Tulum Ruins

This Week + Our Travels

We’re back in the states after an unreal time in Tulum, spending a quick day in LA and then heading home. Guys, everything everyone says about Tulum is true —…

Tulum Ruins

We’re back in the states after an unreal time in Tulum, spending a quick day in LA and then heading home. Guys, everything everyone says about Tulum is true — there’s some weird magic there that makes it feel like another world. I can’t WAIT to share all of our adventures, especially tips and tricks for taking a little one along with you to Mexico. We had a ball and learned a ton and saw some of the most beautiful spots we’ve ever seen traveling.

But! You know me — I’m the most extreme combo of adventurer and homebody you could dream up, so I’m excited to get back to our little house and our routine. Sometimes the most beautiful thing about traveling is the way that it makes you appreciate your own backyard, huh?

What’s everybody been up to? I haven’t been online in what feels like ages and I’ve got some catching up to do. Tell me what you’re doing this weekend! xoxo

How to Host on Airbnb

Travel // The Inside Scoop on Being an Airbnb Host

When we were living in LA and traveling frequently, we decided to list our apartment on Airbnb just for funsies to see what would happen. We figured it was such…

How to Host on Airbnb

When we were living in LA and traveling frequently, we decided to list our apartment on Airbnb just for funsies to see what would happen. We figured it was such a waste to have an empty apartment so often, and we used Airbnb to rent places all the time. So we might as well go all in and list our place for other people to rent. Turns out, it was one of the coolest things we’ve ever done. When we first had the idea we were a little freaked to let people come stay in our house, but after getting it all set up and having guests I would never go back. My first time out I would have loved some guidance from a seasoned host, so I thought it could be cool to share our experiences putting it all together. Read on for all my inside scoop.

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel // Michaels Makers Summit (And Free Classes for You!)

Do you guys remember our monthly Michaels Makers challenge from last year? (A couple of my faves are here and here!) Well Michaels invited me back to be a Maker…

Travel in California Wine Country

Do you guys remember our monthly Michaels Makers challenge from last year? (A couple of my faves are here and here!) Well Michaels invited me back to be a Maker for a second year, and they majorly stepped up their game this year by kicking everything off with a Makers Summit in California wine country. It was exactly what my tired brain needed. We spent a couple of days in the sunshine, getting back to the root of the thing that I love to do: make.

We kicked off with a fire-cooked dinner in a gorgeous setting at Farmstead in Longmeadow Ranch. If you ever find yourself nearby, you have to stop for a sip of bubbles and a meal. Everything is totally farm-to-table, family style, and absolutely gorgeous. We totally didn’t have any fun at all:

Travel in California Wine Country

Obviously just kidding about the no fun thing. There was much laughing and cheersing and Instagramming of all the beautiful florals.

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel in California Wine Country

The next day we spent in this gorgeous house up in the hills, rotating through a few workshops, each teaching a different skill. Watercolors and weaving were my very faves — I’ve done some watercolor before but I always forget how rad and weirdly meditative it is. I could watch those colors mix together all day long. I just decided to practice some brushstrokes and ended up with this palm frondy beauty.

Travel in California Wine Country

And weaving! Why did no one tell me that weaving is totally simple?! I keep seeing all of these insanely gorgeous, hipster-licious wall hangings everywhere and they look way too intimidating to attempt. But as it turns out it’s pretty simple. I’m working on a weaving for Henry’s room using the skills we learned, so I’m thinking I’ll have a little DIY coming up soon. Or (and here’s the best news ever for you guys), you can take a free class online any time before September 22nd with Michael’s education partner, Creativebug! I’m seriously kind of wiggling my toes to tell you this because I’m so excited. They decided to offer all you lovely readers all four classes that we took at the summit (Watercolor, Weaving, Image Transfer, and Paper Flower Making) so that you can learn the skills from the exact same teachers we had. Find all the free classes right here.

Aside from making things and learning new techniques to my heart’s content, it was so incredible to hang out with 50 other creatives who love to make as much as I do. I am always so appreciative for a chance to hang out with other bloggers in person, as it can be a bit of an isolated profession. It’s so refreshing to watch others in their creative process and, honestly, just to sit around and shoot the breeze about blogging, being a business owner, building a brand, all that jazz. So big high fives to Michaels for bringing all those peeps together in such a beautiful setting, with a beautiful purpose.

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel in California Wine Country

Travel in California Wine Country

If you want to see the rest of the Makers, check ’em out here! Stay tuned in the coming months for lots of crafty goodness. xoxo

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Planning for Tulum

Travel // Planning for Tulum

Ahhhhh you guys! Our anniversary trip to Tulum is coming up and I haven’t been this excited about a trip in a good long while. True to fashion, I’ve been…

Planning for Tulum

Ahhhhh you guys! Our anniversary trip to Tulum is coming up and I haven’t been this excited about a trip in a good long while. True to fashion, I’ve been researching and planning and making lists of the spots that I want to see and things I want us to do while we’re there. I teamed up with the gang at Expedia.com to do a little research while prepping for our trip and I’ve been down the most beautiful rabbit hole of beaches and ruins and jungles. I mean, this place looks like a tropical wonderland and I just. can’t. wait.

We’re taking the little dude with us so I’ve been looking at things to do that are family and baby friendly, and I’m so pumped to explore a new place as a family. It’s so funny how traveling with a baby changes your perspective — whereas before we might have rented a place on the beach and just used bikes to get around everywhere, now we’re staying in a condo and have a rental car. It’s a different kind of adventure but an awesome one nonetheless. And because we have a car we can maybe toodle around a little more than we would have otherwise!

I’m dying to see some ruins. (These photos in particular have me super pumped to so exploring.) If you’ve been to the Maya Riviera, did you go check out any of the ruins? Did you climb them? I’d love to know your experience! Aside from the ruins, I think it could be so fun to take Henry to see some monkeys at the zoo (who are we kidding, I want to see the monkeys at the zoo), and dip our toes into a freshwater cenote. There’s also the little Tulum town area that seems like it could be full of fun places to eat and hang out like a local. And I’ve been thinking about how cool it could be to drive up the coast just a bit and explore Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, or even Akumal for a spot that might be a little less touristy. But let’s be real, I’m pretty sure there will be more than a few days when all we do is post up at the beach and build sandcastles. And that sounds pretty darn good.

So if you’ve been to that part of the world and had any favorites, please share! I’m talking restaurants, shops, secret beach spots, day excursions — we want it all. And in the meantime I’ll just keep looking at photos and daydreaming until we can hop on a plane and get the adventure started. xoxo

Planning for Tulum

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County Fair

What is it About a County Fair?

What the heck, guys? I mean, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get when you hit a county fair — carnies with games you can’t win, giant corndogs that…

County Fair

County Fair

What the heck, guys? I mean, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get when you hit a county fair — carnies with games you can’t win, giant corndogs that cost an arm and a leg, and sweltering heat so bad you feel like you’re melting. But I’m a total sucker for it all! Every last bit of it. The cotton candy, the ferris wheel, those cool misters that you walk through when it’s just too hot, and the photo booths. Oh, those beautiful vintage photo booths!

County Fair

County Fair

I hadn’t been to our county fair for probably a solid 15 years, and I was so pumped to go last weekend with Ryan and Henry I was about to burst. It turns out we forgot to pack dinner for the little dude (and oddly enough nobody was selling pureed green beans or baby cereal…), so we had to pack up early. But we were having such a blast we plan to go back this weekend with baby cereal blazing and spend a little more time running around in the dusty midway and checking out the prize winning pie/quilt/heifer.

Do you go to your county fair? You have to! Tell me your fair faves. I remember when I was a little kid bopping around, it was the Gravitron — hands down. Do you know that one? You get inside and the thing spins around so fast that centrifugal force pins you to the walls and you can’t lift your head or your hands. I think if you put me in that thing these days I would probably liquify. Blech. But oh man back in the day you couldn’t get me off of that thing.

Guys, go to the fair! xoxo

County Fair

County Fair

County Fair

County Fair

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of…

DIY Travel Journals

Hey party animals! In case you missed it, head over and check out the tutorial I created for these DIY travel journals over on Momtastic! I have this habit of documenting our travels within an inch of their lives when we are out on adventures so I can remember every single thing. So I made myself some new journals to fill up this summer. (And a little zebra print never hurt anybody, am I right?)

Hope you make some! xoxo

DIY Travel Journals

DIY Travel Journals

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

LA Travel // Where to Eat

We had a few days in LA recently where we hit up all of my favorite eateries, and tried a couple of new ones along the way! It ended up…

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

We had a few days in LA recently where we hit up all of my favorite eateries, and tried a couple of new ones along the way! It ended up being a good-food-fest, with one meal after another that was totally bangin’. So if you find yourself hungry in Los Angeles any time soon, I thought I’d share our favorite spots so you can get in on the culinary action.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Dinette is just a little walk-up window on the street in Echo Park, but it’s got a short menu full of winners. I can never turn down avocado toast and it didn’t disappoint. Turns out the avocado toast also pairs perfectly with a waffle. You guys know I’m a waffle fiend and this one was the best I’ve had in recent memory.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

LAMILL is the perfect spot if you like to sit with a great cup of coffee or tea. Located in Silverlake, the land of the painfully cool hipster, it’s full of big leather chairs and banquettes and has a beautiful coffee bar. The breakfast menu is pretty great too (I told you I can’t say no to avocado toast — this one is a little fancier than Dinette’s but they’re equally delicious); Mr. Lovely was totally into the Silverlake Breakfast.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Joan’s on Third (Studio City) is a perfect spot for lunch. This second location of Joan’s is a carbon copy of the first, but slightly larger and way less frantic — there’s more patio seating, too. The space is beautiful and airy and black + white perfection. I love to get a trio of salads from the deli (this winning combo was couscous, kale salad, and tarragon chicken).

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Lemonade is one of my very favorite spots in LA. And they’re everywhere, so you don’t have to schlep to one part of town to eat there! It’s cafeteria-style California comfort food, and it’s all crazy fresh and flavorful. I usually like to just get a bunch of market side dishes and call it a meal. Mr. Lovely swears by the truffle mac and cheese + the strawberry lemonade mini cupcakes. And if they have watermelon rosemary lemonade when you’re there, you’d be a fool not to get it.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Gracias Madre was one of the new spots we tried and it was so incredible I forgot to take any photos except this foot selfie of the tile in the bathroom. It’s actually vegan and organic Mexican food, but don’t let that scare you if you’re a carnivore — it was so filling and hearty and stinking delicious I want to go back ASAP. Our menu recs: the flautas, the bowls, and the margaritas!

Where to Eat in Los Angeles

Sockerbit is an old fave but I had to go back to stock up on my very favorite sour cola chewy candy. This place is just the most beautiful candy store you could hope for, with all kinds of crazy Swedish candies. Get a bag and try one of everything. You think I’m kidding but I’m totally not.

Are any of your favorites on our list? I’d love to know if you’ve ever ended up at one of these spots! Happy eating, Angelenos! xoxo

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

Summer Travel // Packing for an Overnight

Babes, I’ve been grounded for too long! We’ve had lots of hometown and day trip adventures since Hanko was born, but I’m fully ready for all of the longer trips…

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

Babes, I’ve been grounded for too long! We’ve had lots of hometown and day trip adventures since Hanko was born, but I’m fully ready for all of the longer trips we have planned for the summer. We’ve got everything from overnighters to our big anniversary trip (and lots in between!), so I’m already thinking about packing. First up, a couple of overnight trips! Overnights can be tricky, right? Seems like it should be easier than packing for a long vacay, but you really have to pare down and just take the essentials. Here are mine.

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

On a quick overnighter, my go-to is a romper, especially in the summer. It takes up no room in your bag, it’s super comfy, and you can fudge it for a day or night ensemble. (And for me, they’re easy nursing access. Bonus!) Dress it up with a couple of accessories like a snazzy watch or some hoopie hoop earrings and BAM you’re done.

On your feet? Sandals, duh! And may I recommend my new favorite pair? These bad boys from Payless are on repeat in my wardrobe right now. They’ll be coming with me on all of our travels for sure. Perfect for a car or plane ride because they’re so comfy, great for walking around all day, and sleek enough to take them out on the town at night. (Not to mention they’re on sale. Sale!) I may or may not be wearing them as I type this. Okay, I definitely am.

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

A few other necessities: some cooler than cool sunnies (I’m digging a bit of an oversized situation these days), and a small clutch for going out. Put it all in a simple tote and you’re good to go! And for all of you cactus lovers, there’s a DIY tutorial coming up soon to make that little cactus tote. I’ve got ya covered.

What are your summer travel essentials? And where will you be heading this summer?! Share your travel plans so we can all daydream that we’re already on vacay. xoxo

Packing for an Overnight Summer Trip

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Payless via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Air Travel With a Baby

Give Me Your Tips for Air Travel with a Baby

You lovelies were so helpful when I took to Instagram last time to ask for tips on road tripping with a babe! I thought it would be best to just…

Air Travel With a Baby

You lovelies were so helpful when I took to Instagram last time to ask for tips on road tripping with a babe! I thought it would be best to just stick with what works and ask for your help again. In about a month we’ll be taking little dude on his first flight, and I’d love to know your tips for flying with your tiny people!

He’ll be close to 7 months for his first flight, which is crazy because I know some of you mamas have been flying with your babies since they were just weeks old. So all of you baby travelin’ veterans, get up in those comments and let me know what works, what doesn’t work, and how to keep little dude happy in the air. Thanks in advance, lovelies! xoxo

Let's Hit the Road

Planning a Road Trip (And a $500 Giveaway!)

It’s about that time! Every year instead of exchanging gifts, Mr. Lovely and I plan an anniversary trip and it’s time to start thinking about where we’ll be headed this year.

Let's Hit the Road

It’s about that time! Every year instead of exchanging gifts, Mr. Lovely and I plan an anniversary trip and it’s time to start thinking about where we’ll be headed this year. Last year I was preggo so our trip was pretty low-key. And this year we’ll be taking Henry with us! In thinking about what might be a fun and easy way to travel with the little dude, we hit on a pretty rad idea: Let’s Go RVing.

Go RVing

Aaahhh doesn’t that sound so fun?! Just us three crazy kids, out on the open road, cruising along in an RV. You know I love a road trip. And with the kiddo along with us we can take it easy and go at our own pace. We started putting together a dream itinerary and came up with a pretty sweet plan: West Coast, Top to Bottom.

Here’s what we’re kicking around. Start off in Seattle. Introduce Henry to Pike Place Market, the waterfront, and that whole beautiful city. Hop in the RV and cruise down to Portland. Stop by Pok Pok, and bug Chelsey for a while. Continue south and spend some time in Napa and California wine country. (My crazy husband has never been!) Keep heading down the west coast all the way to LA, and spend some time in our favorite haunts. Finish up by cruising just a little farther to Palm Springs and wrap up with a day or two in the desert!

Does that sound insanely fun or what? I just love the west coast and it’s been so long since we’ve gotten to experience all of our favorite cities. I got so pumped on the idea I put together a little road trip-inspired mood board full of things that I’d use to stock the RV.

gorvingString lights. Outdoor rug. Picnic table. Wine glasses. Camera. Flamingo towels. Baby bath robe. Speakers.

Have you ever been RVing? I’d love your input! And here’s the fun part: Go RVing is having a little contest over on their Facebook page. 20 of us bloggers have put together our dream RV trip, and you can vote on who will win. The winner blogger will hit the road for some travels, and two lucky voters (that’s you!) will win a $500 gift card, just for voting! Voting is open during the month of May, and winners will be announced June 1. So head over and vote for your chance to win 500 smackers.

So where would you Go RVing? I’d love to know if you have any parts of the country that you would explore. And if you’re planning a summer road trip, hit up Go RVing’s Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube channels for planning and inspiration! xoxo

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE TRIP

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Go RVing via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel // San Francisco

Now that we live near San Francisco we’ve been spending days here and there exploring the city, and it’s just. so. beautiful. We took a little belated birthday trip to…

Travel in San Francisco

Now that we live near San Francisco we’ve been spending days here and there exploring the city, and it’s just. so. beautiful. We took a little belated birthday trip to the city and had the most perfect day! If you find yourself in San Francisco and are looking for an easy one day itinerary, we’ve got you covered.

Start at brunch, because duh. We tried Sweet Maple, which is known for it’s Millionaire’s Bacon. (Bacon baked with brown sugar, cayenne, red, and black pepper. Boom. You’ve also gotta try the Dixie Bacon while you’re at it. Might as well really go for that heart attack.) Expect a wait but the line goes quickly. We didn’t booze but they have bottomless mimosas if you’re into that sort of thing, which you definitely should be. Side note for you mamas — they were so accommodating of Henry and we even were able to keep him in his stroller next to our table. Win.

Travel in San Francisco

After brunch, head to Hayes Valley to shop around and walk off the bacon. If you’re there, our top shop picks to hit are Lavish, Public Bikes, Miette Confiserie, and Fiddlesticks. Lavish is a paper lover’s dream, and Public Bikes is worth a peek even if you’re not into cycling. At Miette you’ll find lots of fun imported candies and delicious little cakes & cookies. And Fiddlesticks is a kid’s shop with one of the coolest selections of toys I’ve come across.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

After you shop around, lounge in the sun by the park and people watch. Or grab a little coffee at one of the food trucks.

Travel in San Francisco

Next, hop in your car and drive up the hill so you can drive back down Lombard Street, the curviest street in the world. My dad used to drive us down all the time but Mr. Lovely had never been. So we made his inaugural journey. Keep driving and head up to Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower. Circle the little lot until you can find a parking spot, then hop out and take in the crazy views. On a clear day you can see the Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate, and the downtown skyline. You also might find a couple of dudes wearing matching sunnies.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

We ended the day in Union Square kind of wandering around and doing nothing too special, but I will say that if you’re looking for a photobooth you can find one in the Westfield Mall. Ya know, just in case.

And a couple of random mom thoughts for day trips with little dude: Hank totally loves the Beco Gemini carrier, and so do we. It’s comfy to wear and he’ll totally nap in it, so we were able to keep to his sleeping schedule. Also, dressing in layers were key for the little one because SF can be toasty in the sun but freezing in the shade.

Travel in San Francisco

Travel in San Francisco

I’m thinking that as time goes on I’ll have lots more one-day itineraries in the city, so keep your eyes peeled! xoxo