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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.

Cold Brew Coffee: My Summer Staple and a Recipe for This Easy-to-Brew-at-Home Drink

Cold Brew Coffee: My Summer Staple and a Recipe for This Easy-to-Brew-at-Home Drink
If you know me well, you're probably aware of my love of coffee, and specifically Flat Whites. And while I continue to drink these on cool summer mornings, I often turn to Cold Brew coffee as my mid-day and weekend drink of choice during the hot summer days here in Northern California. There's just something about a refreshing glass of Cold Brew coffee on a warm summer morning out on the patio. Bliss!

Bonus? Cold Brew is SUPER easy to make yourself!

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

July Calendar of Family-Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento
July is almost here which means we are deep into summer fun! Here are some events going on the last few days of June and into July. Stay cool and ...

June Calendar of Family Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento

June Calendar of Family Friendly Events in and Around Davis and Sacramento

June is bustling with fun family-friendly events! School is almost out (anyone else counting down the days?!) and Father's Day is just around the corner.

Below is a list of just some of the fun family-friendly events in and around the Sacramento Valley, including Davis, Sacramento and beyond.

What are you looking forward to doing this summer?

5 Totally Rad Father's Day Gifts

5 Totally Rad Father's Day Gifts

Shopping for dads for Father's Day is a notoriously difficult task.

And whether he's a man who loves to drink out by the pool, relax with a beer on the beach, enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in the morning, we have put together a list of gifts that are as unique as his dad jokes.

So this year skip the tie and get him one of these rad gifts from a small business that are sure to knock his socks off.

Meet the Maker: Nathanael Miller of the Air Plant Hub

Meet the Maker: Nathanael Miller of the Air Plant Hub

So while I love gardening and have a burgeoning collection of plants (my husband may call me a plant hoarder or crazy plant lady), I did not always have a green thumb.

I'm ashamed to admit it, but I've killed more than one succulent. But I think that's why I'm particularly drawn to air plants -- they are hearty folk.

And HOW COOL is it that they don't need soil to survive? Kind of blew my 8th grade plant biology brain.

May Calendar of Family Friendly Fun Events in and Around Sacramento and Davis

May Calendar of Family Friendly Fun Events in and Around Sacramento and Davis

With Mother's Day just around the corner, May is bustling with fun family-friendly events!

Below is a list of just some of the fun family-friendly events in and around the Sacramento Valley, including Davis, Sacramento and beyond.

Meet the Maker: Doneice Trotter of Pure Honey

Meet the Maker: Doneice Trotter of Pure Honey
Two of my favorite Davis Farmers Market ladies grace the entrance of the covered vendors section -- Dianne Madison of Yolo Press on the left, and Doneice Trotter of Pure Honey on the right. Yolo Press has the best olive oil, fruits, jams and gorgeous flowers. Doneice over at Pure Honey has a delightful assortment of raw honey, infused honey and caramel. And her stand is ALWAYS decorated with the most beautiful flowers from other Farmers Market vendor

5 Gifts Teachers Would Love to Receive This Teacher Appreciation Day

5 Gifts Teachers Would Love to Receive This Teacher Appreciation Day

I come from a family of teachers and educators, including elementary teachers, special education teachers, librarians and school administrators. My husband is considered the black sheep of the family because he’s in healthcare. So Teacher Appreciation Week and end of school were always popular events in my house.

The value of education and and appreciation for educators was instilled in us from an early age. So while Teacher Appreciation Day may be on Tuesday, May 8th, I hope all the teachers out there know how much they are loved and appreciated all year long.