Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Malibu Day 1 – 2015

We took the monkeys on a road trip for a few days of fun in Malibu in Southern California!!   Of course, all road trips have their tasty snack-attack stops as seen above!   We arrive at Paradise Cove to stay with our great friend Sam who is house-sitting our friend Gary’s house – and OH what a house!! Then, of course, we immediately... [Read more of this review]

Hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains Hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains

What a gorgeous day for hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Land of Medicine Buddha! (P.S. I’m attempting to create this post solely from my phone!!)       Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!! Be safe!  Read More →

Train to Sacramento Train to Sacramento

Even though I haven’t finished posting about our Utah trip (some things came up), I’m leaping ahead to share our train trip adventure from this past week. To kick off summer with the monkeys, Pops and I decided to take the Capitol Corridor Amtrak train from San Jose to Sacramento to visit the train museum there. If you have little ones... [Read more of this review]

Staying in the Valley of the Gods Staying in the Valley of the Gods

After our Petroglyph hike and our visit to Goosenecks, we had some time to relax at The Valley of the Gods B&B, so I took a moment to snap a few photos of the glorious afternoon. The lighting and the colors are just so intense and magnificent. Since our friends Kimberly and Eddied camped in the valley not far from the B&B Pops and I stayed... [Read more of this review]

Goosenecks State Park Goosenecks State Park

As if seeing those amazing petroglyphs on our hike earlier in the day weren’t enough, we then make a pit stop at Goosenecks State Park. Now, I’ve definitely seen photos of this area before, but I truly didn’t even know where they were taken AND that we were so close to this area too. What a surprise!! I can’t begin to tell... [Read more of this review]

Valley of the Gods – Petroglyphs Valley of the Gods – Petroglyphs

Day 4 of our vacation brings us FABULOUS weather. The sun is shining, the views from the B&B are spectacular, we’re rested and ready to get out there and hike. Our friends, Kimberly and Eddie are interested in hiking to look for petroglyphs and, as luck would have it, Gary, one of the B&B owners knows just where we can find some. So,... [Read more of this review]

the Moki Dugway the Moki Dugway

After leaving Natural Bridges State Park, we continued our journey to our B&B in The Valley of the Gods with the final leg of the journey being a ride down the Moki Dugway. The Moki Dugway is a 3 mile, nicely graded dirt road, with a lot of switchbacks, descending at about an 11% grade into The Valley of the Gods.   The Moki Dugway was built... [Read more of this review]

Natural Bridges State Park Natural Bridges State Park

As if this trip hasn’t been already way more fabulous than I could imagine, we continue along with Day 3. We leave beautiful Moab and drive South in a caravan with our friends Eddie & Kimberly. The weather is still a bit nutty (which I personally love) and we’ve driven through a bit of sunshine and snow as we’re on our way to... [Read more of this review]

Dead Horse Point State Park Dead Horse Point State Park

We continue on Day 2 of our trip where we head to Dead Horse Point State Park after visiting Arches National Park. Dead Horse Point is located outside of Moab at an elevation of about 6,000 feet….and more importantly, the views along this high plateau, 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, are just amazing! I’m going to have you make a... [Read more of this review]

Arches National Park Arches National Park

Here we go with Day 2 of our trip to Southern Utah….I’m splitting this day into 2 posts because, well, we saw 2 very distinct areas and thought they deserve to each have their own spotlight. We begin the day with another fabulous breakfast in Moab here at Eklectica: I must say, I’m really loving the healthy food options here in Moab!! After... [Read more of this review]

Moab, Utah Moab, Utah

So, seriously, we just had the BEST vacation E.V.E.R!!! We flew into Salt Lake City from San Jose on Alaska Airlines – um, did you know you get free beer and wine on this airline?!?! For someone who’s a big CHICKEN about flying this is kinda a HUGE bonus! AND they have a vegan snack box with DELISH tapas (yes, we bought 4 of them figuring... [Read more of this review]

Bubba’s Best Friend Bubba’s Best Friend

Bubba has a BEST Friend! Meet SIMBA! He’s our neighbor’s dog. They are inseparable when together…and just so stinkin’ cute in their own ways. There’s the sturdy, calmness of Bubbster: He exists with almost a “Zen” quality at times: Just a total relaxer if there ever was one: As opposed to the spunky –... [Read more of this review]

Springtime Begins Springtime Begins

I hesitate to even speak of Springtime as most of my New England relatives deal with yet more snow! but…. there are absolutely beautiful signs of Spring happening around here. First, there’s the arrival of Martha Stewart’s April/Springtime/Easter magazine edition: Which I happily got to enjoy reading while sitting at the park as the... [Read more of this review]

Randomness 2015 – Series #1 Randomness 2015 – Series #1

Um, so you may have noticed there’s not a lot of posting going on here at the blog this year. I assure you though, there is more posting happening on other social media platforms and hope you will join me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+. I’m finding that finding the time to post has become, well….complicated….but... [Read more of this review]

Westlini Westlini

Aaahh this boy!! My youngest Grandson – my hubby’s “mini-me”. He is in-a-word just AWESOME! He keeps us all so very entertained with his constant chatter, ideas, expressions and love. He has such incredible self-expression and self-confidence and oh my gosh I hope he never loses these parts of himself. I hope he never finds... [Read more of this review]

Happy Holidays Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from me and my crew…yep this is us. We don’t seem to take those lovely family pics – which is why I fit in here oh-so-well! holiday shot test #1 of 40   We all have our qwerks, our unique abilities, our likes and dislikes, (the inability to stand still for a photo being one of them) and I wouldn’t change... [Read more of this review]

O Olive Oil & Vinegar O Olive Oil & Vinegar

Joy oh joy oh joy!! During our trip to Spain – the glorious land of olives and tapas – I received an email from the O Olive Oil & Vinegar company asking me if I would be interested in trying and reviewing their olive oils and vinegars. What timing!! Of course I said YES!! I’m so happy I did!! First, a little about the company.... [Read more of this review]

Thanksgiving Blessings Thanksgiving Blessings

Happy Thanksgiving!! I know I’ve been a bit MIA lately…off traveling actually and then, well, working…but I’m back and I have so much to share and to be thankful for. First of all, if you’re actually reading this post…well I’m SOOOO thankful for you. I am just filled with: YOU are why I blog…sharing... [Read more of this review]

Bubba’s Wordless Wednesday Bubba’s Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday fun….with my favorite photo model! The ultimate relaxer: Enjoy,  Read More →

Princesses Princesses

The princesses…my beautiful little cousins. Oh how fun to be that age and to play dress-up!! I just love these photos and had to share them…oh and I just LOVE these two precious girls! First, we have Princess Cadence:   And next, Princess Esme: A fun way to end the week wouldn’t you say?? Happy Friday!  Read More →

Keurig 2.0 LOVE! Keurig 2.0 LOVE!

As luck would have it (and I’m so happy it did) I was invited to a Keurig breakfast during BlogHer14. Besides sharing a delicious breakfast with other beautiful bloggers, all of us that were invited also received the new Keurig 2.0 K550 Brewing System to enjoy and review if we should so choose. YES, for FREE!! and…. Yes, you can scream... [Read more of this review]

Schoola #GivingStyle Schoola #GivingStyle

My favorite site to purchase gently used children’s clothing (while raising money to support schools in need) Schoola has a new program called #GivingStyle ready for all you fabulous parents to participate in. I’m so excited about this and all the Schoola programs! This amazing company is growing and currently has 3,000 schools that... [Read more of this review]

Flowers by The Bouqs Flowers by The Bouqs

When I was at BlogHer14 (in what seems like forever ago now) I was introduced to this amazing flower company called the Bouqs at the convention expo. Now I don’t know about you, but I seem to send a lot of flowers to family and friends throughout the year. Maybe it’s because I live so far away from everyone and, well, isn’t it always... [Read more of this review]

Yosemite Fun Photos Yosemite Fun Photos

Happy Friday everyone!! I just realized that I never posted some photos from our last trip to Yosemite – which was actually a few months ago. So, I thought for some Friday fun, I’d post some here: We brought Bubba with us on this last trip…and took a few little hikes on the valley floor with him. It was a gorgeous time in the... [Read more of this review]

Ruby Rocket’s Ruby Rocket’s

Still trying to hang on to Summer a bit here, how about you? If you are too, and are interested in trying a healthier frozen summer treat, then you should give Ruby Rocket’s popsicles a shot. These tasty frozen pops are are different than other popsicles as they’re made with a mix of both fruits and vegetables. I received 3 boxes of samples... [Read more of this review]

Our Little Scottish Dancer Our Little Scottish Dancer

We have another star in our family. Westly, at age 5 (almost 6) already has a love of the stage. We knew he had a love of dance with his previous tap performances for family and friends. And now we know he has the Scottish Dancing Bug!! I’m sure you can’t help but notice how absolutely handsome he looks in his kilt and performance attire!! He... [Read more of this review]

Mr & Mrs Llaneza Mr & Mrs Llaneza

I had the great pleasure of taking photographs for my lovely friends Jeff & Leilani’s wedding on Maui August 5, 2014. No, I am not a wedding photographer, but she had faith in me and I just couldn’t resist – especially since I knew the day would be gorgeous…well, because as you can see, Jeff & Leilani are both gorgeous. I... [Read more of this review]

Back to Schoola Shopping Back to Schoola Shopping

I mentioned in a recent post how I’m working with the website Schoola, an online shop dedicated to recycling brand-name children’s clothing. Schoola collects, organizes and then resells this used clothing giving 40% of the proceeds back to schools in need. Well, I decided to give this online site a try and see how easy could it be to... [Read more of this review]

Maui Fun Maui Fun

So, the Maui fun continues!! I’m so happy we came a few days before the wedding so I would have a little time to relax and have fun before the “photographer” pressure begins. Here’s how our days are going so far: Wake up, have a cup of tea and head out on the “morning walk” (approx. 7 miles along the “beach... [Read more of this review]

Adopting a School in Harlem with Schoola Adopting a School in Harlem with Schoola

I probably don’t do this enough, but I’d like to take this time to use my blog as a medium to do good in the world. Right before BlogHer began, I was approached by Schoola to help with their “20 Days of School” Adopt-a-School campaign. What is Schoola you ask? Schoola is an online shop dedicated to recycling brand-name... [Read more of this review]

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