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goodbye, sedona

9 Jun


Oh, Sedona…I’m not ready to leave you today. You definitely delivered on this trip. I fell in love with you and my husband each a little more this weekend…I didn’t think either was possible. It was just a really good five days away. The kind of days where you find yourself filled with so much joy that you wish you could stop time and absorb the feeling a little bit more. Instead, you have to file the moments away in your heart and hope you don’t forget them.

For all the times I have been to Sedona I have never done a travelogue for it, so instead of throwing a few highlights down right now I plan on doing a proper post for it in the next few days. I’ve decided Sedona deserves it.

Now I must go so I can help Brian pack up the car to make the 7+ hour road trip back to LA (podcast time- anybody have any favorites that we should listen to?)…and home to Frank! Man, I missed that little love muffin these last few days. I must have texted the dog sitter…oh, I don’t know…a 1,000 times in five days. She must think I’m insane.

Until next Sedona!



hitting the road…

5 Jun



Brian and I are hitting the road this morning en route for one of my favorite places…Sedona, AZ. We go to Sedona at least twice a year (Brian’s parents have a house there) but this will be a weekend of firsts for us…we are staying there a little longer than we usually do (a weekend always seems to go by too quick), driving instead of flying (we decided that we were both in need of a little adventure) and going alone (we usually bring a group of friends with us but this time around we wanted a mellow trip). I’m looking forward to doing a whole lotta nothing for five days.

Below is my Friday happy list- making a list of the little things that bring me joy each week helps me stay present.

20 things that have been making me happy recently…

pink peonies

watching Bloodline on Netflix

my new laptop- it’s love

planning out our summer calendar (so many weddings!)

wandering the streets of Venice on my morning walks with Frankie

lunches with Crystal

lazy Sundays at home with my family and a stack of magazines

the little dragon pandora station

haagen dazs vanilla ice cream

sipping coffee in bed with a view of our blooming garden

saging our home (more on that next week)

beach weather, pool weather & bikini weather is on the horizon

we’re going to Sedona for five days!

this quote…

ego says: once everything falls into place, I will find peace

spirit says: find peace and everything will fall into place 


What’s been making you guys happy recently?


NYE – Sedona

6 Jan
totally blocking the epic view.

totally blocking the epic view.

It’s been awhile since the idea of hitting the town on New Years Eve sounded appealing to me. It really never ends well- too much pressure! I much prefer quiet dinners and champagne at home with friends. So when Brian’s parents invited us to tag along with them and a friend of theirs to ring in the New Year at their house in Sedona, I jumped at the invitation. I have a big crush on Sedona (as well as his parents and their friend Lynn).

Sedona is an incredibly magical place. Maybe it’s the majestic red rock canyons as far as the eye can see but the energy there can be felt. Considering the last year has been a rather difficult one, I couldn’t think of a better place to say goodbye to 2014….and hello to 2015!

I have been to Sedona many times before but as many times as I have been, I’ve never been there during the winter months. Usually when I go I can be found lounging by the pool in a bathing suit. So when we booked the trip I excitedly asked Brian if there would be snow (us California girls don’t get to see snow that often, you know)! Brian informed me that it was possible but not likely. Snow in Sedona isn’t a normal occurrence. He said he had been there once before when it snowed and it was only a measly foot or so and burned off quickly the next day.

So it’s possible, I thought!

With this news I spent the next two months praying that it would snow during our three night stay there. If I were a mathematician I would have known that the odds were not stacked in my favor. Luckily, I am not. So I kept envisioning myself cuddled up on the couch, with the fireplace crackling, sipping a glass of wine while planning out my 2015 goals…with snow on the ground.

I had a vision people.

Well, somebody heard my prayers (clearly, I have decided this is a good omen for 2015) because it snowed. And I’m not talking a light dusting of snow…I’m talking over a foot of thick powdery snow that did not burn off the next day. It snowed all day on the 31st, from the moment we woke to the moment we went to bed. It snowed so much in fact, that the 5 mile road from the house down to the town was closed, making our fancy dinner plans out a thing of the past.

The next two days were spent playing in the snow, sleeping, eating, reading, drinking, playing cards/dominos, watching TV and dancing (sadly, the dancing was me and me alone…even sadder that it was to Taylor Swifts “shake it off”…I blame cabin fever…ok and maybe the wine.)

It was kinda the best New Years ever.


thanks Brian

thanks Brian

what Sedona looked like when we first arrived

what Sedona looked like when we first arrived

don't mind if I do

don’t mind if I do

there's really nothing like a husband in the kitchen

there’s really nothing like a husband in the kitchen

we woke up on the 31st to snow!

we woke up on the 31st to snow!



happy boy

happy boy

happy girl

happy girl


don't mind if I do

don’t mind if I do

engrossed in his book

engrossed in his book




serious game of dominos






just had to do it

just had to do it

always shooting pictures

always shooting pictures

winter wonderland

winter wonderland

totally worth the hike

totally worth the hike

totally blocking the epic view.

totally blocking the epic view.

blue skies again

blue skies again


To see some beyond gorgeous photos (as well as an amazing time lapse) that Brian took during our stay…visit his new photography journal!

oh, hello

26 Feb


Oh, hello there. Sorry I have been MIA the last week. My excuses are as follows…last week was a beyond shitty week. I got some disappointing & surprising news from one of my work accounts and it made everything feel difficult. It put me in a total tailspin. Then Brian had to leave town for a work trip to Oregon and Frank  behaved extra bratty while he was gone making the week feel even harder and making it feel impossible to do anything. Luckily, my other excuse for being absent is a good one…we spent four days in Sedona, AZ with some friends. It was exactly what the doctor ordered. I needed a little break from my everyday life (Frank included) and some R & R. I spent the four days either sleeping (I was the first one in bed every night), eating (I was on a Mexican food tour), drinking (prickly pear margaritas or white wine), hot tubbing & reading (I cannot get enough of the Goldfinch). Thankfully, I came back from the trip feeling lighter and more positive. With age I am learning to ride out the shitty days and weeks knowing from experience everything changes and usually rather quickly.

I know it’s only Wednesday and things could take a turn for the worse but this week has been a good one. Not only because I’m feeling more positive but also because today is Brian’s birthday and I can’t really be in a bad mood when it’s the love of my life’s birthday.

Happy Birthday to my favorite human. You make my world a happier place and I am so grateful for all that you do.  I couldn’t love you more and I am so happy you were born.


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79- the countdown begins…

22 Aug


For those of you who weren’t along for the 365 til 30 ride, I counted down every day leading up to my 30th birthday with a blog post. Since turning 30, I’ve gotten out of the habit of blogging every day because, well, as truly amazing as that year was, blogging every damn day is hard work. You don’t get a break. Not to mention life has just gotten crazy with all the changes in the last year- I got engaged, Bri and I bought a home, we’ve built a home, planned a wedding and gotten a puppy. With all the commotion, I’ve barely had time to sneak in a quiet bath or get to a yoga class, let alone blog every day. It’s been a whirlwind- a whirlwind of blessings, of course, but a whirlwind nonetheless.

I’m ready to slow down. We are officially 79 days away from becoming man and wife and I want to let the joy of the next few months sink in. I want to soak in every second of the celebrations ahead as well as make a point to stay present and calm. Nothing helps me more in doing this than finding the time to write. It literally forces me to stay present because I’m constantly processing my responses to stresses, triumphs, fears and blessings. Considering that I leave for my bachelorette weekend tomorrow (BEYOND excited),  I thought what better time than now to reinstate my “blog every damn day” motto since it’s the start of the celebrations leading up to the big day. Not only will it help me stay present  but I thought it would be fun to bring you all along in the day-to-day of counting down to the wedding.

Hopefully it will be a fun 79 days and not 79 days of watching me have various meltdowns.

So back to the bachelorette weekend that I’m so excited about. Tomorrow I’m heading to Sedona which is one of my favorite places to vacation. There is something truly magical about the energy there. Brian’s parents also have an amazing house surrounded by red rock mountains, so that helps too. When deciding where I wanted to go for my bachelorette weekend it was the only spot that made sense. I’m not really a Vegas and stripper kind of gal. I’m more of a relax, swim, eat and drink copious amounts of wine with her favorite woman kind of gal.

My cohorts in crime for the weekend are Taline, Chantal & Rachel. These three girls have been through so many ups and downs with me and I couldn’t love them more. There are all like sisters to me. I met Taline in 7th grade and we’ve been best  friends ever since. Sure, we’ve had a few rough patches but it would be impossible not to during twenty years of friendship and luckily those rough patches have only made me love her more and trust in our friendship. She’s an amazing human and was an easy choice for my maid of honor. I met Chantal when I was twenty and she was married to my boyfriend’s best-friend. We’ve both since left those relationships but we left them gaining each other. She’s a rock in my life. She’s stood by me through it all and I’ve enjoyed our relationship through all its different phases. I met Rachel when I was twenty-seven and rented a room in the house she was living in. We immediately hit it off and have been attached at the hip ever since. Literally attached at the hip. She’s an inspiring energy in my life. All these woman bring such joy to my life and I can’t wait to have them stand next to me on the big day.

But until then, let’s get this bachelorette weekend started! It will begin tomorrow with an early morning flight (with bloody mary’s of course) to Phoenix.

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“May your bachelorette party be so fun that you don’t notice how annoyed the rest of the bar is”


21 May

It’s been a long time since my last blog post, huh? Well, only a week but for me that’s a long time and I was starting to have withdrawals.

First thing you should know is, I am possibly dying of respiratory infection coupled with laryngitis. That probably came off a bit dramatic but really it has been a bitch of a few days. I felt it come on Saturday while we were in Sedona vacationing with our friends. Yes, I got sick on vacation. I mean, really how rude, huh? I spent Saturday pretending I felt ok and downing vitamin C. By Sunday I had lost most of my voice and felt a heaviness in my chest that I knew was turning into a respiratory infection. By Monday I had no voice and felt horrible. It didn’t help that we were in the dry desert. Look it up…dry air is nooooo good for respiratory infections. There was one point on Monday that I honestly felt as if my throat was going to close up and I almost made Brian take me to the hospital for a breathing treatment. But, that sounded truly exhausting and I figured we would probably miss our flight home if we did that so instead I sucked it up and downed decongestants and boarded the plane. Luckily, I am still here to tell this story.  I woke up today, in the damp air of Marina del Rey, feeling a bit better, but still not 100 percent.
I did have a solid day and a half of fun before falling ill. One in which I used wisely by sitting by the pool with no sunscreen on. In turn I received the most ridiculous looking sunburn. It’s bad. It’s laughably bad, actually.
So, yeah, I’ve really come out strong the last few days.
I still want to share a few pictures of our trip with you guys though. Sedona is such a magical place. I am lucky that I will be back in August with a few of my favorite girls to celebrate my bachelorette!
the breathtaking view from our house

the breathtaking view from our house

the group on a hike

the group on a hike


prickly pear margarita’s… THE BEST


bri guy in a hot tub with his tecate

bri guy in a hot tub with his tecate

my favorite store in Sedona...the crystal store!

my favorite store in Sedona…the crystal store!


what boys do when they are drunk…run through the public golf course (and sprinklers) half naked. Sigh

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20 May

Sedona weekend continued…


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30 Sep


(Picture of me on Devils Bridge in Sedona last weekend…Photo courtesy of my love and favorite photographer BHG)

Week 12

I cannot believe its been twelve weeks since I started 365 til 30!!! That’s insane. I keep feeling like there is still so much to accomplish in 9 months and I get overwhelmed. But, then I remember I have crossed Camping and Tassajara off the list…I am actively learning how to speak French and how to cook and I have been volunteering for Food on Foot…makes me feel a little better! I really got to get going on the Tango classes. Maybe I haven’t yet because I KNOW I will make a fool of myself:)

All in all I am pretty grateful for everything in my life at the moment. The last 3 months has been a crazy adventure and totally different than I imagined it to be.  I have dreamed big and can start to see some of my dreams actualize and it’s a crazy feeling. I truly can’t wait to see what the next 9 months has in store.

Last night Brian brought me to my first Rosh Hashana dinner at his Grandmother’s house and I highly enjoyed myself! Except for my aversion to chopped liver. ewwwww.

-What Inspired me this week?-

My first Bon Appetit magazine arrived in the mail! I cannot believe I have a subscription to a cooking magazine… I am ready to cook!

Spending time with Rachel aka One Part Gypsy . It’s such a delight to have her back in LA. I love love love talking about creative stuff with her.

-What am I grateful for this week?-

Brian’s parents for offering their lovely home in Sedona to us!

The fun-filled weekend in Sedona with Bri Guy, Alex, Colin and Ari. Yeaaaap!

My new fit account

Menchies frozen yogurt

-What Surprised me this week?-

How frigging hot it was this time of year in Sedona. I melted!

An unexpected meeting.

What a type A student my mother is.


“There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.

Logan Pearsall Smith


24 Sep

Today was a beautiful day in Sedona! We hiked to Devils Bridge…soooooo hot but soooooo worth it:)


20 Sep

What a fun but draining few weeks! Since returning from Tassajara I have tried to sit down and write about my experience but I have felt major blockage! Well, first I blame the nasty cold I came home with and now I blame writers block. I sit down and nothing. Totally frustrating. It has been so hard for me to compile my thoughts about the experience! How do you bottle an experience like that?  My time there still feels like a dream. Considering, I went through such a range of emotions in 6 days…I probably needed more time to decompress than I originally thought. Anyways, I am working very hard at compiling my thoughts clearly so I can give you a feeling for Tassajara. Tomorrow I have the whole afternoon free and all I am going to do is write!

Let’s see what else has been on my mind…I’m getting excited for our trip to Sedona this weekend. It should be a relaxing couple of days of doing nothing other than eating, reading, drinking and hiking. Not in that order necessarily but you catch my drift:) Below I included my two favorite pictures from last year’s trip!