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Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Outbound: Top five spring hikes at Yosemite National Park

Outbound: Top five spring hikes at Yosemite National Park

Mist Trail One of the most popular trails in the park, the Mist Trail passes two of Yosemite’s famous waterfalls, Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. In the spring this trail earns its name when it comes close enough to the waterfall to douse hikers with spray. Bring a rain-coat and prepare to get wet! Also,...

Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Honda Smart Home opens in Davis for zero-carbon living

Honda Smart Home opens in Davis for zero-carbon living

Honda and the University of California, Davis, have opened the Honda Smart Home US, showcasing technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. The home in UC Davis West Village is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV...

Girls on the Grid
What’s it’s like to abstain from Facebook for a month

Apr 10, 2014

By Amelia McLear April 11, 2014 I’m not ashamed to admit it: I’m addicted to social media.  It’s the first thing I check when I get up in the morning and the last thing I look at before I go to bed.  It’s incredibly useful for staying up-to-date on news, events, what’s going on...

Sacramento Sidetracks
Ten fun and inexpensive things you can do with your kids this weekend in Sacramento

Ten fun and inexpensive things you can do with your kids this weekend in Sacramento

Celebrate Easter at the LAND PARK SPRING EGG HUNT, the SOUTHSIDE PARK EGG HUNT, EGGORAMA in Cottage Pool, or Funderland’s EASTER BASH. Saturday Play games and eat fun foods during the First Annual SPRING CARNIVAL at placer fairgrounds. Saturday  Build a recycling truck with your own new apron and goggles at Lowes BUILD AND...

Hybrid Rasta Mama
Non-Toxic Cleaning To Benefit Our Pets

Apr 10, 2014

Sometimes we do for others what we won’t do for ourselves. It was not until I had babies that I started to care about the toxicity of my environment, and I then made the switch to natural cleaning products. At the time, I didn’t even think about what impact the “traditional” products I was...

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Guava Rose
A Girls’ Day Makeover and Tea

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Apr 9, 2014
A Girls’ Day Makeover and Tea

DSC_0145We recently celebrated Laurel’s birthday with a Girls’ Day Makeover and Tea Party. I was feeling sentimental and teary just thinking about how she would be gone to college in a couple of years. She hasn’t wanted a birthday party since she was 9 years old, and this would probably...

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Appetizers
No surprise: Rice helps healthy diet

No surprise: Rice helps healthy diet

New research focuses on rice’s role in better nutrition.


Rice helps a healthy diet, according to a new study. California grows short-grain rice, which is starchier than long-grain varieties. About 90 percent of California’s 4.5 billion pound crop grows within 100 miles of Sacramento.

Girls on the Grid
Wizard World Sacramento

Apr 8, 2014

By Meghan Sullivan If you were anywhere in the vicinity of the convention center March 7-9, you might have noticed an abnormally high number of people in costumes. Wizard World rolled into town with a Comic Convention. And they brought some big names too – Stan Lee, Norman Reedus, William Shatner, James Marsters, and Chris...

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The Sacramento Bee
Taste for honey grows along with concern for bees

Taste for honey grows along with concern for bees


Honey is an ancient staple that’s finding new appreciation among both foodies and bee lovers.

With the season’s annual sense of renewal, spring flowers bring (hopefully) bees buzzing – and thoughts of honey.

Not surprisingly, honey sweetens many spring favorites for Passover gatherings. The Jewish holiday begins...

52 Kitchen Adventures
How to Make a Mimosa Bar in 3 Steps

How to Make a Mimosa Bar in 3 Steps

TweetThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of La Marca Prosecco.  It is intended for an audience over 21 years of age. Even before I really liked wine, I always loved sparkling wine. I’m not sure if it’s the bubbles or the fact that it tends to be on the sweeter...

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