Camping, Hiking, Hobbies, Kids, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees and Spruce Grove

I love the great outdoors.  As I hike over five miles at least once a week, I can probably consider myself an avid hiker.  There isn’t much that I enjoy more than being out in nature. Except maybe Disneyland. But that’s a different post for a different time.  All to say, I have never been… Continue reading Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees and Spruce Grove

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Family, Kids, Opinion, parenting, Pets, Uncategorized, writing

Sami’s hammies: another pet story

The tagline for this site is "Four kids, a dog, and a squeaker in the San Gabriel Valley." It goes without further explanation that the four kids are my four children, the dog is our Golden retriever, and we reside in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. But what is the squeaker? The answer… Continue reading Sami’s hammies: another pet story

Family, Opinion, Pets, Uncategorized, writing

Happy Gotcha Day, Owen!

  Yesterday marked five years with our golden-haired pal, Owen.  Yes, I'm talking about our fun-loving, active, sweet, and slightly (though sometimes more than slightly) mischievous Golden retriever. We adopted him in January 2013 at the Pasadena Humane Society.  We first saw the Golden on Saturday the 5th, shy and quiet, as he retreated to… Continue reading Happy Gotcha Day, Owen!

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

Decorating, Family, holidays, Shopping, Style, Uncategorized, writing

Christmas traditions in decor

It's been a chilly 81 degrees here in So Cal, and though the mornings have been on the crisp side, the afternoon temperatures have made it easy to forget that we are indeed in the month of December. At least I seem to have forgotten, as it is now 10 days until Christmas, and while… Continue reading Christmas traditions in decor