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Suburban Homestead
Northern California
I am a designer and mother of three. Welcome to my blog!
Interests: Modern design, organic gardening, interiors and product design, cooking, entertaining, graphic design, textiles, patterns, color, music, childrens books, photography, farming, reading, photography..
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It finally feels like we are getting in the swing of things this week. Last week marked our first week of full-session classes/tutoring sessions, but Beanie was out in DC with my mom. She's finally back home and we just wrapped up our first solid week all together. This is... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Suburban Homestead
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This week marked our first official week of homeschool! While we've been ramping up slowly for several weeks, and even though I thing we are always learning, last Monday was the start of all our remaining classes, and the tight schedule we need to stay on to keep it all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Our drive out of Wyoming, heading towards the Black Hills of South Dakota, was one of our longer days driving. As a rule of thumb, I always try to keep our time in the car to no more than three to four hours. Tourist attractions along the way always have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I have great memories of my grandmother taking me to the South Dakota State Fair in 1983. All the farm animals and machinery, the giant bingo game where you could win a TV, my 86 year-old grandma taking me on the Tilt-A-Whirl (God bless her!!), going back for seconds on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Cody, WY was such a treat. The chuchwagon cookout, the rodeo, and The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, had us all wishing for a covered wagon and our own pairs of cowboy boots. We stayed at the Americinn, which was ideal in that it had an incredible display of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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At the suggestion of my MIL, who spent her teen years living in Sheridan, WY, we exited Yellowstone last week via the east gate, and headed to Cody, Wyoming. She recommended we stop at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, specifically. That was enough for us. What we didn't... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Since leaving Yellowstone, we’ve crossed Wyoming, taking in a rodeo and state fair, and made our way through The Black Hills, and across most of South Dakota. Before I post about any of those adventures, and trust me when I tell you there were many, I want to skip to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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To truly get a feel for Yellowstone’s geothermal features, one must get up close and personal to each one. This might seem obvious, but I was guilty of appreciating many of them from afar at first, somehow believing I was having a full experience. It can be deceiving. On an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I'm still churning-out the Yellowstone posts, even though we've since blazed through Wyoming, and are now in South Dakota. I miss posting on a daily basis and in chronological order, as I have on past trips. There is something very satisfying and comforting for me when I do. Oh well...... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I get a super-dorky-kind-of-excited when I’m able to find us some experience that mimics a time in history that we’ve studied as a family. This entire two-week road trip aims to feed this obsession of mine, with all sorts of cowboy and pioneer themed activities. One of our favorites so... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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A friend recently told me about the Junior Ranger Program, available at most of our national parks. I looked into it, and while it sounded great to Tiny Buns, Beanie, and me, I couldn’t get the big kid on board right away. I think he must have assumed that completing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Our first day in Yellowstone, the ten of us took a (protracted) tour of the park's lower loop in a big ol' funky bus. It was a great way to get oriented with our new surroundings, but it was looong... which was hard on the kids at points. We had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Just a quick, quick post to share some pictures from our first day here in Yellowstone. Internet is hard to come by and our days are filled with lots of exploration, but I'm eager to keep posting so that I don't get buried in several hundred pictures that I'll never... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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When I woke the kids up at 5:45 this morning, Frijoles put her arms up for a big stretch, smiled and boasted, “I’m so happy today!!!” We are on day one of a two-week road trip starting with six days in Yellowstone National Park, and ending in Souix Falls, South... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Our sweet, sweet Oliver turned 1 this week and we celebrated with a sugar-free cake made of oats, pumpkin, yogurt, cinnamon and dog bones. Sadly, neither dog was terribly into the dessert, nor were their human companions. Perhaps we should have dusted it in bacon bits, like we do everything... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I've been meaning to drill down into the history of our local Indians. If I learned about the Coastal Miwok while in grade school, I've not been able to retain any of it. As we get ready to embark on a long roadtrip from Wyoming to South Dakota, I've been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I turned 41 this week. The strangest part about it for me is that my mom was 41 when she gave birth to me, and so the number has always held a certain significance. The story of my mom's age at my birth was always followed by awkward exclamations of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I used to love throwing kiddo birthday parties. Oh, to dream-up a cute themed party. Not much was more fun for me in those early years of motherhood. ;-) So many hours were spent, dedicated to the cause! Looking back now I wonder if I should have chosen sleep instead.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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Whenever we are in the mountains, I like to walk through the antique shops in downtown Placerville. Last week, my mom was with us. Over the years, we've shared many afternoons together, stolling in and out of antique shops. It's always been something we've both loved. This time, I had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I haven't been here in a while. I thought I was done, actually. I mean, I really, really thought I was done. I just didn't think I had it in me anymore to keep this blog up. Sure I still took lots of pictures and wrote posts in my mind... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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I never did get around posting everything we did on our Paris getaway. I would have needed another week off to do all that! ;) But with Mother's Day coming up tomorrow, it does seem fitting to pull these out - our visit to Pont des Arts. The love-lock bridge... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Suburban Homestead
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My favorite tacos are fish tacos, and for the past five years, I've been a bit of fish taco junkie. Anywhere I've gone, any way they were served, I indulged in fish tacos. I didn't discriminate against shrimp, grilled or blacked, I just made sure I got my fix any... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Suburban Homestead