How to Become a Contestant on Wheel of Fortune

My whole life I have wanted to be on Wheel of Fortune! I grew up watching it with my family and solving puzzles. I still want to be Vanna White when I grow up…

Last summer, I got to realize that dream and be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune! My episode aired on Thanksgiving Day 2017. Look at that smile below, I was SO EXCITED to be on set!!

I’m sharing my tips for becoming a contestant on Wheel of Fortune. This is what worked for me, and I hope it works for you! Please share if you have tried out and what path you took, or if you are currently in the process – good luck!

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How to Become a Contestant on Wheel of Fortune

Go to a Wheelmobile event!

Instead of sending in a video on the website, go to a Wheelmobile event. The Wheel of Fortune Wheelmobile travels all across the United States looking for their next contestants which could be YOU! They will be able to see you in person, take your photo, and I think you have a way better chance of getting through to the TV show. You have multiple chances throughout the day to have your name drawn out of the drum so that you can get on stage. It is such a rush to have your name called and to go play on stage! It goes by quickly, so have fun and give it your all!

Don’t give up!

I tried out at TWO Wheelmobile events before I made it through to the TV show. On my first try out, I made it to the hotel round where I hardly got called on at all. Don’t give up! Keep trying out. You never know what they are looking for! My second hotel round I was called on more. Also, you will be calmer your second time around because you’ve been through it all before.


Download the Wheel of Fortune game on your phone and play it. Watch the TV show every night or old episodes on YouTube. Do crossword puzzles. Become a puzzle-solving wizard! It will help you be sharp and ready to grab those Toss Ups and solve them!

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Back to School with Box Tops For Education at Costco!

Disclosure: I receive monetary compensation from General Mills in exchange of my endorsement of Box Tops For Education.

It’s almost time to go back to school! We love anything that we can do to help our local schools, so when we heard about the Box Tops Inspire Imagination Contest at Costco, we had to go grab some of our favorite General Mills items with Box Tops on them!

Box Tops History

We have been a Box Tops family ever since I can remember. That’s probably because my mom is a teacher! As kids, we would check every box before putting it in the recycle bin to make sure we cut the box top off. Box Tops for Education was started in California in 1996 by General Mills. They wanted a way to give back to schools. I’ve been clipping box tops since I was in 6th grade!

With my girls, we love to hunt down box tops and cut them out. We also make sure that everything is fair and separate them into two baggies. The girls’ classes get points and rewards for the classrooms with the most box tops, so it encourages and motivates them to collect Box Tops.

We love how many of the products we love have Box Tops for Education on them! Honey Nut Cheerios, Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Nature Made granola bars, GoGurts, and Nature Valley Sweet and Salty granola bars. There are even more products that have them, but these are just some that we found on our most recent Costco Box Tops hunt!


Box Tops for Education is currently having a sweepstakes: Inspire Imagination! My eldest daughter says that Box Tops would inspire her to add a separate playground for the 5th and 6th graders! My middle daughter thinks that she would be inspired to create beautiful art projects with new supplies in her classroom.

What will your Box Tops inspire? 3,000 members will win 100 bonus Box Tops, so hurry and enter!

Enter here: Good luck!


LG at Best Buy Preview – Mom 2.0

At the beginning of this month, I attended my first Mom 2.0 blogger conference. It was their tenth year and I am so glad I went! The sponsors, parties, and people were all top notch. Not to mention the gorgeous location: The Langham in Pasadena, CA. Presenting Sponsor Best Buy had my excitement from the moment I saw that they’d be there! They had a whole suite set up that was a blast. They had different cameras and props for us to pose with and I was having fun as you can see below :) I said, “Welcome to my kingdom. We have chocolate and jumpsuits.” Jumpsuits are having a moment now and I’m loving it!

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Best Buy also had the latest LG appliances on display and they are SO beautiful AND smart! The exclusive Matte Black stainless steel is fingerprint-proof and sleek. They are all part of integrating your smart home to make life easier. Don’t they look great? I cannot wait to get our kitchen redone!

Check out the refrigerator! Instead of having to open the door, you can knock twice to see what is inside. It is WiFi and voice-enabled, so when connected to your Google Home or Alexa, you can say things like, “Alexa, turn on ice plus for my party tonight” and it will take care of it for you. Incredible! It’s like we’re living on The Jetsons.

As with any blogger get-together, it was pretty loud in there, so here’s what I say: “What could be inside? Let’s see! Congratulations, you won a $20 gift card! Thank you Best Buy!”

Best Buy has some great deals going on these LG products through July 11th. If you have been thinking about upgrading your refrigerator or washer and dryer, now is the time to do it!

Best Buy Summer Deals:

Summer Kitchen Bundle (5/10 – 7/11)

  • Purchase a 4-piece Kitchen Bundle and receive up to $400 INSTANT rebate.  LG and LG Studio models are eligible for this offer.
  • The offer covers both Memorial Day and Independence Day.

LG Ultimate Laundry Room Rebate (5/10 – 7/11)

  • Purchase a qualifying laundry bundle and receive up to a $400 rebate

Check out my post about the LG TwinWash at Best Buy here!

A Weekend Roadtrip to Lancaster, California

This post is part of a paid partnership with Destination Lancaster. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. Thank you for your support!

At the end of February, I went to the LA Travel & Adventure show. It was huge and I talked to so many different destinations! When I got to Lancaster, California’s booth, I said, “Lancaster! Tell me about Lancaster!” As far as I knew, it was a city on a freeway sign. I’d never been inland that way, and I was excited to learn about what Lancaster had to offer.

LA County Air Show

As it turns out, Lockheed Martin was gearing up for the LA County Air Show in March. Both of my grandpas are pilots and so is my dad, so I have been to my fair share of air shows. This one was excellent! The announcer was engaging and the show moved really quickly and kept your attention. The wind was freezing, but thanks to the lovely VIP tent we were able to stay warm. It’s ironic because they were talking about changing the date of the air show because last year was burning hot! I would much rather have cold weather than hot though and am glad I brought my eskimo jacket. I was in awe of the talented pilots flying in those strong winds!

The Musical Road

There is a musical road in Lancaster that is so entertaining! Check out our video of it below. It was built for a Honda Civic commercial and the grooves in the road make it sound like a song is playing in your car. The kids loved it and asked every day if we could drive on it. It’s supposed to be the William Tell Overture aka the theme from Bonanza, but it’s a little off key. Still super unique and fun!

We ate dinner at Gino’s Italian Restaurant and had some of the best lasagna and spaghetti we’ve ever eaten! There was an excellent live musician and Junie was feeling the music (she was free entertainment for our whole section). It definitely has a family vibe and there were plenty of other children there. We were very pleasantly surprised by this gem tucked away in a strip mall.


The BLVD is a portion of downtown Lancaster where you will find restaurants, bakeries, candy shops, stores, and museums. It is paved with bricks and you will find beautiful murals peeking out around every street corner. They have a Farmers Market there on Thursday evenings.

MOAH Lancaster

I love art museums and so we made sure to stop by the MOAH Lancaster. The exhibits were lovely and unique; each one of us had a different favorite piece. I love hearing what my children think that paintings and sculptures mean. Outside of the museum was one of the beautiful murals in the cultural BLVD district.

We had a lovely getaway to Lancaster, a hidden gem of a town in the California desert. We love exploring this multi-faceted state of ours as a family and hope this inspires you to do the same!

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

This post is not sponsored in any way! This is just me sharing something I’m passionate about with you. It does contain affiliate links, though, so if you click on any of them and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission to help keep my blogging business alive. Thank you!

If you are a friend or family member of mine, it’s highly likely that I have already talked your ear off about The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin! I’ve probably made you take her quiz too! I’m a little obsessed. Gretchen Rubin is a researcher who studies happiness and habits and creator of the Four Tendencies framework. It is absolutely fascinating to me! I love learning about why people do the things they do.

The Four Tendencies

She breaks people’s personalities into four different types:

  1. The Upholder – they always do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. They get annoyed with people that can’t keep themselves accountable and can sometimes be too rigid in their ways. They have no problem meeting inner and outer expectations.
  2. The Obliger – this is the most common tendency. Obligers can be accountable to others but not to themselves. If someone is meeting them at the gym, for instance, they will show up because of the other person’s expectation of them. If they told themselves they wanted to go to the gym on their own, they might be less likely to go.
  3. The Questioner – pretty self explanatory :) They question everything and the why behind doing things.
  4. The Rebel – “You can’t make me do it, and neither can I.” The least common tendency. Rebels do everything from a deep sense of self. They work hard, etc. because that’s the kind of person they are. They like to be bound as little as possible and wake up every morning thinking, “What do I want to do today?” When someone tells them to do something, they often want to do the exact opposite.

Take the Quiz

To see which tendency you are, take Gretchen’s quiz here.

I am a REBEL! So is my mom, dad, and sister. My brother is the lone QUESTIONER in the family. I’m married to an OBLIGER which is who us Rebels are most compatible with.

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LG Twin Wash at Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.LG TwinWash Washers and dryers laundry Family Kara in the Best BuyWith LG’s TwinWash system, you have everything you could ever want!

LG TwinWash at Best Buy

The LG TwinWash system has a large front loader with a small washer in the pedestal. What a genius use of space! I love that you can wash something in the small pedestal washer at the same time as the front loader up top! These were definitely designed with active, busy families in mind. I’m not surprised that LG washers and dryers are chosen over other brands by most consumers!

We are in the stage of parenting where potty training is right around the corner for our youngest. I can’t tell you how handy the LG SideKick pedestal washer would have been during the potty training years with Ada & Lola! When those accidents happen, being able to throw the wet clothes into the wash immediately without wasting water would be a lifesaver. I also think using it for our workout clothes right after a sweaty workout would be perfect! No more sitting in the hamper (gross) until I get to them.

Electric and gas options

Our house was built in 1965 and is predominately electric. It was all the rage back the! We had a seal on the doorbell that said, “Happy families run on electricity” or something like that.

Our washer and dryer are electric and came with the house, so who knows how old they are! They’re noisy and I can’t wait for the day that we can get a new LG washer and dryer. My mom was over the other night while I was washing a small area rug and we heard all of this noise and ruckus coming from the laundry room! She asked what it was and I said, “Oh probably just my husband banging around in the garage.” Turns out my husband was outside and it was the washer rattling around with the rug in it! Like I said, I can’t wait until we can get a new LG laundry system in there! One home project at a time :)  

Check out LG’s incredible products here and remember that through April 25th you can get up to $500 off a LG laundry solution for your home!

New Year, New Me With wanu water

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NewYearNewWater #CollectiveBiasIn 2018, I’ve made a conscious decision to take better care of myself. Namely, working out more often and eating better. I’ve lost 8-9 pounds (depending on the day) and feel so much better physically. This means I’ve been drinking much less of my beloved soda! It’s been hard to change my habits, but I’ve found that replacing soda with flavored waters helps. wanu water is WAter + NUtrients, get it? It has ZERO sugar, five naturally sweetened flavors, 10 essential nutrients, and only 10 calories per serving. wanu water has the essential nutrients B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, K, folic acid, biotin, fiber, and antioxidant vitamin E. Fiber helps you feel fuller longer which is great for your appetite. B vitamins are a natural source of energy, which I definitely need! On top of all of that goodness, wanu water is gluten free and vegan. I tried out the flavors Peach Passion, Kiwi Cucumber, and Watermelon Raspberry. I think Peach Passion is my favorite :)

As you can see, I’m finding my zen to breathe through those killer lower ab workouts! 


As a busy mom of three, I have found that HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts are my best friend. I can quickly get my heart rate up and burn lots of calories. They don’t take much equipment (if any) and I can squeeze in a sweat session anytime I have a 15 minute block of time.

HIIT Workout

Here is one of my favorite HIIT workouts, feel free to pin it, save to your phone, or print it out!

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A Family Vacation in Carmel, California

We were hosted by the Hofsas House Hotel on our wonderful trip. All opinions are 100% mine. 

We LOVE to travel as a family! We’re one of those multigenerational traveling families. We bring my mom along because she’s the best and have such a fun time! I’m always grateful for another adult to help with our three daughters. Our last vacation was a road trip up to Carmel, California, the most perfect little beach town there ever was.

Lafayette Bakery

Multi Generational Family Travel Trip to Carmel CaliforniaWe have fallen in love with Lafayette Bakery, an authentic French bakery and bistro. Just look at the pictures to see why. They have every kind of French pastry or bread that you could ever want!Multi Generational Family Travel Trip to Carmel CaliforniaMulti Generational Family Travel Trip to Carmel CaliforniaMulti Generational Family Travel Trip to Carmel California

Hofsas House Hotel

Our home base for our trip was the Hofsas House Hotel. Families, especially if you’re traveling with little ones, you have to check this hotel out! It is charming, warm, and inviting.Multi Generational Family Travel Trip to Carmel CaliforniaMulti Generational Family Travel Trip to Carmel California

They have family suites with separate rooms so that baby can take a nap or kids can go to sleep earlier than the adults. Then the grown ups can do puzzles! We bought this one at Thomas Kinkade’s gallery and it was so much fun to do. Poor Ada & Lola thought it was for them! My mom and I are puzzle obsessed.

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The Greatest Showman Movie Review

Hollywood, keep the musical movies coming!

Matt and I love musicals. We adored La La Land and left the movie theater dancing and singing, playing the soundtrack the minute we got home. When we went with my mom to see The Greatest Showman the other night, we were so excited to see what the writers from La La Land came up with.

Spoilers below! Stop here if you don’t want parts of the movie revealed.

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Essential Thanksgiving Tools From OXO

This post is brought to you by OXO! I was given product to use for my Thanksgiving feast from a brand I adore. Thank you, OXO!

The past three times we have cooked a turkey, we have used Alton Brown’s recipe. It calls for brining the bird and then roasting it. Every time, we have been blown away by how juicy and delicious it is! A necessary tool for cooking a turkey to perfection is a meat thermometer. This came in handy since he-who-shall-not-be-named left our other digital thermometer outside on the barbecue pit ;) OXO’s Instant Read Thermometer provides quick and accurate temperature readings for cooked meat. The rotating and pivoting head allows you to read the temperature from any angle. A turkey should be cooked to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, so this bird was not quite ready yet.

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