Spicy Grilled Shark with Peach Salsa (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Birthday Dinner)

Birthdays are cause for special celebration at our house. Usually we let the Birthday Person choose one meal to eat out (within reason) and sometimes he gets to plan the other meals for the day as well. Each of my guys has a favorite that is often requested. So I usually have a feeling what […]

Summer’s Coming….

Are you ready for summer? Schools will be breaking soon and you’re gonna have some bored kids if you don’t plan ahead. Trust me. Years ago, our family hosted a weekly summer camp — at home. It was a great time for friends and neighbors to come over on a set day of the week […]

Are You a Lego Maniac?

Anyone in your house crazy for Legos? If so, you may enjoy a day at your nearest Legoland. And if you live in North America, then I guess your nearest Legoland would be in my backyard: Carlsbad, California, a suburb of San Diego. Last week our family took the long-awaited journey into the land of […]

Frugal Friday: Theme Parks on the Cheap

This past week our family ventured into the world of theme parks. While our oldest is almost twelve years old, we had been waiting for the “right” time. In different seasons “the right time” has been defined as when we lived close to one we wanted to visit. when the kids were old enough to […]

Weekend Trip: An Eating Tour of Santa Barbara

We spent the weekend away, back in our old stomping grounds. What a walk down memory lane! FishPapa grew up in Santa Barbara. I went to college there. We met and married there. FishBoy 11 was born there. The place is full of memories. That is for sure. If you’ve ever been to Santa Barbara, […]

Weekend Trip: The Tour of Missions

Last time we saw Grammy and Grampa, we visited the King of the Missions, San Luis Rey. This past weekend we visited another of the California Missions, La Purisima. While San Luis Rey is located within a large city, La Purisima is in the boondocks. Walking the fully restored grounds gave us a more realistic […]

Frugal Friday: Get a Cardboard Box

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: we don’t have to spend a lot of money to entertain children. I remember a mentor mom once telling me about “creative boredom.” If the kids don’t have a lot of bells and whistles, they’ll find things to do. How true it is! One frugal activity […]

Family Fun: 5 Eco-Friendly Kids Books

I was kind of curious if I actually owned any children’s books that spoke about the environment. I found a handful that have really benefited our reading and thinking times. Wonderful Worms features delightful illustrations as it explains the process by which earthworms move earth and transform matter into enriched soil. Great to combine with […]