Clawz Shoes: Take a walk on the wild side!

Clawz Shoes Take a walk on the wild side 640x853 Clawz Shoes: Take a walk on the wild side!

Last summer, I had the hardest time finding a pair of go-to shoes for my son to play in outside–shoes he could wear to the playground, at the beach, in the backyard–shoes that are easy to put on and off by himself. And most importantly (to any child under the age of 5) shoes that are loved! Luckily, this year, my 3-year-old already has a favorite pair of shoes: Clawz Shoes (30% discount code at the end of the article!!!).

When Christopher’s Clawz Shoes arrived in the mail, Christopher immediately fell in love. I kid you not–he not only wore them around the house nonstop the rest of the day, he also slept in them that night! They are comfortable, easy to put on and very much loved. Christopher was anxious for the weather to warm up enough to wear them to school and show them off to all of his friends.

Screen Shot 2014 04 13 at 8.42.42 PM 640x90 Clawz Shoes: Take a walk on the wild side! [Read more...]

Tie Dye Easter Eggs

Tie Dye Easter Eggs from Simply Real Moms 640x4341 Tie Dye Easter Eggs

Dying eggs for Easter is something my whole family enjoys. As my daughter gets older and is now a teenager, we have dabbled in different egg decorating methods, including tie dye Easter eggs and blowing out eggs to paint or glitter them.  We have grown to love tie dye Easter eggs and it can be done with children of any age-even toddlers!


  • Hard boiled eggs (make the perfect hard boiled eggs with this recipe)
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Toothpicks (or a skewer, something with a fine point)
  • Bowl
  • Paper towels

How to make Tie Dye Easter Eggs: [Read more...]

Family Swim Bag Essentials


 Family Swim Bag Essentials 640x426 Family Swim Bag EssentialsSummer is coming, and my family just can’t wait! We live in a community that has a clubhouse with a pool and we spend every day there with our kids. I have very fond memories of summers spent in the pool with my family and I really love creating new memories with my boys each summer now as a mom!

To gear up for swim season, Baby Theo and I  joined a group of moms and their babies along with Huggies for a fun Mommy & Me Pool Part and Swim Class at the gorgeous Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica last week. [Read more...]

10 Ways to Raise a Grateful Child

10 Ways to Raise a Grateful Child 640x479 10 Ways to Raise a Grateful Child

Raising children is a lot of work. We all want our children to be the best they can be! But even the smartest of children need to have great manners. One of the hardest things to teach children from an early age is how to be grateful. Here are 10 tips to help raise a grateful child.

  1. Model appropriate manners.
    Manners start with you! Who else is your child watching day in and out, learning the most from? Make sure you are using everyday manners such as saying “Please” and “Excuse me”. Children quickly pick up and copy what others around them are doing–good or bad! So make sure you are setting a good example and you will be raising a grateful child.
  2. Set high expectations for behaviors around others.
    Teach your child that it is good manners to hold the door for others, or to take your shoes off when entering someone else’s house. Figure out which behaviors are most important in your family. Let your child know exactly what you expect. Practice these and expect them when you’re home as a family and your child will continue to do these behaviors around others.  [Read more...]

You Might Be a Dance Mom if…

You Might Be a Dance Mom if... 640x673 You Might Be a Dance Mom if...

My daughter dances. And when I say she dances, I mean she dances at the dance studio, 7 days a week including over 5 hours each day on the weekend and until 9:00 every weeknight other than Friday. She also does competitive dancing–think Dance Moms. Through the years of doing competitive dance, I’ve realized there are some things that are like, “Wow. I really am a Dance Mom.” Not in the same way the  moms are on the TV show, but there are definite traits of being a Dance Mom. So….

You might be a Dance Mom if…

  • You spend more money on dance, competitions, costumes and dance accessories than you do on tuition for you child’s private school.
  • Your dancer’s second home is the dance studio and you are never EVER allowed to think about moving away from her dance studio.
  • Your dancer owns more make-up than you do–a lot more!
  • …And has worn more make-up in one competition weekend than you have in your entire life! [Read more...]