15 Amazing family-friendly Holiday events in the Palo Alto Area

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There is no doubt that December is one of the most cherished months of the year – by both young and old. The reasons are quite obvious for everyone: fun-filled Holiday activities, religious traditions, family and friend togetherness, tolerance, generosity and goodwill. As every year, the Palo Alto community puts on its festive clothes and invites everyone to enjoy the seasonal merriness. So are you ready for some traditional wintery fun? Here 15 amazing family-friendly Holiday events in the Palo Alto Area that you can definitely enjoy with your beloved ones.

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Tava Kitchen in Palo Alto unveils its new look and a fresh new menu

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Tava Kitchen in Palo Alto unveils its new look and a fresh new menu

Wednesday evening, I was very delighted to experience the unveiling of the new Tava Kitchen. Tava Kitchen is part the fine restaurants and eateries located at Town and Country Village. What makes Tava Kitchen unique is its visually pleasing and equally great tasting, bespoke food, for a very reasonable price.

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12 Cool Holiday gifts for cool kids

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With hundreds and hundreds of amazing Holiday gifts ideas to choose from, there is no wonder that many parents find it difficult to find their way through the maze of eye-catching  window displays, catalogs and online shops. My husband and I have been in this boat for quite a few years, with three children and their varying interests. Somehow we manage to cheer our kids up duing the Holiday Season.  Because we want to help you put a smile on the faces of your tiny ones and catch off-guard your teens, we worked on a list of 12 Holiday gift ideas that we hope will take the hassle out of this year’s Holiday shopping.

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Just in time for holiday Shopping: Tesla opens a store at Stanford Shopping Center

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Palo Alto headquartered Tesla, has made it easier to pick out your new Tesla while picking out your new outfit.

 

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During a recent trip to the Stanford Shopping Center, I was pleasantly surprised to see the electric car maker’s new shop blending perfectly with the rest of the retail stores that call Stanford Shopping Center Home.

 

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Opened for just over one week, the new Tesla store has found a home close to Apple and sandwiched between Coach and Louis Vuitton. This is not the first shop of its kind in the area, which solely focuses on sales and roadside assistance. There are at least four more: in Santana Row, Walnut Creek, Corte Madera and Monterey.  This seems to be an obvious trend since Tesla cars are made to order, and the added value of convenience plays a key role in getting Teslas in the hands of consumers.

 

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Stanford Mall is an ideal location, and attracts the clientele to support this move, even though there is another Tesla store that offers sales, service and roadside assistance, less than 3 miles away. With the recent Model X launch and the Model S’s high ratings from Consumer Reports, Tesla does expect lots of interest in its vehicles, especially in the Silicon Valley area, where the car is not only manufactured and a favorite among techies, but there are lots of electric car chargers, which makes owning a Tesla much easier.

 

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Shoppers seem to love the new store, which is large enough to host 3 Tesla cars and a shell base, with a design studio and friendly staff. While I was there, I met a shopper,  Andre Oosterlinck, President of Leuven University, who was  visiting from Belgium, and said that he is in the market for a Tesla.  He mentioned that he has an electrical engineering background, and appreciates a car like Tesla.  He passionately declared that Tesla, is not only a leader in having a great product, but is a game changer in the automotive industry.

 

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He is definitely right. I think that the automotive industry is looking at Tesla as a company to emulate and to act as a catalyst in ushering electric cars to the masses.  With Google and Apple both launching their own electric cars in a few years, and a few other car makers following suit, who knows what the industry will look like a few years from now.

 

There is something inherently special about a Tesla car – the look, the feel, and of course the cat eyes.  So the next time you are at Stanford Shopping Center, and you feel the urge to part with tens of thousands of dollars, and own a piece of American history, then, a Tesla may just be in your future.  Check out their selections.

 

 

8 Apple picking orchards near Palo Alto

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Apple picking near Palo Alto

Though many of us may feel sad that summer is over, focusing on all the fun activities that fall brings will wash that sadness away. And apple picking in a delightful orchard is just the right activity to keep the whole family entertained…and healthy.  Moving to Palo Alto from New York, the changing seasons is something that we miss, and the apple picking tradition that our family had come to appreciate.  So, I have been doing some research on apple picking orchards near Palo Alto, and below you can find a list 8 of the best orchards in the near Palo Alto.

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You’re Invited: Online invitation companies we love

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Every time a celebration rolls around I think it should always be an excuse for a party. I have hosted quite a few birthday parties for my children, as well as parties for the grown-ups, including 9 milestone birthday parties, baby and bridal showers. That’s quite a number of parties under my sleeve, and I wholeheartedly enjoy the experience. To me making someone happy and seeing a smile on their face brings me the most joy. I get so much of a high out of throwing parties for others. I prefer to be on the giving end than the receiving end.

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How I divorced Comcast and saved hundreds of dollars in the process

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We recently had to get new cable service (I will explain why in another post), and all we really wanted Comcast to do was to transfer our existing service to a new location. They agreed, and set up an appointment for installation. We decided on a date and time window. I was thrilled, because life without the Internet for me is similar to having a bridge to nowhere, as most of my news and information come from the Internet. Continue reading