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10 Fun Things To Do During Fall

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As most of you know autumn is my favorite time of year!  I love the crisp cool weather, wood burning fireplaces, being cozy on the couch, and the leaves changing colors (not so much in Southern California, but there are some).   I love that it’s boots and sweater wearing season (so no one knows how many cookies you ate).

Enough about what I love, here are 10 fun things you can do…Right Now!

  1. Apples!  Did you know there are 7,500 varieties of apples?  2,500 varieties are grown right here in the United States.  It’s apple picking season people!  Go find yourself a tree and start picking.  Once you get your apples here is a delicious recipe you should make.  What is your favorite variety of apple?
  2. If you’re lucky enough to live where the leaves change colors, grab your family and/or friends and do a fun casual photo shoot.  Oh, and don’t forget your pets, they will love it, too!
  3. Buy a new pair of boots like these or these.
  4. Get outside and enjoy the fresh air.  Gather some friends and take a brisk walk early in the morning.  It’s a wonderful refreshing way to start the day.
  5. Oktoberfest!  Nothing is more fun than finding your local Oktoberfest and partake in this century old German tradition.  Even if your don’t drink beer the festivities are so much fun.  Here are my favorite at-home beer glasses.
  6. Make a cozy fire, put a pot of this delicious soup on, and wrap yourself in this throw. Have date night in!
  7. Gather your neighbors and have a fun night playing Ollie Ollie Oxen Free (also know as hide and seek)!  End the evening games with some delicious Mulled Cider.
  8. Jump in a pile of leaves!
  9. Host a Friendsgiving!  It’s a great way to reconnect with longtime friends and catch-up.
  10. Do something nice for someone and don’t tell them it was you who did it!

What is your favorite thing to do in the Fall?

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

Long Weekend Essentials

Long Weekend Essentials

It’s hard to believe it’s Labor Day weekend!  Heading out-of-town for one last summer hurrah?  Labor Day weekend is a time for travel, fun in the sun, and the always needed relaxation!  It also calls for knowing what essentials to bring along so you can be ready for any fun you might come upon.  Whether you’re heading to the beach, going camping, or doing a stay-cation and just hanging out in the backyard, you will have everything you need to make this Labor Day one to remember.

 A Big Floppy Hat

The Sun is wonderful for giving us Vitamin D which is important for fighting disease, reducing depression, and boosting weight loss.  But, the Sun can also wreak havoc on your skin and give you fine lines and other nasty issues and that is just a gift you don’t want.  So wear that adorable floppy hat and protect your skin.

A Good Book

It’s good for all of us to spend a little quiet time over the long weekend.  Reading can make you feel relaxed and energized.  It’s also a great time to stay off of all things digital and lose yourself in the written words.

Suggestions:

According to a Source by Abby Stern

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

An Oversized Blanket

If you’re headed out on a road trip make sure you take and oversized blanket with you.  No matter where you end up you can always carve some time out for a picnic.  Whether you’re heading to the beach or the mountains, get one with nature and eat outside.

An Instant Camera

Most of the time we take picture and then share them on Social media and they are forever stored in our phones never to be looked at again.  I miss the days where we actually got to physically hold a picture in our hand.  I love watching the instant pictures come to life right before our eyes and I’m sure whoever your spending the weekend with will love it, too.

What are your plans for this holiday weekend and what essentials are you taking along?

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

 

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Presidential Library – Ronald Reagan

Have you ever visited a Presidential library?

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Recently, I visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA.

Here is a small sample of my visit…

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This beautiful Bronze statue of Ronald Reagan was unveiled on what would have been his 105th birthday at the Ronald Reagan Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Oval Office

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This is an exact replica of the Oval Office.  The door in the middle of the picture leads to the Presidents private quarters.  The pictures on the table behind the desk, the Bronze sculptures on the table to the left of the desk, and the Bronze sculpture on the far right of the pictures were all in the Oval Office while President Reagan was in office.

Many Presidents have used the Resolute desk either in their person study or in the Oval Office.  The Resolute desk was made of oak wood from the British ship H.M.S. Resolute.  Queen Victoria gifted it to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 as a good will gesture for returning her abandon ship back to her.

Originally, the desk had a rear knee hole.  President Roosevelt asked for it to be fitted with a panel carved with the Presidential coat of arms.  Sadly, he did not live to see it installed.

 The First Lady

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Presidential China

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 Air Force One

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May they rest in peace.

Coming soon as a special exhibit to the Ronald Reagan Library:

READ MY PINS: THE MADELINE ALBRIGHT COLLECTION
April 3, 2017 – June 25, 2017

Read My Pins presents a remarkable range of more than 200 pins and brooches from the personal collection of Madeleine Albright. The majority of these pieces were collected and worn during Albright’s service as US Ambassador to the United Nations (1993–1997) and as the first female Secretary of State (1997–2001), under President Bill Clinton. The assortment is eclectic, international, and representative of nearly a century of jewelry design. Yet the jewelry’s true interest lies not in their materials or monetary value but in the roles they played during her government service: Albright used her pins as silent yet visually outspoken codes to foreign officials and the press. Pins could be adopted for various reasons—a shining sun or a patriotic flag would reinforce a positive alliance with the United States, for example, while more difficult negotiations might bring out wasps or snakes.

Albright served the US government during a remarkable period in history, and many of the notable landmarks of her tenure can be decoded through the visual iconography of her pins. These pieces document and symbolize moments of political upheaval and also convey the patriotism of this Czechoslovakian-born diplomat. Whereas George H. W. Bush famously said “Read my lips” to convey a campaign promise, Albright encouraged, “Read my pins,” demonstrating that jewelry had become part of her personal diplomatic arsenal. These objects became delicate instruments with which she applied pressure during intense negotiations, and into which she invested humor as she represented the United States on the international stage.

The 13 Presidential Libraries around the country:

Herbert Hoover Library, West Branch, IA

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, NY

Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, MO

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, Abilene, KS

John F. Kennedy Library, Boston, MA

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Austin, TX

Richard Nixon Library, Yorba Linda, CA

Gerald R. Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, GA

Ronald Reagan Library, Simi Valley, CA

George Bush Library, College Station, TX

William J. Clinton Library, Little Rock, AR

George W. Bush Library, Dallas, TX

**This is not a sponsored post.

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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065

Check website for hours.

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

Christmas Time At Disneyland!

It’s The most wonderful time of the year.

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Disneyland anytime of the year is a magical place, but this time of year just has a little extra special feeling because of the beautiful Christmas transformation the park takes.  It’s definitely the merriest place on earth {besides the North Pole}!

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A Christmas Fantasy Parade –  This is an adorable parade really brings you into the Christmas spirit.  You need to check out the cute skating reindeer! And, of course the Disney princesses {my favorite}.

 

 

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It’s A Small World –  This ride is spectular at Chrismas inside and out {especially at night}

Christmas Time At Disneyland

Christmas Time At Disneyland

 

Hungry?  I bet you didn’t know you could get a lobster roll at Disneyland.  It’s located in this little blue fishing shack “Harbor Galley” near the exit of the Haunted Mansion.  This fluffy butter-toasted roll is filled with lobster salad. It the perfect thing to satisfy your hunger at lunch time. Thank goodness a friend told me about these or I would have never found them!Christmas Time At Disneyland

 

 

 

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If you havent tried one of this decadent treats you must!  It’s a Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich.  It is so very rich!  It’s a graham cracker coated in chocolate, a thick peanut butter layer over that, and then the whole thing dipped in chocolate once again, topped with peanut bits, salt, and a dark chocolate mickey!  It’s a cookie more than  sandwich.  Think Reese’s…DELICIOUS!

This year I have been lucky enough to visit Disneyland 3 times so far this holiday season and along the way I have learned some tips and tricks that I thought I should share with you.

Take your time walking through the park.  There are so may details you would miss if you were rushing around. Like the smell of gingerbread being piped in.  Pay attention to the amazing Christmas decor.  And, listen for the wonderful holiday music.

Grab a coffee and people watch.

Don’t miss the lighting of the Christmas tree, every day at 5:00pm.

It snows every evening on Main Street after the fireworks show.  It is truly magical {like everything else at Disneyland}

Even though it is busier during the Christmas season, Disneyland compensates with longer hours.

Don’t miss the Disney Chrismas Parade on TV Christmas morning.

Disneyland is open on Christmas Day {and it will be busy}!

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One of my favorite things to do on my way out of Disneyland is stop by New Orleans Street and go get a bag of delicious warm beignet all covered in powdered sugar for the walk back to the car!

 

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Even in the pouring down rain this place is magical!

 

 

**Christmas season at Disneyland runs until January 8, 2017.

**Always check the Entertainment Schedule prior your visit for specifics.

 

*This was not a sponsored post.

 

Until Next Time…

XOXO

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

There are two ways for Handsome and I to get home from Temecula, CA.  We could take the faster somewhat boring freeway route.  Or, we can take the freeway in to San Diego and drive up the coast to Orange Country.  Handsome and I will always choose to take the scenic Highway 1 coast route home.  For two reasons. One, it’s beautiful and we’re lucky enough to live by the Pacific ocean.  Two, there are always cute little shops that we stop at along the way.

Our first stop: Torrey Pines Gliderport

It’s amazing to watch the Paragliders and Hang Gliders run off the side of the cliff to soar among the birds.  Sadly, the weather wasn’t cooperating and there was no one sailing in the beautiful blue sky.  Did you know that since the late 1920s sailplanes have been gracing the bluffs just north of La Jolla {right behind the campus of University of California, San Diego}?  If you are ever in the area stop by.  Or if you have the guts, take a class and take flight!

Torrey Pines Gliderport

2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037   {858} 452-9858

Our second stop: Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.

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Driving Up The Coast From San Diego

“The mission of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association is to create and maintain a monument that pays homage to veterans who have honorably served our country and to educate the public on the contributions of military personnel throughout our nation’s history. Shimmering black granite stories tell a tale of honor and sacrifice for the greater good upon Mt. Soledad.”

The memorial is quite moving and a beautiful tribute to those brave men and women who have served our coutry.  I am honored to say my father served in the Army and I can’t wait to see his Veteran Plaque up on this memorial.  The views are breathtaking from the memorial.

Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial

6905 La Jolla Scenic Drive South, La Jolla, CA 92037 {858} 459-2314

Our third stop: Timeless Furnishings & and Patio.

We were traveling through Solana Beach when all of a sudden I saw the most adorable shop on the opposite side of Driving Up The Coast From San Diegothe street.  We made a U-turn and in we went to look around.  They have a wide range of furniture {home, office and patio} , lighting fixtures, and accessories.

Driving Up The Coast From San DiegoHandsome fell in love with a beautiful Teak Patio table that seats 6 and extends up to 10.  We left, but Handsome couldn’t get that Teak table off his mind.

We are now the proud owners of this beautiful Teak table {it is currently in storage awaiting it’s debut in our soon to be renovated back yard}.

Go take a look, you won’t be dissapointed.  Tell Heather, Mary from Its All About The Pretty sent you!

Timeless Furnishings & Patio

301 N. Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92705   {858} 509-2620

Driving up the coast is always interesting.  You just never know what you will find and what you’re going to come home with!

Until next Time…

XOXO

*This is NOT a sponsored post.  We purchased the Teak patio table.

Surprise weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

I knew Handsome had planned something special for our anniversary weekend. He told me we were staying local, so I would know how to pack. This year has been extremely hard for both of us. More difficult than either of us thought 2016 would be. This anniversary weekend was going to be our time to forget our pain {or at least try} for a little while, and just be present with each other.

It didn’t take too long to realize we were headed to Southern California’s wine counrty, Temecula. It’s a beautiful place with over 300 acres of mature vineyards and rolling hills. We have been there countless times before {like this time}, but this was different. As we drove closer and closer to our destination I could see the excitment on Handsome’s face.

We arrived! Ponte Vineyard Inn, a quaint 60 room boutique hotel. Ohhh, someplace new! I love going to and trying out new places. As we pulled into the driveway and drove over the gravel parking lot lined with olive trees, immediately I felt transported from my life to a place far, far away with my one true love.

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Just looking at the regal wood arched front door makes you know you are going to have a beautiful time.

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Upon entry we were greeted by a casual relaxed setting, almost like entering someones home.

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Handsome checked us in and I went outside to look at the grounds.  The view is breathtaking!  We arrived just after a wedding was preformed.  The flowers were stunning!

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Handsome met me outside with a glass of sparkling wine.  We just sat for a moment and enjoyed the view sipping our sparkling wine and taking in the views.

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I couldn’t wait to see our room. As soon as we walked in we were greated by a bottle of their Tempranillo wine.  It was so very kind of the Ponte Inn to have a gift of wine waiting for us.  I knew what we would be drinking with our Anniversary dinner.

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The bed! So comfy!

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The view from our balcony.  I took this photo just as the sun was going down.  We sat out on our balcony for hours, just talking {my second favorite thing to do with Handsome}.

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We did a bit of wine tasting and suprisingly Ponte Vineyard was the only winery we visited on that weekend.  Their wines are so delicious and their grounds are so spectular there was no reason to go anywhere else!

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I found a ton of items I brought back as Christmas gifts!

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Thank you Ponte Vineyard Inn.

We had a fantastic time and I know one day we will be back!

Surprise Weekend at Ponte Vineyard Inn

Ponte Vineyard Inn

A Four Diamond Boutique Hotel

35001 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA, 92591

{951} 587-6688

www.pontevineyardinn.com

**This is NOT a sponsored post.  Handsome & I stayed here, paid the bill and had a wonderful time. I thought you would like to know about a great place to stay while you are visiting Temecula, CA.

Until Next Time…

XOXO

Summer 2016 ~ Adventure List

Summer 2016

“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!”
― Kenny Chesney

Summertime is the time to be carefree and spontneous (something with the help of Handsome, I have gotten much better at).  So this years Summer 2016 ~ Adventure List is going to be full of things that are in and out of my comfort zone along with some “to do” items I’ve been wanting to try.

  1. Throw a dart on a local map and go to where ever it lands for the weekend.
  2. Go fishing.
  3. Make a different flavor of homemade ice cream, every week.
  4. Go Geochaching   Who’s in to go with Handsome and me?
  5. Play flashlight tag.
  6. Play chess at the ocean.
  7. Watch the sunrise at the beach and the sunset in the mountains on the same day.
  8. Take the 48 Hour Film Project.
  9. Watch movies in my backyard on a big screen.
  10. Make Sun Tea.
  11. Go olive oil tasting.
  12. Visit a different Farmers Market every week.
  13. Spend a whole Sunday in my pajamas watching old movies.
  14. Attend at least 3 outdoor concerts.
  15. Take a Instagram picture everyday.
  16. Send a message in a bottle.
  17. Host a Olympic watching party.
  18. Start a podcast.
  19. Make my dad’s famous lemonade. (recipe coming on Its All About The Yummy, very soon)
  20. Walk barefoot in the grass.
  21. Ride a bike on the boardwalk.
  22. Go on an eating tour of Los Angeles.
  23. Make fresh jam.
  24. Take evening walks with Handsome.
  25. Enjoy every moment!

 

What’s On Your Summer 2016 Adventure List?

See my Adventure Lists from the past for a little more inspiration.

Summer 2015 ~ Adventure List

Summer 2014 ~ Adventure List

Summer 2015 ~ Adventure List

Summer 2015 Adventure List

With the official beginning of summer only a few weeks away I thought I should get a jump start and make an adventure list deciding on what adventures I would like to accomplish this summer of 2015!  Every year I make a adventure list (see last years here).

Since time just seems to go by so quickly during the wonderful days of summer and with how rough of a winter most of the country endured, I think we should all get out of the house and enjoy the wonderful summer weather of the great outdoors!

Here is my summer adventure list…

1. Go berry picking

2. Stargaze while sipping on whiskey

3. Go on a picnic at the park

4. Attend a outdoor concert

5. Take Handsome on a surprise weekend away

6. Roast marshmallows at the beach

7. Have a paper airplane contest

8. Play adult hide and go seek

9. Find a 4-leaf clover

10. Bake an apple pie

11. Go to brunch with friends

12. Eat dinner outside as often as possible

What do you have on your 2015 summer adventure list? 

Pageant Of The Masters ~ Living Art

Every year, my family looks forward to a truly magical evening celebrating the wonders of art in the city of Laguna Beach, at the Pageant Of The Masters.

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  The Pageant Of The Masters is a world famous production of living art.  The performance is located in a outdoor theatre lit by the stars and surrounded by lush greens that transports you to another place in time.

Pageant of the masters theatre

The 90 minute “show” is made up of recreations of famous paintings and pieces of art known as “living pictures”.  My favorite part of the performance every year is when the Pageant Director Diane Challis Davy provides a recreation of the entire process the performers go through, from call time to being on stage.  The process is so interesting and even after watching it happen right in front of you its hard to believe you are not looking at the actual painting.  Each living art recreation is set to music from a live orchestra which enhances the whole experience.

Every year, the last piece of art work is always the same, I won’t spoil it for you if you have not been, but it is breathtaking and I am in awe every time I see it!  I have seen the original in person and the recreation is spot-on.  Handsome and I are fortunate to have a friend who performs every year in that last piece and a few years back he took my family and I on a private tour backstage.  What a once in a life time experience that was.  The amount of work that goes into each and every piece of art is mind-blowing.

Pageant of the masters living Art

If you love art this should be on your bucket-list.  People from all over the world travel to see this incredible artistry and illusion of living art.

Pageant Of The Masters

Runs every summer from July through August.

Check their website for dates and times.

650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Ticket Office 1-800-487-3378 {toll free}

My Instagram Weekend in Review

Wow!  What an incredible past weekend I have had!

 I know I have a slightly skewed way of thinking, but in my head, I count my week starting with Friday.  Why, you may ask?  I just think it is better to start out the week with fun and the weekends are always fun {even if I’m just lying around}!

On Friday afternoon, Handsome and I drove to our friend’s condo in Carlsbad, CA!

Carlsbad condo with ocean view

Their place had an incredible view of the ocean.  There a few things better than the sound of pounding waves. (more…)