Slow Down for Family Time at the Whitewater Preserve

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The Wildlands Conservancy lands have officially moved to the top of my list of favorite wild spaces.  After taking our annual family fall hike through the Oak Glen Preserve -- which is also part of the Conservancy -- the ranger talked us into heading to Whitewater Preserve. Wow!  I'm so glad we extended our adventure to check out this beautiful place.  The weather was … [Read more...]

Where to Find Air Conditioning on Hot Days

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Once upon a time, we lived in Colorado Springs and it was 100 plus degrees with humidity during the summer I was pregnant. BAD combination. Our house had high ceilings and sleeping was torture during the "hottest summer on record!"  Sitting with my swollen feet in ice water just wasn't cutting it!  Too bad I'm not a lizard. We had the A/C guys out, but the cost was crazy … [Read more...]

Boomers Buccaneer Cove is the New Splash in Town

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I bet you already know about Boomers Buccaneer Cove in Irvine. You've probably watched the construction since the beginning of Summer 2013. I have to say up front that Boomers is usually my husband's area of expertise. He takes the kids there - without me - once every couple of years.  I keep the place in my "Vegas for Kids" file along with venues like Chuck E. Cheese.  I much … [Read more...]

3 Best Toddler Beaches with No Waves

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You want to know the best toddler beaches with no waves in OC?  And I'm going to provide you with my Top 3, but they come with a note of precaution.  Still water beaches, meaning no waves or surf, have a general propensity for water quality issues and they can also be good stingray habitat - at least along the warm sandy edges. Check Heal the Bay Beach Report Card for water … [Read more...]