How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer

How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer Before It’s Over

Today, I’m talking about how to get the most out of your summer.  So I know that technically August is not the last month of summer, the official last day of summer is Saturday, September 22.  However, for many summer will end because school starts or the weather changes and starts feeling more like fall.  So how can you get the most out of summer during the last unofficial month?  I would suggest making a list of the things you may want to do, then weed out any items that you won’t be able to accomplish because of budget, timing, weather, etc and add them to a maybe list.  
 
Get your family and friends involved.  Everything is always more fun when you get more people involved right?  Find out who wants to join you on your adventures.   Find out what adventures your friends and family want to do and join them too.  Make it a group effort to make the most out of the last month of summer.
 
So, making a list seems so business like.  Why would I suggest it?  Unless you make it official by making a list, there are so many ways to forget and you’re much less likely to do things.… Read Full Post

[Updated] Summer Picnic Essentials- Picnic Tips You Can’t Live Without

Did you know that July is National Picnic Month?  I love a good picnic, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my summer picnic essentials.  My first memories of picnics were with my parents in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco with some fresh sourdough and salami.  My idea of a picnic has changed a bit since then, but it’s always about good people, good food and good drinks.  I believe you can have a picnic almost anywhere, whether it’s on the roof of your home or apartment building or at a local park like the La Brea Tar Pits.  I do believe in brining a few of my favorite items to make sure that the experience is perfect though.
 
 
Here are my Summer Picnic Essentials:
Summer Picnic Essentials
  1. Make sure that all of your food is in separate containers.  I really love the the compartmentalized container that I used in the photos, it keeps 5 different items separated but in the same container for easy transportation.  It’s BPA free plastic which is lighter that glass and non-toxic. 
  2. We recently bought a picnic table which makes picnicking on uneven services much easier. Especially if you like to take your picnic to the beach. 
  3. I also really love my insulated picnic basket.
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San Jose del Cabo, The Top 5 Places to Visit

I love going to Los Cabos.  If you’re not familiar with the area, Los Cabos is made up of Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and the area in between is called the “Tourist Corridor,” see the map below for details.  I did a blog that was more focused on Cabo San Lucas last year, so this time I wanted to do a blog that focused more on San Jose del Cabo.  This was our first time staying in San Jose del Cabo and we decided to checkout all of the current hot spots.  We checked out several places, but these are the 5 places and events that made the list.
 
 

Top 5 Places to Visit in San Jose del Cabo

 

Flora Farms

Flora Farms is an oasis just outside of San Jose del Cabo, literally off the beaten path.  We took a taxi from our hotel in San Jose del Cabo and I joked with my husband that is was “probably located on a dirt road”, well 5 seconds later we turned onto a dirt road.  I had no idea what to expect, but as soon as we pulled into the compound I was amazed.   The grounds of Flora Farms are beautifully manicured, they have several shops, including a James Perse store, a spa and a wine bar/ coffee shop just to name a few. 

They have a full working organic farm, culinary classes, a bar and restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They grow all of their produce on site, so everything is extremely fresh.   We had dinner at the restaurant our first night in Cabo, then took I took a tamale making class later in the week.  The class was so much fun, the staff was so sweet and knowledgeable.… Read Full Post

Hair Care Favorites

My Current Hair Care Favorites

Today I’m sharing my current hair care favorites, the products that I use daily/weekly.  These are the ones I keep buying again and again.  Here are my current go-tos:

Hair Care Favorites- Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatments

Davines Minu Shampoo– This is a moisturizing shampoo, but it won’t weight down your hair or leave residue.

Matrix Oil Wonders Micro-Oil Conditioner– I use this conditioner daily, it very moisturizing so I only add it to the ends of my hair.

Aveda Clove Conditioner– I use this color depositing conditioner on my hair every few days.  I find that this conditioner isn’t very moisturizing so I use at the same time to the Matrix Oil Wonders Micro-Oil Conditioner.  

amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo– I don’t use dry shampoo very often because I like to wash my hair everyday.  On the days that I don’t wash my hair, this is great.  My hair can get quite oily so this soaks up the oil without leaving a white cast or residue behind and it smells great.

Matrix Wonders Indian Amla Oil–  I love to use this in the shower while I condition my hair.  It just an extra bit of moisture to my hair when I need it.… Read Full Post