Back to School Ideas and Giveaway! #LaminateIt #Spon


The Fellowes Laminator in action!

The Fellowes Laminator in action!

Back to School is almost here for some of us and for others it is right around the corner. My kiddos go back to school in less than a week and although I’m going to miss them, everyone is excited to get back to a routine and to getting back to learning. We’ve been getting ready for school by buying our school supplies, backpacks, and getting organized. I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m currently in grad school pursuing a special education credential and masters and One of the things I have really really been looking forward to buying is a laminator for my classroom. When I was asked to review the Fellowes Saturn2 95 laminator, I jumped at the chance. It’s not only great for the classroom, but also great for moms to have at home for a variety of uses.

I am in love with my new Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator. I’ve used it for so many different projects and I can’t wait to use it to laminate worksheets. It is so easy to use. I don’t know why but for some reason I had a misconception that using a laminator would be difficult. I was totally wrong! The Fellowes laminator was so easy to use, even my eight year old daughter put it to use.  The Fellowes Laminator is perfect to keep important documents in pristine condition. You can use it to keep schedules, awards, etc in mint condition. The Fellowes Saturn2 95 Laminator  does all this and more:

      HeatGuard™ Technology: Double-walled insulation keeps heat inside so laminator is comfortable to touch, making it safe for homes and classrooms with children

·         Advanced Temperature Control: Hot and cold laminating capabilities ensure consistent, smooth results every time

·         Release Lever: Permits easy removal or re-centering of stalled pouches to prevent jams

·         Laminates up to 9.5″ wide documents

I don’t know if you all follow me on pinterest, but I created a board with some fun back to school ideas. You can also follow Fellowes on Pinterest for some great ideas.

Fellowes has created a Celebration of Superstar Teachers contest to honor your favorite teachers.  Head over to Facebook and nominate your favorite teacher.  25 Teachers will win a prize package from Fellowes.

We’re also giving away a Fellowes Saturn2 95 laminator. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment letting me know how you would put the laminator to good use. That’s it! Giveaway ends on August 19th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good Luck!

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Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with The Motherhood and Fellowes. However, all opinions are my very own and I love my new Laminator!

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

When ancient monsters threaten to destroy our world, in Demigods we trust. The highly anticipated follow up to Percy Jackson: The Lightening Thief is finally here! Opening today, August 7th is Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Percy and his gang of half-human half-mythical gods, fight to save their world.   Percy and his friends must find the fabled and powerfully magic Golden Fleece. The set out on a treacherous odyssey into the uncharted waters of the Sea of Monsters (better known to us humans as the Bermuda Triangle) where they must battle terrifying creatures, an army of zombies, and the ultimate Evil.


Daytripping Dad, Mike, recently had the chance to sit down with some of the cast members and the director to discuss this exciting new film. Mike asked Logan Lerman, Percy Jackson himself, about how the character has grown and evolved since the first film. Logan responded, saying “Well, at the end of the first one, it kind of ended on that note that he’s the hero. He’s the guy who saved the day and everything was great. And at the beginning of this one, we kind of find him at a place where he’s not the hero anymore. He’s a little insecure, but more accepting. Maybe it was luck. Maybe it was a number of things. But, I’m not really the guy they thought I was going to be.”

Logan continued describing other things that have changed for the character.  “In the mixture of all these things in this journey, it’s a big journey of discovering [Percy’s] confidence again and it really connects to the meaning of the story, which is the value of family and friends and the loyalty between that group of people, which just makes everybody family. So, that kind of supports him, his friendships and everything into stepping up to the plate and being the hero again. And it’s not him. It’s everybody.”


The film is in 3D and is chalk full of action and fight sequences. Younger children might find some of the scenes a bit frightening, which is why the movie is rated PG. If your kids are like mine, they love action films and fights of good versus evil, they will likely really enjoy the film.  If your children (or even you!) enjoy the book series, you’ll be very happy with how close the movie aligns with the novels.  Check out the preview of the movie, below:

Be on the look out for footage in the movie that was shot at Six Flags New Orleans, which was permanently closed following Hurricane Katrina. Today, Six Flags sits looking much the way it did after the hurricane flooding subsided.  The creative force behind Sea of Monsters brought it back to life, if only for a few nights, to become an important backdrop to the new movie.


Here is Mike with the other movie blog moms posing with Logan Lerman and the director Thor Freudenthal.

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The List: Places that offer Free Admission Every Day or Once a Month


We love visiting free places.. but lets face it, it can be very expensive to take out the family for a day of fun. Since most kiddos don’t return to school for a few more weeks, I made a list of museums and gardens that offer Free Admission once a month. Pack a bag and head out to explore!

Every Day:

California Science Center

Tinken Museum of Art

Getty Museum – Tuesday to Sunday

Getty Villa – Closed Tuesday

Griffith Observatory – Closed Monday

Travel Town Museum

Environmental Nature Center

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium – Tuesday to Sunday

First Sunday of the Month:

La Habra Children’s Museum

Bowers Museum and Kidspace Museum


First Tuesday of the Month:

San Diego Botanic Garden 

Kidspace Museum:  Free Family Night from 4pm to 8pm

Discovery Science Center: Free Admission to Santa Ana Residents- up to 4 tickets per Santa Ana address

Los Angeles Museum of Natural History(except July and August)

La Brea Tarpits (except July and August)

Reuben H Fleet Science Center for San Diego City and County Residents

San Diego Natural History Musem for San Diego City and County Residents

First Thursday of the Month:

Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

Second Sunday of the Month: 

New Children’s Museum of San Diego

Third  Tuesday of the Month :

San Diego Museum of Art for San Diego City and County Residents

San Diego Museum of of Man for San Diego City and County Residents

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Third Sunday of the Month:

Santa Ana Zoo for Santa Ana Residents

Fourth Tuesday of the Month:


San Diego Air and Space Museum

San Diego Automotive Museum