About Kimberley

Kimberley Clayton Blaine, MA, MFT, is the executive producer of the Go-To Mom series and the producer of the branded entertainment show www.MommytoMommy.TV. She is the author of The Internet Mommy & The Go-To Mom’s Parents’ Guide to Emotion Coaching Young Children. In September 2011, Kimberley was named one of the most powerful moms in social media by Working Mother Magazine. Currently, she is a spokesperson for Lego Duplo, Disney Consumer Products, Schick Intuition, and Sony Electronics digital imaging. Kimberley is also a national parenting expert and a licensed Family and Child Therapist specializing in working with children newborn to seven years old. Connect with Kimberley Clayton Blaine on Google+

Indeed @SunValley has stole my heart and kissed my soul forever

Sun Valley is the place where it all began. An idyllic valley that became the setting for a winter playground that drew the famous, the glamorous and the accomplished. The first chairlift was invented here. Hemingway made his home here. Step inside The Sun Valley Story and discover the people and places that helped define an American icon.  Purchase the Coffee Table Book!  

If you’ve never been to Sun Valley Idaho you’re probably expecting a vast sunny mountain with glorious skiing for the whole family.  What you don’t know is it’s so much more than that. I went with a typical ski town expectation, but once I experienced Sun Valley Resort, my soul was touched and I was sun-kissed forever. Idaho has a special place in my heart that goes far beyond traveling and skiing. The blue skies glow, the town is solid and historical and the community is very cohesive.  I grew up in Los Angeles, which is known for it’s rich Hollywood history.  So you can see why I felt connected immediately. It’s like I left home to get to another place that felt like home.  I began to ski at age thirteen and have been traveling the west with my kids to find the best places for families who love to ski. I prefer niche cities, cute towns and unique villages that offer that one-of-a-kind experience. And I know when I get it because my kids beg and plead to return every time.

I was such an honor to meet Carol Holding in her construction cowboy hard-hat! She is the resort owner for the last 37 years with her late husband Earl.  I felt the charm and connected essence of the resort because of Carol Holding and all she’s invested in the lodges and community.  She says, “There are few more enduring icons of quality and hospitality in the world than the Sun Valley Lodge.  Our family has loved Sun Valley for over three decades. We have always tried to make it better while maintaining the personal and intimate feeling that makes it so special. We want to keep the wonderful feeling of the Lodge while at the same time providing the modern comforts and conveniences that our guests expect, fitting the Lodge for the next 75 years of fun in the sun.”

Jack Sibbach, the PR director (pictured in yellow jacket) gave me a tour of the newly renovated Sun Valley Lodge – which was originally constructed in 1936 as America’s first destination ski resort. The project will refurbish guest rooms as well as update the lobby, restaurant and other guest amenities. Some of the smallest rooms will be combined to create suites with fireplaces and expanded bathrooms with large showers, baths and vanity areas. I also got a few tips from Jack on how to enhance my snow bunny skills on the mountain. On my next trip back, I will be sure he takes me on the double black moguls runs!

BEST PLACE TO TEACH NEW SKIERS HOW TO SKI: Dollar Mountain

Dollar Mountain is an entire mountain dedicated to teaching new skiers! How cool is that? It’s gentle, treeless terrain makes it an incredible environment to begin your life long journey in the ski and snowboard world. In addition, Dollar Mountain is home to the new and progressive terrain based learning center, new adventure trails, a variety of terrain parks and a world-class half pipe.

Bald Mountain has pristine groomers, long wide-open trails, and challenging terrain. It’s the perfect place to enhance your skills. Bald Mountain is for skiers and snowboarders of intermediate and expert levels.

MOUNTAIN DINING TO ENRICH YOUR AUTHENTIC LODGE EXPERIENCE

Trail Creek Cabin is Sun Valley’s destination for romantic dining in a rustic, early-Western atmosphere. Originally built in 1937, this mountain-style log cabin-turned-restaurant sits right next to the rushing waters of Trail Creek, with a jaw-dropping view of Bald Mountain in the distance. Accessible by sleigh or car, its large outdoor patio and picnic area are the perfect backdrops for chef Wendy Little’s seasonal menu, which includes her famous Teton Waters Ranch cowboy rib-eye steak, cedar-planked wild salmon and Brass Ranch meatloaf.

MY FAV FOR OVERALL CAFÉ DINING ANYTIME OF DAY WHEN OFF THE SLOPES

Konditorei is an Austrian-inspired cafe warms you by the fire with fresh-baked pastries, locally roasted, fair trade and organic coffees, and delish hot cocoa. One day I ate breakfast, lunch and dinner here! I sat by the fire and the staff even got to know what I liked to eat! It’s very casual, simple and fast but great fresh food. And if you are seeking something beyond continental café fare, chef Hal Jardine’s focused, classic dishes bring you to an alpine state of mind in the chalet-inspired dining room.

SKI BUNNIES NEED WARM CHIC SKI OUTFITS. MEET MY SKI SPONSOR IS @FERASTYLE and @SOYBU

I can’t ski in baggie snow boarder outfits, I work hard to stay fit and when I’m zooming down the hill I want to feel that 1950’s girlie ski vibe. I like my ski pants snug, jacket cute and skis fast.   Some of my favorites this year are the Eden Pant, Meister Snow Sweater and the Heaven Insulated Stretch Pant.  If you use my discount code GOTOMOM you’ll get 20% off any purchase at Fera Style!  Fera is the perfect fit for curvy women.  Today I’m proud to be an ambassador for Fera Style when I’m out and about in the snow or skiing. I hope you take the opportunity to try some of their products out using my coupon code listed above!  You can see by the photos that their parkas, pants and sweaters are sophisticated, classy and very functional. The price point is good as all their merchandise is very high quality and in line with the ski trends each year. Share the love! Use HASTAGS: #FeelFera #FeraStyle

Soybu’s “Peace” jacket was awesome as one of my outer layers when I was off the slopes.  Soybu has great every-day-wear and a chic line for those who do yoga or live an active lifestyle. They also just launched their plus-size line. Check them out!

My accommodations and lift tickets were provided Sun Valley Resort. I will only promote, endorse and support companies she believes to have the highest standards in products and/or services that contribute to the well-being of families with young children.

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Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. -Mark Twain

March is my birth month.  The sensitive Pisces.  I’m pushing 50 and can’t believe how life has happened so fast.  My husband always tells my boys, “Don’t ever ask a lady’s age or weight.”  I laugh and think, why?  Because she’ll feel ‘lesser than’ others?  All dried up and aged so she’s no longer ripe for the picking?  As long as women in the 40′s – 50′s feel their time is up, it will be up… Women need to flaunt, wave in the air and shout out just how glorious mid- life can be.  The beauty of growing a few years older brings many life lessons and humble beginnings.  The second half of life you don’t have to try so hard, you’ve put in your time and know what’s most valued in life!  Play is of utmost importance it wards off disease and keeps you physically and mentally alert.  When I was in my 30′s I took advantage of many perks of youth, such as fast metabolism, no gray hair and smooth skin and minimal facial lines.   I didn’t realize at the time how my physical appearance would change.  I also didn’t think that I needed much self-improvement.   But as my career was unfolding  I was emotionally unequipped to deal with the intense demands of some of my work.  I didn’t take it stride because I needed to do more in-depth personal growth to thrive in a competitive space.  Sometimes youth cheats you because it gives you more time — time delay what’s really important.   Today I look at at my gray hairs (which I despise) and the creases around my eyes as badges of honor.  I say honor because it wasn’t until recently that I truly realized how honored I am to be here. Yes, aging brings the inevitable sagging, hair loss and re-alignment of body fat, BUT, if you take care of yourself and believe your soul deserves to live in total health, you’ll find a way.

So today on my day of birth I promise to look age in the eye and say, “Screw you. You have absolutely no power over my happiness. You have no bearing on my commitment to how I keep my body energized and potent.  The lines that grow deep around my eyes and mouth are from endless hours of laughing and living.  I will not fall prey to believing that women my age should always look photo-shopped or have to fit into size 3 jeans.  I am aware and know that real happiness is built from within no matter how old you are and real beauty is all about how much self-love you have.  I’m pretty sure that walking into a room blissfully, not caring what other’s think, shoots your confidence up 10-fold.  Giving others attention, love and undivided attention makes you more beautiful than any make-up could.  So in the next years, as I approach the big 50 – I say bring it on baby – I’m ready to knock your socks off!”

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.  -Samuel Ullman

We are always the same age inside.  – Gertrude Stein

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty.  -Coco Chanel

You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.  – George Burns

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. -Lauren Bacall

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.  -Jeanne Moreau

Old age is no place for sissies.   -Bette Davis

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.  -Henry Ford

 

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Choose time over money and people over stuff

“Choose time over money and people over stuff.”  – Courtney Carver

How many times have you chose to work and decline precious moments with the ones you love?  I’m sure many of your days are dedicated to maintaining status quo, paying bills, making sure that all stays afloat in your life.  Just how much money to you think you’ve spent in your lifetime over things you ‘thought’ you should have because they’d bring more joy?  Did the bigger home, more expensive car payment and tricked out shoes fit the bill? Did they fill your heart and remind you that if you die tomorrow you’d be happy with what you have today?  I’m not saying that I don’t like nice things. I love my fancy watch, but also know that I only need one and if it’s a good watch it should last for years.  I’d rather spend my hard earned dollars on a healthy meal if it meant I could spend more time chatting it up with those I adore.  We all say we are ‘too’ busy.  Yes we’re all busy, but are we really too busy to spend quality time with those who matter most?  I rarely spend money on chachkies, but when my boys want to go to craft or hobby store I’m happy to buy them something to paint or build.  The time spent with my kids is invaluable. I’d rather paint for hours at  ‘Color Me Mine‘  than go to an amusement park where our relationship gets lost in the glitz and bright lights.  Sharing food, time and love is what I want my cherished moments with others to be about.

How about you?  What do you cherish? If you could spend your hard earned dollars what would it be spent on?  Who are the people you’d do anything for? I want to know!

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves in finding themselves. – Andre Gide

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Risk Being Seen in All Your Glory

“Risk being seen in all your glory.”  – Jim Carrey

I used to think if people knew that I knew things, they’d think I was weird. I’ve  spent much of my life hiding the fact that I have an innate knowledge of many things, even things I have not studied.  As I grew up, concepts of suffering and humanity flew in to my thought process that I didn’t necessarily seek.  As time passed I was naturally pulled into the teachings and life style beliefs that are all core to Buddhism. For over 20 years I lived with Buddhist practices as it was all I was comfortable doing, but also felt if any one knew they’d question my decision, motives and reasoning.  The time for which I experimented with life and didn’t cherish and honor my soul I ended up crashing to the floor because I wasn’t wholeheartedly practicing what I believed.  When I hit rock bottom I believed I had no value.  It was a huge risk for me to show the world that I had issues so deep that I didn’t want to live anymore.  Being displaced was what I knew best. Growing up in mentally unstable home forced me to connect with the universe in a very spiritual and loving way. All I had was myself.

As a child I studied everything I could about compassion, psychology, science, love, relationships and social interaction. Through years of introspection, therapy and spiritual healing I decided to get to know the real me.  One miraculous theme rose to the top of my psyche and wouldn’t leave. I knew as a child and I believe now, if I want to forever live in peace and harmony, I must teach the world to live the same way.  If I stray from compassion then others stray.  If I love, then others love.  Raising my boys with this knowledge brings joy into my heart.  As they have the core principles of what the world needs, it comes naturally to them.  I birthed my boys loving them even before I met them. Because they were born into love, love is all they know.  My highest hopes are for my sons to see their struggles as passing moments and lessons and not as their  sole identities.  The words of Joseph Campbell are indeed true,  “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” 

I am forever grateful you have come to read about living a more healthy and positive life. I have found and I’m sure you know that:

1.  When you give love you get love. Criticizing or judging others will never get you the love you want.

2.  Holding on to resentment only leaves you cold and stale inside. Once we forgive others and ourselves it’s a lot easier to live peacefully and lovingly.

3.  Drama and negativity are ways to distract oneself from pain and suffering. Once you give up drama all the valuable work  will happen within.

4.  No one really cares what you do or what you look like. People are too busy and preoccupied with themselves. When we take the pressure off  ‘being’ perfect life feels free, unrestricted and worthwhile.

5.  You don’t ever need a reason to help someone. Reach out. You’ll be surprised at how many people are waiting to hear from you.

6.  People who don’t listen are in pain. They incessantly talk and don’t listen because no one has ever listen to them, made them feel worthy or have accepted them unconditionally. Have compassion and a new understanding of others instead of defaulting to judgment.

7.  We’re all doing the best we can with what we’ve got. Until one does some pretty deep introspection, it’s hard to make changes. Having this knowledge is the first step to into personal growth so the real self can thrive.

8.  You are ultimately responsible for your own peace of mind. The minute you stop expecting others to meet your needs, you can begin to take care of yourself in the most optimal way!

9.   The planet needs you in one form or another. It’s up to you to tap into how you can serve the universe with your unique god-given power.

 “The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.”  — Ben Okri

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5 Pets and a Spotless home indeed!

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If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with animals. Having loving pets in the home increases my kid’s knowledge of empathy and compassion for all living things. My pets are treated like royalty in my home! I’m a little OCD, well alot! But like other moms I strive to keep a clean and nice smelling home, but it can be a challenge with two active boys who spill and stain the couch and pups who track in mud and dirt. I’m excited to be launching a series of #co-sponsored videos with www.Pet360.com who is owned my PetSmart. If you love kitties and doggies be sure to follow me & my crazy pet posts on Twitter  and on Instagram  or come visit my pet parenting column at Pet360.com! For me, it’s important to find a cleaner that not only cleans but sanitizes too! While I’ve used my fair share of spot treaters and sanitizers, I’ve never had one product do both at the same time…until now! Woolite® Advanced Pet Stain & Odor Remover + Sanitize has one powerful formula that can destroy 99.9 percent of bacteria* and eliminate tough pet odors on carpet and upholstery for a cleaner home. See, everyone’s happy when mom’s happy! I use Woolite to clean all my cat vomit, cat urine, stained carpet, dog poop accidents and cat hairballs…

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Love Park City! The Charm, Skiing & Snow Sports Will Keep You Coming Back Each Season!

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Why comprise style when you have the Montage Deer Valley? If I’m going to stay somewhere other than my own cozy, zen-like home, it better be as good or better.  The Montage Deer Valley is a luxurious mountain lodge with grand fireplaces at every corner. The Montage is just an hour and a ½ flight from Los Angeles and 36 mile drive from Salt Lake City Airport and overlooks the charming and historic town of Park City. The Montage Deer Valley welcomes you with premier accommodations and true ski-in/ski-out access to one of America’s number #1 ski resort.

Just because one prefers the elegance and sophistication of high-end resorts doesn’t mean you can’t bring your children to enjoy it with you. The Montage treats my kids better than any one else. I love seeing babies toddling down the halls, preschoolers stomping snow off their boots in the lobby and grandparents chasing their grand babies. The hotel’s abundant family friendly activities encourage a love for the great outdoors. Don’t fret though, when you need your adult alone time — which I do, you can call upon Paintbox, The Montage’s children’s program, for kids ages 5 to 12 where they enjoy games, crafts, movies and engaging activities. Outside play includes active choices like show shoeing or mountainside scavenger hunts that bring budding explorers closer to the wonders of the wild. Be sure to have your kids in the lobby at 11 am or 3 pm to meet Monty, the official Montage snow dog. I’m completely in love with Monty, however, he seems to never remember me when I come. But that’s okay because the hotel photographer snaps plenty of photos of you and Monty to take home!

Montage Deer Valley lodge also provides exciting activities for both grown-ups and kids. I enjoy relaxing in the nurturing surroundings of their huge Spa, which is a whopping 35,000 square-feet. The spa is one of my favorites of all hotels I’ve ever been too. It has beautiful treatment rooms, a large gorgeous indoor lap pool showcasing breathtaking views with serene meditation areas warmed by the crackling fire.  At the end of the day it’s fun to play billiards with the family, bowl or play arcade games at Daly’s Pub & Rec. Relish true ski-in/ski-out access to Deer Valley Resort. Or revel in the authentic romantic charms of Park City’s historic Main Street and countless year-round cultural events.

Zip Line Through the Snowy Mountains!

I stayed super warm and looked chic in my Fera Style Jacket. I covered my boring old helmet with the cute Helmet Huggers hat! When I wasn’t skiing I jumped into other fun mountain attractions. At The Canyons Resort I took a thrilling ride 110 feet high on the crazy Flying Eagle zip line! The two-person ride is open all winter too! Kids and adults must be 42″ tall, but no weight minimum. And it starts and ends at the same location, so you can ride again and again and again. At Park City Mountain, the adjacent resort, I took a toboggan ride on the Alpine Coaster and it went all over the mountain! It was surreal. You zoom through the beautiful Wasatch mountain scenery as the automated lift system whisks you to the top of the track. Then, hold on tight as you go whizzing down the mountain on nearly 4,000 feet of curves, bends and loops. Your kids will flip out over this!

Dining for all tastes

When I got off the slopes of Deer Valley I settled in for a hot buttered rum drink at Royal Street Café — which is in the Silver Lake Lodge at mid mountain.  My drink was a mix of spiced rum, vanilla butter, whipped cream, nutmeg and butterscotch schnapps. I was quite full from my luscious cocktail so I had the the fresh Dungeness Crab Tower for lunch.  The location is perfect for après-ski or dinner after a long day glorious skiing!

Peeps like me and from all around the world love to visit Zoom restaurant in downtown Park City to connect with the past and taste the best of the present! Zoom has one unique history which makes it all the reason to book your reservations there. Plus the trout is local and very delicious.  Zoom occupies, an iconic Union Pacific Railroad station from 1886 at the bottom of Main Street. When it opened for service, a local newspaper – The Park Record – reported: “The building is one of the finest in Park City…the design is modern tasteful and brilliant yellow paint adorns it on all sides.” It became a center of commerce and community life.

Burgers and Bourbon is situated in the Montage Hotel. By far this is our favorite bar! The bartenders serve iconic drinks inspired by America’s Golden Age of Cocktails! They even let me concoct my own ski-mama cocktail and they made it to perfection! The view is gorgeous and burgers are yummy and are made with a blend of the finest farm raised beef, topped with a selection of local artisanal cheeses. After dinner get a milkshake! They are divine.

If you want to feel as though you’re truly dining in the Alps book a table in advance of your trip at the popular Fireside Dining located in the Empire Canyon Lodge right out in front of the Montage Hotel. It has a set menu of four courses served from stone fireplaces. The first course was a warm Swiss raclette cheese, cured meat and fruit. I think I gained 5 lbs on the cheese alone! A full bar is available, as well as specially selected wines and imported beer. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are available for hire or consider an adventurous trek before dinner on snowshoes.

Basically you need four to five days to enjoy the breadth of Park City. But be careful, if you love mountainside living, you just may move there. I’d say in about five years, I may be a resident no-doubt. As Dan Howard, the PR director of the Montage, says each time he sees me, “Welcome Home Kimberley.” It melts my heart no matter how cold the weather is!

 The Go-To Mom wardrobe was outfitted by Fera Ski Wear and Helmet Huggers.  Her accommodations and lift tickets were provided by Park City for the production of this episode. Kimberley Blaine will only promote, endorse and support companies she believes to have the highest standards in products and/or services that contribute to the well-being of families with young children.

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Mammoth. Family Style. Dine. Ski. Play. The biggest mountain you’ll ever love.

I’ve been skiing at Mammoth Mountain since I’ve been 13 years old. In the 7th grade I rode up to Mammoth on a Greyhound type bus with over 20 of my Junior High buddies. The mountain in some ways has not changed at all. I still see the reminisce of how things used to be. Not much has been updated as the main lodge is still standing and I kind of get a kick out of dining in the same cafeteria as I did as a kid. Mammoth still has the reputation of being a college hang out for boarders and youthful skiers  – no different from when I used to drive up there in the 80’s with my convertible down and my skis propped in back seat of my VW Rabbit.

But now I’m a mom. I’m known as the militant mom of skiing. My kids know the drill: Rise and shine, put on your first layers, eat, boots, jackets and out to the lifts. As a mom I now need amenities that help me and the kids enjoy our experience off and on  the mountain.  Sometimes we stay at Eagle lift, so convenient and quiet. I love the condos as we can cook for the kids each day. However on this trip we stayed at the landmark Mammoth Mountain Inn. The location is amazing and the hotel, yet being around since 1959, is at the base of the mountain, and is quaint and very convenient. The issue for us was food – not so easy to access food items at this location. See my recommendations for dining out in Mammoth with kids while still having a nice grown-up dinner and cocktails. All our breakfast and lunch were at the main lodge, which is called Broadway Market Place, and is still pretty damn good food for cafeteria style.  I found the cutest little portable wine glasses there called Stack Wine. Pretty handy for outings! And of course, for mid-day and mid-mountain cocktail while waiting for kids to zoom down and meet mom, I love Mill Cafe – can’t beat a $5 mimosa!

Our top picks places to dine with kids all ages:

Mammoth Taverna little joint off old Mammoth Road in a strip mall that offers a rustic bar experience, trendy apertifs, great appetizers, select high-end meals and great desserts. They have WiFi, so your kids will love to dine there. The chocolate bread pudding is worth ordering.

Gomez’sSlap dab in the center of the Village is this family gem. This place has been in business over 20 years! Don’t be fooled by their outdated website, their food, and over 500 types of tequila is enough case to visit! The interior is lovely and quite large…plus they have cool mini sand beach outside the patio for your little kids to play in while you enjoy a après ski drink or peach margarita with dinner. The owners are gracious and have an understanding that most families who ski still want great food and drink even when kids are dining with them. The fried ice-cream was delightful.

Angels Dinging – Great BBQ and away from the hustle and bustle of the village. Kids love the dessert menu. The dirt ice cream with gummy worms was a hit!

SEE MY VIDEO on WOOLY’s Tube Park and other FUN things to do in Mammoth!

 

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We were built for challenge and greatness. Reasons we must claim our happiness

“We are not broken… never have been and never will be.” Penache Desai

We are all born pure and innocent. How can we get back there and show the world what we’ve got?

It isn’t until about the sixth year of life children are expected to behave like little adults. At this time in our lives we realized we must stop our childish ways, buck up, be silenced and conform to adult norms. As we navigate our childhood into adulthood we lose the rawness of the self and shed the innocent nature of our soul. We harden each year we grow. We learn to be judgmental, insecure and self-conscious as we step into our adult armor. Knowing this today will better equip you to accept the child within that emerges in your present adult life. This inner child who hardens is often seen as our ego self… When we positively meet our inner-child’s needs and integrate past unsolved issues, we bring that innocent self back and feed the soul. When you starve or numb your inner child, you encourage your ego to go outside itself to find power. The ego will stop at nothing to win and take down others with little regret.  Our greatest feat as happy human beings is to get back in touch with the pure and loving self that we were born into. Loving and nurturing the real soul keeps the ego in check.

 

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Why I choose Montana as the Ultimate Place to Unplug

There’s nothing more relaxing than relaxing in the river front taking in the beauty of Montana. I took my sidekick Beth, the founder of Techmamas.com, with me to film this episode for Sony. Little did we know that The Resort at Paws Up  would be the next biggest love of our lives. It was more than eye candy it was heart melting. We will never forget how joyful it was to watch our children roam the land with their walkie talkies, riding horses, shooting bow and arrows and having an unforgettable chuck wagon dinner.

We filmed on this beautiful property to feature the newest cyber-shot HX 20V. This particular pocket sized camera has a 40x zoom lens which blew away my camera man, because I was able to photograph an eagle’s face with this tiny little camera. It’s hard to believe that Beth an I who are two very techie mamas could unwind and unplug for any period of time. We did it and we are so appreciative that we were able to experience the luxury of The Resort at Paws Up and capturing our memories on the new Sony Cyber-shot HX 20V.

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Savoring Life’s Sweet Spot – Stop Killing Your Inner Guide

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ~ Omar Khayyam

There is no perfect person or a perfect place to be. Living in the past keeps you continually stuck. Striving only for the future leaves you absence of today’s presence. Somewhere in between lies the meaning of life, the sweet spot. Yet, how do we strive to be the best when we have issues or wounds from the past? How can we say that we’re trying our hardest if we don’t plan for the future? Where is this in between? We have choices when we walk our unique road — we can stumble upon the rocks, walk around the rocks or clamor down upon the rocks. Thinking that we do not have a choice is where we go wrong. It’s our awareness that makes us deliberately conscious on how we walk the path laid ahead.  How much pain can you endure? The more psychic pain you can experience the sweeter the after moments will be. When we put off feeling emotional pain or resist opening and dealing with our baggage we lose opportunities for joy. The more skeletons we shove in the closest the less room we have for happiness and god-given authentic living.

As Oprah says, “There is no such thing as luck.” Opportunities only come to those who are prepared  — prepared for their life destiny. When external noise and superficial issues become distractions we loose site of the shore. When we lose site of the shore, we disconnect from our purpose, our dream and our destiny. Our destiny is out of reach when we believe we don’t have choices. What are your distractions, the things that keep you from being prepared? I ask this because when you’re ready life comes. It’s comes big, it comes ready to deliver all you deserve and desire. The longer you’re willing to keep your hands tied behind your back the more likely you’re a believer of luck. Just like the lotto players say, “If I’m lucky, I’ll win.” That’s not how it works. What we all desire is NOT right in front us – it’s inside of us. It’s our job to tap into that energy and insight. I ask again…what are your life distractions? And what are you willing to do to live your destiny?

 My goal today is to live a state of grace and lightness. I will not invite struggle or drama. I will say yes more and smile often.

 

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Trim Your Kids’ Nails the Fun Way!

Sometimes it tough to get kids to do the things we need them to do, like sit still for a nail trimming. Try this fun game and see how the magic unfolds through storytelling.

Check out Kimberley’s book, www.TheGoToMomsGuide.com!

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The Importance of Attachment Objects

Does your child carry a blanket or stuffed animal for comfort? There’s good reason why small children need their loveys (comfort objects). They are a representation of you! Instead of wondering when your little one will give up her lovey, try figuring out ways to preserve it.  A comfort object helps children of all ages develop self-soothing skills. Because very young children have difficulty regulating their emotions, a transitional object is a conduit to emotional well-being. Blankies become a symbol for the parents or caregiver—they provide safety and joy. The child who bonds with a blanket is attaching to a parent substitute. Babies tend to bond with blankets and stuffed animals between the ages of five and nine months—when they begin to grasp objects and are realizing their separateness from their parents and are moving toward independence. Of course they can bond later to objects when they’re older, but this is the ideal time. When you introduce a blanket and stuffed animals to your baby, be sure to have more than one. Wash and rotate them equally so that baby bonds to them all. Both my sons have a couple of miniature blankets, which they call “Mimi’s”—God forbid if one ever got lost! My childhood blanket is currently stowed away in my keepsake chest—I even took it to college! It tickles me when my sons ask, “Mommy, where is your Mimi?”

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Tonight Bedtime, Tomorrow The World! The Smart Bed Your Kids Will Love – That Assists in a Great Night’s Sleep.

“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” Thomas Dekker

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I was truly blown away when I showed up to CES and saw the bed and the sophisticated technology in person.  This modern bed, called the SleepIQ Kids by bed by Sleep Number, helps parents learn about their kids’ sleep and how it impacts their day, and gives parents and kids the tools they need to improve their sleep. My kids and I can view the sleep dashboard on the iPhone or iPad to see how well we’ve slept and how our sleep was impacted by daily activities such as sports, studies, exercise, stress and late night snacks. We can learn what to do to achieve better sleep each night. Equipped with my child’s individual sleep knowledge I can help my little monkey boys achieve optimal sleep. Establishing good sleep habits now sets up kids for a lifetime of quality sleep.

As mom who always worries about my boy’s sleep I think the best part about the SleepIQ technology it that it monitors presence in bed, average breathing, average heart rate and movement, using a full-body algorithm to assess quality of sleep, assigning a SleepIQ score for each night’s sleep.  My kids and I can monitor routines that and learn our individual level of comfort and support of our bed (Sleep Number setting); and make adjustments to give all of us quality sleep, helping us develop healthy sleep routines now and for life! And you know we moms LOVE the option to raise our kid’s beds when they’re sick and have stuffy noses! I can control the angle with my iPhone!

The SleepIQ Kids bed features eight smart solutions that improve sleep for both parents and children:

  • Family connected, sleep perfected: The SleepIQ® technology sleep dashboard lets parents see how the whole family is sleeping.
  • Know the comfort they’re getting: The bed adjusts and grows with kids. They can adjust the firmness of their bed for comfort and support – their Sleep Number® setting.
  • Lifts them up when they’re down: Head-tilt feature is for reading in bed or comforting stuffy heads.
  • No more kiddos jumping out of bed: Alerts parents when their child is out of bed or restless.
  • Stars for young dreamers: Make bedtime fun again with rewards for good sleep.
  • Night bright, night light: Parents can turn lights off remotely–when their kids are sleeping tight.
  • Twinkle, tinkle: Soft under-bed light guides children when they get up during the night.
  • Monsters be gone!: Sleepyheads rest easy with a fearless monster detector.

 

See how it works, it will knock your socks off!

Kimberley’s post is sponsored by Sleep Number. Kimberley Blaine will only promote, endorse and support companies she believes to have the highest standards in products and/or services that contribute to the well-being of families with young children.

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Hilton Los Cabos is an Award-Winning Luxury Service for Families

The photos Online of the Hilton Los Cabos do not do it justice. When we arrived it was a grand spectacle of beautiful eye candy representing the true Mexican Riviera  — Bold, bright and very alluring!  A great perk of coming here in the summer is that kids eat FREE! What made this trip to Cabo so worthwhile was the staff were so friendly and accommodating and the amenities were endless: Gym, spa, fresh cuisine, access to swimmable cove beach and pool/ocean side service, cooking lessons by head chef and complimentary child care/Cabo kids club and having a doctor and nurse on site. The Hilton car service was prompt, safe and made getting there so easy!

Our favorite part of the trip was eating at the swim up Sushi bar called La Barca.  The cocktails were delicious and you can tell they used only use premium alcohol  – no watered down beverage there. They had two pools: The awesome infinity pool was just below and in front of the main dining areas. The other pool, which I call the quiet secret Sushi bar pool, was our preference. It was serene, the pool staff were attentive and kind and the view was breathtaking.  It was fun to see all the families in the pool with their babies. This place has met the criteria in my rating system as “appropriate for families with young kids.” Which is not easy to find in Mexico. One unique program they offer for FREE, yes I said FREE, is the Cabo Kids which for kids ages 4 – 12… if it gets too hot you can walk them over to the club and they can play, relax or do arts and crafts…. How cool is that? Now that’s a great hotel that caters to families who travel. Be careful, most often the tides are very strong and you have to swim with your kids if you let them in the ocean!

It was a pleasant surprise to have a variety of food options and places that are within the hotel — One night we wanted to take advantage of the happy hour in the La Vista bar. So we ate at La Vista bar quite a bit because the food was spectacular. I can honestly say I’ve never had a quesadilla so fresh and hearty before! And you can’t beat half-off prices for drinks!  If you do stay at the Hilton be sure to sign up for “Cooking Lessons” with the head chef. Oh boy is that a treat!

One day we rented a pool bed so we’d have shade all day – and it overlooked the ocean and was right next to the swim up sushi bar, so I was clearly in Heaven!  Traveling increases my overall feeling of wellness – this trip was so needed. I look forward to returning for a ‘girls weekend’ away and for a ‘family getaway’ – Trip advisor was right…. This is one of the best high-end luxury places to stay for families. During the day they have an abundance of water activities that the hotel can arrange for you at the famous arch of Cabo San Lucas – which is the rugged El Arco (The Arch), a rock formation that erupts from the sea at the tip of the Baja Peninsula.

Plan your escape to paradise at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, a premier Cabo San Lucas hotel. They deliver award-winning service and unparalleled accommodation sure to make your experience – no matter the occasion – truly one-of-a-kind.  They are ideally situated in the Los Cabos Corridor along the Sea of Cortez, offering direct access to the one of Cabo’s only swim-safe beaches. Explore their beautifully maintained grounds, dive into the opulent Infinity Edge pool, lounge and relax with personable poolside bar service – or make it all of the above. At Hilton Los Cabos, the perfect vacation is whatever you want it to be.

The Go-To Mom was given a complimentary stay at the resort. Kimberley Blaine only supports products and services that contribute to the overall well-being of families and children.

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Mud and Slop: Why Nature Play is Good for Kids

Did you know that by providing your child the opportunity to play outdoors increases self-reliance and cooperation with others? It also reduces stress and acting out. Children are smarter, happier and healthier if they have time for unstructured play in the great outdoors. Rocks, sand, mud, twigs, water and tree stumps are all examples that make up a great outdoor play. Being outdoors is a simple pleasure. Outdoor play enhances child development. Children can label, classify and experiment with the elements of nature.  The wonderment simply never ends.  I see nature as a child’s sixth sense.

I’ve been a supporter of Biophilia (which is the love of the outdoors) for years, and I make efforts to provide natural play areas in my own back yard. My older son is a Mud King and my younger child is the Mud Prince.  Everyday, all year round, you can find my boys sloshing, digging and creating in their custom mud pit.  Ah, the life of a child…

Adventures in nature peak enthusiasms and joy  — so let kids get down and dirty where they learn, live and play.

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