Hello 2015

Hello 2015 | Cruzin Mama

Hello 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great 2014 and are having so far a nice start to 2015. This last year like many before had it’s highs and it lows. I always try to be a positive person so looking back I’m focusing more on the good and bringing that into this year. 2014 was the year I finally decided to start this blog. I am always doing or finding fun and inexpensive events or places to go with my kids. I was having friends or my spouses coworkers ask where I found all these things, so I had been telling him I should blog since I’m already doing all the research anyways and that way everyone can get the info easily. I am so happy with my blog it has some kinks and needs some improvement and even though I thought about stopping I’m glad that I haven’t. I am going to work harder and make improvements this year on it!

So I’m setting a few goals for this year myself and for my blog. I am so excited for a new start and can’t wait for things to grow and change. I will be more committed to blogging and finishing posts. I had so many posts this year that I sat on and ended up not finishing. I will also strive to get information out sooner to make sure others have time to plan to attend. I will also be striving for a healthier self this year. I work out off and on but get lazy and fall into a more unhealthy routine and eating. So this year I plan to be outdoors more and to eat healthier. It’s not a weight loss goal or diet it’s a change so that I can be more involved with my kids and have a better self appreciation.

I am excited and nervous about what this year will bring. But just like 2014 I will focus more on the positive and not give up. I wish everyone a wonderful New Year and with it many blessings of health and happiness. I would love to hear others goals for this year as well, it’d be great to add to my growing list ;)

Goodbye 2014 and Hello 2015!

Cruzin Mama

Movies in the Park (San Diego)

Posted in Movies in the Park Series 
Image from summermoviesinthepark.com

Image from summermoviesinthepark.com

Many parks in San Diego County are still having FREE family movie nights. These are fun free movies shown in parks throughout San Diego county. With the weather cooling down nicely in the evening it’s a great little night out for the family. Pack a little picnic and do some stargazing while a great family movie is played on a outdoor screen. Below is the schedule of movies and the parks they will be shown at. There will be movie nights happening until October 18th.

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Click on image to enlarge and see the whole schedule.

For more information about San Diego’s Summer Movies in the Park click on the link provided. While you’re there don’t forget to complete the survey for your chance to win a private movie night for you and 25 friends! You can click here to go directly to the survey.

Cruzin Mama

Happy Father’s Day

Stock image from Pinterest

Stock image from Pinterest

Wishing all dads, grandfathers and father figures a very Happy Father’s Day! Enjoy this day with the children, young or old, whose lives are enriched by you. 

Cruzin Mama

Thank you!

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I just wanted to say a quick thank you for following me and for the support. I am still getting the hang of blogging so please bear with me if the appearance and set up keep changing. I am trying to improve everything so that I put the best out there and that it is easy to follow. So for that I have created some links at the top of my posts that will take you to all posts that are similar. I’m trying this out so that you won’t have to search all over my blog for events that coincide. So here are my links that I have started and keep a look out on future posts for them or others.

  • Summer Reading and Education – This will have all posts about summer reading programs and ideas, as well as posts about education tips, events, and ideas to do while school is out.
  • Summer Fun! – All about fun kid or family activities to do this summer, as well as events, tips, ideas, well you get the idea ; )

I started this blog because I am truly always on the look out for places and activities to take my kids. We are a family on a tight budget, I know I have said this a lot, but we have to deal with many things just like many families are right now and I wanted to be able to share my ideas and events that I find with others.

So again a big Thank You!

Much Love,

Cruzin Mama

Lego Female Scientist Set

The newest Lego set scheduled to debut this Fall 2014. (stock image from online)

The newest Lego set scheduled to debut this Fall 2014. (stock image from online)

My daughter was recently working on her memory book for her first grade class. In it was the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Normally she mentions a millions things and I tell her she can do anything if she works hard and does well in school. Well this time she answered just one thing, a scientist. There is such a drive right now to get young girls interested in science, technology, and math. To already hear my daughter taking an interest on her own is amazing and I will do all that I can to help this interest grow. The best way for young children is through play and using their imaginations. So with the announcement from Lego that the new set coming out this fall is a female scientist set this will only help girls take more interest in this field. So keep an eye out at stores for when this set hits the shelves, it is sure to be a big hit.

Cruzin Mama

Water Park Review

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My family had the chance to visit DropZone Water Park this Saturday May 24th for the parks Grand Opening. DropZone was kind enough to offer free entry on this day during one of the three scheduled timed sessions. You had to pre-register for a session to be able to attend. Since it was a free event my family and I knew to make sure to arrive early to ensure our spot. There was a computer glitch that had led to over registration but that seemed to only affect the second session whose time slot was from 12:30pm to 3pm. My family attended the third session, time slot was from 3:30-6pm, which seemed to have no issues with entrance to the park. The employees did seem disorganized and had a hard time with the immense amount of guest who arrived for session two. Though they tried to get as many guests in as possible into that session, there was just too many. I think if it wasn’t for that computer glitch things would have ran more smoothly. For my family’s experience though we had no problem with entrance into the park. Once inside we found a great spot with two lounge chairs under an umbrella near the splash pad, pool, and Lil Jumper’s Landing. We grabbed a life vest for my toddler to use, the park offers free use of their life vests that range in size from tots to juniors. There was a good amount of seating and shade available. Near the concession stand was a shaded dinning area. Also near by was plenty of lockers for rental in which your locker key is on a bracelet that you can wear without worry while you enjoy the park. Nearby the lockers was the restrooms and showers. The park is not insanely big but a great enhancement for the local community. My daughter and I rode all the slides and the lazy river. My toddler loved the splash pad and Lil Jumper’s Landing. It was also nice to be able to relax in the pool there. We didn’t happen to really check out the lap pool, which is available for swim classes or recreational swim, or the Flowrider, which you can bodyboard or stand-up surf on, maybe our next visit those will be our first stops. Overall we had a really great time. I would recommend anyone local to be sure to check this place out. If you do plan on checking it out be sure to grab their awesome deal on Groupon.

Have some fun in the sun!

Cruzin Mama

The Hydroplane Flowrider

The Hydroplane Flowrider

My daughter went down the teal slide by herself and loved it! I went down the green tube which was fast and fun. Then we raced down the yellow one on mats!

My daughter went down the teal slide by herself and loved it! I went down the green tube which was fast and fun. Then we raced down the yellow one on mats!

Lil Jumper's Landing

Lil Jumper’s Landing

The splash pad

The splash pad

The Sandbox Volleyball Courts

The Sandbox Volleyball Courts

Such a fun little water park.

Such a fun little water park.

*This post was in no way sponsored or endorsed by DropZone Water Park. Everything stated is that of my own opinion.*

My FPIES Story

Image from theFPIESfoundation.org

Image from theFPIESfoundation.org

This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week, so I decided to share my family’s story of having a child with severe food allergies. My youngest has FPIES, the full name being Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome. Which basically means he can’t eat food like the rest of us. I knew since he was born that something was amiss. In the hospital hours after his birth after each time I nursed him he would spit up. I told my nurse that he was spitting up quite a bit, they assured me that since I had had such a short labor and delivery that he must of swallowed too much amniotic fluid. They said they needed to do a deep suction to help him out. I can still remember how much my poor newborn screamed from having that done. Things seemed better after, so we were discharged. Not long after being home he would still spit up all the time which is very uncommon for an exclusively breastfeed baby. I always had burp clothes and even baby blankets ready for his spit up. At about a month old I was told that the spit up was because of GERD, a reflux disorder that he would out grow by four months of age. I informed his doctor that it seemed my baby was constantly having diarrhea and that it had the oddest smell of buttered popcorn and that it also seemed mucusy. His doctor then told me that that is normal for EBF babies and that when he is three months old to start giving him rice in his milk to resolve it. I had a feeling something else was going on but his doctor must know better than me right. Well at about three months old we tried rice cereal and that’s when everything changed for us. A few days after introducing rice he had a reaction. It was exactly 2-3 hours after eating the food he would begin to vomit violently, he would go ghost white and become extremely limp and he would continue to vomit until he passed out. The doctors call this going into shock, which is very dangerous and can lead to a coma or death. Well the hospital and his doctor both dismissed us and said it was a stomach virus. Ya a stomach virus that would only occur when he drank the milk with rice, I knew they were wrong. We kept having issues with introducing new foods to him and just couldn’t take it anymore. He constantly suffered from diarrhea and had an odd color to him. It took almost a year for him to be diagnosed, his first year of his life was very painful and a struggle. His weight began to drop and he was looking very ill and unnourished. I knew something was wrong and wouldn’t take it anymore and we started to take him to Rady’s Children’s Hospital which is about an hour away from our home. We started to go there for any reaction he was having. There in the ER at Rady’s is where a doctor finally took notice and pushed us through to see a GI specialist. Right when we met with the GI specialist she looked over my sons ER history and listened to everything I had documented and she told us that it was very clear that he has FPIES. I cried I couldn’t believe we finally had an answer, for his whole first year I felt like a failure as a mother that I was doing something wrong and my poor baby was suffering. I felt so overwhelmed with relief that now we could finally start to treat his condition and learn how to manage it. The first step was to get his weight back up and let his insides start to heal a little. He was put on EleCare Medical Formula, this formula saved his life even though I continued to nurse him I began to follow a strict diet but the formula is what helped him heal, grow, and thrive. The next step was to start finding him safe foods. It takes about two weeks for us to know if a food is safe. At this time he still has a very large list of unsafe foods but I try not to focus on that, right now he has hit over 10 safe foods! Every time we pass a new food it is like seeing my Little Man hit a big milestone. His first birthday he had no treats and only three safe foods. Now with his third birthday coming up this summer we are so excited to plan out little treats for him with his growing safe foods list. Our FPIES journey is not over but we are pushing through and my son is now thriving and will continue to. I’m am still so grateful to the wonderful doctors at Rady’s who continue to help us.

I know this post was very long but thank you for taking the time to hear our FPIES story.

Cruzin Mama

My little handsome man who doesn't let his FPIES get him down.

My little handsome man who doesn’t let his FPIES get him down.

My kiddos showing their support for Food Allergy Awareness Week May 11-17, 2014

My kiddos showing their support for Food Allergy Awareness Week May 11-17, 2014

Dollar Store Finds

Some of my great Dollar Store Finds!

Some of my great Dollar Store Finds!

Shopping on a budget can sometimes be hard. But one of my go to stores now is my local Dollar Tree. I always like to check there for birthday supplies, holiday wrapping and crafts, and for activity books. I was in just the other day and found some great activity and learning books for my kids. I like to keep up school work durning the summer and these books are great for that. They are the perfect amount of light work for my kids to stay up to speed over school breaks, but aren’t too overwhelming to where we can’t enjoy the break. Plus at a $1 each I can’t beat that price. I also found some puzzles there for them. My kids love puzzles and love being able to pick out a few different ones as a treat. The store was in the process of setting up their summer section so I will be back there to check it out what other deals I can find.

Happy Shopping!

Cruzin Mama

Hi Everybody!

This is us (will upload a more recent pic soon)

This is us (will upload a more recent pic soon)

Well I’ve finally done it, I’ve been talking about creating a blog for months and now I finally took the leap! So I’m still working out all the kinks on this so please bare with me. I plan to have it mWell I’ve finally done it, I’ve been talking about creating a blog for months and now I finally took the leap! So I’m still working out all the kinks on this so please bare with me. I plan to have it more organized and set up soon. Until then here is a quick little insight into me and what my blog is all about. I am a younger mom of two awesome littles my first is Tigi and she is currently 7 years old and almost done with the first grade and my second is Little Man and he is 2 1/2 and still in the crazy toddler stage (I prefer to use their nicknames on public forums). I am currently engaged to their wonderful father and am in the midst of planning our wedding on a really tight budget, so I will blog all my tips and tricks. We are a family on a tight budget so I am always finding events and activities for my kids that are either inexpensive or free so I decided I need to share this with other mamas and this was why this blog was created. Another thing about my family is we as well as many others out there are striving to live a healthy active lifestyle, my Little Man was our biggest inspiration for this. See Little Man has FPIES- Food Protien Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome, it is a very rare food allergy condition only affecting 1 out of 100,000 children. Because of his condition and his allergies it made us as a family completely rethink what we are eating. I will share some of my family’s tips on this as well. Lastly a little disclaimer we are a very geeky bunch so there will be Star Wars, Harry Potter and Disney posts

Thank you for checking what I am about and can’t wait to get to more blogging!

Cruzin Mama