Author Archive for: ‘Katie’

Best Beach Umbrellas for Your Family

Best Beach Umbrellas for Your Family

Baking in the sun with a baby? Scorching on the sand with a six-year-old? Not anymore. I’ve scoured the beaches for the best beach umbrellas for a family. UPF coverage and weight are major factors, and what’s good for an impromptu beach trip isn’t good for an all-day family outing. Best All-Purpose Beach Umbrella! I [...]

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Best Sunscreens for Babies

Best Sunscreens for Babies

Planning to spend the day at the beach soon? Be prepared with the best baby sunscreen for your little one’s skin. When we moved to coastal Carlsbad, CA, Little J was 11 months old—past the point where she would chill in her shady car seat and old enough to wear sunscreen. After our first two [...]

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Wine Tasting with Kids: Solvang, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez

Wine Tasting with Kids: Solvang, Los Olivos and Santa Ynez

It was a cool, clear morning at Firestone Winery in Los Olivos. As we waited for our winery tour to begin, our 5-year-old crushed acorns under her feet and studied the wall of bright red climbing ivy. There was another family scheduled for the tour, and we quickly learned that their home-schooled kids were pretty [...]

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Cool Gifts for Beach Lovers – Christmas and Beyond

Cool Gifts for Beach Lovers – Christmas and Beyond

Looking for the perfect gift for the beach lover on your list? Here are some cool gift ideas to inspire a tropical trip, hold a seaside memory or just delight a sandy kid. For Everyone Tommy Bahama Backpack Chair: There are beach chairs, and there are smart, comfy beach chairs with built-in coolers that you [...]

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Best Sand Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Best Sand Toys for Babies and Toddlers

Your baby already loves the sand… Loves to eat it, loves to roll in it, and if you have a toddler, loves to throw it! When you go to the beach, the best way to keep your baby entertained is by bringing the best sand toys. The simple bucket and shovel have been replaced by [...]

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The Coolest Beach Wagons for Kids

The Coolest Beach Wagons for Kids

Summer at the beach brings out some of the coolest beach wagons for kids. Are you in the market for a beach wagon that will carry small kids, coolers and actually roll across the sand? At our beach in Carlsbad, CA, we’ve seen every type of wagon from the classic Radio Flyer cargo wagon to [...]

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Temecula Wine Tasting With Kids

Temecula Wine Tasting With Kids

If you’d like to go on a wine tasting trip but are hesitant to bring the kids along, try Temecula, just one-and-a-half hours from Los Angeles. While your children play on the big lawns of Wiens Family Cellars or pet the farm animals at Longshadow Ranch, you can enjoy the big reds or the sweet [...]

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A Day at Coney Island with Little Kids

A Day at Coney Island with Little Kids

How do beach lovers get their fix when in New York City? Coney Island, of course. On our recent day trip from Manhattan, we found that Coney Island was an awesome place for little kids. They can burn off steam on the beach and playgrounds and ride a ton of kid-friendly rides. Our first stop [...]

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How to Be Married to an Entrepreneur: 5 Tips

How to Be Married to an Entrepreneur: 5 Tips

When we first got married, James’ career path looked a lot like everyone else’s—move up the ladder at a corporate job while savoring a few weeks off a year. I admit, it was a safe feeling, marrying someone who would almost certainly receive a paycheck every week. It was what my dad had done. It [...]

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EWG’s New Sunscreen Guide is Out!

EWG’s New Sunscreen Guide is Out!

Living at the beach, we spend a lot of time out in the sun. I’ve been researching good, safe sunscreens for a while, but it’s hard to find exactly what I want when faced with so many options at the store! Environmental Working Group publishes a report each year of the best beach and sport [...]

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