Baker Beach Day

img_0084img_0080img_0081img_0078img_0092^^^ Happiness is a sandy snout – Juno spent a good portion of her time yesterday trying to dig gigantic holes in the sand! img_0086img_0088It feels like a lifetime but we’ve only had Juno, our black lab, for 2 months. It’s been so fun getting to explore San Francisco with our newest fur-baby.  Yesterday we ventured out to Baker Beach. The weather was so strange but when we got to the beach the sun was actually out. The cloudcover made for some pretty amazing photos, especially with that little bridge in the back drop. Baker Beach is an awesome mile long beach tucked beneath the Presidio Cliffs with phenomenal views of the Golden Gate Bridge & Marin Headlands. It’s hard to believe that a beach this beautiful can be empty enough to let my puppy run around! Yesterdays beach trip was the perfect start to the weekend! We’re off to the foot hills this weekend to let Juno explore the 4 acres my parents live on. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

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Weekend Recap

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This weekend was our 3rd Annual Family Golf Open; each year we pick a bay area golf course, my dad & brother travel from the Sacramento area and Chris & I triple bogey our way through 18 holes… It’s always a great time. This year we played Lincoln Park Golf Course in San Francisco, which is located along side the Land’s End Trail. The course is filled with glimpses of the Golden Gate, fairways that open out to the city skyline. The 17th hole has a picture perfect view of the Golden Gate right at the tee off. I’ll also add the the course has incredible customer service. I managed to drop my phone along the way & it was returned to the club house & then delivered to me via golf cart 3 holes later!! Amazing! We enjoyed a delicious dinner in Laurel Heights before my family headed home. That night Chris & I decided to break out the fancy bar set we received as a wedding present & make fancy cocktails. We served them in  beautiful TIffany&Co tumbler glasses, another wedding present. As for Sunday scones, football & italian panini were on the agenda. The recipe for these sandwiches is here!

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36 Hours in Charlottesville


A recap of the fun but whirlwind trip to Charlottesville Virginia this past August. We drove from Washington DC to Charlottesville late Friday evening & spent the night attending a rehearsal dinner & BBQ at a gorgeous country estate. The next day we got up early and did a walking tour of UVA. Below are some of the photos from that morning… The UVA campus was breathtaking, and not to mention fairly empty, there were a handful of students moving into “the lawn” and some groups holding new student orientation activities, but aside from that the campus was pretty quiet.

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The gorgeous outdoor ampitheater, & Chris taking advantage of all the stairs, I take pictures & he tries to work out…

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It’s columns & archways for as far as the eye can see.

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We toured the on campus chapel, it was the only air conditioned spot we found on campus!
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A lone leaf lines the brick pathway, a sign fall is coming ?

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We stumbled across multiple little “secret garden” areas.

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I have a good sport for a husband, he indulges me when I say “give me your best model behavior”…

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After our 3 mile self guided walking tour around UVA we got ready for the wedding that brought us to Virginia in the first place.

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A pretty phenomenal backdrop to say “I do”.

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For the wedding, given how hot & humid it was, I wanted to have a hairstyle that was out of my face and would stay all night. Lately I’ve been really into braids & have use Bare Foot Blonde tutorials for new hairstyles, this was probably my best BFB success yet! I used this tutorial for the pull through braid pictured here & I couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out. It stayed literally all night, even through 4 hours of dancing & 90% humidity. I will mention I did practice twice before the wedding because it’s a definitely one of the trickier hair styles.

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We had a great time in Charlottesville & were welcomed home with a spectacular west coast sunset…

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Napa Valley Bliss

There’s nothing quite like escaping San Francisco’s foggy summers, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, & enjoying wine country for the day. We did exactly this last weekend & stopped by one of our favorite vineyards. Keep scrolling to find out why we love Frog’s Leap so much.

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One of my favorite Napa spots is Frog’s Leap Winery, situated on gorgeous farmland, this laid back venue makes for an excellent, relaxing experience. My first trip to Frog’s Leap was nearly 5 years ago, & we’ve been going back ever since. This vineyard always earns a spot on our Napa agenda for the day, hopefully you’ll see why.

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One of my favorite parts about Frog’s Leap is the ability to explore the grounds. You can walk through the vineyard itself or explore their garden. They’re dedicated to organic farming, sustainable living & quality wines, what’s not to like!?!

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If you aren’t into exploring the grounds, you can hang out on their awesome porch & enjoy the shade. I love that this Winery has so much outdoor space, there’s Adirondack chairs around every corner & they even have an outdoor tasting area. I love how low key & low pressure the atmosphere here is, there’s no pressure into buying a wine membership at the end of your tasting. Beside being low pressure, Frog’s Leap is very easy on the wallet. Their tastings run about $25 / person, with generous wine pours & delicious full bodied wines, even the newest wine fans are sure to find something they’ll enjoy here.

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These are just some of the reasons Frog’s Leap makes my list, do you have a go to winery? If so I’d love to hear about it!

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 Some Sappy Napa Newlywed Love…

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Garden finds…

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