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Bay Area Moms Find A New Way To "Party"

By jessykaosicka

Everyone loves a party, but we don't always want our guests to bring us a gift. As Emily Post wrote, "Although it seems odd that there is a "prohibition" against asking people not to bring you gifts when all you are trying to do is be thoughtful, there is a reason. The moment you mention gifts,... Read More

Take A Trip Down The Coast With Me: 5 Must See Stops on Highway 1

By Findery

Oh California, land of the majestic redwoods, rampant micro climates, and, of course, the legendary Highway 1. Why legendary? Well, I think it’s because it offers vistas and mysteries that go beyond anything that a person could discover on any single given trip down the coast. So much of what m... Read More

Clayton Valley Pumpkin Patch

By jessykaosicka

October is not complete without our family visiting the Clayton Valley Pumpkin Patch. The tradition started when our first born was only three months old. Okay, so maybe he didn't enjoy it as much as we did, but the pictures we got were priceless. Who doesn't love a pic of a baby in a cauldron?! ... Read More

Are You Eating Year-Old Apples?

By Shanti

My kids and I recently went on a field trip to a local orchard. While we were there, we got to sample fresh peaches, apples & apple juice. They were so sweet and flavorful, and made me question why they were so much tastier than even the “organic” apples I buy at the store. ... Read More

Paleo Mason Jar Brownies

By Shanti

My recipe for Skillet Brownies are by far one of my family's favorite dessert recipes. If you eat pretty clean, you probably miss those brownie mixes in the red box…that rhyme with “Retty Drocker.” I used to make those all the time before we changed our diet. But I haven’t missed the... Read More

Bay Area Festivals

By jessykaosicka

As summer comes to a close there is still some festival fun to be had in the Bay Area. So bust out the sunblock, pack the kids some Goldfish, and hit the circuit! Eat Real - Oakland This is the coolest block party around. Stroll along Jack London Square and feast upon delectable street foo... Read More

The Big K - Kindergarten

By jessykaosicka

Here we are two weeks out from my son, Preston's, first day of kindergarten. I am not sure who is more anxious, me or him. I have prepared myself with a pretty pink packet of Kleenex and a camera. Have I prepared him enough? I stuck to four simple lessons in an attempt. Lesson One:   Presto... Read More

Judgments of a Mommy

By jessykaosicka

We have all done it.  Yet we all hate it.  Mommy judging.  You know what I am talking about...the thoughts that race through our mind when we see a 3-year-old with a bottle, or a kid chatting away behind a pacifier.  Or better yet the mom feeding her kid non-organic strawberries.  Gasp!! Mus... Read More

What Happened To My Memory?

By jessykaosicka

I used to pride myself on my sharp memory.  I could remember every middle school teacher I ever had and what three outfits they rotated through each week.  I could remember recipes.  I could even remember my friends' phone numbers (of course this was when you actually needed to know someone's... Read More

5 Hot Family Day Trips in the Bay Area

By jessykaosicka

We can't all take time off of work or spend the money on a lavish vacation with the family.  Fortunately we are blessed to live in the beautiful Bay Area, which offers may fun and exciting day trips for kids and grown-ups alike.   Our family has enjoyed the following trips on many occasions.... Read More