Point Arena, California

Do you want to know what is so absolutely amazing about Point Arena, California? Well, it’s where Pops and I met almost twenty-five years ago! Northern California Coast This visit was quite a bit different. For one, we drove up together. For two, we came to celebrate the union of souls of two other people […] Read more…

Cayucos

Cayucos

Jimi and I recently spent a weekend in the small, central California coastal town of Cayucos. We haven’t been there in years and it was so nice to see this little gem of a town is still there very much unchanged. We didn’t visit under the best of circumstances, but I feel that we made […] Read more…

Vegan BBQ pizza

Vegan Cowboy Pizza

As I write this, I hope this Vegan Cowboy pizza actually tastes good (or at the very least the photos of it look good). I’m making this pizza now as I type this post. My inspiration to try this dish came last night while I was eating at a friend’s house. She lives in Cayucos, […] Read more…

The racing guys

GoKart Fun

GoKart racing is seriously one of the favorite “outside-the-office” events at my company – at least among those of the “testosterone” persuasion. Of course, everyone is invited, but it seems this event really appeals to the men I work with. Do you want to know who else it appeals to? Jimi – aka Pops – […] Read more…

Catching up on Summer

How true is it when they say as you get older the days, weeks and months move by faster? I can hardly believe it is almost August this year! Summer seems to be just flying by. I’m currently on a “social-media-fast” – not just as an experiment, but as an effort to understand what is […] Read more…

Myanmar Adventures

If you follow me on other social media channels, you know that at the end of 2017 we took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to visit and experience the country of Myanmar. It was truly an incredible trip and, a trip I would highly recommend! Honestly, the sights, the sounds, the people, and the peace – which […] Read more…

Aware Meditation

Aware Meditation App

The importance of meditation is a subject I’ve shared and written about before. Taking the time for meditation and gratitude have become a daily priority in our home. While there are many forms of meditation, I also believe there are benefits to knowing and using a variety of techniques. I love to learn new ways […] Read more…

Black Panther

I have 3 words for you about the Black Panther movie being released this week. Are you ready?? GO SEE IT! If you like gorgeous scenery, GO SEE IT. If you like stunning costumes, GO SEE IT. If you like well-acted movies, GO SEE IT. If you’re a technie-nerd like I can be and love […] Read more…

Jeannie Mae of The Real

Jeannie Mai on The Real Remembered Mr Hunter

What an exciting day we had today!! Jeannie Mai, one of the co-hosts on The Real remembered and spoke of “Mr. Hunter”, my hubby, and one of her elementary school teachers. While I know how fabulous he is and how much he can (and has) inspired me and others, it is so amazing to hear […] Read more…

Happy New Year Wishes and My Word of the Year

Happy New Year! Yes, maybe I am a bit late…but it’s a sincere wish all the same. As the year begins, I see a lot of people choosing their “word” for the year. While this is nothing new, I usually give it a brief thought, then get busy with the eternal “what’s next” in my […] Read more…

Holiday Concert with Amber

Last night we were able to attend a holiday concert with one of Pop’s former students, Amber Patterson. It was such a treat to hear Amber’s beautiful operatic voice. I can still remember the first time we heard her sing. Amber was in second grade auditioning for the school talent show that Mr. Hunter (aka […] Read more…

Girl Camper Mug

Girl Camping – Wild West Weekend

Recently I went on my very FIRST RV camping trip with my daughter Libby. She helped me become the ultimate “Girl Camper” and find LOVE in this hobby/lifestyle! We joined the Janine Pettit Camp Like a Girl – Wild West Weekend at Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California. Camp Like a Girl I was […] Read more…

Devil's Slide visit in June

June 2017 Photo Adventures

Ready for my June 2017 photo adventures and fun re-cap? We spent a lot of time in San Francisco this past June – which is always a good thing. Here are some of my favorite photos from special moments this past month. San Francisco and Our Sondors Electric Bikes We really enjoy taking our Sondors […] Read more…

summertime skinnypop cocktail pairings

Summertime Cocktail Pairing with SkinnyPop

YAY!! for Summertime – it’s definitely here in Northern California! We just love this season in our little town. How lucky is it that we have THREE different music in the park options each week! We’ve found that all that is needed to enjoy Music in the Park (besides our ears and a comfy chair) […] Read more…

Summer Salad Recipe – Delicious, Healthy & Vegan

Summer is definitely HERE!! I know because we just got through a week-long heat wave here in Northern California. Needless to say, cooking in the heat is NOT fun! So, it’s time for a summer salad recipe. I’ve begun this summer trend of having a healthy chilled salad ready and available for snacking at anytime. […] Read more…

Fun Visiting Monterey County California

One of my favorite places to visit happens to be not very far from my home – Monterey County California. Though we can drive there in less than 2 hours, we always feel like we’re in a different world when we arrive. There are so many towns worth visiting in Monterey County and along the […] Read more…

Vegan Food Share

Vegan Food Finds April 2017

Ready to hear about my latest vegan food finds? I just returned home from my monthly visit to the “Mother Ship” – which is what I call the largest Whole Foods store in our area – and I thought I’d share a few of the vegan food finds I discovered today. Some of these items […] Read more…

bread baking baguette pan

Weekend Bread Baker

Lately I have become, what I like to call, a Weekend Bread Baker. Because of work during the week, I feel like I can only do justice to the bread baking process on weekends. I am currently obsessed with creating the perfect sourdough baguettes. During the week, I do spend some time maintaining the sourdough […] Read more…

San Francisco Spring Break

San Francisco Spring Break 2017

Once again, we head to San Francisco with our Grandsons for some Spring Break fun! We were lucky this year to have 3 days of beautiful weather tucked in-between Spring showers. There are so many things to do in San Francisco and we begin this trip with visiting Golden Gate Park. Our first adventure is […] Read more…

face your fashion fears

Face Your Fashion Fears

After 48+ years on this Earth, I have learned that absolutes and extremes can change through time especially as related to personal fashion and style. My own personal style has changed a lot over the years. I’m definitely not living in the “New Wave 80’s” style I found fashionable in High School and College. Nowadays, I […] Read more…

simple bread dough

Simple Bread

Honestly, I don’t make bread often enough and I don’t know why! I love everything about making bread, the texture, the creativity, the smells and especially the end result. This weekend I took the time to make a simple bread dough. I love that it doesn’t need many ingredients. In fact, if you have yeast, […] Read more…

Perfect Night In

Perfect Night In

I was asked by the good people at AdoreMe to write about my perfect night in. Honestly, if you know me, you know that would mean a night at home with my hubby and Bubba the Frenchie, enjoying a glass of wine, a tasty dinner and a movie. Of course, the candles would be lit in our little […] Read more…

apple vegan cake

Apple Vegan Cake

It’s Meatless Monday and Vegan Recipe Day!! Can you believe it? Probably not, because I haven’t shared a recipe here on this blog in a long, long while. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve made anything from a recipe in a while. I just make the good ol’ stand-bys week after week. Which is not bad […] Read more…

broken dishes

Smashing Plates on Lung Leavin’ Day – A Cancer Survivor Story

One of the amazing things about being in the blogging world is that you hear from incredible people who have unreal stories to tell. Recently, I heard from Heather Von St. James who told me her story of surviving mesothelioma cancer. Mesothelioma cancer is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that primarily develops in […] Read more…

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