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Top Activities Oceanside/San Diego www.opinionsalamode.com

Things to do in Oceanside (and surrounding areas)

We just got back from a week at a beach house (packed with 25 of us) in Oceanside, CA. I’m still missing the sounds of the waves…no wonder noise…

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Top Picks for the Perfect Highchair

When I had my first child nearly 8 years ago, I chose the “perfect” highchair before he was born. Big mistake. Actually, HUGE mistake. It was the perfect…

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Strawberry Picking in Watsonville

If you know me, you know that I love the San Francisco Bay area. I get constant travel updates on airfare to San Francisco. If I hear a…

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Saturday Surfing: Camping With Kids

We are planning a family camping trip! I actually am super excited about it. My dad used to take us camping when we were little kids. I also…

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Friday Faves: Top 6 Board Books

Our baby girl loves books! She’ll babble and open up the pages several times a day. Luckily for us, we’ve received a great selection of board books as gifts….

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Throwback Thursday: Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Today’s Throwback Thursday is in direct response to needing light, no ovens required, dinner options during the hot summer months. Plus it’s one more great way to use…

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Top Three Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

I love the flexibility of rotisserie chicken. It offers a variety of uses and it’s so darn good in each recipe. I often take 90 minutes and cook…

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Summer Infant Pop N’ Sit Portable Booster

I have talked before about my love for my Summer Infant products here, and now I have another one to add to the list! The Summer Infant Pop N’…

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Oxford: Objects of Use

Today is Nicole’s birthday and to celebrate I am going to write about our visit to Oxford which includes a store that I vowed I would return to…

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Saturday Surfing: Smoothies

Well, our blender died and I’ve been shopping around for a new one. I wasn’t ready to pony up the dough for a Vitamix. I mostly just want a…

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Throwback Thursday: Car Travel Must Haves

We are all doing a ton of traveling this summer and Maris is a pro at packing a car to ensure that traveling with kids is a success!…

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ENO Hammocks

Hello, everyone! I’m Paige and I’m a 3rd grade teacher in SLC as well as a loyal reader of Opinions à la Mode. I am so excited to…

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Guest Post: Miscarriage

Thank you so much to Vanessa Tendick for her willingness to share her experience with having a miscarriage. Miscarriage is such an emotional and personal experience. I appreciate…

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Cabin Life: My Sense of Place

Happy Fourth of July everyone! Today I am going to write about a place that I have spent many Fourths of July. There is a place somewhere just…

Saturday Surfing: Airplane Travel with Kids

Saturday Surfing: Airplane Travel with Kids

“All our bags are packed and we’re ready to go…”(If I could enter a musical notes emoji here, I would). While that is not exactly true, we are ALMOST…

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Friday Faves: Best Sagas for Summer Streaming

It’s no secret that I love to watch a good show. I get excited about the new fall lineup and I also enjoy the fun summer series that networks…

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Throwback Thursday: Kale Chips with Nutritional Yeast – Yummy!

Nicole and I were sampling some tasty Chicago mix popcorn the other day and were hatching a plan to make it from scratch with nutritional yeast. That got…

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Heber City Canal Float

If you’re looking for a natural lazy river this summer, this post is for you! Last week we bought five dollar tubes from Walmart and headed to the…

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To The Other Mother At The Pool

I took all of my kids swimming on Friday. It was a great day, so great, in fact, that when my older kids begged to stay longer I…

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Canter’s Deli

My fantastic nephew graduated from high school this past Friday and sadly, we weren’t able to attend. Since our hearts were aching to be in southern California with…

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Saturday Surfing

We are getting ready for an upcoming trip to Montana. This means packing the car and planning for a 7 hour road trip. Our kids are good little…

Friday Faves: Lawn games

Friday Faves: Lawn Games

Summer is my jam. It definitely is my favorite season and with it comes so many good things to do. Here are a few of my family’s favorite…

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Throwback Thursday: Tomatillo Salsa

Today’s throwback is a post about a delicious tomatillo salsa. Summer gardens are just starting to produce their bounties and if you planted tomatillos in your garden this…

Favorite Local Campgrounds

Favorite Local Campgrounds

I am by no stretch of the imagination a camper. My husband jokingly calls us hotel campers. However, I do have fond memories as a child of camping…

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Our New Pets: The Exciting World of Composting Worms!

Every summer I have grand plans of doing fun science experiments with my kids. We always try a few science experiments and crafts and then I find myself…

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When Life Gives You Melons

Summers are all about fruit for me. Several years ago our family decided to try a different fruit every week; sort of a failed experiment because some fruits…

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Saturday Surfing: Popsicles!

It’s going to be over 90 degrees this week in Utah. Yikes! Our family spends our entire summer trying to avoid the heat. We do a pretty good…

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Friday Faves: Kitchen Gadgets

Summer is off to a crazy start as always and with the warm weather, activities and camps I find that I really want to spend very little time…

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Throwback Thursday: Simple Weeknight Roast Chicken

Today’s throwback post is a quick and easy dinner option. Now that school is out, we want to be doing fun things into the evening instead of cooking…

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Favorite Local Bakeries

I can pass up a candy bar almost any day of the week, but if it is a freshly baked cookie, cinnamon roll or roll it is a…