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+

Love Park City! The Charm, Skiing & Snow Sports Will Knock Your Socks Off!

Sponsored by Fera Style Ski Wear

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!

Be sure to check out Park City’s MLK weekend deals! Great time to bring the kids since it’s a long weekend!

 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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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. Not thinking that we 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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The Mom’s Guide to Being More Present

While you surround yourself with those who support you be sure that you also support other women.  Mom power is contagious.

What does ‘being present’ really mean?  I’m not speaking about being happy just hanging out with your dog, kids or friends.  What I’m alluding to is a deeper meaning of sustaining an overall internal joy. Being a mom can be exhausting and lonely — but it doesn’t have to be that way all the time. In my mind I see being present as being connected to all things important to us and not allowing ourselves to live in the past or focus too much on our future. All we really only have is today, right? You can Manifest mindfulness as a mom and as a woman — you can manifest real and worthwhile moments each day if you fall in love with your gentle truthful soul…

When I’m taken out of the moment, I remind myself to recalibrate. Here are some ways you can start to increase your present moment awareness:

Admit that you’re perfect JUST the way you are…  define your own perfection and live by it – There is only one you in this world and they’re people out there who can’t wait to meet you. You don’t have to change to be a better person – you are uniquely you. If you have behaviors that are holding you back or get in the way of every day life, then focus on that specific task. Change behavior, not your being. Becoming more self-aware allows you to identify those behaviors that may be hampering your life. But overall, the world and your kids need you just the way you are. Fabulous.

Meditate, practice yoga or quiet yourself daily – Screaming, wheels rolling across the floor, screeching, banging, and “MOM!” is all I hear for a good portion of my day. If I’m not removing my toddler’s diaper because his brother filled it with mud then I’m usually peacekeeping sitting on the floor with both boys. When I’m not with the boys, my husband, or my friends, then I’m working multiple jobs.  So you see how I need to quiet myself daily to keep my sanity!

If you are a mom, none of what I just said surprises you.  Moms are great multi-taskers and usually have an inordinate amount of patience.  I have sensory issues so my patience often tested –  the slightest of loud noises can set me into a tailspin. It’s a hard task to ask of one self to make a change— — especially with the added demands of raising children and maintaining a career.  Meditation or quieting is one way that can help us attain calmness — The calmness that is needed to think, process, and integrate our world. 

Meditation can be as simple as telling yourself, that everything will be okay. Life will work out. The power of subliminal thinking is very powerful.  Some evenings when I feel too anxious to sleep I ask my husband to tell me that everything will be fine and that I will sleep well. He’ll say it exactly the way that I asked him to.  It works every time.

Debra Wesselmann in her book, The Whole Parent: How to Become a Terrific Parent Even if You Didn’t Have One, states, “As a parent, when your child ego state is triggered your inner child takes charge of parenting! The purpose of meditation is to help you keep your present-day adult self in charge as you parent.  This is accomplished by separating out the child part of your self from the adult part.”

Take time to do something fun – when we engage is things we consider fun we raise our serotonin and oxytocin levels – the chemicals in the brain that make us feel good. Be sure you’re getting a daily dose! Laughing, phone call with friend, hiking, walking pets, if it makes you feel joy – do it at least once a day. You deserve it. A replenished mom makes happy kids.

Stop rushing – worthwhile things come when you’re intentional and patient – As moms we automatically rush everything! We find ourselves saying, “Get in the car, put your shoes on, eat your dinner, get in the bath”  – the list goes on and on. We rush because we feel we’ll never get anything done if we take our time. Slow down. Take a breathe. And know everything will get done. I sound like your Grandmother don’t I? I notice when I slow down, I yell less and listen more. Try it. You may not get kids to bed at exactly the right time, but who cares if it’s 10 or 15 minutes later anyway? A calm mom is much more fun to be around.

Planting the seed with your kids for cooperation – Planting the seed means preparing ahead of time by helping your child understand what to expect in certain situations and what will be expected of him. When expectations are clearly laid out, children are far more likely to cooperate and less likely to be disruptive or difficult. Each morning I ask my boys how they’d like their day to go. Then I let them know how I’d like mine to lay out. I always ask for their help and cooperation, especially when I have a long workday away from home.Planting a seed lets them digest the message and sets them up for success.

Ask for help – it lightens the burden of every day life – Asking family and friends for help can be an awkward and difficult thing to do. In fact, many moms avoid asking for help and end up trying to do everything themselves. You may find that once you take the step and ask someone for help, it is much easier than you expected. Many times, family members and friends are willing, but just don’t know how to help. Whether you work out of home – or part/full time or you stay at home, parenting can be physically and emotionally taxing. How often do you feel comfortable asking for help?  Rarely, right?  This is an essential step to making your dreams come true. Ignoring your own needs can lead you to become physically and mentally exhausted, and neglect relationships with your friends and family. Worse yet, it will stop you from pursuing the things that you love to do.

Keep the lines of communication open with others – One of the main reasons we may get depressed or burnt out on motherhood is when hit hard times we begin to become resentful. Resentment will break up any good relationship so It’s imperative to never allow that feeling to creep up on you. Resentment comes from constantly feeling disrespected, or being mistreated or short-changed. If you voice your concerns appropriately the minute you feel them you can avoid resentment from festering – being open to all your emotions is key. You pass on your emotional intelligence to your kids.

Have set time each day when all electronics go OFF for the evening – All the cell phones are off in our family at dinnertime and stay off. No computers, iPads, DS’s. This is the optimal wind-down time for the soul. Right before we go to bed, we need to calm our senses and center ourselves for a good night’s sleep. Families engage more when no one is looking at a screen. Try it.  You’ll love the IRL love you get when the screens are dark!

Read or do something that inspires you before bedtime  - What ever you don’t process in your waking hours your mind will process during sleep. It’s important that you eliminate all stress, agitating imagery or bad energy before bedtime. Give your mind something wonderful to process so your subconscious can absorb and process the positive

Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, a guru of self-development, has great recommendations for you before you slumber!



·       As you lie in bed preparing for your nightly slumber, remember that the last thought you have in your mind can last up to four hours in your subconscious mind. That’s four hours of programming from just one moment of contemplation prior to going into your unconscious state. Create a reminder like a prayer or mantra to place by your bed. Write these words and read them as you get comfortable: I am going to use these moments to review what I intend to manifest into my life. Keep that sign there to remind you how to spend your pre-sleep moments nightly.



·       If before dropping off to sleep you are assailed by worry, distress, or fear, do not stay in bed. Get up, turn on the light, take a few deep breaths, read from a spiritual text, meditate for a few moments in front of a white candle, say a prayer—do anything other than staying there lying down. You cannot defend yourself against these onslaughts while remaining snug in your bed. If distressing feelings come back when you return to bed, get up, turn on the lights, and try something else. When you finally do feel peaceful back in bed, repeat your loving I ams and drift off to sleep ready to have your ears opened and your instructions sealed.

Leave Post-it Notes to yourself in areas you’ll see them with inspiring soul-boosting reminders – Don’t underestimate the power of subliminal messaging! Some believe once you write it down, then it comes true. I have a post note above my desk that says, “I am responsible for my own peace of mind.” Try it. It can be as simple as “I will forgive myself” or “Happiness and peace will run my day.” Get more inspirational messages at SimpleReminders.com

Never cancel or postpone a coffee date with a friend or trusted colleague.  Trust me, there is nothing more fruitful and empowering than two women sharing their time.  I also know that no other event or appointment would benefit you more than that coffee date.

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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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How to Make a Gingerbread House Out of Tissue Boxes!

I actually made this video in 2007, so please forgive me for the low resolution! LOL. But you and your kids should try this great holiday craft for Christmas! Make an affordable and easy gingerbread house out of a tissue box! So fun! Kids of all ages love this!  And good way to RECYCLE!   #holidaycrafts #gingerbreadhouse  #Crafts #holidays #Food #Candy #HowToMake #Video Share your holiday crafts in the comments below! We’d love to see what you do for the Holidays!

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! XXOO…. THE GO-TO MOM.

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Social Media Moms Unplug in the Big Sky Country at Paws Up Ranch

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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The immense joy and mental health benefits of #PetAdoption

Guest Contributor: Heidi Ganahl, CEO of Camp Bow Wow

It’s an alarming statistic: over 7.6 million animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, yet only 29% of cats and dogs are adopted nationwide.

In honor of October’s National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, those considering adoption can look to rescues for their new family member. Most shelters house a wide array of animals, including purebreds, and will work with you to find the best pet for your family.

Benefits of Pet Adoption

  • General Benefits - There’s a reason that they say dog is man’s best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more. They teach you how to be selfless and responsible as you are caring over another life (for those of you without children).  Generally speaking, they make you happy.
  • Save the Life of a Shelter Pet – Only 29% of cats and dogs are adopted from shelters; the rest are left to live in the rescue centers or, worse – euthanized. Bottom line: Adopting a pet saves their life. Give a dog or cat a home they wouldn’t have otherwise.
  • Stress Reduction - Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to cut out, including an animal in your life can help.
  • Helps with Depression - In some cases, therapists suggest to patients suffering from depression that they adopt a pet. An animal will love you unconditionally and also be a great friend and listener. People with depression often benefit from having a pet, as the animal can help them get out of the house and out of their own head.
  • Engaged Mind - A key to a healthy mind, especially for those who are elderly, is staying engaged with others. A pet is often a conversation starter and being out with a pet often warrants questions or comments from passersby. Bringing your dog to a dog park is a great way to meet other people with similar interests.

Factors to Consider

  • What breed are you looking to adopt? Different breeds have different characteristics and you will want to understand the types of behaviors that may be displayed by your new family member. You need to understand the energy of your household, the size of dog that you can handle, how much exercise you are able to provide and more. If your family tends to be very low key, you do not want to choose a high energy dog that needs tons of energy. If you live in a small space, a very large dog may not be the best for your family. Think about all of these variables before choosing your new pup.
  • Who will care for the new pet? Be sure your new pet correlates with the ages of those in the household. A good rule of thumb: the new pet should fit the current physical capabilities of the caretakers with a perspective for what the next 10-15 years will bring.

 

If you have children in your household, enrolling your new pup and family members into an obedience class should be high on your priority list. Children need to learn how to safely interact with the dogs so that accidents don’t happen. An experienced trainer will help the whole family understand how to safely interact with your new family member.

  • If there are elderly members in a household, a strong vigorous adolescent pet is not advised. Large breeds also demand more physical upkeep, something that an older person may have trouble performing.
  • Does your family have an opinion on their newest member of the family? Although it is exciting to surprise the family with a new pet, do some research and poll each family member to find out what they are looking for in a new pet so that the pet you choose aligns with the household. Once your family has chosen a breed that suits the family’s requirements, the best approach is to bring the whole family to meet the potential new family member and gauge how they all interact.
  • Are you financially ready for this responsibility? A new pet can go for “free-to-a-good-home” to several thousand dollars. A budget must be set not only for the upfront cost of taking the pet home, but also for immediate follow-up costs like veterinary check-ups, a training crate and pet obedience classes. Also keep in mind that your pet will need to be fed and groomed and will also need chew toys and additional supplies like food bowls, a dog bed, brushes, leashes, etc.  Also keep in mind the necessary chunk of money needed for veterinary emergencies. You might also think about getting pet insurance for your new family member to help keep the cost of veterinary bills more affordable.

 

Adoption can be seen as a two-way street, as a rescue can benefit not only the animal they are taking in, but also the new owners as well. Heidi Ganahl, CEO of Camp Bow Wow, North America’s largest and fastest growing pet care franchise and INC 5000 company, has offered her insight regarding the benefits of pet adoption and important factors to consider, which are listed below for your consideration.

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Make time for bonding and relationship strengthening with your kids.

“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.” – George Moore

The most important thing to me is having a playful and strong relationship with my boys. As a woman, I don’t relate to many ‘boy’ things. But what I can do is play, be silly and make sure we share amazing bonding moments together. My son doesn’t like to read much so before bed we do more physical, stretching, snuggly giggly type of play. He’ll try to get me to play pokemon cards, but seriously I don’t understand the game and it’s adding numbers, so I usually pass on that one! We aslo just got him a kitten so we have a lot kitten play. He built an amazing castle for her and she loves it! We take photos of all his amazing creations so he can remember what he’s built! I am so thankful that my husband had my camera this morning. It’s rare I ever get to capture my sweet time with my sons. What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids? Tell me! I’d love to know!

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” -Charles R. Swindoll

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Beaver Creek Colorado Caters to Kids Who Love to Ski

This Year the family went to Colorado for a little fun. I took to the ice this time and left the slopes for day two. Thank goodness I brought the Sony cyber-shot TX20 – it’s not only waterproof and freeze proof but you can drop it and no harm no fowl. Perfect for when your little ones want to use it and you know the inevitable drop is bound to happen! The Osprey at Beaver Creek offers an unforgettable family vacation by creating a modern, luxury hotel experience unlike any other you’ll find in Colorado. They gave us a 4 day complimentary stay which delighted the kids and me. The food at he hotel was so good, especially their bread/fried wrapped asparagus!  We went tubing and ice skating and shopped for next year’s ski wear in the village. But I have to say, riding up in the CAT snow plow at NIGHT to BEANOS restaurant/cabin was truly the highlight, it was so fun to be truck up in that big ‘ol machine on the snow at night! With a lift literally right outside our front door, it was so easy to get the kids off to ski school and for mama to hit the slopes.With Elegant amenities, exceptional service, and ski in/out lifts, we’ll be sure to come back for years to come! The staff at Vail Resorts were so accommodating and wonderful.

The Go-To Mom Productions was compensated 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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Ski School Made easy at @BigWhite in B.C. Canada – We’re so in love!

Big White is located in central British Columbia, about a 2.5 hour flight from LAX–  It’s home to the best snow one could ever imagine. Mother Nature blesses them with 24 feet of 100% natural, dry and fluffy powder snow annually. It truly is the best reason to ski there… I had the pleasure of traveling to B.C. for a second time as I fell in love with the mountain in 2012!  Big White Resort’s bountiful, dry powder is legendary and was awarded “Best Powder” by Ski Canada Magazine in 2008!

Kids’ Centre at Big White Ski Resort is The Ultimate Ski School

When all you want to do is get up on the mountain, you don’t want to be worrying about your kids. So why not drop them at a place where they will have the time of their lives, and you can ski or board all day long worry free! Ski Canada rates our centre as the “Best Resort Feature for Kids in Canada” and the UK’s London Daily Mail rated it one of the top five in the world! Big White is the ultimate kids’ playground, a fun and safe environment featuring wide open runs, perfect for learning new skills that can get your children up and around the resort.

We let them pick up the kids for their ski school each day! How about that door to door service! The instructors came to our hotel and dropped them off at the end of the day. The kids spent their lesson with their instructor and group learning, playing and exploring. In addition to skiing we enjoyed the thrill of the “Ice Tower” which is constructed out of 4 telephone poles  – Your kids won’t stop talking about this giant Ice cube! Big White is an awesome place for unreal skiing… and for having drinks and socializing with other ski enthusiasts after a long day on the slopes! This mountain has become a family favorite destination spot and we hope you consider joining us next year! 

As a family resort, they put a high premium on your safety and want to keep you happy while you enjoy the slopes. You will see the daily “Slow Zones” that make it easy for beginners and people that want to take it slow and also have  Safety Tips for using the resort and helping you to watch out for any little hazards Mother Nature may put in your path. Having skied there, I can honestly say it is clearly the best Champagne Powder I’ve ever experienced. Wowza… It was so cool to get our very own knowledgeable Snow Hosts for a free mountain tour to unlock the secrets of Big White – they were so patient with us, you know how unruly mom bloggers can be! They put up with us stopping frequently to take pictures or to Tweet. With 18 on-mountain restaurants, cafes, delis, pubs and nightclubs, there is no shortage of places to relax or replenish your energy level when it’s time for a break. Our family enjoyed luxurious lunch, drinks and delicious dinner at Kettle Valley Steak House, Carvers and after dinner ‘on-fire” coffee at The Gunbarrel Grill.  To thoroughly enjoy the BC Okanagan Valley’s offerings, be sure to savour some famous local wines. Or you stay in and snuggle up with your family… Be sure and order your groceries and they’ll have them delivered to your chalet before you arrive.   Visit www.BigWhite.com for more information on how to create the perfect ski vacation for your family!  KIMBERLEY’s wardrobe provided by Fera Style.

 

 The Go-To Mom Production lift tickets, meals, airfare and accommodations were provided by Big White Resort 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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The Go-To Mom’s Budget-Friendly Holiday Tips on CBS

The holidays are right around the corner, but are you prepared? The Go-To Mom, Kimberley Clayton Blaine, stopped by CBS KCAL9 in Los Angeles to spill her secrets for preparing for the holidays on a budget. Some gifts cost very little, like this awesome holiday chain that your kids write custom messages to the ones they love. Grandma and Grandpa love this! Take a look and get your creative ideas flowing!

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Northstar ski schools gets big thumbs up from @TheGoToMom

I took my co-host Beth Blecherman of Techmamas with me to Northstar California to Lake Tahoe! Which is the perfect place to play, relax and spend quality time with people you love. Gotta mention we were most impressed with Dial-a-Ride Resort Shuttle Service – who was at our door within minutes of a call! No need to bring your car at all! We made sure our little one’s were enrolled in the Northstar Kid’s Ski & Board School which included all the skill development and tricks our kids craved. Those who come to Northstar know what they’re looking for. Sometimes it’s adventure, sometimes it’s to learn, and sometimes it’s to be guided through an experience of a lifetime. When you’re here, you’ll find your experience to be the way it should be.

We were beyond impressed with Northstar’s Kid’s Ski + Board School for kids Ages 3 – 12. Our kids have been in many ski schools and this one had very patient and knowledgeable instructors.  All our boys did the All Stars experience for 7- to 12-year-olds, which is an energetic lesson program for beginner through advanced ability levels –  Plus, you may get to meet the cuddly and loveable mascot, Ripperoo.  The mountain also offers Kids’ Private Lessons as well as state licensed Child Care for non-skiing children ages 2 – 6 at Minors’ Camp.

My chic powder blue ski wardrobe was provided by Fera Style. The perfect fit for the active mom/woman! Check them out! Thanks to Sony for providing us with waterproof cameras! The newest Sony HD Handycam is now waterproof and super flat so you can ski and swim with it!

The Go-To Mom Productions was offered ski tickets, accommodations and ski school for 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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Enterovirus, Cold and Flu Season—It’s Time to Take Precautions!

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In case you haven’t been keeping up with the latest health news these past few weeks, there is a respiratory virus called Enterovirus D68 that has been spreading rapidly throughout the U.S. This is the first time this virus has been detected in the U.S. since 1962, and has been very uncommon until this year.

Infants and young kids up to about 13 years of age are at the greatest risk of contracting this virus—and is especially dangerous for those with a history of asthma. Its symptoms are similar to the common cold (sneezing, coughing, runny nose), but after a day or two, can cause difficulty breathing and if it gets bad, may require a trip to the hospital.

With Enterovirus spreading, and cold and flu season just around the corner (not to mention back to school, which means a greater exposure to shared germs), we need to be extra cautious and make sure our kids practice good hygiene while they are at school, attending after school activities, etc., to keep our homes and environments clean of any unwanted bacteria that could make us all sick!

Here are some of my friendly reminders to help reduce the chances that you or your child gets sick this season:

  • Wash hands regularly and thoroughly with soap
  • Disinfect and frequently clean household surfaces and toys
  • Avoid sharing objects and close contact with other sick kids
  • Make sure kids get enough sleep—they need this time to recover and heal
  • Ensure your child stays hydrated. I detailed the signs and symptoms of dehydration to look out for in my last blog (courtesy of DripDrop the company I’m a spokesperson for!)
  • Keep sick children at home. Not only do they need to rest, but it minimizes its spread to other kids.

 

While there is no vaccine for the Enterovirus right now, we can certainly take precautions to reduce the chances of our kids getting sick this cold and flu season. Hopefully we’ll knock it our for another 40+ years (or better yet… forever!)

Wishing you all good health! If you’d like to sample DripDrop send me an email! Kids love that taste!

The Go-To Mom is a spokesperson for DripDrop. Kimberley Blaine only supports products and services that contribute to the overall well-being of families and children.

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Meditation Helps Kids Feel More in Control

Shortly after our kids enter into their second phase of life, which is around 7 years old, they realize that the world is made up of hard –lined rules. As each year passes they will lose a little bit of their playful spontaneous side to meet societal expectations. With this partial loss of the innocent self comes automatic behaviors that they’ll develop to keep themselves in check. When these automatic “I will be a good kid” behaviors get stressed or stretched to the maximum children can feel out of control or out of touch. Children in the ‘old’ days were allowed to play until dark and generally had no homework until after the 4th grade. So we begin to see more rigorous standards placed upon the young more and more. With the raise of early childhood diagnoses such as ADD, ADHD, Sensory Processing and Autism, we need to be even more equipped as parents to be our kids number one advocate. That means taking time to teach them ‘they’ are ultimately in control, they are fully competent, and have resources to help them through tough times. Like adults, we all need support systems – and that’s the core message we need to give our kids. Letting kids feel alone or helpless is not an option!

 My six year old boy and I practice CALM, FOCUS, JOY: The Power of Breath Awareness along with other Zen like empowerment self-talk that’s age appropriate – we even do guided imagery when he’s feeling out of control (He has ADHD and SPD).  We love the book Calm Focus Joy – and also feel the same as the author, Heidi Thomson, that,  “Just as pure water restores physical health, pure breath awareness restores the mind’s health. “ She reminds us that our MIND is our greatest gift and that our kids need to know this early on in life. Breath awareness is one of the simplest and most effective focus training and mind-developing exercises available today. It is proven to promote brain growth, improve learning, increase focus, reduce stress, and develop empathy. Adults and children who practice regularly gain an abundance of self-knowledge and insight into their amazing mind/body phenomenon. Most everyone who practices feels more peaceful and happy.

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The Preschool Whisperer Tip — Emotion Coach by helping your child describe their feelings

Being an emotion coach for your child will help him learn to recognize, express and regulate his emotions.  You’ll be helping his with language development as well.  Just think, fewer tantrums because your child will have the words to express his feelings rather than having to act on them.

Emotion coaching promotes the deep connection between you and your child, strengthening your relationship and regular communication.  With your guidance, they’ll learn valuable social skills and how to attend to the emotional cues of others.  He’ll learn to make new friends and will play well with others.

Emotion coaching helps your child build a “coat of armor” that protects him in times of adversity – he’ll also recover more quickly from negative feelings and experiences. Emotion coaching helps your child learn patience, increases his ability to delay gratification and better manage impulsive behaviors.  Children who receive emotion coaching have better concentration at school and master learning tasks easier.

Through emotion coaching your child learns the value of connection, respect and communication in relationships.  So as an adult he’ll be able to understand and support the emotions of others.  With emotion coaching you help your child become a compassionate parent when his time comes.

To learn more about emotion coaching watch some of my shows!

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