Posts by Michele Whiteaker

National Geographic Earth Explorers at Discovery Cube OC

NG Earth Explorers at Discovery Cube OC

Discovery Cube OC hosts the National Geographic Earth Explorers exhibit through May 3rd, 2015, along with LEGO Travel Adventure for the little ones. It usually takes us about 1 hour to wander through the entire Discovery Cube OC exhibits. For NG Earth Explorers, we visited for a 2 hour media preview and didn't want to leave! This is a "touring exhibit" so you need to get to … [Read more...]

How to Use Shutterfly: My Tips for Saving Family Photos

My Personal Tips for Saving Photos

My tips for saving family photos are all about how to use I know many parents WANT to back up their photos and save their memories, but don't know HOW. Well, I've been using Shutterfly for FREE photo storage for over a decade and I've learned a few things I'd love to share with you. This post is NOT about how to do a straight back-up of your photos using an … [Read more...]

Cafe at Shields Date Garden for an Outdoor Lunch


Cafe at Shields Date Garden in Indio was a refreshing spot for our family to grab a bite in the desert. Maybe it's because it was a temperate winter day and not the heat of the summer, but we thoroughly enjoyed our meal and surroundings.  Shields is an "old friend" to those who come to the desert. We went based on a recommendation from someone who has been every year since he … [Read more...]

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens Displays Sonoran Desert Life


The Living Desert zoo and gardens in Palm Desert feels like you are in the middle of the Sonoran desert in Arizona when, in fact, you are at the edge of its borders just 2 hours from Orange County. I didn't realize I could visit the Sonoran so close to home!  In researching this post, I discovered that "the U.S. has 4 major desert communities: Great Basin, Mohave, Chihuahuan … [Read more...]

Where to Celebrate a Family-Friendly New Year’s in Nature

Where to Celebrate New Year's in Nature

It's not hard to celebrate a family-friendly New Year's in nature.  Keep an eye on the weather, because rain may cause the cancellation of some of these events. Our family tradition is to make sure we get out to see the last sunset of the year AND the first sunset of the year - which is sometimes problematic due to fog & rain (but we at least try). I'd much rather get … [Read more...]