Within months of graduating from Cal, Erin met her husband Rick and for the last 14 years has been raising a family in San Francisco. Their two sons love the city as much as they do and are proud to call themselves natives. Erin works as a freelance writer and editor but also enjoys the freedom that comes with blogging. She was the SF Frugal Family contributor for Examiner.com a few years back, and if you are looking for creative ideas for getting out around town, you can still find her work at http://www.examiner.com/frugal-family-in-san-francisco/erin-darwin. In her free time, Erin loves to read, cheer on the Giants, try new restaurants and practice yoga.

Why I Love My Teenager’s Cell Phone

When my son went to high school this year, I was dismayed by the fact that he was allowed to use his phone throughout the day. Now, my view has changed completely! Because he...

Trouble at School

My son got into some trouble at school last week. It involved an inside joke among a large group of kids, but my son’s solo bad decision made it public. No one knew his...

Quit Clowning Around

This recent trend of people wearing clown masks to spook people is causing some problems in my house. My kids take the city bus home from school every day, and now my middle-schooler is...

The Parent Trap

Our son started high school and within weeks, our social life stopped cold. All of a sudden, he is out on Friday and Saturday nights with new kids we’ve never met doing various teenage...

Go to Sleep

How much sleep do you get a night? I ask because lately I have noticed that I receive emails from women at odd times of the night (really late) or in the morning (really...

Dream Dinners

*This post is sponsored- but the thoughts and feelings are our own, and we only work with businesses we believe to be reputable and resourceful to our readers. I’ve never heard of a place more...

My Cooking Quandary

Before I had kids, I didn’t cook. At all. Looking back, I have no idea what my husband and I even ate for dinner before we had kids. So by the time my boys...

School Clothes Shopping :: Easy or Awful

When I was little, I hated back-to-school shopping. My mom and I didn’t see eye to eye on how I should dress, and she insisted I try on clothes that made me uncomfortable. Based...

The “Bad Mom” Phenomenon

They had me the instant the trailer started for the upcoming movie Bad Moms. I will definitely see it, and I’ll sneak in a juice box of wine for anyone who wants to join...

Channel your own Mama Bear

Years ago, I knew something was wrong with my heart. My doctor continually told me I was fine. After two years she finally tested me, and months later I had surgery! I knew something...
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