Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Free Fishing Class This Saturday in SF

This Saturday, there's a free fishing class put on by Park and Rec, at San Francisco's Lake Merced. It's for kids ages 8 and up, and it covers basic fishing techniques taught by their experienced staff. Lake Merced has common species like rainbow trout, catfish, black bass, carp and sunfish. They'll provide the equipment, but if you're 16 or older, you need a fishing license.

Here's the catch (get it?): this class only accommodates 12 students, first-come, first serve. Buy your fishing license at the California Fish and Wildlife website at or at your local fishing shop.

When: Saturday, August 30, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
Where: Lake Merced Boathouse, 1 Harding Drive, SF
More info: email

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Kiva - Help a small business and get $50 in promo codes to loan others

I've been a big fan of Kiva and have made microloans through it. Have you heard of Kiva? They coordinate loans of around a few thousand dollars to help individuals and those running very small businesses fund their business in one of 78 developing countries around the world. Your small loan of $25 or so is mixed with loans from other people, so that an entrepreneur in another country can do something like buy chickens to resell at market or buy auto parts for a small repair business. The repayment rates are extremely high - 98% - and you choose who you loan to. While the money is paid back, you funnel it into another loan after, so you don't actually get repaid yourself. Kiva is a nonprofit.

I've been making microloans through Kiva, $25 at a time for a few years.

Kiva has a promotion right now for new lenders who make their first $25 Kiva loan during August through their Go Far campaign page. Do so and you'll get two $25 promo codes by September 3, which you can use or share with others.

Please lend, and let me know who you helped fund!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Coming Up: Korean Culture Day in SF

The Asian Art Museum is presenting Korean Culture Day this Sunday. There will be arts/crafts, performances, food tastings and gallery talks. You can learn how to make fun accessories based on the bojagi, Korean wrapping cloth. Learn how to beauty and hair tips to look like a K-pop star. Watch a dance performance by the OngDance company. And view the current exhibition Gorgeous, based on the concept of beauty. You can see the schedule here.

When: Sunday, August 24 from 11-4
Where: Asian Art Museum
Cost: Free admission, thanks to the Korea Foundation

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Coming Up: Speedsitting in SF

Looking for a new babysitter? This weekend there's a speedsitting event in San Francisco. There will be free childcare while you're there. You'll meet a new babysitter every 5 minutes, hosted by UrbanSitter.

Where: DayOne Baby in Pacific Heights, 3548 Sacramento Street, San Francisco
When: Saturday, August 23 from 2-3:30
Cost: free

Review: Breathometer - Discount Code

One of the great things about being pregnant, at least for the nonpregnant partner, is always having a designated driver! I haven’t been pregnant in awhile, so when we go out we have to decide ahead of time who is driving. If you do plan on driving and are still having some alcohol, you need to pay attention to how much you’re drinking, what you’ve eaten and how you feel. However the more you drink, the less likely you are to be able to accurately measure your level of intoxication. Enter the Breathometer. (Read through the review for the Breathometer discount code)

I always assumed that breathalzyers were not something consumers could buy. But of course that’s changing, and there’s now a small breathalyzer that connects to smart phones and iPads, letting you know quickly what your BAC (blood alcohol content) is. And it’s fun to use.

I tried out the Breathometer, which was sent to me for a paid review. And it was some serious work to try out various scenarios, varying my alcohol intake (and my husband’s) to see how the machine worked. And you’re welcome for that. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Coming Up: Treasure Island Flea

Check out the Treasure Island Flea Market this weekend! They keep adding more fun to the mix. This weekend's theme is Dog Days, with a dozen vendors selling pet things, plus a doggie bar crawl. Pick up a map of which vendors are giving away dog treats. Meet Rodney Martinez in his Mobile Pet Boutique. He was featured on Rachael Ray, when he was a 13 year old entrepreneur. 

Other family fun includes a bounce house, face painting, ponies and scavenger hunts. There's a farmer's market, with at least 15 local farm stand vendors. They also now have Maker's Square, with classes like "make your own terrariums" or "how to waterproof your jeans." If you like DIY classes, come for these! Some are free, and those that cost are affordable.

In addition to the 400 vendors, you'll find more than 30 food trucks, live music, drinks (cocktails, wine and beer) and a great city view. 

When: last weekend of each month - August 30-31 - from 10-4
Where: Treasure Island
Cost: $3/person for those 13 and older. Free for 12 and under.

Other: free parking and pet-friendly

5 Must-Do Bay Area Activities for Families Before Summer Ends

Summer is almost over, and kids will return to school soon. Want to squeeze in a few more fun activities before summer is over? Here are some ideas.

San Francisco – Sunday Streets: 
Typically the weather gets much nicer in San Francisco as we get closer to September and October, so this makes it a perfect time to celebrate the outdoors with Sunday Streets, which has the bonus of being free. This casual outdoor festival means that the city closes down major streets to cars in the designated neighborhood, bringing out vendors, entertainment, crafts and other diversions to explore on foot or bicycle. The next two Sunday Streets are August 24 in the Mission, and September 14 in the Western Addition.

Marin – 5 Little Monkeys: 
Picking five things to do in the Bay Area wouldn’t be complete without including the children’s theater show 5 Little Monkeys, playing through September 7th at the Bay Area Children’s Theater in Mill Valley. Shows run Saturdays and Sundays, with several matinees each afternoon, making it easy to work around nap time. It’s recommended for kids ages 2-7.