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Joshua Tree National Park in Four Hours or Less

We’re an outdoorsy family. And by that I mean no pretention. We are not experienced backpackers, long-distance hikers, professional campers. We just love being outside in nature whenever we can. Last November (I can’t even believe how long ago November seems), our friends at REI invited us to participate in their latest campaign, #optoutside. The […]

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The best part of Palm Springs is 8,500ft up in the Air

California just gets cooler by the minute: we were in Palm Springs earlier this month with family, and it was a total blast. Since moving out West, I had heard nothing but good things about this little desert gem, full of mid-century charm and old Hollywood glam. And yup, I did adore it. The downtown […]

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Paws’itive Teams Service & Therapy Dogs

(Left to right) Humans: Barbara McKown, Carol Davis, Charli King, Luanne Good. Pups: Izzy, Stark, Ollie and Oscar Location: San Diego, CA. In a nutshell: Paws’itive Teams trains and provides placement of service and therapy dogs to assist people in San Diego County. All dogs (and I mean ALL of them) hold a special place in my […]

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Monkey Business Cafe

Where: Fullerton, CA.In a nutshell: Nonprofit social entreprise. While visiting Southern California last November, we ate brunch at local restaurant Monkey Business Café. The food was great, the staff nice, the place hip. It wasn’t until we were on our way out that I realized there was more to it. While our family waited for […]

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Southern California: Family-friendly Attractions

We were invited to spend this last Thanksgiving with some family members in Southern California. Traveling over thanksgiving… with all that holiday traffic…AND a two-month-old baby? No thanks.But visiting a new part of Cali, seeing family AND the ocean again? We’ll make it work. So we decided to take yet another spontaneous trip to Southern […]

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Pregnant Adventures: Road-trip to San Diego

As a Florida girl living in the Sonoran Desert, I had been jonesing for some beach time, so you can imagine my excitement when my sister-in-law came to visit over the summer and wanted to road-trip to Cali with me. YES PLEASE. For this overnight trip, we had no major plans. The only thing we […]

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