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Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

October is here and this means it is the season for pumpkins!!!! There is something about autumn that it is very easy to get into the fall spirit. Bring on the pumpkins, the apple picking, the baking, the pumpkin spice latte, the scarecrow decorations, crafts and Halloween celebrations!

Every year we carve pumpkins but pumpkins don’t last as long as we’d like and they always end up moldy after two or three days. Last year we started a new tradition to enjoy the pumpkins a little big longer …. Pumpkin Painting!!!

This is a great activity for the whole family. Our teen got a little creative, suggesting building Olaf from the movie Frozen (we all have to help with this) and the little one of the family did free style and made his own festive and unique design :-)

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

A few suggestions for pumpkin painting:

  • Before painting, make sure your pumpkins are gently washed with soap and water.
  • We used acrylic paint with our teen to paint Olaf. We always wear old clothing because if acrylic paint ends up on your clothing, it can stain.
  • For Olaf’s face we printed a stencil and used a pencil to trace the outlines of the design into the pumpkin.
  • Use non-toxic tempera or water-based paint for the younger kids.
  • We added some shine to the pumpkins with glittery paint.
  • Have FUN!!!!!!! … That’s what its all about.

Last year we did a few other fun characters:

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

It was very fun even thought Olaf’s head fell a few times :-)

Every day I love to see our decorated pumpkins next to our door!

Have a Festive and Fun Fall!

Victoria ;-)

Swinging at the Hippie Tree

 Hippie Tree Tiburon, Marin

I finally had a chance to visit the Hippie Tree this weekend. Hippie Tree is a hidden secret treasure located in Tiburon with one the most beautiful views of the Bay Area. Some locals also refer to this place as Tick Rock.

We had a little bit of trouble finding it since it is not easy to see from the road and it is located on the top of a hilly neighborhood.

We walked 5 minutes on the unpaved path to the top of the hill and found a majestic old eucalyptus tree with thick and strong branches perfect for an old fashioned rope swing. There were some kids relaxing and enjoying the view on some branches of the tree and a young couple having a photo engagement section… yes, this is a perfect photo spot!

Hippie Tree Tiburon, Marin

Other kids were climbing some rocks nearby, just be careful, as you can find glass bottle fragments on the ground.

At the peak to the hill you can appreciate the most spectacular view of the community of Belvedere, the Golden Gate Bridge towers, Richardson Bay , Mount Tamalpais  and San Francisco.
Hippie Tree Tiburon, Marin

Hppie Tree Tiburon, Marin

We had a lot of fun during our swing time and we spent part of our lazy morning relaxing under the tree….I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful area!

…A lovely Sunday morning to have a fun happy adventure!!!

How to get there:
The Hippie Tree in Tiburon, is located off of Gilmartin Drive,
on public land owned by the Town of Tiburon.
Limited Parking is available below the double yellow
lines on Gilmartin Drive.

Note: Swing is high from the ground…so, I would not recommend it for younger kids.


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Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria ;-)

 

Hippie Tree Tiburon, Marin

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“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Yesterday we went to see the “Graced with Light” art installation at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. This stunning installation features 20 miles of multicolored silk ribbons that are suspended from the cathedral‘s ceiling arches as part of an ongoing installation by American visual artist Anne Patterson. “Graced With Light” was originally intended to end on July 2013, but has been extended to February 28, 2014 due to its popularity.

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The Wave Organ at The Marina District

San Francisco The Wave Organ - Exploratorium

A few weeks ago after our second attempt we finally found one of San Francisco’s hidden and unusual spots: The Wave Organ. The Wave Organ is a wave activated acoustic instrument/sculpture part of the Exploratorium. The installation was developed by Peter Richards and sculptor and master stone mason George Gonzalesis in 1986.  It consists of 25 PVC organ pipes of various lengths that go into the water which creates the sound by the impact of waves against the pipe ends and the subsequent movement of the water in and out of the pipes.

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San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Life-sized gingerbread house, ice skating, holiday jingles, Christmas trees, Menorah lighting and even cable cars and boats decorated with holiday ornaments. The San Francisco elves has been busy getting into the holiday spirit!

Check out some of our favorite holiday attractions in the city where you can find the spirit of the season.

1. The Fairmont’s 22-Foot Tall Gingerbread House

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Walk inside the iconic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco during the holidays and you will see the main lobby transformed into a must-see holiday destination.  You will be delighted by the stunning  22 feet high and 23 feet wide two-story Victorian gingerbread house.  The house includes thousands of baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of royal icing and candy decoration.

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Halloween Activities: Painting Pumpkins

Just sharing some fun Halloween ideas…Painting Pumpkins is a fun and creative activity that the whole family will enjoy!!!!

Halloween Activities: Painting Pumpkins

Halloween Activities: Painting Pumpkins

  1. Select your pumpkin with a smooth surface without too many bumps.
  2. Clean with soap and water to remove any dirt or dust, rinse and dry your pumpkin.
  3. You can paint the whole pumpkin with Multi-Purpose Sealer first if you prefer.
    We didn’t do this step and so far our pumpkins has lasted for three weeks so far without a problem.
  4. Coat your pumpkin with white acrylic paint and let dry. That way the next set of colors will pop.
    We purchased the acrylic paints at Michael’s (remember to bring a coupon for a discount). If you have other kinds of paint at home you can test it out on a small area of the pumpkin to see if it sticks first.
  5. After searching ideas in Pinterest, we printed and traced our design onto the pumpkin with transfer paper using a pencil or with a permanent marker.
  6. If you want to make your design more fun you can add some glitter, decorations or embellishments accents to your pumpkin.
  7. And most important….Have fun with it and enjoy the proccess!!!

Victoria ;-)

Now you can scratch one more item off of the Fall Bucket List :-)

Fall is here…Time for apple picking!!!

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

It is time to get outside and enjoy all that the Fall season has to offer. One of my favorite family-friendly Fall activities is to visit a local farm with friends and pick apples. It’s such a simple way to have fun as a family, create lasting memories and support local farmers!!!

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Our Fall Bucket List…

Fall is my favorite time of the year….there is something very special about this season, I love the beautiful weather and the incredible colors it brings!!! There are so many fun things to do during the fall, so every year we create a “Fall Bucket List” to remind ourselves to fully enjoy this colorful season. Hopefully, all of these will be checked off by the end of November! ;-)

You can download these 7x5in PDF printable files (filled or blank) to enjoy with your family and have fun making memories together.

Download the “Fall Bucket List” PDF file (1.79MB)

Autumn Bucket List

Download the “Blank Fall Bucket List” PDF file (1.35MB)

Autumn Bucket List

Autumn Bucket List

Pet Cementery - Presidio - San Francisco
“Try at least two new things this Fall…..Fill your life with sweet memories and have a FUN FALL season!
Pet Cementery - Presidio - San Francisco

What’s your favorite thing to do during fall? I would love to hear it!

Happy fall, y’all!

Victoria :-)

Eat, Drink & Play…Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Nothing better than to spend a Sunday with family and friends at “Off The Grid’sPicnic at the Presidio.

Every Sunday 11 am to 4 pm through October 27th you can enjoy the best Bay Area favorite restaurants, food trucks, farmer’s markets fresh produce, traditional games, music, “picnic blanket bar service,” and an amazing Bay view.

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

The purpose behind Off the Grid is to group San Francisco street food vendors and restaurateurs to allow neighbors and families to connect with each other and enjoy a great food experience. You can enjoy food from around the world in one place. A food-festive experience!

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio
Finally after a few months, we had the opportunity to ‘catch’ “Del Poppolo” pizza truck. Del Popolo’s truck doesn’t have a permanent location and you have to track it daily via twitter @pizzadelpopolo.

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