Friday Faves & Finds (3.2.18)


week in review

Hooray for the weekend! Something about making it to the weekend still feels just as exciting to me as it did when I was a kid. Last weekend we went to Mountain Lake Park for the first time and really enjoyed it. We’ve lived in San Francisco for a year now, but checking out new neighborhoods and parks still makes me feel like a tourist in my own city. This weekend we plan to walk to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market  (weather permitting) to load up on fruits and veggies for the week. We are also hoping to grab brunch at ‘Aina on Sunday. Have you been? We see long lines outside all the time, so the food must be good, right? Hope you’ve managed to stay dry this week and have some fun weekend plans of your own. Here are a few links from around the web…


What are your favorite coffee shops in San Francisco? This fun list describes eight great coffee shops, including one of my personal favorites, Tartine Manufactory. If you are looking for a place to unwind and grab a coffee, but have a toddler and stroller in tow, check out the new cafe Noon All Day. We’ve been stopping by to refuel and hang out with friends after our MyGym class, and the huge outdoor seating area is the perfect place for little ones to run around while mamas sip (gulp) their coffee.

I’m not the parent of a teenager yet, but this post On Parenting Teens made me smile. I was a middle school teacher before my son was born, which taught me a lot about how silly, smelly, hormonal, insightful and curious teenagers can be.

I’m always intrigued by sheet pan meals, but skeptical that the ingredients will cook at the same pace and the flavors will meld as promised. I made this Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes this week and it was a hit! I was so glad there were leftovers so I could enjoy it the next day for lunch. I can confidently say that this is a sheet pan recipe that does not disappoint!

After our little guy tucked is in for the night, my husband and I have been excitedly snuggling up to watch Babylon Berlin, a new drama on Netflix. NPR describes the show perfectly: “Babylon Berlin explores the Weimar era’s raging nightlife, flourishing cabaret scene, and brutal criminal underbelly.” I always get hooked on period dramas set in the 1920’s (any Boardwalk Empire fans out there?), and this show is no exception.

What did your parents teach you about sex? How do you plan to tackle the topic with your own kiddos? This article is full of great tips and resources to help parents engage in open, honest, age-appropriate conversations about sex and the human body.

Last but not least, this Saturday, Everlane is opening a new shop in the Mission. Everlane has beautiful basics at reasonable prices, and I appreciate their commitment to transparency. I’m going to try to sneak out during nap time to see the new space and do a little shopping. Get more information about special opening weekend events here.

In case you missed it. . . 

Elisa summarizes loads of parenting books into 5 key things you need to know to manage your toddler’s behavior

Amy shares incredibly helpful tips for easing back into real life after the bliss of vacation

We published a giant list of things to do in the city this month.

Plus a huge SF neighborhood guide full of tips and insights from local moms

Sysamone reviewed the Oscar-nominated movies you might have missed (because, kids) before she heads off to the Oscars!

And over on our Mid-Peninsula site:

A hilarious take on when to tone down the nudity in front of your kids; keeping our Virtual Book Club in the family with a review of Christina’s father’s book; a tasty endorsement for Dr. Rosemary’s Herbal Teas; and an all too familiar encounter for women in the workplace – being talked down to by a man.


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Have a great weekend!

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Kate grew up in sunny San Diego and is a beach girl at heart. She moved to the Bay Area to attend Cal (Go Bears!), where she studied Sociology and met her husband Zack. She has a Masters in Education from UC Santa Cruz and taught middle school in Santa Rosa and Austin, Texas before her son Henry was born in 2016. The family of three moved to San Francisco in February 2017 and miss good barbeque, but enjoy exploring the city together. Kate loves spending time outdoors with Henry, usually hiking or hanging out at the playground. When Henry is sleeping, you can find her cooking, curled up on the couch with a new book or working on her headstand in a yoga class.


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