THE pepper EXPRESS: October 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pepper's Picks for Flying with a Toddler

We are headed to Montana today. Here are a few things that I will be carrying around with me from state to state. We have a 36 minute layover in Salt Lake City and then we are off to freeze our butts off in the Big Sky Country. It's been a while since I have seen my mom and my sisters. And Facetime doesn't suffice. So I grabbed a few items using my Amazon Prime and they were sent to me within 48 hours!

Pepper's Picks for Flying

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Exploring the Exploratorium

We put the date on the calendar to remember that the Exploratorium had a free day in October and we were thrilled to know it was during Fleet Week. So it felt like we were getting a lot out of commuting to the city on a weekend. Usually on Sundays the city parking is free. However, you have to park at least four blocks away from the Embarcadero in order to get this accommodation. And we parked on Union and Sansome. I told the kids we were going to be taking pictures throughout the day and this was Dean's response:
Dean will be fifteen in December and he prefers to stay behind the camera. I completely understand. That's how I felt when I was fifteen. But I just love getting some of these ornery photos for keepsakes.
The line to get into the Exploratorium was long and wrapped around the pier. So if you want to visit the Exploratorium on a free day, make sure you get there before 10 am!
Once we got inside all of the kids ran to each exhibit. Solin found the colored shadows exhibit and wanted to stay there for the rest of the visit:
I don't know what her obsession with floors are. But occasionally she will lay on a cold concrete floor and revert to crawling. I understand that the floor is cold and could be comforting. But little girl you are in a dress... get up off that floor!!
Hands on exhibits were our favorite and it was interesting to see the warehouse in which they build everything:
The Exploratorium lets you discover many things with your senses. Carlie and Solin spent much of their time in the audio section, where they would listen to different sounds and instruments:
During snack time we sat near the library and tried to find as many books as we could find. My favorite is "Le Ballon Rouge!"
The mouse hole was quite the scene. Within this teeny tiny hole lived a mouse family.
When we walked upstairs to the observatory deck we found the USS Calgary in the port. That ship was right smack dab in the middle of our view of Alcatraz... But it was pretty cool to see the men from Fleet Week on deck!
All three of my babies all in a row:
And this is where my husband was during the entire trip to the Exploratorium. He was looking at maps. Maps, MAPS, and more maps! There were maps of weather patterns. Maps of altitude. Maps of  the Bay Area terrain. And my favorite map: The Taxi Origins and Destinations. This map was a piece of art. It showed where taxi drivers stop and mapped out most of their destinations:
If you would like to go to the Exploratorium visit their website HERE and their next FREE Day is December 6th, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PedigreeGives #CollectiveBias
One of the hardest things about buying dog food is how heavy the bag is. I looked silly trying to carry this 55 pound bag of PEDIGREE® out of Sam's Club. I usually like buying my dog food there because I can get this specific brand that I can count on. When you have a performing dog like Cadence, she needs to have good quality food that she can depend on. Her healthy diet is what keeps her coat looking shiny and her teeth strong. It took us a while to find the right kind of food for her.  PEDIGREE® has become a part of our daily routine and our daughter Carlie is the dog trainer for little Miss Cadence. She is a German Shepherd who has very high standards in her Shutzhund Dog Training. Her meal regimen requires special needs and we found that with PEDIGREE®:
By the way I don't know how my metal mixing bowls became the dogs food and water bowls. But I guess that'll be fine. Carlie treats her dog like royalty.
Once Carlie has finished her homework and chores. We feed Cadence her dinner and after we all have dinner we usually go on a family walk around the neighborhood. There is a dog park near our house, although Cadence isn't allowed to enter while she is learning obedience. Her training is under a very strict schedule and I never want to interfere. 
If you want to join in on all the fun you can share a photo of your dog on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #LaterShelter for a chance to be featured on! The PEDIGREE® brand will donate a bowl of food for every upload.
Cadence is the very first dog to join our family. It seems like raising a German Shepherd is almost like raising some teenagers I know. They are wild and destructive sometimes, but when you give them a goal in mind they will work to get what they want. Within the next month, both Carlie and Cadence will be on their way to Nationals to share what they have both learned throughout the past years.
Be sure to check out other happy pets in their happy homes HERE!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Pepper's Picks for Solin

I have already started Christmas shopping! I know, I know! I want to beat the holiday rush and get done with everything as soon as possible. I know I'm going to bite on some Black Friday sales but these are a few of my favorite items online and in local stores:
Pepper's Picks for Solin

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pumpkin Patchin

Our family tradition is holding strong. Even though Carlie and Dean are in high school and they would rather be with their friends than hanging out with their embarrassing parents... we try and carry on this tradition. Along with picking out a Christmas tree every year, going to the pumpkin patch is considered a major family event. Dell'Osso Farms invited us to visit their local pumpkin patch and explore their attractions. Every year the kids get excited about pumpkin blasting and the obstacle course.  We also found some good size pumpkins that were the perfect size to fit upon out porch:
We were informed from the pumpkin blaster mechanic that they will be running out of pumpkins soon because of the drought here in California. The pumpkin blaster will soon be an Apple Blaster :(
Brotherly love. Here you can see an example of a little sister throwing a fit:
Poor Solin practically pulled a muscle trying to pick up the 3lb pumpkin:
Our family photos are few and far between. But we try and make them worth it. You have Dean who refuses to be in most photos and requires approval before any social media exposure. Then Carlie who is a freshman and needs to take as many selfies she can before the school year ends. And then you have poor little Solin who doesn't really have a choice but loves to say 'Cheese!' and has a mother that is afraid of not having enough baby photos of her baby... yup our iPhoto library is extremely organized!
We tried to recreate the photo from last year which you can visit here!
Solin officially calls Carlie 'Sissy' and Mr. Dean prefers to be called by his full first name Randall instead of his middle name Dean. Every now and then you can hear Solin running around the house saying "Dandall, Dandall!" it is absolutely adorable!
This tire pyramid is not safe for Salt Water sandals and babies. I slipped a few times and then I tried to be cautious while holding the baby but you know me... of curse I slip and fall :(
Dean's favorite dessert is pumpkin pie. He has a December birthday and requests pumpkin pie to be served on the eleventh in his honor:
I always love capturing photos of the three of them. And this photo was approved by Randall Dean himself:
Solin is so brave with everything she does. I try to stand my ground and keep my distance but she is daring and not afraid:
Other fall favorites that I collected for the season:
Do you have a favorite Pumpkin Patch that you visit every year? 

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