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San Jose is my hometown, and it’s not “far” from where I’ve been living in the Bay Area, but with traffic adding to the drive time, sometimes it’s nice to just make a visit a staycation! My boys had been asking to visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, so I decided to book a hotel in the South Bay (Silicon Valley) and make it a fun weekend. Our first stop was the Santa Clara Marriott. We had a great room (at a great rate) overlooking the pool and we stayed in a newly renovated room. It certainly had...

A volunteer is defined as, “a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task.” This past year I took on a regular volunteer role at my children’s school and my eyes have been opened to not only how important school volunteers are, but “how to” volunteer the right way. I know there are some stereotypes that are associated with being a school volunteer, especially when it comes to being part of the PTA aka Parent Teacher Association. The thing is, being a school volunteer...

We are FANS. CC Sabathia held a baseball camp for kids last month in his hometown Vallejo through his PitCCh In Foundation, and it was nothing short of an amazing experience for my son. I literally stumbled upon the opportunity while browsing Facebook one night as I was trying to get myself to fall asleep, and when I saw that it was a FREE one-day camp with an MLB pro, I registered right then and there, with one eye open! And, it’s a good thing I did, because the open spots went fast. My little slugger. Anyway, since it...

Now that the school year is winding down, I’m starting to reflect on some of the challenges that came my way this year in my son’s Kindergarten class. Grade school (elementary) is a key time when kids start developing their view of the world outside of the home. They are exposed to a new environment, filled with fellow students, teachers and other grown-ups who all have unique stories and come from different backgrounds. Hopefully by the time your child enters a school environment, they’ve already been exposed to various...

I received tickets to attend this event in exchange for this review. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA for Monster Jam The boys and I had our very first Monster Jam experience over the weekend in Santa Clara at Levi’s Stadium. Our outing was an exhilarating, adrenaline-filled rush, and we even got to get up close with these larger than life vehicles. Plus, the boys had the opportunity to meet the driver’s and get autograph’s too! Monster Jam Pit Party – Devastator We arrived at the stadium...

#LosCabos – We just landed in Mexico This year my kids were given an entire week off from school in February, and in anticipation of the time off, I booked a timeshare in San Jose del Cabo. It was the first time we were traveling out of the country as a family of 4, and exciting to get our passports stamped together. The last time (and only) I had visited Cabo prior to this trip was for a friend’s wedding many year ago, I was single then and my idea of a Mexican vacation was a little different! So, with 2 kids in tow I...

The days, months, years as a parent fly by, as much as we focus on just getting through a day and look forward to trips, events and making memories, sometimes those achievements and milestones all start to blend. So, since today is the last day of 2018, I decided I want to reflect on some of our top moments in the past year. Texas – For Spring Break we traveled to Texas and visited family and friends in Dallas and Houston. We watched a Dallas Mavericks game, went to the Houston Zoo, Space Center Houston and Kemah Boardwalk. It’s...

It’s true what they say, the holiday season seems to comes faster and faster every year. It’s like as soon as Halloween rolls around, retailers are rolling out the trees, lights and gift wrap too! When it comes to sending out holiday greeting cards, you really have to be on it, often getting your game plan in place when summer turns to fall! I’m sure you know what I mean…the most popular Christmas cards are no longer seasonal prints that you sign and ship off! These days it’s all about a holiday photo shoot with the family...

Allergies seem so much more prevalent these days among kids, and if you have school age children, you know, awareness and the way allergies (especially food allergies) are handled at school…is different from when we were in school. Okay, now I’m dating myself, but just this morning at Costco, I bumped into a Mom friend who asked me what other snacks can we send to school, since there are no nuts allowed. All this to say, even if you’re child doesn’t have allergies, it’s important to understand how serious...

I’ve been meaning to write this blog all summer…and well now we’re officially in fall, but since the A’s just clinched playoff spot, I figured it’s time to finally get it done! I’m no baseball fan, but my boys are, and their Dad definitely is. Here in the Bay Area we are fortunate to have 2 MLB teams, however the one on the SF side tends to get most of the shine…all of the time. This season however, it’s all about the “Beast Bay,” Go A’s!! We basically live in the Oakland...

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