Author Archive for Jennifer Stern

avatarJennifer Stern is a mom of three teen boys, who provide her with constant inspiration to write. She is also a fitness professional/junkie who teaches everything from Spinning to Zumba. A New Jersey native, this is her second time living in Southern California. She loves the L.A. lifestyle, but does miss eating decent pizza and bagels--so she consoles herself with excellent Mexican food. She and her family live in Burbank.
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Family Fun at the Food Truck Festival in Santa Anita, CA

Family Fun at the Food Truck Festival in Santa Anita, CA

July 19, 2012 No Comments The City of Angels has become synonymous with the food truck. Spend any amount of time in our fair city and you’re sure to spot them rolling down the street, restaurants-on-wheels catering to as many different types and taste-buds as there are people in our city of 12 million. No longer simply humble “taco trucks” ...

 

Picnicking and Nearly Panicking- Pyramid Lake

Picnicking and Nearly Panicking- Pyramid Lake

March 27, 2012 No Comments Our family was recently invited by our friends Elvia and Sean Shepherd and their young son to drive up to Pyramid Lake for a day of picnicking and boating. Sean had the use of his boss’ speedboat, and our three sons and we were looking forward to spending the afternoon tooling about on the huge ...

 

Travel Town Museum: On the Right Track for Kids

Travel Town Museum: On the Right Track for Kids

September 4, 2011 No Comments Travel Town Museum What little kid (especially boys, of which I am a mother of three) doesn’t love a train? And what parent doesn’t love an easy, enjoyable and free family outing? In the nearly two years since our family moved from suburban New Jersey to Burbank, California, we have still not exhausted a wealth ...

 

Vasquez Rocks: Another World Just Minutes from Los Angeles

Vasquez Rocks: Another World Just Minutes from Los Angeles

September 2, 2011 1 Comment It lies only 40 minutes north of Los Angeles, but one trip to Vasquez Rocks in the canyon country of Agua Dulce and you will literally feel as if you are on a different planet. One of L.A.’s best free natural attractions, Vasquez Rocks is a county park just outside Santa Clarita that feels more ...

 

Third Grade Field Trip: Aquarium of the Pacific

Third Grade Field Trip: Aquarium of the Pacific

September 1, 2011 1 Comment Let me say right up front: I am a seasoned veteran of the elementary school field trip. Since I am the mom of three, and I have been going on approximately three to four field trips a year since my 15-year-old was in preschool…well, you do the math. Some of these school excursions have been ...

 

Revisiting the Wild West at the Autry National Center

Revisiting the Wild West at the Autry National Center

February 22, 2011 No Comments A clear but chilly New Year’s Day and a fairly severe case of cabin fever left my husband and our three boys looking for something fun to do that was both inexpensive, and a within a short driving distance. An afternoon trip to the Gene Autry National Center and the Museum of the American West, ...

 

The 2010 L.A. Auto Show – Life In the Fast Lane

The 2010 L.A. Auto Show – Life In the Fast Lane

December 22, 2010 No Comments There are few things in the world that Angelenos love as much as their Starbucks, their cellphones, and their celebrities. Cars are one of those things. As anyone who has ever spent any amount of time living in the City of Angels can tell you, Los Angeles residents are probably so passionate about their vehicles because they ...

 

Venice Beach, CA:  A Sandy Seaside Circus

Venice Beach, CA: A Sandy Seaside Circus

November 30, 2010 No Comments Over the summer, our good friends and former next-door neighbors from New Jersey made the trip west to visit us in Burbank. They had less than a week to see and do a myriad of things here in Southern Califonia. However, their wish list of places to visit (besides our house, that is) was quite ...

 

Descanso Gardens – An Oasis in L.A.

Descanso Gardens – An Oasis in L.A.

November 26, 2010 No Comments My retired parents recently traveled from my home state of New Jersey to visit with us in Burbank. Since this is about the time of year that the weather begins to turn cold and dreary on the East Coast and forces people indoors, we were eager to show our boys’ grandparents some of the many ...

 

Stough Canyon & Nature Center Burbank – A Walk on the Wild Side

Stough Canyon & Nature Center Burbank – A Walk on the Wild Side

November 17, 2010 No Comments One of the things that I love best about living in Burbank California is its proximity to everything. If I feel like going to the mall, or to Starbucks for an overpriced but yummy latte, I can be there in five minutes. Conversely, if I feel like getting away from civilization and back to nature, ...

 

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