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Flying Over the Nevada Desert & Camping on the Playa

November 30, 2013
Camping in the Black Rock Desert

Yup, this one goes down as one of the best dates ever. A few weeks before Burning Man, Manfriend and I flew out to the Black Rock Desert to camp and it goes without saying, but we had a fabulous night. I highly recommend this experience. It is so beautifully quiet – you can hear the silence! Any parent with two small children can appreciate how special it is to have a night with your partner, uninterrupted. Pin It…

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Review – Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena

November 25, 2013
Kidspace Museum Map

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, traveling to Southern California with my daughters as tourists is so much fun. I have a new appreciation for the area in which I grew up, including kids’ museums I never had reason to check out when I lived there. Last winter, my daughters and I ventured to Pasadena to check out the Kidspace Children’s Museum with my sister, niece and my best friend. It’s tucked away in a really darling piece of land near the…

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Disneyland is Friggin’ Expensive but Worth Every Penny for Cars Land

November 2, 2013
Flos Diner Cars Land

I have seen the movie “Cars” with my daughter so many times I can recite nearly the entire dialogue. So, this past summer when the Manfriend and I each had to be in Southern California during the same week [I got to see Jay Z/JT at the Rose Bowl!], we decided to add on a day for Disneyland, and better yet, surprise our 4yo. I was ecstatic, and was often audibly and visibly more excited than our Child, which is…

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Camping with Toddlers at Fallen Leaf Lake

October 22, 2013
Fallen Leaf Lake

The only thing(s) my older daughter wanted for her fourth birthday this year was to camp and eat Snow White cupcakes. Easy peasy. Camping for her birthday is a nice tradition we’ve formed and such a great way to spend QT as a family. This year we went to Fallen Leaf Lake in South Lake Tahoe. I have always wanted to explore that region and will definitely be going back. It’s a great campground for families – quiet, spacious and…

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Camping in the California Desert in Fancy Airstreams

October 13, 2013
green airstream decor

I’m preparing for our annual camping trip to the California coast at Dillon Beach. As I’ve said before, it’s a fantastic spot for family camping with direct access to the beach. However, each year I add the caveat that I’ll only go if it isn’t raining. I’m crossing my fingers the weather plays nice. But as I began to dream about warmer camping spots, I stumbled upon this rad place in the high desert called Kate’s Lazy Desert. There, you can…

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Touring Lake Tahoe on the M.S. Dixie II

June 9, 2013
Emerald Bay Tahoe

Abuelita came to visit for the wee one’s first birthday, so we did what any family looking to entertain a visitor does – act like a tourist! Approaching the city you live in as a tourist can be so fun, and such a great way to get to know your area on a different level. We drove to South Lake Tahoe to check out the M.S. Dixie. Below is a recap of our day on the water in pictures. To…

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Daytrip to Newport Beach, California – in Pictures

May 28, 2013
Newport Beach Sunset

I’m preparing to head on yet another trip to Newport Beach, California for work (24 hour whirlwind). It’s such a beautiful area I wish I could stay longer! Having grown up in Southern California, and especially  now that I’m away, I regret not having spent more time at the beach. Below are photos from my first trip for work in January –  what are your favorite spots in Newport?         Pin It…

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Family Camping at Dillon Beach, California

November 11, 2012
Dillon-Beach-California

Each October, our family makes the trek from Reno to Bodega Bay or Dillon Beach for an annual surfest. The weekend is spent surfing in kayaks and playing with the wee ones on the sand. It’s the perfect family camping spot – you set up your rig on the grass, climb the adjacent sand dune and you’re on the beach. In the last year they’ve reduced the number of sites, so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time,…

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Our First Trip to the Genoa Candy Dance

October 26, 2012
Girls at Genoa Candy Dance

In the six years I’ve lived in Reno, this marked my first time at the annual Genoa Candy Dance. That’s the beauty of children; you explore and do things you might otherwise take no interest in. That said, it was a long day for the girls. It was hot and there are literally thousands of people. As the Child sat in the middle of a road screaming her lungs out, I looked across the street and my eyes rested on…

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