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About Me & My Family

My husband and I have 4 kids... 3 boys and then our girl. We homeschool them all and travel when possible. We just started letterboxing and are finding ourselves a little obsessed with it.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, structured, relaxed, simple, independent, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
White Stallion Guest Ranch in Arizona
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Camping in Kings Canyon or Yosemite
A Place We'd Love To Visit
The Redwoods in Northern California
Favorite Vacation Memory
Walking the meadows of Yosemite with my family. The quiet, the sparkling water, the rustling grasses, and a dip in the river made for an amazing day.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Anytime throw up is involved. Especially when one kid triggers another. And when we are in the car. And when they choose to use the box that is holding all their library books and toys.
Websites I Like:
www.atlasquest.com

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April 10 2015
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Second Harvest Food Bank | kids travel, kids activities
Second Harvest Food Bank
8014 Marine Way,
Irvine,
California
"Best experience volunteering"
We signed up for a morning of harvesting veggies at the Incredible Edible Farm and we absolutely loved it. I took my kids- ages 8, 12, and 14 (they have to be at least 7) on a morning during Spring Break. There were about 15 other people and we met the main instructor at the farm. He introduced himself and thanked us for volunteering. We learned about the many people and kids who go hungry each day in Orange County and how we were going to be able to help them by working in the garden.

He gave us small knives (like wide butter knives) and told us how to search the broccoli plants for heads of broccoli and then how to harvest them. We set off in small groups up the rows and my kids started finding them. One person said, "it's like an Easter egg hunt - only you get to find veggies!" It really did feel like a fun hunt! When we finished there, we went through the cabbage patch and then the cauliflower patch.

At the end of 2 ½ hours, we were finished. We were told that we harvested about 1,700 pounds of produce that would be sent directly to the food bank on the other side of Great Park. Then it would be sent to locations around Orange County within the day or next few days that would feed about 1,400 people. Amazing!

We will be coming back to volunteer again. It was enjoyable to do as a family, and the staff were encouraging and kind. What a great morning spent together that really helps other people.
 
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April 10 2015
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The Counter Irvine | kids travel, kids activities
The Counter Irvine
6416 Irvine Boulevard,
Irvine,
California
"Deliciousness"
A burger joint on steriods - actually that's not true. The beef is hormone and antibiotic free and I'm sure there are no steroids in that beef! But what I mean to say - is that this place is pretty delicious, and much more than just a burger joint. It's a "build your own burger - and much more than just meat, cheese, bun!

It felt a tad bit overwhelming to look at the menu with about 100 choices and combinations for the burgers- but our waitress helped us break it down. Choose the meat first (beef, chicken, veggie, bison, turkey, ahi tuna, etc.) then the cheese, sauces, toppings, bun, and sides. Our older boys had a fun time designing their burgers - and they loved their creations.

I chose a burger in a bowl and I was beyond impressed with how delicious it was. The Sonoma Bowl came with the meat I chose (⅓ pound of beef) topped with melted goat cheese and tomatoes, all on a bed of lettuce, quinoa, and grilled onions with a dressing of basil pesto. So incredibly delicious!!

The kids menu consisted of cheeseburgers (2 small ones), grilled cheese, ham and cheese, and all came with a side (fries, applesauce, etc.) Drinks were extra. We had our 6&8 year olds split the cheeseburger plate - but it was barely enough for them. But because of all the fries and the appetizers we started with, we decided it would be enough for then. They enjoyed the Fun and Games coloring sheet they got while we waited.

We tried the fried pickle slices as an appetizer - because I just had to try something so unique. We found them crunchy and tasty - although only the people in our family that really like pickles actually liked these. Dipped in a sweet apricot sauce made a perfect sweet and sour combo. The sweet potato fries were awesome - especially in the horseradish aioli sauce. We picked the half and half fries plate with sweet potatoes and regular fries. Great combination.

A great selection of cocktails, drafts, wines, and milkshakes were on the menu and were tempting to try, but we passed this time. We were quite full and satisfied with what we had!

The one downside to this restaurant is the price. A build your own burger runs about 9.5-11 dollars. Perfect for a date night, but could be costly when taking the kids. The kids meals ran for $5 which is actually very reasonable but didn't include drinks. Beverages such as iced tea and soda were pricy at 3 bucks each.

Will we be back? Definitely - but probably just on a date night. Our kids would love to return, and we really enjoyed them being with us - and families were in plenty while we were there. It is definitely family-friendly.

Disclosure: We received a complimentary meal in order to complete this review. We were not asked to present a point of view and all opinions are our own.
 
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March 21 2015
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Farm + Food Lab - The Great Park | kids travel, kids activities
Farm + Food Lab - The Great Park
Orange County Great Park,
Irvine,
California
"Great garden to explore"
My kids and I loved exploring this free garden where just about everything is grown - but mostly things to eat. We saw raised beds that held a "pizza and spaghetti garden," "fruit salad garden," and "tools and implements garden." Each one held vegetables and fruit that were growing and healthy and were used for food or tools. There were little magnifying glasses and "I spy" boards to encourage the kids to interact with what they were seeing. On the "tools" garden we saw cotton plants with heads of cotton, yucca, flax, and other things - which was great to teach my kids about where their clothes came from!

There were many interactive elements for kids from picture stations to a worm box (vermiculture.) A large shade structure was set up for classes and exhibits that are offered many times on the weekends.

We met up with a few "master gardeners" who were happy to answer my questions and help me with my own growing concerns. They even have an email hotline where master gardeners will answer questions. I've used it in the past and loved it!

Clean restrooms are nearby as well as a green grassy field for kids and dogs, a park, carousel, and the great balloon.
 
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March 21 2015
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Lollicup Coffee & Tea | kids travel, kids activities
Lollicup Coffee & Tea
2700 Alton Pkwy, A-119,
Irvine,
California
"Great boba tea"
This was a fun place to take my kids who had never had boba tea. Actually - I had never had it either! This Lolicup is in the Diamond Jamboree center which has multi-ethnic and cultural eateries and shops. We enjoyed some sweets at 85C Bakery right next door and then got some tea with boba.

My kids didn't quite know what to expect when their straw sucked up the boba pellets and they chewed them. But they were sweet and honey flavored and not much can go wrong with that! They enjoyed the strawberry tea which was sweetly flavored and delicious. We will be back!
 
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March 21 2015
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Phoenix Bakery | kids travel, kids activities
Phoenix Bakery
969 N Broadway,
Los Angeles,
California
"Yummy"
We stopped here after a visit to Chinatown as it is less than a block from Old Chinatown and the plaza we went to. Despite being known for their fresh strawberry whipped cream cakes - we didn't have any. They are having a short supply of strawberries due to the drought.

We instead enjoyed crumb cake, chocolate cookies, and a lotus blossom cake. Pretty yummy. My kids had a Pineapple Jarittos in a glass bottle - which is a Mexican soda - in a Chinese bakery - but oh well. They were thirsty and it was delicious. This was a great place to stop on our afternoon in Chinatown.
 
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