Home & Style

IKEA Hack Knappa Pendant Light

  • August 30, 2017

Try out this IKEA hack of the Knappa pendant light for under $80 A while back I redid my children’s room and I wanted a pendant light over the “reading corner.” I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, and I wanted something with a modern look. Wood veneer pendant lights are some of my favorite designs, but they tend to be pricey. I decided to DIY using IKEA’s…

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My Favorite Travel Tips & Tricks…. and My Biggest Mistakes

  • August 28, 2017
flying on american airlines

Through all the traveling I’ve done this year, I’ve learned an extensive amount by trial and error when it comes to packing, and preparing to travel. Here are some of my travel tips. (I’ll keep adding to these as I think of more). Tips for Packing Create a capsule wardrobe — the majority of travelers overpack. One way to ensure you feel well-dressed and don’t overpack is to create a…

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Life Travel

Summer 2017 Wrap Up and Lessons Learned

  • August 18, 2017
Family hike in Tahoe

Summer 2017 is almost over. Next week school starts again. We begin the busy season of school, soccer games, fall baseball, and a LOT of travel. Looking back over the last few months I am so grateful for the things we were able to do and see. I learned some lessons, gained perspective and enjoyed some really amazing family time. Here are the highlights. Lesson number 1: Sometimes summer isn’t…

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Home & Style

Nine Things about Minimalizing I didn’t Expect

  • August 15, 2017
Project 333 Capule Closet

This is my second post on minimalism. To read the first post click here. When I launched into a plan to minimalize my closet, our house and my shopping habits, some things happened that I wasn’t prepared for. Some good, others not so pleasant. In this post I look at some of the surprising parts of minimalizing. People Around Me Think Its a Fad To be totally fair to my…

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Minimalism and Project 333

  • August 12, 2017
simplifying life

Today I’m writing about simplifying and minimalism. Though I admire clean, simplistic design (free of clutter!), my alter ego loves color, pattern and more, more, more! Social media doesn’t help as I longingly look at style bloggers with the latest clothing, design sites with the best in home décor. Probably worst of all is living literally a stone’s throw away from Target. I can browse the isles for seemingly hours.…

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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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