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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Sequioa National Park {local getaway}

Luke and I just spent a recent weekend at Sequioa National Park for our 4 year anniversary… and it was awesome. If you haven’t been yet, or it’s just been awhile, I definitely recommend it. We were looking into Zion and Yosemite for our anniversary, but both were a little too last minute to plan (and a bit further distance), so we opted for Sequioa — which is just a 4 hour (mostly beautiful) drive from home! img_9205img_9205 Sequioa National Park …
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Road Trip up Hwy 395 [local getaways]

Having married a man whom was born and raised in Lake Tahoe, it goes without saying that I have made many road trips from LA to Stateline, NV.

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Growing up, I was not a fan of long car rides.  I was the kid that kept asking, “How many more minutes until we get there?” and groaning at whatever answer I received.  Of course, I wasn’t completely miserable the whole time — …

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How to Travel Abroad with a Baby [and actually enjoy it!]

My husband and I have a serious case of the travel bug.

Everyone always told us, “Get your traveling done now, because it’s over once you have a baby!”  Well, if there’s one thing that annoys me, it’s when people tell me how my life has to be.  So… we traveled anyways.

Before our little one was 9 months old, he had already been on 12 flights.  We …

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3 Must Do’s When Hosting Visitors in the 805

Living in Southern California, you get a LOT of visitors. And living in Southern California, there’s a LOT to see and do. When you have visitors in town, it can be difficult to narrow it all down to just a few “must see” spots. We recently had Luke’s mom and sister in town from Wisconsin, and of course, high on their list of to-do’s was beach, wine tasting and shop.

So difficult to do in the 805, right?! HAHA not at all 🙂

Here’s a look at a few of our fave “go-to/must-see” local spots for out-of-towner guests:

First on the to-do list, beach.Point …
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Five Friday Faves

1. This Sunday is Mother’s Day and every mom deserves to be celebrated! In case you didn’t know, being a mom is HARD so to show your mom (or mother figure) how much you love and appreciate her (because you better!), we have our top 10 Mother’s Day ideas on the blog.

2. It’s our (Hayley and Tanisha’s) sister’s birthday this weekend (HBD Ry!) and we are going to celebrate with some local wine tasting at DeLiese Cellars and Giessinger Winery (we’ve never been to either).  We really like wine and love trying out new wineries.

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Mother’s Day Ideas {10 things}

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, but don’t worry — you still have time to plan something special for that mom or mother-figure in your life!  Plus we’ve got some great ideas on how to wow your mom this Mother’s Day 😉

Here are 10 things in the 805 that will make a mama in your life VERY happy {you’re welcome}.

 

1.  Unwind with a Spa Package at the Four Seasons Westlake Village {You can choose between a 50 minute facial, or 50 minute tranquility massage for only $145}

BONUS: It comes with a glass of sparkling wine or a smoothie served poolside, as well …

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The Perfect Central Coast Getaway

During the last week that my husband was out on paternity leave, we decided that we wanted to do something memorable before he headed back to work.  After a bit of searching on the HotelTonight app [genius concept, btw!], we settled on staying at The Cliffs Resort, located right between Pismo Beach and Avila Beach.

[hint: there’s currently a TravelZoo deal for this place, which includes a free upgrade!]

Also, perhaps in a moment of insanity, we decided to bring our dogs along, as well!  Decidedly outnumbered with two pups and a 3-week-old infant, we …

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Five Friday Faves: Luck yeah.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Before you go indulge in all-you-can-drink green beer, check out our Five Friday Faves for a little luck o’ the Irish!

1. Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Frosting :: I made this for Brett’s birthday one year, and it. was. UNREAL. Plus, it’s pretty much the most deliciously Irish dessert ever.  Add green food coloring to the frosting to really add that extra St. Patty’s Day feel.

2. Sing-a-Long with Princess Beauty :: The Lakes in Thousand Oaks are …

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This Hidden Gem of a Small Town Has it ALL {Los Alamos}

One of my favorite road trip pit stop discoveries is the little town of Los Alamos. It’s a true hidden gem. Nestled 50 miles north of Santa Barbara just off the 101, it offers history, charm and beauty. It’s located in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country amidst the agricultural farmland and hills of oak trees. And as you drive down the main street you immediately get a sense of the laid-back lifestyle and small town feel.

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3 Reasons Why We Love Refugio Ranch… And You Will Too

Looking for your next adventure? So were we and boy, do we have you covered:)

On our recent “sister weekend” trip to Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang, we had the pleasure of visiting Refugio Ranch‘s vineyard and tasting room in Los Olivos. We didn’t know what to expect when driving down the dirt road, but we were quickly blown away by the beauty of the vineyard, the hospitality of Max (the son of Kevin Gleason the owner) and his beautiful wife Vanessa, and the delightful wines we tasted.

3 Reasons why we love Refugio Ranch:

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