bObsweep, My New Best Friend

This post is in partnership with bObsweep. I received a super sweet robotic vacuum to facilitate my review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own! 

You guys. I have a new best friend. Sorry, babe! His name is bOb. The bObsweep PetHair Plus, to be exact.bobsweep-karainthekitchen-com-2He lives here, underneath June’s baby swing. When he’s done roaming my house, I push the charge button and he goes back to his dock all by himself. Since we have a dog, we have been loving bOb! For some reason, Maverick’s fur gathers into little dust bunnies and settles in the hall. bObsweep PetHair cruises down the hall and picks them up while I can be doing other things. Feeding the baby, working, cleaning, sleeping, staring at my phone, eating, you get the idea! bobsweep-karainthekitchen-com [Continue Reading…]

Start a Lifetime of Healthy Habits with Nature Made® Vitamins at Target

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.Nature Made - karainthekitchen.comDo any of you remember those giant, orange vitamin C vitamins we had as kids? My mom said that her mom gave them to her, so she gave them to us, and now I give them to my kids! I am so grateful for the healthy habit of taking my vitamins daily thanks to my mom. Every morning before school, we would take a multivitamin and that giant orange vitamin C vitamin.

We have tried different vitamins with our daughters over the years. They are definitely fans of gummy vitamins! Where were those when I was a kid? I’m glad for them now because I was able to take prenatal vitamins in gummy form during my first trimester. There was no way I could stomach the giant horse pills during that queasy time!

We found the Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamins very easily in our Target store. They have a snazzy new red lid (fitting) and were on the top shelf with other vitamins in the KIDS FIRST® line.nature-made-karainthekitchen-com-3Now that the kids are back to school, the germs are back in full force as well. You can see Ada’s blisters on her hands from doing the monkey bars every day at recess! Volunteering in Kindergarten classes shows you really quickly who has been taught to cover their cough at home. No wonder my mom, a Kindergarten teacher, has such a strong immune system ;) I want my girls to be as healthy as possible when they come in contact with those germs, so I make sure they take their multivitamins every day. In the one month that we’ve been back to school, each daughter has caught a bug and gotten over it in record time. I think it’s because they take their vitamins!nature-made-karainthekitchen-com-2I like that with Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamins, each child only has to take one vitamin per day. They are more concentrated so they don’t have to eat two. My girls like the all natural flavors of orange, cherry, and mixed berry. No artificial dyes, either! To get 10% off your Nature Made® KIDS FIRST® Multivitamins at Target and enter to win a $50 Target gift card, click here!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Back to School With Ready Pac Foods

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Ready Pac Foods. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. Thank you for supporting Kara in the Kitchen! 

Back to school is in full swing! We have been back for two and a half weeks; I am jealous of those of you whose schools started after Labor Day weekend like normal people! Gone are the lazy days of summer. Schedules and alarm clocks are back with a vengeance!Ready Pac - karainthekitchen.comI am always looking for ways to keep our family eating healthy. Between packing lunches, driving the girls to and from school (they go at different times in the morning), volunteering, and trying to run a household…it gets crazy. Ready Pac Foods has you covered with easy, healthy, on-the-go food options. I was so excited when Ready Pac asked if I wanted to work with them because I buy their Salad Kits and Bistro Salads all the time! Hello Caesar Salad with dinner :) My favorite is the Apple Bleu Pecan Salad below. It’s no secret that I have a sweet tooth, and the pecans are pretty much candy on top of your salad. I feel good about basically eating candy for lunch! Ready Pac - Kara in the KitchenMy girls absolutely LOVE the Ready Snax® (what they are holding in the tent below)! The hummus was a hit with both of them. Do other kids like hummus or is it just mine? The fruit cups were also favorites. One had pineapple and grapes, the other strawberries and blueberries. Perfect lunch and after school snacks!Ready Pac - karainthekitchen.com-2The Ready Pac game is strong in Ada’s lunch:Ready Pac - Kara in the KitchenHere’s my Chicken Caesar Salad for lunch in the car one day! Classy right? Of course I’ve got my water and Dr. Pepper too :) It was the girls’ early release day, I’d gone on a hike, then had to jump in the car to get a parking spot on the right side of the street. You know, so that the baby could stay asleep in the car and I didn’t have to take her out, cross the street, and risk her waking up. Important things, people! Having a healthy lunch option to grab and eat on-the-go is awesome for this nursing mama. Hangry Kara is somebody that nobody wants to be around, so I like having convenient things like this in my fridge!Ready Pac - Kara in the KitchenFind out where you can buy Ready Pac foods here!

Now for the exciting stuff! Ready Pac has not one, but TWO giveaways for you!! Below is the $150 Visa Gift Card giveaway for my readers only! So that means your chances of winning are really good!

Ready Pac Foods Giveaway!

The next giveaway is where you can enter for the chance to win up to $3,000 in prizes through September 18th. Enter here! Good luck :)

The Evenflo Sibby in New York City!

This post was sponsored by Evenflo as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the Evenflo Sibby Travel System to facilitate my review.

We took the Evenflo Sibby, available at Target, to New York City and it was the perfect stroller for the trip! It is lightweight and has a little Ride-Along board on the back that a second child can ride on. Knowing my Lola, I was so excited to have a place for her to take a break with all of the walking we were going to do in the city.

Here we are trying Shake Shack for the first time outside of the Museum of Natural History! It was so good!! Junie was happy as a clam in the Sibby, even without the carseat part. I did not want to fly with it or deal with it on the subway, so I left it in the car at LAX.Evenflo Sibby - Kara in the KitchenI gate checked the stroller, so I took it through security with June in the wrap on me. I was able to close it up with one hand by myself, walk through the metal detector, and then open it up by myself on the other side. On the subway, we tried to take elevators as much as possible (P-U), but there were times where we had to carry it down the stairs. I would carry the bottom rung and my mom would carry the handles. Packed down with my beefy baby, diaper bag, and water bottles, it was quite the work out! I was so grateful for the times that people would offer to carry it up or down the stairs for us. New Yorkers are so friendly!  Evenflo Sibby - Kara in the KitchenHere is what the stroller looks like with the car seat inside of it. It clicks in with one click and lifts out easily as well. I like the shape of the carseat handle, it rests easily in the crook of your arm. With this configuration, you have to lay the stroller back a bit more. Junie slept in New York City with it flat quite a bit. There is mesh in the back so I could see her and make sure she was nice and cool! We got so many comments on that little white fan while there!! People kept saying they wished that they could have a little fan of their own :) I bought it here on Amazon (affiliate link).Evenflo Sibby - Kara in the KitchenOn top of the Empire State Building with my girls! My mom is taking the picture because she is scared of heights and didn’t go anywhere near the edge :) I had another mom ask me in line what kind of stroller this was, she had two young boys and loved the Ride-Along feature! It was great because the girls would ride it and then hook it back up so I didn’t kick it. The only thing I wish the stroller had is longer or adjustable handles. I am 5’7″ and I felt like I had to hunch over a bit to reach the handles while Lola was on the Ride-Along board. Other than that, we are loving the Sibby! Evenflo Sibby - Kara in the Kitchen

WaterWipes at Babies R Us

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

As a mom of three (!), I am always looking for the best products for my children. Look at my little shopping sidekick! How could you not want to give that face the best? You know of my love for WaterWipes from a previous post, and this is one product that I have continued to use and buy for my family since writing about it the last time. Water Wipes - karainthekitchen.com-4Ever since having Ada, I have carried baby wipes around with me everywhere I go. Even after Lola was potty trained and before we had a new baby! They are the best to have on hand for messes, sticky hands, and faces. I have also been known to wipe down a table or two while out to eat! My Babies R Us has WaterWipes in the diapering section right at eye level. Water Wipes - karainthekitchen.com-3On our road trip to Santa Fe? WaterWipes in the car and diaper bag. On our trip to New York City? WaterWipes in the suitcase and diaper bag. Actually, my bag was stopped at airport security after going through the x-ray machine. It turns out that it was the two packages of WaterWipes that looked suspicious! It didn’t get searched on the way home, though. As you know, I love that WaterWipes are just water and fruit extract. While in New York City, June got a little bit of a diaper rash. I think it’s because her skin isn’t used to the heat and humidity. I thought that I would keep an eye on it and if it didn’t go away in a day, I would buy some diaper cream. I used WaterWipes on her when I changed her diaper that whole day and the rash cleared up on its own! I think it’s because there are no added chemicals or scents to the wipes. I have smelled some doozies!! One brand that shall not be named has a bitter smell to them. I really like that WaterWipes don’t have a smell so that you can wipe your face and hands with them and not worry about smelling funny. If you’d like to try WaterWipes out, enter the giveaway below! You could win one of 5 $100 gift cards to Babies R Us! Hurry though, the contest ends on August 18th. Good luck!

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I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes (5 winners).

WaterWipes in our hotel in NYC! I was temped to wipe down the window with one ;)
Water Wipes NYC - Kara in the KitchenFind out where WaterWipes are sold near you here.

Back to School with a2 Milk®

This post was sponsored by a2 Milk® as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.a2 Milk - karainthekitchen.comCan you believe that it’s that time already? Back to school has already started for some, and my girls will be going back next month. Lola will be starting Kindergarten and Ada will be in 1st grade. I am so excited for them! It’s going to be an adjustment for sure; we have been loving these lazy days of summer. No schedules, beach days, and vacations. After a full day of school, I know they will both be coming home hungry, and I want to keep them filled up with happy tummies! Speaking of tummies, if anyone in your home has sensitivities to regular milk, you should have them try a2 Milk®! The A1 protein, found in all other cow milk on the market, is usually responsible for unsettled stomachs. The heirloom herd of milk cows from the a2 Milk Company™ produces milk devoid of the A1 protein, leaving only the A2 protein that is gentler on stomachs. It is still real milk and doesn’t taste any different than the cows milk you know and love.a2 Milk® - karainthekitchen.comI’m a big believer in doing everything in moderation. I think if you are too extreme in something, you will get burned out or have the opposite effect that you were hoping for. This goes for snacks in our home. I monitor what my girls eat and have taught them about healthy choices and “sometimes” foods. Apples are an every day choice for an after school snack. Cookies, of course, are a sometimes food. Best enjoyed with a cold glass of milk!a2 Milk - karainthekitchen.comOr, if your children are not fans of plain milk, make it chocolate milk! You can rest easy knowing that a2 Milk® contains about six times the amount of calcium as soy milk, eight times the protein of almond milk, and six times the potassium levels of rice milk! 
a2 Milk - karainthekitchen.com-2I have loved being an Ambassador for a2 Milk®! I hope you have enjoyed learning about it through my posts and it will help you or someone you know with lactose sensitivities. To find the store nearest you that carries a2 Milk®, click here. Happy new school year and snack in happy moderation :) a2 Milk® - karainthekitchen.com

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10 Years of Marriage!

I was looking through my memories on Facebook and thought it would be fun to share our anniversaries throughout the last decade!

10 Years – Hitching Post in Casmalia with baby June along for the ride:109 Years – Carmel, CA with Maverick:98 Years – Matt was in New York for training so he sent these:8

This was the night he came home…I had to pinch him to make sure he was real! 8

7 Years – On top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France (I still need to post about that trip!):7

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LEGOLAND California in the KIA Sedona

As an Official LEGOLAND Blogger, I received free tickets to the park for this trip. I also received a KIA Sedona to drive in partnership with DriveShop. As always, all opinions are 100% mine. 

We were so excited to go to LEGOLAND for the first time! My girls are the perfect age for it. They especially love Heartlake City, which is where the LEGO® Friends live. They had to get a picture with all of the girls:LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comWe had a fancy new KIA Sedona to drive down in! This one had the rear DVD entertainment system for the girls. We loved it! Around Santa Barbara, my mom and I were commenting on what a quiet trip it was since the girls had headphones on. Just then, Lola YELLS from the back, not realizing how loud her voice was! It was hilarious :)KIA Sedona - karainthekitchen.comI caught Matt rocking out with it’s sweet sound system to some Boston :)

We were there for the unveiling of the brand new Freedom Tower in Miniland, USA. It’s their version of One World Trade Center in New York City and is the tallest LEGO® tower in the United States! It is made up of over 250,000 LEGOS!LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comThey had a brass band playing the national anthem and Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty walking around on stilts. Lola wasn’t too sure about them, see her grabbing onto Ada’s dress in the picture? ;) LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comThey loved the live show in Heartlake City and then talking to the LEGO® Friends girls afterward.LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comIt really is incredible what they can create with LEGOS!! LEGOLAND - karainthekitchen.comWe had such a blast, even with new little baby June along. She slept and we tried to keep her cool. The water park was excellent and clean. It’s worth it to buy the reusable cup and fill it up at the Coke machines throughout the day :)

FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event 2016

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Have you ever wondered about where you came from? Genealogy is fascinating to me! I love learning about the people who came before me and what their lives were like. I have ancestors who crossed the plains in wagons along with ones who crossed the ocean on a boat for weeks from Australia. When you research your roots and connect with your past, it makes your ancestors come to life.

Back in the day, employees from the census bureau would go door-to-door, recording the names and ages of every person in the household. We have those records, and now they need to be digitized. This is where YOU come in! If you have a computer and an internet connection, you can help.

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FamilySearch International is hosting a 72 hour Worldwide Indexing Event this weekend. They want to save the records we have by getting them online and making them available to the public. My grandpa has been doing this sort of work since 1990! There have been multiple times that he has called us back to his office to get our opinion on whether or not we think a certain loop is meant to be an E or an L, or what we think a last name is. If my 83-year-old grandpa can index, so can you! It is easy, helps others, and gets kind of addicting.

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How can I help?!

Go here: https://familysearch.org/worldsrecords, download the software, and follow the directions. If you scroll down on the page, you can see what documents need indexing. Birth records from Ireland?! Cool! If anyone is having a baby soon, indexing is a great way to get baby name ideas :)

The goal is to get 72,000 people to join in the event this weekend. Join us and then tell your friends to join too!u