Category: This and That

Favorite Buys

Sometimes my favorite buys are not things I bought at all.  In fact, they are items I received as a gift {somebody bought them, right?}!

Here are a few of my most recent favorites…

Favorite Buys 2 On our most recent trip to Napa, Handsome and I stopped in to the most adorable olive oil store, Lucero, located in downtown Napa.  The manager took us around tasting all the different olive oil and balsamic vinegars they produce.  We ended up buying this gift pack with several flavors.        Gift Pack $36.00

Favorite Buys 2 Ipad camera connection (1 of 1)When iPad’s first came out, I really wanted one.  The only thing stopping me from purchasing it was there was no way to download pictures directly from an SD card on to the iPad.  That has all changed thanks to this little device.  It is a Camera Connection Kit.   $29.00
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What can I say…I know, iPad’s have been out for more than 4 years and I just got one!  But, like I said earlier, I was waiting to be able to download my pictures to it when I was away.  iPad from $499.00Favorite Buys internet password logbook I love my new Internet Password Logbook.  I know people are always saying to never write down passwords. But, how does one keep track of them all?  If you keep this little book in a safe and secure place, when those little brain freeze moments happen you won’t have to redo your password…again!  $12.59Favorite Buys Mike's Hot Honey (1 of 1)Do you like food with a little kick?  Then have I got something for you!  The other day my favorite son brought me home some of Mike’s Hot Honey.  We have been trying it on all sorts of things.  My favorite so far is a crostini with goat cheese, thinly sliced apple slices, with the hot honey drizzled on top. $10.00

What are your favorite recent buys?

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Sharing The Love

In my never-ending quest to find all things new {and not so new}.  Today, I’m sharing my most recent internet finds.  Hope you enjoy what I am highlighting today, in this edition of Sharing Love.

Real Simple has these Smart Tips From a Home Fragrance Expert.

 Get your house smelling beautiful for the Holidays!

Check out my favorite diffuser here.

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See how changing your password should change your life.

Things you never thought about, but should!

Take a look at this Unicorn Magic Keyboard Cover.  It will be a favorite for any Unicorn lover in your life.

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Take a look at 18 of the world’s most beautiful gardens according to buzz

Oh, the beauty!

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Very clever!

Sharing Love 2-4How 6 pretty trays help me hold it all together by Susan from Your Home Only Better.

Now I know what to do with all those trays I have in that small drawer under the ovens.

But, I can always use one more…I’m putting this one on my wish list.

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Until Next Time…


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Favorite Buys

Do you ever find yourself taking stock of your most recent purchases?  I can go days without ever pulling the “card” out of my wallet, then all of a sudden everywhere I turn, I’m handing that “card” out right and left!

Here a just a few of my most recent Favorite Buys…


Favorite Buys los poblanos lavendarWhen Handsome took me to the romantic Los Poblanos Inn & Organic Farm, he bought me a jar of culinary lavender to bring home with us.  I used it up very quickly and have always wanted more.  I finally ordered another one from their Farm Shop here.  It comes in an adorable reusable glass jar.  Culinary Lavender $12.


Favorite Buys hanging basketsI love my new galvanized wire baskets, I just purchased them from World Market a few days ago.  They are perfect place to store all my fruits and vegetables up and out of the way.  Aston Galvanized Basket $17.99 each


Favorite Buys paseo robles general store candleI picked up this incredible smelling candle while I was at the General Store in Paso Robles a few weeks back.  It’s petite in size and has a lid which is great for the times when you light a candle right before bed, when you blow it out you can place the lid back on and sleep safe and sound. Antique Clove Natural Candle $8.99

Favorite Buys flour sifter

I was in the need for a new baking sifter when I ran across this pretty patterned one at World Market.  I have never seen one with a cute pattern like this.  Can you tell I love this place?  This is the second item on this list I purchased at World Market.  6 Cup Spring Flour Sifter $9.99

What were your favorite buys recently?


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A Summer of Pictures is Worth a Thousand Words!

This summer has been a whirlwind of events.  It has been a summer of instant pictures documenting moments.  It has been a summer of meeting new friends, reconnecting with old ones, and hanging out with family and the friends that I count on daily.  I’ve documented where I have gone and what I have eaten.  It is an incredible way to look back at what you have done.

Can you imagine if Instagram was around in the ’20s to catch the underground world of prohibition?  How about Frank Sinatra’s singing debut in 1940?! Maybe the fashion of the ’60s? Or in 1980 snow falling in the Sahara Desert?  I know there were cameras during these era’s to document these historical events, however, I like how Instagram gives a million different views of the same experience in different perspectives.

Being that this weekend is the unofficial end of summer and since I started out the summer with this post, I thought I would end summer with my recap, summer of  pictures!

Summer of Pictures June

Summer of Pictures July

A Summer In Pictures AugustTo find out where these events have taken place check out my Instagram.

I hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Don’t forget to Instagram.  If you are not on Instagram, you should be!

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Simple Moments

California Sunset

The older I get the more I realize that life is short, it is what you make it, it’s a series of simple moments.  We all have the power inside of us to get exactly out of life what we choose. There is no room for blaming others at the end.  I do realize there are some with circumstances that alter ones life, but for most of us, we make all our own choices.  We can choose to smile at the simple moments or we can just watch those moments as they go by.

It is my choice to look out for the simple moments that we all have daily.  I know sometimes it is difficult to stop for a moment in our busy day to day lives.  Give it a try, I know if you look, you too will find those simple moments that will make you smile.

Here are my top ten simple moments that make me smile…

1. When I receive a love note from Handsome.

2. When a flock of birds fly in formation.

3. When I scoot over for a motorcycle while driving and they thank me.

4. When I catch the sunset at the moment it disappears.

5. When I slip into clean sheets {the best feeling ever}.

6. When my favorite song comes on the radio.

7. When my kids say “I love you” to me.

8. When my yorkie curls up in my lap at the end of the day.

9. When a butterfly flies in front of me.

10. Hearing a child laugh.

What are your favorite daily simple moments?

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Picnic Essentials

There’s nothing I love more in the summer than a picnic.  It is the perfect season to be out in nature enjoying the beauty all around us.  With just a few picnic essentials you will have planned a picnic to remember.

There are so many wonderful places to have a picnic, on the beach, the lake, the park, in the mountains or even in your own backyard.  Where you have your picnic sets the mood along with your theme.  You can have a casual picnic with friends or a more elegant style picnic for 2.

The type of food you serve can also set the mood of the picnic.  Make sure you serve food that can be prepared a head of time and that does not take a lot of fussing.  Think of your theme and follow it all the way through.

Here are a few picnic essentials you don’t want to forget.

Picnic Essentials Metal Fruit Basket

1.  The basket you carry your items in says a lot about you.  Make a statement choose one that shows your personality.  Like this Fruit Metal Picnic Basket from Cost Plus WORLD MARKET.

Picnic Essentials L.L. Bean blanket

2. The blanket you will sit on needs to be soft and large enough for you and your guests to spread out and get comfortable on. This blanket will serve both as your seating area and as your table.  This L.L. Bean Waterproof Outdoor Blanket is a perfect choice.

Picnic Essentials melamine dinnerware

Picnic Essentials wine glass holder

Picnic Essentials outdoor drink ware

3. Make it feel like your eating and drinking on your best crystal and china, invest in Melamine Dinnerware from Pier 1 Imports. Don’t you love the pattern? These wine glasses along with holders from Bed Bath & beyond, and beverage glasses from Pottery Barn are must have picnic essential items.

4.  Don’t forget the little things, a corkscrew, water, cutting board, knife and hand wipes.

5. Always have a small vase with fresh flowers and don’t forget your iPod so the music can set the mood.

Now go and plan a picnic using these picnic essentials and enjoy the beautiful outdoors in the summertime.

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