If there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming a mom, it’s that baby wipes are life. If you would have asked my pre-baby self if I thought I’d still be using wipes after my kid turned FOUR, I’d have probably given you a very confident “no way”. But here I am, two kids deep, my oldest coming up on his 5th birthday, and I should probably just buy some stock already. I use wipes for just about anything…butts, hands, faces, strollers, restaurant chairs, scuff marks, bathroom counters…you’ll find a pack with me everywhere I go.
With the amount of wipes we use in our household, I can truly appreciate a well-made, quality ingredient wipe. So I was particularly excited to have been introduced to Clearly Herbal. Not only are they bigger than the Huggies I usually use, there are more in a pack, and they smell like rainbows 🙂
If you’re wondering what rainbows smell like…they smell like the rose geranium oils used in these wipes. Talk about making a stinky experience a little more enjoyable!
Clearly Herbal sent a box of sample sized wipes for us to take to our play date, and it’s safe to say, the moms (and babies) approved! It’s no wonder they have quickly become “Amazon’s Choice” of baby wipe. Free from alcohol, parabens & phthalates, these are a great choice for even the most sensitive of skin.
Although we were given these wipes in exchange for a review, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own, and my honest opinion gives these 2 big thumbs up!
If you’re like most everyone else, you struggle to answer the question “what do you want for Christmas this year?” The same probably goes for your husband, or maybe even your kids! And, if you’re like me, there’s a good chance you’ve even been sucked into clicking on those articles titled “Best Gift Ideas for Moms in 2018”, or “Hottest Toys for 5 Year Olds on Amazon” for ideas. And honestly, although their face might light up for 6.5 seconds when they open it, it’s only a matter of time before that toy is another forgotten piece of plastic at the bottom of the bin.
And that is why more and more families are leaning towards the gift of an “experience”. But, the challenge may present itself to the San Diego mom, who, like many others, already has a Zoo membership or a SeaWorld Pass. What now? What about for your older child, or your husband? Don’t worry…we’ve got you covered! Below are some of our favorite local experiences, and there is something for everyone on your list to enjoy!
Bruno takes a flying lesson at Learn to Fly San Diego
So go ahead…fuel a passion, spend quality time together as a family, or create a lifelong memory. Because gifting an experience for Christmas is not only giving them a present, it’s giving them something special to talk about for many years to come.
One of our absolute favorite experiences, is taking the kids to see Disney on Ice. The lights, the familiar music, the fun characters, and the impressive skating is something our whole family enjoys. This season, we are excited to share that with one lucky family, who will win a 4-pack of tickets to see the January 24th showing at the Valley View Casino Center!
To be eligible to win, comment below with your favorite San Diego experience. Who knows, your suggestion may be exactly what another mama is looking for!
I have a confession. I did not give on Giving Tuesday.
In its 7th year, “Giving Tuesday” encourages those of us who didn’t spend more than we could afford on “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” to give to participating non-profits. It’s a wonderful idea and a global movement that just gets more popular each year.
I especially love when giving is matched, and I’m much more compelled to donate when a match is involved.
All of my favorite charities, museums and non-profit attractions participate in Giving Tuesday. I simply can’t donate money to all of them, but I have found a meaningful way to “give,” while also getting a lot in return.
Family memberships are my favorite way to support San Diego’s amazing membership-based, non-profits. Not only do memberships add to the bottom line of an organization’s budget, having a vibrant, engaged membership base helps the business to thrive.
additional tickets purchased by visiting family members when they join us for the day
revenue earned when we purchase food, beverages and souvenirs from the shops
the positive word-of-mouth we provide that leads to new visitors and members
revenue generated from the birthday parties we’ve held at most of these venues
the loyalty we feel as members makes it more likely that we donate to fundraising campaigns
As members of these amazing local organizations, I believe that we have received more than we’ve given. From quality family fun, to helping me instill an interest in arts, science and biology in my children, I so am thankful for the opportunity to be a member of these amazing educational non-profits.
Silly Science Fun @ Pennypickle’s Workshop
Some day, when I’m no longer saving for college and paying for hockey, volleyball, art and ukulele lessons, I am sure I will become a bigger giver– on Giving Tuesday and beyond — to these organizations that have meant so much to our family. For now, we show our support by participating in their wonderful programs and sharing our experiences with readers like you.
Happiest of Holidays to you and your family.
PS – don’t forget to ask Santa for a family membership to your favorite non-profit. 🙂