Book cover with Santa Claus and a letter

Letter from Santa Claus by Robin Jones

This Christmas season, we read Clara and Wyatt the children’s book “Letter from Santa Claus” we were gifted by author Robin Jones.

Overall, this is a sweet tale from the past with heartwarming illustrations and a fun historical element. My only complaint is I would’ve Iiked a warning about the story’s religious references on how Santa’s elves came to be.

Mom and son outside with blue sky and trees

Home-based Learning With The Wisdom Wonder Project

We got out of the house today for a nature walk (solo, around the neighborhood) in a new collab with the SLO-based The Wisdom Wonder Project. This company offers easy to follow, home-based learning curriculums for kiddos. (And to think I had partnered with them before all this Covid-19 quarantine crazy went down.) Read on to learn how we incorporated a simple story in Aesop’s Fables into a nature walk. And how you can, too.

SocialMama App profile of woman in sunglasses

SocialMama: Making Mom Friends During Covid-19

COVID-19. Quarantine. Being stuck inside your house with kids. Worry. Sickness. That on top of all the other mom stuff. It’s been a hard week, friends.

It’s times like these that we can use all the friends we can get.

Enter: SocialMama, an app that launched last year for moms looking for mom friends in their city and beyond.

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.

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Girl’s Trip to the Broadlind Hotel, Long Beach

Earlier this month, two gal pals and I left our collective assortment of tiny humans with the husbands and the grandparents and lived it up at the Broadlind Hotel’s penthouse suite in Long Beach, California. Overall, the property is a truly charming getaway with all the architectural character I love, situated in a conveniently walkable downtown location.