Top 9 Picks for Summer Break Staycation in San Francisco

Summer break can be tough with a little one, they are constantly on the move and need constant engagement.  We spent some time in San Francisco this summer to get a new take on the city on the other side of the bridge. Living in Oakland, the city of San Francisco seems so close yet so far away.  The long Bay Bridge and Treasure Island separate us from the downtown area, so it seems mentally further than the 15-20 minutes that it usually takes to get there from here. Staycations are a way we can experience a little break from the normal day activities and feel like you are experiencing something new. We spent the days wandering around and exploring some nooks and crannies that we had never been to before. Since we were walking around the city, we got to see a lot more than what we would normally […]

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5 Things Kids Learn with Tea Parties

Evie’s godmother wanted to take us out to have afternoon tea on a warm Sunday afternoon, and I think I was actually more excited than her.  Of course I would have jumped at the opportunity just thinking about it  and remembering playing tea party as a child. As a 4-year old, Evie has her own tea set and does play tea parties as well.  Her tea set is actually a mismatched set of ultra frilly or super unique cups and saucers that I had collected through garage sales and second hand stores.  I have been collecting this antique set for her since she was born, knowing that one day I would be able to play tea party with her. She sets up her stuffed animals and plays tea party, completely making up the dialog between the friends and answering herself.  (Something she has gotten pretty good at as an only child.) […]

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How to Explain the Pride Parade to a 4-Year Old

Now and days it’s pretty difficult to avoid having some pretty serious talks with my 4-year old. On television, social media, or even out on the streets she will come across things that make her question things.  Sometimes it’s really surprising what she comes across and asks me about. This week, she asked me what a booty clap was… apparently she heard an older cousin talking about it and thought to ask me… yikes. With “politicians” running around with hateful messages, I’d like to get in front of it all and consider how she processes different information.  I think I’m lucky enough to have 2 things in my corner that really help me in this mission: 1. Oakland is super mixed as far as the type of people that live here, there’s such a mix here that she’s offered experiences in a lot of different cultures and is exposed to […]

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Exploratorium Time with Danny

As I’m flying back to Oakland from Seattle I only find it fitting to blog about a recent visit from our friend (and old next door neighbor), Danny.  Not only because he used to live in both of those cities, but also because he just spent so much time in airplanes after what looked like an amazing journey all over Asia. After a couple years in Oakland, I got to become pretty good friends with the guy. Some nights after work were spent talking about different travel plans or travel-related experiences we’ve had. I have always been happy and partially jealous that he left to go on his new journey that lasted about 7 months to go experience new places and cultures. What made it slightly bittersweet was the fact that he was so close with Evie and had to leave her.  The neighborhood that we live in always joked about […]

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Celebrating a Rad Dad out in Central California

To celebrate Father’s Day this year, we decided to once again celebrate it out in nature on a camping getaway.  Mother’s Day was pretty amazing and I think my husband, Peabe, was feeling like we could do something similar for his holiday. We spent 2 nights out in Santa Margarita Lake, an area that we had never camped at previously but are somewhat familiar with the area.  His last birthday we took a train out to the central area of California to do some exploring in San Luis Obispo, and he loved it.  We’ve also been around Paso Robles a couple times from everything from RV-ing to wine tasting. A couple friends joined us to really make the whole experience fun and we all had a great time camping, hiking, swimming, beer tasting, and eating through the weekend.  I was also lucky enough to have my brother join us for […]

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Still Playing Catch Up With Summer Break Part 2

So I’m currently out enjoying a little bit of a vacation in Seattle, and I feel can’t completely feel like I’m on vacation with other work just backing up.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to share another photo post of some fun things that happened last month. With Evie on summer break, we have been spending a lot of time hanging out.  Basically, I’ve been trying to find things to keep a little 4-year old active and burn off some of that unlimited energy that she has. It all has been both fun and exhausting, but we are also lucky enough to have some friends close by to help in the task.  Evie has made some really close friends in her 4 years of life both in kids and adults, and they have been so great in sharing some of the exhaustion with me. As I just […]

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Brothers, Motorcycles, and Some of our Fave Day Trips in Cali

I was lucky to have a surprise visit from my brother last month.  He was really just in town last February for Evie’s birthday and I kinda gave him crap for not staying.  He basically came to town only for the party and left soon after, so it was barely enough time to catch up with him at all. My brother, Josh (whom I call by his middle name, Bernie), is owner of a couple motorcycles back in Illinois and wanted to go ride somewhere new.  He was lucky enough to have a couple days free from work and decided to see if he could arrange that time to ride around California for a bit.  To be honest, I am a little jealous of that carefree life, so I got really excited when he told me his plans. Whether he wanted me to or not, I totally crashed the beginning […]

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Still Playing Catch Up With Summer Break

So I know my little hiatus put me behind with all the things I wanted to share.  I’m preparing a couple of posts that are mostly just photos as I still haven’t really caught up with everything I need to catch up with yet. There’s still a lot to share from the month of June.  Evie is still on summer break and we are still out and about doing different things together.  I definitely am starting to feel the weight of dropping work hours down for the summer, but I am also really glad to still be able to share this time with her. She has grown so much in four years and her interests are so varied.  I’m forever entertained by her curiosity and wonder, but also exhausted by her energy. I digress, there’s lots to recap in this post so let’s just dive right in: Shy girl at […]

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Getting Back to a Blog When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

So, I’ve been on a bit of break from writing and going onto social media for lots of reasons.  I guess the stresses of life have been a bit overwhelming and I just didn’t feel like sharing. As a new blogger, I definitely find it strange to open up so much of myself to be documented in the public world of the internet.  It’s so exposing sometimes, and not that I’m usually spilling all my darkest secrets, but more like I’ve always been somewhat of a private person. I have trust issues. Life gets rough.  There’s things that add up and can weigh me down.  Sometimes you just need to take some time to reset.  I don’t think I’m there yet, I know there’s a lot to sort through and figure out. I guess I just never realized how much keeping up with social media or writing would add to […]

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