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The Best Part of Living in Southern California

The best part about living in Southern California is the weather. I've lived in other states and experienced all sorts of weather events in my travels, including major hurricanes and blizzards. When it came to picking a place to settle down with my family, I wanted to live where I could walk barefoot to our mailbox every day of the year. I'm a California girl all the way!

My Favorite Local Kid-Friendly Activity

From my blog, you can probably guess our favorite activity is playing outdoors in all the amazing parks, gardens, playgrounds, beaches, and nature centers available to us. We have so many non-profits providing outdoor activities in Orange County that are free or low cost: InsidetheOutdoors.org, OCParks.com, IRLandmarks.org, ENCCenter.org, and Naturalist-For-You.org. There is always something fun on our calendar, like new places to explore, wildlife to observe, or nature lessons to learn. Winter beach trips are probably my favorite. There's lots to see weather-wise and we can have a whole wide strip of sand to ourselves.

The Biggest Challenge of Raising a Child Here

The biggest challenge of raising a child in my area is sitting out of "the race." Life moves pretty fast in California. My husband and I are okay with taking things slow and not having the kids involved in tons of structured activities, like sports or clubs. I think the kids are okay with it, too. They revel in their time to just be kids and play. It makes us happy, because we get to spend more time together as a family. The kids are already getting big enough for it to be obvious that they won't be little forever.

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