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Summer Bucket List 2016.

Happy Summer Solstice to you all. How are you guys celebrating the longest day of the year? We’re currently outside playing in a makeshift pool, throwing back popsicles and soaking up some Vitamin D. With the first official day of Summer finally upon on I figured what better day than today to create my Summer Bucket List. I’m hoping I can cross each and every single task off my list this year.

1. Go Camping Like real outdoors, in a tent, under the stars type of camping.
2. Go on a breakfast date with my husband.
3. Make more crafts.
4. BBQ like twice a week.
5. Have a tech-free day.
6. Do good, whether that’s volunteering or hosting an independent beach clean up.
7. Get the backyard landscaped, our backyard is just dirt right now and is in no way summer ready. I’d love to have a spot to entertain and let Hera play!
8. Spend the whole day at the beach.
9. Be spontaneous.
10. Take a girls’ trip.
11. Say yes to something I’d normally say no to.
12. Listen to more music, the concerts in the park near us are amazing!
13. Blog more, for real.
14. Travel somewhere new.
15. Stay positive, worry less.

… and most importantly, be more selfish. I always put Hera first – as it should be – but I’d love to take some time to myself whether that be buying that dress I’ve been eyeing or treating myself to a pedicure more than once a year.

What’s on your bucket list this Summer?

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Motherhood // 9 Months New.

Happy nine months to my little adventurous soul. Your eyes have shown me things I’ve been blind to and your heart has shown me how deep my love runs. Thank you for making me laugh, teaching me patience and most of all – being you. I couldn’t imagine spending my days with anyone else in my arms. I love you so much my little Hera Bea.

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Snap Shots // Palm Springs.

TERRYPOOLSIDEWe jetted off to Palm Springs to enjoy a little fun in the hot sun this weekend to celebrate Labor Day. It was so nice to spend time with our dear friends, whom which we do not nearly see enough of. Hera was just mesmerized by her friend Hudson; I don’t know if it was because he was older that she looked to him with such awe or because of his cuteness, my guess would be the latter.

With lots of sunscreen, ice water, and pool floats – we spent the majority of our time relaxing in the pool taking in plenty of Vitamin D. Hera did so well in the heat; I, on the other hand, found myself making excuses to take frequent trips into the air conditioned house. I did survive, but my heart melted seeing the kids interact with each other; from the sharing of breakfast to random forehead kisses, having the children of life-long friends becoming friends themselves is such an amazing thing to witness.

Our evenings were filled with food, fort building and Frozen (only a half a dozen times!) and once the kids went down we chatted over wine and a little Cards Against Humanity. I honestly have not laughed that hard in a long time. We chatted for hours about how exhilarating this whole experience of parenthood is; the ups, the downs, the in betweens, and the amount of love and pride you feel. I couldn’t have imagined a better getaway and we’re already planning our next trip.

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Snap Shots // Love in Laurel Canyon.

1Last weekend we spent the day visiting with friends and family up in Laurel Canyon; we truly had such an amazing time. It felt like we were hours from civilization even though Sunset Boulevard was merely blocks away; the Hollywood Hills tend to have that marvelous effect. It was so nice to spend time with family in a place with no distractions; no TV, no microwave – not even a coffee pot, and very limited cell phone service. It allowed us to share genuine, uninterrupted time with one another, which seems so far and few these days. Being amongst the endless rows of trees, good records and great friends seem to make the grub taste better, the wine stronger and the memories fonder.

I love that my blog can catalog all these wonderful experiences, especially now that Hera is here. Even now, I look back through the memories and can see how the love in our family has doubled (maybe even tripled) now that we have Hera. I have never understood love more than now and I have never felt more grateful.

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Tidepools + Dark Chocolate Bark

Luckily the sun was shining this past Saturday and I was able to tag along on a little beach escapade with a friend and her family. There are tide pools located just down the coast, about a 10 minute drive, and yet surprisingly I had never been there before.

It is always so much fun to experience little things such as holding star fish and poking at sea anemones through the eyes of a toddler. Running from waves and drawing faces in the sand may seem juvenile and dull but the excitement that a 3 year old conveys from these activities is simply stimulating.

Before you know it two hours had past and with wet pant legs and sandy feet we headed home exhausted from our adventures. Fortunately we did not leave empty handed, we had gathered treasures to remind us of our little expedition: seashells, pebbles and drift wood.

Once home, I was surprisingly in the holiday mood. Feeling cheerful and full with sea side inspiration, I pulled out my wood grain silicone mold – I had an idea. The drift wood we had collected was so beautiful and had such peaceful characteristics; so using the combination of the white chocolate and the dark chocolate, I attempted to mimic its beauty.

DARK CHOCOLATE BARK with Orange Zest
inspired by Martha Stewart

¼ Cup of Gourmet White Chocolate chips
2 Cups of Gourmet Dark Chocolate chips
1 Teaspoon of Orange Extract
1 Tablespoon of Orange Zest, fresh
Wood Grain Silicone Mold

Method

Begin by heating the white chocolate chips in a double boiler until smooth. Spread the white chocolate onto an 8” by 12” food-safe wood grain silicone mat using a small offset spatula. Using the spatula, scrap off the excess chocolate until you are left with the thinnest possible layer left. Place the mat on a baking sheet and place in the fridge to harden, about 5 minutes.

While the white chocolate is hardening, melt the dark chocolate chips in a double boiler and add the orange extract. Once the chocolate has completely melted into a smooth texture, fold in the orange zest. Evenly spread the dark chocolate onto the white chocolate and chill in the refrigerator until it is completely harden; about an hour. Carefully peel away the mat and enjoy!

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November 30, 2011 - 12:27 pm

Liz - Just stunning!!!

November 29, 2011 - 5:15 pm

KimberHills - I found mine online at DecorateTheCake.com, they have all different kinds! You should check them out!

November 29, 2011 - 5:12 pm

Michelle - So cool! Where did you find your molds?

November 29, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Kelly - These are brilliant and SO creative! Love the pictures of your family too, gorgeous! :)

November 23, 2011 - 1:09 pm

Kitchen Belleicious - that is too cool. How on earth did you come up with this. The wood grain texture and look of the chocolate is awesome! What a fun family outing too!

November 23, 2011 - 4:45 am

Kocinera - That chocolate bark looks so cool!! And wood grain looks just beautiful. It looks like you guys had a great time at the beach, too!