WAL Public Market

The past couple of weekends I’ve been returning back to the Warehouse Artist Lofts in Downtown Sacramento. Located in the Historic R District, this area provides food, speciality shops, and more. My first visit along R St. was to Fox & Goose, a Sacramento favorite for weekend brunches. After that, a casual family photoshoot was taken around the neighborhood as we were looking for a specific mural. If you’ve been following my Sacramento Living page, I’ve been obsessing over all the Sacramento murals new and old. I had started a post, and will continue to add more, once I get more time to edit. Check out my first SAC Urban Art post HERE.

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Within the Warehouse Artist Lofts, is the Public Market, located on the ground floor. Just a building away from Fox & Goose, the WAL Public market provides excellent food, art, clothing, music, and collectables. Anything artisanal, you got it.

WAL Public Market

Shop. Eat. Explore.

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@WAL Public Market

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Food at WPM to try:

Metro Kitchen+Drinkery {Love every day}

Metro kitchen is the perfect place for a light and healthy meal! Their menu provides right sized portion meals, for a balanced diet. Healthy, clean. Perfect. Def a must try when in WALPublic Market!!

What I ordered: 

The Fluffy egg & avocado toast with earl grey tea. Perfect for the rainy morning. The eggs were steamed to perfection as they were so fluffy, and paired well with the avocados.

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These are my silly boys. Forgive me for their “deer caught in headlights,” smile.

Fish Face Poke Bar

What the boys ordered:

My husband got the Poke Of The Day: Which I honestly can’t remember which in particular he ordered, but it did have green & white onions, seaweed, sesame seeds, and his selection of proteins and sauces.

Proteins you can pick from are:

Ahi Tuna, Octopus, Shrimp, Ora Kind Salmon, to mussels and tofu/cucumber.

For the kids (If they don’t like fish)

Spam rolls – Similar to a spam musubi we all order at L&L’s Hawaiian BBQ, this is a pre-made spam roll cut long ways, ready to eat once you wrap it with the nori (seaweed).

Miso soup. -Served in a hot flask, you have to pour it into the bowl ready with chopped nori, and spices (Furikake). Dry Japanese seasoning which is meant to be sprinkled on top of cooked rice, vegetables, and fish. It typically consists of a mixture of dried and ground fish, sesame seeds, chopped seaweed, sugar, and salt.

Drinks:

Kids: Ramune (Carbonated soft drink originally sold in Japan.)

NEW DISCOVERY:

Silk Road Mint Sodas

The PEAR flavor was bomb.

I have to check my local grocer if they carry this brand, because it’s mouth watering GOOD!!!!!

Cool fact: They’re LOCAL from Roseville, CA!

WAL Public Market is filled with cool stores like Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage! From old school vintage vinyl, to a great selection of vintage houseware, and furniture. As a couple who greatly appreciates these items, we could honestly be in Kicksville for hours, if we didn’t have the kids. My husband can listen to vinyl for hours, searching the crates, and looking through vinyl, as I vintage house shop. Handsdown, we’ll be back again to shop here.

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Kicksville Vinyl & Vintage

PH: 916.706.0536

Ste 140

1104 R St.

Sacramento, CA

Downtown

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Check out their Facebook Page too!!

@kicksvilleshop

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Are you from the Sacramento area? Comment below! There is so much to discover in this city! I’ve been here for about 10 months, and I still just have scratched the surface of all the cool neighborhoods, and shops!!!

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ALSO! Don’t forget to check out my Sacramento page of my blog, where I post all my Sacramento finds, and favorite spots to have coffee, take the kids, and also new discoveries!

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From Stroller To Scooter

I’m happy I’m done with the stroller stage of parenting. It was great while it lasted, the wonderful perks of having a safety seat for your infant/toddler to peacefully nap, and also the wonderful amount of storage for your phone, bottle, and drinks. But let’s face it. The struggle was real when baby wasn’t in the mood to stroll through the mall or downtown. The width of your stroller wasn’t even small enough to move through clothe aisles at the department store, which all even came down to why did you even go out today.

Well, have no fear parents. It get’s easier. As I’ve been out of the stroller game now, for about 2 years, it’s come clear that my boys are growing faster than I’d like. In my last post, I even mentioned that my eldest son (who’s 9) will no longer want to participate in my holiday crafts. Yes, yes, we all know the Holiday Pinteresty crafts are fun to do with our children, but about as they grow older??

This post, I’d like to cover a few issues of parenting, and how to deal with our growing children, and also transitioning out from the stroller to the scooter. Something my boys use on the regular as we explore through our wonderful new city of Sacramento.

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If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I’m happy you’re here! My family and I just recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area, to sunny (well right now, really chilly) Sacramento! You can check out more details about our big move HERE!

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The family and I love exploring around Sacramento. Moving into a new city, there’s so much to see, and find. But driving to every neighborhood, business plaza, and coffee shop is no fun. Rather, we’d like to walk as we can see the city from a different perspective! However, my kids enjoy taking their razor scooter around. My first son received his first scooter on this 5th birthday, and is how he learned to transition to a 2 wheeler. My second son, was the same. instead of the balance bike (which are more expensive than a scooter) we gave him a scooter, and within a short time, we was on a 2 wheeler 3 months after turning 5.

Before scooters, strollers where the only way of life to get by traveling with baby/toddler.

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Above, 2013 Walnut Creek, CA

Below, 2013 Downtown San Jose, CA

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This December, get a special little someone a scooter!!! It makes a perfect holiday gift for kids ages 18 months and older. It’s fun, plus riding a scooter hones gross and fine motor skills that are useful for learning, sports and other life skills.

The Benefits Of Kick Scooters For Kids

Balance and Direction

Scooters are powered first by a kick but directed using balance. Scooters can help improve coordination with use at any age, but particularly when kids are young and learning how to balance using their weight.

Gross and Fine Motor Skills

Developing gross and fine motor skills enables kids to become more independent, while opening doors to exploration, creativity and learning.

Scooter help develop both sets of motor skills kids need in everyday life. Scooters must be transported to a place of play (often by the kids), and can even be used a as a centerpiece for imaginary play…Going down hills! (steep driveways!)

Pre-Reading Skills

The above benefits are also essential pre-reading skills for very young kids.  Motor skills are essential for a number of other reasons. Kids not only need to hold the books and flip pages, but a good pencil grip later enables them to write words down in order to remember them better. They’ll hone motor skills to brush teeth, type and a number of other things throughout their lives.

Confidence

It usually doesn’t take long for kids to master riding a kick scooter. Like, I mentioned, my kids started being on the scooter at age 5. That’s Pre-Kinder age! When they do, the confidence knowing they can handle it can potentially make them eager to tackle other skills.

Safety

A helmut is require by California law for non-motorized scooters, skateboards and bikes for anyone who is under the age of 18. Through riding scooters, kids can understand a bit more about the importance of protecting their bodies and consequences of not doing so.

(BAD MOM Truth: I don’t carry helmets. The kids usually are with me on the sideway. And I never go anywhere soo busy and over populated with traffic)

Fun

Seriously, kids love the freedom and ease that riding a scooter provides. Bottom line is that kick scooters are fun and also let them ride when walking might be a burden.

See more razor scooting around Sac on my Instagram!

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Art Beast + City Exploring

Moving to a new city is always scary. Leaving your friends and family behind, and starting all over again, making new friends is hard. But that’s only one bad side. With the move to Sacramento, my family and I are exposed to so much more places to discover in our new area. Sacramento’s midtown is one of our favorite places. This past afternoon the kids and I were casually walking around Midtown, and a little bit of Downtown Sacramento. As we learn familiarize ourselves with the city, we came across this fantastic art studio called Art Beast located on K St.

The Art Beast Studio

2226 K St.

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Parent TIP: When exploring the town, where lots of walking in involved, bring out the kick scooters for the kids!

Balance and direction helps improve coordination and can be use at any age, but particularly when kids are young and learning out to balance their weight. Both my children already know how to ride a bike, but I always keep the scooters in the car, just for our city exploring. (which is all the time/every weekend)

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While opening up doors to exploration, creativity and learning, scooters help develop both sets of motor skills kids need everyday. Scooters must be transported to a place of play, perhaps assembled. Maneuvered properly, and can even be used as a centerpiece for imaginary play…….Going down a steep hill.

I’m all about indoor place places that don’t include a trampoline or jumpy houses!!! ArtBeast let’s your children explore three levels of fun play places. I came in on a weekday afternoon around 3:30 and admission was $8 for all 3 of us (my two boys ages 6 &9).

ArtBeast is a space filled with active play (indoor and out), creative art space with activities set for you at the table, arts & crafts stocked with rolling pads and open paint jars, to a baby and toddler corners with padding and soft toys.

Developmental toys, dolls and dollhouses bring ArtBeast to life, as this business creates rooms of exploration. It caters from 0-12 months, all the way up to 5-7years. 8 years and up, with your child is respectful or has a sibling, and knows how to play well near young children.

I’ve been to similar play places in Berkeley (Studio Grow) that were the same. Some may think that the $8 admission fee is kind’ve expensive, but for being able to come in and out as many times as you want throughout the day (until closing) I’ll def take it.

Fan Of ArtBeast:

++OPEN PLAY

+++UNLIMITED ART SUPPLIES TO HAVE YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOW

++++OUTDOOR PLAY SPACE

…I CAN GO ON…

This place is awesome.

Skills:

ArtBeast aims also toward many types of skills for you to highlight:

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From a simple standing double sided kid-sized art easel, there’s little waiting for the next art piece as there’s a wide paper roll clipped and ready!

Easels, as well as white boards/chalk boards, are recommended for building fine motor skills and proper pencil grip — (great for writing beginners!)

Auditory

Exploring musical sounds (downstairs with the instruments, guitar wall, piano, and wash board,) can honestly, start a solo career. Just enjoy exploring musical sounds! Watch out Bruno Mars, kids at ArtBeast can join you on tour with their tambourine, cymbals, maracas, clackers and a triangle! Strike up a band and play with all the cool instruments!

Cognitive

Pattern blocks, PVC pipes, magnets, and legos! Kids need to explore shapes, and colors hands-on. Matching, and mosaics — connecting, building, all gorgeous ways for kids to develop fine motor skills. Rotate, manipulate, and create!

So many ideas to spark the imagination!

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Soft pillow furry friends rule our children’s rooms. Multi-colored plush toys inspire endless creativity. These furry friends are the catalyst for imaginary adventures. ArtBeast as a room with a shelf of furry friends. Let’s now forget as parents that these plush simple toys are not just a centerpiece in the room, but also friends to our children.

Fine Motor

Constructive playtime awaits at ArtBeast with exciting blocks, magnet wall puzzles, shapes, and work vehicle play.  Just a few steps away is the indoor sandbox, and craft area where your children can enjoy a craft activity with paint, brush, and glue. Rinestones, stickers, and anything press-on art help with fine motor skills. Grab a pair of scissors with your mommy,and cut multi-colored large or small construction paper ready at hand.

Imagination & Large Motor

Real life play areas, such as this outdoor kitchen display — kids can reach inside, and out, serving up “sand” soup, or what my son made was lasagna. Serve imaginary food to your new friends you meet at the ArtBeast. Reach, pull, storage, pull apart all the supplies provided in the outdoor kitchen.

The wooden kitchen comes stocked with plenty of play pieces, so kids can make and serve everything.

Open Play:
The concept at ArtBeast is awesome. You and your child are free to explore, from musical instruments, a dramatic play stage and puppets downstairs, to the 2nd floor of art and crafts, clay, and paint, to a cozy room with more imagination!

Nowa days our overscheduled and overstimulated children need to start using their imaginations. ArtBeast creates the space for you and your child to inspire open-ended thinking and encourage kids to see the fun alternatives then just the screen.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the ArtBeast.

Check out more of my Sacramento discoveries on my Sacramento Page of my blog!

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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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Sac Urban Art + Yelp Eats

One major appreciation I’ve been enjoying here in Sacramento is the street art! In every city, urban art is what adds to a cities identity and culture. Oakland, New York, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, you name it…It’s everywhere. For me, simple living, lesser crowds and culture has such a huge factor. I guess its the introvert in myself. I find myself exploring downtown Sacramento alone a lot. While the my man is working at home, the boys are at school I’ll tend to drift over to the heart of the city, near the captiol and wander.

Wikipedia describes Urban art as is a style of art that related to cities and city life, often done by artists who live in or have a passion for city life. In that way urban art combines street art and graffiti and is often used to summarize all visual art forms arising in urban areas, being inspired by urban architecture or thematizing urban live style.

Celebrating my 5 months here in Sacramento, I’d like to share a few pieces I’ve happen to take a picture of as I stroll the city. From not being originally from this city, I’m really enjoying it here. Little things like these make me happy. And it isn’t even a lot. It just really

 

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J St. (In between 25th & 26th St.)

 Here’s a Sam Flores mural Derrick and I came across after having lunch at Kru.

EATS: Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

Derrick loved how the sushi rolls were pretty unique. Using top grade ingredients, the bf couldn’t stop raving about how unique Kru’s sushi was. “Nothing like I ever tasted before..” is a common tip from fellow Yelpers.

Kru’s Address:
2516 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816
(Midtown)

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(Picture taken via Pinterest Saved By Upper Playground)

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J St. & 16th (Corner to P.F Changs)

While waiting for dinner I spotted this piece on a door of what is probably an electrical box. I was telling my hubby, I’d love a piece like this of myself! I guess its the beauty of the woman, and the floral headpiece. I’m a sucker for urban art with whimsical florals and beauty.

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Across from Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, there is a parking-lot primarily filled with graffiti culture. It bleeds around the surrounding buildings from 16th to 17th, and J St. to Jazz Alley, into a garage, where no cars park, but is open to the public. Awesome graffiti art, in formal gallery spaces, definitely strike my fancy whenever we’re waiting for our table downtown.

EATS: When in Sac check out Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar!!!

It’s a local Japanese chain serving sushi, small plates & hot entrees in a stylish space!! 

his restaurant is located right across he auditorium, and there is a public parking lot across the street (with the graffiti!) for $5 flat rate.

They used a good reservation/waiting system. You just need to go to the hostess and they will text you when your table is ready.

Located in downtown Sac, this spot doesn’t look like your average sushi joint.  Spacious, two floors, the ambiance and environment is classy and trendy at the same time.
Mikuni’s Address:
530 J St #150, Sacramento, CA 95814
(Downtown)

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Stay tuned for more posts as I continue to discover more urban art around my new city!! I’m also aiming to share my favorite Sac EATS!! I’m excited to share with you that I’ve become a part of the Yelp Elite Squad for 2016!! Yay!!

I’ve been a little off the grid with my Yelp reviews since 2012 (?) I know, was I living under a rock or something? No. Not really. It was just really competitive to become a Yelp Elite in the Bay. (HA! Seriously.)

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You can check out my personal YELP profile HERE.

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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.

#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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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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