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MySDMoms.com http://mysdmoms.com For San Diego Moms and Moms-To-Be Thu, 15 Jul 2021 17:11:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 38756440 Water Safety Tips and Guides For the Whole Family http://mysdmoms.com/2021/07/water-safety-tips-and-guides-for-the-whole-family/ http://mysdmoms.com/2021/07/water-safety-tips-and-guides-for-the-whole-family/#respond Thu, 15 Jul 2021 17:11:12 +0000 http://mysdmoms.com/?p=1155080 It’s getting hot outside and the pool has never looked more inviting. But there are some very important things to remember when it comes to keeping your family safe in the water. Here are some great guides and resources to help out:  American Red Cross – Water Safety for Kids  The Red Cross has put […]

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It’s getting hot outside and the pool has never looked more inviting. But there are some very important things to remember when it comes to keeping your family safe in the water. Here are some great guides and resources to help out: 

American Red Cross – Water Safety for Kids 

The Red Cross has put together a great tool for your kids to learn how to stay safe in the pool. Hosted by Longfellow the Whale, these entertaining series of videos will engage your kids and have corresponding activities for them to enjoy. 

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/water-safety/water-safety-for-kids.html

California Department of Water Resources – Water Safety 

We’re not just going to the pool to cool off this summer since California has plenty of spots with water to enjoy. This guide for parents and kids hosted by Albert and Einstein will keep you safe no matter where you are will a range of videos, workbooks and posters. 

https://water.ca.gov/What-We-Do/Recreation/Water-Safety

Safety.com – The 2020 Kids Water Safety Guide

Beyond tips and rules to keep your family safe in the water, there are also a range of products that can really help. This guide from Safety.com has some great stuff you can find on Amazon for your pool, boat or when you visit the beach! 

https://www.safety.com/kids-water-safety/​

Swim Schools in San Diego

Of course, the first step to water safety is getting your child in some swim lessons. Here are the top five swim schools in San Diego according to Yelp! reviews: 

Sunsational Swim School – Private Swim Lessons

https://www.sunsationalswimschool.com/swimming-lessons/San-Diego-CA

Noonan Family Swim School
https://noonanfamilyswim.com/

Alli Jo’s Swim School
https://www.allijosswimschool.com/

AquaSafe Swimming – San Diego
http://aquasafeswimming.com/wordpress1/

Swim2John
https://swim2john.com/

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9 Unique Road Trip Spots The Whole Family Can Enjoy http://mysdmoms.com/2021/06/9-unique-road-trip-spots-the-whole-family-can-enjoy/ Thu, 24 Jun 2021 19:10:11 +0000 http://mysdmoms.com/?p=1154825 Let’s face it, summer at home last year sucked. It’s time to make up for lost time and get out there! Nothing gets you out like an awesome summer road trip with the whole family. For us, the best part of a road trip are the unique roadside attractions that you’ll see along the way. […]

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Let’s face it, summer at home last year sucked. It’s time to make up for lost time and get out there! Nothing gets you out like an awesome summer road trip with the whole family. For us, the best part of a road trip are the unique roadside attractions that you’ll see along the way. Here are a few of our favorites: 

Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, Ca

Is this the most haunted spot in the United States? Some think so. The Winchester Mystery House was all built under the guidance of Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearms magnate William Wirt Winchester. She believed that the ghosts of those killed by the guns her husband made were haunting her. So to confuse those ghosts she built this house with stairs to nowhere and doors that opened to a brick wall. Even if ghosts aren’t your thing, you’ll be fascinated by the architecture of this unique home. 

Peggy Sue’s Diner – Yermo, Ca

We’re all familiar with the road to Las Vegas, so of course we must start there. Since I was a kid we always made sure to stop at Peggy Sue’s for some food and to wander their amazing gift shop. It’s your basic diner food but the staff really ads the magic to this place. I’ve spent hours playing the triangle peg game that is at every table. 

Peggy Sue’s Diner

Terrible’s Roadhouse – Jean, Nevada

One more Last Vegas attraction because we can’t not talk about this. Everyone talks about Eddie’s World on the 15 (which is great), but for us Terrible’s is the best gas station beats it. It’s MASSIVE with a ton of food perfect for the car including a White Castle! Plus, the bathrooms there might be the cleanest ones you will ever be in. Last time I was there I spent an hour just exploring all it has to offer. Once you are done there, don’t head back on the freeway! Take Las Vegas BLVD from there so you can visit the Seven Magic Mountains. 

Terrible’s Roadhouse

The World’s Only Corn Palace – Mitchell, South Dakota 

This is probably my favorite roadside attraction on this list because it is so random. Built in 1892, this building is completely covered in REAL corn. Inside, you can find themed murals made entirely out of corn that are changed out every year. The best part – it is totally FREE! That’s right, you can take a guided tour of this attraction all for free. If you are headed across the country this is a must see. 

The World’s Only Corn Palace

Wall Drug Store – Wall, South Dakota 

​It’s hard to miss Wall Drug in South Dakota as the signs for this attraction are everywhere. Seriously. There are signs for Wall Drug in Morocco, London and more places across the globe. The spot gained popularity in the 30s as a place you could get free ice water, which really came in handy on a long dusty road. Now the spot is so big it includes a massive gift shop, restaurant and even some animatronics. 

Wall Drug Store

The Hole N” The Rock – Moah, Utah

Sometimes the name says it all. This is literally a whole in the rock along US Highway 191. This started as a home that was built into a massive red rock and expanded to a gift shop, petting zoo and much more! 

Marsh’s Free Museum – Long Beach, Washington

If you are into oddities and unique collections, than Marsh’s Free Museum is a must-see for you. They have everything from seashells, two-headed calves, tapeworms and antique baseball games. But their claim to fame is being the final resting place of Jake the Alligator Man. This creature was a big feature of Weekly World News as a half-man/half-alligator. You can learn all about Jake’s strange history and see his mummified body at the museum… if you dare! 

Marsh’s Free Museum

The Leaning Tower of Niles – Niles, Illinois

So you might not make it to Italy this year, how about the next best thing? The Leaning Tower of Niles is a half-scale replica of the famous tower in Pisa. Just like it’s famous counterpart, you can also take a cheesy picture of yourself holding up the tower here. 

https://www.vniles.com/883/Leaning-Tower-of-Niles 

World’s Largest Collection of Smallest Versions of Largest Things – Lucas, Kansas

Once again, the name of this museum tells you exactly what to expect and might be the ultimate roadside attraction. The museums creator, Erika Nelson, travels the country and takes pictures of unique attractions she sees along the way. She then uses those pictures to re-create tiny versions of those attractions. So if you can’t make it to the biggest ball of twine or the largest tea kettle, visit the World’s Largest Collection of Smallest Versions of Largest Things and it will be like you visited them all! 

worldslargestthings.com

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Mom Confession: I Don’t Want to Take a Vacation http://mysdmoms.com/2021/06/mom-confession-i-dont-want-to-take-a-vacation/ Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:49:26 +0000 http://mysdmoms.com/?p=1154616 By MySDMom Jessica It’s summer time, which is the perfect time for road trips and family vacations. This would be the perfect time to recharge after a stressful pandemic. So am I refusing to schedule vacation time? Because vacations are not what they used to be anymore once you have kids. When I was in […]

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By MySDMom Jessica

It’s summer time, which is the perfect time for road trips and family vacations. This would be the perfect time to recharge after a stressful pandemic. So am I refusing to schedule vacation time? Because vacations are not what they used to be anymore once you have kids.

When I was in my 20s and 30s, vacations were a time to rest and recharge from a stressful 40-60 hour work week. My job has me working very early hours and very long hours. While I love what I do, after months and months on end it gets very taxing. I loved vacation time because that was when I could finally catch up on sleep and reset so I could go back to work with a fresh mind. 

What I quickly have learned since having a kid that it is no longer the case. 

Let me start by saying that I love my child more than anything and treasure every single moment we have together. But he is also a LOT of work. That is okay, he is 2 (almost 3) and was recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. That means we spend most of our time with him running around trying to keep him somewhat settled and entertained. My amazing husband stays at home with him during the date while I’m at work and once I get home I takeover. Sometimes I can get a quick nap in while Walt is napping, but it is usually short and when you only get 5 hours of sleep at night it’s never enough. 

So what happens on vacation? More of the same thing. I might get a little more sleep but when Walt is awake I spend most of my time running around after him which ends up being even more exhausting. Between that organizing, packing and making everything goes smoothly while on vacation I end up even more tired than when I started. Add in the fact that I have one of those jobs (again not complaining) that take a lot of work to prepare to take a day off, makes it almost not worth it. 

I’ve talked to a couple other parents about this and they had the same feelings, especially when the child is younger. Now, we could leave Walt with someone for a couple nights, but we aren’t ready to do that yet. 

This is why I’m not in a rush to plan a vacation for this summer. I can’t be alone here right? 

Parents, do you dread vacations because they are a ton of work? 

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7 Tips for Heading Back to Disneyland http://mysdmoms.com/2021/05/7-tips-for-heading-back-to-disneyland/ Thu, 27 May 2021 16:02:11 +0000 http://mysdmoms.com/?p=1154436 Things are slowly getting back to normal and the Happiest Place on Earth is FINALLY open! Right now it is only open to Californians, but that will change on June 15th when everyone is allowed to visit Disneyland again. If you and your family are ready to head back to see Mickey, Minnie and the […]

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Things are slowly getting back to normal and the Happiest Place on Earth is FINALLY open! Right now it is only open to Californians, but that will change on June 15th when everyone is allowed to visit Disneyland again. If you and your family are ready to head back to see Mickey, Minnie and the whole gang, there are a few things you should know.

Tickets and Reservations

Right now Disneyland is requiring all guests to have tickets and reservations for the days they want to visit. Luckily this is really easy and can be done all at once on the Disneyland website or through their app. If you are looking to save a little money, you grab a two or more day ticket that will save you for each visit, just note that you must use all days of your ticket with 13 days of your first visit. There are also days that are a little less expensive than others to visit and all of that info can be found at Disneyland.com.

Disneyland App

Speaking of the app, it is VERY important to download the app before your trip and create your Disneyland.com account to go with it. The app will hold digital versions of your ticket and all dining reservations as well as give you updates on wait times. It is also where you can make reservations for Rise of the Resistance and W.E.B. Slingers (the new ride coming to Avengers Campus on June 4th). Also, this is how you can mobile order food (which I’ll go over later because it is VERY important).

Getting Prepared for Your Park Day

On our first trip back to Disneyland I was very unprepared for a full park day. It’s been over a year since we went back to a theme park and my body quickly let me know. Comfortable shoes are of course a must, but there a couple other things to remember. Since summer is here make sure to bring some hand-held fans. Also, if you have a little one invest in a clip on rechargeable fan for the stroller. They aren’t too expensive and your child will love you for it. We also got this hands free fan that is kind of great:

Also, get yourself a reusable water bottle. Disney has installed a few water bottle filling stations throughout the park in the last couple years and it will save you $$$ on water at the park.

Masks Masks Masks

As of this writing, masks will still be required in theme parks in California even after June15th. Since it is hot out I suggest bringing multiple masks that you can easily switch out, especially for the kids. They also have these brand new masks they just started selling at Disneyland that are AWESOME! There is a wire in the front that tents the mask away from your mouth providing more breathing room. It’s easily become my favorite mask.

Virtual Cues

This is the question I get ALL the time from people headed back to Disneyland for the first time in a while. “How do I get on a virtual cue for Rise of the Resistance?” Right now this is the only way you can get on this incredible ride and it will also be the case for the new W.E.B. Slingers Spider Man ride coming to Disney California Adventure on June 4th. The virtual cues open two times during the day, once at 7am and again at 12pm. I use a technique perfected by theme park reporter Brooke Geiger McDonald and it has worked really well for me (I use the B method):

Mobile Ordering

This is my #1 tip to anyone going to Disneyland right now. MOBILE ORDER EARLY!!! Right now there is very limited menus and walk-up options for your meals at the Disneyland resort. Most locations are doing mobile ordering only. The problem is that if you wait to mobile order around lunch or dinner, you might have a hard time finding a location with a window at that time and you might have to wait a couple hours for something to open up. I suggest ordering your lunch and dinner via the Disneyland app early, possibly when you’re in line for your first ride. Just pick an arrival window when you would normally eat and the app will do the rest for you. All you have to do when you get to the location is say “I’m Here” on the app and they’ll let you know when your food is ready. Super, super easy!

NOTE: This includes DOLE WHIP!!! Order it ahead of time because those windows fill up fast.

Shopping

Most guests are trying to get the most out of their Disneyland days right now by riding as many rides as they can while the park is open. This leaves the shopping for the end of the day. Do NOT do this! The end of the day the shops are crammed with people getting in, which makes it harder right now with capacity for the stores because cut off. So take some time during your day to do your shopping instead of waiting till the end of the night. Plus, the stores are much less crowded in the morning and afternoon making for a more comfortable and quicker shopping experience.

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San Diego Summer Camps for 2021 http://mysdmoms.com/2021/05/san-diego-summer-camps-for-2021/ Tue, 11 May 2021 15:20:12 +0000 http://mysdmoms.com/?p=1154128 Summer camps are BACK for 2021 with both in-person and virtual options for your kids. These are a tradition for many kids and with COVID protocols in place are a great way to get your kids outside and learning this summer. Here are some great options available in San Diego this summer:  Encore Creative Arts & Enrichment Camp […]

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Summer camps are BACK for 2021 with both in-person and virtual options for your kids. These are a tradition for many kids and with COVID protocols in place are a great way to get your kids outside and learning this summer. Here are some great options available in San Diego this summer: 

Encore Creative Arts & Enrichment Camp

This camp has a bit of an advantage in operating safely with COVID protocols in mind as they were one of the few camps operating in 2020. The 30,000 square foot gated campus offers something for almost any interest your kid might have from sports to music to art to even a comic book program! They specialize in kids 7-13 and also have new camps available for kids 4-6 years old. Camp runs June 14 through August 27. 

https://encorecreativeartscamp.com/index.html

Camp Jaycee

While going through Camp Jaycee’s website I was immediately jealous. They have a Harry Potter one-week camp! Where can I sign up? Seriously though the options here are endless and kids as young as 18 months can take part. 

CampJaycee.com

Birch Aquarium’s Summer Camps

Do you have a kid that never wants to leave when you take them to the aquarium? This camp is PERFECT for them! Kids in grades K-5 can enjoy this week long camp filled with crafts, science activities and of course interacting and learning about all the amazing animals at Birch Aquarium. If you’re not ready to send your kid to in-person camp yet they are offering virtual camp this summer as well. 

https://aquarium.ucsd.edu/experiences/programs/summer-camps

Helen Woodward Animal Center

Summer Critter CampThis is another great one for kids that are into animals. They are offering two different week long camps this summer, “Adventures with Animals” and “The Magical World of Animals,” open to kids in preschool through 6th grade 

Mad Science Camp

How many times has your kid made you watch the same YouTube science experiment video over and over? They will LOVE Mad Science Camp where they can do all those experiments for themselves. They can experience everything from NASA Space Academy to Crazy-Chem Works. These half-day camps are held all summer throughout San Diego County. Virtual camps are also available. 

https://sandiego.madscience.org/parents-camps.aspx

​This is just the start of summer camps happening this summer in San Diego. Here is a list of even more great camps your kids are going to love! 

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5 Things That Helped Us Survive Our First Year of Parenthood http://mysdmoms.com/2021/04/5-things-that-helped-us-survive-our-first-year-of-parenthood/ Thu, 22 Apr 2021 11:54:31 +0000 http://mysdmoms.com/?p=1153767 They say the first year of parenthood is the hardest. Long nights make things a little stressful and eventually you will try anything to help stay sane. Here are some things that we quickly learned we couldn’t live without during our first year as parents: Bottle warmer I wasn’t sure this was something we needed […]

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They say the first year of parenthood is the hardest. Long nights make things a little stressful and eventually you will try anything to help stay sane. Here are some things that we quickly learned we couldn’t live without during our first year as parents:

Bottle warmer

I wasn’t sure this was something we needed until we got one, but honestly a bottle warmer became our best friend. We kept it in our bedroom and really saved us most nights. I would pump hand have a several bottles ready to go in the fridge. At night, I would grab a couple and keep it in the handy cooler that came with it at night. Then if he needed to be fed at 3am, all we had to do is pop it into the warmer and after a couple minutes we were good to go. This is great also because dad can also be the one to get up and feed the baby in the middle night so it’s not always up to mom. Now we got ours two years ago and they’ve only gotten better since then. This one does everything for you. 

Zipper pajamas

You know what is the hardest thing in the world? Trying to close a million little snaps on your babies pajamas at 2am! After hours of sleep deprivation this is the LAST thing you want to do! We learned this pretty quick and only would put our little one in zip-up pajamas. While the snaps are cute, they are so not practical. We did get one pair that was little magnets that was great but didn’t feel as secure. Zippers are the way to go! 

This also goes out to anyone who is buying pajamas as a gift too – NEVER get the ones with the snaps! Your friends and family with a newborn will thank you!

Baby Swing

There were MANY times we were thankful for our baby swing during our first year as parents. Our little one likes movement and sometimes that was the only way he would sleep. The swing came in handy so many times because it gave us a break to cook, clean or just go to the bathroom! It actually made me very sad when he got too big for it and had to give it up because it was SO helpful. There are many different swings with all kinds of bells and whistles. Those work or you can just go basic like this one we got:

The Shusher

This may sound like the dumbest invention ever but is actually GENIUS! All this little machine does is say “shhhhh” over and over again for 30 or 60 minutes. Literally saved us so many nights. AND it’s portable so you can take it anywhere with you! This is a GREAT baby shower gift because most parents won’t think to get it for themselves but will actually love it. 

Sound Machine

A friend had researched great gifts for parents when she was figuring out what to buy us one Christmas and came up with a sound machine. When we finally moved our little one to his own room this helped replaced the “shhhhh” sound from the Shusher and helped soothed him to sleep. Plus, it acted a sound barrier for him so it could drown out what was going on outside his room. In fact, we still use it to this day and it’s the best thing ever! The ones that also act as a nightlight are great and soothing for baby and later toddler:

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April is World Autism Month! http://mysdmoms.com/2021/04/april-is-world-autism-month/ Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:53:52 +0000 http://mysdmoms.com/?p=1153610 By MySDMom Jessica The month of April is recognized as World Autism Month. Some call it Autism Awareness Month and others Autism Awareness Month. Either way, it is a time to talk about those that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and those that love them. As a mother of a 2-year-old that was […]

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By MySDMom Jessica

The month of April is recognized as World Autism Month. Some call it Autism Awareness Month and others Autism Awareness Month. Either way, it is a time to talk about those that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and those that love them. As a mother of a 2-year-old that was recently diagnosed with ASD, this is a time we’re using to share our story. 

December 15th Walt was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I won’t lie, I was scared when I first heard the doctor say it out loud. I couldn’t help but wonder what this meant for the future of my favorite little man. How does this affect who he is going to be? What does this mean for school? Future jobs? Friendships and relationships? All the possibilities ran through my head and I won’t lie I spent many hours crying for the next few days. 

But the one thing that really ended up helping me stop being so scared and start feeling hopeful was hearing other people’s stories. Whether it was the mom that talked to me about her 25-year-old son that just went to Las Vegas with his friends or the Instagram post I read about a 3-year-old that progressed a ton after starting ABA therapy. All these stories helped me realize this wasn’t a scary thing it would just be different than some other kids. And that is okay. 

So because of that we decided to share our story earlier this month in hopes that maybe one parent with a kid that was recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder would see it and feel a little less scared. 

If your child was recently diagnosed with ASD or you know someone that was, this 100 day guide from Autism Speaks was also very helpful for us. 

Most of all, remember this April – Be Kind!

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Easter Activities For the Family at Home http://mysdmoms.com/2021/03/easter-activities-for-the-family-at-home/ Fri, 26 Mar 2021 19:34:15 +0000 http://mysdmoms.com/?p=1153336 While things are looking up, Easter still won’t be the same this year… Well not the same to every other year but 2020. So here are some great activities to do with the whole family at home:  Peep Fondue This one sounds a little creepy, but I for sure what to give it a try! […]

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While things are looking up, Easter still won’t be the same this year… Well not the same to every other year but 2020. So here are some great activities to do with the whole family at home: 

Peep Fondue

This one sounds a little creepy, but I for sure what to give it a try! You know those Peeps you get a million of every year and always end up throwing out? Melt some chocolate and use them as Peep Fondue! The kids will love it even though dipping the chicks into the chocolate is a little morbid… 

Peeps Easter Fondue Recipe

Easter Coin Toss

The older kids are REALLY going to like this game. Why? Because they can earn MONEY! And it’s something you can do with the extra hard-boiled egg that just didn’t make it into the egg salad. 

Grow Some Easter Crystals

This is for the budding scientist in your house! You could start this the night before Easter and wake up to some crystal eggs the kids made all on their own. Super fun, easy and with very little mess. SCORE! 

Unique Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

I know when I was a kid we did the same Easter egg hunt every year. Wake up, find the eggs around the house, eat all the candy. Maybe it’s time to switch it up a bit. Here are some unique things you can do for your Easter Egg hunt this year:

35 Best Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Some Family-Friendly Competition This Holiday

​Easter Crafts​

A holiday wouldn’t be complete without some fun crafts for the kids. But let’s be real, between working from home and distance learning, right now simple is the key. Here are some great crafts the kids can do that won’t require too much brain power: 

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How Are You Preparing For Your Kids To Go Back to School? http://mysdmoms.com/2021/03/how-are-you-preparing-for-your-kids-to-go-back-to-school/ Tue, 09 Mar 2021 13:13:57 +0000 http://mysdmoms.com/?p=1152932 California is preparing to send kids back to school in the next couple months. While specific dates range depending on the county COVID numbers, specific school district and grade, parents are getting ready to get their kids back to in-person learning. So what do you need to know and how should you prepare for your […]

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California is preparing to send kids back to school in the next couple months. While specific dates range depending on the county COVID numbers, specific school district and grade, parents are getting ready to get their kids back to in-person learning. So what do you need to know and how should you prepare for your kid going back to school? Here are some helpful links: 

When will kids be going back to school? 

This is a complicated question. It depends on the current case rate in San Diego County. Elementary students can return if the case rate is less than 25 per 100,000 people, which San Diego County is currently below. Middle school and high school students can return once we reach the red tier, which is currently defined as 7 cases per 100,000. However, that restriction is about to be relaxed some to 10 cases per 100,000 people in the coming days depending on vaccination rates. Yes, it does sound complicated (because it is), but EdSource.org has more up-to-date information broken down for you: 

What should your kids have ready to head back to school? 

Obviously, your child will probably need plenty of masks and hand sanitizer before heading back to class. But there are a lot of things that you might not even think about. What is the drinking water situation in class? Who do you contact if your child does get sick? The CDC has provided a printable handout for parents with a checklist to help guide parents: 

Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers – CDC

How do you handle your child’s back-to-school anxiety? 

Going back to school at the end of summer can be stressful. So imagine what it will be like in the middle of a global pandemic? While things are starting to look better, the stress and worry of being around so many people again can be hard for both parent and child. Kaiser Permanente has shared three way how you can help your kids and yourself get through the anxiety: 

3 ways to manage anxiety about returning to work and school – Kaiser Permanente

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How To Make Your Favorite Disneyland Food At Home! http://mysdmoms.com/2021/02/how-to-make-your-favorite-disneyland-food-at-home/ Thu, 18 Feb 2021 12:43:18 +0000 http://mysdmoms.com/?p=1152528 If your family is any like mine, you are missing Disneyland SO MUCH! It’s been almost a year since the most magical place on earth closed and in that time we’ve missed the rides, the lands and (most importantly) THE FOOD! There is a section of the Disney California Adventure that is open right now […]

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 30: An entrance area to Disneyland stands empty on September 30, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Disney is laying off 28,000 workers amid the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on theme parks. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

If your family is any like mine, you are missing Disneyland SO MUCH! It’s been almost a year since the most magical place on earth closed and in that time we’ve missed the rides, the lands and (most importantly) THE FOOD! There is a section of the Disney California Adventure that is open right now serving some of your Disneyland favorites like churros and popcorn and a food festival coming mid-March. But if you can’t make it up to Disneyland for either of those, here is how you can make some of your favorite Disneyland foods at home with the whole family! 

Mickey Waffles

If you’ve been sleeping on Mickey Waffles then you are missing out! These are my favorite Disneyland food. There is something about the batter that is so tasty and those Mickey ears get nice and crispy. Luckily, you can make them for yourself using Carbon’s Golden Malted Pancake & Waffle Flour. This is the same exact batter that they use in the parks. For bonus points you can also get your own Mickey Waffle Iron at ShopDisney.com. There are other waffle irons that are less expensive, but honestly they do not compare

Churro Toffee

This is a newer item at Disneyland and is becoming an instant favorite. If you like churros, then you will love Churro Toffee! This item was selling out all over the parks when it was first introduced but now you can make it at home. 

Churro Toffee – Life in the Lofthouse

Monte Cristo Sandwich

The Monte Cristo Sandwich is a classic of New Orleans Square. This friend ham, turkey and cheese sandwich may seem complicated but is actually super easy to make. Just don’t forget the raspberry dip!

Mickey Mouse Beignets

This recipe comes straight from Disneyland! There really is nothing better than getting a bag of the magical beignets from the Mint Julep bar. The line is usually around the corner for this amazing treat. Get the recipe below but don’t forget to get a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter on Amazon for the full effect!

Corn Dogs

You know that red wagon on Main Street that always has a line? That line is for corn dogs! I will admit after hundreds of trips to Disneyland I had never had one for myself…. Until almost exactly a year ago before they closed. I don’t know why I was sleeping on these, they are SO GOOD!!! Not sure if you can capture the exact magic of these at home, but go ahead and try it out and see.

Turkey Legs

I’m going to go ahead and say it, I do not do the Turkey Legs at Disneyland. Something about carrying around greasy meat does not appeal to me. But if you must get it in, below is a recipe to make it at home…. Enjoy I guess….

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