Sara

Sara

San Francisco, CA

Working mama trying to keep up with my daughters Bryn & Aubrey ❤️

Sara recommended a place Oct 10

★★★★★

Highly recommend Bill Jackson and his "Find the Right School" program. We engaged him to help us think through our educational goals for our daughter and figure out which schools are right for us. The San Francisco school system is pretty gnarly to navigate so having an expert guide us through has been immensely valuable. If you have a 3 or 4 year old and need to figure out where to s... More

Sara recommended a place Oct 07

★★★★★

It’s pumpkin patch season so we hit up this seasonal spot yesterday!! It’s small but perfect for a quick trip to pick up some pumpkins. They have a hay ride in the back which is not super exciting (and costs $5/person) but it entertained my 3 year old and baby 🎃🎃

Sara recommended a place Oct 06

★★★★★

Great ballet classes for little ones. My 3 year old daughter loves it and looks forward to class each week. This location is more spacious than the north beach location and includes a whole reception area in the front where parents can watch the class. They also sell leotards and shoes and other ballet gear here. You pay for classes monthly and can make up any classes you miss so you don’t have... More

Is there a such thing as a compact minivan?

This is the second time in a month that we have had maintenance issues with our car we are starting to look at new options for a family car. I have 2 young kids (with car seats) plus us (2 adults) so I’m really drawn to getting a minivan. Unfortunately we often drive in the city where parking is tight. Is there a minivan that has a more compact profile or an SUV that you’d recommend? Bonus poin... More

San Francisco Library Fall storytime schedule

See photos for the Fall 2018 schedule at all the SF libraries

Sara recommended a place Sep 16

★★★★★

Love this library! The kids section is in its own separate room so you don’t have to worry about disturbing the adults and there is tons of space. It’s open 7 days/week too (and some nights until 9pm)

Sara recommended a place Sep 08

★★★★★

Great food and SUPER family friendly. Right away when we were seated they brought my 3yo crayons and they let me keep the stroller for my baby right next to my seat. The kids menu was affordable and had large portions. The adult food was delicious. And a real changing table in the bathroom!

Books that changed the way you parent

Tell me about the books that changed the way you parent. I remember when I was pregnant I read "Expecting Better" and it completely changed how I viewed pregnancy because I realized many of the restrictions around pregnancy were myths and I could eat sushi, for example. Any books like that for parenting that changed your views? They don't have to be strictly "parenting books&... More

🐅 Anything as good as Daniel Tiger for some variety?

My three year old daughter is obsessed with Daniel Tiger and has been watching nonstop because she’s currently sick. Any other shows or movies she might like? I don’t want her burning out on Daniel Tiger 😂

What do you do with your kids that other parents don’t seem to agree with?

For example: set their own bedtimes, no screen time, etc. For me the thing that we do with our older one is almost no sugar in her diet. We’ve become a little more relaxed about it recently though. What’s the thing you do with your kids that’s different from most parents?

Sara recommended a place Aug 25

★★★★★

Great Chinese food, relaxed atmosphere, large menu. You can’t fit a stroller in here but I just held the baby in my lap. It can get busy but we arrived early when it opened and got seated right away. My 3 year old ate an entire order of chicken fried rice 😂

Sara recommended a place Aug 17

★★★★★

They did an excellent job cutting my 3 year olds hair and were extremely sweet with her. She had a great time and her hair looks great!

Sara recommended a place Aug 15

★★★★★

Went here for an anniversary dinner with my husband and brought the baby. The food was delicious. The tables are SUPER close together so don’t come if you have a fussy baby or need a bunch of space. Definitely don’t bring a stroller. I just held my daughter the whole time and she was super chill so it worked out.

Sara posted in Education Aug 11

PSA: Avoid these toxic school supplies

I was pretty shocked to find some crayons in this list of school supplies that have toxic chemicals in them. “This box set, purchased at Dollar Tree, has traces of asbestos, the report found. The chemical can appear in the talc that is used in crayon manufacturing, according to the report.” https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/08/health/dangerous-chemicals-school-supplies-trnd/index.html

Sara recommended a place Jul 14

★★★★★

Awesome brunching here on a Saturday with the fam. We scored one of the 4 outdoor tables. My three year old loved their hamburger and sweet potato fries. Oh and that’s me under the cover feeding the baby 😂

Pumping without a pump

Anyone here “pump” without a breast pump? Sounds intriguing. I personally would love to learn in case I forget my pump and don’t have the baby with me! https://www.thecut.com/article/pump-without-a-breast-pump.html

Sara recommended a place Jul 04

★★★★★

Such an awesome little amusement park for young kids with rides, animals and lots of slides and stuff to explore. My 3 year old had a blast (and my newborn basically slept the whole time). I agree with the other review that it’s SUPER EASY to lose your kids here so be on alert. They sell food or you can bring your own and they have plenty of places to eat along with a picnic area with lots of g... More

Sara recommended a place Jul 02

★★★★★

We just hosted my daughter's 3rd birthday party at Peekadoodle and it was incredible. They take care of all the details for you (food, entertainment, activities, cake, balloons, party favors) so all you have to do is show up. The absolute best part is that when the party is over you can just leave and don't have to clean anything up! It's a large play space so can accommodate a lot ... More

Sara posted in Holidays Jun 16

Raise awareness about kids separated from their parents this Father’s Day

If you’re fortunate enough to celebrate Father’s Day with a family meal this year, check out this idea from https://fathersdayofaction.org/ Set an extra seat at the table and post a photo on social media with the hashtag #FathersDayOfAction

Sara posted in Fitness Jun 14

Should I buy a Peloton bike?

I have a newborn and a 3 year old and my husband and I are both trying to figure out how we are going to ever get any exercise in. Some friends swear by the Peloton but will we actually use it long term? And can two people of different sizes use the same bike? It’s not cheap so I want to make sure we’ll actually get value out of it. What do you think?

Sara posted in Diapering Jun 08

Cure for really bad diaper rash

I have a newborn who has extremely bad diaper rash and I tried literally every cream and remedy, including prescription anti-fungal cream and prescription steroid cream. It got so bad that the diaper rash was actually bleeding and we had to take an emergency trip to the pediatrician. Finally what is working is using a blow dryer (I have one with a cool setting, or I use a warm setting from fa... More

Sara posted in Behavior Jun 02

Finally the Marshmallow Test is debunked

“Ultimately, the new study finds limited support for the idea that being able to delay gratification leads to better outcomes. Instead, it suggests that the capacity to hold out for a second marshmallow is shaped in large part by a child’s social and economic background—and, in turn, that that background, not the ability to delay gratification, is what’s behind kids’ long-term success.” https:/... More

Sara recommended a place Jun 01

★★★★★

Came here on a Friday night with a newborn and 3 year old (we had a reservation). It was a very tight space but they were really accommodating and let me put the baby’s little bassinet in the booth (the bassinet attachment to the uppababy vista stroller). My 3yo got crayons and LOVED the children’s prime rib dinner (she demolished it then started chewing on our bones). Huge success. We will be ... More

Sara recommended a place May 27

★★★★★

Achievement unlocked! We made it out to dinner with a newborn (and 3 year old). Burgers are tasty and they helped make room for the stroller next to the table.

Tips for dealing with cracked nipple and newborn?

I had my daughter 5 days ago and have been nursing nonstop ever since. My right nipple is really cracked and as a result my daughter has been swallowing and spitting up blood! I started using a nipple shield on that side but my baby isn’t swallowing much milk when I use the nipple shield. How do I let my nipple heal but still nurse from that side?

Sara posted in Cute May 21

Introducing Aubrey Willa

She’s here!! Took 2 pushes. Second time around was a lot faster than the first.

Sara posted in Parties May 19

Cute idea: “birthday” party for older sibling

I’m going to be induced in a couple days to deliver my second daughter. My aunt who has been helping watch my 3yo daughter made her a whole birthday party to celebrate her sister being born. She got presents and everything. My 3yo felt really special!

This Sunday is Bay to Breakers!

Friendly reminder for SF parents that this Sunday is Bay to Breakers. The city will be very crowded and roads will be closed along the race route (https://www.baytobreakers.com). Related: Think running Bay to Breakers at 39.5 weeks pregnant will be a good way for me to induce labor 😂?

Best ways to start to teach a preschooler to read?

My (almost) 3 year old daughter asked the other day how she can read the words in the book like mommy and daddy do. We've started working with her on basic letter recognition (she recognizes the letters in her name and other letters like M for mom, D for dad, G for grammy) but I'm not sure where to go from there? What's a good next step after she masters recognizing all the letters?... More

Acid reflux during pregnancy

I’m almost 37 weeks pregnant and my acid reflux has gotten soooooo bad. Any remedies? Help!

Sara recommended a place Apr 28

★★★★★

Love this place for a fancy date night without the kids. Make sure you plan for enough time if you’re booking a babysitter... it’s a multi course meal that takes at least 2 hours.

I finally caved and tried these scooters I’m seeing

Admittedly not the safest thing to do 36 weeks pregnant and I know I should be wearing a helmet but it was an efficient way to get up the hill to the playground (my husband pushed my daughter up in the stroller and met me there). I’m a scooter fan now!

If my career as a mom doesn’t work out, I definitely have a future as a short order cook 🙄

Sara recommended a place Apr 22

★★★★★

Came for lunch with another family on a Saturday. Not the healthiest food in the world but my daughter loved the kids burger and half of a strawberry milkshake. They had crayons and coloring sheets which kept the kids pretty busy because we had to wait a little while for our food to come out. A big plus is we could order and get seated right away when a lot of other restaurants in the area had ... More

Sara recommended a place Apr 22

★★★★★

Walked in on a Friday night for dinner. It wasn’t crowded at all and we got seated right away. The food and service were great and there were other families there too. A hidden gem! My daughter loved the Pad Thai.

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