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My Top 10 Beach Tips for Kids

My Top 10 Beach Tips for Kids

Today, I want to share my top beach tips for kids.  Summertime for our family means lots of beach time – kid play time, water time, sandcastle time (and most of the time) bliss.

My husband and I LOVE to take our kids to the beach to play, and we feel so lucky to live fairly close.  It doesn’t matter how many times we go…playing in the sand, chasing waves and collecting shells never gets old.

Beach Tip #1

Sunscreen them up before you get there.

Once you get to the beach, you will be juggling towels, toys, bags, umbrellas, coolers, and excited kids.  It will take you a little while to lug all of your stuff to the sand…and this is with your kiddos  jumping up and down excited.  Believe me, it is much easier to take the time to do the sunscreen before you arrive.

Beach Tip #2

Bring a laundry basket or a wagon for all of your beach gear.

This will be your rolling (or handheld) locker.  Whatever toys and towels fits in our laundry basket, we can bring.  I like laundry baskets because they typically have the grates where sand can easily shake and fall out.   But, I’d like to upgrade to the wagon since I can pull it!

Beach Tip #3

Follow-up to tip #2 – my rule is…we can bring what we can carry in one trip from the car to the sand.

It is hard enough to make one trip, while corralling kids.  Don’t make it harder on yourself by going back and forth to the car!  And as my kids have gotten older, they each have a “job” when helping with gear.  For example, I have them carry their own little kid beach chairs to the sand.

Beach Tip #4

Shade is key.

If you plan to be at the beach more than an hour or two, bring an umbrella, a pop-up tent (even if you have to borrow it!)…whatever will provide a little reprieve from the sun.  It makes it much more enjoyable for you and the kids on longer beach days.

Beach Tip #5

Scout out the potty situation beforehand…this is especially important if you have smaller children.

Some beaches have typical beach bathrooms with doors that close, some have port-a-potties, some do not have bathrooms readily available. Better to know before you go!  You can look this up online.  I also always stash some hand sanitizer in my beach bag.

Beach Tip #6

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Make sure to pack LOTS of water.  I pack refillable water bottles for everyone so that I can fill up at the beach water foundations.  It’s easy to forget to drink water when you’re playing, so I usually make the kids take some sips every so often.

Beach Tip #7

Bring two towels per kid.

Sounds silly, right?  Well, in the past I’ve brought one towel per kid.  And at the first snack opportunity (mid beach play), they sit their cute muddy/sandy/icky tushes down on their towels to eat.  Then at the end of the day when they’re tired and ready to go, they want a clean towel.  If you have the room, I find that having two towels per kid has worked better for us.

Beach Tip #8

Pack some baby powder!

Yep, if you didn’t know this little secret, now you do.  Baby powder repels sand.  A super easy way to clean sandy little hands, feet and legs.  Oh, and I always stick in baby wipes, too.

Beach Tip #9

Bring some small baggies to give to your kids for their beach “treasures.”

Both of my kids collect shells.  And I am always being asked to hold them or put them in my nonexistent pockets (hello kiddos, mama is in a bathing suit!).  A few Ziplock sandwich baggies takes care of this!

Beach Tip #10

Playing in the sand is most fun with…yep…TOYS!

Here’s my tip.  Pack them in full sized trash bags.  Easy to carry to the sand.  Easy to dump out.  Super easy (and less messy!) to grab all of your sand toys at the end of the day and throw them in the garbage bags.  Less sand rolling around in your trunk!

What are your beach tips?  If you have a great one, please share below in the comments below!

How to Make FROZEN Glitter Silly Putty!

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This summer, my kids and I are having so much fun with crafts, science experiments and little projects.

After seeing a super fun pin on Pinterest from on how to make silly putty, we decided to make this blog’s “Frozen” inspired glitter silly putty.

Silly Putty Ingredients:

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- A bottle of clear (or even white) Elmer’s glue

- 1/2 teaspoon of Borax (In case you’ve never bought this…like me…I found it in the home cleaning aisle by the laundry detergents.)

- Glitter (My kids couldn’t decide on just one glitter color, so we sprung for the glitter pack.)

- Blue food coloring

- Water

(Note – Because I have two kiddos, I doubled the ingredient list).

I was able to nab all ingredients at Walmart – but you can find these items at almost any Target, craft store, grocery store, etc.

How to Make Silly Putty:

1.  First, find a bowl that you don’t mind having blue food coloring mixed in.

2.  Pour the glue into the bowl.

3. Fill the empty glue bottle with water – add to the glue in the bowl – and mix well.

4. Add a few drops of the blue food coloring.  (By few, I mean few. A little goes a long way.)

5. Add your pretty glitter sparkles and stir.  Set the bowl aside.

6. In a separate bowl, combine a 1/2 cup hot water and a 1/2 teaspoon of Borax.  Stir well until dissolved.

7. Pour the Borax/water solution into your glue/water/food color/glitter bowl.

8.  Mix, stir, mix, stir.  (This may take a few minutes.)

9.  MAGIC!  Look at your super cool, sparkly silly putty!

10. I found it was best to place in a freezer Ziplock bag and let sit for at least 15 minutes.

11.  Once you can see it’s solidified, let your kiddo play, have fun and create whatever they want with this silly, gooey, glittery putty.

Silly Putty Activities:

And, who knew this would evolve into a full afternoon of creative play?!

We had trains going swimming, a fairy house with a brand new luxury swimming pool, a bull dozer pushing blue glitter loads…and on and on and on.

The kids were playing together.  Nicely.  Happily.  With sticky blue hands and grins.  Totally worth it.

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Homemade Silly Putty Tips:

- Your hands, your kid’s hands, and the surface you are working on will inevitably get colored with blue food dye.  My kids looked like little surfs.  Have no fear…it eventually washes out.  But make sure to pick a bowl, surface, and kid clothes that are okay to have splattered with blue.  We did it inside on the kitchen table.  Next time, we’ll try it out on the patio.

- Our putty had some leftover liquidy parts (try not to get grossed out by this).  Just drain them out and let your putty solidify for that recommend 15 minutes in the Ziplock bag.

Happy putty making!!

Thank you again to for this fun idea!


Stationery Subscription Service


That little assortment of stationery yumminess arrived at my door step last week as a gift and I welcomed my bridgeBOX with a SQUEAL!

I love stationery. Can’t get enough. I am a big believer in the old school hand written thank you note.  And, nothing makes me happier than pulling out a cute piece of stationery to write a personal note to someone.

For anyone yelling, “Me too!” meet bridgeBOX, a monthly stationery subscription service where you can sign up to get new stationery delivered to you at home, every month for only $14 (+3 shipping).

bridgeBOX can be found on the River & Bridge shop on Etsy and is brought to you by a local Orange County mom and graphic designer, Heather, who also is a freelance designer of children’s party invitations and custom graphic designs.

My July bridgeBOX came with:

8 personalized flamingo notecards with bubblegum envelopes
4 yellow bow notecards with black envelopes
4 geometric notecards with orange envelopes
1 muddled lemonade folded card with yellow envelope

17 pieces of stationery for $14 (+3 shipping). Amazing, right!?

Click here to see the August bridgeBOX available NOW (must be purchased by 8/1).

Keep this idea in your back pocket for a girlfriend or relative with a love for stationery. Such a unique gift idea!

Disclosure: My bridgeBOX was sent complimentary as a gift and I loved it so much I wanted to write about it!

Celebrate National Dance Day at Los Cerritos Center

National Dance Day Celebration at Los Cerritos Center


Time to boogie! The fourth annual National Dance Day is coming up on Saturday, July 26, 2014 and Los Cerritos Center in Cerritos is the place to celebrate!

Bring the whole family to Los Cerritos Center from 12 – 4 p.m.  for special dance guests and performances, interactive Zumba fitness programs, active wear displays, health conscious cooking options, and more family-friendly activities.

Casey McCabe from 97.1FM AMP Radio will be hosting, and you can expect live dance performances by multiple local dance schools and professional groups of various cultures and styles throughout the event.

You will also be able to get dance and fitness fashion tips, take interactive dance classes and demos, and enjoy samples from health-focused vendors.

National Dance Day

National Dance Day was was launched in 2010 by So You Think You Can Dance co-creator Nigel Lythgoe as a grassroots campaign to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.

I have been faithfully watching So You Think You Can Dance since season 1, and as a person who danced from childhood – all the way through college – I love the concept of National Dance Day.  It is such a positive way to promote being healthy and fit in a fun way.

National Dance Day was first celebrated at Los Cerritos Center in 2011 with a Zumba flash mob (I have never actually seen a flash mob in person, but am determined to do so) that started an on-going Zumba fitness program at the center the following year.

On a side note, if you haven’t tried Zumba, I highly recommend it…it’s truly for all ages and all levels..and a blast!  Zumba classes are available for $5 per class in the mall in front of Forever 21 every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9-10 a.m. No RSVP is required.

Los Cerritos Center

Los Cerritos Center is located in the mid-section of the Los Angeles/Orange County metropolitan area just off the 605 Freeway at South Street, and across from the Cerritos Auto Square.

More information surrounding celebrating National Dance Day at Los Cerritos Center and the Zumba Fitness Programs can be found by visiting the Los Cerritos Center website.

We hope to see you there for this family fun event!

Spend Spring Break in Paradise

Fiji Family Escape Offer

Fiji Vacations is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor

I just came across this great article on Conde Nast Traveler last week on Five Things Every Smart Traveler Should Do in July.

Want to know # 1?

Book Spring Break 2015.

Yep, booking a vacation early gets you some great advantages; namely a good availability at the resort of your choice and the opportunity to take advantage of some great deals before prices go up.

This month, Fiji Vacations is offering a stellar Fiji Family Escape Offer now through July 31st for a top family-friendly Fiji resort, the Intercontinental Resort Fiji.

Want to get an idea of what could be in store for you? Visit Fiji Vacations’ Intercontinental Fiji Resort Pinterest Board for some vacation eye candy.

Intercontinental Fiji

Fiji Family Escape Offer

$1,612 pp based on 4 people

Package includes:

Roundtrip airfare out of LAX for 2 adults / 2 children
7 nights in a Garden View Room with double beds
Breakfast buffet daily for 2 adults and 2 kids
Dinner buffet daily for 2 kids with paying adult
$600 resort credit per room
FREE Planet Trekkers Kids’ Club for kids ages 4 – 12 years old.

Intercontinental Fiji Kids Club

Now, I don’t know about you, but if anyone has priced out trips to Hawaii lately, it is pretty shocking how a family vacation to Fiji can be essentially the same price (if not less!)

Complimentary resort activities include: 

Introductory Dive
Golf Clinics
Mini Putting Green
Kids Games Room
Nightly Live Entertainment
Cultural Activities – Village Visit and School Tour

So if you are open to entertaining an amazing family vacation next spring, or even next summer, contact Fiji Vacations for a free quote.

Every Fiji Vacations agent has been to every property and can help you plan the perfect vacation.  There are no fees for their service; only amazing benefits.

Wish you were here? I do…

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