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Tacoma Nature Center & Discovery Pond Playground, Tacoma

Yesterday we hiked – in the rain! We came prepared with waterproof jackets, so this California girl actually thought it was pretty magical.  This kidventure started at the Tacoma Nature Center. We met up with new school friends there to explore its forest-inspired Discovery Pond playground, where all its play structures are designed to look like boulders and trees. There’s a treehouse, climbing rocks and a metal slide inside a hollow log! All made complete with slatted bridges and little creeks to explore.

Real Estate - Property

We Bought a House!

Escrow closed on our new Gig Harbor property yesterday and we’re officially homeowners again!!

It took four months of looking in person, 11 months of looking online 🤪 and dozens of blue shoe bootie/mask-covered Covid showings to find this home — but we did it! Thank you for sharing in all of it with us 🏡.

woman kneeling on pier under a beautiful sky

New Year, Same Me.

New year, same me.

It’s 2021, so here’s a quick ‘oh, hey there!’ for anyone new.

I’m a longtime newspaper reporter turned stay-at-home mom, stepping out from above the fold to do my own thing as a writer. 🤞🏻 What you’ll get from me are stories about places to take kids. Except now with the pandemic and our big move from California to Washington, you’ll also see our endless search for a house, a remodel, cabin life, and all the ways this California girl is settling into the Evergreen State.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa outside stairs

Alderbrook Resort & Spa | Union, Washington

The Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union Washington is a dreamy Pacific Northwest getaway boasting rooms with a view, rare Hood Canal waterfront access, and the absolute coolest and most whimsical surprises during the holidays. We felt pampered and taken care of — and we can’t wait to go again. At the Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union Washington, I felt safer with the hotel’s thoughtful pandemic protocols such as hand sanitizer stations everywhere, clear rules posted, and a well-organized crowd-control reservation system at the pool area. Plus, they implemented all these in cozy/home-like ways that weren’t sterile or scary which I appreciate for my little fam.

Make sure to snag my Alderbrook Resort promo code from this post before you visit!