breakfast, Brunch, coffee, Family, Food, photography, Travel, Uncategorized

Beachy vibes: San Clemente, California

  Greetings! It has been a while since my last post. Much has happened between then and now, including my parents-in-law moving to their 'new' home in San Clemente. It is a place our family frequented in past years, as the house belonged to the husband's grandmother. Nevertheless, the change is bittersweet. Our family has … Continue reading Beachy vibes: San Clemente, California

Family, Opinion, Organization, Uncategorized, writing

New Year’s Resolutions and/versus Goal Setting

I confess that I am indeed one of the millions of Americans who year after year make resolutions for the New Year.  If I am entirely honest, about half of the resolutions I make- those such as exercise more, give up caffeine, cut back on carbs, etc.- I make with the intention of not keeping… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions and/versus Goal Setting

Hiking, Organization, Pets, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized

Great Hikes: Be Prepared

Welcome back to my two-part series on hiking with dogs. Today the focus will be on how to prepare for a hike with your best pal. As with just about everything in life, there are some inherent risks in exploring the great outdoors.  Weather, unexpected terrain, wildlife (by which I typically mean insects, though we… Continue reading Great Hikes: Be Prepared

breakfast, Brunch, coffee, Food, Kids, Style, Travel, Uncategorized, wine and drink

Girls’ Weekend with my favorite ladies

Another weekend is come and gone, and this was one for the books. The boys in our family each left for the weekend one at a time, starting with the husband on Friday, the younger boy Saturday before dawn, and finally my high schooler in the early afternoon. I call it 'bachelorette weekend' whenever the… Continue reading Girls’ Weekend with my favorite ladies

Hobbies, Kids, Organization, School, Scrapbooking, Uncategorized

Our last picture day of elementary school, scrapbooks, and what to do with class photo pages

Today was Picture Day at the elementary school Sami attends. It was the last Picture Day that I will pay Lifetouch good money for, in anticipation of that envelope of three-by-fives and wallets to pass out to relatives out of state and overseas. Samantha is in fifth grade this year; next year she will be… Continue reading Our last picture day of elementary school, scrapbooks, and what to do with class photo pages

Family, Museums, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Lincoln County Historic Sites

After two days in a row exploring our national monuments with many miles of driving, we kept the Thursday before leaving for Flagstaff 'local.' We used the day as a low-key rest day, but one with visits to the surrounding villages and their historic sites. Our first stop was to the town of Capitan. After… Continue reading Lincoln County Historic Sites

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Decorating, Family, Food, Museums, outdoors, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized

Spring Break 2K18: Road Trip Across the Southwest

Spring break 2018 has come and gone and we are moving full steam ahead toward the end of the school year. As the kids are growing up quickly- too quickly it seems- we are more and more ditching our typical summer vacation schedule in exchange for spring and winter vacations. Spring break 2K18 was spent… Continue reading Spring Break 2K18: Road Trip Across the Southwest

Decorating, Home Improvement, Money savers, Shopping, Style, Uncategorized

Opalhouse Finds

Target's gone and done it again: given me yet another reason to go and drop a few of my hard-earned dollars at their retail sites. Opalhouse, Target's new home decor line launched on April 8, and I'm loving it. This new brand is one that to me is reminiscent of Anthropologie and Pier 1, but… Continue reading Opalhouse Finds

Camping, Hiking, Hobbies, Kids, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees and Spruce Grove

I love the great outdoors.  As I hike over five miles at least once a week, I can probably consider myself an avid hiker.  There isn’t much that I enjoy more than being out in nature. Except maybe Disneyland. But that’s a different post for a different time.  All to say, I have never been… Continue reading Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees and Spruce Grove

Food, Uncategorized

Happy Pi Day

As today is 3.14, I would like to wish everyone a happy Pi Day. In honor of this irrational number, the ratio of circumference to diameter of a circle, many pie and pizza places, such as Blaze are offering 3.14- themed discounts. However, the way the Haas family commemorates Pi Day is by, well, baking… Continue reading Happy Pi Day