Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween at the Bay Area Shopping Malls 2014

We already published a piece on various Halloween happenings around the Bay Area. Here is a separate post for Halloween happenings at Bay Area malls.


What: Parade and costume costume for kids 12 and under
When: Friday, October 31 3-5:30
Where: Serramonte Center, Daly City
Cost: free
More infohere


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Coming Up: Grove on the Road - SF

This Saturday, experience Grove on the Road, a free, pop-up arts festival launched by Stern Grove Festival Association. It's a free family-friendly event featuring performances by local artists LoCura, East Bay Brass Band and Dirty Cello, while you can eat from local food trucks including Bacon Bacon, Lil Burma, Fire Truck Pizza, Kokio Republic, Bobcha, Lei Fend Ramen, Oui Chef, Dusty Buns and Me So Hungry Too.

When: Saturday October 25 from noon to 3 pm
Where: SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th Street, SF
Cost: free

Coming up: Justin Roberts Concert

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players heads back to the Bay Area for his annual concert sponsored by the Mountain View Parent Nursery School and Foothill College Child Development Department.  This Grammy-nominated performer, and winner of six Parent Choice Gold Awards, is fun for parents and kids (I know because I've been!)

When: Sunday, November 2nd with two concerts: 11 am and 2 pm.
Where: Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills
Who: Great for families with children under 12
Tickets: $13/advance purchase, $15/door. Get them here.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hawaii for Nearly Free? Find out How

Before I had kids, I used to get bumped a lot on planes, getting free airplane tickets which I could use at off-peak times to go on fabulous trips.Well, it's harder now with 4 people traveling and a school schedule to boot! Travel is one of my passions, but it's plenty expensive. Today, we're talking to Summer Hull of on how you can go to Hawaii for nearly nothing. She just launched a new ebook package sharing her secrets and tools to free or almost free travel.

Tell me a bit about you and your travel-for-free background.
I first dabbled in the miles-and-points hobby as a cash-strapped grad student at New York University. I racked up frequent flyer miles flying back and forth to visit friends and family in Houston. Then, after graduation, while my friends could only muster up the money for a drive to the shore, I was able to use miles and points to take my boyfriend at the time to Hawaii. After that, I was hooked. I didn’t have as much travel occur naturally after grad school, so I had to find ways to earn miles outside of flying. I kept learning more about how to earn and leverage loyalty currency and eventually my husband got sick of hearing me talk about it all the time! He encouraged me to start a blog and that’s how was born in 2011. Since that time I’ve shared tons of tips and strategies that can help just about anyone earn miles they can redeem for a nearly free flight (you still pay tax on award flights) and hotel stay.

How do you get started with choosing the best point programs?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UCSF Study Recruiting: 7-10 year old kids

From time to time we post focus groups and studies looking for paid subjects. UCSF is conducting one right now, where they're studying 7-10 yr old kids and their parents, on the topic of physiological and social connections of families. You and your kid will complete a few tasks and your physiology will be monitored using skin sensors (to measure heart rate and blood flow) while you do it. You'll also have some questionnaires to complete before the lab visit.

Time commitment: 1.5 hour lab visit
Compensation: $80/cash to the parents, $10/Target card to the kid.
Contact: Helena Rose Karnilowicz (415) 420-0333 or email This is through the Emotion, Health, and Psychophysiology Lab.

Coming Up: Cars and Croissants

If you or your kids are car enthusiasts, you'll want to head to Santana Row once a month to check out their program, Cars and Croissants (and if you have an exotic car, bring it). This is a monthly gathering for exotic car owners and car enthusiasts where the exotic cars are invited to park and display them on Santana Row Boulevard from Alyssum Lane to Tatum Boulevard, and hang out with other enthusiasts. The morning meet-up for coffee, croissants and cars drew 400 people and 60 cars during the first event and continues to grow in popularity. This event is free and open to the public.

When: Fourth Saturday of the month: October 25, November 22 and December 27 from 9-noon
Where: Santana Row (Alyssum Lane to Tatum Blvd)
Cost: free

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween treats - candy free

Do you always give out Halloween candy? You don't have to, and no one will throw eggs at your house if you give out something good.

I'm an Organizing Junkie wrote a post with the 10 best allergy-safe Halloween treats.

I wrote my own candy-free Halloween post early on. And a few years back, published 8 ways to cut back on candy this Halloween. I also have some great Halloween links here.

Halloween treats don't have to be tricky, is the message behind this Spoonfed blog post, which looks at artificial colors and other junk in candy.

What are we handing out this year? Not candy! It's still not good for you, but we're handing out Glow in the Dark bags of Cheetos (the Cheetos hopefully don't glow in the dark). We also picked up some snack bags of popcorn, that are easy to throw into the lunchbox.