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Why Every Mom Should Get Out Of The Car This School Year

Last school year was quite the debacle for my family.  I was nine months pregnant with my 4th, shuffling my kids to a school that was literally 25 miles away.  I could have sworn I’d give birth on the freeway.  Our new house was almost complete, and I thought it was best to let the…

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Kids Medicine 101: Back To School, Back To Germs

  “This Post Has Been Sponsored, Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom.”   The end of summer is bittersweet.  For the kids, it’s the end of those mid-week swim sessions and lazy weekday mornings at the house.  The barefoot beach days of sun, sand and surf will soon be replaced by the hurried scramble of getting up and…

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Traveling With Families- The More The Merrier

This summer we had the opportunity to pack our bags and use our passports. Destination: CABO! Before I even talk about the beauty of my luxurious resort in Mexico, lets relish in the fact that we are still winning in the big-family department.  After having our last baby, making my party of six loud and plentiful, we thought we…

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Engaging Her Limitless Potential

“This post is sponsored; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom!” It’s not a typical childhood growing up in New York City.  I was born in Brooklyn, raised in Staten Island and exposed to many career opportunities in Manhattan that most could only dream of.  New York City…

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Let My Baby Be Baby

It’s been ten months since we brought our sweet little surprise home.  Brody Hudson, such the beautiful boy if I may say.  I have to admit settling into our new normal when so many things were happening for our family was quite the challenge.   No matter how full your plate is, a newborn takes a lot…

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Back To School- 1 Shirt, 4 Looks

  “This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.” This is it.  We are in the last stretch of lazy mornings, chasing ice cream trucks and plenty of sandy toes.   The kids go back to school in just a few weeks,…

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Be A Kid For A Day

San Diego is known for a lot of things, but for the past 40 plus years Comic-Con has attracted movie, television and comic book fans from all walks of life.  Celebrities like Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Junior, Justin Timberlake and Angelina Jolie are just a handful of A-listers you could find at this massive pop-culture…

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Staying On Task This Summer

Living in a perfect climate like San Diego, it should come to no surprise that we have non-stop visitors all summer long.  My friends joke around with me and call our home “Chateau Schaffer.”  With the unforgettable memories being made with our loved ones from afar, we wouldn’t have it any other way.  We relish…

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Embracing Their Identity, Konnichiwa!

This Post Has Been Sponsored! Thank You For Sponsoring CityGirlGoneMom! People often assume that to experience ones culture, you have to go to that particular country.  The beauty of being born and raised in New York City was the exposure to a melting pot of many cultures right in my very own concrete playground.  As…

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Please Don’t Touch My Baby!

Picture This:  Out to lunch with my family and the waitress thought my baby was so cute that she kept bending down to talk to him.  Brody was acting like his normal, flirtatious self and just when I was about to take a bite of my salad, she did the unspeakable.  She picked up my…

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Our New Trend In Family Fitness, The 5K!

After Bobby graduated dental school at New York University, he became an officer in The United States Navy.  He definitely had his share of boot camp training before deploying to Afghanistan.  I have always been proud of my husband as he was one of only a few that were given this Navy scholarship to attend…

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How I lost My Baby Weight in 12 Weeks

When I met Bobby while he was a dental student at New York University, dieting was the furthest thing from my mind.  We would frequent the trendiest, hippest restaurants in New York City, ordering anything our hearts desired.  Fast forward ten plus years, four babies later,  and a pristine coastline as our backyard, you can be…

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Making Summer Safe For Kids

Sunshine, s’mores, water sports and lazy mornings. That’s summer for the Schaffers. With hundreds of activities at my kids’ disposal this summer, I’ve made it my mission to be prepared for the summer mishap before it happens. With the temperature on the rise and three out of four of my kids being so active, I’m ready…

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Mom’s Guide To Buying A Camera

So you’re a mom who loves her kids and you want to capture all those milestones.  However, with so many cameras on the market you just don’t know what to buy.  I have been into photography for over twenty years and I am very persistent on saying you need an SLR.  But first, you need to…

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Parenting, We are all in this together!

When it comes to parenting, we are all in this together.  I wouldn’t know where to begin without my mom tribe of friends.  It takes a village to get through life with four kids, especially with no family near by.  I am not talking about the village that stands back pointing fingers when things go…

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Teaching Acts Of Kindness

In the wake of the Orlando shootings I have felt very sick and perplexed like most Americans.  I can’t help but think about my own brood of children and what I could possibly do to make our world a better place.  After all, it’s us parents that have to teach our kids to do better…

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The Ultimate Dad

Fortunately for me, I had a great role model that stepped in as a father figure, my Daddy Paul.  He set the tone for me as a child on what epitomized a great dad.  I knew as a young girl that I wanted to marry a man who would be a best friend and a…

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Live Summer Happy

When I start looking for camp experiences for my kids, I always look for ones that provide lifelong memories and skills. While it can be tough to find camps geared specifically toward toddlers and pre-schoolers, I found some that welcome wee ones and cater to every type of budding personality. I have been on the hunt specifically…

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Baby Dates

  “This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.” There are many dates in life that one goes through before a fairytale narrative takes over. Like the saying goes, “you have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding your true prince.”  We all had our own share of…

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4 Things I learned With My 4th Baby!

Considering I just had my fourth baby one would assume I know all just about all there is about parenting. Not so! I may have a house full of giggling little ones, but you could never be too prepared when expanding your family…especially when the work has only just begun when you bring the baby…

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Best Trader Joe’s Lentil Dip Recipe

If you are lucky enough to live close to a Trader Joes, then this is the recipe for you.  It takes five minutes and its such a great dish to serve to friends or bring over someones house.  My friend Consuelo told me about this one and I have been addicted ever since. Trader Joe’s…

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3 Unexpected Benefits of Getting Outdoors With Your Family

There is a great big world out there ready to be explored and inspire our kids. This past week we did just that, we decided to get on out there and engage the great outdoors.  We were able to do this as a family of 6 and with some friends that joined in.  Who knew…

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Come SALE Away

Besides remembering those who served, this weekend is also full of sales. I scoured some sites to bring you some of my favorites for this holiday weekend! Enjoy the SALE my friends! See Gallery Below!

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Creating The Ultimate Bond With My Baby

A new experience comes with every new baby.  Their unique personalities can be seen from the very beginning.  Jackson, has always been wide-eyed and curious, where Roman was ready to cause havoc.  My daughter Dylan just wanted to eat, smile and sleep and our latest bundle, baby Brody, has the sweetest soul.  He reminds me a…