Over the last two years, I’ve concentrated on crossing off some bucket list items. We saw the sunset over Santorini, I saw the Kings of Leon in concert and recently, P and I decided that an adult Disneyland trip was needed. Disneyland without the kids is such a different experience than what we are used to. P was skeptical at first, he figured that we would miss the kids (we did) and it would be awkward with no kids (it wasn’t.) We snuck away to celebrate P’s birthday by going to a UFC event in Los Angeles so we tacked on an additional day in Anaheim. We make it a priority to have regular date nights and time away from the kids, it’s the best! [Read more…]
My cousin was in town a few weekends ago so we met her in San Francisco for a quick day trip! Our day trip coincided with Sunday Streets SF, a new block party program in SF where the city shuts down certain streets for a street fair that includes food trucks and musical performances. In August, the Mission was the particular neighborhood that hosted Sunday Streets! My mom grew up in the Mission and it’s such a vibrant and colorful community- plus it has amazing restaurants! In addition to lots of food options, there were arts and crafts, musicians, a Taiko group performing and people everywhere! We had a delicious brunch at Regalito Rosticeria (I had the huevos rancheros) and we all shared a pitcher of sangria. We also stopped by the Cream truck for some ice cream, Kiki really enjoyed her chocolate ice cream.
Sunday Streets SF has two more events before the end of the year. If you need something to do in SF, I definitely recommend this event!
What to Know About Sunday Streets SF
1. Major streets are usually shut down so use an app like Waze to find a parking garage and be prepared to walk far to find a spot.
2. Pets and bikes seem to be welcome, we even saw people on roller skates.
3. The event is free and runs from 11 to 4pm.
4. The event changes locations weekly so make sure to check the calendar for current events.
Have you ever had those long summer weeks where the kids are bickering and you have to get out of the house? Last month I was at my wits end with the fighting and the boredom. So when a friend suggested a huge playdate at Lover’s Cove In Pacific Grove, I was first to RSVP!
It’s notoriously cold on the central coast and even though it is summer, our friends warned to bring lots of layers. I’m so happy to report that Lover’s Cove was sunny and HOT! Lover’s Cove is a beach nestled near Monterey, California and calm enough for babies to splash in or for beach loungers to lay out near the shore.
It’s about a 1.5 hour drive from San Jose so a stop in Gilroy for snacks and drinks was needed to break up the trip. Also, A get car sick so I wanted to make sure she was hydrated and comfortable before we hit the windy road through the hills and down into Monterey Bay. We met a group of mom friends who have been in my life for a long time. Our kids get along great and everyone played for several hours. They built sand towers, buried themselves in sand, nibbled on treats all day and had a blast.
I found Lover’s Cove Beach to be a family friendly environment with no rough waves and a fairly easy drive from the South Bay. We will be back as soon as we can!
Some Things to Know:
- There is a snack shack that serves hot dogs, burgers and fries just as you enter the beach on the west side.
- Parking is limited to two hours in the parking lot. There is unlimited street parking south of the beach.
- Traffic can be terrible in the afternoon so leave plenty of time when leaving the area. Rush hour commute seems to begin at 4:00pm.
Photos taken by the talented Sarah K.
We recently took a quick road trip down to Disneyland. What can I say, it’s my happy place! Walking through the gates into Main Street always gives me happy vibes. This time, we met up with some family members and stayed across the street at the Howard Johnson. We usually stay on property or at the Hilton but the HoJo had a deal we couldn’t pass up.
The first day was filled with hitting up our favorite rides. We took the time to get the girls portraits cut by the tiny shop on Main Street. We have a portrait for Amaya that was done years ago that was turned into a Christmas ornament. Surprisingly, Kiki sat quietly while the gentlemen created her profile with a black sheet of paper and a tiny pair of scissors.
We love Disneyland and every time we make the trip, we try to experience something new each time we go. One night, around 7:30, Kiki was knocked out in the stroller and P and A were on Soarin’. I walked over to Carthay Circle to ask if you needed reservations and they told me yes, but the lounge had a table available. I started to thank them and walk away but they insisted I at least come inside and rest my feet. The staff was so sweet and said to wait a few minutes, they put together two small tables with space for everyone and also in the corner so I could park the stroller. During our meal, Disneyland had a huge blackout, but the staff checked in with us as did the manager after the lights were turned back on. P had the pork sandwich and A loved the pigs in a blanket. My pear martini was delicious!
Disney Jr. Live!
One other new thing we tried was the Disney Jr. show, thanks to a tip from my BFF. The show consists of large puppets that are Disney Jr. characters. The characters do a short story but the effects are what make this show awesome for toddlers. Bubbles, snow and confetti rained down from the ceiling during the performance. Kiki danced, screamed and had a great time.
By the third day we were all exhausted and excited to head home. Does anyone have a upcoming Disneyland trip? What new thing will you try?
We took a quick trip to Southern California two weeks ago thanks to the generosity of my cousin Tara! It was our annual trip to Disneyland and I was particularly excited about this trip since Kiki is old enough to participate in rides and the entire experience.
The 60th Celebration was a blast, the girls had the most fun hunting all the new 60th pressed penny machines around the park. We tried a ride we had never been on before (The Circus Train) but Kiki’s favorite ride ended up being Ariel. She also asked for Mickey Mouse every single day but with the wait being an hour and a half in Toon Town, we didn’t get in the line. How happy she was when it was just the two of us waiting for the other to get off rides and BOOM! Mickey was doing a meet and greet in front of J. Katz & Sons in California Adventure. I jumped in line and Kiki was so happy to give him a high five.
That’s not to say we didn’t have a few meltdowns, Mommy and Daddy included. Our Disneyland days can be long and it was tough to get the girls down for naps (we only got one good one out of Kiki) but overall we had a ton fun. I’m one of those crazy people that embrace all the Disney things, there is just something about the parks that exude happiness and magic!