Napa Valley

Napa Valley Guide- Where to Go, Eat and Sleep

If you’ve seen my Instagram, you know that I went to Napa Valley earlier this month.  I have to say that going to Napa with my husband was such an amazing trip for me.  I went to Napa with a friend and it was fun, but I really wanted to experience it with my husband.  Not only is Napa romantic, but it's such a beautiful place to experience with someone you love.....and I learned so much. Many people think that going to Napa is just about drinking lots of wine. Well, for some it is, but for us we loved learning about how wine was made and how each one is different, in addition to tasting many wines. It’s actually inspired me to take some classes in wine making. What I have to say next may make you sad.....going to Napa on a tight budget is hard.  Many of the hotels in the area can be very pricey and many of the most popular wineries charge a fee for tastings.   As with any wine tasting trip, you don't want to stay in a hotel that is too far away because you have to drive. You could take an Uber or hire a driver...Read More
Sephora Sale

Sephora Sale- Beauty Insider Appreciation Event

I know so many bloggers and friends that were so excited about the Nordstrom anniversary sale last month.  Well, I’m that excited about the Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event!  I use the twice yearly Sephora sales an an opportunity to get all the things that I need and use every day that rarely, if ever, go on sale. If you are a regular Sephora shopper like me, you definitely don't want to miss this sale.  Such a great reason to get excited in my book.    Here is the sale breakdown: Rouge Level 20% off August 24th - September 3rd. VIB Level: 15% off August 30th - September 3rd. Insider Level: August 30th - September 3rd. 10% off August 30th - September 3rd. So what are the things that I’m getting?  Here’s my list: [show_boutique_widget id="743917"]   Happy Shopping!!
How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer

How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer Before It’s Over

Today, I'm talking about how to get the most out of your summer.  So I know that technically August is not the last month of summer, the official last day of summer is Saturday, September 22.  However, for many summer will end because school starts or the weather changes and starts feeling more like fall.  So how can you get the most out of summer during the last unofficial month?  I would suggest making a list of the things you may want to do, then weed out any items that you won’t be able to accomplish because of budget, timing, weather, etc and add them to a maybe list.     Get your family and friends involved.  Everything is always more fun when you get more people involved right?  Find out who wants to join you on your adventures.   Find out what adventures your friends and family want to do and join them too.  Make it a group effort to make the most out of the last month of summer.   So, making a list seems so business like.  Why would I suggest it?  Unless you make it official by making a list, there are so many ways to forget and...Read More

[Updated] Summer Picnic Essentials- Picnic Tips You Can’t Live Without

Did you know that July is National Picnic Month?  I love a good picnic, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my summer picnic essentials.  My first memories of picnics were with my parents in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco with some fresh sourdough and salami.  My idea of a picnic has changed a bit since then, but it’s always about good people, good food and good drinks.  I believe you can have a picnic almost anywhere, whether it's on the roof of your home or apartment building or at a local park like the La Brea Tar Pits.  I do believe in brining a few of my favorite items to make sure that the experience is perfect though.   [caption id="attachment_3647" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Roof picnic: I always like to have chilled bubbly and something to keep it cold on hand.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3648" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Roof Picnic: with the right accoutrements, you can have a picnic anywhere.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2221" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Picnic in the park: Just grab a friend![/caption] [caption id="attachment_2220" align="aligncenter" width="900"] What can I say, I like color, especially in the summer![/caption]   Here are my Summer Picnic Essentials: Make sure that all...Read More
san jose del cabo, claire bahn

San Jose del Cabo, The Top 5 Places to Visit

I love going to Los Cabos.  If you’re not familiar with the area, Los Cabos is made up of Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the area in between is called the "Tourist Corridor," see the map below for details.  I did a blog that was more focused on Cabo San Lucas last year, so this time I wanted to do a blog that focused more on San Jose del Cabo.  This was our first time staying in San Jose del Cabo and we decided to checkout all of the current hot spots.  We checked out several places, but these are the 5 places and events that made the list.   [caption id="attachment_3588" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Map of Los Cabos. Copyright ontheworldmap.com[/caption]   Top 5 Places to Visit in San Jose del Cabo   Flora Farms Flora Farms is an oasis just outside of San Jose del Cabo, literally off the beaten path.  We took a taxi from our hotel in San Jose del Cabo and I joked with my husband that is was "probably located on a dirt road", well 5 seconds later we turned onto a dirt road.  I had no idea what to expect, but as soon as...Read More