Travel
When you’re on a cruise and you stop in a city for 8 hours you really have to make a plan and narrow down what you want to do and see. On our
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Bikini Berlin
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We visited Stockholm’s Rosendals Trädgård during our stop with Princess Cruises. The must-see site is a beautiful garden filled with flowers, plants, vegetables and fruits they harvest, that are then used in the adorable garden
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Stockholm’s Rosendals Trädgård
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This year we are bringing some alternative dessert recipes to Sugar and Charm, as well as our traditional sweets. I think it’s so important in life to find a healthy balance when it
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In the Mix with Moon Juice
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I couldn’t let this season fly by without a trip to the snow! We’re not avid skiers, so I figured Yosemite would have the perfect balance of snow, nature and the most stunning
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Charming Travels: Yosemite with Kids
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Mr. Holmes came to LA, yay! And we went In the Mix with the super eccentric bakery that serves up cruffins (just picture if a croissant and muffin had a baby) and also happens to
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In the Mix with Mr. Holmes Bakery
Travel
If you’re traveling to Los Angeles, Malibu is one of our favorite places to spend the afternoon. Last week we checked out Malibu Farm, which has a fantastic waterfront view! I love the
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Malibu Farm
Eats & Drinks
This post was sponsored by Benihana. All opinions are my own.  We had such a blast participating in Benihana’s Be the Chef Program, that we decided to go back to try out some of
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Benihana Food & Beer Pairings
Entertaining
This post was sponsored by Benihana. All opinions expressed are my own. If there’s one place I absolutely love going  for dinner, it’s Benihana. Not only because the food is delicious, but also because
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Be the Chef Training Program with Benihana
Living
A few months ago we traveled to Marseille, France. We were there for the day, exploring the city on one of our stops with Princess Cruises! You can see more of our
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The Tradition of Making Savon de Marseille Soap
Entertaining
One of my favorite magazines for years has been Sunset! It’s consistently full of new and adventurous content from travel to home and it’s always a great source of inspiration. So when they invited us to
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Camp Sunset with Sunset Magazine!
Travel
"Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto" is the famous quote I think of when I reminisce about our time in Italy! It means "Eat well, laugh often, love much," and it perfectly
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Charming Travels: My 10 Favorite Things About Italy
Travel
 Before you hit the surf and sand this summer, check out these 11 chic beach essentials to help make your beach trip smoother and a little more charming! For us, we practically live
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Don’t Forget these 11 Chic Beach Essentials!
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 I'm excited to share more photos from our charming travels trip to Spain and Gibraltar on Princess Cruises! It's always been a dream of ours to visit Spain and although we spent only
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Charming Travels: Spain and Gibraltar
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
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A Charming Beach Outing!
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
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Charming Travels to Marseille and Cassis France
Travel
Zan and I are heading on a Mediterranean cruise with Princess soon and I'm SO excited to explore Barcelona, Tuscany, Rome and other beautiful European cities and countries we haven't been to yet!! We went
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Packing for the Mediterranean Sea!
Travel
First, let's all just gawk at the decor of this place?! It's GORGEOUS!! Designed by the brilliant Kelly Wrestler, Viviane is a gorgeous Mid-Century gem located inside the Avalon Hotel in Beverly
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In the Mix: Viviane Beverly Hills
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
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Charming Travels: London!
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I honestly love doughnuts. I don't just post about them and pretend to like them... I really do love and eat them. I first tried Sidecar Doughnuts while waiting for an appointment
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In the Mix with Sidecar Doughnuts
Travel
 "But first, coffee"... it's all over Alfred's walls, cups and retail items and we love it. Alfred's is definitely one of the best coffee shops in Los Angeles. Not only do they have a
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In the Mix with Alfred Coffee
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
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Charming Travels: Stowe Vermont
Travel
I wholeheartedly appreciate a well-designed, artisan coffee shop! I will admit, I've become a total coffee snob... it probably started with my second job ever, as a barista. I had just turned
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In the Mix: The Assembly West Hollywood
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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
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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
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Coming Home to Sonoma with Fortessa
Travel
A few months ago, I took a 13-hour direct flight to visit Zurich, Switzerland. I was there for 72 hours and it was such a wonderful experience! You can see more about that
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Charming Flight Essentials
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We stopped by the very colorful and absolutely delicious ICDC to chat with co-owner and pastry chef, Mariah Swan! They're serving up 3 of our favorite things - ice cream, donuts and coffee!
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In the Mix with ICDC
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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
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A Charming Astoria Oregon Wedding
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I've watched Willy Wonka more times than I would like to tell you and my childhood dream was to be a chocolatier... not surprising, right? In my early twenties, I actually thought
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In the Mix with Compartes Chocolate
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
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Charming Travels: Zürich Switzerland
Travel
Every year, as summer comes to an end, we love soaking up the last few weeks by hitting the mountains or a camping trip to El Capitan. We rent a cabin, cook over
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Charming Camping Essentials
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Tomorrow I'm on a plane to Zurich, Switzerland! The last time I was in Europe, I was 16 so I'm thrilled to be able to explore the beautiful city of Zurich! Before traveling
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Charming Facts about Zurich
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
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California Road Trip with Nature Box
Travel
If there's one thing we've had a lot of, it's ice cream... but definitely not flavors like green corn tamale, peking duck and bratwurst and mustard ice cream!! Those are just a few
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In the Mix with Salt & Straw!
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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!
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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
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Charming Travels: Aboard The Ruby Princess
Travel
A few weeks ago, for our latest Charming Travels, Zan and I had the pleasure of joining Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess on the most amazing cruise to Alaska!! I can’t even begin to tell
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Charming Travels: Alaska Video
Travel
We're gearing up for summer with travel plans, beach trips and much needed family time and with all of the traveling we’ll be doing, I wanted to share this travel safety video Air
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Travel Air New Zealand
Travel
We have been long time fans of Jeni's over here at Sugar and Charm, stopping in for scoops in Charleston (see that in
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In the Mix: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream LA
Travel
Ojai, California has been a mini-travel destination for us over the past 7 years! Aside from having a history of
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Charming Travels: What to do in Ojai
Travel
We heard it through the grapevine that Créme Caramel LA is a MUST try bakery tucked away in the valley. It's a quaint space serving up some of the most delicious desserts in
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In the Mix: Créme Caramel LA
Travel
We're In the Mix with California Donuts today! A very cool and retro donut shop that's been serving up creatively delicious donuts to Angelinos since 1982! What really drew me to this awesome
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In the Mix with California Donuts
Travel
To celebrate the New Year we spent 10 days in Maui with my wonderful and crazy family. We have a tradition that every other year we choose a different destination to explore and
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Charming Travels: Maui + a Video
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
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Charming Travels: Chicago
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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
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The Albright Santa Monica
Travel
A few years ago Zan and I spent two weeks in beautiful Costa Rica. We traveled throughout the country, enjoying everything from the city and serene beaches to the incredibly lush mountains and
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Touching Video on Direct Trade Coffee
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
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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
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Back-to-School with Boden and Mini Boden
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Ready for a full on ice cream explosion?! We're In the Mix with Los Angeles's popular ice cream shop, Sweet Rose Creamery! I was impressed not only with how incredibly tasty
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In the Mix with Sweet Rose Creamery
Travel
I'm very excited to share 'Lette Macarons on Sugar and Charm today! I was thrilled when they invited us to check out their gorgeous boutique in the Larchmont Village area of LA. The
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In The Mix with ‘Lette Macarons
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
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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
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Travel Diaries Charleston: Part One and A Video
Travel
[gallery royalslider="1" ids="8397,8395,8392,8396,8401,8394,8402,8398,8399,8404,8400,8403"] This post brings me back to an old post I wrote in 2010 titled If I owned a candy store and I think it's safe to say I have a small candy addiction. When
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In the Mix with Sugarfina
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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
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A Day in Venice
Travel
Today I'm on a sugar high because we're In the Mix with Brown Butter Cookie Company! When sisters Traci and Christa started getting more attention for the cookies in their small Central
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In the Mix With Brown Butter Cookie Company
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
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Snippet of our NYC Trip
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
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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
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New Orleans Travel Diaries
Travel
[slideshow_deploy id='4068']There's no doubt about it, Zan and I are enamored with good food and we love that our city provides us with such a wide variety of incredible restaurants, culture and chic
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Amazing Los Angeles Food Blogs
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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
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Chicago with Turning Leaf Wine
Travel
How many times have you daydreamed about moving to a tropical beach, far away from the hustle of everyday life to open a tiny beach bar? For me, it's a bakery. Somewhere to
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Daydreaming
Travel
Happy Monday! Thought I would keep the weekend alive by bringing a little virtual Malibu to your computer! We did a Malibu travel guide for Style Me Pretty Living last week. It's full
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Travel to Malibu
Travel
I heard whispers around town that Proof Bakery is incredible and that I must try it. So one early morning, I took my friend Kim (who snapped the lovely photos) down to check
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In the Mix with Proof Bakery
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I'm definitely a glamper! Zan and I went "glamping" at El Capitan last May and if you're in Southern California I highly recommend it! It's an idyllic camping spot next to the ocean,
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Are you a Camper or a Glamper?
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I discovered Deluscious Cookies when I was working at the W Hollywood Residences. I was making gift bags for an event and we dropped one of the most amazing, individually wrapped cookies
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In the Mix with Deluscious Cookies + Milk
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  Flavors like Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, Earl Gray and Guinness are  what grabbed my attention when reading about this charming ice cream shop that had just opened a new location on Third Street
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In the Mix with Carmela Ice Cream
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When we were in San Francisco, we paid a visit and went In the Mix with Miette! Being a fan of the charming Miette cookbook, it was on my list to visit the
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In the Mix with Miette San Francisco
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This week we’re In the Mix and tasting some sweet treats with The Hart and The Hunter.  This uber trendy restaurant located in the Palihouse Hotel, Melrose is not only cooking up some
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In the Mix with The Hart and the Hunter
Travel
We're starting a fantastic new series here on Sugar and Charm. I better invest in a treadmill because we're going "In the Mix" with best bakeries, sweet shops and little cafes around Los
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In the Mix with Short Cake
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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
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San Francisco Part Two
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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
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San Francisco Part One
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
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Snippet of Life: Santa Ynez Wine Country Guide
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We spent Christmas in Turks and Caicos. I tried to bring a little holiday tradition to our
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Snippets of Life: Turks and Caicos
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
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Charming Travels to La Jolla
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
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Cape Cod Day Two
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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
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cape cod day one
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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
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our charming east coast trip
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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
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Snippet of Life: Glamping for Zan’s Birthday
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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
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snippet of life: weekend in paso
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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
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Snippet of Life: Costa Rica Part Two
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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
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Snippet of Life: Costa Rica Part One
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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
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snippet of life: meet me at the drive-in
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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
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snippet of life: renaissance fair
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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
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snippet of life: full of life flatbread!
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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
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snippet of life: beautiful saturday in Ojai

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