Sacramento Coffee Roasters

After traveling to cool cities like Seattle, Portland, and Cincinnati, I’ve grown to appreciate coffee in a different light. I’m no coffee connoisseur, but Derrick is. As a family, we’ve visited so many different coffee shops, and coffee roasters, its hard to pick a favorite. There are many ways of reviewing a coffee roaster. From their black coffee alone to lattes, then to their amazing teas. I LOVE coffee shops that welcome families with young children. There are so many different ways for me to categorize all my favorite coffee shops just in Sacramento alone!!!

Usually, when I’m at a new coffee shop, I’ll take a sip off of Derrick’s (who usually get’s it black) I’ll search for the deep rich dark flavors. I try to identify the flavor-notes of the beans, but my tastes buds aren’t as developed as some coffee drinkers. As we’ve settled into Sacramento, there have been many favorite coffee shops checked out so far –just within the past 8 months. Many, are a local franchises within Sacramento, which is a great quality of the city –having variety of different local roasters, that have grown their original roots here.

In this post, I’ll cover two of the most popular coffee shops in Sacramento. I’ll continue to cover more Sacramento coffee roasters in another post, as I have to honor these two shops alone. Now, if you’re a huge coffee advocate, or just enjoy sweet lattes, or just looking to a coffee shop to visit within the Sacramento area, this is a post for you!! I present to you, two of Sacramento’s most popular Coffee Roasters; Temple Coffee & Tea & Insight Coffee Roasters.

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During early January of this year, while searching for homes in Sacramento, Derrick and I would come every weekend to check out Open Houses in the Sacramento/Elk Grove area. After a couple of appointments, we would need a caffeinated boost. One of our very first Sacramento Coffee Roasters visits was at Temple Coffee & Tea. After Yelping, we had arrived at the downtown location, located on 9th St & J.

Temple is totally the kind of coffeeshop I’d plant myself at daily. All of their locations are spacious, clean, modern, and has a robust menu of beverage and pastry offerings, even for the non-coffee drinkers.

 

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Temple Coffee & Tea | Midtown S St. Location

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Another lovely location in Sacramento is the K St. location located in Midtown. This is another location that we love going to because of the high modern wooden ceilings, fancy new coffee equipment, and a floor made entirely of pennies. Yes pennies. All pennies. This is Temple’s newest location –which once we moved to Sacramento, it practically opened up for us! HA! Most weekends, you can find my family walking around Midtown. Usually, we’re checkout out Midtown’s Farmers Market, or daddy is down the block from Temple getting his hair cut. The kids love it, I love it, we love it, the community loves it.

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Their espresso is rich, complex, creamy and delicious,  balanced acidity, with hits of cherries and chocolate undertones.

Vanilla Latte: It was the smoothest coffee I’ve ever tried…. Forget Starbucks! The flavor was so pure and the flavor was creamy but not overwhelming.

This new location opened up recently on the busy intersection of K & 22nd.

Midtown Temple coffee roasters on 22 & K is a must. It has plenty of seating inside and out, and I have always found a place to sit, but it’s always busy.

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The other most popular coffee shop in Sacramento would be Insight Coffee Roasters. One location is located Downtown along 8th &S St.  This location is one of the first original Insight.  The friendly baristas tell me what is awesome at the moment and they have yet to disappoint. This location is one of my dear favorites to Sacramento, because it’s awesome location and layout. Every Saturday morning we’ve gone to this particular Insight location, I ALWAYS receive great vibes from the staff, and also the customers. They are o-so welcoming towards families with children, and usually you’ll see people from all sorts. Young families, friends meeting up, couples reading, and other’s working. Usually, at other coffee shops, such as the modern Temple Coffee & Tea, their locations can be a little “heads-down,” work flow. If you get what I mean.

Insight’s ambiance is chill. A good place to study alone, the seating isn’t the comfiest but it fits the look they’re going for. Very industrial, warm hues, brown accents, and a wonderful glass window to sit on vintage theatre seats to “people watch.” A major major PLUS to me, is Southside Park is just down the street to this Insight location.

The industrial accents takes clues from old factories and industrial spaces. Above, my son sits in what it seems to be an old school wooden/metal seat, or theatre seat.

Insight Coffee Roasters | 1615 16th St., Midtown

The location above, is the 16th St. Location. Maybe, one of the newest locations in Sacramento. Sitting between P & Q Streets, across the way from Fremont Park. Take your children to Insights, grab a coffee, and walk across the street to Fremont Park (which is gated and enclosed), and enjoy the sunlight! This location, is simple, clean, open space, like every other, but provides a little bit more seating for everybody.

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Insight Coffee Roasters | 1014 10th St. Downtown

The next Insight location, I’d like to cover, is one of the latest location’s I’ve visited so far in Sacramento. This is the newest addition for downtown workers seeking caffeine. I love the baristas here.  It’s so low key, warm, and inviting atmosphere where they chat with you and genuinely seem to want to have the conversation.

Being a fan of the Insight’s located at 8th & S Streets since this is one of my go-to stops.

Hipster vibe? Check.
Friendly, cool baristas? Check.

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Have you checked out Sacramento’s coffee scene? If you haven’t you should!!!!!! Being from the Bay Area, I was utterly surprised with the local roasters in Sac. I’m actually happy this move, is making me love Sacramento, more and more, after each coffee shop visit. Sacramento, who knew?!?! I’ve been stuck in this Bay Area bubble way way too long.

Which Sacramento coffee roaster is your favorite between the two? Temple or Insights? Comment below, and tell you your favorite!

Be sure to check my blog for upcoming holiday posts, as well we the second half of my Sacramento Coffee shop reviews!! I promise you, there are more!!!!

Didn’t know I moved to Sacramento? Check out more about my move HERE:

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Lakeside Lounge

In past summer vacations, the family and I were really consistent in going camping. We would travel up north to the redwoods (Humboldt Redwoods), and also up to Nevada County (Scotts Flat Lake Campground) Although being around the redwoods was amazing and majestic, the family and I weren’t always down for the long 5+hour drive.

California’s northwestern edge has spectacular network of parks. Half of the world’s coast redwoods, the world’s tallest living things, (which grow over 350 feet!) So, if ever in California, please be sure to check out our beautiful redwoods!

Our favorite type of camping is definitely the kind when we’re near a lake! Scotts Flat Lake was our go to for 2 years straight. It’s a destination for outdoor fun and activities, open year round, and conveniently located between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe!! (One extra PLUS why we moved up to Sacramento! We love the outdoors!!) Camping between the June, July, and August summer months are the prime time frames to visit!

One of our favorite camping lazy day agendas, which is always on our itinerary is lakeside lounging.  Whether or not your a child, pre-teen, twenty something, or senior citizen, there is always something to do at the lake! Here is a list I’ve created for summer activities to do at the lake! Chill out, relax, and soak up the sun!!!

Lake Activities

Water Activities :

Sailing

Kayaking

Canoe

Sail Boating

Jet Skiing

Wak Boarding

Paddle Boarding

Fishing

Camp

Shore Actives :

BBQ

Picnicking

Volleyball

Badminton

Play Frisbee

Building  Sand Castles

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Some lakes also support annual no motor days. Enjoy a day on the lake without all the noise or waves. These days always draw a crowds. Support the local boy scouts by grabbing a hot dog and relaxing on the lake (Hosted at Scotts Flat Lake). Paddle Board demos, sail boat rides are provided as well as kayak and canoe rentals.

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Lakeside lounging is one our favorite past times. With the kids growing much older, I want to continue the tradition of “outdoor living” (camping Hehe). I feel blessed to have been raised by a family who loves being outdoors, as a child I remember going camping or staying a few days in a cabin in Yosemite. So many memories….Something I want to share with my kids now.

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Check out more about Scotts Flat Lake HERE.

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Do you love summer camping?

When is your favorite time to camp?

What are your favorite camp grounds?

Comment below!!

 

 

Midwest Visit

Exactly two summer’s ago, the family and I have a paid trip to Cincinnati, Ohio. Why Ohio? Well, the hubby at the time worked for a wonderful startup company called Ahalogy. The company offers a performance content marking solution for enterprise. They help marketers (such as bloggers like myself) connect with consumers via meaningful, data-driven content. The visit to Cincy, was originally a business trip, for the hubby, but turned into a welcoming family vacation, as at the time we were considering moving to the mid-west. Which, coming from the West coast, leaving the Bay breeze, beaches, mountain ranges, and hot-pot of cultural diversity was a huge toss up. BUT once you break it down to the cost of living…And seeing the remarkable culture and housing provided in Cincy, it’s a very hard decision to make.

Anywho! Back to my trip intro…Ahalogy was kind enough to cover our traveling expenses, and hospitality. They offered their company apartment to our family, located in the heart of the Oakley neighborhood. The neighborhood is filled with young professionals, and situated close to neighboring areas for young families to take short walks to city favorite book stores, boutique shops, brunch spots, weekly farmers markets, and many many different coffee shops within each block.

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Here were the boys at the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport, waiting for our flight back to San Francisco.

Is it me? Or do you enjoy the “On This Day” feature on Facebook, where you see past memories and posts you’ve made? I honestly love it!!! Here’s an Instagram shot of the boys. It was my first time traveling with the boys, alone!!! No help from daddy, no help by my parent. It was awesome. 5 hours with a 3 & 6 year old boy was quite easy. I give it up to the parents who fly with young ones. I guess I was lucky.

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Airport ready with these boys.

#CamerinoBoys #JetSetters#ParentingSolo #ParentFlyers

#Cincinnati #OH #CVG #Ohio✈️💺🎒🎫

 

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Upon our arrival to Cincy after taking a red eye from San Francisco, our first stop wast taking a walk through the Theodore M Berry International Friendship Park. Located in downtown Cincy, its a very narrow green space named for Cincinnati’s first African-American mayor, with long walking & bike trails. Coming from a city in the Bay Area that is nestled between the Silicon Valley, culture and scenic, and major public areas are uncommon. So after our walk around International Friendship Park, we were basically shocked, and in love with Cincinnati already.

Cincinnati has a wide area and selection of riverfront parks to hang out at. One popular playground my boys liked was located in Sawyer Point, directly beneath the “Big Mac” bridge.  The playground is a huge wonderland for children of all ages to explore.  The playground is enormous, with a wide variety of activities for adventure!!  There are musical instruments, a climbing wall, a truck to drive, slides galore, swings, ramps, steps, ladders, passageways, nooks, crannies, tunnels and so much more!

Playground Parent PLUS: It’s located under the bridge, it stays pretty shady at the playground, which is nice in the summer July heat!

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The boys walking through Saywer Point’s playground.

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Sawyer Point Park & Yeatman’s Cove are a pair of side-by-side parks on the riverfront of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The two linear parks stretch one mile along the north shore of the Ohio River.

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One of a kind crossing….

 Out of the nine bridges crossing the Ohio River, this is the only one that is purple.
The Newport Southbank Bridge, popularly known as the Purple People Bridge. It stretches over the Ohio River, connecting Newport, Kentucky to downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Wikipedia
Read more here: Purple People Bridge
Now, coming from a city where bridges are commonly used only for automobiles, and never for pedestrians it was hard for me to believe there was such a bridge just for people. Yes, I know, it makes me seem like I live in bubble.
BUT FUN FACT: when we visited Cincinnati, we were considering to buy real estate there! We saw about 4-5 homes that week we visited.

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Here’s the boys at age 3 & 6 at the time (July 2014) at what we thought was Devou Park in Kentucky. Our GPS accidentally took us to the property of the Children’s Home (Of Northern Kentucky) which we had thought was the park. This grassy green area in Kentucky overlooks to Cincinnati.

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Address: Covington, KY 41011

Devou park is a massive park with an amphitheater, golf course, lake & museum, plus sports fields & trails.

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Have you ever been to the Midwest? Especially Cincinnati, Ohio? If so comment below! Everything from the people, culture, homes, communities, coffee shops are oh so what amazing! After our visit, I was obsessing about traveling to other cool small/town cities with hip low key culture….

Check out more posts on my Family Adventures page!! I’ll be posting a part 2 to our Cincy trip on Family to-dos, and our favorite spots!

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Shit Sandwich

My current summer read has been Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.’ Author of ‘EAT, PRAY, LOVE,’ Gilbert covers the creative process, and the bravery required to pursue our passions. For anyone who’s ever struggled with feeling worthy to express themselves through art, or been discouraged by the absence of inspiration, I’m not being hyperbolic when I say this book might change your life.
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Relaxing poolside reading ‘Big Magic,’ is my summer jam. I’ve consumed myself with reading, every second I can. When I’m not blogging, editing movies, or hanging out with my family, I fill me time reading this book. Sometimes re-reading chapters. It totally hits the spot for those who sometimes get scared from the creative process. I’ve been bringing this book with me everywhere I go, from the bed, coffee shop, to poolside. I’ve attracted other mom’s filled with curiosity,  about this book. And boy I tell you….It’s so worth reading!!
BIG MAGICBelow is a snippet from one of my favorite chapters called “Shit Sandwich”
Taken from Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Big Magic’
What’s your favorite flavor of shit sandwich?
 
Everything sucks sometime. You just have to decide what sort of suckage you’re willing to deal with. So the question is not so much “What are you passionate about?” The question is “What are you passionate enough about what you endure the most disagreeable aspects of the work?”
 
>>If you truly love having babies, for instance, then you don’t care about the morning sickness
 
>>If you truly want to see the world, you’ll risk getting pick pocketed on the train.
 
>>If you truly want to practice your figure skating, you’ll get up before dawn on cold mornings to go to the ice rink and skate.
 
Because if you truly love and want something enough–whatever it is—then you don’t really mind eating the shit sandwich that comes with it.
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I’ve seen people love things with all their heart, but it turns out, they didn’t want to eat the shit sandwich that comes along with their pursuit.
 
Which leaves me hungrily eyeballing their half eaten shit sandwich, wanting to ask “Are you going to finish that?”
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Can we all agree, we all somehow have half eaten a shit sandwich. Sometimes it takes us awhile to finish it, but it’s all out of the process. I can’t stand it, when I see half eaten shit sandwiches around. Because, there are so many other people out there willing to eat it all up!!!
To any of you our there trying to pursue something…….Stick with it, and take the shit from the shit sandwich. It’s part of the learning process. Wheeeew. I’m getting pretty emotional writing this post. Not to knock on anyone, but I’ve been touchingbase with a few peers, and talk about what they’ve been up too, and I believe it’s a little saddening to hear, all they’ve been doing to binge watching Game Of Thrones. They are soo emotionally invested, they can’t bare to balance anything else? Possibly something productive? I personally, do not watch the show, because I have no time. I’m not saying it’s a bad series.
But I would rather do something a lot more productive in life. So here’s to our shit sandwiches. Whatever it is in life. Take a huge bite of it, and enjoy!!
Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!!!
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What’s HOT |Off The Grid: Sacramento

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In addition to my previous post of ‘Slaying Summer‘ and doing cheap affordable things during summer vacations are food truck meet ups. In the Bay Area, Off The Grid was a very popular weekly public lunch and dinner event within your local community. With free entry, music, community, and family fun, Off the grid serves too all. Just show up, and select from a wide range of food venders available! All ages and taste buds welcome!! If you’ve been following the Family Adventures portion of my blog, the last place my family and I traveled to was the Pacific North West. While visiting Portland, we were huge fans of the food pods! Food pods & taco trucks are my favorite kinds of “eating out medium!”

You can check out my PDX Food experience HERE.

Soak up the sunlight this summer, and travel to your nearest food truck spot! Off The Grid, currently cater’s to California, but I’m sure there are tons of food truck mania meet-ups. During the summer, you really do have more hours in a day. So make some good use of those extra rays! As my family and I are current new residents to the Sacramento area, we are searching on what’s good in town. A fabulous summer vacation isn’t the only option to do between June-August. Tap into a real sense of r&r, and use this simple and easy idea of checking out food trucks! Choose what flavors suits you, and make the most of the kick-back season!

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When I found out that Off The Grid was coming to Sacramento, I nearly screamed! So many great experiences I had at many different locations in the Bay of food and company were rushed to my brain. Having something oh so familiar, to my new city is really exciting. A bit of familiarity, into a new area for my family to discover. Not only that, the location Off The Grid: Sac had chosen was the popular River Walk in West Sacramento! Only 10 minutes away from home, and just about at 25min (mile) bike ride!!

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With about 20 vendors, bars, cabanas (which you can reserve for a whopping $75), and music all along the river, from 11am-4pm, that could easily be you simple Summer Sunday, with not that much effort!! BUT of course, if you like being a little summer ready, and no so hot & bothered by the nasty heat you can always be prepared with some summer essentials….like THIS.

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Here’s the thing about Off the Grid Sacramento, there’s nothing more relaxing than hanging out with friends and family on a Sunday afternoon as the sun shines, and the kids are running around the open grass field, or cruising down the pavement with their skateboards and razor scooters. We often get hung up on the formalities of throwing a party, or meeting at a nice sit-down place. Let that all go, and just declare a local taco truck meet up. Invite co-workers, neighbors, and start you own “First Sunday” tradition!! Email & text everyone a reminder that you’ll be meeting at the local food trucks for a stop-by- and hang-out every first Sunday.

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Be sure to follow Off The Sac (@offthegridsac) on Instagram!

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Hope your summer is easy and relaxed just as mine. What are your favorite summer traditions that don’t cost money?! Is it fabulously frugal such as meet ups at the park? Evening walks? Comment below! And happy summer!!

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Stay Cool For The Summer

Being a June baby, summer is my jam. If it’s one particular season during the year, that I am the most relaxed, and capitalize my time, and really know how to enjoy life its summer. Good vibes and tan lines are basically are you need, This summer, the family and I have a pretty relaxed summer. We opted out of two weddings!! Yes two weddings!! We decided not to attend. It’s not that we dislike the bride and groom, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with saying no.

From a rough summer last year, of having the hubby go though an achilles injury (from basketball), and not able to go out as a family all summer, that was extremely difficult for me. Family time is always needed. So last year, I focused my time and energy on self-help, health and happiness. I trained with a trainer, and trained all summer for runs (5Ks, 10Ks, and ended the year with 2 half marathons.) You can check out more of my health journey HERE.

This summer, the hubby is healthy and at a wonderful state of mind of becoming stronger more than ever. We’re in a new city, a new home, and explore every single day what’s around us. Financially, we’re ok. The move 2 hours up, from the Bay Area to Sacramento, took a huge bite into the bank account, but it was worth it. Vacations this summer may/ or may not happen, but we’ll see what we can do. But honestly, living in a new city….It’s been feeling like we’ve been on vacation since we’ve moved!!!!

Here’s some helpful tips on making summer great without packing your bags and buying a plane ticket to paradise. I promise you, summer isn’t all about the sand, and tropical climates!

Check out my OUTDOOR list for a free budget friendly summer!!!!
(Bay Area & Sacramento Favorites!)

  1. Hike
    Derrick and I love to hike. Especially with out 9 year old son Jaeden. Living in Sacramento, we’re closer to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite!! We’re also very close to Aburn, which has fantastic parks and recreation! When we visit family back home in the Bay Area, we always make sure to make a morning hike at Mission Peak! That hike definitely works you.Visit a local bookstore or bike store for trail maps, or check out Trails.com for hiking trails near you.
  2. Evening Stroll
    The hubby works from home, and can usually get caught up with a lot of work on his plate. It’s important to get outside and get some fresh air! Usually after dinner, the family will take a nice evening stroll around the neighborhood. It’s the perfect time and weather for it too, as the sun sets, and temperature is cooler.
  3.  Bike
    Biking is our new family favorite. Now, that both our children can ride on their own without training wheels we can enjoy bike rides all over town! Sacramento is actually the bike friendly city! Paved trails are everywhere, and take you anywhere in Sacramento to Davis to Folsom! Make a day out of it with packed lunches, lots and lots of water! If your city hosts food truck meet-ups or evening concerts at the park, biking would be a great option for travel!! (You don’t have to worry about parking!)

  4. Visit a National Park
    Save the date!!! August 25th!! Is the National Park Service’s birthday!!! They’re celebrating by giving everyone a FREE pass!!! Click HERE to find a park near you!If you’re in California this includes:
    Cabrillo National Monument
    Death Valley National Park
    Joshua Tree National Park
    Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Lava Beds National Monument
    Muir Woods National Monument
    Pinnacles National Park
    San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
    Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
    Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
    Yosemite National Park
  5. Hit The Beach (or the river!)
    Obviously, depending where you live you can visit your near by beach! Now living in the central valley, I’m a lot closer to the rivers. I actually live right across the Sacramento River! Chill out, grab your favorite book, sand toys for the kids, and floaties!!!
  6. Fruit Picking!
    I grew up spending summers cherry picking!! Although, the locals in my community have suggested apple picking at Apple Hills farms a little up North Sac. I personally have not done it yet, but do plan to visit during the Fall!!
  7. Plan a Picnic
    Sandwiches, salad wraps, hot dogs & hamburgers..Have a family picnic at a local park!
  8. Fly a Kite
    Head to an open field and have fun! My kids love kite flying!!
  9. Play in a Creek/River
    In the Bay Area, there was a park called The Frog Park (Rockridge/North Oakland). I’d usually take the kids there for the awesome play structure and sand box. But they had an incredible creek/pond like water area for the kids! Now, we’re closer to a river, so walking down the road takes us to nice little beach were the kids can splash and play in the sand.
  10. Check out Farmers Market
    Back in Fremont, we lived walking distance to the Irvington Farmers Market. It was definitely our family go to every Sunday, especially after an early morning hike. Here in Sac, in the melting pot of agriculture, Farmers Markets, are as popular as Starbucks drive thru’s!!!! Check out Sacramento’s Farmer’s Market’s HERE.

 

Well, that’s what I have for now. Stay tuned for more summer to do’s and activities! I’ll be sharing a lot more all summer long!

Also be sure to check out more activities I’ve done previous summer’s on my DIY >> Kids Crafts!!

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Pinecone Pineapple Craft

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Watermelon Paper Craft

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Summer Routine

Summer has struck me real hard, and it’s been about 2 weeks into my kids summer vacation. I believe I’ve been doing a pretty good job keeping the kids away from the screen, and integrating a few activities, afternoon movies, and family board games. But there are stretches of free time.

With a sufficient amount of resources out there on the internet to keep kids busy (God bless Pinterest), let’s be honest… There is no way in h-e-double hockey sticks, that I can keep my two boys busy with back to back activities with creative crafts and outdoor water play. To be quite honest, my summer started off with sleeping in, cooking a semi-breakfast, then running errands with my kids for about 3-4 hours.

Am I just being too hard on myself?? During our summer days I’ll squeeze in a casual park visit after our errands. But, lately, mother nature has been blessing us extra hard here in Sacramento with some extra heat. After a few searches on Pinterest, I was inspired with a structured day by day weeks summer schedule. After creating this summer schedule, it’s definitely anchored my days adding a metal bolt to my day.

Check out my summer fun schedule! Hopefully this can help you out if you’ve been struck hard with summer open time.

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You can download Our Summer Schedule HERE.

Thank goodness to a structured scheduled summer!! I’ve now structured my summer to a systematic day to day event routine, my children and I could follow together.

Happy Summer!

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Sports Mom

I’ve been in the world of little league for the past 4 years. Last year, I was able to handle both boys in little league (with conflicting game & practice schedules) while pursuing my weekend races. With keeping my mind cool, tag-teaming with daddy, meal planning and extra help with the grandparents, last years baseball season went by smoothly. Mom’s out there, if you’re ever feeling stretched thin, ask for help with family. That’s what they’re there for! Really. Don’t be afraid to ask to help. (I realize this, as I’m now 100miles away from my parents.)

Now come this season. We’re in a new city, new league, new neighbors, and far away from any family. Decisions needed to be made, to make schedules easy to handle between myself, and well…Only myself as daddy is juggling work. This season, I only registered my oldest son Jaeden (8yrs old) to little league, as my 5 year old has no interest in tee ball what so ever. (He said he wants to do golf?!) Feeling really ballsy, and just a few days before our move to Sacramento, I volunteered and stepped up to be Team Parent as a way for me to get to know our new community and for me to meet more parents out there.

 

7 weeks into the season, and I’m not sure if it was the smartest decision. Knowing, that I have a bad case of social anxiety.

 

Presently, I’ve met plenty of parents on the team. Some, which I can see being friends even after season. Another few, live in my neighborhood, or their kids go to my son’s school too. In the end, it all works out! (Better than I expected, as I’ve worried nights before -for no reason.) I would’ve met these other parents eventually, even without the job of team parent. Putting the team parent job aside, which I’ll blog about another time, I’d like to focus on something more glamorous. What to wear, what to bring, and other baseball game essentials for the sports mom.

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Everything above are all things I actually own and take with me on daily basis. Everywhere.

(Of course if it isn’t above 70 degrees. Sacramento skips Spring, and loves to jump into Summer in mid-April)

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, I typically post these essentials* more for special occasions, or for gift ideas, but this time I thought it would be fun to have a post specially for sports moms out there. Which, I’ve accepted will be my forever seasonal trend all throughout the year, and for each of my boys. Sports will never end in this family! (And that isn’t a bad thing!)

Nowadays, my style is very simple. Long or mid-calf length black leggings, Nike Frees, green army cargo jacket, a hat, and a warm cozy scarf. That is what I’ll wear to my son’s evening games. And by evening in my household, that’s a few hours after school, homework is complete, and that transitional period of rush hour and dinner time. That’s when it’s baseball season. Weekday games always tend to be my favorite. For some parents, not so much, because they work, and rush just to make it in time for the game. Which I totally get.

Evening games, usually consist of me bringing:

  1. Camping Chair
  2. Backpack
  3. External Charger
  4. iPhone/iPhone cord
  5. Camera (Simple point and shoot, and to hit record)
  6. First Aid Kit
  7. Granola Bar
  8. Purewell Wipes
  9. S’well Water Bottle
  10. Gatorade
  11. And a pair of sunnies

 

If you’re a on the go type of mom, which I’m sure we all are, keep the camping chairs in the trunk, and a backpack filled with the electronics (external charger, extra cords) along, with granola bars, first aid kit, sun glasses, and a scarf ready to go, hanging in the garage or near the door! This helps a lot! Especially, if you like bouncing from different purses. Have a designated baseball/sports mom bag-purse!

 

Happy Friday everyone! And too all you little league moms, and team moms, the season is almost over!! Start soft planning the end of season party/picnic and brace yourself for summer vacation!

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Anxiety Riddled Brain

People, sometimes I have no idea how to think. It’s like a curse. I’m aware of it, or at least a part of me knows. But I believe I can speak for everyone with anxiety: it’s gotta be hard to be close to us. I don’t want to fill my head with worries, because I know there won’t be room for anything else. This is something I work on constantly. I try my best to be the best version of myself, but times there is this terrifying and crippling anxiety that holds me back. Which is the thought that something is holding me back.

 

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Here are 5 things I want to share that people with anxiety don’t know how to tell our friends and family.

  1. It doesn’t define us.

    To some who may have anxiety,  it may be a part of us. But so are our passions, our quirks, our personalities. Anxiety is one of numerous parts of us. We still appreciate food, love, art, sunny days, and rainy days.

  2. Can’t turn it off. I wish.

    I don’t want to focus on the negatives, or what could go wrong. I don’t want to bring down to mood. There’s no way I’m trying to get attention.

  3. Never try to talk to us about our emotions.

    Never tell someone with anxiety that our worries don’t exist, or we can get over it if we just stop thinking about it. All that make’s us feel like, is that we’re broken. Trying to relieve us of our fear or sadness might be a good idea, but there’s a fine line, to try to combat that irrational part of us that us constantly afraid.

  4. We’re aware of our fears aren’t rational, but we can’t shake off the part that doesn’t

    It can be so embarrassing, when it really isn’t, we know how ridiculous it sounds, when said aloud. But that’s the part that always reminds us with anxiety, “What if this time, my worries are correct?”

  5. We’re grateful for what we have – and for you.

    Believe it or not, many of us are pretty optimistic between anxiety spurts. We do love our life, and are grateful for what we have, especially for our loved ones. We don’t mean to focus on the negatives, but we can’t help it. My closest love ones, are the ones who try their hardest to understand, who knows us in and out and still willing to stay.

 

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Hello Sacramento!

It’s official! My family and I have moved to Sacramento! It’s been a long journey for us! But we did it! It’s been about 2 months settled in, and my family and I have transitioned very smoothly to the area. Leaving the Bay Area wasn’t as hard as I thought it would’ve been. But let’s start with why we moved.

Yellow Sacramento Bridge is the Tower Bridge that sits over the Sacramento River.

Born and raised in the Bay Area, I’ve always thought this was going to be my forever home. Of course I knew there were tons of great places out there in the world to explore and discover, but knowing that your childhood friends and family are only 10-20 minutes away is quite comforting. But not until you grow your own family.

See from, 2007-2012 my high school sweetheart and I struggled to make a comfortable home. We jumped from a small loft nestled in the intersection of Hayward’s Mission Blvd. & A St. (subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area), where oriental auto mobile mechanic shops, used car dealerships, and a WIC Family Grocery store rest. From the ghetto loft (raising a 2yr old son), we then moved to Fremont, CA just 15 minutes south of Hayward and rested in a 1 bedroom corner apartment, where Middle Eastern liquor stores were walking distance and countless Pizza N Curry deliveries were always made.

Once we were expecting our second son Tristan, we needed more space and moved back up North to Castro Valley, CA (25 minutes North Fremont,) a small village town, with mainly older retired veterans, and young working professional families. That was a transitional apartment while we were expecting our second son. At age 23, we managed to make these small apartments our home, and my recently graduated boyfriend started his career in Software Development. I at the time, was working full time as a Administrative Assistant in San Ramon for an ATM company. One of my most favorite jobs ever.

After living in in Castro Valley for about 6 months, with our new 3 month old baby son, and 3 year old, my parents offered a deal to live in a 5 bedroom home, that was supposed to be an elderly care home project, that didn’t fall through. We were only paying $1,000 a month! Note, 5 bedrooms, in Union City, CA. That was a deal. 3 years in a comfortable home (which didn’t feel like home, bc we were technically paying my parents), we moved out and found a 3 bedroom cute bungalow in Fremont, and then made it our own, with cozy personality, cul-de-sac memories, and neighborhood kids friendships with my grown boys now (5 & 8yrs old.)

 

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Now, fast forward to the present. We’re now settled in Sacramento, just North of Downtown, and across the Sacramento River. What brought us further up to Northern California and settling in Sacramento??? The overcrowded Bay Area. 2015 was all about reflection and patience for myself and my boyfriend who had ruptured his left achilles tendon during a basketball game. Mid-summer, he partially torn it again. Through the rough patches of year, and many hours of talking about “when I’m 100%,” or “When I’m able too….” so many conversations were about the future. The future that may not be nestled in the Bay Area, where we will take ourselves and our children, and start fresh.

In fall 2015, we already started searching. Searching for family friendly neighborhoods. Seattle, Washington, Portland, Oregon, San Diego. We wanted an area with culture, diversity, and where the cost of living was a lot lower than the Bay.

“The Bay Area is where you want to work, and only want to work.” 

“The Bay Area is pushing out the middle class.”

“Work life balance is non-existent in the Bay Area. There’s a reason why Tech companies have all these aminities on site such as oil change, dry-cleaning, gym, free food… They don’t want you to leave.”

A typical 3 bedroom home in Fremont could cost you about $2,700 to $3,000 a month! $2,900 for luxury condos near BART.

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For a stay-at-home mother, with a partner who works remotely from home, even us too, are sick and tired of the over-used and abused culture in the Bay Area. We haven’t taken our children to San Francisco since 2012. (Due to the extreme traffic conditions.) It just isn’t worth it in our eyes. After the careful consideration, and much research, we settled for Sacramento. See, I don’t want to talk down the Bay Area. It’s an amazing part of Northern California. But it doesn’t fit in to our family needs. We can live without it, the 1hour and 50minute drive to visit family and friends is excusable, and still not to too far.

 

During our transition of relocating my family to Sacramento, it’s brought to my attention relationship standings with family and friends. Also, how I plan to tackle and approach our new life here. It all transitions well into turning 30 this year. My goals are crystal clear, and I love the new atmosphere in our neighborhood and community. Stay tuned for more Sacramento living with my Journey to 30!

 

 

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