Longing to Belong

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I’ve always been a person who has routinely “belonged” to something – be it a church, small group, or simply a band of like-minded moms. Belonging to these communities has always been a staple in my life. That feeling of being known, loved, and welcomed with open arms is something I have found to be invaluable. I even encourage other women to “find your tribe” and love them well. I know we aren’t meant to do this life alone, and we all need this type of support. Continue reading “Longing to Belong”

Our January Adventure

A couple months ago we traveled up to the Reno / Lake Tahoe area to visit family. The trip was definitely a whirlwind – two nights and basically half a day of travel on each end. We couldn’t find any flights that worked to take us straight to Reno. Instead, we flew from LAX to Sacramento, and then rented a vehicle to drive through Donner Pass to get to Reno. Continue reading “Our January Adventure”

Behind the Orange Curtain

Last Sunday I drove up to LA for a bridal shower honoring a dear friend.  Driving those familiar freeways, the same thing happened that always does when that gorgeous Los Angeles skyline comes into view.  My heart does that thing where it practically skips a beat.  There is just something about that city.  Los Angeles will always have a special place in my heart – some of my fondest memories are from the years I lived there.

I love its diversity, art, food, architecture, culture, and people.  As averse as I was to moving to Orange County after I got married, I now realize there is no shortage of those very same attributes behind the Orange Curtain.

And the truth is, I really adore living here.  I never thought I could grow to love it so much!  It is certainly beautiful and scenic.  And if it’s one thing we have, it’s culinary masterpieces. It seems everywhere you look, a new restaurant is popping up by a renowned chef. Continue reading “Behind the Orange Curtain”

Top Ten Tuesday: August 5

1.  If you’re a Costco addict (like no one in this house), this is a great write-up on items that truly are cheaper there – including a Dyson vacuum, which has seriously changed my life this year.  Did I just say that about a vacuum?

2.  It’s our family picture shoot in a few weeks, so time for a refill on my Makeup Forever HD Foundation – never take photos without it!  Definitely going to re-read these tips for taking a great photo.

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3.  Too lazy to stop by the jewelry store to clean your rings, like me?  Try this easy DIY method using dishwashing soap and a toothbrush.

4.  Sorry, but this pic is just amazing – we are planning a Fall trip to NYC next year…really wish it was this year!

5.  Today is the last day to enter the Lookbook Store contest on Andee Layne’s blog – would love to win one of those prizes!  But even without winning, the pieces at Lookbook are super cute and totally affordable.

6.  We’ve been soaking up the summer sun and going on many an adventure these last few weeks before school starts back up.

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7.  In doing that, I’ve been keeping this quote at the forefront of my mind.  ‘Cause inevitably, plans will end up changing with little ones in tow!

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8.  Can you say genius?  Need this ASAP.  I’m a bubble bath indulger – definitely part of my self-care routine.

9.  Despite my recent epiphany about social media, this was too good to not repin on Pinterest:

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10.  So glad I came across this article from Women’s Health re: 7 Things No One Told You About Caffeine – they further support and justify my addiction.  Phew!

Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

XO, 

Monica