Guitar Lessons

I've shared how much my kids LOVE playing guitar on here and on Instagram in the past. But I realized I haven't given too many details about their lessons and schedule. They've taken lessons on and off for years, but only consistently the last year or so. We found a fabulous teacher, and the kids are now at the age where they are into music and can really make progress. 

I'm not super strict with practice, they pick up the guitar all throughout the week to play a song here or there, and sometimes they play for a really long time. So I don't feel the need to nag them about practice. In addition, the boys were in rock band for their school elective last semester, and so that was extra guitar time playing twice a week. 

If you're local to the westside of L.A., and you're thinking of starting guitar lessons for your kid(s) you must give Robin from RLR Lessons a call (or an email rlrlessons@gmail.com). She is not only fantastic with kids, she is one of the coolest people my kids have met. Ask any one of them, and my kids are all so different, and yet they all love her. She has a lot of experience as well, teaching for 9 years and playing for 21 years. She comes to our home, which is a huge help for me. My kids all do their lessons back to back, and sometimes they have a group jam lesson. It's the best, and watching them play makes my heart beat a little faster. 

The other night we had some kids (teens) over and we were by the fire pit outside. Gunnar brought out his guitar and started playing, and then everyone took a turn looking up different songs for him to play, and sing along to. Songs he had never played before, but he read the music off their phones and just knocked them out of the park. Every single request they had. It wouldn't have been possible without Robin's patience and dedication, and it just makes me smile, and it'll make you smile too. 

5/12 May Video

It looks like a full month behind is my jam. But our May video is finally complete and that means June is next in the lineup. This Saturday in May we had a fun adventure. We hiked Millard Falls for the first time in Altadena, which was a super easy and very green hike, and then rode the metro to Santa Monica and had dinner and skateboarded around until we rode the metro home. I loved we had a little bit of nature and a little bit of city. It's what I love about Los Angeles, something for everyone. 

How We Enjoy the Outdoors

*This post is sponsored by The Trust for Public Land, as always all thoughts are completely my own.

Our summer's grand road trip adventure to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks has our entire family itching to explore and adventure and just get outside. Living in a big city like Los Angeles can be a challenge. We aren't surrounded by nature, there are no winding paths in the woods, no sprawling landscapes behind our house, lots of cement, lots of buildings, those are my sights on a daily basis. We are fortunate however to be a few minutes walk from a local park. And we have a gorgeous state park about a 20 minute drive away. Unfortunately, most Americans aren't as fortunate. Over 100 million Americans who live in cities don't live within a 10 minute walk of a park.

That's where the nonprofit group The Trust for Public Land comes in, a program founded to create parks and preserve land. I absolutely love their mission, and you can search on the site for local community forests, greenways, parks, historic sites, ranches, farms, and so much more. They are asking all of you readers to join in the movement. Head here and upload a photo to create a postcard and share why nature matters to you and your family. 

A few weeks ago we took our family up to Will Rogers State Park for the day. It was gorgeous out, a bit warm, but the shade was just perfect. There's something different about the air in a park like this. I know scientifically, of course it's different, all the oxygen from the trees and the clean air in contrast to the smog, but there's something about breathing that air that just calms us. Fresh air, fresh minds, and fresh bodies. That's what my postcard will say. Outdoor space like this is just too precious to lose. 

A good park day for our family always begins with a great blanket for chilling or taking a break, and a backpack full of snacks and drinks for keeping our energy up. We also pack hats, sunscreen and a soccer ball or football, friends are always a plus, and pretty much our day is set. Here are some photos from our beautiful day at Will Rogers. 

I'm sure you'll agree that this planet is too beautiful and sacred to deserve the damage we have caused through pollution and careless acts.