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Exploring your Neighborhood

We love going to the beach whenever we have a free day. Our kids all have wetsuits and boogie boards and can spend the whole day in the surf. Since we had President’s Day off we did a spur of the moment overnight with cousins at the beach. We spent the day going on rides at the Boardwalk. The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is a great place to visit. Most of the time we park up the hill to save on the parking fees ($10). It can be a bit expensive between rides, parking and food, but in the summer there are great discounts, $1 rides and hot dogs plus bands, circus performers and movies that are free depending on the day. Check their website for deals and calendar info. You can also eat cheaper and better across the street so don’t hesitate to try something there or on the wharf. We stayed at a really nice hotel that just opened up, Hotel Paradox. It’s kind of got a hipster vibe, lots of natural wood and cool nature photography. The kids spent all their free time in the pool and hot tub and we enjoyed Happy Hour appetizers. The next day we decided to go the The Mystery Spot. I think the last time I visited was 30 years ago. There used to be a similar attraction at Frontier Village in San Jose. It’s a lot of fun and I thought pretty reasonably priced. $5 admission per person and $5 for parking. It’s about a 45 minute tour and you can also go on hiking trails to explore the redwoods....

surf's up!

I know it is winter and in some places there is snow on the ground but here in Northern California old man winter has taken a break. I am totally okay with having 75 degree winter days, no complaints here. It’s fun to hit the parks and beaches and not worry about mud. The dogs can go in and out without tracking mud into the house or car and the kids can play soccer to their hearts delight! In honor of our sunny winter I thought I would show off some of our design collections that are directly inspired but sunny California. And I don’t want to give away our ages but you can tell we grew up in the...

beach wedding ideas

This month my family traveled to beautiful Lake Tahoe to attend my brother’s destination wedding. They were married on the beach at 5:30. It was a beautiful ceremony and the setting was fantastic. My brother wore a khaki suit instead of traditional black and I have to say for an outdoor wedding it was perfect. It was nice not to have the harshness of black with my new sister-in-laws white dress. Don’t get me wrong I love black and wear it daily but the khaki white combo really rocked. As my mother-in-law says I now have a new sister-in-LOVE and a sweet as can be new niece. I think she hugged and kissed me the first day we met! I designed their wedding invitations and accompanying pieces based on the flowers that would be decorating the wedding. We went with a turquoise and orange theme for everything. My sister-in-law made really pretty beachy candles that were given to each of the guests in a bag with a hang tag. They also had a photo booth at their wedding, which was a huge hit. The booth took four fun photos and they would print two copies out one to keep and one to make a scrapbook page for the bride and groom, brilliant!! All in all it was a wonderful evening. Although the guests may have wished for my brother to keep his shirt on the whole evening but I guess an open bar and peer-pressure friends got the best of...