Published on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
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Can you believe that we're just 2 weeks away from Christmas? Once we celebrated Thanksgiving, it felt like the first half of December flew by and I'm currently scrambling to find small windows of time where I can shop for my kids! In the spirit... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Winter has come early and quite abruptly here in Southern California! While we're traditionally known for moderate temperatures, even in December, the past few weeks have been so cold we're breaking out the scarves, gloves, and mittens and turning on our fireplace each night to stay warm.
Since my children own practically zero cold weather items, I... Read More »
Published on Monday, August 26, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
What challenges do you face when it comes to spending time with your children outdoors? Without thinking much about it, I can readily identify 3 including weather (both hot and cold), time and busyness, and convenience (or lack of). Summer seems like the ideal time to venture outdoors, yet scorching temperatures, lack of initiative, and too many techn... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
After more than a year of anticipation, The Smurfs 2 will debut in theaters this week! During my time in Paris (Las Vegas), I had an opportunity to get the inside scoop from Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and your favorite Smurfs on what it was like filming in the gorgeous city of lights. From playing Gargamel inside the famed Paris Opera House to l... Read More »
Published on Monday, May 27, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
It's Memorial Day, a day of remembrance. And as I sit back and reflect on what that really means (men and women who FOUGHT for our freedoms and lost their lives over those freedoms), I can't help but think about their passion...their zeal...their commitment. They believed in something so fervently, they were willing to die to protect it. I can't say there are many... Read More »
Published on Sunday, May 26, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living me.
— Minot J. Savage
[caption id="attachment_43201" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Photo Courtesy of Eddie Coyote[/caption]
For many families, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer. The weekend celebration is often filled with quick getaways, barbecues, a... Read More »
Published on Thursday, May 23, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
In the past several weeks, I've been on a cooking/baking frenzy, whipping up everything from sweet homemade toaster tarts to a refreshing strawberry gazpacho. Many of these dishes require unique ingredients, and inevitably, my fridge has been filled with various fruits, vegetables, and spices just itching to be used in a creative way.
During one of my cooking spr... Read More »
Published on Friday, May 17, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
That is the number of photos I currently have on my iPhone.
I obviously take a lot of photos, but sadly, most of those simply live on my iPhone or my laptop. Andrew Harvey once said that “your best camera is the one you have with you," and if you know me, then you know that I LIVE that quote! Those photos (and videos) I hold on my iPhone are more th... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Have you ever refrained from doing something because it just seemed to difficult? That is how I've always felt about jams, jellies, and preserves. I'm a huge proponent of eating healthy foods made from all-natural ingredients, and very often, store-bought varieties contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors and flavors. Traditionally, we've picked up our... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
For the second year in a row, children across the country will celebrate National Princess Week, which highlights the sparkle and wonder of princesses everywhere. This is the first I've heard of the celebration, and I am certain my daughter will be excited about an entire week dedicated to princesses.
If you're LA-centric, why not celebrate with royalty? On Apr... Read More »
Published on Sunday, April 14, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
After a long week of travel, all I really wanted to do this weekend was snuggle with my family, watch movies, and eat ice cream. But since it was cold enough to feel like winter, we opted for soup...chicken tortilla soup. Before I became a vegetarian, this was one of my favorite soups to make because of it's bold, intense flavors and heartiness. My children love s... Read More »
Published on Sunday, March 31, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Having a son with food allergies has inspired me to get creative with my cooking and baking. Since my son has some memory of what it was like to eat foods like pizza and ice cream, I have done quite a bit of research and experimenting to recreate those foods without dairy, eggs, and soy. Ice cream is a favorite in our household, and while we've offered him rice an... Read More »
Published on Monday, March 25, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
If you pick up any store bought variety of ice cream, it's likely laden with calories, sugar, fat, and a list of artificial ingredients used to preserve, color, and flavor it. But ice cream is actually quite a simple dish. You can start with milk, cream and sugar, flavor it with your favorite fruit, veggies, or nuts, and the result will be something so rich and crea... Read More »
Published on Friday, March 22, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
After learning about the incredible benefits of the Açaí berry last month with Sambazon, I've been attempting to incorporate more of this superfruit into our meals, specifically by making Acai Bowls. Native to Central and South America (and specifically, the Amazon jungle), the Açaí berry contains antioxidants that are similar to those found in red wine, healt... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Last week, I had this incredibly persistent craving for pistachios. I'm definitely not pregnant, so I imagine it was brought on by the bright green pistachio cupcakes I saw on my trips to our local grocery store. Our local Sprouts has an expansive and incredibly affordable bulk section, so I grabbed a big bag of these beauties and then began brainstorming how I woul... Read More »
Published on Monday, March 4, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Over the Christmas holiday, we had the privilege of spending some time with Stephanie and her beautiful family. I met Stephanie online several years ago when I happened upon her website. We connected over our views on parenting and love for travel. She continually inspires me, particularly when it comes to food. The day we walked into her home, the delightful smel... Read More »
Published on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Just about a week ago, I noticed that the sun was setting just a little later...a welcome sign that Spring is on the horizon. We typically don't get a wide variation in our seasons, but our winter was unseasonably cold and rainy, so the fact that the days are getting longer and the temperatures are rising warms my heart.
Even before my kids were exchanging Valentin... Read More »
Published on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
I got to spend a whole week with the new Lexus RX 350 F Sport, and I miss it already. A week was more than enough time to get to know this little SUV with some amazing features, and very few detractors. Lexus was kind enough to let me drive it around, knowing full well I was going to have two boys in the back seat the whole week. We were successful in not trashing... Read More »
Published on Monday, February 25, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
Do you love to cook at home, but struggle for inspiration? Dinner has always been a challenge for me. I have a handful of staple recipes I rotate through each week, but am always looking to change it up. My husband and I enjoy really good food, and fortunately, our children have followed suit so we're able to get creative and even a bit adventurous with our meals.... Read More »
Published on Sunday, February 24, 2013 by Caryn Bailey
The very first time I saw Disney's silent, black and white animated film Paperman, I was deeply moved. It was beautiful and poignant...hopeful and poetic. Tonight, the short film won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
Blending hand-drawn and computer-generated animation, the short beautifully depicts a typical boy-meets-girl scenario at a subway station in... Read More »