An Easy Fall Feast (URS: Fall Favorites)

Fall is replete with things to celebrate: cooler weather, changing leaves, and good eats. Here’s an autumnal menu to get you started. Fall is probably one of my favorite seasons. After the heat of summer, I welcome the cool nights, the chill that lingers in the morning air, and the lovely produce that comes with […]

Make the Most of Summer Produce (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Make the most of summer produce sales and freshness! Check out this round up of recipes featuring what’s at its peak during the summertime. Sometime last August, our family started subscribing to a weekly produce delivery. To say that it has changed the way we cook and eat is an understatement. Ours is a year-round […]

The Benefits of a Hotel Staycation

A hotel staycation is just the ticket to rest and relaxation for the whole family — without the hassle and cost of travel time. This past weekend our family did something we’ve never done before. We had an official hotel staycation, wherein we “vacationed” in our own town. OK, it was in our county, not […]

Fun Learning for the 4th of July

Plan for fun and learning on the 4th of July with these menu, book, and movie ideas. Photo source: Heidi The Fourth of July is next week?! How did that happen? Time is flying. It seems that the 4th often takes our family by surprise. Last year, the sun was setting and one of the […]

Summer Planning for Families

Having a plan, even a loose one, can help summer days be more enjoyable and productive for the whole family. Week two of our summer vacation is behind us. It was busy, as always. While it was happening though, I didn’t feel like I was accomplishing much. But looking at the list, I guess it […]

Make Summer Plans for Your Life as MOM

Make summer plans for your “life as MOM.” Not only will you have some creative outlet, but you’ll also be more organized and productive. Summer vacation is here. Our first week is behind us, actually. We filled it with lots o’ things: A double birthday party for two of the boys, complete with an Angry […]

Summer Lunch Ideas for Kids

This post was originally published on July 6, 2010. Snacky Lunch This season may find you busy helping at Vacation Bible School, taking your children on outings, catching a free show, or otherwise enjoying more relaxed summer days. But, Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall — one thing stays the same: ya gotta eat. Mealtimes may […]

Enjoy a San Diego Staycation (or Vacation)

 Plan a staycation or vacation in San Diego, “America’s Finest City”. My childhood memories of San Diego are few. A family weekend get-away when I was 7 and me, carsick, puking on a cliff at a beautiful sunset. A high school yearbook camp ten years later, exploring UC San Diego and wondering about going south […]