Life

Life Update

  • July 2, 2019

I feel bad I haven’t updated the blog in so long! Not only have I done some fun trips over the last few months but also have made some great food! I promise I’ll get to writing those posts. Look out for a post on the Ultimate Girlfriend Getaway in Solvang, California, an updated post on what to do in London, and several fun recipes including the BEST fries EVER…

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Activities

Poppies! The Wonders of a “Superbloom”

  • May 9, 2019
Wildflowers

California is pretty boom or bust when it comes to rain. After years of drought, we have finally had a few solid years of rain, this year more than most. In Southern California when the rains have been particularly strong, something wonderful happens, a Superbloom! Superblooms happen when seeds that have lain dormant get enough moisture to grow. There are a number of places to view flowers, one is the…

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Home & Style

Lessons Learned from an IKEA and Semihandmade Kitchen Renovation

  • April 16, 2019

WHEW! We just completed a three month long IKEA kitchen renovation project that started after our dishwasher broke Christmas evening. The water from the broken valve flowed under our floating hardwood floors and went all through the downstairs. We had to get a water mitigation team out to deal with the water damage. Then we started the process of figuring out what kind of kitchen we wanted. We knew right…

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Travel

20 Things to Do, Eat and See in Portland, Oregon

  • March 13, 2019

Visiting Portland, Oregon with kids is a lot of fun.  It has so much to offer, from urban hikes to parks to amazing food and history. I’ve been to Portland many times, but last summer was the first visit we did with our kids and it was definitely a fun, but different experience. Instead of Willamette Valley Wine tasting and checking out Portland’s most romantic restaurants we focused on lots…

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Travel

Living the Airstream Life at Caravan Outpost in Ojai, California

  • January 30, 2019

This month has been absolutely insane. The day after Christmas our kitchen flooded, which led to basically a complete home remodel. We are still without a kitchen, boxes are piled up – painting supplies everywhere and new kitchen appliances are sitting in the middle of the dining room. We’ve been using paper plates for a month now and I’m exhausted by the process. It will be AWESOME when its done,…

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Travel

2018 – Imagine & Go Recap – Favorite Travel Experiences and Locations

  • December 17, 2018

Another year has gone by, can you believe it? This one seemed to go particularly quickly. I feel like I just wrote up last year’s year in review post! But here’s the recap of our favorite travel experiences of 2018! 2018 was a great year for our family. After spending a lot of 2017 at Disneyland with annual passes, (you can read about tips for Disney annual passes here), we…

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Life

Favorite iPhone Apps

  • November 21, 2018
All Trails

There are so many apps out there, I don’t claim to be an expert by any means. However, I do have some favorite apps that I use all the time. I like learning about new apps that either help me save time, money, or fit into my travel, food, and exercise-driven life. Here are a few apps that I really love. BUDGETING EveryDollar App Until a year ago, I really…

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Travel

Summer in Bend, Oregon — River, Brews and Lakes

  • October 26, 2018

“Can we please move to Bend?” I asked my husband after we spent five days in Oregon’s summer/winter playground of a city, this past summer. (Unfortunately there is no surfing except for river surfing! so the answer was ‘no’). Bend is spectacular.ย  Not only is it beautiful, but it has something for everyone — river activities, fishing, hiking, breweries, great food, and more, and that’s just in the summer.ย  This…

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Tips & Q&As Travel

Seven Week Road Trip Costs – Tips for Staying on a Budget

  • October 9, 2018
Oregon

So many people have asked us how we managed to travel for seven weeks this summer with our kids. We got questions like: “Are you teachers?”, “Are you independently wealthy?” (We laughed at that one!), “How are you doing this?” was another common question. So here it goes. This is how we did it! First off — We are not teachers, but we do work remotely as consultants in our…

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Travel

10 Tips and Musings from an American in Paris

  • September 24, 2018

Ah Paris, so beautiful, historical, and so filled with buttery pastry, savory cheeses, wine and rich foods.ย  Recently my husband and I were able to go to Paris for four days following a conference I had in London. It was my husband’s first time in Paris so we wanted to see all the main sights, but also wanted to try and get off the beaten path a bit. There are…

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