Angel is a Puerto Rican and Indigenous mom of two, a doula, a homebirth advocate (ask about her two home births!), and a co-founder of the incredible Beautiful Brown Adventures travel blog for families of color. Find more of Angel on Instagram, @travelingmoccs.
We’re excited to share Angel’s Bay Area and Alameda family favorites!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the East Bay Area – born in Alameda County and raised in Contra Costa County. I moved to Hawaii after college and found myself looking for an island lifestyle when I decided to move back to the Bay – so Alameda was the place!
Where is home now?
I live in Alameda and can often be spotted biking around with my kids in my cargo bike. I love Alameda and all of the kid-friendly things it has to offer, especially the beaches.
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What’s your favorite Saturday Morning Ritual?
The Alameda Farmers Market is open on Saturdays until 1 pm. After breakfast, we all hop in the cargo bike and ride to Webster Street in Alameda to grab fruits, veggies, and dance to some live music at the Farmers Market. Sometimes, we grab a donut at Donut Petite on our ride home!
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Favorite kid’s birthday party?
I am a musical and Disney enthusiast, and a sucker for costume parties. We threw a Hamilton 1st birthday party for my baby (Schuyler sister-themed) and an In the Heights-themed party for my 4-year-old (complete with graffiti backdrop and country flags!) – all themes chosen by our musical-loving preschooler. We are excited to have an Encanto party soon, too.
What’s your favorite kids’ store?
I can spend hours at Mommy’s Trading Post, a kid’s and nursing/maternity wear consignment store on Park Street in Alameda. I bring our gently used items for store credit, give them a second life, and trade them in for things we need. They always have our favorite kid-travel necessities and it feels good to buy used and support a women-owned business.
Favorite Bay Area Day Trip?
Santa Rosa is the perfect day-trip location for a family with two little kids who don’t like to spend a lot of time in the car. After about an hour’s drive from the East Bay, you can spend the morning at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, eat lunch and grab a beer at Fogbelt Brewery, then take a hike and give our baby space to take a nap at Spring Lake Park.
Thank you so much, Angel. Be sure to check out Beautiful Brown Adventures for antiracist travel with kids and favorite local destinations, too. Find more of her contributions to 510families.com.