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Thursday, April 28, 2016

10 Places to Visit on a California Road Trip

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We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open -- Jawaharlal Nehru Read

Summer is just around the corner! I'm dreaming of road trips, hiking, beach days and everything summer brings. This summer I'm hoping to explore more of my home state. While there are so many place to see in California I rounded up my top 10 hit list. Whether you have a weekend or a week pack the car and hit the open road. Adventure awaits.

1. Lake Tahoe
The largest alpine Lake in North America; deep and wide, bluer than blue and surrounded by the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. Ok, maybe I'm a little bias but come on check out this view! Whether you stay on the North Shore or South Shore Lake Tahoe has a little bit for everyone -- beaches, hiking, biking, night life, skiing, etc.

2. San Francisco
San Francisco is known for its hilly landscape, year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses. I suggest eating and drinking your way through the city. Make sure to walk across Golden Gate Bridge, visit Fisherman's Wharf, China Town and the Exploratorium [among other things].

3. Redwood National and State Park
Most people know Redwood as home to the tallest trees on Earth. The parks also protect vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways, and nearly 40 miles of pristine coastline.

4. Disneyland
It's the happiest place on Earth! Enough said.

My sister + her fiancĂ© 
5. Napa/Sonoma
California's wine mecca. With more than 400 wineries, Napa is this girl's dream. Are you with me ?!

6. Carlsbad
My hometown will always have a special place in my heart. Carlsbad is a seaside town occupying a 7-mile stretch of Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, California. Also home of Legoland, Carlsbad Flowers Fields and world class golfing. Make Carlsbad home base and explore all of San Diego over a few days.

7. Yosemite National Park
Set within California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, it’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoias, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend a few days hiking before heading to your next destination.

8. Central Coast
The Central Coast is an area of California roughly spanning the coastal region between Point Mugu and Monterey Bay. Spend a relaxing weekend driving HWY 101 stopping here and there along the way.

9. Death Valley National Park
Straddling eastern California and Nevada. It’s known for Titus Canyon, with a ghost town and colorful rocks, and Badwater Basin’s salt flats, North America's lowest point.

10. Los Angeles
Ok, ok -- I know L.A. is huge, but it's a must. From the beach to the valley there's a different vibe for everyone. Musts include hiking to the Hollywood sign, Venice Beach, Griffith Observatory, See a concert, shop, Cruise along Mulholland, etc. Oh and don't forget to grab a breakfast burrito at some point.

10 Things to Pack for a California Road Trip*

1. Weekender tote
2. Camera
3. Water Bottle
4. Bathing Suit
5. Sandals
6. Phone/Camera Charger
7. Sunscreen
8. Cash
9. Beach Blanket
10. Snacks

*While this isn't a complete packing list it's a few of my must have items.

Can we talk about snacks for a minute? They can make or break a road trip. Heaven forbid you don't pack enough or something tasty. I personally like to pack better-for-me options! During my last trip to Walmart I snagged a few bags of Lorissa's Kitchen [Korean Barbecue Beef, Sweet Chili Pork and Szechuan Peppercorn Beef] for a upcoming trip.

Lorissa’s Kitchen is high in protein, low in carbs, low in fat, has no MSG, no preservatives and is gluten free. Along with grass-fed beef, they use responsibly raised pork.

The hubby was pleasantly surprised and pleased by my snack purchase.

Look for Lorissa’s Kitchen [$4.98] the next time you're checking out at Walmart.

Lorissa's Kitchen #SavvySnackingSweepstakes

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Hello, Hello!

Mother's Day is right around the corner! Just in case you missed it, last week I chatted about 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Mom! Today I rounded up a few things all mom's should have [IMO].

Mother's Day

A great smelling Candle -- There's nothing better than a clean house and a crisp clean smelling candle. Candles are a simple way [and affordable] option to tell mom you love her.

New Lens -- For the snap happy momma. Mom will want a good lens to capture all the sweetest moments. This one is on my list to buy next.

HydroFlask -- For the active on-the-go mom. HydroFlask is one of the best water bottles out there. It will keep your beverage hot or cold for up to 24 hours!

Le Creuset Cast-Iron Rectangular Skinny Grill -- My sister has this and I'm lusting over it! During my last visit we used it to cook fish to perfection! Add on the cute little book too. It will help get your cooking juices flowing.

Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox -- For the healthy home cook. My husband doesn't understand, but I love cookbooks and have been eyeing this one for months. For the mom always on-the-go I suggest The Quick Six Fix. It's full of quick, easy and oh so yummy recipes! Happy cooking.

'I Donut Care' tank -- Workouts are more fun with fun tanks! End of story.

Leggings -- Mom can never have enough leggings. These are perfect for Spring/Summer.

Vitamix -- I've said it before and I'll say it again -- this is a kitchen MUST! It's also the gift that keeps giving. I'm loving the gold color.

Good Skin Care Products -- Treat mom with a pamper package. Think massage gift card, champagne and new skin care products.

P.S. The Macy's Friends & Family Sale is happening now! Take an extra 25% off and get free shipping on any $25 purchase with code FRIEND. Valid now through May 2

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring Cleaning Checklist

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoClean #CollectiveBias

Last week I shared How to Keep a Clean Home by cleaning a little bit everyday so you don't spend all weekend cleaning and today I'm giving you a checklist! What?! Yup, for those of you who are feeling overwhelmed or just don't know where to start hopefully my checklist will serve as your diving board.

But first, let's chat about my house and cleaning supplies.

I LOVE cleaning my new kitchen! Lysol All Purpose Cleaner is my go-to for keeping the counter tops clean and shiny.

When it comes to doing the dishes I like to add Finish Jet-Dry Rinse Aid.  

Tips for using Jet-Dry
+ For spotless glassware, use a Rinse Aid. 
+ For drier dishes, use a Drying Aid. 
+ For clean dishwater, use a Machine Cleaner. 
+ For tough stain removal, use a Detergent Booster. 

Pro Tip: Use a rinse aid in your dishwasher and your plastics will be drier when you put them away!

Target Cartwheel Offer: 5% off all Finish Products. [Running 3/27-5/14] 

When it comes to the bathroom I don't use anything other than Lysol products. Did you know Lysol kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria?! I recently picked up Lysol Mold & Mildew Blaster at Target and LOVE it. If you're a fan of bleach you'll want to try it out. The Lysol toilet bowl cleaner is a no brainer.

Deal alert: Buy 3, get 1 free on Lysol products. Offer valid 3/27 – 5/14/16. Target Cartwheel Offer: 10% off all Lysol Cleaning Products. [Running 3/27-5/14]

Drum roll please..... My Spring Cleaning Checklist! 

The checklist is broken down by room. It's up to you, tackle it all in a weekend or clean a little bit everyday. You'll typically find me cleaning a little every day whether it's during nap time of after Emerson goes to bed.

Either way, happy cleaning! 

For more great spring cleaning tutorials, from my friends at Lysol, click HERE.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Weekend Reading + Deals

Hey, Hi, Hello -- It's the weekend! I'm just popping in to share a few things I'm reading and buying!

Spring Body Cleanse Diet: 25 Detox Recipes & Drinks
This Stage of Life? It’s Hard. -- So true and extremely relatable.
Crossfit is Becoming the Starbucks of the Fitness World
Enter to win a Kitchen Makeover HERE.

Alo Moto Leggings  30% off
Zella 'Live In' Leggings 40% off
Alo 'Vapor' Tank  30% off
UA Long & Lean tank $25.99

Thursday, April 21, 2016

5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day

So Mother's Day. Yeah, it's practically three weeks away!

While I love brunch as much as the next gal, I love an adventure with my favorite people just as much.

Recently I started thinking about 'other' ways to celebrate mom. I think you're going to like what I came up with ;)


1. Go for a Bike Ride
Hook up the bike trailer or break out the training wheels and go for a family cruise. Whether it's around the neighborhood, to the park or beach the goal it to get outside, exercise and have fun!

2. Weekend Getaway to the Coast 
Really just get away somewhere fun for the weekend beach, lake mountains, etc. We're about 3.5-4 hours to the coast so it makes for the perfect weekend getaway. Spend the weekend exploring, shopping, and eating tasty food.

3. Breakfast in Bed
YES, please! I'll take a soy latte and avocado, bacon egg scramble. It's a prefect way to start any Sunday. I personally would follow breakfast with a bike ride.

4.  Cooking Class
For the family who likes to cook take a class and try something new. I suggest finding someone who can come to you! If you're in the Tahoe area I suggest hiring my Arica from Yummy Fixins. She'll  teach you how to make the most amazing pasta dish or two!

5. Family Hike
Get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Don't forget to snap some family photos.

There you have it a few fun ways to spend Mother's day.

How do you plan to celebrate mom?

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