Socal Daytrips: Spring Blooms in Southern California

After one of the coldest and wettest winters I’ve experienced since moving to Southern California in 2010, we have been rewarded with magnificent spring wildflower blooms.  Some are calling this a “Superbloom” year, and while I’m not sure what technically qualifies as a superbloom versus a very good bloom, I can personally attest that the […]

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SoCal Daytrips: Lone Pine/ Alabama Hills

I’ve seen these magical mountains – the Alabama Hills – in many pictures and movies, and have always wanted to see them in person. The Alabama Hills are located near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Owens Valley, west of Lone Pine, and the land is managed by the Bureau of […]

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Family Travel: Ice Castles – Midway, Utah

We recently went on a family ski trip to Park City, and I’ll be sharing more details and planning tips on that soon.  While we were in Utah, since my parents don’t ski anymore, I wanted to take the family somewhere we could all enjoy = Ice Castles.   We had visited the Ice Castles […]

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Bake: Sprinkle Cookies (for Santa)

My boys are 5 and 3, and they love helping me in the kitchen.  We have been making cookies for Santa together ever for the past 3 years and this is our favorite cookie recipe to make together.  The kids can help with almost every step (though I usually make the dough first, but they […]

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Hike: Indian and Palm Canyons, Palm Springs

I love the ocean and I love the mountains. But when I moved to Southern California in 2010, I developed a love for the desert. Just about 1.5 hours away from Orange County, the Palm Desert is one of our favorite places to visit.  Although we like to visit new places, we find ourselves returning […]

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Stay: Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

Of all the places we have stayed, I probably get the most questions about the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages.  These historic beach front cottages, built in the 1930s and 1940s, are located at Crystal Cove State Park admist 3.2 miles of undeveloped coastline in Newport Beach.  A few of these historic cottages were renovated and […]

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Farm Days / U-Pick, Farm Dinners and Farm Stays in Southern California

If you’re familiar with our instagram feed (@everydayadventurefam), then you’re probably aware of my love for farms.  If there are fruits and vegetables to pick and/or eat, farm animals to see, opportunities to learn about sustainable farming – we’re there. Lucky for us, there are many farms to visit in Southern California, as well as […]

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Camping “DIY Tent Glamping” Gear

This guide is for individuals, couples, or families who are interested in trying car camping.  The following recommendations are not for backcountry camping, and are comfort-oriented for a “DIY glamping” type of experience.  I fully recognize that many of the following items are not necessary, but my experience has been that comfortable campers are happy […]

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Family Travel: A Fall Weekend in Oak Glen

The weekend of the autumn equinox, we travelled inland to the mountains for a taste of fall.  I was raised in New England, which in my opinion, has the most epic falls with spectacular foliage and bountiful apple orchards.  Although I love living in Southern California (sunny and 70’s in January –  yes, please!), fall […]

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Family Travel: Camping with Kids

It can be done, and it can be enjoyable. This is the most popular post request I’ve gotten from our friends and the Instagram community. Disclaimer – I’m writing this post for those who have never camped before, who may not consider themselves “outdoorsy”, and/ or who might be feeling a bit intimated about staying […]

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Lifestyle: Why we adventure

My husband and I are both full time working physicians. During the week, our lives are very busy – juggling our work demands and everyday parenting responsibilities (school, extracurricular, drop off pick up, meal time, bath time, bed time). Our time off is never taken for granted, and we try to make the most of […]

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SoCal Daytrip: Vasquez Rocks

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No […]

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Happy New Year!

“We carry within us the wonders we seek around us” – Thomas Browne I love this quote, because it is an important reminder that living a good and meaningful life is not about chasing what’s out there. It’s about recognizing that we have the potential to make the most of, and appreciate, the wonder in […]

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