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We’re the family that didn’t sell all their stuff or quit their jobs or homeschool just so we could travel the world. We’re an ordinary city family with a love for adventure and a desire to explore and understand the people of the world. But. We also have two boys whose favorite pastime is to try and kill each other. Our stories involve survival as well as appreciation.

The Dime: Ten Times the Fun

Last Spring, a new event took over the West Valley for one afternoon that had us remember what it was like to hang free, with the girls - with our spouse (before kids) - with the dudes. SIPurbia Wine & Beer Festival was an afternoon in the Santa Monica Mountains...

Making History Cool: Philadelphia with Teens

Thanks to Lin Manuel Miranda and his Broadway smash hit “Hamilton,” U.S. History has never been cooler, so now is the perfect time to hip-hop on the bandwagon and take teens (and pre-teens) to Philadelphia to see “the room[s] where it happened.” Historic Independence...

Grab a Bigger Piece of this World With Your Kids – Global CommUnity

Wouldn’t it be great if Pancho Villa could step out of a history book and shake your hand on your first trip to Mexico? What if he told you tales of his revolutionary escapades? (Or his stint in Hollywood while they filmed them?) Or sang folk songs with his squad of...

A Summer Staycation – Hyatt Regency Westlake

We've never done a staycation. I've never seen the point. Our house is fine. We have a pool. We have a grill in the backyard. We have a great view of some pretty hills (ok, they're often brown but they're better than concrete). We're a 15 minute drive from Zuma beach....

Free Yoga in the Santa Monica Mountains

There’s a miracle around every corner on the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains northwest of Los Angeles. In June, a hiker might have come across a group of colorfully dressed yogis of all ages and sizes stretching and posing under the giant oaks at Peter Strauss...

Video: Dishing it out in Padang, Indonesia

When we went to the Mentawais Island chain for Howard's birthday, we got to spend some time discovering Indonesia in Padang the day before and after our ferry ride to Hidden Bay Resort. Here is our date night, accompanied by our guide, Budi, on our last night in...

10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Stagecoach Music Festival Girl’s Getaway Weekend

The Stagecoach Music Festival is coming April 27 - 29 and it will be the perfect girl's getaway. Sure, you could take your husband or your kids, but why would you want to do that on a girl's weekend? The last five years I’ve attended Stagecoach with my best friend...

An Adult Playdate: Sipurbia

Apparently, the suburbs have been starving for adult activities. I mean, we here in Agoura Hills and the Conejo Valley, in general, are bursting with things to do for children, to do for families, to do for everyone it seems like except adults. It's probably a tough...

A Long Weekend In La Jolla Shores with Kids

This is more than just a travel story. It’s a love story that takes place on the road. Its latest chapter took place in La Jolla Shores, California. It’s a tale of two families who used to live in the same town and spent a lot of time together. But now, these families live on opposite sides of the country.

Finding Your Alternate Universe

A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Acorn. I recently had the chance of sitting down with prolific yoga master, Shiva Rea, for a fireside chat. OK, maybe she was driving on the freeway and talking to me through her cell phone and I was sitting in...

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