Friday, May 31, 2013


I've been asked by a friend to do a "what's in your bag" post and I thought was a great idea.
I find it helpful to know what little things are super handy to keep on me.

Check out a few more bags today over at  

1. My bag (my everyday cross-your-body bag) found at Ross for $10 and I love it.
2. Target wallet
3. Kleenex
4. Card protector (my parents just gave me this) keeps all your cards save from getting scanned from identity thieves and demagnetized.
5. Business Cards (I need a classy case - broccoli elastic just isn't cute).
6. Sunglasses
7. Pen
8. Mini Notebook
9. iphone (case I made myself on Society6)
10. tic tacs or gum
11. Toddler snack (sometimes adult snack!)
12. Poly to Go Spray
13. PayPal Here (for accepting credit cards on my phone).
14. CoverGirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers - Papaya splash
15. Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm - Pomegranite
16. Hand sanitizer
17. Reusable shopping bag

I am realizing that I need bandaids too as I have an increasingly fearless toddler!

I want to know what's in your bag/purse that is handy to you - what am I missing??

Saturday, May 25, 2013


The day before my parents left we took a drive out to Big Basin Redwood Park about an hour or less from here. We hadn't been there before, there was an easy loop trail that we could walk on to see some of the largest trees I've ever seen.

 Looking up inside a hollow tree.

 This is the Father tree of the forest, it was massive!

 And this is the Mother, she's the tallest.

Then we drove the back way to Santa Cruz, had some lunch and drove along the coast North towards Half Moon Bay.

 We stopped at this lighthouse which is now a hostel.

Then we stopped at this little lighthouse that was just North of Half Moon Bay which is also a hostel.


Last Monday we drove out to Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas for the day.
(Warning - LOTS of photos ahead!)
 We had a picnic lunch on the beach and then walked around the boardwalk.

 We could hear these sea lions from across the bay.

 Pretty much the only ride Aubrey could go on.

Then we drove down the coastline just North of the boardwalk. There's a lighthouse which is a surf museum and a point that the waves wrap around and there were lots of surfers out.

 There's no close beach access and it's all cliff so they would hop over the fence and jump off!

 Surf museum


 Sea lions and pelicans!

Then we continued south to Monterey, we just drove through and wanted to drive past Pebble Beach golf course but it was a tolled road so we just went straight to Carmel.

Main beach at Carmel:

There was a huge sand hill that Aubrey loved to run and roll down.

 Our only glimpse of Pebble Beach!

Then we walked around Carmel which is a really cute place. We were looking for dinner, but couldn't find anything family friendly.