East Bay

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

Bay Area Toy Store– Five Little Monkeys

By Allison Randall

This is the best toy store in the area, with locations in Albany, Novato and Walnut Creek.  And I’m not the only one who thinks so.  Five Little Monkeys has won awards for Best Toy Store in the East Bay (Parents’ Press 2011) Window Display Contests, and being a Bay Area Green Certified Busine... Read More

Bay Area Christmas Performances Both Fun and Unusual

By Allison Randall

We’re all aware that the local and world-renowned ballet companies put on both humble and extravagant productions of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker, but if you want to experience something a little different this year, check out one of the following holiday shows. Chanticleer—... Read More

East Bay Music Together: Two Much Fun!

By Katie Fagundes

We are wrapping up our Music Together Fall Session this week, and I have truly enjoyed bringing both my kiddos to class every Friday. It’s been remarkable watching them grow, and to see how much they both have taken from the class. I notice my 1 year-old clapping now when she hears music playing.... Read More

Disney on Ice Oakland

By Katie Fagundes

Do you have a Disney lover in your house? My son can pretty much sing the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song and calls me Toodles sometimes for fun. If you don’t feel like traveling down to Anaheim – have no fear, Mickey and his pals are coming to Oracle Arena in Oakland, October 17 – October ... Read More

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival

By Katie Fagundes

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Hit up one of the East Bay’s premier art and wine festivals right in downtown Lafayette. Lafayette Art & Wine Festival is the largest event in Lamorinda and one of the five biggest outdoor festivals in Contra Costa County. They also are a three tim... Read More

First Kicks Soccer

By Katie Fagundes

My son LOVES soccer. Absolutely loves it. There was a time when he asked to sleep with his soccer ball. Yes, he loves basketball and baseball too, but soccer was the front runner for some time. Due to his love of the sport, I decided to sign him up for First Kicks Soccer Program through the Lafay... Read More

Ringing in the New Year with Your Kids

By Katie Fagundes

Looking for something to do on New Years Eve? If you are like many moms who are hanging up the sparkly dress this year and spending it with your little ones – here are some Bay Area family New Year Eve alternatives. The Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland is hosting its annual New... Read More

Holiday Fun at the Tilden Park Merry Go Round

By Katie Fagundes

If you are looking to do something festive this holiday season, then the Merry Go Round at Tilden Park is your place.  Filled with holiday lights, Christmas trees, and cheer you can’t help... Read More

Life changes and so does the workout

By Allison Randall

I used to run two to three miles— two to three times a week— along various routes in my old 'hood, and with or without the jogging stroller and the critter.  But back then, I couldn’t walk anywhere except the post office and the park.  Now we’re living up in Walnut Creek, and walk to the p... Read More