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Stories by Kate Loweth : Contently

Travel, food + family writer/editor<p>Freelance writer with a passion for travel, food, outdoor adventure and family fun. Grammar is my obsession. Chat: …

The Important Life Lesson My Toddler Taught Me

One simple picture, a split second caught on camera. That's all it took for me to realize that I needed to press pause in life.<p>Being a working parent is tough. The days are long and sometimes the reward seems minimal, but I take pride in being able to "do it all." I'm a parent to children both on …

Bucket list: 41 places every California kid should visit before growing up

How many of these have you visited?<p>Summer's upon us and we're entering that glorious time of year when families can travel unencumbered by school obligations.<p>To help you plan your family road trips, we've updated and added to one of our favorite galleries featuring places every California kid must …

10 Great DIY Outdoor Water Play Tables

We love summer because we can be outside all day long, but on the really hot days it's hard to stay out for too long without some relief! These …

Ranking the Bay Area's top 50 camping spots

When it comes to matters of taste, there are as many opinions as people.<p>When it comes to the matter of rating campgrounds, the public votes with their reservations, bookings and tents.<p>That is why the No. 1-rated campground in the greater Bay Area is the Steep Ravine camping cabins, perched on a …

Toddler milestones - what to expect beyond babyhood

When your child enters toddlerhood, it’s very tempting to start comparing her development to other children’s. But this is such a rapid time of …

5 Affordable California Getaways for Fall

From awe-inspiring seaside cliffs to beautiful natural parks, California is one of the loveliest states in the nation. Booking an easy, long weekend getaway is just the thing to take some of the stress off before the holiday season sets in. And the best news is that you don’t have to blow your …

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Discover San Luis Obispo's relaxed, bohemian sensibility on a weekend getaway

San Luis Obispo is a charming college community on the Central Coast where visitors are encouraged to slow down and enjoy all that the city has to offer: good food, good vibes, sunshine and a healthy lifestyle.<p>Downtown is the place to be, thick with tree-lined streets, stores, bars and restaurants. …

The Best Affordable Weekend Getaway in the Bay Area

Do you have a nature deficit disorder? A weekend at Point Reyes will fix it. In <i>Last Child in the Woods</i>, Richard Louv warned that nature-deficit disorder threatens our health, well-being, and even our human bonds. In an effort to make a total break for two days from computers and offices, my friend …

How one Silicon Valley engineer negotiated a starting salary from $120,000 to $250,000 in just a few weeks

But he could have ended up with a $120,000 position at Yelp if he had taken his first offer.<p>How did he manage to more than double his starting salary in just a few weeks?<p>Qureshi, a former professional poker player with an English degree, recounts his story in a recent blog post shared on his …

17 Secrets to Saving at Disneyland

Make the "happiest place on earth" a little more affordable.<p>The “happiest place on earth” is a top destination on many families’ bucket lists. If you …

Family adventure to Yosemite National Park

Enjoying a vacation at one of the nation's oldest national parks<p>My family and I have visited a number of national parks over the years, and friends …

Complete Beginner's Guide To Doing Perfect Squats

In a parallel universe, dieting might be easy. In our sphere – it’s sadly not.<p>I’ve done plenty of short and long diets in my life, successful and …

7 Tax Deductions the Average American Should Remember

Photo: www.401kcalculator.org.<p>Taxpayers take any tax break they can find, and the most popular deductions reflect the things that as many people as possible do to reduce their tax bills. To remind you of the deductions that are most suited to average Americans, we looked at past IRS data to find …

10 Parenting Hacks Every Family Needs

You know that woman who arrives at school on time every morning? Not a hair out of place with effortless style and a smile for everyone? She bakes the best cookies, has kids who love to read and never raises her voice. Maybe you are that woman and if you are all I can say is congratulations and …

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5 Surprising Parenting Methods: Do They Work?

<b>1. Never saying the word "no"</b><p><i>"I can't stand it when kids say 'no' or 'mine' over and over. So I never said that word to my son. I found other ways to</i> …

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Never Pay Full Price for a Car Again, Even If You Hate Haggling: 5 Tricks From a Former Sales Manager

How to Enjoy Disney World on the Cheap

Since we live in New York, my four-year-old daughter hasn't yet confronted us with the mighty D-word. That's right: Disney. However, as she's getting …

Invest In Getting More Personal Energy: Easy Habits For The New Year

Few people realize how much you can impact and boost your personal energy levels by consciously investing in them. Investing in energy has a higher impact than focusing on managing your time, because unlike time, energy is a source we can enlarge. This can enable you to meet the demands of work, …

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The 12 dumbest things you can do with your money in your 30s — and how to avoid them

Time is still on your side in your 30s. If you manage your money well, it can mean huge financial gains in the future.<p>That's easier said than done. And many of us tend to assume that we'll have more money in our 40s and have plenty of time to tune up our finances, which can lead to some poor money …

America’s Top Colleges 2015 – Page 5

Copyright: Natalia Bratslavsky<p><b>#47 Vanderbilt University, Tennessee $62,320</b><p>Founded in 1873 by philanthropist Cornelius Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University occupies a sprawling 330-acre campus less than two miles from downtown Nashville, TN.<p>A research institution, the university is ranked No. 7 in the …

AAA, AARP and Amazon Have Hidden Perks — 3 Ways to Find Them

DISCLOSURE:<p>Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We’re letting you know because it’s what Honest Abe would do. After all, he is on …

Here Are the Tech Stocks You Should Buy in 2016

Let’s face it—today’s top companies are radically different from the ones we grew up with. The corporate campus has given way to the private home or …

Get grateful! 20 ways to teach kids gratitude, from tots to teens

<i>As we head into the holiday season, TODAY Parents is focusing on putting more gratitude in our kids' attitude. Here to help is</i> Positive Parenting Solutions <i>founder Amy McCready, who is</i> <i>joining us each week in November</i> <i>to offer strategies</i> <i>for</i><i>raising</i> <i>grateful,</i> <i>unspoiled kids. On Monday, join McCready for a</i> …