It’s the perfect weather for spending time outdoors as a family right now, but with that, there can be a lot of unexpected injuries if you’re not properly prepared — even if you’re just going to the park to use the play set. Keep reading for 6 super important steps to ensure your family is properly equipped for outdoor fun. Read more
Do you go on hikes as a family? I know it’s hard to break away from the electronics and it sometimes feels like there’s too much work to do inside to get out of the house, but it’s important to set aside time for an outdoor activity like hiking as a family. I’m making an effort to hike more with my family this Summer, and am sharing some key reasons you should too (along with a Northside shoe giveaway)!
Veteran’s Day is one of few days a year that many American establishments honor service members and their families for their sacrifice & service, so you’ll want to be sure to do something to celebrate. But making Veteran’s Day a success requires careful planning, so knowing what’s available is important. Keep reading for a listing of the best Veteran’s Day happenings in travel, activities and dining the whole family can enjoy to celebrate their very own hero. Read more
Going to an amusement park with family while preggo can feel pretty unfair, but not at Disneyland! Unlike most theme parks full of rides you can’t go on if you’re pregnant Disneyland has some safer preggo-friendly options. Can you guess which ones? Read more
There’s something calming about the beach — Kiddos play nicely, the sound of the waves sooth and you can kinda just be. There’s definitely a reason I frequent beaches despite not being a great swimmer. I drove about 4-5 hours to Mendicino with my mom and kiddo for a few days away while test driving the Lexus RX 350 and we were all a bit sad for our 3 days, 2 nights to be over. Keep reading for things to do with the family when visiting Mendicino. Read more
It’s officially Summertime— The perfect time for laying out on a picnic blanket with some treats and a good book . . . or 13. Keep up with the Summer reading programs, and keep bedtime routines interesting with these 13 new books for Summer. Read more
If you’re anything like me the transition to Summer break makes you feel equally excited and terrified — That ever-present question of “What are we going to do today?” looms over my head each morning. To avoid having to add the role of cruise director to my list of mom chores, I’ve deemed this Summer the Summer of outdoor adventure! A time for the kids to go outside for exploration and learning. They’ll have so much fun that they won’t realize that they’re also learning! Keep reading for three top reasons you’ll want to try this out this Summer, too. Read more
Over 572,000 people pledged to spend time as a family outdoors on May 21 for National Park Trust‘s National Kids to Park Day. This special day in May was created by National Park Trust, whose mission is to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow, as a way for parents and kids to learn more about their nearby parks. I took Savannah to the park since we weren’t able to visit a national park that day, and it was amazing. There’s something about unplugging and breathing in fresh air and the natural surroundings around where you live — It’s good for your eyes, parent-child relationship, and spirit. It’s just not that easy to actually get out and going with the family, though, right? Well, I may not have all the answers but I do have 3 tips for getting outdoors with your family this Summer (and a pretty awesome baby carrier giveaway). Keep reading for more info! Read more
Taking a vacation — or even a day trip — can be tough on your monthly budget if you don’t prepare ahead of time. I’m a fairly frugal person who really likes quality for less so I take advantage of as many offers and tips as I can to get the most out of my excursions without maxing out the credit card using these awesome tips. Keep reading to see how you can save (and earn!) on your activities, stay and transportation on trips. Read more
School breaks are fun for the kids, but often leave parents wondering how to entertain the kids and still get some work done. Since my sitting at the computer searching for a logo update was making the kiddo a bit antsy, I decided to take the 2016 Camry SE (Starting at $23,840) I was reviewing during Christmas out for a little adventure to Coyote Hills Regional Park with my sister to keep our kiddos entertained.Keep reading for a recap of our day and my take on Camry’s safe family “sport” car.
Coyote Hills Regional Park is a part of East Bay Parks in California and offers hiking, biking, naturalist programs, butterfly garden, wildlife refuge, and picnic fun. According to their site, there’s about 979 acres of marshland and rolling grasslands, so we thought this would be a great sort of nature learning experience for the kids, too. When I was a kid I went to Coyote Hills and Don Edwards Bridge for field trips where we would dissect owl pellets. As I got older it was just a pretty place to walk and use as a backdrop for photos I took of families. I forgot about it for a bit and never took S here . . until now. Neither kiddo had ever heard of a marsh before, so they learned something when we went! Read more