Living in California has some advantages, however it also has some great disadvantages in my opinion. One of those disadvantages is that it’s rarely ever cold enough to curl up by the fire, drink hot cocoa and even have a piping hot bowl of soup. However, for the love of soup, I’ve asked my husband (The Personal Chef) to share the recipe of our favorite bowl of delicious goodness. This is the soup that inspired this conversation: I had my poor kid in a panic, with a simple yum. We’ve been known to have big bowls of hot soup in 100 degree weather. Yes, it’s thatREAD MORE

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I was compensated for my time reviewing this product and writing this review All opinions are my own, you can see my full disclosure here. We’ve had at least 8 people in our household for the last 12 years, and cleaning up, doing dishes and managing laundry for at times 13 people is just plain nuts. This is why early on in my large family parenting days we began assigning chores. We’ve had kids helping keep the house clean as young as 2 years old. How do you handle the chore situation at home? I’ve tried all sorts of methods. I once had a 3READ MORE

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, I’m exited to share some Christmas traditions, and how we celebrate Christmas in Bolivia; my homeland. (This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) My family immigrated to the United States when I was just 11 years old, my husband’s family arrived from the Philippines in the same year. Seven years later, we married and formed a family that has managed to keep Bolivian and Filipino traditions, while also adopting American traditions, and in recent years British traditions. I guess you can say we love Christmas, and we love to pass down traditions. I’d love forREAD MORE

I am the oldest of 4 girls raised by a single mother, who worked 2 and sometimes even 3 jobs at the same time. We all took on chores early on, and learned to help mom in any way we could at a young age. There was no way our household would have survived, and that mom  would have kept her sanity if some of the daily responsibilities had not been taken on by us. 1. Chores allow kids to see themselves as important contributors to the family. A few weeks ago, I overheard my son jokingly telling the girls that mom and dad had doneREAD MORE

Have you had one of those days when all you want to do is absolutely nothing? Those days when you are just fed up. The house is a mess. There are at least 15 loads of laundry scattered in the laundry room. The chicken you are supposed to cook for dinner is still frozen solid, and it’s almost 5pm? That’s pretty much how my week has been. Sunday night as I eagerly planned our school week, outings and science labs I had energy to burn. I could not wait for Monday to get here. Monday morning came and I rolled out of bed, late for work,READ MORE