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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Cherrio Corn On The Cob

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a casual craft. I’ve been focusing on my new lifestyle here in Sacramento, that it’s been difficult to slow down, and enjoy a simple craft with my kids. With fall inches near us, I thought it was appropriate to share a harvest craft! In celebration of fall/autumn, and settled down in one of the top cities in California that harvests majority of the states agriculture, this would be a perfect craft to share!

I live fairly close to a few farms. One exit away, I’m already downtown. The other, I hit farms, and just a few yards away, is the Sacramento River. I actually drive by two farms every day, on my way to work. At first it was something to get used to, as in the Bay Area, there was only 1 or 2 farms I’d actually see. But these farms are gorgeous!!!!!! Acres and acres of amazing fruit and veggies. Early Spring, when I first moved to Sacramento, there were miles out to the sunset sunflowers. Beautifully, amazing tall sunflowers. A photographers dream. Living here in Sacramento has also inspired me to grow some fruits and vegetables. I’ll have to share with you how my garden boxes are doing. (So stay tuned for that!)

Like every craft I do, this was so affordable, quick and easy. It fits any age child, and if you have an older child (3rd/4th grade) I’d highly suggest talking about agriculture, and food.

 

Here are few examples to talk about with your kids:

  • Ask your child about almonds?
  • Where are they grown?
  • Where did almond trees come from?
  • When did almond trees arrive in the US?
  • What kind of weather do almond trees like?
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Have fun talking with your child during the craft…Here are some more questions you can ask your child over crafting!!! This encourages talking, learning, aside from doing the craft in front of you. Depending on the craft, keep topics concentrated of the same craft at hand! Since this craft if about corn, and fall harvesting, topics about farmers and agriculture should be covered!
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So as you enjoy this craft, be sure to talk to your kids. This is something that I’ll be incorporating into my craft tutorials. As my kids grow, and get older, so will my tutorial craft posts. I’ve come to terms with my children growing, and it’ll hit a point of no more kids craft posts (BUT that won’t hit for a couple more years, since I still have a kindergartener. ) Sniff. Sniff….. Imagining them getting older, not doing these crafts with me does sadden me, but I do look forward to whats to come!
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In the mean time, I introduce to you my version of the Pinterest Inspired: Cherrio Corn On The Cob!!!

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What You’ll Need:

  • Green & Yellow Construction PaperDon’t have construction paper handy?
    No worries!!! This craft can be done using crayons/markers/colored pencils/ or paint!!!! Read scroll down below for separate instructions!
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Cherrio Cereal
  • Hole Puncher
  • Fall Colored Yarn/Twine

Directions:

  1.  First, take your yellow construction paper and cut into quarters.
  2. Stack them together, then with a pencil freehand a corn ear shape. It kind’ve looks like a giant’s thumbprint.
    (Don’t worry about the bottom of the corn ear cut out, since it’ll be covered.)
  3. Cut and set aside.
  4. Taking the green construction paper, cut into 6 equal pieces.
  5. Stack the green squares together.
  6. Draw out two leaves, the shape of a “v.”
  7. Cut and set aside.
  8. Take green “husks,” and glue on top of the yellow corn.
    If you have young ones, this is where they can join. Older children, and definietly do the above steps.
  9. Take your Cherrios, and have your child glue Cherrio’s to the corn.
  10. Apply the Cherrios, set to glue, and wait to dry.From here they Corn on the Cob is complete.

    No Construction Paper?????????
    Sometimes we don’t always have the art supplies needed to create with out children. But, using white paperworks just fine, after applying paint/crayon or markers! All you need to white paper, and the colors yellow and green!
    To  transform it into a harvest garland, continue on to steps 11-13.
  11. Take your hold puncher, and punch a hole on the top of your ear of corn.
  12. String through your yarn/twine, through each corn.
  13. Cut, snip, and adjust to your desired length.Your corn on the cob craft is complete! Display your garland around your home, as it adds it that fun harvest DIY feel!

Once you have completed the garland, hang them around your classroom, or around the house. I usually place my decorative garlands on my china hutch. I also had a few extra corn on cobs, which I plan to tape around my kitchen!

If you’re interested in my Autumn decor, you can read more about HERE.

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And voila! A corn on a cob craft!!! This is a perfect craft the kids can enjoy after school, or in the classroom!! Enjoy this fall autumn craft, munching on Cherrios, and discussing farmlands, and your favorite vegetables!! Teachers, this is also a great introduction to fall harvesting topics, and Thanksgiving.

Stay tuned for more fall crafts!! I have tons to share, but so little time. So I’ll try my best to share as much can before October!! Once October hits, get ready for some Halloween crafts!!!

You can check some of my previous Halloween Craft HERE!

Labor Day In Los Angeles

Due to my crazy schedule of going back and forth to the Bay Area, and desperately needing a mommy daddy date this past Labor Day weekend, I’m going to take back a few years ago to a Labor Day getaway weekend Derrick and I had. It was our first weekend away together with two boys at the time were the ages of 4 & 10 months.

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This throwback, kind’ve brought me to tears as I was going through my Facebook ‘On This Day’ feature. Just about 5-6 years ago, having the opportunity to travel on a quick 3 day weekend road trip was so hard to come by. Now, to this day. It still is difficult to achieve. Be parents with full time jobs, children in after school activities and such has become harder, then it was to raise an infant and toddler back then.

Parent readers, if you’re new to parenting with young children…..Let me hit you with a parenting truth. It get’s harder. Or maybe it gets easier. It all depends. But as we parent our young beautiful children we brought to the world, we also have to find the balance with our love life. Our part of our grown up lives to explore and discover…A few years ago, we decided to take a weekend road trip to Los Angeles. Here’s a quick overview of what we checked out and visited while visiting Southern California.

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Derrick loves Venice Beach. If I could describe Venice beach in a nut shell….Think Berkeley hipsters or Haight/Ashby locals from San Francisco, hanging around the beach. From vendors, local food spots, recreational beach activities, and more!!

Venice is a residential, commercial and recreational beachfront neighborhood on the Westside of the city of Los Angeles. Venice was founded in 1905 as a seaside resort town. It was an independent city until 1926, when it merged with Los Angeles. (Wiki)
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One of our favorite things to do while traveling to different cities, is renting out bikes. Anything from taking your own car, or being in a motorized vehicle exploring the city, is the best option to take in the city…And actually ‘see’ it. It’s the same concept as walking around your own neighborhood. Walking/ taking a light jog around the neighborhood, may give you another perspective of your local area.

For a few bucks an hour, rent out a bike from Venice Beach and bike the boardwalk all the way down to Santa Monica Beach!!! Enjoy the sun, breeze, and fun cool people watching.

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Vendors with cool shades, to souvenir shops fill the boardwalk!! People from all over the world come visit sunny California, for the beaches to the celebrities of Hollywood.

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Venice has always been known as a hangout for the creative and the artistic. In the 1950s and 60s, Venice became a center for the Beat generation. There was an explosion of poetry and art.

Venice is today a vibrant area of Southern California and it continues a tradition of progressive social change involving prominent Westsiders (Read more from VeniceBeach.com)

Exploring Venice Beach is alreays refreshing to us. Being close to the ocean, seeing artistic people express themselves through art, and expression, and also the cool locals that bring and make Venice Beach all together. During this time visiting, (as it was literally our first time traveling without both of the kids) it was a great reboot/ to our relationship as a couple, and as parents. The long 6-7 hour road trip gave us time to talk without being interrupted, and other times, just to sit and think, and reflex in quite peace.

All that sounds, so simple, but oh so so needed to parents…

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Another spot we checked out was Santee Alley in Downtown LA. Located in LA’s Fashion District they have everything from clothing, toys, knock-off purses, to Halloween contact-lenses.

Santee Alley is one of the most popular retail shopping areas in the LA Fashion District, best known for its festival-like atmosphere and amazing bargains. Santee Alley’s 150+ stores and vendors sell everything – apparel for the entire family, accessories, toys, perfume, gift items and much more! (Explore Santee)

Santee Alley is an actual alley, located between Santee Street and Maple Avenue, from Olympic Boulevard to 12th Street. It is open 365 days a year, including all holidays.

Santee Alley Address: 

319 E Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

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As far as the toys, pretty much everyone is selling the same thing just walk a few more feet and the next guy is selling the identical thing. Which helps in negotiating. They have tons of clothing here for men and women especially. Everything here is negotiable so don’t be afraid to ask for a discount. Chances are they’ll give it to you at the price you want otherwise walk away and look somewhere else.
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The food is like your usual Mexican Street food. From fresh fruit, already pre packed and freshly cut for the day, to bacon wrapped hot dogs all from street vendors.  It’s all for the experience and the culture that lives within Downtown LA. Don’t miss out on all the tasty treats! It’s definitely something we enjoyed as a couple. LA3

 

Check out more of our family travels here on the blog! Click above to Life & Family to Family Adventures. I also created a page for San Francisco, and Sacramento. Both two of our most frequent spots we travel too.

 

I also try my best to upload my family vlogs as we visit different cities. This is something new, I’ve started within the summer. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find a balance in created and editing on top of the up keep for my blog. But if you’re more of a visual person, and want to see San Francisco, and the discoveries here in Northern California, check out my newest YouTube Channel –different form my craft channel!

 

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Writing On The Wall

As we’re here in San Francisco, the hubby and I love exploring the city in ways we’ve never done before. Besides the typical go to landmarks and touristy hot spots…We like taking a different route. A past visit to San Francisco a few years ago, we took a Art of Tag class hosted by a local San Francisco Art Gallery.

We purchased off one of those off beat companies similar to Groupon and LivingSocial. We arrived to SoMa, was introduced to the art and history of graffiti.

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1AM Art Of Tag (1.0 Class: Covering the history of Graffiti)

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Address:

First Amendment

1000 Howard St.

San Francisco, CA 94103
(SoMa)

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(Info provided and taken from 1AM)

The art of graffiti class covered a quick intro of the history of graffiti and how it changed over time. We took a mural walk tour through the streets of SoMa in San Francisco, and saw landmark pieces and productions followed by a group wall collaboration with your class creating a piece yourself!

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With a swift introductory of the spray paint can, our instructor quickly sketched out letters, for us to fill in.

Further classes will allow hands-on time to discover your own personal style!

This was a condensed class of all their classes and graffiti tours put in one. 1AM hosts classes from:

Art Of Graffiti 1.0

Graffiti Tour: Underground Culture

Street Art

Street Art Tour: Art In Public Spaces

All classed range fro $40-$70

See more 1AM class & tour info HERE.

1am4Getting hands on experience on a public wall, with an experience artist was one of the coolest things. As a “bedroom artist,” myself, I have played around with spray paint….Not just on furniture, but on tiles, wooden slabs, using stencils and lots and lots of tape. I guess I needed that urban street experience to add to hit. Whenever I tried freehanding spray paint, I’d get a little too controlling over the entire process. I’d freak-out when the liquid paint would drip. But thats the point. Some art mediums are all about being messy right?!

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Above and below is Derrick and myself, getting into the world of tag. If I had one artful wish —it would be owning my own studio art space. To goof off, create, in any medium. I’d definitely love to experiment more and more with graffiti.

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Filling in space was my favorite. Maybe because its soo easy, and you don’t have to worry about fading. Something that I can do with color pencils, and acrylic paint, becomes so hard when on spray paint. No joke. Try.

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The little things I noticed with our art of tag teacher, Nate (Nathan Tan) was the classic black sketch book, and definitely the passion he had right along with telling us the history of tag. I loved the casual, informal approach he had to the entire thing, but with the casual form, and mannerisms, the passion was definitely there, and knowledge.

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Here’s the final product of the collaborated wall art of the class. Don’t be fooled by the white sparkle and shine. If, that weren’t there the art piece would have been pretty flat. Thanks to our teacher Nate, for sprucing up the piece. Haha

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What are your kind of out of the box dates you do with your partner? Different forms and experiences to experience a new city, or town you’re visiting. Let me know! I plan to share more experiences of our personal day dates/ date nights with you on my blog!!!

Also, be sure to check out my latest YouTube channel, as the family and I travel to and from Sacramento to San Francisco (Bay Area)! We always try to make every visit fun, and family friendly. But if daddy and I, get the few hours in the day to explore and have a day date or evening, you can count on us on exploring more night time happenings!!!

 

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If this is something you like, check out my channel! See our family travel happenings!

When In SF Explore

We’re back in San Francisco again, and can’t wait to explore!! Speaking of exploring, I want share one of the many go to happening spots for family fun — The Exploratorium!!!  As we settle in for the week of business and pleasure and push into the city, I also want to share my pit stops before entering SF.

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A few visits ago to San Francisco, we were able to experience the Exploratorium at Pier 15, hosted by Google! Being a part of the tech culture, the well distinct company invited us for a company offsite, inviting all families within the Google community. Located along Embarcadero, the Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an exploration of science that feed your curiosity!!

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Address:

Pier 15

(Embarcadero @ Green St.)

San Francisco, CA 94111

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When is San Francisco:
Landmarks:
If you’re unfamiliar with the San Francisco Bay Area, a one day must see is the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 (880) and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, carries about millions of vehicles a day on its two decks!

Coming from the East Bay, visit Oakland & Emeryville:

Oakland/Emeryville sits on the east end of the Bay Bridge, which has pit stops of the Bay Street shopping center & my favorite the Emeryville Public Market.

The Emeryville Public Market is retail center with an emphasis on casual ethnic eateries, plus stores & services. Offering over 20 unique food retailers representing the diversity of San Francisco Bay Area. Guitar Center & Urban Outfitters too!

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Address:

5959 Shellmound Street.

Emeryville, CA 94608

Public Market has recently been renovated, along with their renovation you’ll spot out a fantastic modern geometric mural, within the Public Marker Food Hall by artist Ollie Glatzer.

Check out the story behind the art HERE.

Twiiter:  @Public_Market

Instagram: @PublicMarketEmeryville

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Bay Street | Emeryville

Address:

5616 Bay Street.

Emeryville, CA 94608

Bay Street has fabulous stores, atmosphere, food and live entertainment.

Retailers include H&M, Sephora, Uniqlo, West Elm, several restaurants and a AMC theatre.

Now let’s talk about the exploratorium.

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First of all, the Exploratorium isn’t just for kids. Yes, it’s perfect for families to check out, but when I was a teenager, and in my early twenties, the Exploratorium was always a perfect date spot while exploring San Francisco. Just a short walk from the ferry building, this new location of the Exploratorium is in a convenient area! The price might seem high, but believe me, it’s more than worth it; you’ll be amazed by the things you learn.

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The Exploratorium holds countless exhibits to the point where it’s almost overwhelming.Time flies by quicker than you can imagine, before you know it 4 hours will have gone by in a flash.

Most exhibits are interactive, engaging both children and adults. You see some people spinning in chairs in one area, blowing bubbles in another, and then playing with magnetic black sand in another.

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It’s a hands-on and informative museum. The Exploratorium is gonna keep you on your toes!

San Francisco is such an amazing place to be! As a born and raised California girl, I cannot be more proud of be able to be raised here, met my forever man of my dreams, have my children at the same hospital I was born in, and go through the pages of life, tech life, and 50s homestyle living! Now, situated in Sacramento, monthly visits back to San Francisco make me love the city more and more, as well as my state!!

Thanks to Airbnb, my family and I are able to rent out homes, by the locals and actually “live there.” Check out my Airbnb post, on our visits from San Francisco to San Diego, this past month!! Click the Airbnb logo!

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Are you a frequent Airbnb traveler? Is Airbnb the latest lifestyle for you? Are you a host? Or just a well journeyed* traveler?

Comment below and share your story!

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!!

 

 

Storing Memories

Storing family video and photos can be very overwhelming. I get it. With today’s technology it can get pretty messy, if you’re not to comfortable trusting the cloud or internet. Many of the older generation, tend to get intimidated by technology. Trust me, my mom asks me to post her photos on her Facebook.

Here I’m going to share with you my process on archiving all my family photos and videos. Since having my first child in 2007, I first starting using Snapfish. Its a web-based photo sharing and photo printing service, where I’ve been storing all my photos, and also sharing them via email with family and friends.

*******Note, I’m no super tech saavy genius. This is just a process that works for me, and I’ve definitely grown along the way! So if you have a process that works for you, stick with it! This is just a process I’d like to share and hopefully inspire others who hasn’t created a system for archiving important digital family memories!******
My Family Photo/Video Archiving Process:
 
  1. Upload
    From anywhere your photos and videos are on, a point and shoot camera, DSLR, iPhone, iPad, upload and transfer your precious videos and photos to your home based computer. This system works for me on my iMac, it’s my headquarters for all my memories. I find it easier to transfer all my footage onto one machine, vs. having footage stored on multiple devices around the house.
  2. Organize in iPhoto & Desktop
    ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE. I’m very particular as I archive my footage. From separating all my events, “EJ’s Birthday,” “Lily’s Baptism,” “Picnic At The Park,” even if all those events happened in one day. I separate them! It may be a lot of work, and time consuming, but it’s worth it. Everything will be easy to find within your folders, and also, as they are carefully split and dated in your chosen photo storage site.
  3. Snapfish/Costco
    Since I found out I was having a baby, late 2006 I started storing my photos on Snapfish. It was a safe place to upload and share. This was before storing things on the cloud. To he honest, I don’t really use the cloud to store my photos and videos. Snapfish tends to scale down the photo to a weaker quality, but I’ve been storing all my photos here, there’s no turning back now. (I’m just stuck in my ways.)Snapfish
    Costco has been a safe family favorite. Many of my family members have Costco, and use their photo center. I remember the days when my mom and I would bring all the film rolls and fill out a whole bunch of envelopes right after a family vacation or during the summer. We would be outside filling out the envelopes and seal them ready to develop and pick-up in a week. Nowadays, there is no need to do that. We can just upload from the comfort of our home, and pick-up as soon as a few hours, at a cheap price!costco
  4. Video Clips, imported to iMovie
    We all take videos on our mobile devices— from our camera phone, using SnapChat, to Facebook Video. Point and shoot cameras have been my go to electronic to capture all the precious moments I share with my family. Video editing has been a new found hobby of mine. I’ve been recording snippets of our lives for so long, that now it’s time to compile them into video. There are days when I get soo overwhelmed with the heavy archive of digital moments just sitting on my desktop, that I spend countless hours in the night, just editing family videos. (No. Really.)Here’s my process of editing video to the upload, and sharing them with family.imovie

    1. Record
    2. Save
    3. Edit (I just use iMovie which is a movie editing application that came with my iMac)
    4. Upload to private* or public Youtube account.
      I’d prefer having a private account, becuase I’m sure not everyone wants their private lives exposed for the internet world to see.
    5. Categorize to playlists.
      From Travel, to Sports, School related, to Dance Recitals. You name it, you catergorize it! I simply have Family Travel, monthly vlogs, and two separate playlists for each of my boys.
    6. Share with family and friends
      There’s nothing better than sharing your family video via email. Send the link over to grandma and grandpa, and have them see what the kids are up to via Youtube! (Using a shared link.)

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      Aside from my Tiffany’s Tidings Youtube channel, I created another public channel, focused towards my family travel. A new lifestyle that we’ve adapted to since moving to Sacramento. Since our family is back in the Bay Area, the family and I travel back and forth every month to visit. As we do so, I record as the boys and I travel and discover our old hometown, and surrounding cities.

      If you’re interested in seeing our travels from Sacramento to San Francisco, come check out my channel! If you like what you see, hit the thumbs up button and subscribe!!

    7. Chromecast on a Friday night!!!
      The family and I love checking our family Youtube at the end of every month. If* mommy is consistent making videos, the kids simply queue it up, and Chromecast it to the tv. 
How do you categorize your family footage? What this process helpful to anyone? Or possibly similar? Comment below! I’d love to hear how other parents keep and organize all their family movies and pics!
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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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Cincinnati, OH 45202

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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.

Devou Park

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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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!

#GetAwayWithoutGoingAway

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.

#MakeSummerMemories

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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