San Francisco on a Budget

San Francisco abounds with hundreds of family-oriented things to do – many at no charge, or small fees. Fun for all ages, with inspiration for birthday or teen adventures, here is a simple list of family-friendly suggestions during your summer excursion to this exciting and beautiful area: Golden Gate Park. Explore its 1,017 acres encompassing … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz County: Let’s Cruz!

Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach town. Surfers on bikes pedal through the neighborhoods carrying their surfboards. Families hang out on the beach while the kids build sandcastles and splash around in the surf. Screams of delight drift above the waves from riders on the seaside rollercoaster and instrumental surf music lulls a new … [Read more...]

At-Home Dads: Fathers Who Are Primary Caregivers

To start things out, let’s get two things clear. First, when you’re talking about At-Home Dads, semantics are important. They are not “Mr. Mom.” According to the National At-Home Dad Network, an At-Home Dad (AHD) is any father who is the regular primary caregiver of his children. Second, the majority of these dads, 70 percent according to a recent … [Read more...]

June 2017

On the Cover: Lisa, owner of Modern Image Photography, was proud to capture her little family. Her husband, Scott, 4-year-old Macy and 2-year-old Regan. These two girls absolutely adore their Daddy and had so much fun cheesing for the camera in front of our family truck we fondly call "Big Blue". Photography: Modern Image Photography, owned by … [Read more...]

Rent A Floating Hotel

When you feel the need for a stress-free place to hang out, try vacationing on a houseboat – a floating hotel where waterfront views are guaranteed. Living on the lake for an extended vacation or just a few days is perfect for families with children. Kids and their parents, love to splash into refreshing water from the on-deck slide, dive off the … [Read more...]

The Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum: Illuminating The Past, Present And Future Of The Mount Shasta Area

Looking for a refreshing getaway during the hot days of summer? Check out the Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, where you can bring the entire family to explore, learn and play – all for a suggested donation of just $1 each. This charming museum offers 4,000 square feet of indoor space filled with child-friendly exhibits, plus plenty of outdoor space … [Read more...]

Localicious: Fit Feasting Without the Fuss – How 3 North State Women Make Healthy Eating Easy For Busy Families

In a society ruled by the clock, Liza Wood, Michelle Cave and Jena Trzaskalski oppose the dichotomy of fast-and-easy food versus hearty-and-healthy meals. These creative, entrepreneurial women have instead found ways to make nutritionally dense meals that save their clients time and stress. Even better, each of these chefs works her culinary magic … [Read more...]

Traveling Safely with Children: New California Laws for Car Seat, Booster Seat & Seat Belt Safety

It’s that time of year for summer road trips, camp activities and family recreation. It is vital that parents and childcare providers keep themselves educated on the most current car seat, booster seat and seat belt laws and the best safety practices.  On January 1, 2017, California updated its car seat and seat belt safety laws. The new law … [Read more...]

Is Your Vehicle Ready for Summer?

Think about how much time we spend in our cars driving our kids – these family vehicles should be kept in tip-top shape. Auto maintenance and our family’s safety is of utmost importance. Our little ones deserve no less. From the day that I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I instantly had a new perspective on car safety. I had one of … [Read more...]

Be the Change: Dave Theno – Encouraging Students to Discover Their Unique Paths

Dave Theno found his niche as an administrator and teacher at Golden Eagle Charter School in Mount Shasta in 2005. Golden Eagle offers a combination of independent learning and classroom instruction. Dave’s work includes managing the school’s 6th-12th grade program, teaching classes in music and social studies while facilitating student learning. … [Read more...]