Can California Be Budget-Friendly?

Can California Be Budget-Friendly? | Life as MOM

I grew up in Southern California. Except for the five years that we lived in Kansas (2003-2008), the Golden State has been my home. I love it. Despite its flaws, of which there are many, I know, I never want to leave again. Ever. Almost six years ago FishPapa and I decided to go for […]

Visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Last week our family went on our first vacation in many years. In fact, I was hard pressed to think of what true vacations we had been on. The business of life, pregnancies, newborns, lack of funds — all have kept us home bound. And for the most part that has been just fine with […]

Grocery Geek Hits the Central Coast

One of my favorite places in the world is the Central Coast of California. I went to college and met FishPapa in Santa Barbara where he grew up. My sister lives just over the hill in Solvang and my father-in-law in nearby Santa Ynez. For five years we lived a little farther north from there […]

How to Prevent Toddlers from Napping in the Car

Sleeping children are a beauty to behold, especially at home in their beds. I’ve never been a stickler for kids napping at home. I’m okay, in fact, more than okay with car naps on a long drive. Ever sit in bumper-to-bumper LA traffic with a screaming baby? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about…. However, […]

California on a Budget

Two years FishPapa and I decided to go for the gusto and make the big move back to our homestate of California. We had lived in the Midwest for five years and while there were many wonderful things about life in Middle America, our hearts longed for the West and to be closer to family. […]

Going My Way? Travel Tips for the Old and Young

Photo source: kthread I’m in the midst of planning my first trip without my family. Ever. Ever. Did I say ever? Oh, I was supposed to fly to see my sister after she had her first baby, but I got the Flu from Hell and stayed home, dying a slow painful death. And I have […]