The Sargento Thin to Win Challenge: Unwinding with Music

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I love a good challenge and when I was asked to participate in the Sargento “Thin to Win” Challange, I jumped at the chance. The “Thin to Win” Challenge by Sargento is challenging Americans  for 45 days to “thin out” and simplify our lives. Whether it be thinning out or meals or thinning out or closets Sargento is challenging us to “eliminate things that don’t really matter without sacrificing things that we do”. The “Thin to Win” Challenge is running from May 4th until June 18th.

My challenge was using music to help unwind on my commute and travel. I do carpool with the kids and usually drive my daughter to her almost daily dance classes. I decided to cut out the talk radio and listen to the most relaxing music in my itunes library, The Eat, Pray, Love Soundtrack. I love the book, the movie and the soundtrack has become one of my absolute favorites. I love almost every song and the music is so relaxing. I have turned it on for the past month the moment I get in the car and it almost instantly relaxes me. By the time I’ve dropped off my daughter I am cool as a cucumber!

So tell me what is your favorite song or music that helps you unwind? I would love to know! You can also share on the Sargento Facebook place and enter to win daily prizes.

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Sargento Foods Inc and The Motherhood. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Home Depot Saturday Morning Free Kids Workshops

No project would be complete without pink paint as far as my daughter is concerned. Credit: Robert O'Connor

Our Dad Blogger Robert shares all about the Home Depot Saturday Morning Workshops. They are free and look like a blast for the kiddos!

Pack up the kids and head over to your local southern California Home Depot this Saturday from 9am to 12 noon to participate in their FREE Kids Workshop.  Each child is given a kit to assemble (mom or dad are welcome to  help).  The project this month is a desktop organizer which may be a nice item to make for Fathers Day which is only weeks away.  Home Depot will supply everything that your child may need to build the project at their location including a hammer, nails, glue and even paint so that your child can customize their creation.

Ava applying a coat of paint. Credit: Robert O'Connor

Ava applying a coat of paint. Credit: Robert O'Connor

My daughter looks forward to the first Saturday of every month, because she knows thats when they have the Home Depot Kids Workshop.  I look forward to it because it not only makes my daughter happy, but it gives her a sense of accomplishment to see what she has assembled.

Each child who attends will receive for free their own Home Depot apron, a commemorative pin, and a certificate of achievement which is suitable for framing.  Perhaps the most valuable thing that will be given is a sense of pride in what they have created with their own hands.

Ava making her daddy proud. Credit: Robert O'Connor

Helpful hints

*the project is intended for children from 5 to 12 years of age but I have seem younger kids still have fun, but requiring help from mom or dad.

*held the first Saturday of every month from 9 to noon

* expect to have your child spend about 15 minutes assembling and painting their project.

*its a good idea to wear old clothes if possible as there is paint involved.

For more info head here.

Free Movies on the Beach at Newport Dunes this Summer!

Credit: Newport Dunes

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! We had a great time relaxing and even managed to make it down to Encinitas to check out the SD Botanic Garden. Can’t wait to share about our adventures later on this week. I first wanted to start out the beginning of this week by sharing about this upcoming weekend and actually about an event that takes place every weekend during the summer.

Newport Dunes hosts a free movie on the beach every Friday and Saturday evening for the entire family. Movies start at sunset  and you are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and jackets. Movies start at sunset and there are concessions available for purchase. The movie nights are free but parking is $10. It’s still a super fun evening for the entire family.  For additional information and to see the schedule head here.