I'm having the best time watching these little ones grow up. We live on opposite sides of California so I save each photo and replay each video my sister sends me of her kids. Its always a huge delight when I get to spend time with them in person, which isn't often enough. Asher is full of wonder and curiosity, always observing, exploring, and talking in part-English, part baby-language. I was in town celebrating his second birthday and I had a blast following him around and capturing this little man's excitement for all things, including dirty tennis balls, succulent leaves, bubbles, cake, and (of course) presents. As you can tell, he's not shy of the camera either.
Miss Addy is just three months old and she's the most delightful little human being. She's got a beautiful smile and she loves to wiggle her arms and legs in the air as she looks at you. I can't wait to see her grow up and become the woman she'll be one day. Ugh, I'm so sappy and these aren't even my own kids! I can't help it, I love babies - espeeeecially my niece and nephew. Auntie Clara misses you both.
Daniel's been climbing for over six years but this past weekend I got to watch him boulder outdoors for the first time! We drove up to Yosemite on Thursday and camped at Tuolumne Meadows with a group of his climbing friends. On the drive up we witnessed an incredible lightening storm above the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. Giant bolts of electricity exploded across the sky, keeping us alert as we drove into the night.
Daniel and his friends impressed me with their strength and problem-solving skills. Every boulder was like a puzzle that they worked together to solve. I watched them try again and again and it was a thrilling each time they completed a challenge. We also jumped into pools of rushing water, hiked up Lembert Dome at sunset, and drank wine and whiskey around the campfire.
Hi friends! My Etsy shop, PressedMeadow, is now re-stocked with new items! These floral frames are made with real dried spring flowers and greenery that I pressed for three weeks and them arranged in pretty frame. These are perfect for the home or as a Mother's Day Gift! I've been having a lot of fun starting my first Etsy shop - it's a lot of work but it's been exciting to create things and connect with customers. Let's see where this goes!
Check out my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PressedMeadow
Thanks to all the glorious Southern California rain we experienced this past winter, wildflowers are transforming our parks and now deserts into a floral wonderland. Since superblooms in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a once-in-a-decade phenomenon, my friends and I hit the road and took a little Sunday morning drive! We visited the art sculptures, got ice-cream, and spent part of the day wandering by foot on dirt roads to get a closer look of the blooms.
It was my first time in Zion so it was essential that we hiked to Angel's Landing, which is a 5-mile unforgettable adventure and worthy of all bucket lists! Before hitting the trail-head, my friends and I got breakfast at Deep Creek Coffee Company, this AMAZING little coffee shop in Springdale. If you're in the area, I insist that you try their acai bowls, smoothies, and coffee! Oh, and their pastries are pretty bomb too.
We took the shuttle through the park and got off at the Grotto Trailhead, which leads you to the Angels Landing and Upper Emerald Pools hike. To get to the top we had to walk up steep switchbacks and eventually hold onto these chains to safely climb up some perilous sections of the trail. Yay, arm workout! The whole experience was surreal, especially when we made it to the top and got a 360 degree view of the canyon's 270 million-year old rock layers!
My sweet friend Tiffany and I had a girls weekend together where we hung out, did arts and crafts, and ate a ton of desserts. She brought over these Hawaiian short break cookies that were just utterly delicious. We did manage to escape to the park for a couple of hours on Saturday for photo-taking and exercise! Everything was green and beautiful, thanks to the unusual bouts of heavy rain we've been experiencing! I had a blast taking Tiffany's portraits and capturing her personality on my camera.
I added a few more pieces to my brand new Etsy Shop, PressedMeadow! My friend Tiffany was kind enough to be my dainty hand model (those nails though!). All pieces are made with real flowers or botanicals and are hand-pressed and arranged by me in clear, backless frames. This started as a creative outlet (among other things, including this blog) but I'm excited to create home decor pieces that I love and I'm having fun doing something completely new.
I recently took a much-needed trip home to visit family and to spend time with my little nephew. I loved reading books to him while he sat in my lap, watching him play with his favorite toys, and holding him in my arms. I took a few candids of him playing to remember these precious and seemingly brief moments when little ones transition from baby to toddler. My little nephew at 14 months:
As wonderful as sunshine is, I always get excited about gloomy mornings. I really love the way the seaside looks under cloud-covered skies... I guess I'm just a NorCal girl at heart. :) This morning I headed to Newport Pier for a quiet stroll along the beach. The scenery was peaceful in every direction I looked: surfers waiting in the ocean below for their next wave, fishermen waiting for their next catch, and couples walking hand-in-hand along the pier. It was a nice way to start the morning!
I found out about Peltzer Family Cellars when they hosted a private food tasting event last December with Southfork Catering. The food was freakin' delicious, but I think I was more in love with the venue! The Crush House is designed with reclaimed wood and farm-inspired pieces that give the whole space charm and warmth. The staff was incredibly friendly and the wine was wonderful, which made me want to come back again. So two months later I invited a couple of girlfriends for a little picnic at the winery! We packed a basket of brie, fig jam, "drunken goat" cheese, and smoked salmon and purchased a bottle of Rustick Red and Pinot Grigio. If you visit Peltzer Winery, you're going to fall in love with the two little border colllies. Be prepared for those puppy-dog eyes.
Hi friends! I've always enjoyed spending time in nature and decorating my home so I created a shop that incorporated these loves. My line of framed pressed florals and botanicals is called PressedMeadow. There's something about flowers that immediately liven up a room but the thing about bouquets is that they only stay fresh for a week or less.
With my PressedMeadow pieces, you can keep nature close to you in your office or home, and they'll stay beautiful for years to come. All flowers and plants are real and are hand-pressed, dried for three weeks, and then arranged in either a gold or wood frame.
You can purchase my pieces on my brand new Etsy Shop here: etsy.com/shop/PressedMeadow
On a beautiful December afternoon my friend Tae and I co-hosted an afternoon of hot apple cider and craft-making. Our guests created paper succulents and Christmas wreaths made of eucalyptus, pine, and fresh rosemary - it was a convergence of all things green that smell amazing! It was fun just sitting around the table with friends, sipping cider and working with our hands. It's environments like this where I feel like I'm in my element! Tae's backyard was the perfect place for an intimate event and she did an incredible job making the space feel festive and cozy. It's always fun to bring people together, especially around the hols!
Since Seattle is basically Coffee Heaven, I decided it was necessary to visit several different coffee roasters in one day! I think my favorite souvenir from anywhere I visit is a good bag of beans, so I was determined to check out the Capitol Hill location of Victrola Coffee Roasters on my first day in Seattle. Saem and I both ordered a pourover and then walked down the street to visit the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. In between our coffee marathon shenanigans, we checked out some cute local shops along Melrose Avenue, including Melrose Market. From morning to night we walked along the streets of Seattle to explore the different neighborhoods by foot, which is my preferred method of experiencing a new city. A few other noteworthy coffee spots: Anchorhead Coffee Shop and Elm Coffee Roasters.
I would like to call Seattle or the entire state of Washington my home someday. The mountains are greener, the air more crisp, and everything is so pretty! My friend Jess, who was a gracious host, drove me and my friend Saem to Beckler Peak on Saturday. It's only two hours away from Seattle -- perfect for a quick day trip to the mountains! It was delightfully gloomy that morning and I kept marveling at the giant clouds and abundant greenery everywhere. Below are some photos from our hike, which ended up being one of my favorite memories from the trip!
I always loved Julian in Autumn, so a couple of friends and I all planned a girls getaway weekend to enjoy apple pie, raw cider, and a night of relaxation. We booked a night at a secluded mountain retreat in Ramona through AirBnB, which had a cozy rustic vibe and an infinity deck where we stargazed at night. The theme song of the weekend was While My Guitar Gently Weeps by the Beetles, mostly because Jenn was playing it on her beautiful new guitar and it quickly got stuck in my head. Her guitar was handmade in Canada and it made me happy hearing Jenn play it all weekend.