Monica, "thegrommom," lives on the north shore of Oahu with her husband and four sons.  She homeschools, raises tropical fruits, and keeps up with her surfing and skating boys ("groms.")  Monica blogs about all their family adventures, and shares wisdom, inspiration, healthy recipes, and tall tales at her site:

Summer of Favorites Giveaway #3: A Beautiful Summer Tote (your choice!)

Hi friends, and welcome to the third Summer of Favorites Giveaway Post! If your summer is like mine, it is flying by way too fast. ...more

Are you your own bully? A (beautifully) spoken word

I’ve been so encouraged to hear from people all over the world who have read my book, (The Secret of Your Naturally Skinny Friends) and shared their stories with me. ...more

Summer of Favorites Giveaway #2: Neso Tent Giveaway!

Hi friends and Happy Independence Day! ...more

Better Communication with your teen: An infographic :)

Hey friends! As I publish this post, I am in Huntington Beach, with a full day of Luke’s National Surf contest in front of me. ...more

Summer of Favorites Giveaway #1: Surface Sun Care Giveaway

To kick off my “Summer of Favorites” giveaway series, I thought we should start with some essentials. If you plan to spend any time outdoors this summer (and you better!) then some good sunscreen is definitely in order! I’m excited to be teaming up with one of Luke’s amazing surf sponsors to share a great giveaway with you! ...more

A simple (and more genuine) way to Honor Dad on Father’s Day

Hi from beautiful Orange Country, California. ...more

Summer coffee date: Updates, and Summer Blog Plans You don’t want to miss!

Hey friends, Every year I know it’s coming, yet every year my May/June season catches me off guard with how insanely busy it is. ...more

Simple Outdoor Activities to make summer great (and memorable!)

I’m in the middle of a busy week with my oldest graduating (!) and sending 3 kids off (in 2 directions) for various events and contests. ...more

Talking to your Teen/Tween about Peer Pressure

With summer on the horizon,...more

Family Favorite Energy Balls.

Energy balls are one staple snack food I have in my fridge almost all of the time. ...more