Family Fun

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
Sep 23rd, 2013
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Our kids LOVE sweets – I mean, what kid doesn’t, right?  They especially love donuts, but those can get pretty pricey buying them for six kids every now and then.  This is where Pillsbury comes to save the day!  We had the opportunity to check out the new Pillsbury® Funfetti Lil’ Donut Kits and make homemade donuts…without a [&hellip...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Lifestyle
Sep 18th, 2013
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We had a blast this weekend in Bakersfield at Frank’s mom’s house. The kiddos got to go swimming during the day, swimming at night and they also played on the homemade Backyard Water Park that Frank built! What end of the summer fun did you have?...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Sep 16th, 2013
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Families that play together…families that work together…families that grow together – these are a few of the qualities that we would like our unstoppable family to have.  I love that our family has grown from 4 to 8 in the past two years and embrace any opportunities we have to strengthen those family bonds.  I […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Aruba
Sep 6th, 2013
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aruba Tourism Authority for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I love to travel and thanks to The Mommy-Files, I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the United States and even to a few places internationally.  I remember reading about a travel blogger […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Anaheim
Aug 21st, 2013
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Can you believe the end of summer is here?  I sure can’t!  This past weekend, Frank and I spontaneously decided to head down to Southern California for some end of the summer fun with our family at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  My youngest, Sammy, had never before been to Disneyland, and none of the […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Anaheim
Aug 20th, 2013
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This past weekend, Frank and I spontaneously decided to take the family to Disneyland Resort and Disney’s California Adventure for some end of the summer fun!  It was Sammy’s first trip to Disneyland Resort and all of the boys’ first time to Disney’s California Adventure.  They had so much fun and it was definitely a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Back-to-School
Aug 18th, 2013
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It’s that time again…the start of a new school year.  For our family, there’s excitement and anxiety brewing as my twins are now in the “number grades.” I’m excited that the kids will be in school for the full day! The kids, on the other hand, are dreading having to be in school “for so […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Electronics Review
Aug 6th, 2013
524 Comments
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This isn’t your mother’s jam…it’s better (and easier)! Make Fresh, Delicious Jam In Under 30 Minutes It was late in the day, maybe 4pm when I began on my journey to make jam for the first time.  I picked fresh plums from our fruit tree, had Ball’s FreshTECH Automatic Jam maker out and ready to […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Recent Posts
Jul 31st, 2013
11 Comments
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Frank and I love to travel, but sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge when we have the kids with us.  Some of my least favorite questions to be asked by the kids is, “Are we there yet?” or “How much longer?”  I know (being a kid once myself) that they aren’t asking […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Maui
Jul 29th, 2013
12 Comments
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This summer, I had the opportunity to participate as a Discover Boating Ambassador.  It gave me the opportunity to share some of my childhood memories, as well as safety tips I’ve learned while being an ambassador.  As a mother, it is my top priority to ensure our children are having fun, but doing also being […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Jul 28th, 2013
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Last year I bought the Live Butterfly Garden at Wal-Mart when it was on sale. It comes with the pop-up garden and a certificate for 5 free caterpillars. I ordered the caterpillars and they arrived a couple of weeks before the kids’ birthday. They were a big hit come their birthday party. So this year […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Family
Jun 17th, 2013
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received collateral to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Growing up, my family and I owned a boat and we would go out to the lake on the weekends.  I remember three things – wearing lots of […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
Jun 5th, 2013
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I will receive compensation as a co-host for The Motherhood at the Twitter Party. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine. I love Twitter Parties and today, I will be co-hosting an #RRtreehouse Twitter Party with the National Wildlife Federation and a team of other awesome bloggers!  I hope you can join us.  Here are […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In California
May 3rd, 2013
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Last weekend, our family had the opportunity to attend the Hyundai Epic Playdate in Goleta, California at the Dos Pueblos Ranch and it was so much fun!  Not only did I connect with an amazing brand, but it was an awesome family bonding experience!  Frank and I took our six kids (4 boys and 2 […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Mexico
Apr 30th, 2013
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Today is April 30th, and in Mexico City it is also Día del Niño, or Children’s Day.  Mexico City prepares for one its largest festivities of the year. For the entire month, the nation’s capital celebrates the young with a line-up of activities and offerings taking place at different venues throughout the city. The Centro Cultural José […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Events
Apr 17th, 2013
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Our family recently traveled down to Carlsbad, California for the KIA Classic.  We had the opportunity to test drive a gorgeous car (the 2014 KIA Sorento SX), visit LEGOLAND California, walk the grounds of the KIA Classic, and stay in the luxurious and family-friendly Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.  It was an awesome […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Events
Mar 29th, 2013
19 Comments
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If you know me, you know that our family lives on a golf course!  I have been golfing and love it, but I have never attended a live LPGA event.  However, I did this past week – the KIA Classic.  My family and I were invited to Carlsbad to stay in the gorgeous Park Hyatt […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In California
Dec 26th, 2012
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Arriving at Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood. I received a green “Grinchmas” bag for attending the media event.  Here we’re getting ready to go into the park. Do you love Universal Studios Hollywood?  How about The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?  Through December 31st, 2012, Universal Studios Hollywood will be celebrating Grinchmas!  I was fortun...
By Shannon Gosney
In Recent Posts
Dec 7th, 2012
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I love to travel and with traveling comes planning!  That is where Gogobot comes in handy –  a social travel site that launched in 2010.  Gogobot has racked up accolades including being named one of Time’s top sites of 2011 and winner of the 2010 Crunchie award for Best Design.  Gogobot’s big win is that […]...
By Shannon Gosney
In Holiday Gift Guide
Nov 30th, 2012
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Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Kia Motors I have 3 young boys ranging from the ages of four to nine years old.  Traveling for the holidays can be a bit of a challenge at times, especially on a very long road trip.  So how do parents with young kids travel?  Here are […]...
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