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About Me & My Family

My verb is "to document." I have fabulous friends...my girl friends have kept me sane and laughing. I was a reckless traveller through my 20's but I sure had fun. I haven't left the country since I got married 10 years ago but I'm working on it. I have a 7 year old daughter who I've promised to take to Paris when she turns 16 and we talk about it all the time. My son is 4 and I havent decided where to take him when he turns 16. My husband has the best dry wit and we are a military family.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, relaxed, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy, social_butterfly
We Just Got Back From
The Oregon Coast
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Kailua, Hawaii
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Israel
Favorite Vacation Memory
Hiking as a family up Diamond Head two years ago is one of my many favorite memories. I had my 2 1/2 year old on my back, my 5 1/2 year old doing it on her own in her ruby slippers and my non-hiking husband along with us. When we reached the top, we overlooked Waikiki and shared a moment of excitement and pride that we all did it together.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
When my daughter was 4, we spent a week on the Panhandle coast of Florida at a white sand beach. One afternoon as we were exploring, my daughter thought she was picking up a beautiful blue ribbon but instead was stung by the tail of a man of war. We had her soak her hand in warm salt water and there were a few tears, but she was a trooper and today she loves to tell everyone that she was stung by a jelly fish.
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122 Reviews


July 22 2014
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Ontario Mills
1 Mills Circle,
Ontario,
California 91764
"Not going back"
I would rather never shop again than to have to go back to this mall. Let me note that I HATE indoor malls, so thats part of this lack of returning. But I don't understand; is it an outlet mall or not? It has Gap Outlet, JCrew outlet, and Nordstrom Rack, but the Lego store and Disney store are full price. It is SO crowded, I almost hyperventilated just trying to get from one store to another while attempting to do some back to school shopping.

Positives are the fact the H&M there is HUGE. Its messy and crazy, but its got a great kids section there. My husband loves this mall because he takes our kids on "dates" and they go to Dave & Busters, then to the Lego store. Personally, that sounds like the worst date ever, but that's why Im not invited.

This place just isn't for me. Im sticking to online shopping for back to school clothes from now on.
 
 
July 22 2014
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Plan Check | kids travel, kids activities
Plan Check
1800 Sawtelle Blvd,
Los Angeles,
California
"Super Cool"
There's not a whole lot of times when I get to go out to super hip places with my girlfriends. But when I do get that chance, I do it BIG! Plan Check was the place to go big too. From my delicious Descheutes White IPA (not for IPA purists as it has a strong citrus note that I loved but is not typical in IPAs) all the way to ending with a Churros-like donut, I ate BIG and I ate well.

I don't like to think I'm "picky" but truth be told, I am a food snob. Plan Check delivered to my snobbery and allowed me to custom order a menu item. I chose the Daily Special of truffle-infused, swiss, portabella mushroom burger. But since I don't eat meat, I swapped the burger for their (made IN HOUSE) veggie burger, traded the swiss for their WHIPPED goat cheese, and threw caramelized onions and an egg on top just because they let me! Perfection.

I also ordered a side of sweet potato waffle fries that came with a side of peach chutney. It truly doesn't get much better than that.

Next time Im in Santa Monica with my kids and don't feel like eating at the "typical" places on the promenade, this will be my FIRST choice. There were tons of kids there on the Sunday night i went and I would feel 100% comfortable bringing them, and let them be super cool with me.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary dinner with my girlfriends. All opinions are my own.
 
 
July 15 2014
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Lazy Dog Cafe | kids travel, kids activities
Lazy Dog Cafe
11560 4th St,
Rancho Cucamonga,
California 91730
"Delicious and Deserving"
The Lazy Dog Cafe is deserving of high praise after our first experience dining there today. Im still thinking of all the great food I had and wondering how soon I can get back.

The positives (there are so many)…
Totally kid-friendly. Our kids were given the typical crayons and drawing menu, but not usual was a starter of fruity-ohs cereal and red vines (very small amount but enough to keep them seated). They also had the option of making their own pizza or sundaes (and what kid wouldn't want that??). My son even wanted a smaller off-the-kid's-menu order of fish and chips and they happily accommodated.

Their Gluten Free menu is HUGE. AND TASTY! They are also very knowledgable of nut and dairy allergies and if there is any question, the servers will simply go straight to the chefs. So many times I have watched my friend (who's child has allergies) be told "I don't know" or "Its probably not in there," when we really need to know if it includes nuts or dairy. We felt super safe and also really taken care of in regards to allergies. The kid's chicken teriyaki was a perfect choice for a dairy allergy and the Baja Shrimp Tacos serves the gluten free well.

Which leads to the fact that everything is so fresh!! The Lazy Dog makes their own marinara sauce, salad dressings, etc so they know the ingredients in the food. A seasonal option is the beet and goat cheese salad and the beets are amazing.

They have a WOK station. Oh yeah, not just "Asian-influenced" but an actual wok. The shrimp was delicious (and probably my favorite thing on the whole menu).

I HATE TVs where I eat, and here I didn't even notice that there were TVs until half way through the dinner. The volumes are low and they are hung more for the bar so they didn't disturb me or distract me.

This is a great location. Often times at the Ontario Mall, I get hungry and don't want to eat typical mall food. This restaurant is just across the street and so close to Victoria Gardens as well.

Everyone is so nice. From our hostess, to our food server, to the manager who stopped by to see how everything was, it was a very welcoming place.

It was way to hot to sit outside, but it did look nice in the future to dine out there.

And lastly, the creme brûlée was superb. I like to think I am a creme brûlée aficionado and this was lovely. The crack with my spoon was just right and then it had a new spin with a salted caramel addition.

The Negatives…
Seriously, I don't have any.

I hadn't heard of this place before I went, but I am definitely getting the word out that this place is worth trying.
 
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July 03 2014
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Korbel Delicatessen & Market
13250 River Road,
Forestville,
California
"Good food, pretty view"
A champagne winery probably doesn't seem like the most kid-friendly place, but Korbels is a staple for my kids and I to visit and eat lunch every time I go home. I have actually never taken a tour, and I rarely wine taste there, but the deli is divine! Although I am not a meat eater, I am told the Tri-tip sandwich is THE thing to order. I usually have the eggplant veggie sandwich or try one of the wonderful salads they make daily. The desserts are nothing to scoff at as well. The local gals behind the counter are helpful and cheerful and hey, you can always order a glass of champagne for lunch. (Although I always get a pint of Pliny the Elder. This hard-to-find beer by Russian River Brewery is worth driving here for alone).
For the kids I get a made-to-order sandwich and they love to pick out their bread from the plethora of options. An Izzy here is a special treat to drink outside as you eat looking out at the redwoods and vineyards. The eating area outside (there is inside eating but why when its beautiful outdoors), is shaded and if you're worried about bothering the "adult crowd," go to the upper patio where it's rarely ever full and there's more room for wiggle room.
 
 
July 03 2014
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Wildflour Bread
140 Bohemian Hwy ,
Sebastopol,
California 95472
"Can't Say Enough"
This is not bread, this is art. This is pure love, and the beautiful, kind people who work here prove that when you love what you do, it will be tasted in your bread. This small bakery located outside the adorable town of Freestone produces bread worth driving hours for. My first day I picked up a fresh loaf of goat cheese/green onion bread for $6. It was so good, I went back the next day (driving another hour to get back), and had the Eygptian-pear, nectarines, and ginger bread. I also ate a nectarine, white chocolate, and meyer lemon scone for $3.50 while there. It was heaven. I wish I had bought four more and ate them all myself.
But this bread is for sharing and share they do with plenty of samples to try before you decide. Don't let the line out the door scare you. It goes quickly and its so worth it. This place is cash only, so bring a lot of it so you can bring a lot home. A cute sign on the door offered an exchange of customers local Meyer lemons for bakery credit. I need to get me a lemon tree!
While there, pop in next door at Enduring Comforts and go hat shopping.