Traveling the Country

Big Bear- The Less Traveled Path

Big Bear Lake is a beautiful vacation spot. There is nothing quite like a nice getaway in the fresh mountains. As I have said before Big Bear is Southern California’s mountain treasure and if you make a trip there you will see exactly why. After all, who wouldn’t enjoy hanging out on a lake in the perfect 80 degree weather during the day and ending the evening with a stroll around the village? All before grabbing dinner at one of Big Bear’s most popular restaurants, like the Azteca Grill. While the town of Big Bear Lake offers so much to do and see, some of the best and most unique adventures are on the Less Traveled Path.   I love exploring what many do not. It makes life all that more adventurous. I love looking back and saying “we explored this cool place”. Big Bear was our first real adventure…

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Parenting

5 Unique Ways To Beat Summer Boredom

It’s that time of year again! School is almost out for many. For us, our lessons are at a bare minimum, the weather is hot, and the good ol’ saying “I’m bored” is constantly ringing in my ears. This is often followed by one of the three saying that make me cringe: “Can we watch tv?” – NO! “Can we play on the tablet?”- NO! Or the famous “Can we play on the PlayStation?” – UGH, NO! You see, we have an after-dinner rule in our house. After dinner, the kids get their electronic time. Otherwise they will be glued to those devices all day. We did grant a few days of “unwind time” when summer hit where we allowed some half binge days but I ended up having four mini zombies occupying my home. But now we are well into summer vacation and their boredom is becoming something I…

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Educational Thoughts, Parenting

Push Your Kids Toward Their Future

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” This is what they asked. It was my junior year in high school and everyone around me had a plan; had a goal. They knew what they wanted in life, what colleges they would apply to, and what career they wanted to work towards. But me… I was lost. As hard as I tried to make those decisions that would shape my future, I discovered that there was just nothing there. Sure I could go to college, but for what? What was I good at? What did I love to do or dream of doing? There was no on who could encourage me at the time. I felt so lost and I let that stop me from moving forward for a long time. “You can do anything you want to do and be anyone you want to be.” This is…

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Health

Know Your Body: Smell Your Pits

The human body is a brilliantly fascinating mechanism. To fully understand the way it works would take far too long and a whole lot of scientific references. However, it is important, and simple, to understand that every system in the body has an affect on every other system in some unique way. So even though the body is broken down into different systems with different functions, they all act as a whole- obviously right? Often times, when one system is sluggish it will begin to affect other systems. This creates greater problems that can lead to long term ailments. Therefore, it is crucial that you get to know your body. When I think of holistic health the first thing that comes to mind is DETOX. So many things clog our bodies; the things we eat, the things we wear, the air around us, and at times even our own skin. When…

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Traveling the Country

Big Bear- Southern California’s Mountain Treasure

When most people think of Southern California they think of warm weather and the ocean. However, in a culture that favors beaches, breezy warm weather, and flip flops, there is something exotic and adventurous about having a beautiful mountain range so close by. As a native Californian, Big Bear is somewhere that I frequented throughout my entire life. So I can tell you that it is no secret- Big Bear is Southern California’s Mountain Treasure! Whether you like off-roading, hanging out on a lake, fishing, hiking, or strolling around just to shop, eat, and take in the local sights…. Big Bear needs to be on your California bucket list. Scroll to the bottom to see my photo gallery. If you are planning a getaway during the warm weather, the following tips will help you get the most out of your trip. Try to head up on a Thursday (anytime) or…

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Parenting

The Importance of Encouraging Volunteer Work

There are a few things in this world that I find to be absolutely crucial when it comes to raising children. Respect, discipline, and empathy are usually the top 3 things that I work hard to instill in my little beauties; especially in this world we are living in. I firmly believe that it is us, as parents, who mold our children into the type of human beings they will grow to be. This is only a small part of why our family chose homeschool as our journey. I wanted to ensure that my children received the best individual growth, something that i believe the public school lacks in encouraging. As we know so well, growing an individual is much more than providing an education. Growing a well-rounded human being and a compassionate heart involves so much more than anything books or facts can offer. I strongly believe that there…

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Ethnic Splurges

Not Your Typical Ceviche

Ceviche… If you would have asked me 12 years ago what it was and if I would try it, I would have said “No idea and no way!” It sounded to me like some exotic seafood dish, maybe with octopus. Who knows really. However, when I met my husband 11 years ago, he introduced me to a world of new delicacies; ceviche being one of them. However, his was very different! So, if you have not yet tried it because of the “typical” ingredients, like raw fish, I encourage you to give this one a try! It is Not Your Typical Ceviche! Fear not! There is nothing raw of funky in this recipe. If you like shrimp and crab (imitation) then I encourage you to give this a try. It is perfect for lunch, dinner, and parties. It is light but so full of flavor; and did I mention that…

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Ethnic Splurges, On The Grill

The Perfect Teriyaki Sauce

I love chicken breasts. They are so versatile and affordable so I cook with them at every possible opportunity. One thing I love to make, and the kids all approve of, is teriyaki chicken. We often used a store bought marinade, but after awhile the taste just was not right. I wanted a more naturally tasting teriyaki flavor. For many years I have played around with ingredients and have FINALLY found the right mix for the Perfect Teriyaki Sauce. It has just the right combination of tangy and yet sweet, along with a nice hint of ginger. You can use this for chicken or beef. In fact, we plan on making some teriyaki beef next week. However, for the sake of this blog post we decided to make Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs. (I will post an alternate way to cook this if you don’t want to make kebabs). It is best…

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All Things Products

Literature Study For All Ages

Reading literature is so important for the growing mind. Literature can provide a river of information, or it simply provides the tools to let the imagination of a curious mind wander. Although it is not something that I fully appreciated when I was younger, it is something that I have grown to love. It is something that I find myself putting above all other lessons with my children. This love for books is one of the many reasons I chose to follow in Charlotte Mason’s footsteps and bring living books into our daily routine. You can read more about how we use books as our education here. But aside from those, my children have thankfully developed a love for reading a variety of literature. So I have jumped at the opportunity of conducting a literature study with each of them.. Their fascination with books has allowed us to explore so many places…

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Educational Thoughts

For The Love Of Books… & Homeschool

“One more thing is of vital importance; children must have books, living books; the best are not too good for them; anything less than the best is not good enough; and if it is needful to exercise economy, let go everything that belongs to soft and luxurious living before letting go the duty of supplying the books, and the frequent changes of books, which are necessary for the constant stimulation of the child’s intellectual life.”  – Charlotte Mason Our family is half way through our third year of homeschool- Proudly I might add! This journey has been a long, turbulent one and the reality of it is that some days it still is. In the past we have tried numerous curriculum and altered our schedule many times. I will be the first to admit that some weeks we didn’t get done as much as I had hoped and that became discouraging…

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