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Autocamp Yosemite

Autocamp Yosemite

7.25.2019

I’ll be the first one to admit that I don’t like camping. The good news is that my husband doesn’t like camping either. We feel exactly zero pressure to take our kids camping. While I’m sure camping with kids could be fun for those who are into it, nothing sounds worse to me. Except for maybe 20 hours on a plane with two toddlers.

You know what I am into? Glamping. I’m 100% on board with “fancy camping” where there’s running water, AC, a pool, helpful staff, and just a touch of nature. If this sounds like your kind of camping, read on for all the glamorous details.

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We had to quit a class

7.17.2019

I started taking my twins to little classes/activities around town at about six months old. Initially, I would only do it if I could get my husband to come or on the rare occasion that a grandparent was in town. I just didn’t see how I could manage it without an extra set of hands. #twinlife

As the twins got a little older and I got a little braver, we started venturing to classes on our own. It was always a challenge. I normally called ahead to make sure the building was accessible by stroller. I always asked the teacher if the class was set up for a one adult /two children situation. (Classes like swimming obviously require an adult for every child.) I made sure I understood where I could park and what my route into the building would look like. And sure, these outings involved a lot of planning for a simple 30-40 minute music class, but I kind of enjoyed the challenge and being able to conquer it.

My philosophy has always been that if we go out and do something and it sucks, we’ll just leave. Simple as that. We’d been lucky though. Due to careful planning and practice, we never had to leave a class early.

Until now.

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San Luis Obispo

6.24.2019

We met an amazing couple when we first moved into our building in Pacific Heights and it turned out our babies were due one day apart! Since we knew no one in SF, it was such a treat to make an instant mom friend who lived one floor away.

After our kids were born, we enjoyed long walks around the neighborhood and a few “mom dates” if we were lucky. But then the inevitable time came and that sweet family moved back to their home town in Orange County.

So we planned a reunion halfway in San Luis Obispo! On paper, the trip sounded great—a big house, kid-friendly activities, and our friends! But as the trip neared, I started to feel like maybe it was all too much.

Traveling with the twins, especially with other families, always makes me a little nervous because we can’t exactly go with the flow with the twins. We typically stick pretty closely to our eating/sleeping schedule to avoid meltdowns and maintain parental sanity.

But this trip ended up being so good for us! We relaxed the rules, and you know what? Everyone had a great time. We ate meals on the go, we skipped snacks, we had long naps and short naps, and even a little TV time. The adults got to drink wine and play silly games after bedtime. It was honestly a way better trip than we thought it was going to be.

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Make More, Spend Less: Shop Secondhand

6.11.2019

Confession: I’m obsessed with children’s clothing. If I thought I had a shopping problem buying clothes for myself, I was totally wrong. As soon as I found out I was pregnant with the twins, it took every ounce of self control for me not to go nuts online.

I managed to contain myself until I found out the twins’ gender: a boy and a girl. GAME ON! I’m pretty sure I drove directly to the local baby boutique after the anatomy scan to make my first clothing purchase. I picked out the CUTEST Kickee Pants sets to bring the twins home from the hospital in. I’ll be the first to admit it was an extravagant purchase for a couple of infants, but I let it by my “special occasion thing.”

Now that I know that 1) kids get really dirty, 2) kids grow really fast, and 3) kids clothes are expensive, I’ve found a new way to satisfy my addiction: shop second hand.

Shopping secondhand isn’t just cheaper; it’s way more environmentally friendly. I’ve become a second-hand shopping PRO. Not only am I going to share all the best tips for shopping secondhand, but I’ll even throw in a few tips for reselling your kids’ clothes as well.

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QUIZ: Are You an Intagram Marketer's Dream?

QUIZ: Are You an Intagram Marketer's Dream?

6.04.2019

This is a picture of me. I’m sitting on my Casper mattress covered in a Buffy comforter. I’m packing for a quick trip in my Away suitcase and I can’t forget my Quip toothbrush. I’m doing a load of laundry with my Grove laundry detergent. I already shaved with my Billie razor. I can’t decide which of my 4 pairs of Rothy’s to pack. I don’t think I’ll need to pack my Allbirds for this trip.

woman showing off all of the products she's purchased because of instagram advertisements

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sucker for a good Instagram advertisement—how do they know!? So it’s no surprise that since moving to SF, we’ve accumulated quite the collection of these venture-backed consumer goods. These companies clearly know what they are doing when it comes to marketing, and honestly, they are making really good products!

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