Sunday, July 5, 2015

Hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains

July 3, 2015 by  
Filed under My Homestead, Travels & Photos

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!

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 […]

Staying in the Valley of the Gods

June 1, 2015 by  
Filed under Lita's Full Blog, Travels & Photos, Utah

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 […]

Goosenecks State Park

May 22, 2015 by  
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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 […]

Valley of the Gods – Petroglyphs

May 21, 2015 by  
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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 […]

the Moki Dugway

May 18, 2015 by  
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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 […]

Natural Bridges State Park

May 11, 2015 by  
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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 […]

Dead Horse Point State Park

May 4, 2015 by  
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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 […]

Arches National Park

May 2, 2015 by  
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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 […]

Moab, Utah

April 27, 2015 by  
Filed under Lita's Full Blog, Travels & Photos, 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 […]

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 – almost […]

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 bulldog roamed […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!   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 […]

O Olive Oil & Vinegar

December 11, 2014 by  
Filed under In the Kitchen, Lita's Full Blog, Spain, Vegan Products

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 […]

Bubba’s Wordless Wednesday

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

Princesses

October 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Disney, Everyday Adventures, Family

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Maui Fun

August 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Hawaii, Lita's Full Blog, Travels & Photos

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” […]

Returning to Maui

Ahhh, Maui! We’re back…after visiting together 20 years ago! We came here the first summer I met Pops. Back then, he was still teaching so we mainly traveled in the summertime and that first summer I made my first ever trip to Hawaii – visiting Oahu and Maui with him. That first trip, 20 years ago, […]

Bikin’ in Healdsburg and Sonoma

Last week, we headed up to Healdsburg in Sonoma County to join some friends for a couple of days of wine country fun – which included a gorgeous 30 mile bike ride through the area! Part of our motivation for choosing this time of year to all get together was to celebrate the birthdays of […]

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