DIY on a Dime: Summer Fun

beach boys

Last night we took the kids to Pizza Port and then walked along the beach. It was a blazing hot day here, so it was really nice to cool off at the beach. Though they were fully dressed, FishBoys 8 and 10 had an absolute blast bodysurfing. It prompted me to ask WHY?!?! don’t  we do […]

It’s Time to Get Outside!

Summer 5

The seasons are changing (finally). Turn off the screens and get outside. Spring fever has finally hit. The end of the school year is near enough in sight that I can anticipate a more relaxed routine. I’m working on some very fun activities for us moms to do with our kids as well as dusting […]

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

grand pacific girls by pool

A hotel staycation is just the ticket to rest and relaxation for the whole family — without the hassle and cost of travel time. Disclosure: Our accommodations at Grand Pacific Palisades were provided complimentary by Grand Pacific Resorts. All opinions are my own. This post also includes an Amazon referral link. If you make a purchase through that […]

Fun Learning for the 4th of July

williamsburg village

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

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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 […]

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 […]