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….

Sticker Lovers Unite! 

Did you know that the only sticker manufacturer that still exists in the US is located right here in the Bay Area? And they offer factory tours for $7 a head? AND your $7 will get you a handful of stickers to pocket? Well, now you know. You can thank me later! Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker…

Peaceful Point Pinole

My good friends and I loaded up our kids and headed over to Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. We love this place! First of all, can I point out just how refreshing it is to be outdoors all morning and into the afternoon?! Point Pinole has all the right highlights: an ocean view, rolling hills, passing…

Join the Circus for a Day!

It’s certainly delightful to come across a well kept secret. Although not technically a secret, I am kind of stunned that I haven’t heard my friends mention the Kinetic Arts Center, nor have I read about it on other local parenting blogs. My husband and son happened to pop in one evening to get some…

A Visit to the Oakland Zoo

I’ve been to many zoos throughout my lifetime. Although the Oakland Zoo isn’t the largest or most world renowned, I am convinced it is the perfect sized zoo with a toddler in tow. The zoo is clean, well kept, and the animals appear to be thriving. Although we are easily entertained these days, our favorites include…