Death Valley With Kids: What You Need to Know

I recently became obsessed with Death Valley; I had seen a few pictures on pinterest and was stunned by how beautiful it was.  Despite only living 8 hours away for the last 30 years, I had never been, so it was time to plan a trip. So here is everything you need to know to know before you plan your trip to Death Valley National Park and why it is a great destination for kids.

Kid Friendly San Francisco Events February 2017

February is here!  The month of love, Black History Month, Chinese New Year, and so much more!  Last year February was a pretty tough month for us (read bout it here).  So we are so looking forward to a total change this year and taking part in all the great events happening this month.  Read on for a listing of all the great kid0friendly events happening in February 2017 in San Francisco.

The Best Granola Recipes to Start Your Day

Crunchy Granola..it describes a kind of outdoorsy lifestyle, but it also describes what I love to eat every morning.  But why, oh why, is grocery store granola so expensive?!?!!  Being frustrated by the sky high price of granola, a handful of years ago, I started making my own.  I have tried a lot of different granola recipes, but keep coming back to the same three.  Why?  1.) They are super easy, 2.) I usually already have the necessary ingredients in my cupboard, and 3.) they are DELICIOUS!   Check out these three easy and delicious granola recipes and let me know if you agree:

Best Rainy Day Activities With Kids in San Francisco

We haven’t seen rain in three years, so my bag of tricks for what to do on a rainy day is a little low.  With all the recent rain, I have totally maxed out my ideas!!  Browsing around the web, I found a dearth of inspiration for what to do with kids on a rainy day in San Francisco, so I thought I would share my ideas of the best rainy day activities with kids in San Francisco in hopes that some of you may share yours with me and give me some inspiration of new ideas to try.

Revolutionize Your Wardrobe: Rethink How You Shop

This is part 2 in the series of how to transform your closet forever, for part one, visit: declutter your closet forever!

Now that your closet is on its way to being clean out and organized, it is time to address the second reason for a cluttered closet:  shopping!  To fully transform and permanently declutter your closet, you need to rethink how and when you shop.  I have been decluttering my closet for years (no really, years), but it wasn’t until more recently when I actually changed the way I shopped that I feel like my closet has been permanently transformed.  To truly transform your wardrobe and permanently declutter, you need to rethink how, when, and what you add to your closet.  If you don’t you will be decluttering forever.

Minimalist Mom: Declutter Your Closet, Forever!

It’s that time of year when we tend to take a look at our lives and weed out the stuff we don’t want/use.  I love to declutter (it drives Mr. H crazy!).   I have read all the books and articles I can get my hands on and tried many different methods (one in/one out, 30 day minimalism game, give away anything you haven’t worn in 3/6/9/12 months, etc).  By trying all of these different methods,  I have found the one method that is the most effective at permanently decluttering  my closet.  Not only is my closet more organized, but it is easier to put together an outfit in the morning.   Curious?  Let’s get started!

Why You Need To Plan a Trip To Yosemite in Winter

If you haven’t been to Yosemite yet, add it to your wish list.  Yosemite is hands down one of the most beautiful places in the USA!  And if you haven’t been there in the winter, think about adding it to your seasonal list.  Yosemite in winter, in the snow, is stunning.  Not only is it beautiful, but there are no crowds!!!  Here are a few pics to inspire you from a trip we took with big D when he was just 9 months old.

San Francisco Weekend Fun: January Events

Updated 1.4.2016 with additional events.

After all the activity of the holidays, January is a nice relief.  January always feels like a clean slate to try new activities and make a list of “must dos” for the new year.   Big D has been asking to go see the Asian Art Museum (he has seen all the banners around town), so that is definitely on our list…the free bike riding clinic at the Presidio Y might also be in our future.   For these and other great events in San Francisco in January, read on below:

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Making 2017 The Best Year Yet

No matter what holiday you celebrate, wishing you the merriest of holidays and much health, happiness, and fun in the new year!  Like many others out there, I tend to make a few resolutions for the new year.  Largely ones that I don’t fully commit to, so they usually end up falling by the way side come February (let’s be honest).  Last year, my biggest one was to meditate more.  You hear of all these benefits of meditating, so I figured I would try it.  I tried a couple of times over lunch at work, but never really found a good spot in my routine where it worked.  For 2017, I am once again setting out on just a few new year’s resolutions, committing fully to them so they stick this year:

Road Trip Planner: Surviving Long Road Trips With Kids

With the holidays here, I am staring down over 30 hours in the car with our kids.  30 HOURS!!!!  If you are like me, you will probably be spending some time in the car with your kids traveling to see family or going on vacation during the upcoming holidays.  I used to be intimidated by the thought of a long road trip in the car with kids.  Anything longer than four hours and I was not into it.  Mr. H on the other hand loves road trips.  He doesn’t mind driving and it saves us a ton of $$.  He once drove to Seattle (13 hours of driving) when the boys and I flew and met him there!  After surviving a 9 hour each-way drive to San Diego this summer, I have come around; road trips with kids can be amazing.

I learned I can survive 9 hours in one day in the car with our two kids (2YO & 5 YO), by myself, and actually have fun!  Here are my best tips for how you too can survive any length roadtrip with kids:

Top tips for surviving any length roadtrip with kids