Muir Woods family hike

wearing: blue tee / backpack (old, also love this one) / black belt / jeans / nail polish / statement earrings / hiking boots (old, also love this pair) /

If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area, there is a good chance you have visited Muir Woods at some point in your life. If not, what are you waiting for? People from around the world make it a point to visit Muir Woods when they travel to San Francisco, so definitely make sure it gets on your to do list!

Muir Woods is filled with old growth redwood trees, many of which have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. There have also been historical events which occurred at Muir Woods such as when the UN met in San Francisco to get organized, they visited Muir Woods and even took a picture!

Since Muir Woods is such a popular destination, a reservation system has been put in place for visitors. I have to admit, I love the reservation system. I remember when you just showed up on a whim. The parking lot would be gridlock and there would be way too many people on the trails. With the reservation system, traffic is controlled, and the trails are not crowded. It really is better for the environment as well as the overall experience. Love it!

Speaking of the trails, there is a trail for every hiking level at Muir Woods. You can walk along the flat trail and learn about the history of the park, or you can wander onto one of the many trails which take your through the park. We found a trail which was moderately challenging and took two hours to complete.

You can learn more about Muir Woods and make reservations at Be sure to print your tickets at home, there isn’t any cell service at Muir Woods.

I recommend getting an early morning reservation to beat the summer heat. This will clear up your afternoon so you can explore Marin County, or head back into the city to play tourist.

Enjoy your visit and also bring a water bottle, wear hiking boots, and watch for ticks.

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College finals care package ideas

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College finals care package ideas from top left: protein bars / pillow mist / squishie / stress balls / chocolates / coloring book /

It’s that time of year again! If you have a college student, they may be ramping up for finals as we speak! This means added stress and added study time. They may need a little love from home in the form of a care package.

When I make a care package for my college student, I like to include something to hug, like a squishie, something that is a treat, like chocolate, something practical, like protein bars, and things which relieve stress such as stress balls, a coloring book, etc. If you include these three categories, the care package you send to your college student will hit all the buttons to help them make it through finals week, and the study weeks leading up to finals week.

You can order these items individually and send them off to your student, or you can gather them yourself and make the box they open special. I like to line the box with colorful foil and place the items in the box. This way, when my daughter opens the box, it feels special. A little bit of thoughtfulness from home can also help to relieve stress in your student’s life! Love that!

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Your student will get through finals, despite all the stress! As long as you are there for them to talk to, and of course, a care package helps!

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Who you gonna call?

ghostbusters fire station new york

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Ghostbusters! This was one of my favorite movies as a kid, so it was natural for me to want to stop by the fire station where a lot of the magic happened in the movie. Quite literally!

The Ghostbusters fire station is a functioning firehouse. We saw fire fighters on duty, and we were able to peek into the side door where we could see an engine ready to go. For those of us who were looky-loos, we were all outside taking pictures.

I was happy to be able to take a quick photo in front of the firehouse despite the strong winds blowing right at me; I think you can tell the wind was strong by looking at me! haha

Speaking of Ghostbusters, I found out there is another sequel to the original movie, and it is in theaters right now! This version features the original actors. I am so excited! I am looking at my schedule as we speak to find a day to go see it. It looks so good! Have you seen it yet?

If you love Ghostbusters like me, there is also a fabulous Lego display at the Lego store near Rockefeller Plaza. I snapped a photo, which you can see below. The marshmallow man is my favorite villain from the movie.

Well, that’s my touristy, fan-girl visit to the Ghostbusters firehouse! If you love the movie like me, and happen to be in NYC, definitely stop by and get your superfan photo!

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