My Favorite Red Wines Under $20

How many times have I stood in front of the wine selection at my local grocery store debating what to get? It’s a silly dilemma but one I deal with pretty often because I love wine but hate spending money on a bottle that I end up not liking. Fortunately, my local supermarket, Nugget Markets, makes it […]

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A Spring Hike, Plus 31

Have you heard about nature-deficit disorder? It is just what it sounds like–a problem we humans have due to a serious lack of time spent in nature. According to journalist Richard Louv, this affects many aspects of behavior, especially in children. You can learn more about this in his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving […]

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On Change & Growth

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about change, and that’s not just because of all the beautiful signs of the seasons changing. Several life situations were leaving me feeling blah, but instead of letting them just be, I decided to make some changes. Most of these have been pretty big things. Big change equals work. And […]

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Two Very Different Museums in San Francisco

This month’s ArtSmart Roundtable is about “an art city,” and I’ve chosen to talk about my recent art experiences in my favorite U.S. city, San Francisco. Art museums and small children are not always a good mix. On our many visits to San Francisco, we avoided the museums and opted for almost non-stop outdoor time in […]

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30 Things to Do in the Monterey Bay Area

The Monterey Bay area is one of my favorite parts of California. It’s a powerful combination of stunning natural beauty, wildlife, a charming small-town atmosphere, beaches, plenty of outdoor activities, and good wine. It’s a region that deserves at least 4 days…anything less and you’ll be making a list of things you’ll need to do next […]

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My Wish List for 2015

I’m a dreamer. It’s true. I’m constantly living with an eye on what is to come. Despite my effort to retrain my thought processes to focus more on just being in the present, my mind drifts to long-held dreams of seeing this and doing that. I just can’t get past restless nature and my wish […]

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Giveaway: Experiences, Not Things

What’s more important: experiences or things? Of course, when you have all the essentials (food, clothing, shelter), it’s easy to say that experiences are more valuable than things. In fact, scientific research has shown the importance of experiences to people’s happiness and well being time and time again. And according to one study, an important component of the […]

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