Mini Getaway








My dad has been visiting from Colorado for the past week and we had the pleasure of showing him around the bay. It was a wonderful excuse for us to get out of our rut and go explore the beauty that is Northern California. In all my years living in the bay area, I had yet to see the famous lighthouse at Point Reyes National Seashore. If you are ever in the bay area I highly recommend you explore this area. The drive to the lighthouse entails miles of endless scenery, with twisting, winding roads through redwood trees, farmland and views of the coastline for as far as the eye can see. Its a bit of a hike to the base of the lighthouse, with over 300 steps, but well worth the exercise. If you do make the trek, make sure to stop by Point Reyes Station for an awesome farm to table lunch and drop by the Farmers Market to stock up on the most fresh, best tasting local produce.

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Fourth of July Oregon Style











I was fortunate enough to spend most of June traveling. I spent nearly two weeks visiting friends and family in Southern California and another week in Oregon. I have to admit, I’m feeling quite spoiled.

Both were perfect vacations with lots of sun and time spent with the family. In addition, there was lots of family to care for Berlin, so I could get some much needed rest.

This was also the first legitimate family vacation we have had since Berlin was born, so it was an extra special trip for us, traveling as a family of three.

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These past few weeks have been amazing, with the weather being so beautiful, we have enjoyed so much of the outdoors and our breathtaking city. Now that Berlin is walking, it feels like we are experiencing the city for the first time. Everything has a new level of excitement, and the most simple activities are awe-inspiring adventures. There are so many places to explore and so much beauty to be seen in this city and beyond, and I look forward to introducing Berlin to every inch of it.

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Indian Springs





In honor of Ryan’s birthday, this past weekend, we headed up north to the hot springs and enjoyed a three day weekend together. It was rare and so very necessary.

We danced, drank tequila, swam, ate good food, relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a perfect birthday celebration and a wonderful rejuvenation of our spirit.

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Academy Walk






Is it okay that I’m jealous of my daughter? I mean come on, this kid has it so good! Not only does she have two parents that love her to death, but she is growing up in most amazing city; San Francisco.

There is an abundant amount of activities for kids here, all of which are awesome (and sometimes free). Once a month the museums about the city grant free admissions for either a day or a full weekend.

This past weekend, we lucked out with the Academy of Science being free the entire weekend, so we went twice. I swear this kid has seen more culture than I experienced the first twenty years of my life.

As you can see here, we are making quite the progress with Berlin’s walking. She insisted on walking the entire museum (with help of course), but we are so pleased with her progress!


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Another Saturday





We made the leap and got ourselves an annual pass to the San Francisco Zoo. Its ten minutes from our home, has an amazing playground, and paid for itself in two visits (so we couldn’t go wrong!).

I’ll just go ahead and warn you now, its most likely you will be seeing a lot of images from the zoo, so prepare yourself now…

Also, please check out my guest post over at Dani + Lola. Berlin and I did a little style post in our skinny jeans & hi-tops.

While you’re there, please stay and check out Dani’s blog; she has a real sense of style and her daughter’s adorable.

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Colorado: Part Two










Here it is, the final images from our short trip to Colorado. The top images are from Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, such an awesomely beautiful place. Crazy to think I grew up miles from this spot and didn’t really visit it all that much, such a shame.

I shockingly got two shots of my mother with Berlin, sure one is of her back and the other you can barely see her face. But let me tell you, getting a photo of grandma is not an easy task. But I’m up for the challenge. Berlin needs at least a few images of her and grandma to look back upon. Got ya grandma!


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Colorado: Part One






Last week Berlin and I spent several days visiting family in Colorado. Since we were unable to make it home for the holidays, a trip to see the family was long overdue.

Colorado is where I grew up and most of my family still resides. It is a place a hold near in my heart, not only for its memories but for its true beauty. It’s a place I’ll never grow tire of visiting and one I’m so excited to share with Berlin. I look forward to the trips when I can take her sledding or ice skating for the first time or even snowboarding (although I’ll be the one sitting by the fire drinking hot cocoa while her aunties are teaching her). While I love California and have no regrets moving out west, there is something magical about Colorado that I can’t wait for Berlin to experience. In time it will also be a place of great memories for Berlin and one that she cherishes as much as I.

P.S. Isn’t my nephew the cutest!? Such a little mountain man. :)

P.P.S. The location of these images were travesty to the incredible fires that tore across Colorado last summer. This canyon alone lost over 250 homes and burned nearly 87,000 acres. The first photo shows the despair to the area, very few tress are still standing and what little are left are completely black and and wilted from the fires. My sister Amanda wrote a beautiful article on her website about the devastation. Please check it out here and if you ever need a doula in the Ft. Collins area please give her a holler.


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Palm Springs Holiday








Better late than never…the final pictures from our little holiday in the desert.

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Christmas {plus Tamale Party}



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The holidays were good to us this year. We opted for a low-key Christmas with minimal travel (vs our planned winter vacation). We spent it with my youngest sister, her husband and Ryan’s mom, step-father and brother. While I was sad not to be home in Colorado with the rest of my family, I was very grateful to at least have my youngest sibling with us for the holiday.

We began our trip in Long Beach with a tamale party hosted by Ryan’s younger brother and had the pleasure of seeing much of Ryan’s family and my best friend. We then headed to the desert to spend a few days with grandparents and relax by the pool.

Berlin, naturally, was crazy spoiled with many, many gifts from the whole family. While this was incredibly thoughtful, it makes one really wonder if all these toys are really that necessary. Not five minutes after opening her numerous gifts she was back to playing with the tv remotes. It really doesn’t take much to entertain her, especially not a bunch of shiny, new toys.

We are now back at home enjoying the last few days on vacation before Ryan goes back to work. Not sure there will be much rest around here, I’ve got a list a mile long of things to do around the house. Sorry hubby!

Looking forward to celebrating the New Year with friends. Hope you all are enjoying rest and some fun with your loved ones.


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