Discover The Dreamer in your Child

One of the best things about being a parent is watching how each of my kids personality develops from day one. I love how even though they are born of the same parents and live in the same house with the same rules and childhood experiences, they are all three still so unique!

I had fun taking a quiz, not only to help determine what my kids’ dreamer traits are, but also because it gives some specific feedback on how best to nourish their blossoming personalities.

Maile’s quiz results put her into the artist category and I learned that her dreamer traits are creativity, uniqueness, and expressiveness. She’s definitely that introvert who is not interested in drawing a lot of attention to herself but instead seeks a peaceful environment. She’s very bright and has some close friends, but she could be perfectly happy left to her creativity. The quiz suggested she might excel in a career path that allows her to create and it encourages parents of kids with these traits to inspire them with activities that help them experience the world with all their senses, like nature walks.

Laina fell into the humanitarian/healer category with dreamer traits are agreeableness, caring, and intelligence. I think this speaks volumes about her position in the family as the middle child. Even though her older sister is of the creative type, she is still very much the first born leader and Kainoa’s strong will as the youngest means without agreeable Laina in the middle to act as a peaceful liaison, we could be operating in a much more combative household.

The quiz recommends helping humanitarians/healers get involved in programs that allow them to give back and actually mentions volunteering at a an animal shelter as an example. This is spot on for Laina because like most humanitarian/healers, she’s a huge animal lover and has even recently requested I look into how she could help at a local animal shelter.

Kainoa is my spitfire and received the innovator category. His dreamer traits are openness, creativity, and intelligence and I would say that is all spot on as well. He’s pretty much game for anything and since he was very small I could see he just looks at how things work differently then the girls have. We’d go for a ride on a carousel and he was the only one of us who would be staring straight up, studying how the horses were moving up and down. He is the most outgoing of the three and if he applies himself I think he can win over a lot of his friends instead of just annoying his sisters and all of their friends.

For the innovators, this quiz highly recommends encouraging an early love for reading by reading with them often. We have to feed that thirst for knowledge!

I loved taking these personality quizzes because even though I know my kids are who they are, it was neat seeing them described so clearly and I really hadn’t considered some of the suggestions they provided to help nurture and further develop these traits.

It’s high time we find an animal shelter for my humanitarian! Kainoa can read about how to run a non-profit organization while we’re there and Maile can perfect her watercolors while painting images of cats and yarn.

Dreamers Wanted…Disney invites you to an incredible world of epic imagination where anything is possible. Buckle your seatbelt, as the director of The Incredibles takes your family on an action-packed thrill ride!

Join former boy-genius Frank (George Clooney), optimistic, science-minded teen Casey (Britt Robertson), mysterious Athena (Raffey Cassidy) and the brilliant David Nix (Hugh Laurie) in a world of pure Disney imagination and adventure. Tomorrowland transports you on an inspiring and magical journey of wonder and adventure to a place where if you can dream it, you can do it. Available on Blu-ray™, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere October 13

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My New Mom Survival Kit!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.

There is a new baby in town and you can call me GREAT Aunt Kat, because that’s what I am. My niece gave birth to the most darling baby on the planet and after chatting all things baby for the past 48 hours, it has occurred to me that I have some really amazing baby advice to give (if I do say so myself). On behalf of Sam’s Club® I have put together my list of 5 new mom survival kit necessities!

1. Learn The Five S’s

Swaddle blankets, ssshing noises, sucky things, side position, and swinging. I read The Happiest Baby on the Block back when my kids were tiny and I swear by that book. In fact my go-to baby shower gift is always a basket with the necessary items to make the Five S’s happen (along with a copy of the book).

2. Set Up Stations

Since babies have a limited attention span, I like to set up a number of stations I know I can count on for 10-20 minute increments at a time. If you can collect about 4-5 items such as an activity mat for tummy time, a swing, a bumbo chair, a Bounce-a-roo, etc.. and rotate your baby to each item every 15 minutes, they will have managed up to an hour of activity time! Follow up with a feeding and a nap and you’re all set!

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3. Buy All The Huggies

Who knew these little stinkers would require so many diaper changes? I always bought diapers in bulk. Believe me, that’s not something you want to run out of!


4. Moisturize!

My babies had eczema so it was always important to me to make sure their skin stayed hydrated and moisturized, but all babies have sensitive skin that reacts to the different elements we expose them too. Find the perfect moisturizer that works for your baby and stock up!

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5. Diaper Rash Cream is Your Friend

I am so scarred by a major diaper rash my first baby got that I lather baby bottoms with Desitin at the first sign of redness. I recommend keeping a tube at every changing location in the house as well as the diaper changing bag and don’t be shy with it. Imagine how uncomfortable a little redness must feel, you need to squash that right away!


If you are a new mom or know a new mom, Sam’s Club wants to help families achieve savings, and provide conveniences that can benefit not only the mother, but the entire family! When you join, you get $80 in Instant Savings on baby items like diapers, plus you can get all of your household needs, great prices on groceries and extra savings at Sam’s Club fuel stations. You will have access to trusted brands such as Huggies, Diaper Genie, Aveeno Baby Wash, Desitin Diaper Rash Cream, Johnson and Johnson Baby Wash and Lotion and you receive free standard shipping on most diaper, wipes, and formula!


Sam’s Club provides big savings for growing families, join and get $80 in special savings on baby basics. 

This post was sponsored by Sam’s Club, however, the text and opinions are all my own.

5 Reasons I Prefer Dogs Over Humans

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Merial the maker NexGard® (afoxolaner) Chewables as part of the sponsorship, I received compensation for my time.  The opinions and text are all mine.

Humans can be pretty wonderful creatures, heck I chose to give birth to three of them! But sometimes I’m convinced my dogs love me more and because of that I came up with 5 reasons I prefer dogs over humans:

1. Dogs don’t sass.

In fact, everything I say to my dogs is met with an adorable head tilt from side to side.


2. Dogs don’t outgrow my snuggles.

Regardless of how old my dogs get, they are never too cool to snuggle up on the couch with me. It’s like having a non-crying, furry baby around 24/7.

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3. Dogs love my home cooking.

Unlike my children, my dogs never complain about Taco Tuesday. They eagerly and gratefully gobble up absolutely anything I drop on the ground and they love me even MORE for it!

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4. Dogs sit on command.

Humans don’t always do as I say. They don’t follow my rules and I’m not always the alpha leader of their pack, but my dogs on the other hand, follow my commands. They do tricks, they sit, they lay and they are so eager to please. Now that is what I call respect!


5. Dogs are always happy to see me.

As my kids get a little older I have realized I can sometimes walk through the front door entirely unnoticed by them. They’re on the phone with friends, playing video games, engrossed in a tv show, or preoccupied in some other way. You know who does notice? That’s right, my dogs! They come running to greet me every single time, even if it was just a trip to the mailbox and back, they are always happy to see me!

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But there is one thing about my dogs that has the ability to disgust me. It’s not the fact that one of them eats poop, the other has accidents on my carpet, or the constant licking all day. Okay so there are a few things I would change if I could, but the one thing that really drives me batty is flea season. You should see my husband when he realizes the dogs have fleas and it happens at least once or twice a year. Getting rid of the fleas becomes his sole focus in life. He will spend 30-45 minutes each day combing fleas out of their fur. Those dogs will be flea free if he has to remove each individual flea by hand himself.

I’m really excited to work with Nexgard for my dogs this year to prevent a flea infestation. The beef flavored chewables keep your dog protected from fleas and ticks for a full 30 days. Sign me up! I plan to request a prescription from our vet at our next visit. I’ll do anything to keep those loving little creatures as comfortable as possible! Pick up a coupon here if you’re interested in Nexgard for your dogs!



NexGard is for use in dogs only. The most frequently reported adverse reactions include vomiting, dry/flaky skin, diarrhea, lethargy, and anorexia. The safe use of NexGard in pregnant, breeding or lactating dogs has not been evaluated. Use with caution in dogs with a history of seizures. For more information, ask your veterinarian or see the full prescribing information.

®NexGard is a registered trademark of Merial. ©2015 Merial, Inc., Duluth, GA. All rights reserved.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Merial, the maker of NexGard. As part of the sponsorship, I received compensation for my time. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hunger Is Unacceptable

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This month I am excited to work with Albertsons and Safeway stores in an effort to bring awareness to and help eradicate the issue of childhood hunger in America.

1 out of every 5 kids in the United States do not know where their next meal will come from. That’s nearly 17 million kids without consistent access to adequate food. It is a staggering number of children going hungry in a country where food should be easily accessible to everyone. The thought of these kids going to school on empty stomachs, expected to focus on learning without even their most basic survival needs being met is heart breaking and unacceptable.

Together, The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation plan on eliminating this problem completely with the “Hunger Is” program. It is a charitable program “designed to raise awareness, volunteer hours, and funds that will improve health outcomes for hungry children and their families.”

So, what can you do to support this initiative? There are “Two Ways to Help” the Hunger Is program when you shop at the Albertsons/Safeway family of stores:

1. “Donation Campaign” At Register
Shoppers are asked by cashiers or via key pin pad requests while checking out if they would like to donate to the Hunger Is fundraiser. (participating stores only)

2. Brand Partnerships
Any purchase of a participating product earns a meal. For every product you purchase from the following brands throughout the month of September, a meal will be donated. Participating Brands/Products include:

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Con Agra – Marie Calender’s, Healthy Choice, Bertolli’s and PF Changs brands

I popped into my local Safeway and saw the Hunger Is program displayed near many of the participating brands. A couple of cereal boxes, a few soup cans, and a frozen dinner later…each of my family’s purchases will help families who struggle to feed their children. It’s time to fill those bellies!

Please consider shopping at your local Albertsons/Safeway family of stores and either donate directly or purchase from a participating brand when you purchase your groceries this month.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Safeway . The opinions and text are all mine.

Back-To-School Party Time!

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There is nothing quite like gathering a group of your favorite local bloggers for a Horizon Organic back to school party and I had the pleasure of co-hosting this snack filled party with my favorite Jenny On The Spot, fellow blogger and vlogger extraordinaire. She showed up with a teenaged helper, sunflowers, washi tape. If anyone knows how to bring the party…it’s Jenny.

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To kick off our party, Horizon Organic sent boxes and BOXES of their new snacks. In fact, when Jenny arrived the boxes were stacked all over my dining room table and I was all, “please make this pretty? I don’t have a clue.” AND SHE DID!

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And then 14 of our closest Seattle blog friends showed up with little ones and we had a really fun, gigantic play date. We encouraged kids to get their snack on at the lunch  making station and provided lunch boxes for them to fill with sandwiches, fruit, veggies, and all sorts of Horizon Organic goodies including my personal favorite the Apple Crunchers. So good.

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We also had Horizon Organic Sandwich Crackers, Snack Grahams, Super Squeezes, and so much more. It was fun to taste test some of their newest items and of course the tried and true favorites as well, as Maggie here is demonstrating.

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Since making Butterfly Snacks was a hit with my kids awhile back, we also decided to create a butterfly snack packing station for the party. Some of the bigger kids had fun beautifying those little critters and I dare say they entire afternoon was a smashing hit. Take a look at the 15 seconds I managed to capture on video:

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A huge thanks to Horizon Organic for providing a fun opportunity to talk shop with friends, eat great food, and gear up our kids for another great year! Check out more products offered by Horizon Organic and keep your eyes peeled for them during your next grocery trip! You can also follow Horizon Organic for product updates and recipes on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

“Don’t Call Me Basic” Sandwich Contest

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Foster Farms All Natural Turkey Slices

I’m excited to work with Foster Farms again, this time to share the “Don’t Call Me Basic” Sandwich Contest they’ve got going on. Aside from the brilliant contest name, I love the premise, which is to create your most unique turkey sandwich recipe using Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey and post it on Instagram. The grand prizewinner will walk away with either a luxury weekend trip getaway for two to Napa Valley or $4,000 cash.

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This contest is being driven by Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey and it’s anything BUT basic. The lunchmeat contains no chemical or preservatives and is raised without hormones or steroids (thank you!). You can find Foster Farms at your local Safeway, Vons and Raley’s stores and be sure “Save A Dollar Now” by downloading the coupon found here.

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I got a little help making an anything but basic turkey sandwich from my kids, who also happen to be anything but basic:

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So what are you waiting for? Foster Farms wants to see its All Natural Sliced Turkey on some original sandwiches and I want you to take me on a luxury weekend trip to Napa Valley with you when you win.

Here are the simple steps to enter:

  1. Create a turkey sandwich using Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey lunchmeat and other creative ingredients of your choosing.
  2. Post a photo of your sandwich to Instagram. In the caption, include the list of ingredients and tag @FosterFarms and #DontCallMeBasic. Make sure your profile is public!

Entries may also be emailed to [email protected] if you don’t have an Instagram account. The grand prize includes a two-night stay for two at a Napa Valley luxury hotel, travel to/from and a gourmet picnic lunch ($4,000 value) or $4,000 cash prize. Random weekly drawings will be held every Friday to give all participants a chance to win. Prizes for the weekly drawings will include high-end Panini presses or gourmet picnic basket sets. The contest will last the month of August (National Sandwich Month) and is open to all U.S. residents over the age of 18.

Sandwich concoctions will be selected and judged by a panel of culinary and food industry professionals, who will identify five recipe finalists. The grand prizewinner will be selected from the finalists by a panel of five food and lifestyle blogger judges. The winner will be announced in early September.

For more details on the contest and the official Rules & Regulations, visit

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Foster Farms All Natural Sliced Turkey.

Back To School Test Run!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

Back To School Lunch With Horizon Organic

We took care of our shopping for back to school supplies over the weekend. I love the excitement and motivation that comes at the beginning of the school year even though Kainoa is quick to remind us that once the first day of school comes there will be 180 more days until school is out. I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays up making a paper countdown chain while the rest of  us sleep.

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Since I know it’s normal to get a little nervous about the first day of school, I try to make sure they feel prepared and confident. After shopping I thought we’d break in their new lunch boxes with a back to school test run. I set up a table filled with delicious lunch time necessities and included everything from turkey sandwiches, fruit and veggies to Horizon Organic snacks and cheese.

I encouraged the kids to get busy packing and  I’d say they were quite pleased with the activity:

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Maile even commented that it might be a good idea going forward to set up the table buffet style like that and allow them to make their own lunches everyday. I wish I could promise I could have my act together enough to do that. I have to admit it was pretty nice to have them packing themselves up with food they know they like as opposed to my random guessing at what they might like.

Check out more products offered by Horizon Organic and keep your eyes peeled for them during your next grocery trip! You can also follow Horizon Organic for product updates and recipes on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.