DSC_0101Even though it’s been a busy season for me at work, summer manages to live on without me. I’ve still been blessed with a few bits of the season these last few weeks. Here’s a peek…

Above: birthday flowers from dear friends.


Farmer’s market finds (Little Italy’s is the best in San Diego).


The perfect hat for lazy summer days.


First round of peaches picked right off our own tree in the back yard.

Thanks for stopping by, and for being patient with me while I’m posting less frequently! I’ll be back soon.  Happy summer! :)

In Full Bloom: The Jacaranda


This time of year, I am always astonished by the Jacaranda trees that explode into full bloom all around the city. And since it just might be my most favorite tree in the world, it makes me so happy that it happens to be the official tree of San Diego. Here are a few photos I took four years ago, near Balboa Park.

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It makes me want to travel to Australia just for this. Wouldn’t it be stunning? The Mr and I may just have to start planning a trip. :)

Does your city have an official tree?



I love playing hostess to people from out of town; not only do you get to spend time with people you love who you don’t see often, but it’s such a refreshing way to fall in love with your city all over again. Last week my lovely parents came for a visit – here’s a peek of what we did. :)

We walked along the Harbor, enjoying all the beautiful, historic boats (which my dad LOVES). Below is the Star of India, the world’s oldest active ship. Isn’t it gorgeous?


We strolled on the beach in Coronado, and sipped drinks and people watched at the Hotel del.


We even did a city tour, half of which was enjoyed in the water (I highly recommend doing a tour of your own city, if it’s available – I learned so much history and little known facts that were so interesting).


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We ate good food at some our favorite places (like here and here), and enjoyed the breathtaking view from C Level restaurant.


My mom even found the time to completely revamp our backyard (more photos of that to come!). She is a gardening genius, and works her magic in the dirt every time she comes to visit. I love spending that time with her making things beautiful.


Since I can’t enjoy regular, everyday time with my family, these visits are so precious. It was such a special time with my favorite people, and of rediscovering this beautiful city the Mr and I call home. I highly recommend coming to San Diego for a visit! :)

Hello Monday


The weekend just evaporated, wouldn’t you agree? To start off a new week, here are a few pics of things that have brought me joy lately.

Above: Trader Joe’s Cocoa truffles. Have you tried these? They are the perfect little treat.


A cozy striped throw from Target (you can never have too many cozy things in the house, in my opinion).


A sweet bouquet that landed at my doorstep on Saturday, from the Mr’s parents (just because).


Before and after: thrift store dishes from when we first got married / fresh white dishes from Crate & Barrel (that make me feel a little more grown-up).


The best place for a walk in San Diego (whose location, according to my husband, I’m supposed to keep secret).

It will be a busy week of work, training for a charity relay race (more on that later) and visiting two (!) new babies that were both born in the last week to some dear friends.

What are you up to this week?

I’m New Here.


My husband joined the Navy seven months ago. Formerly a beach lifeguard in San Diego and 29 years old, it was a dramatic shift for him, and definitely for our lifestyle.

The military is a brand new world to me. The acronyms, the bureaucracy, and the lifestyle in general have been somewhat intimidating… But there is such beauty in the strength and dedication I see in the wives and families of those who serve, and I want to learn from them. And I want to share the beautiful things I find in everyday life.

I hope you’ll come back and visit me often, and share with me! I have a lot to learn.