Travel

Top Travel Trends for 2017

  • May 29, 2017
California Dreaming Mural in Los Angeles Popular with Instagrammers

Life is full of trends from fashion to the latest health craze, and travel is no different. Certain cities or countries become the hot spot to visit, while others see their popularity wan. In today’s post, I’m going to take a look at some top travel trends from Farm-to-Table Hotels, to brewery tour travel. Let me know what you think about these trends and if any of these are impacting…

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Eat & Drink

Roasted Carrots and Avocado with Lime, Za’atar and Mint

  • May 26, 2017
Roasted Carrot. Avocado and Za'atar Salad

This roasted carrot and avocado salad with za’atar is one of my favorite things to make for my family.  Sweet roasted carrots combined with creamy avocado, the zesty flavor of lime and the unique Middle Eastern spice mix called “Za’atar” is a winning combination. This recipe is amazing, quick, easy and beautiful not to mention delicious. I recently got into cooking more with Middle Eastern flavors after reading and using the book Jerusalem:…

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Life

Seven Personal Goals for Making the Most of the Childhood Years

  • May 25, 2017
Playing in the water in San Diego

Seven Personal Goals for Making the Most of the Childhood Years Lamenting today about the brevity of the childhood years. My youngest is graduating from preschool and going to Kindergarten next year. I’m NOT ready! Time is racing by so fast and I can hardly believe that I’ll be dropping BOTH my kids off at school next year. No more daytime mom-daughter dates and fun little lunches. (OK must stop or more tears…

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Eat & Drink

World’s Best Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  • May 22, 2017

I am excited to share the BEST Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!!!! My husband loves chocolate chip cookies and when we were first married I tried out so many recipes and they all fell short. Too flat, too bready, etc. My mom had a great recipe from when I was growing up, but it used Crisco (nope, not doing it). So when I tried these cookies (link to her recipe)…

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Home & Style

Lessons Learned from a Bathroom Remodel

  • May 19, 2017

Recently we underwent a master bathroom remodel. I scoured Pinterest for months coming up with the inspiration for the look of our bath. I love how our bathroom turned out – but I definitely learned some important lessons and now know I could have saved some significant money by making a few small changes. For reference the total renovation for this bath was $8,000. (And we live in Southern California, so I…

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Travel

10 Reasons You Should Travel with Your Children

  • May 15, 2017

Though its more challenging, traveling with your children brings tremendous benefits. Whether you go international, take a road trip or just play tourist in your own town, traveling is a great opportunity to improve quality time, and help your children learn valuable life lessons. Here are 10 reasons you should travel with your children: Traveling with your children teaches them how to be a global citizen There is no better way…

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Eat & Drink

Five Reasons Why Beer Tasting is Better than Wine Tasting

  • May 8, 2017
Beer tasting lineup in San Diego

There are definitely some changes going on in the world of alcoholic beverages. While wine has been king of the “tasting” – the huge number of quality craft breweries and beer tasting rooms that have opened up may be changing the game. I want to make one thing clear right off the bat. I love wine—red wine, white wine, sparkling wine; I love it all. I also love wine tasting.…

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Travel

Top 10 Travel Bucket List for the Year

  • May 1, 2017

For my family, if we don’t plan it, it doesn’t happen. That’s why I pulled together a bucket list of the top 10 destinations that I would like to go to this year. As a family of four with two kids in school (youngest starts Kindergarten next year) and a limited budget, our travels needs to be planned out pretty well and of course we have limitations. We are trying to…

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Travel

California – Skip Top Tourist Spots and Visit These 10 Locations Instead

  • April 25, 2017

Everyone knows about California’s most popular places to visit including: San Francisco, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Napa and LA, good reason. But, there are so many fantastic parks and small towns in California, from Northern to Southern that are fantastic to visit. Here are a list of 10 California locations that are a great alternative to some of the more popular destinations. Healdsburg Napa Valley is incredible, but also can be crowded and expensive. Consider…

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Travel

Los Angeles – Guide to a Quick Getaway

  • April 24, 2017

There are about a million things to do in Los Angeles, so narrowing down activities, restaurants and where to stay can be a challenge.  In prep for a quick weekend getaway to LA with one of my best friends, I did a lot of research on places to go, eat and stay. You could design your LA trip in many different ways: a foodie adventure, hiking and outdoor excursion, hipster…

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