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Jessica Shyba

Engaging Fun on the Fly

November 28, 2014

I call Beau my Game Changer. Countless times and in all ways, he has sent me back to the parenting books and challenged us to learn how to approach him. He lives and loves with all of his heart and it is wonderful and amazing, but it can be a struggle to parent him, too. […]

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November 27, 2014

Being in New York City with my family during Thanksgiving couldn’t be any more poignant for me. We’re eating at crowded diners and dear friend’s homes. We’re walking and scootering all over the city, running into nearly everyone we know on the streets, from dear friends to acquaintances, some of them strangers that feel like […]

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Dressing Up in Holiday Glee (plus a special offer)

November 26, 2014

I love the laid-back atmosphere of our little beach town. There are few, if any, reasons to get dressed up (or get dressed at all, lets be real) on any given day here in Santa Cruz. The dress code is surfer-chic; On any given day we can all be found sporting our flip-flops and hoodies, […]

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New York, New York

November 25, 2014

We flew into New York City on a red eye flight this morning, all six of us. I packed for almost two days straight prior to leaving and still managed to leave Zoe’s socks behind. I mean, how does one forget socks? Traveling with four children is a level of intensity that even I was […]

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Happy Travelers

November 24, 2014

I never thought I’d get used to living without a car. About six months after we moved to New York City, I was trudging through the wind, ice, and rain with two kids and three bags of groceries crammed into our double stroller and I realized that I had finally gotten to the point of […]

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Rain Dance

November 23, 2014

There are a handful of memories that I have from my childhood that I hold on to. Some of them, my favorite memories, are random and otherwise insignificant; A day at the movies with my mom and sister, an evening catching fire flies with my cousins in our front yard, and one with just my […]

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Traveling in their Comfort Zone

November 21, 2014

We’re getting ready to embark on a fairly long trip to New York City with all of the kids during the holidays. I’ve been flying by myself with two to three kids for years now, and consider myself something of an expert. Except that any parent knows they can be an expert for about five […]

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The Storyteller

November 20, 2014

Today when Zoe jumped in the car at school pickup, she launched into a story practically gasping for air in between details. Her little mouth is clearly working much slower than her brain would like, but the words just trickle off of her tounge without barely waiting for the rest of her to catch up. […]

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Healthy Lifestyles, Coast to Coast

November 20, 2014

Growing up in the Bay Area, we have had ample access to everything that California is known for: Nature, beautiful weather, and amazing produce. Many of our most successful restaurants boast farm to table cuisines, and the farmer’s markets are practically bursting with some of the most wonderful fruits and vegetables. One of our favorite […]

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Little Sister

November 18, 2014

10 weeks is such a sweet spot. Evangeline is really coming into her own lately, and each day I’m emerging more from that newborn fade. I want to gush all over the place. She is a joy. She’s already so opinionated, sensitive, hilarious, remarkable, feisty. Maybe it’s because she’s my fourth, but every day I […]

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