Archive of Linda Hubbard Gulker

Linda Hubbard Gulker first moved to Menlo Park a really long time ago (long enough that she started kindergarten at Hillview School and graduated there from 8th grade in the days it was a K-8). Following her four years at Menlo-Atherton High School, she went “SoCal” to attend UCLA and stayed too long in the Southland. She moved back to Menlo Park 20 years ago to find some things had changed – and some things remained the same. When she’s not blogging or taking snapshots for InMenlo, she’s jogging the Dish or other nearby hills.

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What do you get when Menlo Park nextdoor neighbors with young kids are a designer, an editor, a software engineer, and a business guy? An iPhone app for parents and kids, of course!

University Drive neighbors Krista and Dan Skehan and Marijane and Brian Leonard have developed Cakewalk, an iPhone app now available in the App Store.

Their mission is to help parents make the most of playtime. Full of quick ideas for simple fun, the Cakewalk app filters activities by the age of your child, whether you’re inside or out, and whether you want a craft. Or you can swipe through all the activities to see what strikes your fancy, whether it be to fill a few minutes or a whole afternoon.

“There are plenty of apps out there for entertaining children,” says Marijane. “But most of them involve just handing over your device. The goal for Cakewalk is to help parents play with their children because the reality is that this can be hard. Once a parent’s must-do’s (work, meals, baths, laundry, etc.) are covered, sometimes there is very little energy or creativity left for play.

Adds Krista: “We felt there was a void in the app market for a way to quickly source ideas for easy activities that do not require a trip to the store. Our hope is that parents can get a bit of inspiration from the app and then focus on having fun with their children.”

The ideas for the app came to Krista when she was trying to solve the playtime problem in her own life. She and Dan talked about it with the Leonards one afternoon while their kids played together. The group realized that together they had all the skills to make it happen. Soon the four were meeting in the Skehan’s backyard every Wednesday night after the kids were in bed (within earshot of all the little voices, naturally

The Skehans and Leonards have lived next door to each other for two years. Krista (the designer) is the owner and creative director at Menlo Park branding studio Personify. Her husband, Dan (the business guy), is Personify’s account director. Marijane (the editor) is a professional freelance writer and copy editor. Her husband, Brian (the engineer), is the chief architect and technical co-founder of TaskRabbit, a San Francisco-based company that creates an online and mobile marketplace connecting neighbors to get things done.

“I think we clicked as a group because we are parents in the same boat,” says  Marijane. “We work hard, but we also want to play hard with our kids. Our kids are close in age…and we have complementary professional skills. Each of us brought something to the table to make Cakewalk happen.”

Photo by Scott Loftesness

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Menlo Park resident launches website to serve as discussion forum for local development projects

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Menlo Park resident Dana Hendrickson sent InMenlo an email last week: “Spurred by the controversey surrounding the Stanford Project and uncivilized posturing in the local media, I have created an online forum where residents can share credible information and productively discuss the MP Specific Plan, the Stanford Project, and the effort to change both.” He […]

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Poppies salute Earth Day here on the Peninsula

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Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg captured these poppies on a training run along Skyline last weekend. We think this native plant, which adds a cheery note to many local gardens, is the perfect vehicle for commemorating  Earth Day on its 45th anniversary. According the the Cal Gov website, Earth Day was conceived in 1969 by Sen. […]

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Fit Kids Foundation co-hosts Children’s Champions event at Stanford Stadium

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It was just about three years ago that Atherton resident Ashley Riley founded the Fit Kids Foundation, so we thought the time was right to get an update about the organization’s programs. She told us that they’re now offering after school fitness programs free of charge to kids who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to participate […]

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Filoli flowers celebrate spring time on the Peninsula

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During this Passover and Easter season, we at InMenlo celebrate the warmer and longer days of Spring with a selection of photos taken by InMenlo photographers Scott Loftesness (top and bottom) and Frances Freyberg (tulips right and below) at Filoli. New flowers will be in bloom next month when the historic property’s annual flower show […]

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Classic car auto show at M-A today through 2:00 pm – and it’s free!

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We stopped by the Menlo-Atherton High School campus this morning where the America’s Pastime Car Show is running today through 2:00 pm. Admission is free. A fundraiser for the school’s baseball team (the frosh-soph team is pictured below), there’s a raffle and BBQ lunch as well as the chance to see some great classic automobiles, hot […]

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M-A baseball coach Mike Amoroso gets his players involved in America’s Pastime car show

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Mike Amoroso has been the Varsity baseball coach at Menlo-Atherton High School since 2007, but we were on campus to visit with him about classic cars, not classic swings. That’s because the 8th annual America’s Pastime Car Show, which benefits the baseball team, will be held this Saturday, April 19th, from 8:00 am to 2:00 […]

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Pre-Easter activities for kiddies offered on April 19

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Here’s a rundown of activities taking place on Saturday, April 19, the day before Easter: The Menlo Park Easter Egg Hunt takes place at Burgess Park from 10:00 am to noon. The Easter Bunny arrives at 10:00 to pose for photos. The egg hunts begin at 10:30 am, broken into age groups. There will also […]

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Danny Goldberg uses sound therapy to guide people into deep meditative state

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Want to take a guided hike in the the hills above Menlo Park? Or maybe you’re interested in taking some art classes, whether it be in a studio or outdoors. Or enter a deep meditative state through sound healing therapy. All — and more — are offerings of Danny Goldberg, whom we’d come to talk to on a […]

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Good news for jigsaw fans – Menlo Park is home to Artifact Puzzles

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The notion that “it would be fun to buy a laser cutter” kept creeping into Maya Gupta’s brain. “I studied electrical engineering because I was interested in lasers,” she explained in the warehouse space of Menlo Park-based Artifact Puzzles, which she started as a hobby and is turning into a business. The idea of making […]

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Life Skills Program at Laurel School in Atherton receives prestigious Kent Award

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A Laurel School parent alerted us about the Life Skills Program at Laurel School in Atherton run by  school counselor Ashley Guilliot, who was recently notified that the program has received a 2014 Kent Award, bestowed by the San Mateo County School Boards Association in recognition of outstanding and innovative programs. We asked Ashley to […]

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