Raising Wilshire

A blog about parenting and car-lite living in Los Angeles

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East Coast Adventure 2018: Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Syracuse!

We made it the northern edge of one of the Finger Lakes

After spending two days in Toronto, we took a MegaBus across the border Buffalo, NY, and spent the weekend in Western and Central New York. Along the way, we crossed more things off our bucket list.

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East Coast Adventure 2018: Wrap Up

Through this trip, we were able to check off a lot of things on our bucket list. They included visiting Toronto and seeing my CTY friends in New York. Overall, we had a wonderful trip and are looking forward to traveling with our son again soon.

There were two other things I think that we did well.

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East Coast Adventure: Toronto! (Part 1)

We started our East Coast Adventure last month by flying on West Jet to Toronto, Canada, where we spent two nights with our friends Tremor and Julia. (Tremor was in my macroeconomics class at Pomona College). What impressed me most while we were traveling from the airport and into downtown Toronto, where our friends live, was the skyline.

Will’s first night in Toronto

High rises and crane trucks during the day. Click photo to enlarge.

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Why I took Will to the ER on a bike, and not by car

This is the second in a series about How We’re Making Car-Lite Work

Juan and I both had on our light up vests coincidentally.

Yesterday, I had to take Wilshire to the emergency room for stitches. The kid tripped and hit his eyebrow on a door at his daycare while racing to get to the potty. (We’d trained him the weekend before, so he was still a novice.) Wilshire’s battle scar was a superficial cut about a half-inch long right over his eyebrow that necessitated four stitches.

As many readers know, we only own one car. This means that we have all sorts of unwritten contingency plans on how we’d cope when we need to get somewhere quickly without a car. The situation gets thornier when there is a sick child, an unplanned doctor’s visit, and the parent who has to retrieve the child “green commuted” to work. It has been much easier to remain a one-car family in our area thanks to Lyft, Uber, bikeshare, and (most recently) dockless scooter-share. But as I’d covered in a prior blog post, those three options do not work when you have to transport another human or a lot of stuff.

In this particular situation, I wound up deciding to use my bicycle to transport my son to the ER. Here’s why:

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Bird Scooters allow me to get my child on time from daycare

This is part 1 of my multi-part series on how we’re making Car-Lite work in Santa Monica

On the go with Wilshire to work one morning

Over the past five months, I have been relying on Bird scooters to get from work to Wilshire’s daycare on time several times a week. Here’s why:

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6 Excellent Tips for a Great Plane and Road Trip With a Toddler

Hello again!

We’re back from our East Coast Adventure, where we traveled 1,200 miles in 12 days and visited six states plus Canada. Our adventure started in Toronto, Canada and ended in the DC area for a family reunion, with stops along the way in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse; the Berkshires; and Amish Country. I promise to blog about the trip itself. Before I forget, I wanted to share the lessons we learned about going on a long road tripp with young Wilshire, who is presently two and not yet potty-trained.

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Buying Children’s Books in Santa Monica

This is a part of the “SaMo Parenting Guide”, an ongoing series where I talk about where I buy stuff for Wilshire.

I know that we lost our Barnes & Noble earlier this year.

But don’t fret. There are still several bookstores in within Santa Monica city limits that you can visit to pick out books for the young children in your lives. I have several favorites.

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The 4 Best Non-Obvious Places For Children’s Toys in Santa Monica

Wilshire Matute plays with his BBB toy on his 1st birthday party.

This is part of an ongoing series where I talk about where I buy stuff for Wilshire in Santa Monica.

They say that play is the work of children – and my child takes his play just as seriously as anyone else. I want to facilitate that play through tools (toys) that allow my son to stretch his creativity, develop his cognitive skills and vocabulary, and bring him joy and laughter. We have gotten Wilshire some of his toys online (namely his train set), but I have had some good times searching for things that might resonate with him in Santa Monica, especially in some not-so-obvious places. They include:

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Raising Wilshire in Arizona

Climbing up “A” Mountain at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.

Wilshire Matute made it to Arizona in March. We traveled to Scottsdale, AZ to stay with friends. Amongst the highlights: Spending time with our friends’ dogs, Annie and Tesla; seeing abandoned bus shelters; and going to visit the McCormick-Stillman Train Park.

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These shoes are for walking (Santa Monica edition)

This is part of an ongoing series of resources tailored for parents of young children in Santa Monica.

So your kid has just started walking! It’s time to get shoes for your kid that are truly meant for walking.

I tried purchasing shoes for Wilshire online. In my experience, it has not been worth the additional hassle of returning shoes that do not fit or work out. It has been more efficient for me to take Wilshire shoe shopping in person.

Bonus: I have traveled to these places without driving.

Brooks Shoes for Kids. This is a full-service children’s shoe store located on Wilshire Blvd. and 17th Street. The staff is is highly knowledgeable about their inventory, which includes quality brands like Stride Rite, Nike, See Kai Run, Pediped, and Saucony. They also know how to coax cooperation out of young toddlers. To that end, do not do what I did, which was buy off the clearance rack; all shoes from there are final sale. If you purchase the shoes at full price (and most shoes are sold at MSRP), then you have a small return window.

1703 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-315-9898.
Accessible from Big Blue Bus 2, 41, and 42; Metro 720 (exit the bus on 14th St.)

Nordstrom (Santa Monica Place)
Comparable prices and brands to Brooks, but with the customer service you’d expect of Nordstrom including a more accommodating return policy. Also, Nordstrom will give your kid a helium balloon. Not a joke. Our kid walked out with a pair of shoes he loves and wears every single day.

220 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310-7552-2701.
Accessible by over 10 Big Blue Bus routes, Metro Expo Line, and 3 Metro Bus lines.

Gymboree
Gymboree has a small selection of inexpensive shoes.

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica. 310-451-2751
Accessible by over 10 Big Blue Bus routes, Metro Expo Line, and 3 Metro Bus lines.

RIP to…

  • Lorin Shoes. They also carried a similar selection of brands as Brooks and Nordstrom and had the benefit of being right on the Promenade.

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