How to Spend Your Last Days of Summer Vacation in OC

Last Days of Summer Vacation in OC

I'm counting down the end of summer vacation in OC -- not because I want school to start -- only because school is starting for us after Labor Day.  I remember being the mom without school-age kids who couldn't wait for the "big kids" to get back to school and out of my parks so we could get back to our quiet play routines. Okay, exaggerating a little, but it doesn't take much … [Read more...]

Build a Fort?

Build a Fort

My husband and I have date night almost every night. Sometimes we read. Sometimes we watch TV. Sometimes we just talk. After the kids go to bed it's just "our time." And it's basically a free date night without having the pressure of going out and making this one night the best night of the month or week. I love it and I look forward to our evenings together every day. Mr. … [Read more...]

Practice 2 Simple Parenting Strategies and Never “Entertain” Your Young Kids Again

slow parenting

Note to readers: I've been writing about play for 12 years and love the response this post is getting! I had no plan to write it. This just came out of nowhere. I sat down at the computer at 5am and didn't look up to notice the time until 8am. An hour later it was posted. Just wanted to say "Hello" to new visitors and wish you good luck on this often mind-boggling parenting … [Read more...]

Point Lobos State Natural Preserve in Monterey

Point Lobos State Natural Preserve

Point Lobos State Natural Preserve in Monterey is a scenic wonder full of sea life, hiking trails, a cultural museum, and grand views of the Pacific. Trails are totally manageable for families, but most trails aren't stroller-friendly because it's rocky. As you hike, you'll have peek-a-boo views of coves and then come upon full views. Check all the rocky outcroppings … [Read more...]