Leah Singer first approached us way back in December 2011 to ask if she could contribute recipes to our new food newsletter. Our editor was thrilled to feature Leah’s delicious simple eats, and as we got to know Leah, we decided we couldn’t let go of such a skilled, generous and resourceful writer. So in April 2012, Leah became our San Diego calendar editor, populating the events calendar with cool activities and events. And, today we are thrilled to announce that Leah is our first ever San Diego Editor. She will dish on the best things to do, see, eat and explore in San Diego, spearhead our social media initiatives, and continue to artfully craft and write stories and dig up the coolest family events. Learn more about Leah and her family’s life in San Diego below.

Got a tip or story idea to share with Leah? Drop her an email at Leah.Singer AT tinybeans.go-vip.net.

What’s your idea of an awesome day with the family?
On the rare occasion that my husband, daughter and I all have a day off work or school, we love to sleep in (yes, even my daughter) and then start the day at The Mission, one of our favorite breakfast spots. Then we search for used book sales and treasure hunt at Goodwill shops, local libraries and thrift stores. The day wouldn’t be complete without a walk around the neighborhood with Casey, our beagle-mix dog.

What’s your favorite San Diego neighborhood?
I love visiting our downtown Little Italy neighborhood, especially on Saturdays for the huge Farmer’s Market. We also like the smaller community of South Park, which is filled with small, independent shops and restaurants. It’s very family-friendly, and their quarterly Walkabout events make me feel like I live in a small town.

What do you love most about being a San Diego parent?
The answer will probably be obvious: the Southern California weather makes it so easy to participate in so many outdoor activities all year long. One of our favorite spots is the San Diego Zoo. And with weather that rarely drops below the high 60s, we can use our Zoo passes during the winter months. It also makes it easy to spend a few hours at local parks or attend outdoor festivals without the worry of rain or snow.

What do you love least about being a San Diego parent?
It’s the flip-side of what I love about San Diego: the weather and seasons rarely change. I wish my daughter could experience the seasons a bit more than what San Diego gives us. My favorite season is fall and I’ve always longed to visit the pumpkin patches, go apple picking, and stomp on crunchy leaves with my daughter in crisp, cool sweater weather and boots. But I don’t think we’ve had a visit to the pumpkin patch in less than 80-degree weather with short sleeves and sunscreen.

Essential can’t-live-without mom product?
It may not be considered a mom-product. But I don’t go anywhere without my iPhone – mainly for the camera. I’m a big believer in taking photos for kids to enjoy later. I’m able to capture so many of our fun outings that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise if I had to lug my big camera around. Then I go home and create collages using Picmonkey for my blog and Facebook.

What are you looking forward to doing with your daughter this year?
We are already counting down to summer vacation! I love how many amazing events, cool summer camps, and free activities take place during the summer months in San Diego. It’s already shaping up to be an amazing summer for us!

As Red Tricycle’s first ever San Diego editor, what are you most excited about?
I am really excited about spotlighting more local, kid-friendly businesses in Red Tricycle. I feel like we’ve just scratched the surface in finding these amazing places for kids and families. I want to help families find new adventures while helping the businesses find great customers. I also can’t wait to really bring Red Tricycle into the San Diego community and help people realize what a resource this publication truly is for families.


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