Since I’ve traveled with kids a decent amount, people often ask me for tips. My most frequent advice is: You can do more than you think you can. The same holds true with many things in life actually.
Did you know the brain “geotags” memories based on location? When you encounter a familiar place, according to a recent study, “It opens up these memory boxes and triggers a flood of old memories in vivid Technicolor, like they happened yesterday.” In other words, memory and place are intricately linked, on a biological level.
Nine months ago, I teased that I’d be revamping my site to better focus on my human and book babies. Nothing much has happened on that front. Until now. I guess I was just feeling idle with only taking care of two kids, the holidays, three family trips, two books, a new blog partnership, and a potential new illustrator. Or maybe once you … More “Free Seattle,” New Travel Partnership, + Category Pages
Who doesn’t love a spray park on a hot, summer day? Seattle has several options, but Northacres is one of our favorites.
Seattlites loves farmers’ markets almost as much as we hate umbrellas. You’ll find a local market in practically every neighborhood, as you’ll see from the list below (which conveniently includes days and times). If I forgot one of your faves, please let me know. I’ll be sure to add it. So get out there. Wander. Sample. … More Free Seattle: Farmers’ Markets
You know that saying, “Stop and smell the roses”? Well, in Seattle it’s more like, “Stop and see the tulips.” Because Seattle is crazy about spring. We are outdoors people, and being cooped up inside for four months is quite enough, thank you very much. That’s why in April, we blissfully exit our rain caves to … More Free Seattle: Tulip Festival
One of the most magical things about books is their ability to transport us into other places, lives, and experiences. This is especially important for kids, giving them a larger context of the world beyond their backyards—thus paving the way for creativity and acceptance. Here are some our family’s favorite multicultural children’s books. I would love … More Multicultural Children’s Books
I recently came across an idea-packed article on creativity rituals, which included everything from naps to bar brainstorming to frequent vacations (yes yes and yes!). They also mentioned something called an “interesting people fund,” the idea of which was taken from an interview with entrepreneur and author Ben Casnocha: By pre-committing time and money to meeting interesting … More Interesting Person Fund
You probably know that Seattle is a coffee town. But you might not know that hordes of nomadic workers use its cozy, caffeinated haunts as offices. Whether you’re a fellow Seattle freelancer (like me), a local looking for a good place to read the day away, or just someone daydreaming about Seattle coffee culture, this Top 10 list … More Top 10: Seattle Places to “Work from Home”
For our honeymoon—well, technically our second one, but that’s another story—Ryan and I went to Thailand. It was a completely foreign experience outside of either of our comfort zones, and yet it remains one of our most memorable travel experience to this day. I’d even say it was one of our favorites because of that. … More One Night in Bangkok