California

By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Feb 20th, 2014
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Week 12 was a little disappointing.  Arleena and I were super excited to climb yet another mountain, the Madonna Mountain in San Luis Obispo…You know, the one with the M on the side that you see while driving on the 101 freeway.   We didn’t do the research to find out that the route that’s marked […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
Feb 10th, 2014
16 Comments
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Last week, Arleena and I climbed a mountain – literally – we climb a freaking mountain!!!  In all my years since I’ve lived here on the Central Coast, I’ve always looked at Bishop’s Peak saying, “one day, I’ll hike up that mountain.” And I cannot even tell you how accomplished I feel for completing that […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Feb 4th, 2014
7 Comments
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I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this past week’s hike.  Arleena chose for us to hike the Stenner Creek Trail; I think mostly due to being one of the closer and shorter trails on our list. In the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains near Cal Poly, the Stenner Creek Trail is […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Jan 29th, 2014
2 Comments
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Objective:  Hike at least once a week.  Whether the hikes are big or small, long or short, with or without kids, I want to actively engage my body and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.  There are so many places to go (free places to boot) that I want to explore them all. The […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Avila Beach
Jan 23rd, 2014
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  As we have yet to experience any winter weather (I promise I’m not trying to rub it in), I am using every opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.  Bear with me as I am trying to catch up on my posts from the last few weeks (I have one more to […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Jan 22nd, 2014
6 Comments
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Objective:  Hike at least once a week.  Whether the hikes are big or small, long or short, with or without kids, I want to actively engage my body and enjoy this beautiful world we live in.  There are so many places to go (free places to boot) that I want to explore them all. Well, […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Jan 15th, 2014
5 Comments
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I love to bake!  I could bake cupcakes, cakes, and brownies all day long!  Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but I do really love to bake.  Cooking on the other hand.  Well, let’s just say that I let Frank cook more often than naught.  It’s not that I don’t like to cook, because I […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Dec 17th, 2013
3 Comments
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A few weeks ago, Frank, me and our 6 kids headed to Magic Mountain for a day of family fun.  Everyone had a great time and we actually got a few pictures that day together as a family.  This was the first picture of the day.  The second picture will be on our family Christmas […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Dec 9th, 2013
0 Comments
3454 Views
With California catching up to the rest of the country’s cold spell, I’m finding it more challenging to go on hikes in the morning when there’s still frost-covered paths.  But I have to say that I am counting my blessings that it’s just the cold wind and the crisp air that I’m contending with.  What […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Dec 4th, 2013
0 Comments
6361 Views
Coming out of the Thanksgiving Holiday, I hope that everyone had a fantastic time whether you hosted and event or traveled to be with friends and family.  Our school district takes off a full week, which is good and bad.  I like the freedom, but why must I feel like I have to cram so […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Nov 25th, 2013
1 Comment
2589 Views
Week 3: James Way Oak Habitat and Wildlife Preserve Hike It’s right before Thanksgiving and this past week was jammed packed.  There wasn’t one night that we got to stay home and relax.  It’s during these times when it’s easy to brush off going to the gym or finding the time to go on a hike, but […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Nov 19th, 2013
5 Comments
2531 Views
Have you ever been to the Central Coast?  It’s beautiful here!  One of the cities we live near is called Pismo Beach – very popular with both Central Coast residents and tourists.  Each holiday season, the city of Pismo Beach decorates their Clam Statues to represent that time of the year (or special event).  For […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Nov 16th, 2013
0 Comments
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Grover Beach Boardwalk/ Monarch Butterfly Grove Let me start off this week by saying that I love California and it’s weather!  I’m watching the news and hearing about the cold snaps and snow that’s occurring all over the US right now.  And I’m sorry to say (wait, no I’m not) it’s been about 76 degrees […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Babies
Nov 14th, 2013
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Imagine this.  The baby is relaxing and happy and you have 15 minutes all to yourself.  Gasp!  What would you do if you had an extra 15 minutes to yourself.  I know for me, when my kids were babies, I probably would have been checking my emails or Facebook account.  Maybe I would have been […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Nov 13th, 2013
4 Comments
3331 Views
Disclaimer: This is post is written in partnership with Go Dirty Girl.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine. I had the privilege of running my first mud run earlier this month. Who is Dirty Girl? Dirty Girl is the nation’s largest women’s-only mud run. It’s a non-competitive, un-timed 5K muddy obstacle course that’s open to […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Nov 13th, 2013
4 Comments
2586 Views
We live on the Central Coast and have a few Flea Markets near us – in Santa Maria, Nipomo and San Luis Obispo.  Frank and I have been to the one in San Luis Obispo once before (at the drive-in location), but it was right before they closed down on Sunday.  So we thought we […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Avila Beach
Nov 8th, 2013
12 Comments
11048 Views
The other day I found myself writing about how much I love it where I live here on the Central Coast, but then I realized that I really haven’t truly explored the area.  Granted it wasn’t until my twins were in 1st grade (this year) and attending school for full days that I felt like […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Oct 21st, 2013
0 Comments
4923 Views
Do you like getting dirty?  Wanna feel like a kid again?  I know I do! It’s been a full year since I ran my first (and last) half marathon.  I have checked that off of my bucket list.  What’s next? Let me get this off my chest now, I don’t like running.  There, I said […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Conferences
Oct 20th, 2013
8 Comments
3428 Views
Picture courtesy of Monica Young  I have been blogging for over 5 years now and have been to several events representing The Mommy-Files, but none had quite topped the experience I enjoyed recently at Fitcation ‘13.  If you know me, chances are probably pretty dang good that you know I am NOT a fitness guru, […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Blogging Conferences
Oct 20th, 2013
6 Comments
2781 Views
As most of you know, I’m pretty new to the blogging world and social media.  So as you can imagine, I was so thrilled to participate in this past weekend’s Fitcation, which was held right in my backyard of Paso Robles, CA. Leah Segedie of Mamavation created Fitcation with the intension of it being a […]...
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