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Partially submerge with the sharks

And then eat prime rib, lamb, and pasta

Uncle Max wants to go swimming with sharks when he visits this year. “It’s a metaphor made literal!” he marvels. Shark Diver (855-987-4275) runs several adventures, including a five-day trip to Guadalupe Island, about 175 ...

Flower choices for the low-water garden

Pretty, but not too thirsty

On the hottest day of last summer, we hosted a wedding reception in our backyard. The thermometer hit 103 degrees as the guests arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon. Our guests clustered in the shady ...

Now read this, Cookie Monster

There’s Cookies Tonight, the Cravory, Good Stuff Cookie...

My daughter likes to bake at home, so when her birthday comes along, she likes to make it special by bringing in professional confections. But this year, she has begged off cake — including cake ...

Hazelnut spreads square off

That one hazelnut-chocolate spread isn’t the only one

Which one comes out on top?

Volunteer opportunities for teens

A preemptive strike against the summer doldrums

“It is not mandatory to give or receive a hug, but we have not had any recipients deny one yet.”

Kid-friendly runs through mud and foam and for yogurt

Your little peeps could be running every month, sometimes twice

My teens participated in the Color in Motion 5K chalk run last month with a bunch of their friends. They returned triumphant after the jaunt around Qualcomm Stadium, looking as if they had returned from ...

Party with bunnies and chicks to pat

Let’s get out of the house on Easter

“Our big, gentle bunny will provide a great photo op and hand out small bubble bottles.”

Decorating ideas for Easter

Whimsical (and affordable) touches

Our backyard’s prima donna moment comes in late March and early April. The wild lilac’s violet blue flowers complement the rose bushes’ magenta blooms. Orange and lime tree blossoms compete with the tiny pink blooms ...

Coding is cool, kids!

Computer science education classes and camps for the young'uns

“Sometimes the kids have to solve a puzzle, and sometimes they have to take a quiz.”

What to do for Valentine’s Day

San Diego lovey-dovey stuff

Sitting in the sun, dreaming up Valentine’s Day for my man... Spoiled much, San Diego? I was thinking. Our problem here isn’t finding something to do, it’s choosing from so many options. Where I grew ...

Who makes the best hot chocolate?

Swiss Miss? Ghirardelli? Trader Joe’s?

Cocoas with chemicals and some that prompt squeals

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