Trickle Down Valley
A new wave may have crashed over the country but there has always been a strong tidal surge of support for rumps in the valley. This winery suffers from a very slow trickle down effect. In fact, pay is so bad that turnover just keeps speeding up. You ever notice that there's always a new face behind the bar telling the little guys what to do? Ever wonder why? Well when the head boss is a d!ck then the odds are the manager is too.
Yummies Review: Mother Hubbard's in Buellton CA
A diner feel interior that's been around since 1978 mother hubbard's is an easy stop for breakfast on your way up or down the coastline. Ten minutes away are both Gaviota Beach State Park and nojoqui falls. The food is big portions and American road trip quality. Mother Hubbard's is a toddler friendly place for breakfast with nice, small-town service. For the year round RV trip this place makes a good stop along the 101.
Yummies Review: Forage | Sustainable Dining Vancouver
While staying in Vancouver for my birthday (if anyone asks say it was my third!) I got to sample a Tasty breakfast at Forage. The small cafe (fold your stroller when you walk in) has a cute indoor patio with fake grass that my son enjoyed. The hipster force is strong with this one, which makes for good people watching while you munch. For a breastfeeding mom forage offers a small serving size but that’s because I could eat a whole horse. I tried the pancakes and the french toast and really liked the rhubarb glaze around the french toast. My son wanted to kidnap (toddlernap?) the little tongs that were for sugar so watch the more sticky fingered of your brood.
Yummies Review in Morro Bay
Dolly's donuts in Morro Bay
Dolly's has super tasty cream filled donuts that are fluffy and fresh tasting. The cake donuts are not so good and I would suggest avoiding them. I grabbed a couple donuts and then headed back with the toddler to the RV where I poured a big glass of milk to go with my donut tasting. The handy thing about this strategy is that it allowed my son to play in a safe space, the rv, while I got to enjoy a treat.
If you're just road tripping through Morro Bay then take your donuts and head to the beach. Where your littles can play and you can snack.
Best tips for taking your littles on a cruise
Find out where the baby playroom is and visit often. I took my son into the kid's pool and splash area and while he enjoyed watching the other kids swim he himself didn't like the water. I just rolled with it and let him look out the windows and watch the poolside ping pong instead.
Foods: For a young toddler who is just starting to learn to chew with their front teeth and no molars finding food on board can be a challenge. I found the buffet to be the best bet for dinner with a tired and crabby toddler throwing fits. Foods he loved were crusty cheese bread, cheese sliced up, chicken, melon and pineapple and fried rice. All were easy to grab and feed to a little dude.
Time your meals around your at home schedule. Do not feel pressured to get in all the activities for adults. You have a small person and they need their schedule to stay normal.
TIP: Bathtime on a cruise is a point in the evening to calm the wild guy down and clean off a day's worth of grub.
Read the info packets like a book. Every day you will get little cruise ship packets with activity information. I took my son finger painting, sing along dancing and more by keeping an eye out for what was going on.
Tips for enjoying your family cruise:
Embrace the adventure of waking up in a different place each day. Make the journey itself fun by talking about where you are, what the day holds and what fun you will all have together.
Swim with a baby float or toddler arm floaties. When you have the water safety side covered everyone can enjoy the pools more. If your little one decides to scream at the mere touch of water take turns playing with baby around the pool.
Bring games like spoons, water cups and stickers to keep your little entertained during down time. My son brought his very favorite spoon with him, which I discovered when the porter handed it to me with our bags. We both got a great laugh out of that. It was emotional helpful for him to have familiar plays around the room.
Big open spaces and far flung views bring out your inner fun girl while slowly sipping at the nibbles of lush wine and tasty picnic packages. Somebody is sweet here, somebody is a boorish man-pig and somebody behind the counter likes to play games that aren’t so fun.
Guess the where and the who’s in Santa Ynez.
Celebs like to drop into the valley and some even live here. After all, this is a lovely part of SoCal but if some sizable-fish in small ponds get their way the valley will only be a destination for swigging grape's gifts. Locals need not stay and try to make the valley home.
Who doesn't want the plebs to get in the way of their profits?
Hey there good tasting, crisp and melon edged wine what have you seen lately? Could it be two tasters so knocked out by their fun day that they lost their kid in its stroller?
Oh my. Guess the Santa Barbara wine region isn't all sunshine and fine wines. It's also crazy people drinking when they shouldn't.
Guess which white-washed tasting front didn't do anything to stop them?
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