Wednesday, July 28, 2010


When in San Francisco, check out Zeum. It is an interactive children's museum that allows kids to combine both technology and art. My favorite activity was creating a clay-mation cartoon. Other activities include using photoshop to modify your picture, making a movie, karaoke, and drawing with lights.

Located in the Yerba Buena Gardens, Zeum is only steps away from an amazing playground (with one of the steepest slides ever), bowling alley, ice skating rink, and carrousel. There are plenty of options for the entire family.

We went on a special day when admission and carrousel rides were free. It was great to look around and get the flavor of the place without spending any money. Typically expect to spend at least $50 when you figure in parking, admission, snacks, etc. Don't let the price tag scare you off. Take the trip out to Zeum and create lasting memories for both you and your kids.

221 Fourth Street (@ Howard Street)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hot Fun in the Summertime

This summer, we bought season passes to the Folsom Aquatic Center. What better way to beat the summer heat and get out of the house? We love our visits there. Gavin walks around the water and plays in the fountains. Bryce rides the big water slides and jumps off the diving board. I love to watch people.

The majority of the pool goers are normal families. Yet there are some who make people watching enjoyable like Speedo guy, junior highers looking for love, and over-tanned moms. Speedo Guy, if you are reading this blog, please wear trunks. This isn't Europe. Junior high love connection, if you have somehow stumbled across this blog, calm down. You're too young to find Mr. Right at the public pool. Overtanned moms, if you are reading this blog (while tanning), escape to the shade and quickly apply some SPF 90! A healthy, bronze glow is one thing, but leathery skin is quite another. If you insist upon looking unnaturally dark, get a spray tan.

Gotta love the summertime!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Get Right Out of Town

As a stay at home mom, I enjoy any and every opportunity to get out of the house.  I took a mini day trip to Sutter Creek and had a delightful experience. Only 35 minutes from Folsom, this is the ideal place if you want to leave town without traveling too far away. This historic Gold Rush era town is loaded with great little shops, sights, and small town charm.  There are a couple places that stood out to me:

Tomorrow's Heirlooms- 49 Main Street Sutter Creek, Ca 95685
This adorable boutique carries clothing for women and babies and home accessories. I was enthralled with the attention to detail in display and girly vintage vibe. My favorite items were the Charlotte cardigans, colorful aprons, and vintage glittery signs. I had to tear myself away or else I could've stayed in there for hours.  Trust me, this store is worth driving out of town for.

Andrae's Bakery- 14141 Historic Highway 49 Amador City, Ca 95601
Located in Amador City, Ca (the next town over from Sutter Creek), this place further enforces that you cannot judge a book by its cover. On the outside, it looks like a country house. However, step inside and it's like walking into a mini David Berkeley's. The pastries are amazing; I recommend the pistachio chocolate chewies and vanilla short bread. They offer various olive oils, high end chocolates, and an impressive array of different sea salts (pink, grey, Hawaiian, take your pick).

Don't hesitate to take a quick and scenic drive out to Amador City and Sutter Creek.  You won't be dissapointed.