9.20.2017

Free Printable Coco Movie Coloring Pages


Disney-Pixar's Coco is almost here! The movie Coco is about a young boy named Miguel who must find his way back home after mysteriously traveling to the Land of The Dead. Coco's backdrop is the latino cultural tradition of Dia De Los Muertos ("Day of the Dead") and honoring those who have passed. Along the Way, Miguel encounters a host of characters who help him get back home and possibly discover the truth about his family's hidden history.

We've got adorable and free printable Coco movie coloring pages. These fun Disney coloring pages are free printables for your family to download and print for free courtesy of Walt Disney Studios and Pixar. These are totally free and come directly from the studio.

It looks whimsical, colorful and full of adventure and life lessons. Below is the official Coco movie trailer. While Coco arrives in theaters on November 22, you can print and color these free Coco movie coloring pages and activity sheets today! See below for the free printable coloring pages of Miguel, Dante, and Hector from Disney-Pixar's Coco. Also available for printing are the colorful activity pages. 

Be sure to click on the title above each page for the downloadable PDF.





















Happy Coloring!! Thank you to Walt Disney Studios for providing these Coco coloring pages and activity sheets and free printables.

If you love this, you will love our Ojo De Dios Craft for Kids


8.31.2017

A Day At Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort


Imagine your relaxing on your own private beach with views of the Newport Back Bay at every turn. We had the chance to do just that last week and it was a wonderful end of summer outing. We are fortunate in Southern California to be able to enjoy warmer weather farther into the fall season. Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort sits along alcove of the back bay of Newport Beach, California. There are gorgeous views of the water and a sprawling one mile stretch of sand.  It's about a 35 minute drive from us here in North San Diego. Not to shabby. 






Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort Day Use

While Newport Dunes is open to cottage rentals and RV stays year round, the waterfront area is open seasonally at select times for day use by locals. Its open daily during the summer. To visit Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort for the day, it's $25 per person (during the summer) for the use of the water playground. That includes several massive inflatables. There are inflatable slides, many climbing structures, and a big "blob" (Where apparently it is fun to play a game called "king of the hill"? I don't know ask my son about it. ;-) ). Anyone wanting to use the water playground MUST wear a life vest. Its good to know that there are several lifeguards stationed in the water and on the inflatables to ensure everyone has a safe playful experience. With your lifejacket on, you swim from place to place for hours of fun!



Typical Newport morning means there's a nice marine layer that shields the summer sun, it burns off for an afternoon of sunshine.


You'll find plenty of shade at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Around the grounds are larger trees protected by a conservation program that not only prevents them from being torn down, but also trimmed without express permission from the county. The trees add such great character and much need shade to the resort. This tree in particular sits adjacent to the out door movie screen. In the summer the resort holds several community movie nights.


Water sports and Water Activities

Moe B's Watersports is on hand to rent out a wide variety of water sport activities including paddle boarding, pedal boats, kayaks and more. Prices vary. My kids loved all of the options. My daughter's favorite is the stand up paddle boards. My son loves the pedal boats. They are surprisingly easy to maneuver with two people pedaling.




 The pedal boats at Newport Dunes can carry anywhere from 1 to 4 people, so it is a fun family rental.


Staying At The Resort

There are several options available to you if you want to stay overnight at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. RV camping, tent camping, camping cottages (like glamping), beachfront cottages and full cottages with maid service and ovens. RV spots are a good size, many with shaded trees and patches of grass. The various cottages are throughout the resort. They are one bedroom with a loft and pull out couch. Beachfront camping cottages look a little different. They have a kitchenette instead of a full kitchen. Be sure to ask which cottages are beachfront.




Amenities While Staying At Newport Dunes

  • Accommodations very close to the water, some with direct beach access.
  • Free Wifi internet access 
  • Sparkling pool and lounge chairs for when you want to swim in fresh water
  • Marketplace and store for sundry needs
  • Back Bay Bistro restaurant on site for when you don't feel like cooking.
  • Exercise room
  • Playground on the beach
  • Beachside Volleyball
  • Game room
  • Plenty of shade and trees and grass.
  • Laundry facilitates and more!
  • RV spots are 
  • Movies nights in the summer
  • beachside cabanas available for rent

Know Before You Go:

  • Resort guests receive discounts on water activities
  • Day use parking is not free, plan to bring some spending money for the parking and waterspouts
  • You are welcome and encouraged to bring all your beach goodies like beach chairs, umbrellas, blankets, towels, and coolers. Don't forget the sunscreen!
Special thanks to Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina for hosting us for the day so we could share with you! 

For more information on Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and to book your next Newport vacation, visit NewportDunes.com

8.29.2017

Get A Healthier Start To The School Year With Jamba Juice

This is a sponsored post. While I did received compensation, we love Jamba Juice and regularly go enjoy their smoothies and energy bowls.

As a mom, I am constantly on the look out for simple ways to get more whole food goodness into my kid's diet. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, I try include a variety of vegetables and fruits in their breakfast, school lunch, snacks and dinners. With the busy school season coming up, it's always a challenge get fruits and veggies at every meal. I love that Jamba Juice has real fruit and vegetable juice smoothies with no added sugars. It's just nutritious goodness. And a great before or after school snack that feels like a treat.

We invited friends to our local Jamba Juice San Diego location for a back to school stop at Jamba Juice. It was awesome to see them choosing between this-or-that healthy option.

"Should I get the Apples N' Greens or the Pomegranate Paradise Smoothie?"
I LOVE that they get to decide between healthy and healthy!


 

Between the six of us parents and kids we chose a wide variety of healthy smoothies. I encouraged the kids chose from the All-Fruit Smoothies, the Whole Food Nutrition Smoothies, or Fruits and Veggies Smoothies. Those are the smoothies without the added sorbet and pack the healthiest punch. It was the perfect after school snack. I love that there are so many flavors and blends and you can customize your smoothie any way you want! Our favorite Jamba Juice customization is to sub in almond milk for regular milk.


Jamba Juice smoothies and beverages have no artificial ingredients, no preservatives, whole food fruits and vegetables and taste so good. You know what I am talking about if you have had one. And with their over 900 locations world wide - I am thinking you do. Did you know that Jamba Juice also allows you to order online, walk-in and pick up and be on your way. No hassle. I love that option as a busy mom.


To order Jamba Juice online or find out about their nutrition information, be sure to visit www.jambajuice.com. To stay connected with Jamba online, you can follow them on:




8.08.2017

The Lazy Parent's Easy Summer Memories Idea


Summer Memories Ideas for kids

Summer bucket list ideas are something I wish we did. But I always end up not completing them. Is that you too? Well, this is our family's answer - Creating this summer memory list for kids and families. What I love about this summer memories idea is that it can be done at any time. Beginning of summer or ahem, the end of summer and beyond.

We gathered up a handful of colorful markers, a piece of white card stock paper, and our memories of summer and wrote them down one by one. Underneath each summer memory, we wrote the person's name so we could remember whose memories were whose.

It's been fun to come home after a day at the beach or with friends and write it down on our summer memory page. We did one back in 2012. Since then, life got a lot more complicated and this year. This year, we brought it back and it's going to be a yearly tradition for us.

Scientific studies have been done on the brains ability to literally alter neural pathways towards positive thinking by taking moments out of your day to really ponder the every day good moments. They may be brief, but if we take time to savor them, they become imprinted on our minds and they are like stores of happy memories to pull from when life gets rough.

If your kiddo can't write or doesn't want to write them out, we've also dictated them to each other and had another family member write them down. What I love about writing down things we have already done, is that 1) the memories don't have to be big and spectacular and 2) I don't have to come up with things to do all summer. We can just be our selves and appreciate what a beautiful simple summer we had. SO whether it was an afternoon with special friends or a special visit to get frozen yogurt...If it was special to US, we wrote it down. It's not a surprise that the most treasured memories this summer were revolved around quality time together. It also helped us be more thankful. So what are you waiting for? Even if school has started, there is still time to savor the summer. To all of you parents out there like me, who don't do bucket lists...High five and I'll pass you a sharpie.

Want more summer memory ideas? Check out our simple idea to create a summer playlist.

easy summer memory idea

Let me know if you've made a summer memory list. I would love to hear about it!



7.10.2017

Quick Fill Water Balloons Are Super Easy Outdoor Fun


Last summer a care package from my mom arrived on our doorstep with Bunch O' Balloons. Do instant fill water balloons really work? When Bunch O Balloons arrived via infomercial a couple of years ago they seemed too good to be true. Self sealing water balloons? No way. But we had to find out for ourselves.  As it turns out, we discovered that quick fill water balloons are super easy outdoor fun. 


(This post contains affiliate links.)

This summer, we decided, rather spontaneously, to have an epic water balloon fight with friends. It was a warm day, so it was water balloons and watermelon with friends! We had a mega pack of Bunch O Balloons waiting to be used.

We found out some things about Bunch O Balloons that might be good to know:

  • Older kids can fill up the balloons all by themselves, which is great for independent play.
  • They are the perfect size for kid's hands, which makes them easy to throw.
  • Because they fill so well, they are hard, but not impossible to break. 
  • Expect a few "duds" or water balloons with holes, but just one or two.
  • Because they fill so quickly, what used to take all afternoon, now takes just an hour depending on how many balloons you have. It was the perfect amount of time for us!

You can get Bunch O' Balloons here or find them at your local retailer.


The best kind of water balloon fights are those with very little "safe-zone" space. That way everyone gets wet and has a blast! The kids can play together on teams or have their own set of the quick fill balloons.


The kids ended up figuring out how to make the balloons break faster and got up close to really get each other wet. There were so many smiles and it was a great afternoon of fun.

What do you think? Do you think Bunch O Balloons work? Have you tried quick fill water balloons? Leave a comment below with your experience!


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