Summer Fun in Lake Tahoe

  • August 7, 2017

Tahoe is pretty much the perfect vacation spot. Whether you’re an avid outdoors-person or just enjoy relaxing and reading a book, Tahoe has everything. Growing up in Northern California had its perks. We were just a few hours from Lake Tahoe. When I was little my parents bought a share of a cabin in North Shore Lake Tahoe with some of my extended family. We spent several weeks every summer…

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Five Fun Ways to Get Kids Hiking (without Complaints)

  • July 25, 2017

Hiking is one of the most amazing ways to see the world. I love hiking and I’m trying to pass on that appreciation to my children. One of the challenges however, is getting the kids through a climb with minimal complaints (can I get an amen?). Candy is the world’s best motivator, but there are other ways to get kids smiling up a mountain. Here are five ideas to get…

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Eat & Drink

Urban Wineries — Winemaking in the City

  • July 17, 2017
enjoying an urban winery

If you love wine this post is for you. Today I’m writing about a new trend popping up in cities — Urban Wineries. Living in California, I’ve been fortunate to visit most of the state’s wine growing regions. I love visiting vineyards nestled among hills of green grape vines. But getting to these locations requires planning and sometimes some significant travel. For those of us who are not near a…

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Activities Destinations

Experience San Diego from A to Z

  • July 11, 2017
San Diego

There is so much to do in San Diego. This post is an A to Z of San Diego and takes you from South county to North, it has eating and drinking, historical sites, activities and more.  Check out the below for 26 ideas of things to do, from A to Z.  Look out for more posts in subsequent weeks as I dive further into San Diego destinations. AleSmith  My husband will…

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Map Your City This Summer!

  • July 7, 2017
Map your city

Love the City You Live in! Last month I wrote up a post on 15 Fun Summer Activities with Kids [you can read the full post here]. One of the ideas in the post is to get a map of your city, hang it and mark all the places you visit this summer with colorful push pins. Not only is it great for teaching children about geography, but it help…

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Summer Vacation Book Recommendations

  • July 1, 2017
Summer Book Recommendations

Start your summer right with some new summer book recommendations! Summer is here, which means some time by the pool or beach for reading! I  have some fantastic summer book recommendations for you! In the last two months I’ve been on the road a lot for both work and fun and have read some books that were nearly impossible to put down. I’m going to continue to add to this list throughout…

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — A Review of Pueblo Bonita Pacifica Resort

  • June 28, 2017
Pueblo Bonita Pacifica Resort

If you are looking for an incredible getaway in Mexico (adults only), with top notch food, incredible service, views, and relaxation, Pueblo Bonita Pacifica resort is a great option. My husband and I recently did a five night stay at the resort for our 10 year anniversary. We loved every minute of it. Below are some recommendations to decide if this resort is right for you. Location Cabo San Lucas,…

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Activities Destinations

10 Insider Tips for Disneyland, California

  • June 17, 2017
Disneyland and California Adventure Insider tips

Disneyland is truly magical, and such a great destination, but it also requires some planning and some skill to navigate. The crowds, the heat, and navigating the fast pass system can be confusing.  We got our children annual passes to Disneyland this year and have learned a lot by going to the parks several times a month. These 10 insider tips for Disneyland are based on our experiences.  I hope these…

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Walking Chicago! 20 Things to Do, See and Eat

  • June 10, 2017

Walking Chicago! I started going to Chicago on a regular basis about three years ago. I work remotely for a company that is right downtown in “the Loop” as its called, and so I’ve had a lot of time to visit some of downtown Chicago’s best destinations. Chicago is very different than where I’m from in Southern California. Unlike  San Diegans who complain when the weather reaches 50 degrees in the winter,…

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Home & Style

DIY Himmeli with Olive Branches

  • June 6, 2017
Modern Himmeli wreath DIY with Olive Branches

DIY Himmeli Wreath I originally posted this DIY wreath on my old blog which I’ve since let expire. Since its been pinned so much on Pinterest I wanted to make sure it still has a home for people to learn how to make these really fun wreaths. I made this one three years ago and loved having it on the door during the late summer and fall. To make the…

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