It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that I am a little bit obsessed with designer eyewear. Glasses, sunglasses, it really doesn’t matter, I LOVE THEM ALL! My little fashionista Ruby has followed in my footsteps and wants all my eyewear for herself too. Good thing SmartBuyGlasses has a style for everyone in the family, free shipping, 100 day Returns, and 14 day best price guarantee. Even better, for every pair of glasses you buy SmartBuyGlasses gives a pair to someone in need with theirBuy One, Give One Charity.
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.
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.
Thank you MegaBus for providing us with comped tickets in exchange for feature in 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.
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.
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.
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!