After her son was born in 2007, Allison traded in her teaching gig for a SAH mom gig that lasted a bit longer than expected. Now 12 years later, she’s added two kids to the mix and gone from teaching high schoolers and college students how to write, to writing about her family’s adventures in the Emerald City. She published her first article with Red Tricycle in 2013 and is thrilled to join the team as Seattle Editor.

Favorite place to play outdoors: Kubota Garden. It’s a surprising find in the middle of a city neighborhood, and not one many seem to know about.

Favorite thing to do on a rainy day: Indoor trampoline parks. My kids are hooked on any and all DEFY Extreme Air Sport parks.

Favorite street for an afternoon of fun: The Junction in West Seattle, especially on Sundays when the farmers market is open. It’s changed a lot over the years, but you can still find great music at Easy Street, interesting shops to wander through, and I’d wager the croissants at Bakery Nouveau are the best in the city.

Do you have a go-to restaurant you like to take the kids: Pegasus on Alki. We love the view and the kids love the white spaghetti.

Can’t-live-without mom product: Wipes, wipes and more wipes. It’s a given that I use them with the baby. But I’m surprised how often they come in handy with an 8 and 12 year old. Who knew?

Favorite thing about raising kids in Seattle: I love that it’s one part big city and one part nature preserve. The city part means we get to enjoy amazing restaurants, shows, museums and more. But we can just as easily pop down to the waterfront to spot seals and sea lions or go tide pooling on the beach.

Most unique (or daring) thing you’ve ever done with your kids locally: A few years back we let the kids blow their own glass ornaments at Avalon Glassworks in West Seattle. Quintessentially Seattle. Definitely memorable.

Reach out to Allison at Allison AT redtri.com.