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San Diego’s Best Kid Friendly Hotel – La Jolla Shores Hotel

March 27, 2017

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San Diego is one of the country’s best kid friendly travel destinations.  With miles of beaches, Legoland, our World Famous Zoo, Sea World and an overall relaxed family friendly vibe it’s no surprise that more and more parents are starting to choose San Diego as their next stop for a family vacation.

Naturally, as parents start to plan their trips to San Diego and come across some of our most popular content, I end up getting lots of questions.  Where were we in one of my Instagram photos?  Which museum should people visit with their toddlers? What beach are we at?  However, there is one question in particular that I get multiple times a week; Where do you recommend we stay when we visit  San Diego with our kids?  My answer to where families with kids should stay in San Diego is the same every time. So, instead of just messaging everyone back one by one with a quick answer I decided to share  exactly why time and time again I recommend staying at The La Jolla Shores Hotel with kids.

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Life Hack for Active Moms with Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™

March 6, 2017

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Last year as room mom of Summer’s preschool class I made a massive blunder and broke the cardinal rule for any parent – I brought a glass food storage container into the classroom.  If you are a parent who brings classroom snacks believe me when I tell you I know firsthand exactly why glass containers, moms and little kids don’t mix. Imagine me holding a 1 year old, a dozen preschoolers at my feet and a shattered 15inch glass container in little pieces all around us.  Not only was the classroom snack entirely destroyed and filled with glass pieces, but the classroom had to be closed off and thoroughly cleaned. That evening after lamenting to my husband he set out to find an alternative.  That’s how I met my new leak proof and shatter proof 10 pc Rubbermaid® BRILLIANCE™ storage containers that I can use for everyday and even for more special occasions.

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San Diego’s Ultimate Guide of Awesome Rainy Day Activities For Kids and Families

January 19, 2017
San Diego's Ultimate Guide of Awesome Rainy Day Activities For Kids and Families

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The forecast shows that San Diego is due to get 6 straight days of rain starting now.  While to the rest of the country 6 days of light rain seems like no big deal, for us sun loving – live outdoors San Diegan’s it’s almost terrifying.  Other cities are built to account for poor weather; malls are indoors, there are indoor play places and a healthy balance of activities that work well when the weather outside is bad.  In San Diego, the weather is rarely bad and almost always sunny.  As a result, for a city our size there aren’t a lot of indoor options for places to take your kids when it’s raining and most of us just don’t know what the activities are.

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How to Be a Good House Guest When You Are Traveling With Your Kids

December 21, 2016

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Being a good house guest in my parents own home is something I typically never thought twice about until recently.  Up until a few years ago, I still considered their home an extension of mine since it is where I lived my whole life.  As a 20 year old, that attitude didn’t matter much because I left a small footprint behind and was often running in and our visiting childhood friends.  But, with the introduction of first Summer and then Cal both the physical and emotional space that our family takes up in a home grows and grows. Over Thanksgiving I went up and visited my parents in Sonoma County for 10 days, 5 of which was just the kids and I without Ryan.  While there, I put a lot of thought into what I could be doing to make our footprint less intrusive and what my personal revolving door of house guests do to make their presence less daunting.  Whether you are staying with your parents, sibling or friends definitely put some thought into these suggestions this holiday season.

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Finding Our Joy This Holiday Season By Being Present

December 5, 2016

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After spending a 10 days in Sonoma with the kids and then Ryan, I came home to start December feeling like I had a million things to get done. Work is at it’s busiest, life is at it’s busiest. Before December 1st even came we had already put up our Christmas lights, decorated the tree, ordered the holiday cards and started blowing through the checklist of things I wanted to get done. It took me through the end of the week and being so exhausted that I was starting to get sick to realize that although I was plowing my list and we were getting through all the holiday stuff at lightning speed I wasn’t finding the joy in what we were doing. I wasn’t crushing it and I wasn’t present.

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