Snippets of Life

Happy 2017!! Hope you all enjoyed your holiday! The break was much needed for us and I loved every minute spent with my family. Monroe made his entrance into the world on November 13th and he is such a joy!! We are over-the-moon in love with him and Romeo has been a wonderful big brother. The adjustment for […]

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Happy 2017!
Living

I know our lives are about to drastically change as we prepare for baby boy number two. Time really flies because, believe it or not, we have actually never had professional family photos taken of us besides Romeo’s newborn pictures. So, I really wanted to have someone capture us as the family we’ve been the […]

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A Santa Barbara Harbor Family Photo Session
Snippets of Life

I can’t believe we’re assembling baby gear, buying baby clothes and prepping for another little munchkin to join the family! I feel like it’s been so long since we’ve done any of this, now that Romeo is 4 and a half! But it’s also very exciting and everything is new again! I also can’t believe how […]

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Gearing up for Baby #2 and a few questions for you!
Living

We rarely show glimpses of what goes on behind the scenes here at Sugar and Charm! So I thought it would be fun to team up with goodnessknows snack squares, to share some pics from our last photoshoot and also a must-have items list that saves us during a crazy day shooting and styling! goodnessknows snack squares are the delicious squares that […]

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Behind the Scenes of a Sugar and Charm Photoshoot!
Snippets of Life

On Sunday we took a family trip to Underwood Family Farms for some good old-fashioned fruit picking! The goal was to pick peaches, but unfortunately they didn’t have any! So now I’m on the hunt for a u-pick peach farm if anyone knows of a good one in the LA area, please send it over! […]

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Fruit Picking at Underwood Family Farms
Living

 We were excited to recently team up with goodnessknows snack squares to create a charming beach outing! We spend quite a few summer days at the beach because Romeo is a total beach bum and loves everything about it! It’s his favorite thing to do during the summer and luckily, it’s free too! My fave […]

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A Charming Beach Outing!
Living

We’re back for another Real Talk with Real Moms topic! And it’s all about growing your family! This is obviously a topic that Zan and I have discussed this past year. If you saw this post, you know that we’re expecting baby boy number 2 this November! For us, we’ve always known that we wanted to […]

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Real Talk with Real Moms: Growing Your Family
Living

Zan, Romeo and I are very excited to welcome another baby to our family this November! If you follow me on Snapchat, I announced yesterday that I’m 21 weeks pregnant with another baby boy! Romeo was VERY excited about another boy joining the family. I made a surprise cake for him and the smile that came […]

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Another Baby on the Way!
Living

When Romeo was first born, I was given some of Janie & Jack’s super soft cotton blankets and a few equally soft, adorable onesies! Since then, I’ve been hooked on their chic and charming baby and kids clothes. We were super excited to join them recently, at the London Hotel, for the launch of their […]

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LA with Kids: Janie and Jack Summer Launch Party
Travel

\We just got back from our trip to the Mediterranean with Princess Cruises! 10 days, 4 countries and so many wonderful memories!! One of the countries we visited was France, and we luckily had a private driver and guide spend the day showing us the beauty of Marseille and Cassis. The driver and guide are […]

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Charming Travels to Marseille and Cassis France
Living

I’m honored to join a very creative and inspiring group of hardworking mamas running their own businesses and raising adorable littles in a fun parenting series is called Real Talk with Real Moms. I get to open up in an area I don’t often write about. To be honest, writing isn’t my forté, I like […]

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Real Talk with Real Moms: Co-Parenting
Living

For our latest LA with Kids, we were thrilled to visit a new Los Angeles restaurant called Au Fudge, that not only caters to adults, but kids too!! The concept is actually genius and after testing it out ourselves, I can see many future dates here! At Au Fudge, you can check your kids into […]

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LA with Kids: Au Fudge
Travel

 It’s Charming Travels London! London Town was calling, so we booked a last minute trip to do a little work, tour the city and visit family. I was a little nervous about the 11 hour flight with a toddler, but it went exceptionally well! Zan and I both hated the red eye over there and didn’t […]

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Charming Travels: London!
Living

 For our latest LA with Kids,  we hit LA’s Olvera Street. Olvera Street is a really cool Mexican market and a big piece of history in downtown Los Angeles. The charming street market is located in the oldest part of Los Angeles and the original buildings, including the Avila Adobe built in 1818, are still standing! […]

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LA with Kids: Olvera Street
Living

This week, we headed to downtown Los Angeles with JCPenney and Jerry O’Connell (who is extremely nice and so fun to hang with!), for a really commendable event called Get Your Penney’s Worth! JCPenney wants to bring the value of the penny back and they’re doing some pretty cool things to make sure you never […]

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JCPenney’s Get Your Penney’s Worth Event
Travel

We couldn’t resist our wanderlust this holiday, and took a magical trip to Stowe, Vermont for New Years! It was the winter wonderland I’ve always dreamt about and more, and the perfect way to ring in the new year. I actually contemplated bearing their 6 months of winter to live there… that’s how charming Vermont […]

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Charming Travels: Stowe Vermont
Travel

Oahu captured my heart… it was everything I picture Hawaii to be. Truth be told, we went to Maui earlier in the year and while I thought it was absolutely beautiful and we had an incredible time, it wasn’t really the Hawaii I had always dreamt of. When we had the chance to visit Oahu […]

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Charming Travels: Oahu!
Travel

 When Williams-Sonoma and Fortessa ask you to hang out with them in Sonoma for a few days, you respond with a big huge YES! It was an honor to attend the event hosted by Williams-Sonoma and Fortessa at The Fairmont, with some of my favorite bloggers in the industry!! Fortessa, a fabulous, family-owned dinnerware company teamed up with Williams-Sonoma to host […]

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Coming Home to Sonoma with Fortessa
Travel

I’m so excited to share my sister’s wedding today!! Bethany and Andrew got married this past summer and it truly was one charming Astoria, Oregon wedding! They chose a location that only hosts 1 to 2 weddings a year called, Alderbrook Station. It’s a 15,000 square foot, three story netshed built in the early 1900’s, that sits […]

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A Charming Astoria Oregon Wedding
Living

About 45 minutes outside of Los Angeles, located in the high desert, are the Vasquez Rocks and Tataviam Indian sites. The rocks were formed millions of years ago and they’re unique for their jagged edges. They’re also pretty easy to walk up and climb with wide, flat spaces, making them great for kids! Of course, always make sure […]

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LA with Kids Vasquez Rocks
Travel

Last week, I had the most incredible opportunity to visit Zürich, Switzerland with Zürich Tourism! I didn’t have Zan on this trip with me (my talented photographer and director!!) and since I knew we’d be walking a lot, I actually opted out of lugging the pro camera around! Instead, I captured the city from my iPhone and a […]

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Charming Travels: Zürich Switzerland
Travel

This summer started off with a 12-hour road trip from Southern California to the very top of Northern Cali! My little family of 3 piled into the car and headed up to Crescent City for a 2-week adventure to spend time with family, rest and relax. We stopped at several fun spots along the way […]

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California Road Trip with Nature Box
Travel

We’ve shared a stunning video Madcitizen created for Princess and our adventures aboard the Ruby Princess and I’m excited to finally share our photos of our time in each charming city! This Charming Travels Alaska trip was so memorable to us and we were excited to spend it with my husband and two of my […]

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Charming Travels: Alaska!
Travel

Before our trip to Alaska with Princess Cruises, I had never been on a cruise before and it was never on my list of things I had to do. I was actually a little nervous since I’m very prone to getting sea sick and the thought of being in the middle of the ocean with […]

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Charming Travels: Aboard The Ruby Princess
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Charming Travels: Alaska Video
Living

As parents, we’re always scouting for kid-friendly, outdoor places to go where we can relax with a drink while Romeo runs around playing. We luckily found a place in Carpinteria called Padaro Beach Grill. It’s right off the 101 freeway, on the way to Santa Barbara. It’s like a little slice of tropical paradise, next to the beach, […]

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LA with Kids: Padaro Beach Grill
Travel

Ojai, California has been a mini-travel destination for us over the past 7 years! Aside from having a history of celebrities making their home there, Ojai is a charming little California town that’s perfect for day trips. It’s just a quick drive from Los Angeles and is a place where you can really relax and enjoy […]

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Charming Travels: What to do in Ojai
Living

This past weekend we had a good amount of rain in LA, yay! We cherish a good rainy day around here so we headed out to explore and what better place than outdoors at Descanso Gardens?! For anyone raising kids in Los Angeles or any urban area, finding a blissful area full of trees, flowing […]

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LA with Kids: Descanso Gardens
Travel

A few weeks ago Zan and I took a quick weekend trip to Chicago to visit my sister. I went to Chicago last year in the summer and fell in love with how clean, beautiful and thriving the city is. I wanted to go back with Zan, so we booked a trip that consisted of […]

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Charming Travels: Chicago
Travel

A few weeks ago, Zan and I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon (alone, which rarely happens) in Santa Monica. We decided to take advantage of our beautiful city and go somewhere we normally don’t, the Santa Monica Pier! We ate at the newly renovated and revamped seafood restaurant The Albright, formerly SM Pier […]

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The Albright Santa Monica
Living

Happy Halloween! It’s always a little extra fun when Halloween is on a Friday! Romeo has now dressed up as 3 things for Halloween… he was the most adorable raccoon at Jen’s Halloween party, then an erupting volcano at pre-school and tonight he’s going to be Darth Vader. We couldn’t help it after seeing this genius […]

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Happy Halloween!
Living

I’m excited to share another fun LA with Kids today! We took a day trip to Oak Glen, California which is a scenic little town an hour and a half outside of Los Angeles. It’s nestled against the mountains and is home to the most charming apple orchards in SoCal. It’s the perfect fall day trip […]

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LA with Kids: Apple Picking in Oak Glen
Travel

This past weekend we took a trip up the coast to an area we love so much, Napa Valley. We’re pretty familiar with wine country since we visit our family there a few times every year. It’s always a treat to spend a few days in Napa, trying new wineries, restaurants and of course hitting […]

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Travel Diaries: Napa Valley
Living

Can you all believe itʼs September?! In honor of back-to-school we teamed up with Boden USA and took Romeo on a little educational “field-trip” to The Getty last week! Itʼs important to us that we immerse Romeo into art, culture and the fabulous surroundings we have access to here in Los Angeles. The Getty is […]

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Back-to-School with Boden and Mini Boden
Travel

 And now for Charleston part two… there were way too many pics for one post! As I’m writing this, I’m dreaming of the day we return with Romeo and family. While Zan and I explored the city we kept pointing things out that Romeo would love, especially the beach. We also tried to pack in […]

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Travel Diaries Charleston: Part Two
Travel

Charleston, Oh Charleston… we completely fell in love with you! If Romeo was with us on our trip, we might have never left. The charming city lived up to all of its expectations and more! We felt the Southern hospitality before we even left and it was present throughout our entire vacation. People are simply […]

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Travel Diaries Charleston: Part One and A Video
Living

Troutdale is a full service fishing park located off Kanan Road in Agoura Hills. We’ve driven past it many times and I couldn’t wait until Romeo was older to take him! It’s a perfect place to take kids fishing because you’ll most likely catch one and you have the pros on hand to help you if […]

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LA with Kids: Troutdale Fishing
Entertaining

On Saturday we celebrated Romeo’s 2nd birthday with his friends and family. I asked Romeo what he wanted at his party and he said “Balloons, BIG balloons, bubbles, balls, cake.” Easy enough for me! So with that, we created a little “Camp Romeo” with lots of balloons, balls and cake. The kids played with bubble […]

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Romeo’s 2nd Birthday & Milk + Bookies
Charming Friday Links

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all of you wonderful mamas!! Two years ago on May 13th, Mother’s Day, I became a very proud mother to a healthy, beautiful baby boy. Every day I’m honored, humbled and overwhelmed with joy to be Romeo’s mother. He is my light and my purpose in life. Happy Mother’s Day […]

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Charming Friday Links: Mother’s Day!
Living

This past weekend we paid a visit to one of our favorite farms just north of Los Angeles called Underwood Family Farms to go strawberry picking. Zan and I used to go before we had Romeo and we knew it would be the perfect place to take him on a sunny spring afternoon. This place […]

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LA with Kids: Underwood Family Farms
Travel

Zan and I spent the day exploring colorful Venice, California. Itʼs an artsy town with an abundance of chic cafes, diverse shops and quirky architecture. From the historic manmade Canals to the lively circus-like boardwalk, there is no shortage of interesting things to see in Venice. Comfy and chic in my Boden “Boho” boots, I was […]

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A Day in Venice
Living

Even though Santa Barbara is a little over an hour away and not in LA, I couldn’t resist sharing my favorite SoCal zoo on here. The Santa Barbara Zoo is totally worth the drive as it’s truly a very special zoo and perfect for children. It’s one of the most beautiful zoos in the world and […]

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LA With Kids: Santa Barbara Zoo
Living

Paradise Cove in Malibu has been a family favorite for years. It’s been our go-to spot for taking visiting guests for the past decade and it was also the first place we ventured to when Romeo was 5 days old. It truly feels like you’ve escaped to Hawaii or somewhere exotic for the day! It’s […]

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LA with Kids: Paradise Cove Malibu
Travel

We spent the holidays on the East Coast this year and made our way into NYC several times to explore and enjoy a few date nights. The day we took Romeo, it was sunny and 60 degrees outside! We made a quick stop at Levain, the best cookie shop in the city, and then walked […]

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Snippet of our NYC Trip
Living

I thought it would be magical to cut down our very own Christmas tree this year. It seemed so adventurous and a little glamorous too, kind of like glamping. So this year I made my family go to the adorable tree farm about 40 minutes from our house to cut down our tree. In my […]

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8 Reasons Why I Won’t Cut Down a Christmas Tree Ever Again…
Living

Ah, the spirit of the holidays is finally in the crisp air! We’ve proudly partnered with Campbell’s Homestyle Soup to celebrate the holidays and like most people, this is my favorite time of year! This video perfectly sums up what I love most about the holidays… cozy fires, delicious food and creating special memories with […]

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Home for the Holidays
Charming Friday Links

Thank God it’s Friday. I’m starting to see tiny glimpses of what everyone calls the terrible 2’s sneaking up on us and it’s not pretty. Yesterday I was in H&M trying to buy clothes for Romeo, the kid grows out of clothes before he even wears them, and he had a total freak out because […]

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Charming Friday Links
Charming Friday Links

Happy November 1st!! I hope you all had a spooktacular Halloween. Romeo did pretty well his first time trick-or-treating, but there are definitely some skills we need to work on like him not scooping handfuls of candy from the candy bowls or walking into people houses without being invited. Luckily he was dressed as a […]

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Charming Friday Links
Snippets of Life

* This giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who entered!!! You ALL rock! Congrats to our winner, Liz Piccione-Volger!! I’m super excited about today’s post for many, many reasons! First, we’re talking all sorts of baby stuff, which I don’t normally get to do! Diapers, milestones and toys, oh my. Second, we […]

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$200 Giveaway to Babies“R”Us with Pampers!
Travel

Here is a little Charming Travels video from our trip to New Orleans. I can’t take credit for this because my husband is crazy talented and would shoot little things as we went about our day. He edited it for me too! Oh the things this man does for me, haha! I’m very happy we […]

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Video: A Charming Trip to New Orleans
Travel

Last week Zan and I escaped to New Orleans for a few days. After hearing it has some of the best food, amazing jazz bars, baby alligators that you can hold and it’s Britney Spear’s home state, I knew I had to go ; ) We got  some delicious recommendations for restaurants from ex-New Orleaners, […]

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New Orleans Travel Diaries
Snippets of Life

Zan and I are spending a few days exploring New Orleans! We left the little man with my in-laws and we’re having blast diving into the incredible and very rich NOLA food world. ; ) Last night we dined at Cochon, hit up a few jazz clubs and relaxed with the best cocktails ever made […]

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Cheers from New Orleans!
Living

Sometimes I feel like I don’t share enough about the one person that brings me an immense amount of joy every single day. My passion is this site, creating and sharing simple ideas and ways to add charm to everyday life. But my true joy and happiness is this boy right here, my Romeo. Everything […]

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My Romeo
Snippets of Life

Hello charmers!  We’re coming to the end of August… can you believe?! Although, I love cherishing the last month of summer, I’m always happy and excited to embrace September! It’s when we begin conjuring up  festive recipes and DIYs for the holidays! It’s also when Starbucks brings back pumpkin spice lattes, ohhh yes. We have […]

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A Little Snippet of August
Be Inspired

We’re lucky to live fairly close to Santa Ynez wine country and we try to take full advantage of the gorgeous countryside and incredible  restaurants. My absolute favorite restaurant is Full of Life Flatbread in Los Alamos. I actually did a post about it here in 2011, but wanted to share the photos from our quick trip […]

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Full of Life Flatbread
Snippets of Life

Well my goodness, July flew right on by. Have you all noticed the Halloween and fall decor popping up in stores?! Of course it’s a tad too soon, but I have to admit, it makes me a little excited!  I wanted to write a little recap of July. It was a great month and I […]

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A Little Snippet of July
Travel

Last week I had the opportunity to attend BlogHer 2013 with Turning Leaf Wine  in the gorgeous city of Chicago. It was my first time attending BlogHer and touring Chi-town so I was extremely excited to go. I went on behalf of Turning Leaf, which was great because I was able to hang out in the […]

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Chicago with Turning Leaf Wine
Living

Today I’m turning 28! I’m an 80’s baby, 1985 to be exact. I graduated high school 10 years ago… silent pause. I was born in the wonderful era of big hair, neons and leotards… all trends that the fabulous Beyonce is keeping in style these days. I thought I’d just take a moment to walk down […]

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Looking back on 1985…
Snippets of Life

We took a mini road trip to my hometown, on the gorgeous coast in Northern Cali, to celebrate the 4th. We flew into Sacramento and then drove 7 hours to Crescent City. I must say it was extremely refreshing to unplug and unwind. I really didn’t even think about picking my phone up, except to […]

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Snippet of Life: Road Trip to Crescent City
Home

I thought I’d share a few before and after photos of what we’ve done so far with our new home. We still have a lot to do, but we’ve made a pretty good dent within the past four weeks! Here’s a list of what we’ve accomplished with the help of our amazing contractor, Jerry Siefert, […]

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The Ranch House Renovation Pictures
Snippets of Life

What a month we had in May! Looking back it was kind of a whirlwind, but so many exciting things happened! Here’s a little recap of the month… My little boy turned one! We celebrated in San Francisco the same weekend we celebrated my sister graduating from law school. Congrats to both, ha! Sugar and […]

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A Charming May Recap
Home

Exciting news! We finally closed on a house after looking for years! We took the advice of many people and looked for the crappiest house in a nice area we’ve been eyeing for a long time. So pretty much we overpaid for a fixer upper, ha! That’s California real estate for ya. But we’re happy […]

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We Bought a House!
Snippets of Life

My baby boy is one today! This past weekend, we were in San Francisco with my family for my sister Jessie’s graduation from law school, congrats Jessquire!! Since we were traveling, we held a simple, but sweet family birthday gathering at the very beautiful and historic Presidio Social Club. Although I couldn’t go all out […]

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Happy 1st Birthday Romeo
Snippets of Life

We took a last minute trip to Big Bear this past weekend to get some fresh, mountain air. It was very much needed and we were so lucky to have the most beautiful weather! We drank Mai Tais at B’s on the lake, went antique shopping and fed farm animals, haha! We also took Romeo […]

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A weekend trip to Big Bear
Snippets of Life

Romeo’s favorite book right now is Dear Zoo. He’s obsessed with the animals and pulling back the flaps to see what’s behind. He loves zoo animals so we thought it would be a cute age to actually show him the lions, tigers and bears… oh my! We took him to my favorite zoo in Santa Barbara, […]

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I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet…
Snippets of Life

My little boy is 10 and a half months! He is my active, sweet boy who is into everything and making cute little messes all over the house. He’s talking and saying about ten adorable words, including hola! A few weeks ago he looked me in the eyes, while I was putting him to sleep, […]

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10 month transformation of romeo
Travel

Paid a little visit to Miette… I’ll have a full post on this next week : )   Breakfast of champs… Our adventure continued in San Francisco with a visit to Plow for brunch, which was incredible! The lemon ricotta pancakes were the best I’ve ever had. I’m working on making my own! I loved […]

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San Francisco Part Two
Travel

We left our hearts in San Francisco and I fell even more in love with the stunning city. We had the most beautiful weather on Saturday and Sunday. We even went to the beach for a picnic… in SF! It was a great little get away for Zan and I. As soon as my mom […]

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San Francisco Part One
Snippets of Life

“love conquers all” – Virgil   Romeo would like to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day! We love all of you wonderful Sugar and Charm readers! Happy, happy luv day : )   P.S. That fauxhawk is getting a little ridiculous, but isn’t it still too early for a haircut?!

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luv you…
Travel

Read below for the best, quick Santa Ynez Wine Country guide!! Ah Santa Ynez Wine Country, we love you! Our weekend started off a little rocky after my mother-in-law, Romeo and I were in a pretty crazy car accident. It could have been a lot worse, so thank God no one was hurt, but my […]

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Snippet of Life: Santa Ynez Wine Country Guide
Snippets of Life

The local seafood on the island is conch, lobster and grouper. I took full advantage of ordering the delicious lobster for much cheaper than you can buy them in the US! We ate at Da Conch Shack, which was a funky little beach shack where they dived for the conch right off the shore! Somewhere is […]

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Snippet of Life: Turks and Caicos Part Two!
Travel

We spent Christmas in Turks and Caicos. I tried to bring a little holiday tradition to our villa and I made salted-caramel hot toddies Christmas morning. We also made a big Christmas breakfast and opened secret Santa gifts. I have to be honest, it felt like Christmas for about an hour and then we all […]

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Snippets of Life: Turks and Caicos
Entertaining

Whoo hooo! Happy 2013! I had the best night hosting a little New Year’s party with our close friend Todd. We served mini apple martinis, wine and champagne. Todd cooked the most amazing food, like spinach balls, bacon-wrapped dates, a delicious risotto and more. I set the table and did the florals and Zan set […]

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happy new year!
Snippets of Life

Merry Christmas!! Romeo had a good time opening his very first stocking… he got a mini starfish shovel for our trip to Turks and Caicos. I’m going to have so much fun filling his “Romeo” stocking for many years. This will be his stocking for the rest of his childhood and I can’t wait to […]

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a charming christmas to all
Snippets of Life

If you need a last minute personalized gift… here’s a great idea!   

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yolk case creations – personalized phone cases
Holidays

Is this what it looks like when your family gets together to capture a photo for a Christmas card? We took Romeo to the Christmas tree farm to snap a photo of him for our holiday cards. We were exhausted after about… two minutes. Although there were no tears, the child was covered in hay […]

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Behind the Scenes of a Christmas Card Photo Shoot
Snippets of Life

I am beyond grateful for those two boys above. They are the reason I strive to be a better person everyday. I feel so fortunate to have my little Romeo… he is quite the charmer already. The laugh he gives when I bite his tiny toes is the best sound in the entire world. I […]

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Grateful
Snippets of Life

Romeo is officially 6th months as of yesterday! We’ve been taking his photo on the 13th of every month and it’s amazing to see how much he’s grown, incredible! I’m going to use these pictures in his baby book. He already has two little teeth and he’s sitting up by himself! We’re enjoying every stage […]

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the six month transformation of romeo
Snippets of Life

Bethany’s Brilliant 30th Birthday was a blast. I threw in the “brilliant” because she graduated with her Ph.D this past spring, thus she’s somewhat brilliant ; ) We celebrated at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs with our sister Jessie and three of Bethany’s closest friends, one who has a great design blog filled with inspiring photos. […]

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bethany’s brilliant 30th
Holidays

Our second annual Halloween bash was a lot of fun! Toluca Lake didn’t disappoint… there were literally thousands of kids! I made Romeo’s chicken costume out of feather boas, hot glue and a onesie, but it turned out to be a little bit of a disaster… feathers were everywhere, all over his face and I […]

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second annual halloween bash
Snippets of Life

My little Romeo is growing up too fast. I cherish the nights when he lays on me sound asleep… it’s the best feeling in the world and I take a moment to look at how he’s grown and looking more and more like a little boy and less like my infant son. After I spend […]

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mommy and romeo
Travel

Last week Zan and I took a weekend trip sans the sweet baby boy : ) We both needed a little time together without having our attention diverted every few minutes! We missed the little guy so much, but it was nice having a free schedule to do whatever we wanted! It was a great […]

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Charming Travels to La Jolla
Snippets of Life

I’m getting excited to experience a new season with Romeo. So far he’s lived in onesies since the day we brought him home, due to the unreal hot summer we’ve had. The weather isn’t cooling off yet, but soon we’ll have some fall days to look forward to and some new outfits! I can finally […]

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romeo’s fall picks
Snippets of Life

Romeo had his first taste of food this past weekend! I made him pureed carrots with my Baby Bullet (yes, that’s me in the infomercial, don’t ask!) and so far I think he likes his mama’s cooking… whew! He kept wanting me to feed him more and would open his mouth before the “airplane” was even close! […]

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romeo’s first taste of food
Snippets of Life

Romeo and I went to Ohio to visit our family. I grew up going to Ohio every summer to visit my aunt, uncle and cousins and I have wonderful memories of my childhood there. It was a nice break from the city for both Romeo and me! We went apple picking, which was so amazing! […]

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snippets from ohio
Travel

In a few pics to the right are the yummy treat I mentioned yesterday. It’s called a Dirt Bomb muffin and people flock to the Cottage Bakery to taste it, then go home and try to figure out what the heck is in it. I think I might try that too. It’s pretty amazing. I […]

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Cape Cod Day Two
Travel

Okay I’m going to continue with our East Coast trip pics. Sorry if it gets old, but I have family members that read this blog too and you know they want to see the pics! Anyway, Cape Cod is stunning! We stayed in Brewster and it was everything I imagined it would be. I absolutely […]

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cape cod day one
Travel

We’re back from our East Coast trip to New York, New Jersey and Cape Cod. We had an amazing time and we’re already missing it. We stayed with Zan’s parents in the charming house he grew up in (pictured to the right). It was super sweet to have Romeo there for the first time and […]

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our charming east coast trip
Snippets of Life

We’re off to Cape Cod for a few days. I won’t be blogging until we get back, BUT I finally did it… after a year of holding off because I already have a Twitter and Facebook page… I thought why in the world would I add yet another social network into my schedule… but now […]

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okay I did it… finally
Snippets of Life

On Saturday, Romeo decided to take a flight to NYC, drive over the bridge and surprise his grammy with some chocolates for her 60th birthday! Since no one knew we were coming, we placed Romeo on the front door step with a box of See’s, rang the doorbell and then hid in the bushes next […]

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A 60th Birthday Surprise
Snippets of Life

What a busy weekend! We got back late last night after being on the road for 12 hours! A few of those hours were for selfish reasons as we had to make pit stops at a favorite winery and restaurant. The other hours spent in the car were for lovely California traffic. A trip from […]

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snippet of life: food, family and wine
Snippets of Life

Romeo turned three months yesterday! I can’t believe how big that old man is getting. During shooting, he fell over in slow motion and stayed there until we picked him up! We’re taking pictures of him in our turquoise chair (that I re-uplostered myself, I might add!) and it’s amazing to see his transformation within the last […]

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romeo turns three months
Living

Today is my 27th birthday… I’m 27… 27!!! Where has the time gone? I’ve been celebrating birthdays all weekend long. Zan watched Romeo on Friday night while I went out with my girlfriends for cocktails and dinner at the Fig and Olive. Then he treated my mother-in-law and me to a much needed massage and a […]

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snippets of my 27th birthday
Snippets of Life

Let me share what’s been going on in the Passante house this past week… Sweet baby Romeo has decided to give us some fussy days. Actually we’ve had a lot of these days lately, which makes it hard for me to get any work done! Doesn’t he know I have deadlines and things that need […]

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last few days in the passante house…
Snippets of Life

Happy Friday! Tomorrow I’m taking a Le Cordon Bleu cookie and confections class! I’ve been waiting for this for months so I’m very excited! I’ll share some tips and techniques I learn with you all! Also, if you want to see what’s in the diaper bag of the guy below click here! Thank you On to Baby for […]

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on to baby
Snippets of Life

On Sunday we took a day trip to Santa Barbara. Zan and I are famous amongst our friends for our day trips. Before Romeo was born we would drive somewhere every weekend to get out of the city and enjoy the quaintness of smaller towns. In my opinion Santa Barbara is one of the most […]

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day trippin’ to santa barbara
Snippets of Life

Last week a few snippets of Romeo’s room were featured on Apartment Therapy. I wanted to post a few more here and explain the creepy deer, haha!! I happen to LOVE the deer decals! I actually saw them about a year ago and really wanted to use them in some way. Then when I was planning […]

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romeo’s room on apartment therapy
Snippets of Life

We had a great 4th this year celebrating with friends and a pool party. Romeo slept through most of it, which gave Zan and I a nice little break to enjoy the weather, company, good food and some cocktails. Next year I’m sure Romeo will be running around and I’ll be chasing him everywhere! I […]

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snippets from the 4th
Snippets of Life

These photos were taken when Romeo was two weeks old. Looking at them convey so many sweet memories of those first few weeks with him. All of the exciting and overwhelming joys of when our family of two became a family of three. It was an emotional two weeks for us… I could cry just […]

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Photos I Will Always Cherish
Snippets of Life

Happy Father’s day to all of you hardworking daddies out there. Happy Father’s Day to my dad who is the most genuinely giving and smartest man on earth! He will do anything for his children and has always been there for us. I wouldn’t be who I am today without him. Words can’t express my […]

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happy daddy’s day
Living

Here are a few snippets of life the past few weeks… Of course these are the good snippets, not the ones of me in my pj’s until 11am or me trying to rock Romeo to sleep after he’s been up for over an hour!! I’ll just show you all the good stuff! I’ve spent a […]

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a little snippet of life
Snippets of Life

Romeo has brought Zan and I so much joy and filled our hearts with the most amazing love. It’s been a surreal experience with tears of excitement but also exhaustion. The first week was hard for me… My life had changed so much in just twenty-five hours. Everyone told me that having a baby is […]

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the first week with my baby elephant
Snippets of Life

Five days after Romeo was born, I was so ready to get out of the house and into the sun. I don’t think anyone can prepare you for what it’s like to bring home an infant. There are no words for the joy, as well as the exhaustion and adjustment… I’ll write more about that […]

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romeo’s first beach day
Snippets of Life

My little prince is here! He was born on Sunday and was the best Mother’s Day gift I could ever imagine. Zan and I are madly in love with him! His birth was very l-o-n-g, but worth every second once I first laid eyes on him. We’ve been adjusting to life at home with the […]

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little prince
Snippets of Life

Since we are in the stage of “waiting for baby” we decided to stick close to home this weekend. We started Saturday morning off going to the Trails in Griffith Park. It’s a little outdoor cafe that has delicious baked goods, coffee and some lunch items. You can take a walk around the beautiful park and then […]

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waiting for baby
Snippets of Life

Being pregnant has been a wonderful experience for me and Zan. The first 12 weeks were the hardest because I was completely exhausted and I wondered why people loved being pregnant! It wasn’t until the second trimester when I could see my belly grow, and feel the little life inside me, that I realized it […]

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the final weeks
Snippets of Life

My Au Chocolat themed baby shower was last Saturday! My sisters and two best friends pitched in to host the shower and they did such an amazing job! They worked so hard putting my crazy little details together to make it the most memorable baby shower I could ever ask for : ) We had […]

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Snippet of Life: Au Chocolat Baby Shower
Snippets of Life

I had to post this because it gave me and Zan some reeeeally good laughs, actually I laughed so hard I thought it might send me into labor! I keep asking the little man inside me, “Hey, what do you look like?! Do you have hair? Are you chubby? Do you look like daddy?” The […]

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what will baby P look like
Snippets of Life

I am 32 weeks pregnant today! The 8 week countdown has begun and time is flying by. We’re getting so anxious to meet our little man, to see what he looks like and to endlessly snuggle him. Now that he’s strong enough to kick bulges in my stomach (ouch!), I like to sit on the […]

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baby bump 32 weeks
Travel

Zan and I went “glamping” this weekend… Yes, camping, but “glamorous” camping, it’s glamping! ; ) We went up to El Capitan Canyon to celebrate Zan’s birthday weekend. The campground is located across from the beach, north of Santa Barbara and it’s incredibly beautiful! We stayed in an adorable little cabin that sat next to a creek. […]

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Snippet of Life: Glamping for Zan’s Birthday
Snippets of Life

We took a quick trip up to San Francisco this past weekend to take my mom out to dinner for her 60th birthday. Zan made reservations at Wayfare Tavern, Tyler Florence’s restaurant, and it was SO delicious! Seriously, for dessert we had a chocolate, Devil’s Food Cake, salted-caramel pie, haha!! It was a great experience and […]

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Snippet of Life: Quick Trip to San Francisco
Living

Happy Valentine’s Day to the man who makes me smile everyday… You’re truly the best Zan and I can’t imagine life without you. Thank you for being my Valentine for the past nine years and making my life so special. xoxo   These photos were taken before we got married!! Also, check out my Style […]

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snippet of life: happy valentine’s day
Living

We hit a new stage in my pregnancy… it’s called “throw a party in my mom’s belly while she sleeps” stage. As soon as I lay down to rest (and I’m sure this is with all babies!) baby boy decides it’s time to kick, punch and throw his hands up. It feels like fireworks going […]

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snippet of life: I’ve got a kicker
Living

20 traits I  wish for my baby boy… Honorable, Benevolent, Trusting, Faithful, Humble, Humorous, Respectful, Well-Mannered, Ambitious, Appreciative, Wise, Confident, Explorer, Kind, Accepting, Genuine, Merry, Creative, Gracious and Charming. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but the most important thing in my life is to make sure you grow up to be all […]

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baby bump and traits for baby boy
Snippets of Life

Zan’s been working a lot lately, so this past weekend we wanted to chill out in a few of our favorite places… Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez. We ate at a local deli in SB and then headed to Santa Ynez for cupcakes. In Los Olivos we passed an old church and thought it was a great place […]

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snippet of life: a relaxing day in santa ynez
Living

Merry Christmas! This is the holiday card we sent out to our friends and family via Paperless Post.  I’m hoping to fit in one more cookie recipe with you all tomorrow before Christmas is here!! Can you believe it? Now that my shopping and running around is done, I’m excited to fill these next few days […]

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2011 Holiday Card
Living

Dear Baby Boy, We were both shocked when the doctor pointed out to us that we are expecting a boy! Your dad was especially taken back because I had it in my mind that we were having a girl and I guess I was very convincing to him, ha! But you threw us all for […]

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snippet of life: a letter to my baby
Living

I was going to put some photos of Thanksgiving Day up, but I realized I don’t have that many! We were so busy working away that we didn’t snap away! I do have a few shots of my siblings that Zan took while we were outside playing in the snow. We like to have snow […]

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Snippet of Life: Snow Day
Living

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! We had a weekend full of celebration and milestones! My family rented a cabin in Tahoe, so Zan and I did a little (eight hour!) road trip up the state of California ; ) We LOVE road trips and being in a car with Zan for […]

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Snippet of Life: Tahoe Road Trip from My iphone
Living

Today is my and Zan’s anniversary! Three years ago (feels like yesterday!) we got married on the beach in Malibu in an intimate ceremony of fifty friends and family members. It was truly everything I had imagined for my wedding day… the weather was beautiful (75 degrees on the beach) and as we sealed our vows with […]

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snippet of life: three year anniversary
Living

Yep, the title says it all… Zan and I expecting a little baby spring 2012! We’re thrilled and still can’t believe we’re going to have a little one hanging with us for the REST OF OUR LIVES, haha! But after 9 years together and 3 years married we’ve had our time to wine, dine and […]

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Snippet of Life: Oh Baby
Living

I have never seen so many tricker-or-treaters in my Halloween life! We threw a small get-together at a friend’s house in Toluca Lake. I’ve always heard it gets crazy there, but once I saw a bus of people being dropped off, I knew we were in for an interesting night. We had to take shifts […]

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snippet of life: halloween 2011
Snippets of Life

I had the most incredible opportunity (thanks to my husband : )) to take a pie making class from Kate McDermott herself! I have to say, this was an amazing experience and I feel like I gained 30 years of knowledge in a 6 hour class… it was worth every penny. Kate is beyond brilliant at what […]

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the art of pie
Living

Hi Charmers! I hope you all had a great weekend. Thank you so much for entering the Wine Country Giveaway! If you haven’t, you still have today and tomorrow, so hurry! Zan and I went to the pumpkin patch/fall festival over the weekend. The weather was gorgeous and we were able to enjoy the beautiful colors […]

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snippet of life: fall festival
Travel

I took a small break from the blogosphere while my in-laws were in town visiting. We decided last minute to drive up north to one of my favorite little towns, Paso Robles. We managed to fit in Malibu, Cambria, Paso, Ojai, Ventura, Morro Bay and a few other towns in one week! It was awesome! […]

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snippet of life: weekend in paso
Snippets of Life

Here are a few photos I’ve taken on my iPhone in the past few weeks! Maybe they’ll inspire you to drink a milkshake, haha! There is a company called Printstagram that will print tiny picture books of Instagram iPhone pictures, cool right?! Anyway, I’m also taking a poll on Sugar and Charm’s Facebook page today to find out what […]

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snippet of life: iphone pics
Travel

Costa Rica was one of the best traveling experiences for me and Zanny. We first stayed in Montezuma, which is a hip little beach town on the Nicoya Peninsula. We did most of our adventure activities there – like atv’s, zip-lining, hiking, refuges, etc. The hotel we stayed at, Ylang Ylang, was like a second […]

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Snippet of Life: Costa Rica Part Two
Travel

Wow, Costa Rica is more than I expected it to be! Full of adventure, wonderful people, amazing wildlife, nature and good food and drinks. Honestly, we’ve had so many amazing experiences (500 pictures to go along with them) so far and we’re only half way through our trip! It wasn’t a breeze getting here… we […]

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Snippet of Life: Costa Rica Part One
Snippets of Life

I had a wonderful birthday weekend visiting my family! We celebrated just the way I like it with delicious food, shopping, the movie Bridesmaids (ha-larious!), cakes (yes plural) and today we’re going to the craziest amusement park ever! I also had the honor of being here to sponsor my Goddaughter’s baptism! This is my first time being a Godmother […]

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snippet of life: from my iphone
Snippets of Life

I wanted to share a few photos from our weekend 😉 Since we won’t be together this weekend or the weekend after, we decided to make this a very special one. On Friday night we went to downtown LA and ate at Mas Malo which was pretty good, especially their chewy chips! Then we headed to a really […]

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snippet of life: mini-recap of our weekend
Snippets of Life

This past weekend Zan and I did not avoid Carmageddon, we actually did the opposite and drove to Ojai for a picnic! The roads were amazingly clear and it was the best feeling, haha! Ojai is simply gorgeous and they have beautiful parks and trails to enjoy during the day. We stopped by a natural […]

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Snippet of Life: Summer Picnic
Snippets of Life

Sonoma knows how to throw one big 4th of July bash… and they have llamas in their parade, how funny is that?! I got to spend the weekend with my cousin, who I’ve grown up with… I mean I literally shared a crib with her when we would visit my grandparents’ house! Zan and I are so […]

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snippet of life: 4th of july!
Snippets of Life

Zan and I took a trip to the strawberry farm last weekend and picked fresh berries to make a strawberry pie with. I cherish being close to a farm where we can pick our own fresh fruit. Hope to have my OWN fruit trees and berry bushes one day that will grow an abundance of […]

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snippet of life: picking strawberries at the farm
Travel

Yup, that’s right… we went to a drive-in and it was awesome! Okay, the sound was a little staticky and it was in the middle of an industrial parking lot, but hey I’m down if this is all we have left of the drive-in era. I actually grew up going to a drive-in theater because […]

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snippet of life: meet me at the drive-in
Snippets of Life

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend… Summer is officially here! Bring on the nice weather and margaritas! I’m looking forward to the upcoming weddings and summer adventures we have planned! It always goes by too fast, but we try to enjoy every minute of it ; ) I wanted to […]

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snippet of life: iphone inspiration photos
Travel

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and Easter! On Saturday Zan and I headed to the Renaissance Fair to check out the shows, food and “renaissance people” walking around. It was actually pretty amusing and intriguing to see people dressed in costume, spinning yarn and hammering metal. They take it very seriously too… talking […]

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snippet of life: renaissance fair
Travel

Zan and I had an excellent weekend! A little antique shopping (I picked up a yellow cake stand and a really old sugar sack!), hanging with friends and a nice visit to one of my favorite restaurants in Los Alamos, California, called Full of Life Flatbread. You wouldn’t know one of the best restaurants is located […]

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snippet of life: full of life flatbread!
Snippets of Life

One of my favorite photographers Jose Villa, who I blog about often, just published his firstbook! Zan and I went to his release party last night and had such a wonderful time! Beautiful photography, cupcakes, an open bar, a photo booth, and the Flying Pig… what more could you want? Jose’s photos are spectacular… he is truly one of the […]

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snippet of life: book release party
Snippets of Life

It was Zan’s birthday on Sunday and we celebrated all weekend long! On Saturday we decided to explore an area we both haven’t seen, Joshua Tree National Park. We hiked and drove through the dessert while we oohed and ahhed at the little Joshua Trees and giant rocks. It was a GORGEOUS day and we […]

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snippet of life: it’s a birthday
Snippets of Life

div> One of the best parts about living in Los Angeles is getting to leave Los Angeles… on day trips! So this past weekend we took my friend, who’s visiting, to wine country in Santa Ynez. We went to our favorite Italian restaurant Grappolo (seriously AMAZING food – try the butternut squash tortelloni!) and to a few […]

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snippet of life: a day in wine country
Living

While in New York, I had the exciting opportunity to meet with gracious and talented Alanna Stang, the executive editor of Martha Stewart Living. I was able to tour the space where the hard work and magic happens for each issue of Martha Stewart Living. The creative office takes up the entire 9th floor of […]

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Lunch with Alanna Stang at Martha Stewart Living
Entertaining

Sorry I’ve been a little laggin’ on the bloggin’! I’ve been on the East Coast visiting with family and planning a 60th birthday party for my father-in-law! We had delicious food catered and plenty of wine and vintage sodas to go around! I made some personal details, printed old photos of the birthday man and […]

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60th birthday party
Travel

Zanny and I went up to Ojai for a some good’ole R&R. We often drive to this little restaurant, Boccali’s,  to enjoy the fresh air and the wonderful weather. It’s nestled in orange groves and surrounded by breathtaking views of the Ojai mountains. All of the produce they serve is fresh from their farm right […]

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snippet of life: beautiful saturday in Ojai
Snippets of Life

I have to say that I truly believe I grew up in one of the most gorgeous towns in our country. Actually, Crescent City was rated by Forbes as one of America’s Prettiest Small Towns! As a kid, growing up here, I definitely took the beauty for granted. I appreciate it more now than I ever […]

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Snippet of Life: Home Sweet Home
Living

Zan and I had the best time chillin’ in Palm Springs at one of my favorite hotels, the Ace. When we got there, Joe at the Ace was kind enough to bump us up to a beautiful, one-bedroom suite! We sat by the pool, had lunch, drinks and just hung out… The Ace is seriously a […]

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snippet of life: a sweet two-year anniversary!
Snippets of Life

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween! Zan and I are laying low tonight, handing out candy with our best friends and their angel babies ; ) We had a late-night (early morning) Halloween soiree yesterday and I’m ready to relax! Zan dressed up as an Amish rapper, haha. He even flowed with a […]

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snippet of life: happy halloween!
Snippets of Life

Every year I host a Halloween and pumpkin carving night for Zan and me, haha! We head to the pumpkin patch to pick out the “best” looking pumpkin, cook a fall meal and carve! The menu this year was apple and brie quesadillas, butternut squash soup, sundaes and chocolate chip cookies! The quesadillas were so […]

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Snippet of Life: Night of Pumpkin Carving
Snippets of Life

 Happy Friday to all and Happy 25th Birthday to mi vida, mi Eden!! Some of you know me as the hubby that helps Eden on some of her perilous adventures in events and blogging and others know me as the voice of Alf, the lovable, fuzzy alien on the popular 80’s sitcom. Okay, I totally […]

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Snippet of Life: Happy Birthday Eden! A Quarter Decade of Pure Sweetness – A Guest Post by Zan

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