breakfast, Brunch, coffee, Family, Food, photography, Travel, Uncategorized

Beachy vibes: San Clemente, California

  Greetings! It has been a while since my last post. Much has happened between then and now, including my parents-in-law moving to their 'new' home in San Clemente. It is a place our family frequented in past years, as the house belonged to the husband's grandmother. Nevertheless, the change is bittersweet. Our family has … Continue reading Beachy vibes: San Clemente, California

Family, Opinion, Organization, Uncategorized, writing

New Year’s Resolutions and/versus Goal Setting

I confess that I am indeed one of the millions of Americans who year after year make resolutions for the New Year.  If I am entirely honest, about half of the resolutions I make- those such as exercise more, give up caffeine, cut back on carbs, etc.- I make with the intention of not keeping… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions and/versus Goal Setting

Hiking, Organization, Pets, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized

Great Hikes: Be Prepared

Welcome back to my two-part series on hiking with dogs. Today the focus will be on how to prepare for a hike with your best pal. As with just about everything in life, there are some inherent risks in exploring the great outdoors.  Weather, unexpected terrain, wildlife (by which I typically mean insects, though we… Continue reading Great Hikes: Be Prepared

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Girls’ Weekend with my favorite ladies

Another weekend is come and gone, and this was one for the books. The boys in our family each left for the weekend one at a time, starting with the husband on Friday, the younger boy Saturday before dawn, and finally my high schooler in the early afternoon. I call it 'bachelorette weekend' whenever the… Continue reading Girls’ Weekend with my favorite ladies

Hobbies, Kids, Organization, School, Scrapbooking, Uncategorized

Our last picture day of elementary school, scrapbooks, and what to do with class photo pages

Today was Picture Day at the elementary school Sami attends. It was the last Picture Day that I will pay Lifetouch good money for, in anticipation of that envelope of three-by-fives and wallets to pass out to relatives out of state and overseas. Samantha is in fifth grade this year; next year she will be… Continue reading Our last picture day of elementary school, scrapbooks, and what to do with class photo pages

Hiking, outdoors, photography, School, Travel, Uncategorized

Flight of the Butterflies

I was driving to Pasadena from work two weeks ago and in the air were hundreds of butterflies. Even in the suburban jungle I call home, California butterflies from the sweet Cabbage white to the majestic Western swallowtail are fairly common. But the swarms of butterflies heading west was a sight that I had never… Continue reading Flight of the Butterflies

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Family, Kids, Museums, parenting, Pets, Travel, Uncategorized

Science Gone to the Dogs

If you’re in So Cal and need a weekend activity and love dogs, head over to the California Science Center in Los Angeles to check out ‘Dogs! A Science Tail.’ This new featured exhibit opened this past Saturday, March 16, 2019 and will run through January 2020. With the boys gone over the weekend for… Continue reading Science Gone to the Dogs

Food, Uncategorized

A Recipe for Pi(e) Day

Hello and happy 3.14. In honor of National Pi Day, here’s a recipe for a Hawaiian-inspired treat, macadamia nut pie. Enjoy! 1 cup dark corn syrup 2/3 cup corn syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 eggs, slightly beaten 1 jar (6.5-8 ounces) macadamia nuts 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 9” pie crust, unbaked  coconut pressed… Continue reading A Recipe for Pi(e) Day

Camping, Family, Hiking, Kids, Travel, Uncategorized

Monday Night Hikes

It’s that time again: hiking season. Beginning in February, we hike up to Henninger Flat campground every Monday evening, weather permitting. With the atmospheric river and mild El Niño, we’ve missed a few weeks thanks to rains. But the reward has been much more green in the mountains than we typically see, and milder temperatures… Continue reading Monday Night Hikes

holidays, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Tournament of Roses: a few more

It doesn’t happen too often, but there are breakdowns and other issues that happen on parade day. For that, there are towing companies at the ready just in case something goes wrong. At yesterday's 130th Tournament of Roses, there was indeed a malfunction toward the end of the parade. With two floats behind it, in… Continue reading Tournament of Roses: a few more