Sara

Sara

San Francisco, CA

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

Sara recommended a place Feb 04

★★★★★

I took my 3 year old to the Little Learners class at the SF Zoo. We had a blast! Each week focuses on a different animal for the theme — the class I attended was all about lemurs. The hour long class is divided into free play time, an art project, circle time with songs, snack time, story time and my favorite part: petting a live animal and going on a walk to visit the animal we learned about! ... More

Sara recommended a place Jan 22

★★★★★

I’m a big fan of Acrosports. My daughter really loves her weekly gymnastics class and I see a real improvement in her physical skills. She now climbs equipment on the playground with a level of confidence she did not have before Acrosports.

Sara recommended a place Jan 05

★★★★★

This is one of my favorite date night places and it just dawned on me to bring my kids here. It was great. I called up ahead of time to make a reservation for the same night (Saturday night) and they were able to accommodate us! My kids loved the seafood dumplings and garlic noodles with shrimp. Little one got a highchair. Valet parking right outside made it super easy.

Sara recommended a place Jan 01

★★★★★

Great little private park for St Francis Wood homeowners (though they don’t actually check that you’re a homeowner so anyone can walk in). Big and little kid swings, slides, basketball and tennis courts and a big field. No bathrooms though so BYOP (bring your own potty 😂)

Share a goal for the new year!

Share one thing you really want to make happen in 2019. It can be parenting related or not. Sometimes sharing things publicly holds you accountable and helps make it reality. Mine is in the comments.

Have you been a victim of medical identity theft?

A reporter from NBC news is putting together a story on the rise medical identity theft (stealing people's identity to access their medical benefits) and wants to hear from parents who have been victims. Apparently it is on the rise! If you have been a victim of medical identity theft, it'd be great if you could share your story in the comments.

Sara recommended a place Dec 15

★★★★★

Great alternative to the busy wait at San Tung across the street. They were sooooo nice to my kids and even offered to cut my daughters beef and broccoli for her. Food was tasty and the service was prompt. We will be back.

Help! I’m sick of washing bottles

I pump when I’m at work so between all the little plastic Medela bottles I pump into to store my milk and the glass Dr Browns bottles I use to feed my daughter, I feel like I’m constantly washing bottles. Is there a better system? Maybe a bottle I can directly pump into or I should be pumping into bags I can throw away when I’m done with them? I just need some way to reduce all the stuff I have... More

What's your favorite travel product when traveling with kids?

It's holiday travel season and I'm trying to learn all the travel tips as this is my first year with 2 kids instead of 1. So reply with your favorite products for travel with little ones. For those with big enough kids, my favorite travel item is the Ride Safer Vest. It replaces a car seat and easily folds up so takes up no space. It's great for getting to and from the airport. htt... More

Sara recommended a place Nov 02, 2018

★★★★★

My daughter attends preschool here and we absolutely love it. Small classes, very dedicated, loving teachers and a great community. There’s (optional) opportunities for parents to participate like Friday Shabbat service which I really enjoy. There’s a variety of scheduling options which is great because as my daughter got used to school we were able to send her for more hours. Can’t recommend C... More

Sara posted in Funny Nov 02, 2018

Is it a bad sign that my 3 year old keeps accidentally calling her sister Margaret?

I was trying to figure out why my 3 year old kept calling her sister Margaret (her name is Aubrey) that thinking she might have a friend named Margaret. Then I realized it's the name of Daniel Tiger's sister. We may need to lay off the Daniel Tiger for a bit... 😂😂

Sara recommended a place Oct 22, 2018

★★★★★

Stopped in here for lunch during a solo parenting adventure to Aquatic Park with my 3 year old and baby. It was great. They brought my 3 yo a special pink plastic plate and cup and let us keep the stroller and all our stuff right at the table. My 3 yo loved the California roll, gyoza, chicken teriyaki and edamame (she’s a big eater). The bathroom was clean and spacious. I felt like I could actu... More

Sara recommended a place Oct 10, 2018

★★★★★

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, 2018

★★★★★

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, 2018

★★★★★

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, 2018

★★★★★

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, 2018

★★★★★

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, 2018

★★★★★

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, 2018

★★★★★

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, 2018

★★★★★

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.

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, 2018

★★★★★

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, 2018

★★★★★

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, 2018

★★★★★

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

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

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?

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

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

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