Activities Destinations

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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Activities

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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Activities

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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Travel

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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Travel

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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Activities

15 Fun Ideas for Summer Activities with Your Kids

  • June 5, 2017
Go on a Nature Walk with the kids this summer

Make this your best summer yet – check out these 15 fun summer activities with your kids! Its that time again – Summer! If you’re like me, summer is both fun and daunting. I love the more relaxed pace (and not having to pack school lunches everyday yay!). But I also know that the days can get a bit long if we don’t have plans for activities. I am not against letting my…

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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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