Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Raising a Foodie: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gates loves to help in the kitchen. When she was putting everything into her mouth this could be somewhat challenging. Now it's less of a challenge, but with these vegan chocolate chip cookies, you don't have to worry about your little one ingesting raw egg.
 

Gates reaches for a vegan chocolate chip cookie

 

Refined-sugar free. Dairy-free. Vegan. Three words that will have a little one turning up their nose before they ever take a taste. But these cookies are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Gates wanted to eat the batter instead of shape and bake a batch of cookies.
 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Just Outside the Frame: Taking Your Daughter to Work

When Gates was born, it became important to me that she believe anything was possible. I wanted her to be able to do whatever she dreamed. At that moment, I realized I needed to follow my dreams so that she would have a role model.
 

Gates Plays with a Sea Urchin Exoskeleton

 

Because actions speak louder than words, my actions needed to support my words. I wanted to tell her I believed in what I was doing, that I had dreamed big and hustled. So, I changed my career path.
 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Recognizing the Impact of Educators

Education has always been important to my family. Sadly, the education system in California has not always been up to the task. Luckily, there’s always been someone in our immediate family who was on top of the latest advancements in learning. For me, my aunt was an elementary school educator; she supplied my mom with math and science textbooks and graded my work. For Gates, my sister—her aunt—is an early childhood and elementary school educator.
 

Using Technology as an Educational Tool

 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dining Out in Cow Hollow: Palm House Restaurant

San Francisco's foodie scene is full of hidden gems, especially because residents often hole up in their base neighborhoods and seldom venture out. If you haven't made Cow Hollow a destination for a girls' night out or a date night, get there as soon as you can. And land at Palm House on 2032 Union Street.
 

Bloggers Dinner at Palm House San Francisco

 

Do you know the history of Cow Hollow?
 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mindful Consumption: The 2015 8 for 4 Challenge

It's May and that means it time once again for the Spring Mindful Consumption Challenge. The 8 for 4 Challenge: 8 items of clothing for four weeks.
 

Wooden Hangers

 

Last May I set out to see if I could wear six items of clothing for four weeks (a creative challenge initially raised in 2010 by a now offline website, SixItemsorLess). My goals? To examine how I was spending my fashion dollars. To go through my closet and donate any items that still had yet to be tailored or still had tags still on them.
 

Could you wear just eight (or six) pieces of clothing for four weeks?
 
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