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Artisans, Community, Local, Momma, Restaurants & Drink, Uncategorized

Stay Tuned…

It seems I am taking a bit of an unplanned hiatus this week.  Its hard for me; my schedule didn’t allow for me to get posts lined up in time and my kids chose to be homebodies earlier in the week, despite my attempts at coaxing them out on Oakland adventures that I could share here with you.  So I am going to take a bit of time to read a book, enjoy the gorgeous weather, and welcome the impromptu break.

I do have a couple of articles that have gone online this week that I invite you to read, and share if you are so inclined.  I have lots planned for the coming few weeks with trips to Oaktown Spice Shop, Schilling Gardens, Flax Art & Design, and much more.  Stay Tuned!

In the meantime….

My piece about the mosaic trash cans in Oakland was published this morning on, you can find it here.

I also had a list of kid-friendly beer & wine spots throughout the East Bay go up on, click here to read more.

I will see you next week!


Photo Credit: Adrienne Schell

History, Landmarks, Local, Uncategorized

Double Batch of Love Found at Mother’s Cookies…Part 1

Those that know me well, know that when I lock onto something, good luck getting me to let go.  It can be a blessing and a curse.  I hem and haw over the littlest of things, search high and low for that perfect “something”, and often spend too much time, energy, and stress trying to bring something to fruition.  Last month, when I joined the Oakland Urban Paths walk in the area of Oakland once known as the town of Brooklyn, we stopped at the old Mother’s Cookies factory.  When I saw her smiling face on the iron sign now marking the live/work lofts that exist in the old brick building, I was instantly brought back to iced oatmeals and rainbow speckled circus animals.  I hadn’t thought of them in years, since my childhood.  I knew I had to do something to honor this local company’s history, I just didn’t know that not one, but two love stories would fall into my lap.  So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, let me tell you a story…

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