Tiki Bars, Packing Tips, and the Best Smelling Hand Soap (Friday Faves 7.20.18)

week in review

Welcome Back! After two weeks off for the blog’s summer break, it feels good to be back. I head off this weekend for a short but sweet trip to Denver to test drive some cars and explore the mountains. You’ll hear more about the trip when I get back, because my family and I are being hosted by one of the blog’s generous sponsors! Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy some fun links below!

Pro Packing Tips

I used to make mindless packing errors, like packing shorts instead of the jeans I meant to grab or entirely forgetting underwear. Traveling frequently with a small child forced me to get organized, but I’m always looking for tips on how to pack efficiently and fashionably for vacation. This guide to packing 18 outfits into one carry on makes me want to plan one more summer trip in August just to try it out!


Head to a Tiki Bar

How can you experience the festive, rum-soaked energy of a tropical island vacation without ever leaving the Bay Area? Head to a tiki bar, of course! I recently went to Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago and had the best time. I’ve been to Smuggler’s Cove, and can’t wait to visit some of the other local tiki bars on this list.



Love at First Wash

I was over at a friend’s house the other day, and fell in love with the hand soap in her bathroom. The smell was so light and fresh, I went to the bathroom before we left just to use it again! Are there any household products you like to splurge on?

That Book Fuuuunnnny!

My son is just starting to string sentences together and has been cracking me up with all sorts of silly new phrases. The other day, he pointed to this book and said, “That book fuuunnnyyy.” Take his word for it and check it out, it’s a cute read.

Read Up

Do you have a summer reading list? I read a lot year round, but like adding a few extra novels to my list in the summertime. It reminds me of pre-toddler days when I had summers off and did a lot of uninterrupted reading and lounging. Next on my list are this thriller and this romance.

Armour Up

Have you been to the beautiful Amour Vert shop in Hayes Valley? All the clothes are sustainably made in the US, using high quality fabrics. I can’t wait to add some of their unique, feminine pieces to my wardrobe- I’m just waiting until my son is out of the toddler stage and no longer wiping his dirty hands on me! Berry-stained hands + soft silk = no thank you!


What a Sweet Moment Between These Two!

In case you missed it, here are the week’s posts from San Francisco Moms Blog and Mid-Peninsula Moms Blog. 

Help Your Baby Sleep on Trips

Did you miss our Facebook Live all about getting your baby to sleep when you’re away from home? Here’s the recap. 

AVYA Skincare

Kelly tried out some products from AVYA and tells us what she thinks.

5 Stops on the Way to Santa Barbara

Meredith got to drive a GMC Terrain down the Pacific Coast Highway on her family getaway to Santa Barbara. Here’s where they stopped along the way.


Jessica admits that since becoming a mom, she’s uttered some pretty ridiculous statements to her kids. Can you relate? 

Let’s Talk Nose Jobs

There are more than cosmetic reasons to get a nose job. We find out about rhinoplasties and septoplasties in this guest post.

Go Outside

Annabelle tells us about her favorite outdoor classes offered in San Francisco for toddlers.

New Ways to Prevent the Meltdown

Elisa shares five new ways to manage your toddler’s tantrums.

I Stay in SF for the Men

Amy says NYC is better than SF, except for one important part: the men. 


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