Author: Mara Dobyns

Shining A Light On Night Time Activities- Under The Full Moon

“The moon is magic for the soul and light for the senses.”- Anonymous      Part of the magic of living in the mountains is randomly deciding to jump in your kayak and go explore a local lake under the light of the full moon. Which happens to be exactly what my husband and I did on our last date night.      The sun was falling quickly into the horizon as we pulled into the parking lot of Walker lake. A glowing glimmer of several shades of blue sang along the edge of the tree line as the...

Read More

How To Make Ocean Discovery Bottles

Discovery Bottles are intended to calm your child and reduce feelings of hurt, anger, and sadness. It is in no way a replacement for talking to your child about his or her feelings but can be a good calming method before discussion. It’s also good for rainy days, car rides, or just spending quality time creating something with your little one. So, with so many options out there why choose this Suspended Ocean Discovery Bottle? Simple, it’s easy to make and so much fun to explore! Even as an adult I find this homemade toy hard to put down....

Read More

Cinnamon Apple Muffin Recipe

By Mara Dobyns Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar 2 Eggs 1 Cup Oil or Applesauce for a healthier version 1 Tablespoon Vanilla 2 Cups Flour 1 Cup Oatmeal 1 Pinch of Salt 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon 3 Cups Peeled, Cored, and Diced or Shredded Apples (Around 3-4 deepening on size) A Handful of extra Brown sugar for Topping Instructions: Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, spray, and line your muffin pan. Step 2: Using a hand mixer cream the sugar, eggs, oil or applesauce, and vanilla together. Set aside and in a...

Read More

Blueberry Banana Muffins

By Mara Dobyns This sweet breakfast treat is just what you’ve been looking for to kick start your day into action. It has a classic and flavorful banana muffin taste to it with bursting, juicy blueberries to give it that something extra. I could seriously eat these every day. Now let’s go to it. Ingredients: 3-4 ripe bananas 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/3 cup butter melted and cooled 1 cup flour 1/2 cup oatmeal oats 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp baking powder 1 pinch of salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries rinsed or...

Read More

Interview with a Wedding Planner

Planning The Wedding Of Your Dreams With The Help You’ve Been Looking For -Special Thanks to Veronica and Delphine, owners of The 530 Bride for sharing their knowledge.   Congratulations! You’re engaged and over the moon about planning one of the most important days of your life, the start of your future with the person you love the most and let’s be honest, it’s a bit overwhelming. Where do you start, and how do you avoid the stress when you already have a lot on your plate? That’s where a wedding planner comes in. You want everything perfect, every...

Read More

Current Issue

Travel Guide

Our Sponsors

Follow Us on Twitter

RSS Northern California News

  • Jussie Smollett May Have Concocted Hoax After Attack on Lee Daniels' Gay Cousin - TMZ Feb 23, 2019
    Jussie Smollett May Have Concocted Hoax After Attack on Lee Daniels' Gay Cousin  TMZJussie Smollett Removed From Final ‘Empire’ Season 5 Episodes Following Arrest  Yahoo NewsJussie Smollett's alleged hoax got more media attention than my son, who was shot and killed in Chicago  Fox NewsJussie Smollett arrest the fodder for talk shows, late-night TV  Chicago TribuneJussie Smollett Dropped From […]
  • Nigeria elections: Buhari seeks second term in delayed polls - Al Jazeera English Feb 23, 2019
    Nigeria elections: Buhari seeks second term in delayed polls  Al Jazeera EnglishNigeria election 2019: Atiku Abubakar challenges Muhammadu Buhari  BBC NewsNigerians get ready for election day (again)  CNNWhy Nigeria’s Elections Won’t Change Anything  The New York TimesA look at Nigeria's top 2 presidential contenders  Fox NewsView full coverage on Google News
  • 39th Razzie Award Winners Announced - Rotten Tomatoes Feb 23, 2019
    39th Razzie Award Winners Announced  Rotten TomatoesMelissa McCarthy: Oscar-nominated actress wins a Golden Raspberry  BBC NewsRazzies 2019: 'Holmes & Watson' wins worst picture, Donald Trump gets multiple awards  USA TODAY‘Holmes and Watson’ and Trump and McCarthy win at the Razzie Awards, but it wasn’t all bad news  Gold Derby‘Holmes & Watson,’ Melissa McCarthy and Donald Trump Win Razzie Awards […]
  • In DeMar DeRozan's return to Toronto, he was loved … and lost yet again - Yahoo Sports Feb 23, 2019
    In DeMar DeRozan's return to Toronto, he was loved … and lost yet again  Yahoo SportsDeMar DeRozan gets two ovations, but falls to former team in return to Toronto  ESPNDeMar DeRozan Makes Emotional Return to Toronto  Bleacher ReportDeRozan’s homecoming a reminder of just how weird and personal he made the trade  The Globe and MailSan Antonio @ Toronto, Final […]
  • Kraft Heinz: Writedown And SEC Probe Are Actually Worse Than They Look - Seeking Alpha Feb 23, 2019
    Kraft Heinz: Writedown And SEC Probe Are Actually Worse Than They Look  Seeking AlphaKraft Heinz has lost the one thing that distinguished it from General Mills and Mondelez  CNBCKraft Heinz's Plunge Batters Buffett and Investors  BloombergWarren Buffett Has Some Explaining to Do  BloombergWhy Warren Buffett’s annual letter may not be all happy news  MarketWatchView full coverage on Google News

Subscribe to our magazine

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Northern California!

You have Successfully Subscribed!