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Journal Travel


June 20, 2016

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” ― John Muir, Our National Parks My husband has fond childhood memories of Yosemite and thought it would be a perfect destination for our first road trip to a National Park.  We brewed some coffee and loaded up the car just before dawn so the boys would sleep the first stretch of the drive.  They woke up for a stop to pick up…

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Family Journal

New Year’s Day Hike

January 1, 2016

After Jeff made us a hearty and healthy breakfast, we let the kids watch some of the Rose Parade on television before getting outdoors for some fresh air and sunshine. We made our way up the Pacific Coast Highway for a family-friendly hike in Solstice Canyon. Originally setting out to check out the architectural ruins, “Darth Vader” House and waterfall, we realized we left our backpack and baby carrier at the house so we didn’t make it that far. No…

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Motherhood Wellness

10 Outdoor Activities to Connect Kids to Nature

July 30, 2012

Some of my most treasured childhood memories are of playing outdoors… swinging from a tire that my Dad tied to a big oak tree, picking ripe juicy plums, running through the sprinklers and picking red seed pods out of Magnolia tree cones. Nowadays, children hardly get outside. According to several studies, the average American child spends just four to seven minutes playing outdoors each day, and more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic device or screen. This shift profoundly impacts…

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