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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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, ...

 

The Vallarta Palace – Concluding our Vacation with a Bang!

The Vallarta Palace – Concluding our Vacation with a Bang!

November 8, 2010 No Comments It had been a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable family reunion with my three boys and my parents at the Vallarta Palace in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After the dolphins and waterpark adventure of the previous day, we elected to lie relatively low for our last day of complete and total indulgence at this amazing resort. Believe ...

 

Vallarta Palace–Dolphins and Karaoke!

Vallarta Palace–Dolphins and Karaoke!

November 3, 2010 1 Comment Our week at the Puerto Vallarta Palace had been a relaxing, indulgent, stress-free and wonderful time thus far. We had had a great amount of beach time, pool time, play time, entertainment–and food. Especially food. So much food, in fact, that I had switched from wearing bikinis to one-piece bathing suits, and nearly every piece ...

 

Activities and Pampering at the Vallarta Palace

Activities and Pampering at the Vallarta Palace

October 28, 2010 No Comments This is the third installment about my family’s recent trip to the Vallarta Palace in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.   Part 1: Getting the Royal Treatment at the Vallarta Palace Part 2: Puerto Vallarta Palace – Living Like Kings and Queens The boys woke up early in anticipation of the exciting day they were going to have. ...

 

Puerto Vallarta Palace – Living Like Kings and Queens

Puerto Vallarta Palace – Living Like Kings and Queens

October 23, 2010 2 Comments After a long day of travel and a fun-filled first day (Getting the Royal Treatment at the Vallarta Palace) at Puerto Vallarta,  no one bothered to get up terribly early the next morning.  It felt good to sleep in for a change, and it was about 9 a.m. before we dressed and went down to breakfast at Mar ...

 

Getting the Royal Treatment at the Vallarta Palace

Getting the Royal Treatment at the Vallarta Palace

October 12, 2010 3 Comments Right off the bat, I was not thrilled. About the idea of traveling to Mexico by myself–or rather, with my three boys (as my husband, who was working, could not come along). It was to be a mini-family reunion with me, my kids, and their grandparents, who were flying out from New Jersey to meet ...

 

Seeing Stars on a Budget at Griffith Park Observatory

Seeing Stars on a Budget at Griffith Park Observatory

October 11, 2010 No Comments Let’s face it. Financially, times continue to be tough right now for many of us. No one feels the squeeze of economic hardship more than my family and I. What with the move to an expensive urban area, three rapidly-growing boys and two dogs to feed, sometimes a big expensive family vacation just isn’t in ...

 

From NJ to L.A. With Three Kids and a Dog: (New) Home at Last!

From NJ to L.A. With Three Kids and a Dog: (New) Home at Last!

September 30, 2010 No Comments Burbank, California Monday, November 23, 2009 (This is the fourth and final installment in a series of articles about my family’s cross-country move from the suburbs of New Jersey to Southern California) The Sterns have landed! Home sweet home is now a charming yellow house with an actual white picket fence, nestled in the foothills ...

 

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NJ to L.A. With Three Kids and a Dog: Westward Ho!

NJ to L.A. With Three Kids and a Dog: Westward Ho!

September 26, 2010 2 Comments Amarillo, Texas  Saturday, November 21, 9:58 a.m.  This is the third post about our exciting journey from New Jersey to California.  The first leg of our trip and new lives included traversing Delaware and Virginia.  Our road adventure continued on with my second post documenting Arkansas and the various cities and towns we past in Tennessee. We are talking to Ginny (my mother-in-law) on the car phone ...

 

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NJ to L.A. With Three Kids and a Dog–The Journey Continues

NJ to L.A. With Three Kids and a Dog–The Journey Continues

September 26, 2010 3 Comments Tennessee Wednesday, November 18, 2009 6:10 p.m.   Our cross country journey West from New Jersey continues.  I’m sitting poolside at the Holiday Inn Express in Dickson, Tennessee, watching Ben and Will swimming and playing in the indoor pool. They have the whole pool to themselves. Of course, I forgot to pack swim trunks for them, so Ben is ...

 

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