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melissa is a winner of Top 25 SoCal Moms - 2013

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

I grew up in Orange County so the SoCal culture is home is me! I think moving away to go to college and traveling abroad really helped me appreciate how wonderful a place Southern California really is. I love that you can be in the mountains in only a few hours or head to a beach in less than 1/2 hour. We can even take a trip to the desert for the day if we choose to! Southern California is filled with so many different types of people and it makes for a hedge pod of interesting things to do and see.

What's a great destination for a family vacation in SoCal?

I am always a sucker for Disneyland, but we also have some wonderful beaches as well. As a kid we rented a beach house for a week and this is one of my favorite memories from my childhood. To be able to wake up to the sound of waves and the smell of the ocean is pretty magical. I would recommend someone from out of town to check out the beach rentals in Newport or Laguna Beach.

What do your kids love most about living in SoCal?

My daughter loves that we have so many options. For our house, we opted for less space but a central location that is near many family-oriented places that we can walk to. On the weekends, we walk to the Farmers Market, walk to a great park and even a bird sanctuary. There are so many things to do in Southern California - you would be hard press to say there isn't anything to do! My daughter loves to go to the beach on the weekends. My husband is a surfer so he is teaching her how to body surf. Going to the beach was a big part of my childhood and I am happy to see that we are passing this love of the ocean onto our daughter. And the hiking trails in our area are fantastic as well! If you love to take nature walks check out all of the trails available in Southern California.