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Four Quirky Fun Family Christmas Traditions

Four Quirky Fun Family Christmas Traditions
One of my favorite things about the holiday season are all the festive fun family traditions. It's nice to pause and remember the magic of the season, which I'll admit, is much easier to do with kids. They have so much joy during the holidays, from the tree decorating, to the holiday music, to seeing Christmas lights around town, to baking cookies for the Big Man.

5 Planners for the Busy Mom Raising Babies and a Business

5 Planners for the Busy Mom Raising Babies and a Business
So confession: I'm a huge planner nerd. Probably not that surprising to those of you who know me. I'm a collector, a categorizer. So I love writing...

Fall/Winter Reading List

Fall/Winter Reading List

If you're new around here, let me tell you a little bit about my book club. First, it's just me. Yep, a one member book club. Why? Well, mostly because I have a hard time making it to a normal book club meeting. But also this is my way to keep myself accountable and keep up with a hobby I actually enjoy. It's easy to just succumb to the scroll right before bedtime, but my "book club" is a self-imposed reading deadline that reminds me to put down my phone at night and pick up a book.

And just like last month, I'm selecting three books, one from each of these categories: parenting, politics or business, and fiction book. I'm sticking with this framework because I've recently been drawn more to non-fiction books, but I always enjoy losing myself in a great piece of fiction.

The Ultimate Pumpkin Patch Guide: 10 Pumpkin Patches in Yolo County and Beyond

The Ultimate Pumpkin Patch Guide: 10 Pumpkin Patches in Yolo County and Beyond

Living in Northern California, we are surrounded by farms and naturally, great local pumpkin patches. And these aren't just parking lots with pumpkins thrown on the ground. These are real working farms that grow the pumpkins. And also happen to have fun kid-friendly activities. 

Below I've listed 10 great local pumpkin patches in the Yolo County and the Sacramento Valley area, including some in Davis, Woodland, Dixon, Sacramento, Wilton, Elk Grove and Wheatland. The farthest one from Davis is only about 45 minutes away. You could go to a different pumpkin patch every weekend in October and still not hit every one!

Spice It Up: 5 Ways to Use Mulling Spices this Fall

Spice It Up: 5 Ways to Use Mulling Spices this Fall

There's nothing quite as festive in the fall as walking into a home that smells of apples and spices. You could achieve this feeling by making an apple pie. Or you could do what I do and put a pot of mulling spices on the stove!

Mulling spices are quite versatile in the kitchen and around the home. And in case you don't believe me, here are 5 ways to use mulling spices to spice up your life this fall.

September Calendar of Family Friendly Fun Events

September Calendar of Family Friendly Fun Events
The weather is finally starting to cool down here in Northern California, school's back in session for everyone, and it's feeling a bit more like ...

Market Recipe: Peach and Burrata Salad

Market Recipe: Peach and Burrata Salad
It's summer in Northern California and that means it's also stone fruit season at the farmers market (and countless roadside fruit stands)! Peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and my personal favorite, pluots (a cross between plums and apricots). And while these are great to munch on fresh as a snack, I also love incorporating them into savory meals. One of my favorite salads to make is a peach and burrata salad that was inspired by a special weekend ten years ago.

Meet the Maker: Meghan Wright of Figs and Feathers Farm

Meet the Maker: Meghan Wright of Figs and Feathers Farm

Meghan Wright from Figs and Feathers Farm was actually one of the first vendors I contacted about being included in our boxes. And she sat right next to me when I attended my first ever pop-up event in 2017.

Meghan lives in Sacramento, but has family in Grass Valley and it was those family members' garden that inspires many of her creations. And in fact led her to what Figs and Feathers Farm is today.

Scents are inspired by the Northern California flora, and she also harvests many of her ingredients from her family‘s property.

It was actually a family member’s suggestion that led her from ordinary soap-maker to community gathered and grown.

August Calendar of Family-Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento

August Calendar of Family-Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento
It's back to school month for most of us, but before you pack up that backpack, squeeze in a little more summer fun with these family-friendly local events in and around the Davis and Sacramento area.

A Favorite Summer Treat: The Peach Milkshake at Whitey's Jolly Kone

A Favorite Summer Treat: The Peach Milkshake at Whitey's Jolly Kone

You know it's not officially summer until the peach milkshake makes an appearance at Whitey's Jolly Kone. The West Sacramento drive-in is apparently quite an institution (opened in the 1960s), but I'd actually never tried it until I was working in Sacramento.

And while the food is fine, what I make a trek to Whitey's Jolly Kone for is the seasonal fresh fruit milkshakes. HOLY MOLY.

Summer/Fall 2018 Reading List

Summer/Fall 2018 Reading List

I used to be a voracious reader when I was younger, but somewhere between working a 9-5 job and chasing after two energetic boys, I've been pretty consistently reading less and less. In an effort to get back on the book horse, so to speak, I've tried to join book clubs, both virtual and in town. But my attempts are usually thwarted due to the challenges of coordinating mid-week evening schedules with childcare and work.

So in an effort to read a few more books each year, I'm committing to a quarterly reading list. It's not much, but it's better than nothing.

And I realized last year I only read non-fiction books. Strange I know. But parenting and business books are what's speaking to me at this season of life. So I'm picking three books to read each quarter: one parenting, one politics or business, and one fiction book.

July Farmstand U-Pick in Northern California

July Farmstand U-Pick in Northern California

My two boys love almost nothing more than running around outside and getting dirty. So as you can probably imagine, they are big fans of any opportunity to explore the local farms here in Northern California.

It's now July and while the U-Pick strawberries are mostly done for the season, there are still plenty of local u-pick options, including flowers, peaches, and some berries.