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“Humor is a social lubricant that helps us get over some of the bad spots.” — Steve Allen

Napili Kai Beach Resort

While we still travel to new places whenever we get the chance, there is just something magical about Napili Bay, on the west coast of Maui, that keeps drawing us back like the tides at sunset. Napili Bay is a little, unspoiled, corner of paradise, free of high-rise mega resorts, crowds, and the chaos from which we came to Hawaii to escape. Read the Article »

Grow Your Own Plumeria

Plumeria is one of my favorite tropical flowers.  You can find plumeria trees blooming all over the Hawaiian islands.  It’s a simple, yet elegant flower that emits the sweetest of aromas.  I was ecstatic when I first learned that I can grow my very own plumeria tree from just a cutting.   I made it a mission of mine to collect a variety of cuttings before heading back home from Maui. Read the Article »

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabins

While much of the Bay area heads up to Lake Tahoe each winter,  our family opts to spend our time in the snow a little farther south in beautiful Yosemite. Two miles outside of the park’s south entrance lay one of our favorite wintertime resorts, Tenaya Lodge.  We recently visited the lodge — knocking out our fourth, annual winter trip to Yosemite. Read the Article »

Droid Depot in Disneyland

I don’t know if it was the excitement of being in the new Galaxy’s Edge or maybe the cocktail I just consumed at Oga’s Cantina, but much to my kids’ delight we ended up in the Droid Depot building custom, remote control droids. Read the Article »

The French Chef... or Something

I lover to cook. I love to have fun. I really love to embarrass my son. So, I never miss the chance to do all three at once, given the chance. This is just a little moment of madness to make my son laugh while I cook dinner. As you can see, I am clearly a master chef! While I do have fun, what I make is yummy. You can check out my recipes in the “eats” section. View My Recipes »

Musee Mecanique

If you are in San Francisco and are looking for something fun and inexpensive to do with the kids, I have got the place for you.  Right at the end of Taylor street at Pier 45 on Fishermans’ Wharf  is a unique little family owned museum which is as fun as it is interesting.  The Musee Mecanique is an antique coin operated penny arcade.  Read the Article »

Succulent Wall

I love Succulents. The temperate climate here in California is the perfect weather for them.  I have lots of them planted around the house. They look great in their pots and planted in the ground, but when I saw a beautiful succulent wall at a local restaurant, I knew I wanted something similar to it for my home. Read the Article »

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