Ever since our last trip to Mendocino, Ryan and I kept saying we should really come back without the kids. Traveling with kids is always fun, but sometimes it’s just so nice to sneak away and leave the kids behind, wouldn’t you agree?[Read more…] about Designer Destination | The Brewery Gulch Inn
A few weeks ago during spring break, we decided to do a very stereotypical thing for spring break…We went to Florida! Where did we go in Florida? No, not Disney World, no, not Miami, no, not Ft. Lauderdale. We went to Rosemary Beach. Now you may have that blank look that most of our friends gave us when announcing our destination. Or if you’re from the Mid-West or the South you’ll know EXACTLY where. Rosemary Beach is a lesser known beach destination on the gulf coast (commonly referred to as the Emerald Coast) or inner coast of Florida. There’s a tiny little strip of a highway called 30A rolling through a bunch of gorgeous little beach towns each with their own distinct personality. We mostly spent our time in Rosemary beach and it’s gorgeous cousin, Alys Beach, just a hop, skip and a bike ride down 30A.[Read more…] about 36 Hours | Rosemary Beach Florida
Tis the season for visiting friends and family both near and dear and near and far, so what better time to stock up on everything you need for a safe and comfortable road trip? I’m even eyeing some of these finds to enhance my daily commute! I love the combination of #1 and #11 for keeping trash in check in the front seat and back. Items #10, #14, and #16 can take you from cramped car to pretty picnic in no time and would make perfect gifts for any adventurer. #6 is a must-have for anyone navigating, and #2 would be the cutest (and most useful) stocking stuffer. I’d love to hear where you’re headed this holiday season and what you’ll be bringing along!
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Most of you have heard of the Konmari method and the every minimalist’s bible: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Ever since reading the book a few years ago, we regularly “konmari” everything in the house. It’s such a simple and easy way to keep clutter to a minimum.
When we moved, I thought I would use the konmari method to help make the whole moving process easier, not only before moving but during the move as well!
A couple of weeks ago we took a quick trip for Arden’s 7th birthday. The destination? Well, where would almost any 7 year old tell you they’d like to go for their birthday? Yep, DISNEYLAND.
We decided to surprise her, which was the most fun ever. I packed a bag with a bunch of new Disney-themed goodies (see the packing list below) and had her open it to guess our destination. As you can imagine she was pretty ecstatic! I think I love Disneyland just as much as she does so…we were all pretty happy 😉
We’ve been to Disneyland quite a few times and I thought it would be fun to share with you my favorite tips and tricks to help save you time and money (and your sanity) when planning a trip there. Because believe me, it makes a huge difference on whether your trip is one to remember or if it will make you never want to visit the “happiest place on earth” ever again.
A little over a month ago we celebrated Conrad and my birthday by taking a quick weekend trip to Monterey, CA. It was the perfect time of year to view the monarch butterflies at their best, not to mention the incomparable Monterey Bay Aquarium. Like all of our travel, I meticulously plan out the best spots to visit combining a great mix of splurge high end dining and thrifty hole-in-the wall mom-and-pop’s to come up with the best itinerary. And like always, my recommendations are always chosen with form and function in mind.
When the team at the newly renovated Monterey Tides invited me to view their property, it was perfect timing. Not only was the hotel designer-friendly…it’s also super reasonably priced. Oh and did I mention, it’s right smack-dab ON. THE. BEACH. As in take a few steps down and your on a gorgeous white sand beach. They even offer a beach bonfire option. Such a great idea. I think we’ll have to make another trip down there soon.
I was also lucky to be able to borrow this gorgeous Lexus RX 350 for the road trip there. Talk about the perfect spoilage for a birthday weekend you guys…Could it get any better? Driving this beauty on 17 Mile Drive pretty much made my weekend. We drove right up to the sand and maybe a touch into it…and the Lexus handled it like a champ. Don’t try that at home folks. As a matter a fact back in October the Mr and I made that mistake with a rental car in Hawaii. Needless to say it didn’t work out so well and a few kind locals helped push us out. Whoops.
Anyways, like I said, the Lexus was a pro at handling the sand. It was also so spacious that we were able to open the back hatch and create an impromptu changing station. Who expects to need a bathing suit for the beach in November, right? My bad 😉 The weather was seriously amazing. You just never know what to expect on the Northern California coastline that’s for sure.
So here’s our weekend itinerary for your viewing pleasure and it was all under $500!
Last weekend, the Mr and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary with a little staycation at what I’ve considered one of the most iconic hotels in California, the Claremont hotel. The Claremont has been around since 1915 and it’s like a white beacon on the Oakland/Berkeley border. It’s always inspiring to see its bright, white facade in contrast to the lush green trees and hills it’s nestled in. Growing up I had always wanted to stay there, but until last weekend that dream hadn’t come true. Spending a couple of days there was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. And after seeing its amazing architectural details and decor, I knew it was going to be my next Designer Destination. Just check out that pool house and deck done in all white and black, could that be any more perfect?
We love room recreations around here, so how about a tent recreation? If you want to bring the magic of glamping into your own backyard, here are 12 essentials inspired by my stay at Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY.
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1 | CANVAS TENT
I scoured the internet for a glamping-worthy tent and this canvas bell version by Stout Tent is by far my favorite option. Not only does it meet industry standards while still being adorable, it’s also made of the highest quality materials. These tents ship free in in the lower 48 states!
2 | CHAIR
This minimal chair is made of bamboo and washable canvas. It folds for easy transport and storage, but honestly, I would use it inside too!
3 | INDOOR/OUTDOOR RUG
The key to choosing a rug for glamping is finding one that’s meant to be indoor/outdoor. This boho kilim fits the bill and looks good doing it.
4 | LANTERN
I love this lantern because in addition to giving you 80+ hours of a soft glow, it also charges your devices via usb! Who says you have to go tech free to glamp!?
6 | AIRBED
Taking your actual bed outdoors is a pretty impractical (bummer), but setting up this raised airbed is an easy alternative. You’ll be 22 inches off the ground and the included battery pump does the work for you!
8 | COOLER
This stylish bag is durable and water resistant. The zip pull doubles as a bottle opener and the inside holds up to 32 12oz cans. I love that it looks more like a shoulder bag than a cooler.
I’ve been eying this 16-piece enamelware starter set for a while now. It’s currently on sale so check it out before they sell out! Enamelware is durable enough to use outdoors and is also oven, freezer and dishwasher safe so they’ll transition well to your kitchen afterward.
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Hi folks, Audrey S. here! My husband and I marked 4 years of marriage last week and celebrated with a night of glamping. In case you’re not familiar, glamping is just what it sounds like — glamorous camping! Reaching this decision was just like anything else in marriage — compromise! I’m more of an outdoor adventurer, he’s more of an anything-that-involves-air-conditioning type of guy :D. Cue Firelight Camps in Ithaca, New York, the perfect blend of nature and luxury.