Play games. It's Your Move! in Temescal

Play games.  It's Your Move! in Temescal

Our family was strolling the Temescal area of Oakland after an always delightful lunch at Bakesale Betty’s, when we came upon the gaming store, It’s Your Move Games and Hobbies. It’s a locally owned business that has been in the neighborhood for 10 years now. I’d remembered passing the store previously, but I felt intimidated to go in. I mistakenly thought you had to be an expert gamer at something to truly appreciate the store.  I was wrong.  My 5 year old, Maisy, urged us to go in.  They were so kind and even allowed our puppy into their store.  There was a mother and son playing a game at one of the available open gaming tables in front as we entered. We cruised back to the shelves of games for purchase. They had them nicely organized by age and type of game. There was a good selection and they can special order anything you want.

Read on to find out how to play or learn a plethora of games in-store, rent games or participate in gaming nights.

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Make a New Year Wishing Star

Make a New Year Wishing Star

This year we aren’t making resolutions.  They never stick anyway. Even that one year I resolved to get a pedicure at least once a month.  I couldn’t even keep that one! So we are trying out something new this year, a family new year wishing star.


This was a sweet, thoughtful and fun activity where the girls got to cut, write and think about what they wanted for themselves and our family over the next year.  

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Use Fabric to Wrap Your Gifts

Use Fabric to Wrap Your Gifts

A few years back, at Todd's urging we started wrapping presents in cloth for Christmas and birthdays.  It took some getting used to. I loved ripping into presents and I thought the girls would miss out. But they still get plenty of paper wrapped gifts from relatives and friends, so they get that shredding joy, but for us, it makes Christmas so much easier in so many ways. We keep a bin of fabric and ribbons from years past in a bin, so we can get at it whenever we like.  We also re-use non photo cards as the gift tags.

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Family Christmas Card Coloring Book

Family Christmas Card Coloring Book

Somehow this year our Christmas card rivaled last year’s!  Every year we try to keep it fresh and creative.  My husband is amazingly talented and was able to take the girls’ drawings and lay them out in booklet format.  Each girl got a page and we threw in some fun family stats and our family Christmas card coloring book was born. Super big plus, no need to capture that *perfect* holiday card family photo!

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