I really struggled with if I should write this post but after some thought, I decided it was something that needed to be addressed because I’m sure I’m not the only person who has experienced this. So let me paint a picture for you. You finally get some time off and you head to the beach. You’ve been waiting for and dreaming of sunshine and waves for months. Then, just when you get settled and relaxed, in comes “Terrible Tommy”. You know him; he’s that kid running around destroying sand castles, screaming at the top of his lungs, begging for attention from Dad and trying anything he can to wreak havoc on those around him. And of course, he sits down right next to you. You almost feel bad for the kid. You know and I know he’s just itching for attention, someone to play with and could use a little guidance and direction but from the looks of it, that’s not happening anytime soon. So, what do you do? You didn’t come all the way here to be miserable and have a bad time. One side of you says address it with the parents, another says just leave it alone. What’s…

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Peet’s Coffee vs Starbucks Anyone who knows me knows I’m a Starbucks addict. Even Reese is addicted and loves her cotton candy decaf frappes and raspberry white hot chocolate (yes that’s a thing!). We’re a Starbucks family and while It’s not something I’m proud of, it’s not uncommon for me to consume 3-4 grande lattes in a day. I often joke with my friends that my addiction to Starbucks needs a support group. Peet’s Coffee vs Starbucks Recently I decided to do something brazen, I gave up coffee…cold turkey. I think I lasted a total of 9 hours before I threw in the towel and found myself tearing my kitchen apart searching for a Starbucks Keurig Pod…No such luck. It was at that point that I came to the conclusion, coffee/Starbucks is not something I can or want to give up. Everyone has their vice, mine is Starbucks and I’m going to embrace it. My friends, being the wonderful enablers that they are, convinced me that if I’m going to continue to drink coffee I need to expand my coffee palette. I’ll admit that Starbucks has always been my dealer of choice and everyone who knows me know this. I did stray…

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Summer is just around the corner and if your kid is anything like mine, be prepare to hear “I’m bored” about a million times, and that’s just the first week of summer vacation. Last year, I was lucky and landed Reese a spot in summer school, this year I had no such luck. Being the list maker that I am, I set out to compile a list of “50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids-California Edition” so I could be prepared for fun. Although there are officially 96 days of summer, this list should give you enough ideas to get started on your planning. And just when you think you’re running out of ideas, I’ll be back with “50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids 2.0” to get you through the remainder of the summer. One added bonus, many of these activities continue all year long, so print out my list of “50 Things To Do This Summer With Kids” and stick it on the refrigerator to refer back to later in the year. These are also great activities to plan family staycations around. So without further delay and not in any particular order, let’s get to the list.…

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