Lifestyle

By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Jul 30th, 2018
36 Comments
5043 Views
It’s the summertime and that means that county fairs are going on all around the country. We recently headed to the Santa Barbara County Fair, which actually takes place in Santa Maria, and it was a lot of fun! We love to take our kids to the fair, but with 6 kids, it can get […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Giveaways
Jul 18th, 2018
146 Comments
10028 Views
I love my job! In fact, I’ve been doing it for 10 years (not always full-time, but currently full-time). I love taking pictures and writing and sharing about our experiences with different brands and products, as well as different places we visit and things we do as a blended family. Not to mention our farm […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Recent Posts
Jul 2nd, 2018
34 Comments
1976 Views
This is a sponsored post with AIHA about teen workplace safety. Summertime is here and teens all over the United States are working jobs to earn some extra cash when they’re not in school full-time. As the 4th of July approaches, the AIHA (American Industrial Hygiene Association) warns that teen workers are in the midst […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Avila Beach
Jun 27th, 2018
25 Comments
4711 Views
This year, I turned 39 years old and my amazing husband surprised me with a visit to the Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach, California. I’d been to the Oasis before – this is a pool filled with warm mineral springs water – but had never been to the hillside hot tubs and had wanted […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Fashion
Jun 19th, 2018
4 Comments
1859 Views
Our oldest daughter just finished her junior year in high school and in May she went to her Junior/Senior Prom with her boyfriend. I was really excited because that meant I could take her prom dress shopping, as well as do her hair and makeup for the dance. Teah is very artistic and didn’t want […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
Jun 6th, 2018
42 Comments
11548 Views
Growing up, I was constantly teased for my red hair, fair skin and freckles. Being unique and different in my eyes as a kid was a negative thing. Who knew that what I perceived as negative would actually be something that sets me apart from others and makes me special. Now that I’m a mother […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
May 28th, 2018
58 Comments
7312 Views
If you’ve met me in person, you know something unique about me is not only my red hair, fair skin and freckles, but also the piercings I have. It wasn’t too long ago that I decided to go to Claires and get a third piercing in my ear. I love the diamond studs I have […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Apr 19th, 2018
13 Comments
4069 Views
On the weekends, we are always on the lookout for fun things to do with our kids. This past weekend, we learned about the 9th Annual Free Family Kite Festival that was hosted by the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum. Santa Maria Valley is home to delicious restaurants, beautiful wineries with vineyards, beaches and a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Babies
Sep 1st, 2017
17 Comments
2728 Views
I love babies and I love baby showers! I love to throw and attend baby showers! But what happens if an expecting mom already has kids? My personal belief is that every baby should have a shower and be celebrated…and so should the expecting mommy. If you’re looking to throw a baby shower for an […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Back-to-School
Aug 8th, 2017
35 Comments
4995 Views
It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and the kids are gonna be going back to school soon. We had a good summer with the kids and while we know summer can’t last forever, it’s time to face reality and get ready to go back to school. The start of the […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Events
Jul 26th, 2017
59 Comments
5792 Views
This post was sponsored by Ling Ling and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Do you ever feel like you’re making the same meals over and over again and want to try something new? Or perhaps you have a favorite food and would love to try more products from the brand? In […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cooking with Redhead Mom
Jul 13th, 2017
31 Comments
4335 Views
This post was sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Living in California, we are super lucky to have easy access to Hass Avocados in many of our local grocery stores. In fact, there are properties near […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Lifestyle
Jul 12th, 2017
50 Comments
11576 Views
      It’s so hard to believe that 20 years ago, I graduated from high school! Ack! That’s literally two decades ago. Holy crap! Two decades and one blended family later, here I am – ready to attend my 20 Year High School Reunion. Damn, I FEEL like I SOUND like I’m OLD!! Anyone […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Lifestyle
Jul 12th, 2017
43 Comments
4661 Views
Last summer, we went camping at Lake Lopez in Arroyo Grande, California and discovered Mustang Waterpark. We actually rode our bikes from our RV camping site to Mustang Waterpark and even bought season passes for our entire family! We went a few times and had a blast. While it wasn’t as big as other water […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Conferences
Jul 5th, 2017
43 Comments
6506 Views
As of this month, I’ve been blogging for 9 years (woo hoo!) and I’ve loved the experiences I’ve gained from it, as well as the ways in which I’ve been able to help provide for my family. I also have loved the brands I’ve worked with and the friends I’ve made along the way. As […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Basics
Jun 9th, 2017
27 Comments
3783 Views
I’ve been blogging for almost 9 years and have been to Mom 2.0 Summit four different times (including this year in Orlando, Florida). I’ve been to Laguna Niguel twice, Atlanta and Orlando. Next year, Mom 2.0 will be in Los Angeles and I’m so excited to go because it’s within driving distance! I love reuniting with […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Basics
Jun 7th, 2017
117 Comments
4679 Views
It’s so hard to believe that I’m going on 9 years of blogging now. I started my blog in July of 2008. It was my outlet to connecting with other stay-at-home moms who had babies at home. I’ve always loved to write, but never imagined making a career out of it. Heck, when I was […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Health/Beauty
Jun 6th, 2017
2 Comments
3481 Views
With a big family like ours, we do a LOT of shopping at Costco! Thank goodness we earn cash back at the end of the year with our Executive Membership and Costco card because we spend a lot of money throughout the year at Costco Wholesale. Growing up, I remember Price Club Warehouse and my […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Babies
May 31st, 2017
35 Comments
3465 Views
From the moment a woman finds out she’s going to be a mother, a wide array of emotions go into effect. There is happiness, excitement, nervousness, anxiousness, fear and the desire to prepare for baby. One of the things many expectant mothers look forward to is the Baby Shower. What a great way to feel the […]...
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