The Little Things     


|the oldest windmill farm in the US, which means you’re getting very close to vacation|

Andrew and I spent the week in Palm Springs. I love that Palm Springs is just two hours away. It makes getting away and getting back home so much easier. Usually when we get home from a vacation we’re completely exhausted and we leave our suitcases full for days and live out of random clothes for weeks.  But last night we unpacked everything and even did all our laundry. It felt so good to get home with a little energy, unpack and then relax with our favorite pups.  I love vacations, but equally love coming home especially the puppy welcome party.


|exploring the grounds at The Parker|

 

|with 114° heat an iced Koffi is a must|


|hubby and I still celebrating our anniversary with a dinner at Ruth’s Chris|

|gorgeous nightly sunsets|

The Parker Palm Springs


The Parker was designed by Jonathon Adler and is the chicest hotel in Palm Springs.  We explored the whole grounds and we’re already planning a trip back to stay at The Parker. I can only imagine grabbing a drink from the dark green mini bar and sitting in the awesome lobby.  Oh, and the spa.  Oh man. The spa is a DREAM.

Norma’s for breakfast is the way to go if you can’t stay at The Parker. First off, they greet you with a smoothie shooter. Yes, please. Everything we tried was delicious, from the traditional or upstream (with salmon) eggs benedict to the scrambled eggs and bacon breakfast quesadilla. All delicious.

The hotel grounds has several games, which makes this hotel right up Andrew and my alley. They have pétanque, giant chess, and ping pong. We’re always up for a little friendly (not always) competition.

Also please check out their website and visit their pages (spa, dine, rooms…). They have videos describing the hotel and they are so incredibly random and entertaining.

IMG_6812 IMG_6810 IMG_6894 |the mini bar|
IMG_6828 |norma’s|
IMG_6827 |traditional eggs benedict|
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IMG_6875 |THE spa|
IMG_6873 |the salon|
IMG_6876 |the lemonade stand|
IMG_6883 IMG_6892 |pétanque|

what i’m wearing:
romper: urban outfitters
sandals: target
sunglasses: charlotte russe

Favorites from 2014

I’ve been blogging for almost a year now. I’ve loved sharing the little things in my life and the things in life that mean most to me. It’s been an amazing year filled with blessings. It was the year of travel. It was the summer that all future summers will be compared to. Andrew and I kicked off the summer in Denver and the Colorado Rockies with Andrew’s dad. Then switched gears from the cold weather to weather in Maui. My family, my grandparents, Andrew’s dad’s family and Andrew and I rented a house on the beach in Maui. The 11 of us spend days on the beach, eating shaved ice and even survived the Road to Hana. After Hawaii Andrew and I flew to Bordeaux, France and spent 10 days with his mom’s family and grandma at their beach house in the French countryside. Then just 12 hours after I returned home from France my mom, sisters, and I went on a girls trip to New York City and The Hamptons. As I write this I’m still in shock that we managed to travel that much. Like I said… It was the summer to remember! Besides all the traveling, what I’ve loved most from this year is that it was the first full year being married to my amazing husband. 2014 has given time with my family, husband, friends and puppies that I cherish. I look forward to what 2015 has in store! Happy New Year!

My year in photos:
San Diego Sunset |San Diego with Doodle as a puppy|
20140317-142753.jpg|The day we got our little Piper|
20140516-105924.jpg |LA rooftops|
IMG_8044 |Maui|
IMG_8711 |Bordeaux|
IMG_8799 |East Hampton|
IMG_9962 |my family |

My and your favorite posts:
Travel:

Maui Vacation
The French Countryside
The French Countryside 2
C’est la Belle Vie
Au Marché
Au Revior for Now
Livin’ the Good Life in East Hampton
48 Hours in NYC
Day Trip to Redlands & Oak Glen

Food:
Finnish Pancakes
Wine & Cheese Night with a Twist
His & Hers Egg in a Cup
French Macarons
Gluten Free Tart
Baby Back Ribs on the Grill
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon Basil Pesto

Life:
Our Wedding Look
Our Wedding Details

DIY:
Door Desk
Bar Cart
Bridal Shower Card

Day Trip to Redlands & Oak Glen

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Over the weekend, my hubby and I did a day trip to visit my sister in Redlands.  She goes to University of Redlands and since she’s been away at college I’ve become quite fond of this small little town on the way to Palm Springs.  Like any good trip, it was completely planned around food.

The first stop on our food tour was Carolyn’s Cafe for their coffee cake.  As you can see in he picture below, the cake is topped with an ice cream size scoop of butter.  The butter gently melts down the warm coffee cake.  It is sweet, soft, crumbly and extremely buttery.  It is decadent goodness.

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After going into a food coma, we drove up in the hills to Oak Glen. It’s a quaint town just an hour and a half from Los Angeles, but feels a world away. It’s a 5 mile loop with dozens of shops and scenic views. There are apple orchards along the route and spots for apple picking. The small mom and pop shops offer tons of different apple varieties, most I’ve never even heard of.

Our on way up the mountain we stopped at Mom’s Country Orchard. It’s the cutest little shop that sells hundreds of jams, jellies, nut butters, fruit butters, BBQ sauces, mustard, and honeys. There are countless varieties and you can sample any flavor you like. I probably sampled 20 different preserves and they were all delicious. I am the biggest fan of samples–it’s the reason I go to Costco.

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After our sampling, we headed to the heart of Oak Glen.  We stopped at Snow Line Orchard for for mini. apple. cider. donuts. Each step of the donut making process is done right before your eyes.  After the mini donuts are fried, they are topped with a healthy dose of cinnamon sugar and handed to you still warm.  They are heaven in a teeny tiny mini bite. My sister and husband started looking at me funny after the noises I made after my first bite… They are slightly crisp on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside.

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After all our sweet treats, we walked around the Oak Glen Preserve with our pups. The leaves were changing colors. It was absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking. Andrew and I have been planning a trip to Yosemite soon, but walking around the nature preserve in Oak Glen felt like we were in Yosemite. It was cool and crisp and truly felt like fall. We don’t really get the feeling in Los Angeles so this was a treat.

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On our way back down the mountain to Redlands we saw four deer! It added to the magic of Oak Glen. Before heading home we had to have our favorite shredded beef tacos from Cucas. It was a fun filled (and delicious food filled) day in Redlands & Oak Glen with my hubs, pups, and sister.

Links to Make the Weekend Come Back Sooner

It’s Monday? Where does the time go? Andrew and I had an eventful weekend, which I guess is the reason it flew by so quickly. We watched our friend perform at a comedy club, saw Gone Girl and had one last birthday celebration. This lucky girl had 3 different birthday dinners (+ dessert)! Before the week starts here are some fun links with good information.

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1. Strange health tips that really work!

2. Fun and festive Halloween desserts.

3. Sneaky sneaky… corporations are manipulating your emotions.

4. Ready for a vacation? Me too. Where to fly this fall.

5. Champagne cocktails for every occasion {my favorites: a kir royal and a Saint Germain champagne cocktail}.

6. 15 things every fashion girl has in her home. (I have to make a few purchases if I want to be fashionable…)