Adventurous Mama

Lava Pits & Monster Spray: Cultivating Imagination {Parenthood}

I look down and see the scorching red glow below me. My heart starts to race as I peer around for an escape route for my partner and me. Straight ahead we find our solace, I turn to my sister with sweat running down my brow, and ask her, “Are you with me?” Her eyes carry bravery and determination as she nods her head, and we take the leap not knowing what our outcome will be but praying that our feet will find safety. 

My childhood is filled with these imaginary excursions between my sister and me. Memories that swirl and delight as I watch my children construct their stories of bravery and valiance. 

Messes give me anxiety. When my house looks and feels as if a bomb has gone off my mood turns sour. I become irritable and mean. I don’t mean to do it. I grew up being tidy, and it has been something that I have had to work on over the years. But as I walked down this morning from my slumber and was fully expecting my children to be sitting in front of the TV as it was silent, I was greeted with the innocence of who they are. There they were underneath a pile of couch cushions and blankets giggling. My mama's heart leaped with gladness, and I realized they need more of this, heck, I need more of this. 

Here a few things you can do to encourage imagination in your littles and home.

Quick and Easy Black Bean Chicken Tacos {Recipes}

As my belly grows and that third-trimester exhaustion gets me easy, quick meals are my go to when I cook. Even better is when I can toss some healthy ingredients into a slow cooker and let it do the cooking for me.

I was recently introduced to a new local company that specializes in farm fresh meats called Sprout. Sprout is a new way to get those premium quality meats at a lower price point than your grocery store. You can save up to 40% in your meat purchases while knowing that you are receiving the freshest meats possible. We are talking a few days young at the most.

How does Sprout work?
You make your order online by picking your meat (currently only chicken breast available) then you choose your pick-up time and choose which location from the selection is best for you.

On pick up day just show your receipt and your order is handed to you.

*Sprouts chicken breasts are 100% all-natural, free run and grain fed. Raised without the use of hormones, additives or artificial ingredients. You can expect the highest quality and freshest premium meats which you would find in your favorite restaurant.*

Out of the box that was given to me, I have made one meal and still have more chicken for about 2 more meals for our family of 5.

A New way to Save When Traveling to Disneyland + Giveaway {Travel}

photo cred: Tamara from Discovering Parenthood
The most we have traveled as a family has been to go camping, mostly in our surrounding area. We did go to Oregon two years ago which was fantastic. My point is that it is something that I dream of doing as a family, not just for camping. I believe that you can travel with your children you just need to plan more and look for more ways to save especially when you have 2 or more kids and in my case we will have 4.

We have been dreaming of going to Disneyland for a while now. We know that staying outside of the park is one of the ways that we are going to save some money. One hotel that I have recently been introduced to is the new Country Inn & Suites by Carlson located in Anaheim, CA. The reason why this one stood out is that it is WALKING distance (15min walk) to Disneyland. That means that you can stay outside of the park to save money on accommodation! It also has the Anaheim GardenWalk and the House of Blues right across the street if that is something of interest to you.