SoCal Daytrip: Vasquez Rocks

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No […]

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Socal Daytrips: Spring Blooms in Southern California

After one of the coldest and wettest winters I’ve experienced since moving to Southern California in 2010, we have been rewarded with magnificent spring wildflower blooms.  Some are calling this a “Superbloom” year, and while I’m not sure what technically qualifies as a superbloom versus a very good bloom, I can personally attest that the […]

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SoCal Daytrips: Lone Pine/ Alabama Hills

I’ve seen these magical mountains – the Alabama Hills – in many pictures and movies, and have always wanted to see them in person. The Alabama Hills are located near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Owens Valley, west of Lone Pine, and the land is managed by the Bureau of […]

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Family Travel: Ice Castles – Midway, Utah

We recently went on a family ski trip to Park City, and I’ll be sharing more details and planning tips on that soon.  While we were in Utah, since my parents don’t ski anymore, I wanted to take the family somewhere we could all enjoy = Ice Castles.   We had visited the Ice Castles […]

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Happy New Year!

“We carry within us the wonders we seek around us” – Thomas Browne I love this quote, because it is an important reminder that living a good and meaningful life is not about chasing what’s out there. It’s about recognizing that we have the potential to make the most of, and appreciate, the wonder in […]

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Bake: Sprinkle Cookies (for Santa)

My boys are 5 and 3, and they love helping me in the kitchen.  We have been making cookies for Santa together ever for the past 3 years and this is our favorite cookie recipe to make together.  The kids can help with almost every step (though I usually make the dough first, but they […]

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Hike: Indian and Palm Canyons, Palm Springs

I love the ocean and I love the mountains. But when I moved to Southern California in 2010, I developed a love for the desert. Just about 1.5 hours away from Orange County, the Palm Desert is one of our favorite places to visit.  Although we like to visit new places, we find ourselves returning […]

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Stay: Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

Of all the places we have stayed, I probably get the most questions about the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages.  These historic beach front cottages, built in the 1930s and 1940s, are located at Crystal Cove State Park admist 3.2 miles of undeveloped coastline in Newport Beach.  A few of these historic cottages were renovated and […]

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Bake: Dutch Apple Pie

I love to bake. I love to cook. I love food.  But for years, I’ve been hesitant to bake a pie.  I tried to make a couple of pies many years ago, and each one came out disappointing- the crust lackluster or the filling to runny.  I’m a bit of a foodie perfectionist, so rather […]

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