I hope everyone had a really good Thanksgiving. We spent it at home with a few last minute guests and it was really nice. P had the entire week off of work so we initially thought we would travel, but then decided to just stay home and work on a few things…. [Read more…]
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Teen boys can be notoriously difficult to shop for. My nephew just turned 16 and has plenty of electronics and video games. I challenged myself to find things for him that weren’t electronics but that were fun and cool enough to use on a daily basis. Below are my finds!
I’ve been feeling very uneasy about the future ever since the election results came in. It was totally throwing me off and when I woke up a very foggy morning I realized that I really needed to take care of myself- body and soul. Here are some tips for self care that I try to practice when I need a pick me up.
1. Surround yourself with good people
Coffee meets ups with a good friend are on my weekly list of to dos. Even if it’s just short time, it’s always so nice to touch base and commiserate. It also helps to get out of the house, which is much needed when all I want to do is stay in bed.
I didn’t quite feel up to exercising after the election but by Thursday, I knew I needed to. It felt so good to blast some music and just move. Walks in the sunshine are my second favorite physical way to practice self care.
3. Get some perspective…
I try to imagine what things will look like 1 year, 5 years or even 10 years from now. Will my worries matter? What else could I be spending that same energy on?
4. …and then do something kind.
I just put together an evite for a holiday party in which we all bring new pajamas to donate to local teen shelters. This Christmas I’ll have a safe and warm home but there are so many who don’t. Consider donating your time, funds or much needed items to an organization that could use it this holiday season.
5. Get a hug or give a hug
I know it sounds so cheesy but hugs make me feel so much better. My favorite thing to do is to ask my girls for a huge which they happily reciprocate. Try it!
The Bay Area is a great place to spend the holiday season. Here are 5 activities that are always on my Bay Area holiday bucket list.
1. Visit Santa!
Our favorite Santa is the one at Stanford Mall in Palo Alto. If you get there early enough in the season, Santa will read a short story to your kids. He usually hands out a stuffed animal or candy canes which is cute.
Fantasy of Lights is a drive through or walk thru holiday light display in Vasona Park In Los Gatos. It’s a fun holiday tradition in the South Bay!
A seasonal, family-friendly outdoor skating rink where the cost of admission includes rental skates. Children 10 & younger: $15
11 & older: $17. Bring your own skates: $10
On Christmas Eve 1944, the audience at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House watched the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition. It’s a 2 hour show with a 20 minute intermission which could be too much for young children.
This year’s Union Square Tree Lighting Ceremony (Macy’s 27th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony) is on Friday, November 25, 2016. Festivities begin at 6pm with the tree lighting scheduled for 6:40pm, which means you should get there early for a parking spot. The tree illuminates every night throughout the holidays.
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I promised myself I wouldn’t decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving….but that doesn’t mean I can’t shop right? My home is what I consider “Rustic Urban Farmhouse” and you might be thinking, what does that even mean? It means I try to incorporate rustic decor into my home, which is already filled with vintage touches. For the last few years I’ve done pastels for the holidays but this year we will be doing white, cream and touches of red. I was browsing through Amazon and made a list of items that would bring that rustic farmhouse feel to our holiday!