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About Penelope

penelope guzman influential blogger new york cityHello, and welcome to the oasis! This is a space talk about creating a warm home and happy family, and a great life. I share my favorite healthy recipes and best family travel locations, as well as easy beauty tips and homemaking ideas for busy moms, activities we love that you may not know much about (but are curious to learn more), and random useful information, tips, and finds we find amazing and useful.

I’m Penelope Guzman, the work-at-home mom of two sweet, smart, adventurous boys, as well as the wife of a brave man who is truly my hero. I’m a pharmacist by profession who is much more passionate about writing and photography, and as the cool James Faust once said, “A woman can have it all…sequentially.” I plan to have it all- one thing at a time. My young family lives here on Long Island, New York, and we make the most of every day these years before our boys grow up and venture out on their own.

My loves:

* writing and photography
* family travel
* cooking healthy homemade food (I love keto and IF)
* my three guys
* learning at home

Our family life is the most important thing to me, so I always look for ways to have lots of outdoor fun every day, prioritize family travel and activities, and I love learning with our sons at home (even considered homeschooling because I find unschooling fascinating). Our goals over the next few years are to take lots of road trips around the United States, and to try out lots of new activities and sports- they really want to try out fencing next!

My older son currently loves chess, Boy Scouts, gaming on the Nintendo Switch, ice skating, and piano, and he is also a bit of an entrepreneurial kid. My younger son loves, ice skating too, as well as tennis, chess, and reading funny books for children. Both love to read a lot! Hubby is a gamer, (loves nostalgic gaming on the Play Station) and started his own YouTube channel to share his play-throughs of his favorite old games.

Our 2020 Bucket List:

♥︎ Family vacation to Cape Cod and Cape May
♥︎ Read a new classic book each month
♥︎ Participate in chess competitions
♥︎ Visit Smithsonian with Boy Scouts
♥︎ Expand my Etsy shop with lots of useful printables

Programs and products we use:

♥︎ IEW Structure and Style for Students Writing Program for the boys
♥︎ Fuji XT1 and Nikon D700 cameras and Lightroom 5/Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020 for editing my photos
♥︎ Kumon Math review books to reinforce current grade level studies in mathematics
♥︎ Writing With Ease books by Well Trained Mind to teach grammar and narration
♥︎ Library apps (and our library card) a lot to borrow books and audiobooks

Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoy and find something useful here, and feel free to contact me with questions! ♥︎

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