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By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
Apr 29th, 2014
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This week Arleena and I revisited Cerro San Luis (or San Luis Mountain). Back in week 12, Arleena and I made a wrong turn on this trail that only got us to the M on this mountain which about ¾ of the way up to the top. Needless to say we were a bit bummed […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Avila Beach
Apr 3rd, 2014
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  After being sick for a week, I was ready to “get back on horse” as they say and kick butt hiking.  I was on my own this week and didn’t want to hit an all-new spot, so I chose the Sycamore Crest Trail.  This trail is the backside trail to one of our first […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Car Review
Mar 10th, 2014
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Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to test-drive the 2014 Toyota Sienna XLE.  I am going to be blatant and honest with you.  I love it!  I would love to own one someday!  It is so easy and comfortable to drive.  Not to mention the fact that it holds all 6 […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Recent Posts
Feb 28th, 2014
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Going Out to Eat When you go on vacation, you want to be able to be close to everything that you need. If you don’t need to leave your hotel to go to dinner, you know that you are going to get good food without having to waste time looking for it. This gives you […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Feb 26th, 2014
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  Last year I had to travel to Los Angeles to participate in my first mud run and absolutely fell in love with the concepts fun runs.   I am so happy that Run or Dye is coming to the Central Coast in May that I’m tickled pink!   Or shall I say colored pink… What’s Run […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Recent Posts
Feb 26th, 2014
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When you think about your next vacation destination, a cabin in the woods may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But perhaps it should be. Vacation cabin rentals can be a luxurious option for those wishing to enjoy the beauty of nature while maintaining the comforts that come with a high-end destination […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Recent Posts
Feb 25th, 2014
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The following is a post contributed by site supporters of The Mommy-Files. Image courtesy of Thomson. Family Holiday in Mauritius With spring just around the corner, you may already be wondering as to where you and your family can enjoy a much-needed holiday. If you are in the mood for a relaxed atmosphere, a tropical […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Avila Beach
Feb 24th, 2014
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 A few weeks back, Arleena and I tackled Bishop’s Peak which I thought was an amazing feet.  Climbing that mountain gave me a sense of accomplishment.  Last week’s climb trumps Bishop’s Peak!  By the luck of the draw, Arleena and I choose Reservoir Canyon Trail located just off the 101 Freeway at the base of […]...
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 California
Jan 29th, 2014
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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 Game Review
Jan 20th, 2014
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I don’t know about you, but we had a lot of fun on New Year’s Eve.  Frank and I didn’t go out to a party or out with friends, but we stayed home with our family.  We ate, played games and watched the ball drop in New York Times Square.  It was a great night! […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Recent Posts
Dec 17th, 2013
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Have you ever been river rafting before?  How about white water river rafting?  I’m kind of on the fence about it.  The idea of white water river rafting definitely piques my interest, but I think the fear is what holds me back.  Part of the way to overcome my fear is to learn more about […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Christmas
Dec 16th, 2013
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With the holiday break quickly approaching, I find my social calendar suddenly overflowing.  Are you hosting a party?  Having family visit from out of town? Or are you planning on slowing down this season and spending time at home with your family?  Who knows, you may be doing all of the above!   This is a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Dec 5th, 2013
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It is not always easy to find a family game to play that appeals to everyone. One of the most popular is the classic board game that has is a very addicting. It’s called Monopoly—a family favourite—that has stood the test of time and can be played by young and old, male and female. Why […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Dec 5th, 2013
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Today, Frank and I gave a beautiful roll top desk to a friend of ours for her daughter’s birthday.  To my surprise, I found an old Christmas picture of the boys with Santa when we first moved here to California.  You’ll notice that the only one in the picture with his eyes closed is Santa. […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Nov 13th, 2013
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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
Oct 7th, 2013
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It’s my favorite time of year…Fall!  The days get cooler, the clothes get bigger, football parties, fall festivals, Halloween, and best of all…The Harvest (all the wonderful Fall fruits and vegetables). Living on the Central Coast, we are in agricultural heaven! They grow everything here. I love apple picking!  If you’re a mom like me, […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Halloween
Oct 6th, 2013
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Can you believe that Halloween is just around the corner?  At the mention of Starburst or Candy Corn, I can feel my mouth start to water.  Guess what?  There is a Candy God, Starburst is now creating their own Candy Corn, and it is fantastic!  Starburst Candy Corn includes four delicious fruity flavors: cherry, orange, […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Fashion
Sep 25th, 2013
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I love to travel!  I’ve traveled to different places around the world via a car, a boat, an airplane, and a train and made some amazing memories that I’ll have for the rest for my life.  Whenever I’m traveling, I always make an extra effort to keep myself safe – such as keeping my luggage […]...
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