Family travel: 50 hours in San Francisco

Growing up in New England, I visited my grandparents in the Bay area every summer, and dreamed about moving to California one day. Well, that dream has come true, and we love living in Southern California. But I will always have a fondness for Northern California where I spent so many childhood summers, and we […]

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Family Travel: Joshua Tree National Park

I remember the first time Jason and I visited Joshua Tree. It was in 2010, the year we moved to Southern California.  As we drove through the park full of Joshua trees and boulders, we marvelled at the unique and otherworldly landscape.  We looked at each other and both remarked how this was a place unlike […]

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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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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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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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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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