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Call the Babysitter! Make a Date at Terranea

Call the Babysitter! Make a Date at Terranea

Has this ever happened to you? You show up at a holiday event, find a seat, “enjoy” your banquet chicken, and…suddenly realize it is literally the last place on Earth you want to be. Apart from inside the middle of an active volcano. Interestingly, this has now happened twice to my husband and me. The first time, we schmoozed for about an hour then went to the hotel steakhouse. This time, we drove about twenty miles north for a date…

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Wine Tasting with Toddlers

Wine Tasting with Toddlers

Sunlight refracts through the glass, casting ruby red shadows over the burnished wood bar. The limo idles in the long driveway, ready to whisk you off to the next vineyard. The musty smell of grapes soaks into your pores, coaxing you to relax. Then there comes a loud BAM! CRASH! Your 2 year old starts screaming. Ah, yes. I’ve had that nightmare too about going wine tasting with toddlers. But does it need to be that way? A tacit parental…

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Foodie and Family Friendly Restaurants in Eagle Rock

Foodie and Family Friendly Restaurants in Eagle Rock

When you think of visiting Los Angeles, most people imagine strolling down Rodeo Drive, people-watching on Venice Beach, or “accidentally” spying a celebrity at Urth Caffe. The city, though, sprawls for over 450 square miles. On the west side, you run into Malibu and the farms in Simi Valley. On the east side, though, you can explore where many Angelenos actually reside. In the shadow of its eponymous stone, Eagle Rock abuts Pasadena, Highland Park, and Glendale. It has a…

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles with Toddlers

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Los Angeles with Toddlers

Once upon a time, before I moved to Los Angeles, I never thought of it as a kid-friendly city. Four years later, I now know that LA offers myriad opportunities for young families. From the weather to the activities, reasons not to visit Los Angeles with toddler simply do not exist. You can add a larger tour of the city to any amusement park stay, spend a few days at one of the beaches in Malibu or Orange County, then…

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Top 3 Indoor Playgrounds in San Gabriel Valley

Top 3 Indoor Playgrounds in San Gabriel Valley

Some days you just need indoor playgrounds. Maybe the LA summer sun beats at 104 degrees outside, the heat so oppressive you feel it searing your bones. Perhaps the rare rain has started pattering softly on your window, finally disturbing the tangle of woven spider webs. For once, maybe you just want to Instagram (finally!) while your kid entertains him or herself. Pasadena and east LA offer several enticing options for indoor playgrounds. Some seem better for younger kids, some…

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An Ode to Fall at Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival

An Ode to Fall at Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival

Without the abundance of seasonal decor that seems to pop up in store windows six weeks too early, it is easy to forget that seasons change in Los Angeles. Fortunately, about 45 minutes from Los Angeles sits a veritable altar to the glories of fall: the Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival. Pumpkins, cider, roasted corn, hay rides, kids running around with faces smeared by the remnants of Mr. Softee–what could be a better way to spend a day together…

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#1 Tip for Visiting Disneyland with a Toddler

#1 Tip for Visiting Disneyland with a Toddler

3 Words: Hotel character dining. Hear me out. I know what you’re thinking. “Little Jacoby or Cressida wants to enjoy the rides. How will we get the full Disney experience without actually entering Disneyland?” I understand. It seems to be a truth universally acknowledged that whenever a child starts to walk, their beleaguered parents must take them to Disney. Ignore the costs, the sunscreen, the hassles of wrestling the City Mini onto a tram, the inevitable screaming meltdown because little Heloise LITERALLY CANNOT…

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