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Red Tricycle’s editors do it all. They scour their cities (with their own families) for the best things to see, do, eat and explore with kids and serve their discoveries up to you—our loyal and busy readers—so you can have even more fun with your own families. Meet our amazing editors who each make Red Tricycle’s wheels go ’round.
Psst…we know you’re busy so here’s a cheat sheet on how to get in touch with all of us:
For National Content:
Erin Lem, Editorial Director, Editor@redtri.com
Amber Guetebier, Managing Editor, Amber@redtri.com
Gabby Cullen, Senior National Editor, Gabby@redtri.com
Bump + Baby Editor, Eva Cerise, Eva@redtri.com
For Local Content:
Seattle Stories + Events: Kristina.Moy@redtri.com, Kristina Moy, Seattle Editor
Portland Stories + Events: Annette@redtri.com, Annette Benedetti, Portland Editor
Bay Area Stories + Events: Kate@redtri.com, Kate Loweth, Bay Area Editor
Los Angeles Stories + Events: Andie@redtri.com, Andie Huber, LA Editor
San Diego Stories + Events: Beth@redtri.com, Beth Shea, San Diego Editor
Chicago Stories + Events: Maria@redtri.com, Maria Chambers, Chicago Editor
New York Stories: Mimi@redtri.com, Mimi O’Connor, NYC Editor
New York Events: NYCalendar@redtri.com, Jesseca Stenson, NYC Events Calendar Editor
Atlanta Events: Shelley@redtri.com, Shelley Massey, Atlanta Editor
For questions about events that don’t happen in any of the above markets, you can email email@example.com. Or, submit yours here.
After graduating from Occidental College, Erin decamped to the Big Apple where she earned her editing and writing chops working for a literary agency. She has written for NBC, Clinique, Care2 and a variety of other online media companies. While the bright lights of New York City were enchanting, Erin couldn’t resist moving back to her beloved hometown of San Francisco where she joined the Red Tricycle team in June 2011.
Favorite place to play outdoors: Fort Funston or Ocean Beach. We like to grab coffee and snacks beforehand at Devil’s Teeth Baking Company and lunch afterwards at Java Beach Cafe.
The city’s best-kept secret: Tank Hill–the views of the city are amazing.
Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: Around the intersection of 9th and Irving.
Favorite local food truck: It’s a tie between the Creme Brulee cart and the Chairman Truck. Both often appear at Off the Grid in the Haight on Thursday nights, one of my favorite Thursday evening traditions.
Favorite day trip: Half Moon Bay
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In 2013, after seven years as a Bay Area media relations executive, Northern California native Gabby Cullen found herself in her husband’s hometown of Dallas. Although she misses the ocean and redwoods of Marin County, it’s been a pleasure to discover all Big D has to offer. Her media relations experience includes working on campaigns for well-known Bay Area entertainment venues and events such as Mountain Play, Marin Theater Company, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Grand National Rodeo, Italian Street Painting Festival and The Breastfest Beer Festival. She started writing for Red Tricycle in 2012 and joined the team as National Editor in 2015.
She’s the proud mama of Mozelle, born in 2009 and Chase, born in 2013.
Favorite place to play outdoors: Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum. The six-acre outdoor museum opened in 2013 and we fell madly deeply. From the secret garden to ongoing science labs for kids and the water features perfect for the scorching summer heat, it’s a magical wonderland of nature.
Favorite place for a rainy day: The Perot Museum of Science and Nature was re-opened in 2013 and it’s five floors of WOW. The children’s museum on the bottom floor has a mini-version of the Dallas Farmer’s Market and sandpit with “fossils” for finding, while the T. Boone Pickens Hall has enough bones and fossils to keep everyone interested.
Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: The Arts District in downtown Dallas. From the Dallas Museum of Art to the Crow Collection of Asian Art and Klyde Warren Park, there’s no end to the (free!) fun and adventure. DMA has an amazing space just for creative kiddos, the Crow collection offers family yoga on Saturdays and it’s hard to decide what’s better about Klyde Warren Park: the food trucks, the street musicians or the water features in the playground!
Favorite class: A hip-hop class at the local dance studio. I danced for 20 years and I still like to get down once in a while.
The most unique thing I’ve done with the kids in Dallas: Joined in on a spontaneous dance party at the Festival of the Americas. A Mariachi band was playing, families were movin’ and groovin’—how could you not get in on the fun?!
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: The LOT in East Dallas is about one mile away from the Dallas Arboretum. Besides the incredible selection of craft beer and locally sourced menu, the humongous sandpit/play area complete with chalkboard and misters for the kids is beyond amazing. There’s also a dog park, a stage for live music, space for lawn games and even an arcade area.
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Amber is a writer and editor with a thing for pirates and unusual plants. As the Managing Editor, she is forever battling with hyphens and double spacing after periods. She lives outside of Minneapolis with her husband and super-cool son. You can read about her weird adventures in the plant kingdom online at Rotten Botany.
Favorite place to play outdoors: In our own garden or the Tamarack Nature Center
Favorite thing to do on a rainy/snowy day: Throw snowballs and stomp puddles. Also, the Science Museum of Minnesota (in St. Paul) is amazing. The Mill City Museum in Minneapolis is epic.
Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: Downtown Stillwater/Teddy Bear Park
Favorite class (art, music, etc): YMCA swim classes: gotta’ get prepped for summer in the Land of 10,000 Lakes! White Bear Lake Center for the Arts summer classes.
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Keys Cafe & Bakery in White Bear Lake
Can’t-live-without mom product: The giant purse that houses all the snacks, chapstick, extra undies (for my kid, not me—come on, people!), phone with GPS (because I have no idea where I am half the time) and at least one mini-bulldozer or excavator. And when I’m without child, it holds my laptop, moleskin journal and at least one good escapist horror/crime novel.
Most unique (or daring) thing you’ve ever done with your kids locally: We just up and moved our entire family from San Francisco to a small town north of the Twin Cities, so at this point every day is a daring adventure!
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Shelley is a writer and editor with a thing for history, road trips, Memphis barbeque, and filling Ford (6), Ella (4), and Thomas’ (1) buckets with enough daily adventures to make them sleep soundly each night. She is a University of Tennessee graduate and sharpened her writing skills at RIVR Media’s education and training division before earning her MBA, where she was an IRTS Summer Fellow. After a detour into corporate America, she now avoids spreadsheets like it’s her job, and can instead be found scouting every new park, picnic spot, exhibit, and family attraction in Atlanta with her three kids and yellow lab.
Favorite place to play outdoors: In Buckhead, we love Beaverbrook Park because of its playgrounds for the little and big kids, as well as Tanyard Creek because of its bike trails and the train bridge. We’re also raving fans of Piedmont Park.
Favorite place for a rainy day: You can’t beat The High Museum for a rainy day, especially on Toddler Thursdays or Family Sundays. Any other soggy days of the week, you can find us at Fernbank, The Cookie Studio, or the Georgia Aquarium.
Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: My kids are great strollers, so we like to hit the Westside, Decatur’s town square, as well as the new development in Buckhead (Shake Shack had us at hello).
Favorite class: Miss Sally’s art class through Northside Methodist can’t be beaten! She has classes for kids alone and features holiday parent-child classes, too.
Most unique thing I’ve done with my kids in Atlanta: We created an ice cream championship bracket and literally ate our way through the different neighborhoods of Atlanta, one scoop at a time.
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Anywhere with a patio! Six Feet Under is surprisingly awesome for kids, as well as Cafe Agora.
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After practicing law for many years in snowy Chicago, Kate Loweth returned to her Bay Area hometown in 2013 with her husband and three kids: Nora, Patrick and Joe. Kate joined the Red Tricycle team as a writer in early 2015 and she was thrilled to put her slightly obsessive love of grammar (thanks, Mom!) to use as Bay Area Editor starting in 2017. When not writing, you can find Kate planning her next camping adventure, exploring a new hiking trail or enjoying a glass of wine with friends. Follow her family adventures on Instagram @k8loweth.
Favorite place to play outdoors: Big Sur. It’s a beautiful place to camp, hike and hit the beach—all of my favorite things! You feel like you are so far away from the city but it’s only a few hours drive from the South Bay.
Favorite thing to do on a rainy day: IMAX movie at The Tech Museum
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Tacolicious at Santana Row (outdoor seating + margaritas = heaven)
Can’t-live-without mom product: BAND-AIDs of every shape and size. You can never have too many. I keep a zippered pouch of them in my purse at all times with some Dum Dums because a sucker and a BAND-AID can cure 93 percent of all kid injuries.
Most unique thing you’ve ever done with your kids locally: We slept overnight at the lighthouse hostel in Pescadero and spent our days exploring the tide pools and flying kites.
Family goal for the next year: Travel more! My kids are at such great ages that I want to take advantage of that. We’ve gone on some great road trips to Pismo Beach and Mount Lassen recently. I would love to do more of that!
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Chantal Lamers grew up in San Jose, better known today as Silicon Valley. One of her first jobs after graduating from journalism school included writing about family events for AOL. Now as the Bay Area Calendar editor for Red Tricycle, she’s come full circle. After spending more than eight years as a news reporter for the Orange County Register, Chantal returned to the Bay Area in 2009 where she became a regular contributor to Sunset magazine and a columnist and writer for the San Francisco Chronicle Home & Garden and Destinations sections. As a mother to Archer, 4, and Darby, 2, she reports on the coolest kid and family adventures across the Bay Area.
Favorite place to play outdoors: When we lived in the Richmond District in San Francisco we loved to take a long stroll to Baker Beach. Now that we live in the East Bay we build our sand castles along the beach in Alameda.
Favorite thing to do on a rainy day: The kids love any reason to put on their rainboots (rain or shine) so we head to downtown Alameda for a bowl of ramen and a round of indoor golf at Subpar Miniature Golf. Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: We like to explore Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz. We treat ourselves to ice cream, a slice of pizza, shop for new Vans, make tie-dye shirts and more. We try to hit up a u-pick berry spot on the way home.
Favorite class: Both of my kiddos love to play soccer with Lil Kickers at Bladium Sports Club in Alameda. We go early on Saturday mornings and on special occasions surprise them with a pitstop at In-N-Out for burgers and shakes.
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Any place that serves waffles for breakfast or pizza for lunch and dinner. Bonus points if there are coloring crayons on the table.
Can’t-live-without mom product: I’m pretty obsessed with my Ergo Baby. We recently did a long hike in Big Sur and I carried my two-year-old all the way to the top on my back. I hardly noticed she was there.
Most unique (or daring) thing you’ve ever done with your kids locally: I’m an avid flea market shopper so like a lot of parents I take my children to the flea market. To make it a little more exciting for my four-year-old, I try to make it like a treasure hunt for the things on our shopping list. He also has a few little collections so he goes on his own hunt for Little People, plastic horses, pennants and piggy banks.
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Eva lives in northern Washington state with her husband and toddler and misses her stepdaughter, who is away at college. She began her career as a magazine writer, editor and copy editor for publications such as Bon Appétit, and then spent more than a decade developing content and defining the content strategy and user experience for websites in the financial and consumer space, such as Evite. As a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, she is enjoying exploring the area with her family.
Best piece of advice you got while pregnant: Let go of your idea of how things should be and focus on how they are.
Favorite baby travel hack: Pack a clean-up kit with baby wipes, disinfecting wipes, Ziploc bags, garbage bags, extra diapers and a change of outfits—yours and your baby’s. Storing everything you need in the same place makes it easier to manage messes when they happen. And they will.
Item in your diaper bag or purse you can’t live without: A flashlight. My daughter finds it endlessly fascinating, so I save it for when I really need her to be calm and content, like when we’re waiting for our meal at a restaurant.
Your favorite city to visit with your family and why: Stockholm. I was born there but moved to the US as a child. It’s a beautiful, walkable city with lots to do, especially in the summertime. I also have lots of family in the area and love to catch up with them.
Your idea of a perfect Saturday (or any day) with your family: A lazy morning spent reading in bed, followed by a nature hike and an excursion to a local museum, farmers market, zoo—any venue that makes my toddler’s eyes light up.
The most surprising thing you’ve learned as a mom: Just how fascinating it is to watch these little beings learn and grow. Every month, I find myself saying, “This is the most amazing age.” And they all are. It all feels miraculous and I’m so grateful to experience it.
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Maria grew up in Kentucky surrounded by every pet you could possibly imagine—goats, rabbits, chickens, a skunk and, of course, a dog or two. So, imagine the culture shock when she found herself following love to an apartment in the city of Chicago. Fast forward to 15 years later and she now sees Chicago as home. She’s worked as a business analyst for a small startup in Cincinnati and in category management for the largest liquor company in the world, DIAGEO. Her true love has always been writing and after years of writing for her own blog, she started as a freelance writer for Red Tricycle. She’s now living her dream as the Chicago Editor.
Favorite thing to do on a rainy/snow day: I love to make a dent in the firewood pile stacked on my front porch. A raging fire, a stack of DVDs and a blanket pulled up to my nose spooning with the kids (while probably building a massive LEGO set in between snuggles) makes for the perfect homebound day.
Favorite outdoor activity: Our annual tradition of striking out into the woods and hunting our own Christmas tree is hands down my favorite activity. It usually involves a not-sharp-enough saw, a realization that we didn’t layer enough for the freezing temps, a smidgen of frostbite and loads of giggles. This all followed by the smell of a real tree, a night of sitting back and watching the kids work together to decorate its branches and pine needles found in strange places through to summer.
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Do I have to pick one? The great thing about Chicago is it’s become increasingly family friendly. I’d have to say my favorite restaurant is any during the summer where we can grab a seat on a patio and soak up the sunshine. My go-to patio right now is Don Julio’s in Naperville for their outdoor fire pit and friendly staff.
Most unique (or daring) thing you’ve done with your kids locally: Isn’t having 4 kids enough daring activity for one person? No? Chicago has one of the most beautiful skylines of any city and we like to view it as often as possible from a bird’s eye view, think helicopter tours, the TILT at John Hancock and the Skydeck at Willis Tower. Despite a crushing fear of heights, we’ve done it all.
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Ayren is a Washington, D.C.-based writer and editor who has contributed to various publications and websites, including Real Simple, WebMD.com, and Glamour. Her second favorite thing to do—after exploring the DMV with her two hilarious kids—is apply a sheet face mask and work on the book of short stories she hopes to publish by the time she’s a grandmother. Follow Ayren and her family adventures on Instagram @ayrenjc.
Favorite thing to do on a rainy day: Union Market for artisan foods and foodie chatter.
Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray for cute kiddie boutiques, play spaces and gluten-free cupcakes.
Favorite class: Parents and tots French classes at Language Stars in Northern Virginia, Bethesda and Gaithersburg.
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Ted’s Bulletin for the best milkshakes.
Most unique city experience: It’s impossible to really see all of the National Zoo in a day (FYI: it’s 163 acres!) so we spent an entire week at the zoo, checking out a couple of the exhibits each day.
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Andie moved with her family to LA after producing, writing and styling lifestyle stories for magazines such as Real Simple, Vanity Fair, Garden Design, HGTV Magazine, Brides and Country Living in NYC for 14 years. When she’s not checking out new events, museums, and restaurants to keep her and her kids entertained, she can be found wandering around flea markets and thrift stores looking for cool vintage finds—not a hard thing to do in and around Los Angeles. Follow her adventures on Instagram @andie.always.
Favorite place to play outdoors: Malibu Tide Pools at Surfrider Beach. Whether it’s cool or warm, there are always a ton of surfers to watch out on the ocean, you can often see dolphins, and of course, climb around the tide pools to discover local sea life.
Favorite thing to do on a rainy day: Still looking for it which is part of my mission as the new LA Editor!
Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: Grand Street Park. It has a massive splash pad where you can either get just your toes wet or do a full-body splash, not to mention, it has convenient bathrooms. There’s usually some sort of festival taking place in the park too so you can always wander around for great music and great food. It’s always a favorite destination, any time of the day, any day of the year.
Do you have a go-to restaurant you like to take the kids?: Dinah’s Restaurant in Culver City—a total 1950s throwback with half-circle booths and a long counter with swivel chairs. Order anything from pancakes to their famous fried chicken, you can’t go wrong. It’s definitely our favorite, local weekend spot.
Can’t-live-without mom product: Sunblock, sunblock, sunblock. And not just for me, that goes for the whole family.
Favorite thing about raising kids in LA: I love the laid back pace coupled with big city benefits. We can hang out in our neighborhood and chill with our friends and neighbors at a block party or we can go see a first-class art and entertainment, all within a few minutes of our home. I also love how easy it is to hike around the beautiful mountains and have been introducing various hikes to the kids.
Most unique (or daring) thing you’ve ever done with your kids locally: I recently took my son for his first horseback ride through Will Rogers State Park. His horse was bigger than mine and watching him navigate and try and control such a large animal was both terrifying and inspiring at the same time.
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Mimi edits, writes and sporadically parents in Brooklyn. Her “true age” alternates between seven and 13, and she would never advise you to do anything she would not do herself. Follow her adventures near and far @themimioconnor on Twitter and themimioconnor on Instagram. Learn more, more, more at mimioconnor.com.
Favorite place to play outdoors: Various parks around the ‘hood: Cobble Hill park for scooting and sandbox, Carroll Park for the playground, Brooklyn Bridge Park for a full day of fun.
Favorite thing to do on a rainy/snowy day: Drop into indoor playspace Curiosity on Court, hit the Carroll Gardens or Brooklyn Heights library or make pizza and watch Frozen for “first” time.
Favorite class: Ballet with Miss Victoria at the Dodge Y
Can’t-live-without mom product: Netflix & Sesame Street (i.e. HBO) on Demand
Most unique (or daring) thing you’ve ever done with your kids locally: Duke Riley’s incredible, illuminated pigeon symphony “Fly Ny Night” at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
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Jesseca took a leap of faith seven years ago with the support of her family and left a comfortable but unfulfilling office job to pursue her dream of writing. Fast forward to present day, where after freelancing for brands like Parenting.com and Family Fun, she’s back at Red Tri, dedicated to finding totally cool and unique events for her fellow NYC parents. When she’s not wrangling her daughter or two dogs, you’ll probably find her cooking, looking up new recipes or researching local farmers’ markets.
Favorite place to play outdoors: Tie between Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, which combines hiking and history—our daughter’s two favorites—and any zoo or the NY Aquarium.
Favorite thing to do on a rainy or snowy day: Cook and/or bake! It’s the best time to test recipes when you’re stuck inside.
Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: Southern Boulevard. We practically live at the Bronx Zoo. Season passes for the win!
Favorite class: Family Canvas Paint Night
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: One where our picky eater will actually eat. Usually Chili’s or Fridays or the like.
Can’t-live-without mom product: Baby wipes and Tide stick. Notice a pattern?
Most unique (or daring) thing you’ve ever done with your kids locally: A Night at the Museum—slept over at the American Museum of Natural History for her birthday.
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Annette’s introduction to the world of publishing came when she collaborated with a group of writers and artists to create Washington State University’s first art and literature magazine, Salmon Creek. After giving birth to her first two children, she took the position of editor and chief for a parenting magazine in Bend, Oregon and eventually went on to work as a copywriter for an in-house marketing agency in Portland.
As a freelance writer, Annette has written for Zillow, Living Social and Wildlands Inc., and is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Red Tricycle Team as its Portland Editor. When she manages to peel herself away from her computer, she can be found at her favorite yoga studio, snapping photos of her children around Portland, or running the local streets or trails on Mt. Tabor.
Favorite place to play outdoors: My family can spend the whole day at Mt. Tabor. The trail system makes you feel like you are in the woods and there is a beautiful playground with benches to relax on. If you are lucky, you can catch local live music at the amphitheater during the summer months.
Favorite thing to do on a rainy day: Get my yoga on at Love Hive Studio. Nothing warms the body and soul like getting into a good flow, especially when my daughters join me.
Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: Hawthorne has it all. Movies at the Baghdad Theater, ice cream at Ruby Jewel Ice Cream Shop, and the best vintage stores Portland has to offer—all just a short walking distance from my front door.
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Thai Dish. The owner is as sweet as can be, the food is the best and we always have delicious leftovers for the next day.
Most unique (or daring) thing you’ve ever done with your kids locally: The Rose Festival on an unlimited pass. I think I saw my life pass before my eyes at least 100 times—or at least once—when the ticket attendant told me that the pass was good for 100 rides each.
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A former travel and spa writer, Beth swapped airline miles and body wraps for long stroller walks and quick showers once she had children. An avid animal lover, vegan and environmentalist, Beth started her blog Petite Planet in 2007 with a mission to help save the planet for future generations, She was the Managing Editor of Inhabitots for six years before joining the Red Tricycle team. Beth considers San Diego a slice of paradise and is thrilled to live in such a beautiful city with her husband, daughter, son and dog. Follow Beth on Twitter @PetitePlanet and learn more about her at bethshea.com.
Favorite place to play outdoors: Del Mar Beach
Favorite cafe to fuel up on caffeine: Lofty Coffee
Favorite restaurants to take the kids: True Food and Flower Child
Favorite local activity for kids: Both my kids love playing soccer for San Diego Soccer Club and RB Rec.
Favorite pitstop for sweet treats: Bake Sale Patti and Creamistry
Always in my bag: Thinkbaby sunscreen, Annie’s Fruit Bunnies and GoMacro bars!
Most daring thing you’ve ever done with your kids locally: For her eighth birthday, I took my daughter to see Taylor Swift’s concert at Petco Park along with a crowd of 45,000 San Diegans. That was an adventure!
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A Seattle native and UW grad, Kristina has worked in broadcast media as a public relations and media relations specialist for more than 18 years. During her career, she has developed highly successful campaigns for companies such as KIRO Television, The Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Feld Entertainment and Feld Motor Sports and has been nominated for two Northwest Regional Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Kristina joined the Red Tricycle team in February 2011. Follow her adventures on Instagram @kmoy123.
Favorite place to play outdoors: Lincoln Park in West Seattle.
Favorite thing to do on a snowy day: Make hot chocolate, play board games, watch movies and wear jammies all day!
Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: Alaskan Way along the Seattle waterfront. My kids love riding the Seattle Great Wheel, visiting the Old Curiosity Shop, Pirates Plunder, Seattle Aquarium and Olympic Sculpture Park and noshing on fish ‘n chips and ginormous ice cream cones. It’s also a prime spot for boat watching and catching Seattle’s fabulous summer sunsets.
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Marination Ma Kai. My kids love their fish ‘n’ chips and shave ice made with Husky Deli ice cream. And their spicy pork tacos, fish tacos, kimchi fried rice and sliders can’t be beat!
Most unique thing done with the kids locally: For the last six years, my kids and I have made winter care packages for the homeless.
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