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Jindy is a modern day superwoman who fabulously juggles work, fitness, volunteering, social media, travel & family. She blogs about running, cooking, music, runDisneyDisneyland, sports, parenting and taking the time to paint the roses.

Jindy is a winner of Top 25 NorCal Moms - 2013

What's the best part of raising a family in NorCal?

The best part of raising a family in NorCal is the variety. Waking up every day knowing there is something beautiful to see outside my front door is a blessing. We have gorgeous views, from hills and countryside to the big city skyscrapers. I can drive 45 miles north of my house and run along the Golden Gate Bridge or drive 40 miles south and ride a bike along the scenic route in Monterey. Better yet, I can open my front door and watch deer run up my street as I contemplate dinner at my favorite neighborhood Michelin rated restaurant. Every day is an adventure! From sporting events to theme parks, museums, water parks, amazing food, agriculture and great neighborhoods – NorCal is the best place to raise a family.

What's the biggest misconception about living in NorCal?

The biggest misconception about living in NorCal is that it's like living SoCal. On the contrary, NorCal offers the best of both worlds: farm stands and small vineyards to major landmarks and big cities. NorCal has skiing in Tahoe, camping in Yosemite, romance in Napa and a diversity and history very special to the area.

What do your kids love most about living in NorCal?

My daughter loves the duality of living in a small town that is just 15 minutes from a huge city (San Jose). We can go to San Jose Sharks games right after school, or enjoy a fantastic dinner at her favorite restaurant on a whim. She enjoys concerts, shopping, outdoor activities, high-tech libraries, eclectic neighborhoods and a fabulous school in a great community. She celebrated her 16th birthday on the Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz and is currently visiting all our local colleges because she doesn't want to venture too far from beautiful NorCal.

What are your family's favorite activities for keeping cool in the heat (indoor or out)? Please share a link to a picture if you have one!

Jindy

When we know it's going to be a hot day inland, but really want to enjoy the outdoors, we head straight to the coast! The beaches in Northern California are a great place to spend a hot day with the family. We especially love the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! We wake up very early, head over the hill to Santa Cruz and get on rides while it's still cool in the morning. Then, at lunch time, we head back to our car and gather up the cooler and beach items and choose a fab spot on the sand. With plenty of a sunscreen and an umbrella to protect us, we enjoy a great picnic lunch on the sand and then play in the waves until we are exhausted. If you're there on the right night, there's live music or movie playing on the beach as well. Oftentimes we will rinse off, load everything back in the car and stick around to see the boardwalk at night. Great way to spend a hot day!
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Do you have a hobby you share with your child? If so, let us know what it is and at what age kids can start participating, and links to a picture we can use if you have one!

Jindy

I am lucky in that my relationship with my daughter is an extremely close one. We take road trips all the time. We also love going to Disneyland spontaneously! Discovering new places, learning about culture and other people is a hobby of ours. We also volunteer together often. We've been doing that since she was very little. My daughter and I LOVE music & sports. We go to concerts & sporting events together all the time. Local free sporting events in your community and art festivals with live bands are great hobbies that can be shared. I think it's never to young to engage our children in hobbies, but it's important to not force our likes on them.
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