Cascia Smith

Cascia was born and raised in the Arizona heat. While receiving her Pre-Med degree at HIU in California, a blonde, surfing, skateboarding boy stole her heart. In 2004, she married Chuck and had many adventures living in Arizona, California and Colorado. They now call Simi Valley home and have three wild and curious children - Becker (10), Bodie (7) and Lyla (6). She has been blessed to be a teacher, summer camp staff/program director, SAHM and now the owner of Ventura County Mom Collective. Playing guitar, writing songs, and reading any and every parenting book helps keep her sane and happy! A good cup of coffee or a bubbly La Croix can usually be found in her hand! She tries to live by the motto "I'd rather recover from failure than live with regret.

Favorite Banana Bread + Recipe

BANANA BREAD  There are few things as comforting as smelling a loaf of banana bread baking in the oven.  So it makes sense that an entire day would be dedicate to this delicious bread! And I...

Order Your Own Ice Cream – A Story of Comparison

On a hot August afternoon, with a long line of impatient customers behind us, I told my kids they would have to order their own ice cream.   They whined a bit.  They pleaded a bit.  They tried...

Dear Hubby: I Forgot Why I Love You

Sweet hubby, I used to send you love letters! All the time.  It was so fun to tell you all the reasons I loved you and why you were the perfect man for me. I could...

Ventura County Ice Cream Shops

What’s a hot California summer without something cold and sweet to cool you down? (Okay, let’s be honest – we eat ice cream year round here. It’s just easier to enjoy outdoors in the...

Sip + Snip – Moms Night Out

Sip + Snip - Moms Night Out It has been a year and moms more than ever deserve a night out! Come join fellow moms for a special night out just for moms!  The night...

August Bucket List + Family Events

How is it August already!! With only a few short weeks left until the carefree summer days end and school begins, let's make sure to enjoy all the great family events happening!  There are...

Dear Hubby – I’m Sorry Your Summer Sucks

Sweet hubby, I am really sorry your summer sucks. The Glorious Summer Days I was driving home from Hurricane Harbor one beautiful summer Tuesday afternoon.  My kids' cheeks are red from a day spent in the...

The Grass IS Greener…So Borrow Some Fertilizer!

I think we all know the saying, “The grass is greener on the other side”. The History One of the earliest mentions of this phrase came from the poet Ovid when he said “the harvest is...

The Mommy Shame Game: How to SHUT IT DOWN

The “mommy shame” game seems to be everywhere.  We see it on social media, reality tv, magazines, twitter, tiktok and on and on. It almost seems to have become an acceptable part of our...

Through His Eyes – Father’s Day Pictures

Dads The most ordinary men Turned by love Into heroes, adventurers, Storytellers, And singer of songs! -UNKNOWN For moms, there is something almost magical witnessing a man become a father.  A Father is something special...unique...wonderful!  We want to take the time...
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