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Slow Family helps busy parents reconnect with their families and their passions, through fun activities in nature and at home. From the author of "Fed Up with Frenzy: Slow Parenting in a Fast-Moving World".

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What's the biggest misconception about living in NorCal?

What do your kids love most about living in NorCal?

Can you share an easy, crowd-pleasing birthday party cake or cupcake recipe? (please include a link to a photo!)

Suz Lipman

One of the most crowd-pleasing birthday cakes I made for my daughter came from the Disney Family Fun book. It was a Sleepover Cake made by cutting Twinkies in half the long way and placing them atop a sheet cake, before frosting the whole thing to look like one big bed. Each Twinkie-shaped girl then gets a Nilla-wafer head and squeezed-frosting hair. We decorated the bed's blanket with frosting flowers and gave each girl a designated guest's correct hair and eye color. The cake was a huge hit and pretty easy to make. There's a picture of one here: 

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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!

Suz Lipman

My daughter and I love to make jam together. We started making jam when she was 3. It's a wonderful activity for children -- most love all the mashing, pouring and stirring and the "kitchen science" aspect that occurs when fruit becomes jam. It's also a great activity for family bonding and sharing long afternoons in the kitchen, making things together. (And, of course, the jam itself tastes fantastic!) My daughter's a teen now and we still make jam together whenever we can.
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