san francisco weekend getaway


This past weekend our company invited us to their San Francisco holiday party, and with all expenses paid, we didn’t hesitate to accept the offer of a weekend getaway. It was a quick trip – only 24 hours spent in the city – but a good one. Because of our limited time, we stuck close […]

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east coast meets west coast : winter style


The other day someone made a comment about how “time just goes by” in California. Without the clear markings of the seasons, it’s easy for one month to blend into the next and the next and the next. But I think, even with the springs and summers and falls and winters, that life has a […]

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snow day at big bear mountain


Is it just me, or does something feel a little different in mountain towns? I feel like they exist in some sort of parallel universe – one where people don’t live except for the winter months, where only three movies show at once and for a limited run of two weeks, and where your biggest shopping trips […]

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yoga at home or on the road


I was a yoga skeptic for years – is it really a workout? Does it help with anything? Is it all a bunch of mumbo jumbo? But through my fitness journey, I’ve found that not only does yoga actually work and stretch my muscles (while building up a sweat!), but it helps ease my anxiety in ways I didn’t […]

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giving and receiving : christmas wishlist


I am not one of those people who dreads buying Christmas gifts each year. In fact, I love it so much, I’ve been done with my Christmas shopping since last week. I was so excited to get started that the speed at which I shopped was kind of an accident. I love the search for […]

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american blue jeans and diner coffee


You know what’s better than finding that perfect pair of jeans? Nothing. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but you understand if you know how difficult it is to find well fitting denim. So now, imagine how stoked I was to finally squeeze into these hand-me-down Levi’s. When my husband’s aunt gave me a stack of clothes to go through last […]

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a disney christmas

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I go to Disneyland once a year, and there isn’t a more perfect time to visit than during the Christmas season. The parks are decorated beautifully, rides are updated to fit the Christmas theme, and they sell holiday food from around the world. This visit was especially great because of the light rain and chill in […]

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merry merry : christmas bucket list

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It’s no question that the Christmas season is my absolute favorite time of year. Everything about it is magical – from the crisp mornings, the twinkle light displays, the gift giving, and general merriment – it just can’t be beat. We kicked off the season the weekend after Thanksgiving by picking out our Christmas tree, decorating […]

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i watched the gilmore girls revival and this is how i feel about it


So, I finally watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. I agreed to wait until my friend got back from NYC to watch the revival together (why am I such a good friend?!), only to find out he’d be leaving the next day and we could only squeeze two of the four episodes in. […]

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denim daze in texas


We usually spend Thanksgiving in Southern California, as we always travel back to Texas for the Christmas holiday. But this year we decided to visit my husband’s hometown of McAllen – a small Texas town near the border of Mexico. It’s a vast change from the hustle of such a big city as LA, so […]

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