A Typical Family Weekend in SoCal

Dana Point Sunset

I usually post about my travels and adventures. I’m on the road so often that I never lack content ideas, but it’s rare that I show our daily life at home in Southern California. This weekend was typical for us. We went to a birthday party, attended the ballet, and hit up the beach as a Sunday favorite. It wasn’t extreme and I didn’t cross anything off my yearly list but it was beautiful. We try to make our daily life just as fantastic as our vacations, which isn’t too difficult when you live in Southern California.  Continue reading

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Discover The Perfect Day in Southern California’s Dana Point

Dana Point Marina, California

When I first moved to California, I was the typical tourist. I wanted to visit Universal Studios, The Price is Right, Hollywood Blvd., San Diego Zoo, Santa Monica, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach. They were my “TV version” of California – the places I saw on a regular basis on TV shows and dreamed about experiencing my entire life. Now that I’m a local, though, I spend less time at those places and more time at the places I’ve come to know and love as a mother, a wife, an adventure seeker, and a beach lover. Dana Point has a regular spot in our weekly schedule. It’s situated on the beautiful Southern California coast, halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles. It prides itself with nearly seven miles of coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean with its charming beaches and wild surfs. The city is home to the Dana Point Harbor, Captain Dave’s Whale Watching Safari, scrumptious food, and some of the best sunset views I’ve seen in my life. I’ve come up with a schedule for discovering the perfect day in Southern California’s Dana Point. Continue reading

Who Would have Thought that at 38 Weeks Pregnant Kayaking was Still an Option?

Being in your ninth month of pregnancy can be draining. You reach a point where you ask yourself, is it worth it to do ‘x’? and the answer is usually a big NO. With my husband working during the day and my energy levels at an all time low during the evenings, we are often left watching television or for a big hoorah going out to a movie or to dinner. Today, I felt an energy burst and I woke up with an excitement to get out and enjoy the beautiful, sunny California weather that brought us here in the first place. Since our favorite pastime of bodyboarding is not a viable option (I can’t exactly ride the waves with my huge belly against the board), we leaned toward kayaking, and I again found myself asking, is it worth it? Well, I thought it out logically…. Our AdveancedFrame Convertible Kayak by Advanced Elements is an easy to set up, fifteen foot, inflatable kayak that can be paddled solo or tandem. One person, Darren per se, can transfer the kayak from the car to the water, unfold, inflate, and attach the seats. Although we rigged it for tandem paddling it was most certainly going to be paddled solo; I really had little intention of doing even a quarter of the work. All I really needed to do was convince Darren that going kayaking was in fact a good idea considering he would be kayaking for three (or two and a half depending on how you look at it) and possibly carry the paddles and maybe the pump. This was all starting to sound really doable! I was more than capable of kayaking in my ninth month of pregnancy.  Continue reading