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 […]

Parisian Tomato Salad

The truth of the matter is, I had a pretty glamorized idea about how this was all going to go down.  I mean, in my head, this recipe is really pretty simple and straightforward.  So I really didn’t think that I would need that many cracks at testing this before sharing it with you guys.  […]

Travel Savvy Gift Guide

With all of the traveling that we’ve done recently, we have really had some good opportunities to test out a bunch of different travel products (and there are a lot out there!).  At this point, we feel like we have weeded through the good and the bad, and figured out what products help to streamline […]

the Windy City

As I have mentioned before, a lot of the traveling that Ryan and I have done has been very scheduled.  And what I mean by scheduled, is that I have very meticulously planned out our itinerary (sometimes practically to the minute).  While knowing what we have planned for the day, and knowing that everything is […]