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San Francisco Family Adventure

Last month Michael, Jude, Ruby & I had one of our best days adventuring together. If you noticed Ozzy’s name was missing, that isn’t an error – we left him with his Aunt & Uncle since you know, toddler.

San Francisco is my favorite city in the whole world. Since we live about 1.5 hours from SF, we visit as often as our schedules allow. Our time together is limited due to 2 busy working parents, school and life. So we decided to try to maximize our time together by trying a different route of travel with this trip, using MegaBus.com.

If you haven’t heard of MegaBus.com, it is awesome. The bus has two levels, free wi-fi, bathrooms and awesome table-seating options. The kids LOVED it.

You can also download the Megabus RIDE app on your laptop, tablets or mobile devices to choose from dozens of movies, television shows, games, music and more while riding in California.

Riders can enjoy 30 movies, 10 hours of TV shows, 50 audio books/albums and 5 games – all for free. I really liked that we didn’t have to worry about driving, and the normal 3 hours there and back we’d normally have to spend focusing on driving, traffic and stopping to pee was used to spend more time together. We taught the kids how to play Uno for the first time, it was a blast.

Upon arriving in SF, we were pretty hungry so we took the kids to one of our favorite spots, the Ferry Building. It’s full of modern, artisan restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, stores, etc. I especially liked taking the kids there because we didn’t all have to agree on one restaurant to eat from. We can grab whatever we feel like, then come together to sit and eat.

My little Cupcake Wars addicts liked Miette Patisserie the best.

After we were full from lunchtime goodness, we took Lyft over to the Aquarium of the Bay. I’ve actually never been here over my lifetime of visits to SF, so I figured it was time. The kids LOVED this place and have been talking about it ever since. Our favorite parts were the touch pool (where you can feel stingrays, etc) and watching the River Otters get fed (and do tricks, omg so cute). It’s not a very large aquarium, we only spent about 1.5-2 hours there total. It is however conveniently located adjacent to famous Pier 39, so we got to walk through there and see the shops & Sea Lions. It was raining heavily this day so we were a lot more limited on walking than we usually are, but we made the best of it.

We hadn’t planned on it, but while at Pier 39, I realized that Rainforest Cafe was just right down the street and knew the kiddos would love that place. It’s not the best food (especially in a city like San Francisco where you can dine at some of the best restaurants in the world) but it is super fun for kids.

Last stop of the day for us was to the amazing (and free) Musée Mécanique, which is one of the world’s largest (over 200) privately owned collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working condition. (You can play them!) Located on Pier 45 at the foot of Taylor Street in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Free Admission Every Day! Michael and I have come here tons of times over the years but it was so much more fun with the kiddos.

If you want to see more of our adventure, check out this video.

What are your favorite spots to hit when traveling in San Francisco with your family? I’d love recommendations for our next trip.

XO Tiffany

Thank you MegaBus for providing us with comped tickets in exchange for feature in this post.

 

Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) Live Event!

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Thank you to Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) for sponsoring this post.

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) live event. This book is by personal finance expert, journalist, and bestselling author Beth Kobliner and is based on the latest research from the fields of psychology, child development, and behavioral economics. As a young parent to three beautiful (wild) children, I want to expand my personal knowledge of financial responsibility and ways to teach these principals to my children throughout their lives.

 Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) is a jargon-free, step-by-step guide to help parents teach their kids from ages three to twenty-three about money. I personally hate math and generally anything that involves numbers (except discount percentages – those are my fav) and this book is easy to read, understand and implement.

For example, I love this idea Beth gives of having children disperse money into three different jars; Save, Spend & Give. This simple yet smart method teaches children the importance of dividing their money in thoughtful ways. The beauty of this book is that it is full of “teachable moments” like this one, that allows parents to learn how to teach their kids character traits that are important in all aspects of life. Such as a strong work ethic, the ability to exercise self-control, weigh our choices carefully,  perseverance to work toward long and short term goals, and a generous spirit.

In addition to learning a ton, I enjoyed meeting other awesome Bloggers that have like-minded goals for their families. The snacks weren’t bad either.

If you are looking for ways to teach your children financial responsibility, I highly recommend Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not).

This book is out now and available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you pick up a copy, let me know what you think!

Special thank you to Green Vintage Photography for these gorgeous images.

XOXO

Tiffany

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Beth Kobliner Company LLC.

 

Target Promo Codes via CouponBox!

Last week I had to run  into Target to grab a couple quick items and at checkout my total was less than $20. Ruby announced to the cashier and myself, “Well that’s got to be some kind of record!” Thanks Ruby. I love when my 5 year old calls me out on my Target addiction.

Couponbox.com is an awesome savings and coupon website that regularly publishes stories & advice related to finance and budgeting. They also offer coupons for places I already shop at, like Target.

Check out these awesome savings over at https://www.couponbox.com/coupons/target

BRB gotta go spend all my money.

XOXO // Tiffany

Datebox is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift!

Thank you to Datebox for sponsoring the post.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017 was to spend more quality time with my husband, Michael. It has often been said he is more the wife and I’m more the husband when it comes to typical relationship structure. He’s more cuddly than I am, gives better gifts, writes sweeter notes and in general is just better at being romantic than I am.  He deserves better. I can do better.

When I recently learned about Datebox, I thought to myself, “Okay this is honestly genius.” Now that Michael and I have received our first Datebox I am convinced of it.

Datebox makes date night simple for couples, because they believe relationships matter.  They are subscription company, each month they create a date night for couples and send them everything they need for their fun, creative, date night together.  The goal is to help couples rediscover date night and consistent quality time together.

**Use promo code “LOOKIEBOO” to get  50% off your first month!**

Check out this video and Get to Know Datebox!

Since Michael & I have three young kiddos, scheduling a date night can be a struggle. Time together is limited, it’s expensive to go out and pay the sitter. We often enjoy staying in and relaxing in our Pajamas when we have a break from the hectic work week.

Datebox makes date night simple and fun. We had a blast and I liked how much instruction came with the box. I didn’t need a single thing outside of the box to make the date happen. It even included a curated playlist, how cool is that?!

Here are some photos from our first Datebox adventure. Our Datebox theme was “Cake Pops & Canvas Painting” – so fun. I can’t wait until next month!

Want your own Datebox? It’s the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day! **Use promo code “LOOKIEBOO” to get  50% off your first month!**

This post is sponsored by Datebox, all of the options expressed here are my own.

Happy 2nd Birthday Ozzybear!

A special thank you to Kasmira Kit for taking these fabulous family photos for us. http://www.kasmirakit.com/photography

I can’t believe my “last baby” (I have my tubes tied) is turning TWO. Time can be such an asshole! He has been going through a lot, mainly struggling to find his words. He’s started Speech Therapy and will soon begin Occupational Therapy and an evaluation with a Psychologist – just like his big brother Jude once did. We are so proud of our little buddy and I can’t wait to see how well he does with this help in 2017.

Each of my children teach me something new about myself each day that passes. A different lesson. A different trial of my patience and time management. Ozzy brings sunshine into our lives as bright as his hair. He loves to make us laugh. He loves to play pranks on me, play peek-a-boo and chase. He is obsessed with Trotro, Mickey Mouse, Dinosaurs, Cars, bubbles, playing outside and most importantly chasing the Bigs.

When Jude & Ruby are away at school, he often walks around the house yelling (just like Mama) “JUUUU!” and “RUUUUU!” hoping they are simply playing a prolonged game of hide and seek with him. When it’s time to go pick them up he claps his hands with excitement and sometimes jumps.

Last Baby is my first baby to really care about his pacifier and have comfort blankies. People say he looks just like Michael but when he’s making smug little sassy faces, I think he looks just like me.

My favorite pastime is forcing him to sit on my lap and torturing him with kisses and hugs. He pretends he hates it then as soon as I stop he asks for more. He’s just funny like that.  He is so brave – possibly too much so. He climbs the highest slide at the park just like all the big kids with a devilish grin of determination. He thinks it’s SO funny to open and close my bedroom door, poking his sweet little face in and out of the door frame. I could go on forever with all the ways this baby bring me joy. His smile makes my heart skip a beat.

We hadn’t really had a professional family photo shoot of the five of us since Ozzybear was born, so I was super thankful for these gorgeous images from Kasmira Kit. Below are some of our favorites.