Friday Five {05.12.2017}: Ideas for the Week and Life

Here are five things we are doing and loving this week to inspire you.


From now until May 29th, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase is happening at 2698 Pacific Ave, San Francisco.  Although not super kid friendly, it is a fun afternoon activity with girlfriends dreaming about what a dream house could look like; apparently wall paper is the big trend.

Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the week: Decorator Showcase

Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the week: Decorator Showcase

Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the week: Decorator Showcase


Big D is still learning how to ride a bike, problem is we just don’t spend that much time practicing.  Last weekend we grabbed the bikes and headed out to Sawyer Camp Trail near Burlingame, so the kids could practice biking/scooting and Mr. H and I could get our hiking fix in.  Sawyer Camp Trail is perfect because it is relatively flat, paved, and is an out and back walk, so you can go as far as you want.  It also has some good shade which is nice.

Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the week: Sawyer Camp Trail


I started reading David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell this week.  It is a great, easy read.  Similar to other Malcolm Gladwell books it is filled with fascinating examples and studies from pop culture that demonstrate his point, which in this book is how David defeated Goliath or how the person who seems at a disadvantage actually uses that disadvantage to their advantage (for example, how Dyslexia can be an advantage).  It is a great book for making you question your assumptions and stereotypes.

Hope Post Kids Firday Five Idea for the Week: David and Goliath


I tried a couple of new recipes this week and both were delicious.

Cantaloupe and Cucumber Salad:  This was an awesome preview of summer flavors to come and my kids actually eat both cucumber and cantaloupe, so we had to try it.  They didn’t like the dressing, but the adults loved it so much I made it twice in one week.

Bucatini with Swiss Chard and Garlicky Breadcrumbs:  Monday night is pasta night at our house, so I am always looking for new pasta recipes.  We tried this one out of the most recent Bon Appetit and loved it.  It had complex flavors for the adults, but was easy to make and easy for the kids to pick around the swiss chard (don’t be crazy, my kids don’t eat swiss chard, I wish!).


Tater and I headed out to check out Larsen Playground this week.  If you grew up in San Francisco, you may remember that until 2012 this was a real F-8 Crusader jet.  The city didn’t want to spend the money to remove the lead contamination from the real jet, so they built an airplane themed playground instead complete with check-in counter and baggage.  It was super cute and we had a ton of fun.  We will definitely be adding this park to the rotation.

Hope Post Kids Friday Five Ideas for the week: Larsen Playground

What have you been up to?  What are you loving this week?

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