Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day Trip to Indian Springs

Indian Springs is a beautiful spa in Calistoga. It is also where the mister and I got engaged. Needless to say this is special place for me. Stress has been high lately and to battle it back down to reasonable level we got it the car and drove up to spend a day in our magical spot.

There is an olympic size pool of hot, mineral water that you can use if you get any spa treatment or stay in one of the beautiful bungalows. A massage followed by wrapping up in one of their green robes is the perfect way to start the day.


...a picnic picked up from Dean & Deluca on the ride up...

...and a good book are all you need to fill a restful, memorable day. Our adventure was made even more unforgettable by hail. It fell as we floated in steaming hot water, sticking in our hair and pelting our arms. It was surreal.

Hydro Grill is a local spot that has one of the best burgers I have ever eaten. The perfect stop to fill up before heading home.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Dream Come True

Beach side, listening to the strum of the uke, cooking outside, sleeping in a teardrop trailer. It doesn't get much better than that.

The mister and I took a little trip up the coast to have our first experience in a teardrop trailer in Bodega Bay. It was an incredible trip and probably the exact trip required to reset and relax.

We started our little trip on Fourth Street in Berkeley at Bette's To Go. An Almond Tea Cake, Old Fashioned Doughnut Muffin (yes, it is delicious), and a couple mochas got us ready for the road.

When we reached Bodega Bay we had to stop at an adorable, ocean view wine bar called Gourmet Au Bay. Wine surfing, as they call it, was definitely in order. I loved the surf boards that our wines were delivered on. A seal floated by as we sipped our wine and enjoyed the serene sound of water lapping the boards of the pier.

When we arrived at our campsite we were greeted by the incredible sight of our teardrop trailer. My jaw dropped and my heart soared. Then I turned to look at our view of the ocean and headed straight out for a walk along the beach. Wright's Beach campground (called Sonoma Coast SP on Reserve America) was a great pick.

Two trees stood out as the perfect spot to hang our camping hammock...

...and I relished in setting up our outdoor kitchen hidden away in the back of our trailer.

Games, books, and roasted marshmallows filled our first evening and the entire following day.

The Salt Point Trail provided the incredible scenery the filled our third day away from home. We took a six mile hike that wound along the coast, rarely loosing sight of the water. Seals, waterfalls, and incredible peaks kept us company as we tromped along deep blue ocean.

Lesson learned:
- Bodega Bay is beautiful and is worth returning to.
- Teardrop trailers are an incredible creation and I am set on spending many more days holed up in one.
- I HEART hiking along the coast.
- Wine surfing is a hit.
- Books are wonderful, but might be even more wonderful when read in a camp hammock.
- Wind + Sand usually = disaster, but not if you have a teardrop trailer....

If you live in the Bay, consider making the trip to Bodega. It is worth it.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sweet, Sweet Dreams!

The mister is very well read. He reads and reads and reads. I like this about him. The only problem arises when I want to sleep and he wants to read. The bedside lamp shines too brightly to allow me to relax into sleep. So when I ran across an article, Sweet Dreams, in Better Homes and Gardens about relaxing at the end of the day, I was inspired. They discussed the importance of decompressing at the end of the day and showed this silk mask as a tool to rest tired eyes.

I hadn't been able to find any sleeping masks that were this appealing before now. Upon further research I found out that the company that sells the mask is located in nearby San Francisco, which put all other doubts to rest, it was meant to be. I received my beautiful little package the day after ordering accompanied by two perfume samples! I am very happy with my elizabethW purchase!

Can't wait to give it a try tonight. Sleep tight!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Graduation is here!

The invitations are out and the party is on. The three years of law school are over and there is a lot to celebrate!

I was so happy with how the invitations turned out. Paper Source, as always, inspired me with beautiful colors, paper, and envelopes. Washi Tape, a material I have mentioned before, was a big part of this project, creating the flags. I folded it over waxed twine and then cut the rectangles into triangular flags.

Instead of paying for the adorable Paper Source labels, I bought the stamp. I used full page label paper, stamped the shape in green, and then cut out the shape of the stamp before writing out the addresses.

To create the text, I typed up a word file with three columns. After printing them, I cut them out and used double stick tape to attach them to the cover weight background.

All in all, a pretty successful invite I think.

Congrats babe, you deserve it!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dreaming of...

... having a chicken coop

Working on the wicker has got me dreaming of my future garden. I love our current spot, the raised vegetable and the now red wicker furniture (will post pictures soon!), but I sometimes dream of a place all our own. Part of the future that I paint in my imagination involves chickens.

I grew up with chickens, four that my dad gave me one Easter. They liven up a yard. They help prepare the garden. They provide yummy eggs. All around, a good addition to any yard.

The only question that remains is whether the mister and I will build our own... or will I cough up the cash for one of these adorable, pest proof coops.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Style Crush: Maxi Dresses

I was shopping with my fabulous sister-in-law and came across a clearance, full-length dress. I decided to try it on and fell in love with it. Now I want more! Here are some that I would love to add to my increasingly fashionable wardrobe.