Peanuts: Still a hit after 67 years!

I don’t particularly remember being a fan of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang. I wasn’t anti-Peanuts, either. I just didn’t feel any way about them. They existed, and I existed…but we didn’t really exist in the same space. I’ve visited Santa Rosa a few times, and never had any desire to visit the…

Friday Nights at OMCA

There is so much to love about Friday nights at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). And if you happen to visit on the first Friday of the month, it will be even more entertaining, as the Oakland Art Murmur is happening downtown. The energy and vibe of Friday nights at OMCA is positive, uplifting, and just…

Roadtrip: Family Friendly Portland, OR

Being near a major travel hub means many places are convenient and inexpensive to visit. During a Southwest special, the hubs and I decided to book a long weekend in Portland, Oregon. As usual, our spunky two year old was along for the ride! It turns out that Portland is pretty family friendly. From a…

Temescal Creek Park 

Parks and playgrounds are plentiful here in California. I will not lie…it is wonderful! My son stays entertained, at no cost to me…winning! Temescal Creek Park is a casual park on the border of Oakland and Emeryville. It’s easy to miss from the road, which is kind of nice…it makes it less noisy and a…

From Trash to Treasure

If you haven’t checked out atlasobscura.com, you certainly should do so. You can plug in any location, and the website will pull up obscure, interesting places, landmarks, and things to visit along your journey. Before living in California, I searched and came across Albany Bulb. You can read the article that sparked my curiosity here: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/albany-bulb…

Alameda Point Antiques Faire

Flea Markets are plentiful in this portion of the country! They are big to-dos, and rightfully so, as they offer opportunities to find unique, obscure objects at great prices! What’s not to like about that? The Alameda Point Antiques Faire is the largest of its kind in NorCal. The Faire happens every first Sunday of…

Japanese Friendship Garden

Ask me about one of the most relaxing, peaceful places I have visited, and the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Jose is high on my list. It is just so pretty and calming. I don’t know that I had ever visited a Japanese garden before happening upon this one. I do know that it led me…

Children’s Discovery Museum: A Rainy Day Escape

As the forecast is predicting it to be rainy and cold this week, we’ll undoubtedly be looking for dry escapes to keep us busy and allow my kiddo to get his wiggles out! The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is a fantastic children’s museum with plenty of activities to spark curiosity and keep the…

USS History

I’m sure I’m doing little service to these grand ships by lumping them together in one post. However, my knowledge of battleships is limited; I’ll apologize in advance. What I do know is that kids, men, women, EVERYONE I’ve taken USS (United States Ship) tours with, honestly seems to enjoy the experience and history lesson….

San Francisco’s Secret Staircases

One of the many things I find captivating about San Francisco are the large, winding, exuberant hills that seem to reach up to the sky, and then fall back down again into the ocean. There are so many wonders to explore within these hills; things not exactly seen if just passing by. I have not…

Brunch at the Thai Temple 

Have you heard about Sunday brunch at Berkeley’s Wat Mongkolratanaram Thai Temple? If not, I recommend you add it to your weekend calendar (provided you have a rain free Sunday in the forecast!) It’s an authentic and interesting experience for the entire family. Here are the basics: Upon entering the back yard, you’ll see two lines…

San Leandro Marina

Friends tend to praise my sleuth ways, as I often come up with new locations they have yet to hear of. The reality is, I don’t have any special skills or big secrets. I have two to three blogs I look at weekly, some local calendar of events, and I also scour Yelp for recommendations….