A White Christmas

Growing up, I have such fond memories of watching White Christmas almost every Christmas Eve or Christmas Day when all of my extended family got together to celebrate.  I think that the movie was probably put on to intrigue us kids into settling down, but somehow none of us did very well with the whole […]

Boston for the Holidays

It feels longer ago than I wish that it did.  The snow, the cold, that freezing wind, and truly just the magic of being in Boston for Christmas.  While California doesn’t do a horrible job in terms of decorating and celebrating the holidays, because the weather is most likely hovering somewhere around 70°, for this […]

Finding Joy

It was one of those days where I started reading a blog post, and then I followed a link to a related article, and then I followed another link from that article to a different article, and then I followed a link from that article to another article.  And pretty much before I knew it, […]

The Year of the Recipe

Over the years, I have amassed quite the list of recipes from our travels to cook at home.  Some are recipes that I have been inspired to recreate and some are recipes that I have received.  But sadly, most have gone unmade.  Yep, even though I cook at home most nights of the week, I […]

A Grateful Heart

I was recently reading something about gratitude (but please don’t ask me what, because I can’t remember for the life of me), and it suggested the idea that gratitude is not just about giving vocal thanks, but that true gratitude is being content in the present.  Not using your energy to look back, not thinking […]

Procrastination

As we’re starting to edge towards the New Year, new goals for what I want to accomplish are starting to creep forward in my mind.  And something that keeps passing through, but something that I would prefer to keep ignoring, is my longtime battle with mild procrastination. In most ways, I am not a procrastinator.  […]

Split Pea Soup

There is just something about eating soup during the Winter that feels so right.  That whole, come in from outside and warm yourself up with a bowl of hot soup, really feels like the hallmark of Winter eating.  Well, unless you live in San Diego that is, and lately your version of cold and Winter […]

Our Christmas Tradition

As a kid, the anticipation of Christmas morning and running down the stairs to find the Christmas tree piled high with presents from Santa was almost unbearable.  For me, there was (and still is) just something about Christmas morning that made everything feel so magical.  And so as adults, Ryan and I really wanted to continue […]

Christmas Fettuccine

It’s hard for me to choose favorites when it comes to holiday movies (mostly because I love them all!), but if I had to make a short list, the Holiday would definitely be on it.  There’s just something about that cheesy plot of switching homes, the British accents, the Hans Zimmer score (we’re music nerds […]

Skincare SOS

When it comes to skincare, I’ve always been pretty basic – wash, moisturize, sunscreen, repeat.  I’ve stuck with the same brands and products for as long as they have worked for me, and I’ve never been one to buy into fads or overly-pricey items with lofty claims.  Just plain and simple has seemed to be […]