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As we head into summer, those of us who live in the Valley are dreading the arrival of Arizona’s annual dust storms (haboobs).  Last year, Arizona had over 6,000 reported valley fever cases which can be attributed to the storms. Additionally, weather forecasters are predicting that the dust will be even worse this year. Dust storms contain toxins and bacteria that can make you sick and increase the risk of developing allergies, asthma, lung cancer and more.

This is why Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics offers many healthy and natural alternative suggestions for both children and adults to stay safe while enduring Arizona’s dust storm season. It’s important to take preventive steps before the dust storm hits, to ensure your lungs stay safe.

I recommend protecting your home with natural tools to purify the inside air. You can do this through purchasing a plug-in air purifier to remove allergens and airborne particles, buying house plants to help improve air quality and reduce carbon dioxide levels, opting to use essential oils instead of candles, since candles can release toxic compounds like carcinogens; and using organic and natural cleaning products to avoid toxic chemicals.

Extra precautions to take during a dust storm include avoiding outdoor activity, covering your nose and mouth with a mask to reduce exposure to dust particles, taking natural herbal remedies for allergies and drinking lots of water to clear your nasal passages.

If you suspect you have contracted Valley fever from the dust storms, be sure to watch out for symptoms like ongoing pain in the chest, chills, fatigue, fever, rashes, coughing and shortness of breath. Natural remedies for helping Valley fever include upping your garlic take, as it contains anti-fungal properties; keeping your body hydrated and using IV drips with a high dose of Vitamin C and other virus-battling ingredients give your body a boost. It’s also important to keep eating healthy by limiting sugar intake and upping your greens to arm yourself with the nutrients you need to heal.

As always, it’s important to consult with your doctor if you think you have Valley fever, asthma, allergies and any other symptoms associated with the annual dust storms.

Written by: Dr. Suneil Jain, NMD Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics

Dr. Suneil Jain, NMD is a naturopathic physician and the founder& owner of Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics. Rejuvena is located in North Scottsdale and is one of the leading practices in the United States specializing in wellness and healthy aging. Dr. Jain bridges the traditional tenets of naturopathic medicine with modern advances in aesthetic medicine to provide his patients with a comprehensive plan to begin their rejuvenation and take responsibility of their health. To learn more, visit www.werejuvenate.com or call 480-551-9000.

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Snacking as a meal is something many busy families can identify with while on the go. In fact, healthy snacking is part of most people’s diet and has been proven to be an effective method to help curb hunger and satisfy people from one meal to the next.

As a chef, I am on my feet 24/7 so I understand how easy it is to go for a bag of chips or candy to keep myself going. While that might fill me up for the moment, it’s important to choose more sustainable food to help keep my energy level on high for longer periods of time. It is possible to create quick and easy options for your family with dishes that are nutritious and taste good.

At Tempe Public Market Café, we place a focus on fresh vegetables and fruits. We actually have our own garden in front of the restaurant where we grow fresh ingredients on site that we try to incorporate right into our dishes. I am not suggesting you need your own garden to snack healthy, but adding more fruits and veggies to any meal helps keep the textures fresh and the nutrient level up!

Cauliflower has been a real game changer in the food industry recently. The reason people love it so much is because it is flexible in the flavors it can take on. Our Roasted Cauliflower dish at the café is a great idea for something quick and simple that can be easily snacked on by little ones. All you need is a metal pan and some good olive oil. You can choose smaller pieces, or florets, of cauliflower or opt for an entire head to then cut into smaller pieces. Simply drizzle the oil over the cauliflower, roast in the oven until it’s a nice golden brown and you have a base for a great snack. We like to add grapes, almond slices and serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and a green salad. The fresh veggies and almonds help turn snack time into a mini meal that can be shared and made in a matter of minutes!

Ceviche is a crowd pleaser anywhere you go. At Tempe Public Market Café, we serve ours vegan. This is a great snack to get in multiple veggies at once. We serve ours with pickled cauliflower, cucumber, baby heirloom tomatoes, avocado, shaved red onion and sweet potatoes. The great thing about this dish is you can swap out different ingredients for other items if you have a picky eater who does not like onions or tomatoes. The avocado adds healthy fat and the mix of other vegetables helps with that crunchy texture to keep your family coming back for more.

Pizza is always a yes on the menu. Instead of loading it with heavy, calorie high ingredients, opt for healthy toppings. Our Garden Pizza can be sliced small enough to snack on. We top ours with fresh basil, mushrooms, squash, bell pepper, broccolini, arugula, roasted garlic and our house made tomato sauce. It’s a rainbow of flavors.

It’s no surprise that diners now expect healthy, filling snack options on their favorite restaurants’ menus. We strive to find that balance of options for every person who walks through our doors. So next time you start reaching for that cookie, try some of these easy ideas above and I promise you won’t regret it.

Written by: Executive Chef Rene Andrade, Tempe Public Market Café

Executive Chef Rene Andrade is the lead over at Tempe Public Market Café as well as its sister location, Ghost Ranch. Andrade worked with Matt Carter at The Mission and The House Brasserie. Before coming to Ghost Ranch and Tempe Public Market Café he was with Beau MacMillan over at Elements as his sous chef. Both Andrade and his cousin, Executive Sous Chef Roberto Centeno, were brought over to help open Ghost Ranch and Tempe Public Market Café more than a year ago. Andrade hails from Nogales, Mexico and has been cooking since he was 13.

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Staycation time in the valley! There are deals to be had for local residents all over and this month, we are sharing the cool deals over at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa!

The Westin Kierland is a great place for everything from family vacations to business meetings, weddings or just a restful getaway. This time of year, you can catch many families pool side, floating down the lazy river or checking out some of the very cool summer activities.

Summer adventures await the entire family at the Wesin Kierland. For the kids, there is Camp Kierland, which is a modern take on a classic, family-friendly adventure!

Led by the resort’s FUN camp counselors, families can enjoy a summer long exploration series that includes rafting and kayaking, Kierland FlowRider Surf Camp, scout-inspired cuisine, stargazing, unlimited campfire s’mores and more. Plus, renew at Agave, The Arizona Spa, enjoy fun in the sun at the Adventure Water Park and play The Westin Kierland Golf Club’s 27 holes.

There is great news also for families looking to stay on a budget. You can enjoy the resort’s Camp Kierland package with rates starting from $169 with a $50 per room, per night resort credit.

And of course, there are upgrades available for those looking to splurge a little and they include a VIP Camp Kierland pass and a take-home teepee tent amenity and more!

If you’d like more information or would like to book a room, head over to Marriott.com/PHXWS  and reference deal code MAJ.

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As we head into the dead of summer, I’m pulling my hair out trying to keep my kids entertained. In the same boat? Here are some non-cliché boredom busters to stimulate the kiddos, and in turn, keep us mamas somewhat sain.

Travel “at home”

Surrendering an extravagant, expensive summer vacay? Instill in kids a love for travel from the comfort of home. You’ve probably heard of Little Passports, monthly subscription kits for kids exposing them to the world- but they just released a pseudo “camp in a box.” These adventure packs are full of hands-on activities, and have themes ranging Space, Oceans and Art. There are activity books, maps, stickers and more- educational entertainment done right!

Get crafty

For older kids, like tweens and teens, suggest they get in touch with their inner artist. StitchPeople is an all-inclusive cross-stitch book, teaching readers everything they need to know about the craft. They’ll feel accomplished creating home décor showcasing their family, friends, pets and beyond. Affordable and fun; ideal for DIY buffs.

Encourage a new hobby

My photo-obsessed ways are rubbing off on my son; in fact, he’s been begging for a camera of his own. After some thought- I figured, why not?! Gift your kids- even young ones- the opportunity to learn a new hobby. And because I’m anti giving him the phone, I’m all for Nikon’s waterproof and rugged COOLPIX W300. It’s the perfect gadget for kids to document their adventures without worrying about damaging the device. (Also ideal for bringing on vacay.) Compact and easy to use, with built in wi-fi and Bluetooth.

Get messy… kind of

When all else fails, I get out the finger paints, but truth be told- most ends up all over their bodies. Opt for some affordable, washable art smocks by Bumkins. And while you’re at it, go for some all-inclusive easy art projects; there are really unique sets from Faber-Castell. I love the create your own book sets, and sticker suncatchers.

Use smart apps

Let’s be real- most kids want to do something techy. I prefer dodging anything iPad, but I actually have a newfound love affair for ABCMouse. While I’ve seen the commercials, I’ve never actually surfed the app… until now- and my 5-year-old loves it. ABC Mousefocuses on age specific learning games covering math, reading and beyond. The creative and engaging activities prevent the summer slide for ages 2-8.

Sing and dance

Consider Codia “smart DJ” loaded with 200 fully curated, classic songs and stories to provide developmental support.The adorable robot isan interactive “friend”that stimulates a child’s imagination and creates a sense of adventure WITHOUT a screen. Codi encourages good habits like brushing teeth, and parents can even send their children voice messages.

Fill a “FUNBOY”

Do I have your attention? The brand, FUNBOY, just released an awesome heart splash pool. While it’s fit for two adults, I say- make it a ball pit for kids to play! The best part: it inflates in 2 minutes.

Written by: Nadine Bubeck

Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)

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Delicious food and fun for the whole family- including your four-legged friends!

That is how I would describe this month’s Your Table is Ready hot spot, Brat Haus!

Brat Haus, located in Old Town Scottsdale, is a great spot to hit up for date night, family dinner out, dinner with friends and you can even bring Fido! There is also a cool location that JUST opened up in Phoenix along 16thStreet, just north of Bethany Home Road.

Brat Haus has an expansive beer garden with a cool group dining vibe. There are at least a couple dozen craft beers on tap, fun cocktails and some great non-alcoholic choices as well. Of course the best part if the food. Handmade German style pretzels, they have a HUGE one that will feed your entire party! It comes with a fun beer cheese as well. There are also Belgian fries with different dipping sauces, which my husband and I tried out and they were amazing!

For our main dish, we tested out a few of the artisan sausages that are all made in house. I had the Lamb & Goat Currywurst- so good! My husband tried out the brat flight- which came with a few differed brat and beer tasters. This is a great idea if you just cannot choose one brat over another.

They also have other dishes, outside of brats. There are burgers, sandwiches and salads, so definitely something for everyone.

One of the best parts of Brat Haus, it the outdoor beer garden! While during the summer time, the outdoors can be a little hard to handle, there is a nice patio area with misters, covered in tons of shade. There are also some outdoor games like Jenga and Cornhole, so everyone can have a good time. There is seating indoors as well if you’d rather stay inside.

One special thing we learned that Brat Haus does now is hold birthday parties for your pet! It is something they have started doing just recently and according to the assistant manager we spoke with, its been a huge hit with pet lovers valleywide. They have special offerings for your pets and a great deal for those looking to celebrate with their four-legged family members.

When we visited, it was just my husband and myself, but we would happily bring our two boys to check out the hot spot. Great fun for the whole family. This is a great option when looking for a cool new place to check out. More information available online at www.brathausaz.com.

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Our family travel series continues with Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck (Mama B.). Every month, Nadine showcases a fabulous destination- providing five things about visiting the hot spot.

This month, we’re heading to the country roads of California. Nestled a few hours north of Santa Barbara, lies the picturesque central coast. Often overlooked, it’s a lovely destination for families.

Where to stay:

Spend a few nights at Oceanpoint Ranch in the heart of Cambia, a quaint seaside village in San Luis Obispo County. The property is cozy and affordable, amidst Moonstone Beach. Many of the ranch-inspired bungalows have fireplaces, and there’s a great restaurant on property.

After, take the 10-minute to Cavalier Oceanfront Resort, a peaceful retreat in San Simeon. The family friendly resort has a huge grassy lawn that overlooks the beach- equipped with cornhole, checkers and more. The best part? You’re literally steps from the sand. (Don’t forget to snag a s’mores kit for nighttime roasting! The property prepares fires nightly!)

Where to play:

Visit Linn’s Farm in Cambria. The family-owned business is known for its pie shop downtown, but the actual farm is open to the public. Graze the olallieberry vines (we had a blast berry picking!) and taste-test some delicious jam. Little known tidbit… ask to rope swing over the creek- if the owners are around, they’ll likely give you a push.

Next, sight-see the elephant seals off the coast of San Simeon. They’re the silliest looking creatures- kiddos love it! (Oh, and on your way- see if you can spot the zebras grazing south of Hearst Castle.)

Tour Stepladder Creamery. By reservation only, get up-close and personal with playful puppy-like goats (amazing photo opps!). Learn about making cheese, and then give some a taste.

Next, you’ll swoon over the Covell Clydesdale Ranch, one of the only places in the world to experience the gentle giants. Watch in awe as over 50 Clydesdales run free- and depending on the age of your kids, you can even ride them! Tours are available by vehicle as well. (And get this- a son and daughter run the ranch… the daughter leads all the tours herself- she started doing so at 16!)

Finally- treat yourself to some vino! The area is known for fabulous wineries, like Stolo Family Vineyards. Why? Because it’s family friendly! YES, you can sip while the kids roam the lawn, play games, and even pet goats!

Where to feast:

Cambria’s gorgeous Moonstone Beach Grill flaunts views of the ocean. Indulge in fresh seafood (A+ kid’s menu as well!).

For lunch, check out Sebastian’s in San Simeon, across the street from the entrance into Hearst Castle. It’s a café/tasting room, so the kids can eat while you… DRINK!

What to bring:

Shorts, pants, tanks and jackets… you literally never know what the weather will be along the coast.

Don’t forget:

The area is very drivable, ideal for road-tripping. If you have any questions about the area, Highway Discovery Route is a great resource.

Written by: Nadine Bubeck

Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)

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As we pull out the shorts and sleeveless dresses, some of us will signal more than summer’s arrival: we’ll show just how much desert living can leave us with dry skin.

To counter flaky, scaly skin, the experts at Affiliated Dermatology share this advice:

1. Drink plenty of water

· The more water you drink, the more likely your skin cells will stay hydrated.
· The old rule of thumb was to drink 64 ounces per day (roughly equal to a two-liter bottle) but it really depends on your size and activities. A better goal may be to drink between a half-ounce and one ounce for every pound you weigh. So, a 140-pound person would aim for between 70 and 140 ounces of water per day.

2. Avoid long, hot showers

· Too much hot water can strip away skin’s natural oils. Try lukewarm instead and limit showers to ten minutes.
· Immediately after bathing, pat skin (don’t rub skin rub dry) and apply moisturizer to lock in water.

3. Use correct products

· Some cleansers may be too harsh and strip your skin’s natural barrier.
· Avoid products that contain alcohol, which can be drying. Opt for a mild, noncomedogenic cleanser, which is formulated to not block pores.
· It may be tempting to slather on a heavy moisturizer but depending on your skin, a lighter, hydrating lotion may be more beneficial during summer.

4. Exfoliate

· Using scrubs to slough off dry, dead cells can increase blood circulation, unclog pores and improve skin appearance.
· Exfoliation can also help skincare products penetrate more deeply.

5. Wear Sunscreen

· Every day, apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 that provides protection against UVA and UVB rays.
· Most adults need about one ounce (equivalent to a shot glass) to cover their body.
· Cover all exposed skin, including neck, ears, and top of head.
· Reapply every two hours when outdoors and immediately after swimming or sweating.

6. Protect Lips

· Use a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30.
· Consider natural balms to moisturize and hydrate like beeswax and extra virgin olive oil.
· To prevent drying, avoid licking lips.

7. Towel off

· Alcohol-free facial wipes can provide a quick cleanse without drying out skin.
· Some wipes focus on cleansing while others have moisturizing formulas.

Submitted by: Affiliated Dermatology

Affiliated Dermatology is led by Arizona physicians dedicated to Arizona patients. Founded in July 2002 by Dr. Richard L. Averitte, Jr., Affiliated Dermatology has grown to eight locations providing skin cancer prevention and treatment, medical and aesthetic dermatology services, and allergy testing. In 2011, Affiliated Dermatology created a residency program to train the next generation of healthcare professionals to help meet Arizona’s increased demand. In addition, Affiliated Dermatology has its own, in-house CLIA certified and CAP accredited laboratory. Dr. Averitte also established the Arizona Skin Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial aid to people with skin cancer who cannot afford treatment. www.affderm.com

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At six-foot-four – and with a voice deeper than most radio personalities – North Valley dad Chad Barnett may at first seem a looming personality.

But in reality, the father of three is more teddy bear than grizzly.

Even his career oozes family.

“The only two careers I’ve had as an adult are in frozen yogurt and sandwiches,” laughs Barnett, who got his start working in his native Texas at TCBY at just 19 years old.

Newly married, he and his wife, Jeana, would move from Texas in 1993 to Arkansas, then to Indiana and finally to Arizona with the organization in 1997.

One Big Brand

In 2000, Barnett met Rick Ueable, who owned about a dozen Subway franchisees in Arizona under the business name Foods 2000, Inc. He and his partner were looking for someone to assist in operations management, and Barnett – who had fallen in love with the Valley – jumped at the opportunity.

“Over the past 19 years, we’ve worked together to expand the business to 49 Subway locations and
counting, says Barnett, who today serves as president of Foods 2000 – which is located in Scottsdale – as well as chair of the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust (SFAFT), overseeing marketing and advertising for the entire Subway brand in the market.

Along the way, Barnett’s path has been littered with great kids – some of his own, and some he has had the honor of helping in any way he could.

Two Volunteer Boards

Barnett began volunteering with Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona in the mid-2000s. The organization has been focused on to providing sports equipment, uniforms, registration fees and access to major sporting events for kids who might not otherwise be able to participate.

“We raise money in order to provide grants to local kids’ sports organizations each year. But in addition, we work with partners on a program called Cycle for Success, which goes into schools and rewards children with new bikes, helmets, locks and a Subway-catered party for doing random acts of kindness that might otherwise go unnoticed,” says Barnett, noting that 2019 marks the organization’s 20thanniversary as well as their millionth dollar raised.

According to Barnett, the all-volunteer board is a project of passion for both fellow franchisees and a select group of partners who make all of the “magic” happen.

“Each year, we host a series of fundraising events that helps us to do what we do. Partners who have stepped up in such a major way to not only make these events happen but ensure their success include our event title sponsor West Liberty Foods, our long-time signature sponsor Coca-Cola and our tireless event sponsors Mobivity, Frito-Lay, Shamrock, Proof Advertising, Craftmark and HMA Public Relations. They are the real rock stars,” says Barnett, noting that this year’s tournament will take place in October at both Top Golf Scottsdale and Talking Stick Golf Club.

In addition to Subway Kids & Sports, Barnett more recently took on another appointment, in 2018 joining the Phoenix Advantage Charter School board, which oversees the business affairs of the school, including setting policy, maintaining compliance with the charter and applicable laws and helping to guide the ongoing vitality of the school, its staff, and its students.

“One of my biggest continuous dreams is a world where all kids have their best chance,” says Barnett.

Three Busy Kids
of course, however, more than anything, Barnett’s overarching dream is to see his son and two daughters – ages 17, 15 and 13 – grow, become successful and happy and learn how to be contributing members of the community on causes for which they have a passion.

“Right now, making sure their dreams come true mostly involves Jeanaand me acting as their chauffeurs, of course,” jokes Barnett. “Whether its choir rehearsals, track practice or football, this stage in life it is all about being able to see the kids participate in things they enjoy while looking forward to what their futures hold.”

Written by: Alison Bailin Batz

Alison Bailin Batz is a freelance writer on interesting people, places, things – as well as all thing travel, food and drink. Her musings can be seen in more than two dozen media outlets across the Southwest. She is also a senior account executive at HMA Public Relations in Phoenix.

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Let’s face it, it’s hot here in the valley. Summertime can be brutal and finding things for the kids to do cool off indoors can be a challenge.

But parents don’t you fret, there is a great, affordable option in the north valley, fun for kids and adults! Time to check out Uptown Jungle! Uptown Jungle is not your typical trampoline park. It is an indoor playground, with a huge structure where kids can climb, jump, slide and run.

There is plenty of space for the kids to play, run around, get out some of their summer crazies and just simply enjoy being a kid! There are also opportunities for private parties, group team building activities, birthday parties and more. And they continue to add more as they go. According to Regional Community Outreach Director George Colebrook, great things are brewing. “We are looking for ways to engage with all of our communities, youth groups, PTSO groups, church groups and more. We want to work with everyone in our community to bring joy and happiness to families. Our goal is to give kids a safe environment to play and give parents piece of mind that their children will be safe and happy while at Uptown Jungle.”

Visitors to the park can pay by the hour, or longer. Those who play must purchase grip-socks o their first visit, that you can wear over and over again on repeat visits. Parents are only half-price if they want to play alongside their kids and aren’t charged at all if they just want to sit and watch.

This location is just one of a few here in the valley and can be found at 7608 W. Cactus Road, on the corner of 75thAvenue and Cactus in Peoria.

For more information, you can check them out online Uptown Jungle.

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I just returned from bringing my three boys on a road trip. For two weeks, it was simply mama and sons, and for week three, my husband joined. During the “solo” part of our journey, I learned a lot about myself, about my kids, about traveling, and about life. Here’s what I took from our road trip adventure.

  1. Yes, I’m crazy

I have three boys under five. Everyone who saw me shuffling the kids around stared puzzled- like why on earth would I venture over 1,500 miles staying at over ten hotels with little kids? The answer is simple: because I’m crazy …but a good kind of crazy. I desire to instill a love for travel in my boys, and I don’t think it’s too early to do so. I want to fuel their curiosity and expose them to things they wouldn’t normally experience. Most of all- I want them to see the adventure in me; taking note that their mom values escaping our normal routine.

So yes, call me crazy- it’s a compliment.

  1. It’s the simple things

We’re often consumed with planning extravagant vacations to pricey, populated places, or venturing via plane somewhere far, far away, but truth is- it’s sometimes unnecessary. And so, while venturing through California, I learned it doesn’t take much to keep them happy, entertained and busy.

They found pure joy spotting a playground from our car window- thrilled when I pulled over to let them play. One late afternoon, we discovered an untouched beach. At night, we often roasted s’mores and played Uno in our PJs. I learned the cliché is very true: simple things are often the most memorable.

  1. Cater activities to age

My approach in planning our itinerary was catering to their ages and interests, selecting activities that were out of the norm like olallieberry picking, touring a Clydesdale ranch, visiting a goat cheese creamery, and more. I savored their awe and enjoyment in the age-appropriate entertainment, knowing their youthful spirits wouldn’t forever appreciate the tailored activities.

  1. Wine matters

While doing stuff for the kids was my top priority, I gifted myself a glass of vino on a near nightly basis. I needed it. I deserved it. And it tasted SO good. Road-tripping with littles can be extremely draining- both physically and mentally- so my dose of sweet sipping was delightfully delicious.

  1. Small living quarters can be difficult, but oh-so-sweet

For three weeks, we crammed into hotel rooms, shared beds, and never got any privacy. Sounds fun, right? Well, it was. I got to rotate sleeping with my kids, giving each of them special mommy snuggle time. Also, the boys fell asleep whispering to one another, and hearing the sound of their laughter warmed every ounce inside me.

  1. My patience reached a new level

Surely, I lost my cool… a lot. It’s not normal to never truly be alone for three weeks straight. And truth be told, the boys had their moments testing my patience. However, I gave into myself… I’m human… and when I did get overly annoyed, I expressed it to them (as calm as possible). Sure, I may have come across hard at times, but we eventually re-gathered, hugged, and moved on.

  1. Get them involved

The boys wanted to feel involved in the whole road-trip process, and so ordered paper maps of California and they helped plot our trip. We also played educational “games” in the car… I’d tell them when to look for highway turnoffs (like the 101), specific street signs, and they “helped me” count miles while following directions.

  1. Finding my inner kid

When we went olallieberry picking, we got a tour of the working farm and came across a rope swing that swung high over a creek. (My five-year-old was all over it.) Before we left, I decided I wanted to take a swing, and as embarrassing as it was, I let him nudge me up and push meback and forth. The boys laughed, and I smiled… that pure youthful smile we often lose as we grow up. It was then, and often throughout our journey, I let my inner child come out to play- surrendering the whole mom thing and simply being a kid with my kids.

Written by: Nadine Bubeck

Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)

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