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Marvel Universe LIVE! is perfect for kids (and husbands) of all ages! And, guess what?! It's coming to the Bay Area!!! Shows are playing at the SAP Center March 20-22, 2015. Chris and I are so excited to take all three kids, ages 1, 5, and 8, to see Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Friday night showing. This post is sponsored, but my excitement is definitely organic!! We cannot wait!!
 You can get your tickets to any of the showings that weekend at using the discount code MOM2 to save 25% on tickets to any performance. Savings does not apply to VIP or Gold Circle seats. No double discounts.
A bit about the story...
Marvel Universe LIVE! features an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel icons together for one epic quest (find out more about the characters here). The Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power and one of the most feared and coveted treasures in the Marvel Universe, has been shattered into pieces by the Mighty Thor in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands. With the pieces scattered across the globe, Thor’s villainous brother Loki devises a scheme to clone its powers, inciting a threat that could not only decimate Earth but also obliterate the Universe. OH NO!
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And about the show... you don't want to miss this!!
Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! is taking the live entertainment experience to a whole new level, with a mind-blowing show unlike anything you've seen before. You’ll definitely feel the energy with cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man and the Avengers (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and more) and threatening villians come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza. The ONLY place in the Bay Area where you'll see all your favorite Marvel Super Heroes LIVE and in person at the SAP Center in San Jose. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime, monumental performance. The fate of the universe depends on it! <---don't let us down ;)
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 Use code MOM2 to save 25% on tickets to any performance. Savings does not apply to VIP or Gold Circle seats. No double discounts. Discount is valid through 3/22/2015.
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 We are all HUGE Marvel fans, and my husband and I are probably looking forward to this show as much (or more than) the kids are! This will be a show unlike any you've seen before, so make sure to grab your tickets here (and use MOM2 for 25% off!):

Let me know if you will be there, and we can meet up before the show!!
XO, Steph
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marvel Universe LIVE!

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Hi. So... once the crickets quiet down... I'll update.

We moved. Three weeks ago. We moved about 25 miles south of where we lived before. Which might not seem like a lot, but for me, it's JUST far enough that we have to start over. New school. New friends. New baseball team. New dance classes. New mommy friends. New favorite restaurants. New everything.
But we're lucky because it's close enough that we can still hop in the car and drive 30 minutes to my in-laws, to the only town that my kids remember, to our "old house", to our last 4.5 years of life, to everything that we know.
We've moved before. A few times. But this time feels different. This time was different. Chris and I have been together 8 years this February, but in those 8 years we've had 3 moves, 3 kids, and a marriage. It's weird to think that the first time we moved from Santa Cruz to San Jose we were barely engaged and had one child. I did all of the packing. I was 21 and had *just* graduated college with a bachelor's degree in anthropology. I had planned on pursuing an elementary education degree at San Jose State university. But... that didn't pan out. Then, we moved from San Jose to Santa Clara when we were still engaged and had two kids. I still did most of the packing, But we took our time moving into a family home. And now... Oh how times have changed.
We split the packing this time around. We had three crazy kids who made packing and moving very, very hard. We don't deal with stress very well... any of us. I mean, who does? Not me. But... it was just hard. We didn't have to be out of the home we were in, but we didn't want to live in limbo. We packed up our two uhauls (yes, two, because they didn't have the one reserved... that was fun) and drove all of our stuff to our new place. And went back the next weekend to clean and grab a few stray things. And that was it.
My mom was here for a week and helped us unpack and get settled. Blake started a new school, and is adjusting to that pretty well. He's ahead of his class, which we'll have to deal with at some point soon, but getting along with everyone well.
We've all been a little more emotional, a little more crazy, and a little disoriented... but I'm really looking forward to our lives here in this tiny little town. It's small, and intimate, and cute. We have lovely neighbors, and a nice sized place that is perfect for the place that we're at in our lives right now. Less housework, no yard-work, more family time.

And maybe, just maybe... more blogging?
We shall see ;)
XO Steph

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Have you heard the crickets around here lately?
Yeah, sorry about that.
Because the 9-month-old baby who doesn't sleep... the crazy, demanding, seemingly bipolar 4-year-old... and the overly-sensitive 8-year-old... plus the housework that never gets done (currently ignoring the 4 loads of clean laundry that need to be folded, and the pasta from lunch still sitting in the strainer) wasn't enough to keep me busy...
I started a business... (Jamberry)
And got a job... (just did training yesterday)
And we're looking for a place to live...
*deep breath*
But I miss writing. I keep writing blog posts in my head, but never have time to sit down and pound them out without feeling guilty over NOT doing something else. Something else that would either benefit my kids, my house, my husband, or my wallet. But today, during this 20-minute nap that my daughter is currently taking right next to me, I decided to blog.
Life seems so crazy these days. I don't really know which way is up, or what to do first. This morning I was playing cards with S while nursing R and looking for apartments online and waiting for an email from C to send to my new employer... and it was a pretty good morning... so you can imagine the bad mornings. Beautiful mess.
Plus... holidays. Holidays are bittersweet when you can't be with those you love. There are family members who are not here anymore, and family members who are just far away... but it's hard to be without them all.
I'm sure there aren't many people 'round these parts any more. But I started this blog for myself, so I guess it wouldn't be too bad if it was only me left in the end.

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for American Express. I received thank you item for my participation.
The girls and I were invited to attend an exclusive event at the American Express Centurion Lounge at the SFO (San Francisco) airport last week! They offered to pick us up with a car service, and we were so excited to live on the luxurious side for a little while. S thought it was so fun, and I loved not having to fight traffic on the way to the airport during rush hour! American Express just opened the Lounge, which is the first on the West Coast, and the fourth location in a network that's expanding in major airports across the United States, on November 6th!
Entry to The Centurion Lounges is complimentary for consumer, Business and Corporate Platinum
Card and Centurion® Members, and their immediate family or up to two travel companions.
Other American Express Credit and Charge Card Members may purchase a one-day pass at The
Centurion Lounge for $50.

Keep reading to hear all about our experience at The Lounge! Lots of pictures to follow :)


This campaign couldn't have come at a better time! B just turned 8, and finally got the Nintendo 3DSxl that he has been begging us for. It was perfect timing when I was selected to try out the new Petz Beach game that was just released on 10/14!
My kids love animals, but there is no way we could handle having one in our house right now, so the Petz games are a great virtual compromise! In the new Petz Beach, there are more than 50 different types of animals, from dogs and cats, to dolphins and whales - there is something for everyone. Because the environment in game changes with the seasons, the adventure lasts all year long!

The best part about this game is that, through its partnership with Encyclopedia Britannica, Petz Beach incorporates learning along the way. As kids care for their pets and complete missions, they’ll learn facts about animals, plants and insects. B loves to say, "MOM! Guess what? Did you know..." and share his new knowledge with me. I explained to him that these facts were popping up from the Encyclopedia, and he thought that was really cool. He loves to "collect" facts!
This game is made by the same Petz company that we've known and loved for years. They also released another new Petz game on the same day as this one called Petz Countryside. The games are rated "E" for everyone, but recommended for ages 7+. My four-year-old daughter loves to play along with her brother, but needs some help reading and following the instructions. These games would be a great gift for the holidays (which will be here before we know it!).
You can purchase Petz Beach on here (affiliate link):

Do your kids enjoy any of the Petz games?
XO Steph

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.