Dreaming All Night with Gymboree & Eric Carle

Bedtime can be one of our favorite times of the day.  We get to snuggle up with the kiddos in their pajamas and read stories to them.  It's strange to think about how little Landon used to be when he would be snuggled up to his Daddy while listening to his bedtime stories.  These days, my big second grader can read to his little sisters.  It's so neat to see him share some of his favorite books from when he was little that we used to read to him with his little sisters.  

I was excited when I was asked to partner with Gymboree on a clothing collaboration that they did with Eric Carle.  It's fun to see some of our favorite Eric Carle characters illustrated on the different pieces of the collection.   Their slogan is that the kids can Play All Day and Dream All Night in this limited collection of  Eric Carle playwear and sleepwear.  

The kids loved going to Gymboree to pick out their favorite set of pajamas.  I found myself trying to persuade them to pick out the characters that I was partial to, but I had to let them pick which ones appealed to them the most.  While we were at Gymboree the kids were able to color printouts of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (click here to printout your own Eric Carle coloring & activity sheets).

For even more fun, download their iPhone app so you and your little one can add some Eric Carle fun to your photos and play a caterpillar game!

Inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, from 9/2-9/30, Gymboree will be hosting a photo contest, where they are encouraging parents to help their little ones take a picture of what they see.

Entrants can submit a photo via Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or via our designated direct photo upload site, using the hashtag, #WhatDoYouSee.

Entrants of the #WhatDoYouSee contest will have the chance of winning one of ten Eric Carle gift baskets including: A House for Hermit Crab book, a signed copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, figurines, stickers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sippy Cup, Chunky Colored Pencils, Match and Munch Game, Place Mats Book, and Stage & Play (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) $144.99). 

The winners will be announced at the end of the contest period, which is 9/30/14.

What is your bedtime routine?  Does your child have a favorite book that you have to read  to them every night?

*This is a sponsored blog post. I received compensation from Gymboree. The opinions and text are all mine.


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Back to School with the OneDay App


When I attended BlogHer last month, I met some of the team members behind OneDay App and was very impressed with their app.  As a photographer, I'm constantly taking a ton of pictures of my kids, but when it comes to video taping, I completely forget to do it.  That's where OneDay comes in!

OneDay is an IOS app that creates movies of curated stories and questions that you ask your child and then you record your child while they answer the questions.  OneDay provides ideas and content for the stories (back to school, when I grow up, vacation memories, about mom & dad, about me, etc) and the best part of all is that the app does all of the editing for you.  After creating the movie you are able to save it to the camera roll or store it in the app for free.  You are also able to share it on Facebook, Twitter, email or text.

With summer ending and school starting back this week, it's been a great tool for me to capture all three of the kids thoughts on their summer vacation and the new school year ahead.

What I love about OneDay is it captures your child at that moment in time (the way they talk and the way they think) and you can create these videos as often as you want.   It is such a quick process and then you have this little time capsule video memory of them.  The story sets (curated questions) are very kid-friendly questions, allowing you to ask your kids thought provoking questions that not only bring out their creativity, but capture the personality at that very stage of their childhood.

One of the best features that is coming soon to OneDay is the ability to enter your own questions or stories.  It will be great to be able to customize the questions to your child or to a specific moment that you want to capture.

Right now, OneDay, is free to download from iTunes, but it won't be free for long.  So make sure you get a chance to download it onto your iPhone before they start charging for the app.


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by OneDay, but all of thoughts, opinions, videos and ideas are my own

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Savvy Bay Area Date Nights

I'm excited to partner with LiveHealth Online on this post.  As a mom, I'm always looking for things that will make things more efficient or easier for me, so that I can enjoy more time with my kids and my husband.  The LiveHealth Online App is one of those things that can save me time, which allows us to enjoy more of our time together whether it is as a family or as a couple.  It makes me feel good about taking care of the health of my family in a way that fits our busy lifestyle but with confidence that I'm getting good advice from a qualified primary doctor.  

LiveHealth Online asked me to share some of my favorite date night ideas with you if you live in the Bay Area:  

#1: Ferry Building (San Francisco) - Ferry over to the Ferry Building if you don't live in San Francisco and enjoy shopping in the amazing line up of local artisans from all over the Bay Area.  Then enjoy some Vietnamese food at the famous Slanted Door by Chef Charles Phan with it's gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge.  If you don't get too full and decide not to do dessert at Slanted Door, try one of Humphry Slocombe's creative ice cream flavors.

#2: Mill Valley (Marin) - Enjoy a delicious farm to table meal at Molina in this quaint space that makes you feel like you are in Chef Todd Shoberg's own house.  Get a spot at the bar where you can watch them cook everything on the menu in their wood-fired oven.  After dinner, head on over to Sweetwater Music Hall to here one of your favorite bands play live.  This music hall has been open for over forty years and has had some amazing musicians grace it's stage.  

#3: Mission (San Francisco) - Get fresh pastas and other Italian tasty dishes from Farina in the Mission (if it is a nice night they have a gorgeous roof deck space to dine at).  After dinner instead of waiting in a long line at Bi-Rite Creamery, head over to Bi-Rite Market and pick up a pint of their ice cream (Salted Caramel is my favorite) to go along with two spoons.

#4: Off The Grid at Fort Mason (San Francisco) - Off the Grid has many different events all over the Bay Area, but Off the Grid at Fort Mason (along with Off the Grid Picnic at the Presidio) are two of my favorite spots.  Go for a sunset walk down Crissy Field while you watch the sun drop behind the Golden Gate.  Then head over to Fort Mason to taste an abundance of different food trucks.  From pork buns, peruvian sandwiches to creme brûlée carts and cupcake trucks.  

#5: Ferry over to Marin Country Mart (Marin) - Jump on the ferry at the Ferry Building in San Francisco and head on over to Larkspur.  Come a little bit early to make sure you can shop in some of their luxury shops including: SpaceNK, Hudson Grace, Calypso St. Barth and Intermix. After shopping, you can choose from fresh cocktails, wood-fired pizzas and farm fresh entrees at Farmshop or some of the best meat and a pretty amazing burger at BelCampo Meats.

What are some of your favorite date night ideas?  Share with me in the comments below!

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by LiveHealth Online, but all of thoughts, opinions and ideas are my own. 

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Galileo Road Trip - Route 66

You might remember that I mentioned before summer started that Landon & Tatum were heading to Camp Galileo over summer break.  Landon went last year and had so much fun, we definitely wanted to send him again.  This year, Tatum was old enough to attend as well as a Nebula (their PreK to K program).  This year Landon went as a Star, which is their 1st to 2nd grade program. 

Their were four new themes this year and as a returning camper like Landon, it's nice to have a new set of themes to choose from the year prior.  They attended the week the theme was Galileo Road Trip, which incorporated art and engineering along Route 66 (Chicago to Santa Monica). Everyday included an art activity, science activity and an outdoor activity.  I loved that Camp Galileo balances all three together in one day.  They exercised their creativity, minds and their bodies. 

Not only does Camp Galileo teach them new things in art and science, but they instill really great values as well.  As you can see from my pictures above, you would find posters in all of the classrooms and on the lockers outside that had positive messages being shared with the children - Innovate, Create, Collaborate, etc. 

Every morning the staffers would be waiting in front of the school to welcome the kids into camp with extreme enthusiasm to get them excited for the day ahead.  You could either walk the kids in or you could drop them off with the staff where you knew they were being well taken care of and would be guided to the proper room after they were checked in.  Everyday at pick up, you would get a chance to chat with the staff member that had worked with your child everyday about their day.  Camp Galileo also provides a summary sheet of the activities that your child did that day and what to expect for the next day (dress-up themes, activities, etc).  

At the end of the week, the kids show off their inventions, share songs and special moments from the past week for their parents.  Then Landon & Tatum took me to their different rooms (Art and Science) to show you everything that they created with their friends that week.  As you can see in the picture above, there are A LOT of fun creations and art that came home from their week at camp.

But the best part about Camp Galileo to me is the smile on my kids faces as they share with me everything that they got to do, build, create and learn that day from camp.  They have already asked me if they can go again next summer!

What was your child's favorite summer camp or activity this summer? 

*This post is sponsored by Galileo, but my opinions and thoughts expressed in this post are my own. 


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