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Browsing Archive: July, 2019

What Your Child Should Know Before Kindergarten

Posted by on Thursday, July 25, 2019, In : Preschool 
My first-born is starting kindergarten next month. Back in May, he had his Kindergarten Round-up (something that they have around San Luis Obispo county for the little ones who are about to start kindergarten in a few months) where they tested him on at least 10 things: like drawing a picture of himself, writing his name, counting to 20 and more! I was surprised that they were testing them on all that because I was expecting a 'round-up' to be like an orientation. My son passed all of it, tha...
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Wine Tasting in Buellton near Solvang

Posted by on Monday, July 22, 2019, In : Santa Barbara 
Have you ever watched the movie Sideways? It's a story about two San Diego State University alumni (like me!) who decided to go to Buellton in Santa Barbara County for some wine-tasting adventure as a bachelor party. It's a wonderful story and very comical.

Lucky for us, Buellton is only an hour south drive from here! It's also on the way to Solvang, the Danish Capital of America. In Buellton, there is a main street where you can hit many wine tasting rooms within the same block called Indust...
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Spyglass Park and Hidden Beach

Posted by on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, In : Beaches 
You're going to discover a hidden secret if you stumble onto this post. If the tides are not too high, you can walk down from Spyglass Park towards the beach and can curve around the bluffs to the right to find a small tiny beach! 
Spyglass Park in Shell Beach(Photo taken by
Now all of this is risky and requires good knees. I don't advise you hike down if the wind, weather and tides are not in your favor as well. I've seen a few guys with coolers traveling around those rocky trails down and then disa...
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Rooftop Restaurant at Inn at the Pier Review in Pismo Beach

Posted by on Monday, July 15, 2019, In : Restaurants 
Rooftop Pismo Beach Menu Review
A dear friend from the Bay Area came down and visited me. I wanted to take her to a special place where a successful yuppie like her would appreciate. After some research online, I decided to take her to The Rooftop at Inn at the Pier hotel in Pismo Beach that overlooks the pier and ocean. It was absolutely the right pick!

The entrance to the hotel took a bit of time to figure out because it's on the opposite end of the beach parking lot. However, once we got on the property, I instantly fel...
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Madonna Inn Cakes That I've Tried - California Local Blogger

Posted by on Monday, July 15, 2019, In : Madonna Inn 
As local, I have the luxury to come to Madonna Inn and dine at their restaurants and attend their events. I've even ordered whole cakes from them before and have tried almost all of their signature flavors. See a list of Madonna Inn cakes and the flavors that I've personally tried below. These are all my personal pictures.

Desserts we've tried from Madonna Inn:

Raspberry Delight

Lemon Coconut Cake

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Ventana Grill Review and Pictures of the Panoramic Beach and Cliff Views

Posted by on Friday, July 12, 2019, In : Restaurants 
 (Photo taken at Ventana Grill by

Before my family and I moved to the San Luis Obispo County area, my husband was raving about the dinner spot that his company took him after his final interview. They had flown him from the East Coast, where we had lived, to come to Avila Beach, part of San Luis Obispo County, for this new job opportunity. It didn't take him long after that to make his decision. He wanted to move here and be able to see this panoramic view with me. 

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San Luis Obispo Mom Originally from San Diego, California, I'm a San Diego State University alumna, veteran's wife and mom of two kids who were born two years apart. After living on the East Coast for 6 years, we now reside in San Luis Obispo County and here, the exploration continues.
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