California Parks and Recreation Services Award

 

California Parks and Recreation Services awardI first met Heather Stephenson in 2015 when I interviewed her for a Tribune article on a Paso library event called Super Hero School. She was the children’s services librarian then. I remember Heather as this pint-sized ball of excitement and energy, all dressed up as a superhero – all the while smiling and totally humoring me as I did a video interview of her.

Two years later, after I left the paper bc daycare for two costs more than working, I launched my blog and reached out to some former Trib sources and readers, the kid-stuff related ones, crossing my fingers that they’d still consider me as some sort of authority in local things and take a chance with me on this new solo writing endeavor, without the backing of the newspaper behind me.

Two kids pose on hotel steps

Review of Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Beach

Overall, this hotel is a must for hotel-scouting families looking for something kid-friendly. It’s perfect for children in the hotel amenities, setup, and location. But, it’s also special because not only are your kids’ needs accounted for (and who are we kidding – they’re the bosses anyway), but the adults also feel like they’re on a pampered beach vacation.  The hotel is steps from the ocean, there are complimentary white fluffy towels in the pool area and there’s a free waffle bar with whipped cream in the morning.

mom and two kids Featured in Paso City Rec Guide

Our Summer of Travel Blogging

This summer has been nonstop, and I’m happy to say that much of it is due to my growing niche of travel blogging! I love finding business collaborations so we can review hotels, places to play and other destinations for kids (or a parents night out!). Here’s a look at what I’ve done so far in this niche. I’d love to do more.

Mom at the beach hauling all her kids toys

This is #momlife

This is mom life. REAL mom life. It’s hauling all your kids sh*t through the hot sand back to the car, exhausted and hungry after a beach day. 

Two siblings hugging

Why did no one ever warn me?

Real talk:Why did no one ever warn me about the summer after your oldest goes off to school for the first time?? It’s not like being a SAHM of two again. Because the dynamic of each child’s personal freedom has changed. And it’s driving me crazy.

ROIDMI F8 Storm Review

Roidmi F8 Storm Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Review

Landed a vacuum collab, officially made it as a mommy blogger!! Level. Up. 😆 I even went all out with peep-toes and a dress to celebrate my new maximum mommy blogger status. LOL.No, but jokes aside we were #gifted this sleek new cordless vacuum called the ROIDMI F8 Storm. It’s super lightweight, has good suction and I really dig all the handy accessories it comes with. You can clip in different types of rollers depending on your surface. It’s also versatile and changes shape for my house or the car.