enough clothing at this house or that would be as big of an issue as it is. It is children clothing, why the hell does it matter? It doesn’t.

Nothing really matters except the well-being of your child, plain and simple. If they are okay you will be okay. Some days are worse than others, but at the end of the day just remind yourself there is a reason you left. There is someone out there that will treat you right, you just have to find him, and marry him. Kidding, just Kidding! Don’t know if I will ever get married again, at this point I can say there is no way, but you can never say never.

 

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