Archive of the categories: About Me

Ava’s Fourth Birthday

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve updated my blog, but I’m determined to get back to blogging on the regular, so much to share about flying, flight training, travel mom life, and even some books I’ve been reading, a la Jennifer Weiner and B.A. Paris.  Ava turned four last month and we had a great time celebrating at a Moana themed birthday party.  Here’s a little video recap of her fourth trip around the sun. I’m so proud to be her mama!

First Post and A Brief Introduction


Welcome to my blog! I’m Valerie. I’m 30 years old, and live in Carlsbad (San Diego County, California). I have long thought about starting a blog, and this chapter of my life seemed like the perfect place to pick up the blogging habit. Lots of exciting things are happening.

avaandvalI plan to share tales of adventures learning to fly with Pinnacle Aviation Academy (and hopefully getting my Private Pilot’s license in the next few months), selling real estate and doing SEO and internet marketing, rescuing dogs with my 501c3 non-profit Upward Dog Rescue, and the day-to-day fun of being Ava’s mom and the owner of four goofy rescue hounds: Buster, Mr. Wiggles, Penny and Peso. Along the way, I might also share some recipes, movie and book reviews, and other musings.

Follow me on Instagram @socalvalerie and follow the happenings of my nonprofit at I’m looking forward to the blogging adventure and can’t wait to get started.