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Camping with Kids

I enjoy the outdoors a lot and try to find ways to connect with nature. Best way to do it – camping. I used to love camping before getting married and once my son turned a bit older, we resumed this wonderful activity once again. This year alone, we went camping twice. But each time I found that I was missing important items. I am putting together a checklist here that will help me and other parents such as me prepare for camping (especially with kids).

Camping gear

  • Tent (I have a 2 people tent since it is just me, my husband and my 5 year old)
  • Mallet (to get the pegs in the ground)
  • Lantern (super important if you want to see at night)
  • Flash lights
  • Sleeping bags (or any other alternatives)
  • Cooler
  • Coal (if you want to grill)
  • Wood (if you want to allowed to and want to start a camp fire)
  • Lighter fluid
  • Matchstick
  • Aluminium foil

Food Options

While for meat eaters there are many variations and varieties of grill options, it reduces drastically for vegetarians. While that is so, I still offer a few variations below that come out quite tasty.

  • Corn, of course!
  • Sweet peppers (you can get a colorful bag of these at Costco). Goes great with sandwich.
  • Onions, tomatoes, asparagus, squash, zucchini, and peppers. (free free to add any other veg that you want to roast)
  • Marinated tofu (or paneer tikka)
  • Veg burgers
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Naan pizzas

For breakfast, eggs are a great option. Or an easy option is pancakes. Add some berries or bananas to the dough and you will have a scrumptious breakfast. Don’t forget to take milk (that doesn’t need refrigeration).

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July 4th in Milpitas

Living in Milpitas, I try to get involved in as many community activities as possible. Having a full time job and a small child, the list is not too big. But every 4th of July, as a family, we go to see the fireworks. It is a tradition that we follow diligently. This year has been the 3rd year in a row that we have attended the 4th of July fireworks in Milpitas. The city does a nice show starting at 9:00pm and the fireworks are always spectacular. What I like in particular is that the show is accompanied with nice music.

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All the festivities happen in the Milpitas sport center.

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Visit to Christmas in the park – San Jose

Just as every parent strives to open the world to their children, I attempt to do the same for my 3 year old. While he is extremely enthusiastic to visit any place, I try to limit his outings to a few hours. Beyond that, I feel that he gets difficult to handle. One IMG_3911such visit was the “Christmas in the Park” at San Jose. I found the place to be very age appropriate.

My husband got me a cup of hot chocolate which was simply divine. As I was sipping it, I was following my son who was leading the way through brightly lit trees and beautiful Christmas displays.

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