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Visit the Lavender Gardens at Matanzas Creek Winery in Santa Rosa

The lavender gardens of the winery are in full bloom right now and the smell just fills the air.  See more at: http://thebubblybay.com/?p=2370

The lavender gardens at Matanzas Creek Winery

Let’s Go Fly a Kite at the Berkeley Kite Festival

attended the Berkeley Kite Festival held at Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, one of the country’s largest kite festivals. See more at: http://thebubblybay.com/?p=2415

Let’s Go Fly a Kite at the Berkeley Kite Festival

San Francisco Bay Area Bucket List

Summer is here and school’s out…Let’s go explore and take advantage of the many local adventures that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. If you’re looking for some family fun activities to do close to home, here is our “Bay Area Bucket List” with some ideas before the season ends that will allow you to create great memories with friends and family. See more at: http://thebubblybay.com/?p=2268

San Francisco Bay Area Bucket List

Hope you all are having a great Summer!!!

Victoria 😉

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

October is here and this means it is the season for pumpkins!!!! There is something about autumn that it is very easy to get into the fall spirit. Bring on the pumpkins, the apple picking, the baking, the pumpkin spice latte, the scarecrow decorations, crafts and Halloween celebrations!

Every year we carve pumpkins but pumpkins don’t last as long as we’d like and they always end up moldy after two or three days. Last year we started a new tradition to enjoy the pumpkins a little big longer …. Pumpkin Painting!!!

This is a great activity for the whole family. Our teen got a little creative, suggesting building Olaf from the movie Frozen (we all have to help with this) and the little one of the family did free style and made his own festive and unique design 🙂

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

A few suggestions for pumpkin painting:

  • Before painting, make sure your pumpkins are gently washed with soap and water.
  • We used acrylic paint with our teen to paint Olaf. We always wear old clothing because if acrylic paint ends up on your clothing, it can stain.
  • For Olaf’s face we printed a stencil and used a pencil to trace the outlines of the design into the pumpkin.
  • Use non-toxic tempera or water-based paint for the younger kids.
  • We added some shine to the pumpkins with glittery paint.
  • Have FUN!!!!!!! … That’s what its all about.

Last year we did a few other fun characters:

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

It was very fun even thought Olaf’s head fell a few times 🙂

Every day I love to see our decorated pumpkins next to our door!

Have a Festive and Fun Fall!

Victoria 😉

Swinging at the Hippie Tree

Hppie Tree Tiburon, Marin

I finally had a chance to visit the Hippie Tree this weekend. Hippie Tree is a hidden secret treasure located in Tiburon with one the most beautiful views of the Bay Area. Some locals also refer to this place as Tick Rock.

We had a little bit of trouble finding it since it is not easy to see from the road and it is located on the top of a hilly neighborhood.

We walked 5 minutes on the unpaved path to the top of the hill and found a majestic old eucalyptus tree with thick and strong branches perfect for an old fashioned rope swing. There were some kids relaxing and enjoying the view on some branches of the tree and a young couple having a photo engagement section… yes, this is a perfect photo spot!

Hppie Tree Tiburon, Marin

Other kids were climbing some rocks nearby, just be careful, as you can find glass bottle fragments on the ground.

At the peak to the hill you can appreciate the most spectacular view of the community of Belvedere, the Golden Gate Bridge towers, Richardson Bay , Mount Tamalpais  and San Francisco.
Hppie Tree Tiburon, Marin

Hppie Tree Tiburon, Marin

We had a lot of fun during our swing time and we spent part of our lazy morning relaxing under the tree….I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful area!

…A lovely Sunday morning to have a fun happy adventure!!!

How to get there:
The Hippie Tree in Tiburon, is located off of Gilmartin Drive,
on public land owned by the Town of Tiburon.
Limited Parking is available below the double yellow
lines on Gilmartin Drive.

Note: Swing is high from the ground…so, I would not recommend it for younger kids.

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria 😉

The Wave Organ at The Marina District

San Francisco The Wave Organ - Exploratorium

A few weeks ago after our second attempt we finally found one of San Francisco’s hidden and unusual spots: The Wave Organ. The Wave Organ is a wave activated acoustic instrument/sculpture part of the Exploratorium. The installation was developed by Peter Richards and sculptor and master stone mason George Gonzalesis in 1986.  It consists of 25 PVC organ pipes of various lengths that go into the water which creates the sound by the impact of waves against the pipe ends and the subsequent movement of the water in and out of the pipes.

San Francisco The Wave Organ - Exploratorium

It is a little tricky to get there. The Wave Organ is located on a jetty east of the St. Francis Yacht Club that forms the small Boat Harbor in the Marina district of San Francisco. The jetty itself and the Wave Organ were constructed with irregular granite and marble taken from a demolished gold-rush era cemetery.

San Francisco The Wave Organ - Exploratorium

San Francisco The Wave Organ - Exploratorium

It was a beautiful sunny but calm day without any crashing waves.  We couldn’t hear the music of the waves at the Wave Organ but we really enjoyed the relaxing and beautiful view of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate bridge from there. We heard The Wave Organ sounds best at high tide and during a full moon.  It was a fun trip out there, kids will enjoy it, make it one of your S.F. hidden spots.

For more information visit: http://www.exploratorium.edu/visit/wave-organ
Address: 83 Marina Green Dr, San Francisco, CA 94123
Google Maps>>

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria 😉

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Life-sized gingerbread house, ice skating, holiday jingles, Christmas trees, Menorah lighting and even cable cars and boats decorated with holiday ornaments. The San Francisco elves has been busy getting into the holiday spirit!

Check out some of our favorite holiday attractions in the city where you can find the spirit of the season.

1. The Fairmont’s 22-Foot Tall Gingerbread House

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Walk inside the iconic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco during the holidays and you will see the main lobby transformed into a must-see holiday destination.  You will be delighted by the stunning  22 feet high and 23 feet wide two-story Victorian gingerbread house.  The house includes thousands of baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of royal icing and candy decoration.

Pets are always welcome at The Fairmont.  For  the first time, the gingerbread house is accompanied by the gingerbread doghouse 🙂

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

The Gingerbread will be on display in hotel lobby (950 Mason St., San Francisco), through January 1, 2014.

2. Union Square: The Macy’s Christmas tree, giant Menorah and Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

San Francisco Holiday Fun!
In the heart of Union Square and San Francisco’s most popular shopping destination, stands the impressive 83-foot Macy’s Christmas Tree, decorated with 33,000+ LED lights and 1,100 ornaments. Next to it, the giant Menorah stands up as part of Hanukkah festivities. Right in the center of the square, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink is open from 10am-11:30pm daily until January 17, 2014. Lace up those skates and have perfect fun winter and magical holiday with family and friends!

PIER 39 & Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco Holiday Fun!
The vibrant  Pier 39 offers a majestic 60-foot tree adorned with lights, beautiful ornaments and colorful big presents at the foot of the tree…..just perfect for a family holiday photo! We also enjoy the fun live performers and holiday activities!

We also appreciated some boats at the Fisherman’s Wharf with lights and holiday decorations getting ready for for the Lighted Boat Parade that will take place this year on December 13th at 5:30pm. Check Lighted Boat Parade for more information.

On our way back home we saw a cable car and few homes decorated with elaborate displays of lights, ornaments and holiday cheer!!!

San Francisco Holiday Fun!

Enjoy San Francisco at the most festive time of year!!!

Victoria 😉

Halloween Activities: Painting Pumpkins

Just sharing some fun Halloween ideas…Painting Pumpkins is a fun and creative activity that the whole family will enjoy!!!!

Halloween Activities: Painting Pumpkins
Halloween Activities: Painting Pumpkins

  1. Select your pumpkin with a smooth surface with no bruises, scratches, or blemishes.
  2. Clean, rinse and dry your pumpkin.
  3. Coat your pumpkin with white acrylic paint and let dry. That way the next set of colors will pop. We purchased the acrylic paints at Michael’s (remember to bring a coupon for a discount). If you have other kinds of paint at home you can test it out on a small area of the pumpkin to see if it sticks first. You can also paint the whole pumpkin with Multi-Purpose Sealer first. We didn’t do this step and so far our pumpkins has lasted for three weeks so far without a problem.
  4. After searching for ideas in Pinterest, we printed and traced our design onto the pumpkin with transfer paper using a pencil or with a permanent marker.
  5. If you want to make your design more fun you can add some glitter, decorations or embellishments accents to your pumpkin.
  6. And most important….Have fun with it and enjoy the proccess!!!

Victoria 😉

Scratch one more item off of the Fall Bucket List 🙂

Fall is here…Time for apple picking!!!

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

It is time to get outside and enjoy all that the Fall season has to offer. One of my favorite family-friendly Fall activities is to visit a local farm with friends and pick apples. It’s such a simple way to have fun as a family, create lasting memories and support local farmers!!!

Here are some apple picking farms around the Bay Area for your enjoyment. Some are just a short drive while others are a great day trip.

Twin Hill Ranch
1689 Pleasant Hill Raod
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-2815
www.twinhillranch.com
Dog Friendly.

Gabriel Farm
3175 Sullivan Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-0617
www.gabrielfarm.com

Chileno Valley Ranch
5105 Chileno Valley Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 765-6664
www.chilenobnb.com

Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch
13128 Occidental Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-0538

Depending where you are in the Bay Area, Watsonville may be closer than Sonoma County:
Gizdich Ranch
55 Peckham Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-1056
www.gizdich-ranch.com

Be sure to call ahead of time to confirm availability before planning your trip!

We visited Twin Hill Ranch this weekend and had a wonderful day and went back home with over 10 lbs of a variety of apples.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking
– Picnic tables and beautiful open areas where the kids can play at Twin Hill Ranch.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking
– Delicious Apple Bread from Twin Hill Ranch.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

Now, it is time to learn and enjoy making all sorts of apple things.

I would LOVE to know where your favorite apple picking spots are.

We hope you have fun during Apple Picking Time!

Victoria 😉

Scratch one item off of the Fall Bucket List 🙂