15 Carry On Essentials

As I'm gearing up for my trip to Cape Town, I thought I'd share with you some of my carry on essentials. Most of these items, if not all, are for trips of any duration, but I hope this inspires folks to book some amazing international getaways! 1) Big Bag.  You want your carry-on bag to be

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Alamere Falls.

Last month, I went up to Bolinas to hike Alamere Falls. Several friends had recommended the trail, gushing about how beautiful the hike was. After experiencing it myself, I can safely say it is more than just beautiful, it is spectacular. Really a hike that reminds you of how amazing California is. With endless views of the ocean and lush forestry,

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Chicken Sausage & Rice.

My visiting friends have just left, one off to Tahoe and the other off to Los Angeles, leaving the house much too quiet for me. Over the course of their visit, we made it to Half Moon Bay, Sausalito, Bolinas, and of course, all around San Francisco. Showing them around was a welcome reminder of how stunning the

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Mussels in a White Wine Sauce.

This past week has been a bit of a fantastic blur with a few of my closest friends, Vicky and Susan, in town visiting. Many laughs and smiles were shared over drinks, food, and around fireplaces all over the Bay Area.  Vicky, a wonderful cook and owner of Avocado Pesto and A Couple Travelers, both successful

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Goodbye 2014.

Well it is the end of 2014. It has been quite a year for me – full of ups and downs. From switching jobs, being happily covered in Splenda, making new friends, spending some of the summer in Barcelona, truly one of the most beautiful cities of the world, thankfully the ups greatly out numbered

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A Weekend in Seattle.

"Take Only Memories, Leave Nothing But Footprints" - Chief Seattle Known for rain, coffee, markets, and Sleepless in Seattle of course, Seattle is a fantastic city. It's a city that I've always wanted to visit, even more so after moving to California. With a spur of the moment opportunity to visit Seattle falling into my

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