Sunset Magazine, a Menlo Park local since 1951, is relocating to Oakland this winter where their wine cellar will flourish and a modern test kitchen will spur creativity for a myriad of new recipes. To celebrate the news, and say farewell to what has been the Time Warner owned magazine’s home for so long, Sunset held their last Menlo Park Sunset Celebration Weekend June 6-7, and it was magnificent. I didn’t make it, I went to an event preview while everyone was still setting up, but I was afforded the opportunity to get a last glimpse into the world of Sunset publishing while their test gardens, kitchen and cellar are all in the same spot as their offices (the garden is moving to Sonoma County). Here’s a peek at celebration weekend, and look at the home of a magazine that fills so many family homes with inspiring aromas, plentiful garden tips and simply something pretty to look at when you need a magazine break from goings on with the kids. Read more
For about 2 years now, I’ve been taking my daughter to see two Disney on Ice performances a year. After a bit the performances seem to have a lot in common and I get a bit bored with the same stories (but my daughter LOVES them). I prefer add-ons to the Disney tales instead of recaps of the movies, so when I arrived for Let’s Celebrate, the latest show here in Northern California, I was excited for something a bit different . . . and I wasn’t disappointed! Here are some of my favorite highlights form one parent who has seen one too many of these shows to another. Read more
There’s nothing quite like some quality “me time,” but Mom’s Night Out 2015 certainly offered that and more for the lovely mamas who made it out to Hotel Diva for the event on Saturday. Guests were greeted with their own night out necklace and eco-friendly goodie bag filled with offers and treats from some amazing local companies, then shown the way to the event floor where each bedroom had a different activity, service or shopping experience. Read more
We all love our kids, but sometimes there’s a need to feel like a person outside of mommyhood. Mom’s Night Out SF makes that possible by bringing the experts in San Francisco kiddo sitting to the event so you can still get your much needed time away without being too far away if you’re still nursing or have a super attached little one. Enjoy threading, makeup and hair services while your kiddo decorates their own turtle bank with Peekadoodle Kids Club, or make a mosaic necklace with Artistic Home Paint & Glass Studio while your baby plays with the sitter you chose from UrbanSitter. Need to get back in touch with your body? Try out an S Factor SF warm up or chat with NewboRN Solutions‘ intimacy coach, Teresa Vargo.
Every detail of Mom’s Night Out has moms in mind, both as women and mothers. With an intimate setting for natural products and services (plus some fun shopping), this is a night of pampering you can’t afford to miss! Tickets are $35 per mom (but check out the MNO Facebook Page for discount codes), and $20 per child (for the Kids Suite). That’s right, a sitter for 4 hours in SF (plus an extra mini goodie bag) for just $20!
Would love to go but still don’t have it in the budget? No problem, Savvy Every Day is giving away 2 tickets to Mom’s Night Out SF. That’s 2 winners and 2 mamas who are going to have a blast in SF on Jan. 31! Enter in the widget below or via the Savvy Every Day Facebook Giveaway tab.
It’s 2015, which means you haven’t had a night off since last year (maybe longer)! Savvy Every Day wants to help make that easier so we’re throwing a fantastic bash with the SF birth & Baby Fair (with the help of sponsors like GetzWell Pediatrics) at Hotel Diva in Union Square on Jan. 31 just for you. Yes, you! Ever want to go out with your friends but feel like you can’t because you’re pregnant, or because you have a baby or kiddo? Well, Mom’s Night Out is the perfect chance for you to go out with your friends (mom friends or not) and take a night off from parenting. It’s like a girls night out, but with the fact that you’re a mom in mind. Wondering what that means? Keep reading for the 411 on the one event you need to attend in 2015 (aside from your kids birthday parties, those are pretty important). Read more
I was pregnant the first time I went to the San Francisco Birth & Baby Fair, and my love of baby fairs began from there. I didn’t know what to expect in the future of my pregnancy or birth, so I was excited to learn about so many products, techniques and methods for different families in one place. I arrived early to get a goodie bag (first 150 families get one) and snagged as many product samples as I could. I attended baby sign and cloth diapering workshops, then entered a raffle to win an Orbit stroller (which I didn’t win). I was hooked on baby fairs after that (and eventually won a few things). Since then, I’ve been to all of the bi-annual SF Birth & Baby Fairs, and try to cover every baby and kid fair/expo in the SF Bay Area.
Though I love them all, the Birth & Baby Fair is still my favorite. Now that my daughter is 3, the tot area with snacks and art projects is imperative. This baby fair is just so well planned. I get to nurse my daughter (yep, I’m an ‘extended’ nurser) and sit in a comfy chair to rest my tired feet for some down time at the Nursing Nook, then let her run amuck in the toy area so that she’ll let me sit in on a demo or speaker’s talk for a bit.
Unlike some other fairs, this one really focuses on sharing local businesses and being the best place for pregos as well as parents with babies or toddlers. I just love that it covers the whole family from conception to the first 4 years (at least). The fair is usually held at Fort Mason Center in the Marina area of SF, close to Crissy field and Ocean Beach, or at San Mateo Convention Center. The next B&BF is on Nov. 9 at Fort Mason’s Herbst Pavilion — it’s a gorgeous area in SF just near the Presidio and Palace of Fine Arts (basically my favorite SF spots) with easy to find, free parking. Yes, I just said the word ‘easy’ and then ‘free’ about a parking place in SF. There’s also paid parking within Fort Mason if you choose to go that route.
If you’re a parent or parent-to-be and you’re ready to learn more about parenting, check out some new and amazing family products, or could use a mini spa treatment and a large assortment of full-size goodies (in the goodie bags given to first 150 attendees), this is the local event for you!
Want to go? You can either purchase a ticket online or enter my giveaway below! I’m giving away 1 VIP ticket which includes a guaranteed goodie bag with bonus goodies (awesome if you’re never on time to places), and 2 general admission passes.
Looking for something fun to do tomorrow and a new place to live in the San Jose, CA area? Orchard Park in San Jose is celebrating the build of their gorgeous new homes with a grand opening tomorrow (Oct. 11) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.with free food trucks, cookies and other treats, a coffee cart, balloon artists, musical entertainment, and open home tours. Savvy Every Day was invited to a sneak peek VIP celebration for Orchard Park yesterday where I had a chance to check out three great floor plans (of the many that they have), and enjoy the party. Read more
Going to see Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice has become a sort of bi-annual tradition for my daughter and I. She loves to see all the princesses, and I’m fairly impressed by blend of ice skating and circus performance that goes on (I mean there’s fire, smoke, lights, dancing, aerial work, and people flying by wires sometimes). The performance and show theme changes every time (I think Frozen is on the East Coast right now and coming to California in Spring eeeeh!) so though it’s all Disney on Ice with some similarities, they’re all different. Minnie, Mickey and gang come out and say hello, then go on a journey through so many different adventures and stories told.
Disney on Ice Worlds of Fantasy takes the audience through four stories in and one whirlwind adventure that has lovable characters for everyone in the family. Watch as the cast of Cars race across the ice, visit the fairies of Pixie Hollow, watch as the toys from Toy Story attempt an escape from Sunnyside Daycare, and dive into the ocean with Ariel and all her friends.
Showings start Oct. 8 at Oracle Arena in Oakland then end on Oct. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose. If you’ve always wanted to take the family to Disney on Ice but never could, now’s your chance because they gave Savvy Every Day tickets to give away! Enter below for a chance to win one of two family 4-packs of tickets to see the show! I hope to see you there and good luck!
Winners must be a Savvy Every Day Facebook subscriber (“Like” the page) and a Savvy Mail subscriber to win (it’s checked). Contest open to entrants ages 18 and over. Vouchers have no cash value, are not transferable, and are only for Oct.8-9 at Oracle or Oct. 15-16 at SAP Center at 7:30 p.m. Winners will be notified via email and tagged on Facebook (if possible), then have 12 hours to respond before another winner is chosen (so be sure to check email often on the day the Giveaway ends).
If you win, I will either meet you to give you the vouchers or mail them to you. These are vouchers that need to be exchanged at the box office for tickets (which are not reserved for you). The sooner you exchange the vouchers for tickets, the better sets you get. Winners must post a picture or two of themselves enjoying the event to Savvy Every Day on Instagram (@savvyeveryday) or Facebook and tag Savvy Every Day, as well as use hash tags #SavvyEveryDay and #SavvyWinner.
Feld Entertainment provided tickets for this giveaway, and for Savvy Every Day to attend the event. No other compensation was given.
Skip the bedbugs this Summer vacation by opting for a staycation instead. Sure getting away from home can be fun, but saving a ton on flight, hotel (bedbug worry), and car rental fees can be the answer to a lot of family budget problems where the choice has to be made between either a fixed pipe or vacation. For the sake of your sanity, do both and enjoy a staycation for way less money! Keep reading for hot spot areas to vacation at for the day with your family throughout the Bay Area. Read more
The Harlem Globe Trotters are traveling through the Bay Area in July to teach basketball clinics to kids ages 6-12. The special Summer camps begin with a clinics in San Jose from July 5-8, followed by San Mateo July 10-15, and San Ramon July 16-20. Parents have the option of signing kids up for a class at different 2-hour time slots to accommodate busy Summer schedules. During the 2-hour class, kids will laugh as they learn new team building skills, sportsmanship, and make new friends. Plus, kids who attend a clinic get their own free ticket to see the Globe Trotters perform during their 2015 season!
As a special treat for Savvy Every Day readers, the Harlem Globe Trotters is offering $5 off Summer clinic enrollment using promotional code FUN5, and are giving away a free 2-hour weekday session of camp in one of their Bay Area locations to one lucky reader! Entries will be accepted until June 30, then the winner will be chosen. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter, and “Like” Savvy Every Day on Facebook.
*The Globe Trotters are providing a free session of basketball camp for this giveaway. Savvy Every Day does not receive compensation for ticket sales and these are not affiliate links.