Tips

Visit the Monarch Butterfly Preserve - It's the Season!

Visit the Monarch Butterfly Preserve – It’s the Season!

It’s butterfly season in Santa Barbara! And the Coronado Butterfly Preserve is a great place to spend the afternoon enjoying the monarchs during their over-winter migration. These little guys cannot survive harsh winters so they travel, some up to 3000 miles, to roost in the Eucalyptus trees of Santa Barbara County. Our Outing: We made [...]

Kids Activity - Santa Barbara Christmas Lights Map

Kids Activity – Santa Barbara Christmas Lights Map

We just loaded the kids into the car Sunday night and made the rounds to see this year’s holiday lights! For those of you (like myself) who still have to think about which of the streets are one way… and where to find all of the concentrations of Christmas spirit in town… We marked up [...]

Kids Activity - Create a Worm Bin for Composting

Kids Activity – Create a Worm Bin for Composting

Here’s a fun project… especially if you have young boys. Ours are 2 and 5 so this was a real hit. We decided to create a worm farm to grow worms. As a side benefit, you get excellent garden compost that recycles otherwise discarded kitchen scraps. The first step was to go worm hunting which [...]

Life Simplification - Take advantage of Automatic Bill Pay features

Life Simplification – Take advantage of Automatic Bill Pay features

I don’t know anyone with kids who wouldn’t agree that life gets a bit more complex with little ones around. Why not take advantage of any opportunity to simplify it? If you haven’t already, spend an hour or two and automate anything related to bill payments. That way, you could literally not respond to the [...]

Tech Tip - Easily save memories to an email account for your kids!

Tech Tip – Easily save memories to an email account for your kids!

Here’s a favorite tip that’s useful for a number of reasons. Go ahead and create an email account for each of your children. Gmail is recommended because it’s free, likely to be around for a very long time and it rocks… but you could similarly use Yahoo or any other (just not AOL as that would [...]