Category Archives: Family

Questionable Children’s Books

I recently learned that not all children’s books are as wholesome as you might think.  Here are a few we came across in the past week that are so off-the-wall crazy that I had to share. 

From "Curious George Gets a Job."

From "Dinosaurs Divorce."


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20 Facts on Pet Ownership in the U.S.

We’re wacky for our pets; it can’t be denied. They may require tons of time and energy, lead to high hospital bills and even increase homeowners insurance rates, but they’re always worth it. Check out some of the crazy things we do for our pets — from including them in family portraits to giving them presents on their birthdays.


Pet Ownership in America
Via: Homeowners Insurance

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Proud Mama

On our way home from the vet I took my eldest son Gary to the new Petco Unleashed store by our house.  It was their grand opening and they were offering free professional photos of dogs from The Picture People

Naturally I said “yes” to having the pictures taken, not even thinking that while they take them for free, I’d still have to pay for them if I wanted copies of the images.

Guess what?  I paid for them!  How could I not?  They turned out so cute.


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Linz Turns 30 in Vegas

L to R: Me and Linz

She actually turned 30 about three weeks ago, but her birthday celebration was this weekend in Vegas.  Lindsay is one of my favorite people in the world.  I met her my freshman year at San Diego State in the dorms.  It turns out we grew up in neighboring home towns.  We quickly became friends and stayed friends ever since.

In college we took many memorable road trips to Vegas, and some of my favorite memories in that city have Lindsay in them.

Lindsay is the kind of friend you can always count on.  She is supportive, caring, generous and fun. I was lucky to have her as a bridesmaid in my wedding and even though she lives in LA now, she came down to almost every single one of my fund raising events when I was walking the Breast Cancer 3 Day.

When she invited me to her birthday weekend in Las Vegas, it was a no-brainer!  I got to Vegas on Saturday morning around 11 a.m. and left Sunday at 3:30.  It was a short trip, but it was big on fun! We spent much of the day at the pool and then rallied at night to go to Studio 54 at the MGM Grand, where we used to go in every time we went to Vegas in college (Linz has VIP hook-ups there).

As long as I have a say, Lindsay will always be my friend.  It was so great to see her and have fun in one of our favorite cities in America – VEGAS!


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Dog Day in Del Mar

It was a windy day, but we had fun regardless

Today we decided to get out of the house with the dogs, so we headed to Del Mar dog beach to enjoy the beautiful day. This was our first time at the dog beach in Del Mar and we really enjoyed it.

It is smaller than the dog beach in Coronado, where we usually take the boys, but it is equally as clean and just as much fun.

After the boys ran around and made friends with beagles, great danes, labradors and other wiener dogs, we got back in the car and headed up to Del Mar village for lunch.  We ate on the patio of the dog-friendly Americana Cafe.  More on that in the next post.

Dexter's Deli Bakery Case

After that, we took the boys to Dexter’s Deli so Gary (my oldest dog son) could pick out his birthday cake for his party next month.  They had so many delicious-looking goodies to chose from. While all of the cakes are made for dogs, the owner told me that humans can eat them if they remove the dog bones from the top.  Carrot cake with peanut butter frosting sounds good to me.

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Cozymel’s Salads

My dad was in town briefly yesterday afternoon and I had the chance to get together with him for a late-lunch/early-dinner.

We met at Cozymel’s in UTC. Maybe because summer is here, they have added many new fantastic salads to their menu. I had the shrimp salad, which has sautéed shrimp served over mixed greens with cheese, tomatoes, avocado and caramelized poblano peppers and onions; tossed in cilantro-lime vinaigrette.

Dad had the beef fajita salad, which is tossed in chipotle-ranch dressing and topped with grilled marinated beef, tomatoes, avocados, caramelized poblano peppers and onions, cheese and crispy tortilla strips.

Other salads that sound delicious to me are the ahi tuna spinach salad and the grilled chicken salad.

No matter what you get at Cozymel’s, it is hard to go wrong. I’ve never had a bad meal.

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The Pig

Another Merced hot spot that has always caught my eye is The Pig.  It is actually called “The BBQ Pit” but the restaurant’s main icon is the giant pig statue that greets guests and lures them in from G street, hence the reason my family calls it “The Pig.”

Today we went there for breakfast.  The Pig serves food all day and is known for their excellent BBQ, particularly the ribs. Regardless, breakfast was no disappointment.  The Pig is decorated in red and white, with Coca Cola pictures on the wall and a jute box in the corner.  It looks like a diner you’d see in the 50’s with a stainless steel-trimmed soda fountain up front.

Dave and Pam

I ordered the Spanish omelette with home fries and fruit.  Dave ordered eggs and bacon that came with a side of pancakes and strawberries.  The pancakes looked amazing.  Scott and Pam had eggs, hash browns and sausage with a side of biscuits with gravy.  I am pretty sure that the biscuits and gravy are the money-makers for The Pig during breakfast.  They looked so good.

Our waitress, Katie, was friendly and prompt.  None of our meals were more than $7 each.  If you’re ever driving up the 99 freeway through Merced, do yourself a favor and stop off at The Pig for a bite to eat.

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