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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.

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.

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.

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.

Unique and Special Ideas for Baby's 1st Easter Basket

Unique and Special Ideas for Baby's 1st Easter Basket

Baby's firsts are always special, and that first Easter basket is an opportunity to celebrate spring, new beginnings and that sweet baby of yours. I always have fun shopping for Easter baskets for the boys and put a lot of care and thought into their first Easter baskets (for the toddlers now it's mostly from the Target Dollar Spot, but hey they like it!).

Below are 10 of my favorite items for baby's first Easter Basket.

International Women's Day, A Day For ALL to Celebrate!

International Women's Day, A Day For ALL to Celebrate!

While I'm not a mom to girls, I still view my role as a boy-mom as important in the fight for women's equality.

As parents it is our responsibility to raise good humans. Not only is it up to us as parents to raise the next generation of strong, confident women, but it's also up to us as parents of boys to raise compassionate boys who believe in the radical notion that women are equal to men (i.e. feminism). 

Let's Celebrate Galentine's Day!

Let's Celebrate Galentine's Day!

We hope you are ready to celebrate Galentine's Day with your favorite gals!

Wait you haven't heard of Galentine's Day?

It's the fun, feminine, festive take on Valentine's Day, coined by Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation. It's a celebration of the ladies by the ladies.

The Holiday Mule: A Festive Holiday Cocktail

The Holiday Mule: A Festive Holiday Cocktail

If you've been to the farmer's market recently, you know there are a couple prevalent fall crops here in Northern California, including persimmons, walnuts, apples and pomegranates. Now all of these ingredients go great in a salad (and I have some delicious fall salad recipes), but during this cool time of year I'm frequently in the mood for something that will warm me up a bit (and that certainly isn't salad).\

So if you're doing some holiday entertaining this year and want to serve a drink that utilizes some winter farmers market ingredients, look no further than this festive Holiday Mule.

12 Days of Kid-Friendly Christmas Activities in the Davis and Sacramento Areas

12 Days of Kid-Friendly Christmas Activities in the Davis and Sacramento Areas
Christmas time. White winter. Snow. Snuggled up by the fire drinking hot chocolate. Well, we do have some fun Christmas activities here in Northern California even if we don't all get the snow. Here in Sacramento and Davis it gets quite chilly, but the snow is a once-in-a-decade treat in the Sacramento Valley. There are nonetheless, so many fun Christmas activities to do with kids in the Davis and Sacramento areas.

How Do You Hygge?

How Do You Hygge?
With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s easy to get caught up in the go-go-godo-do-dosee-see-see. There are cookies to bake, trees to cut, lights to see. Don't get me wrong, I am SO excited to do all of these things with my family this holiday season. But sometimes we just need to take a rest, enjoy the company around us, and snuggle our loved ones for a few minutes.

Fun Activity Alert: Davis Downtown Halloween Treat Trail and Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Fun Activity Alert: Davis Downtown Halloween Treat Trail and Dia de los Muertos Celebration
For this fun annual tradition, downtown Davis businesses host Halloween trick-or-treating (mostly just treats) where they hand out treats from 2-4:30pm. Just look for businesses with an orange "Treat Trail" sign.