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Our Day in San Francisco



I’ve shared before how special San Francisco is to O and I and we’ve had many special trips back since leaving our time there, but being there with both our kids takes the cake. We spent most of our time in California based in Menlo Park which makes for the perfect home base if you’re going the Airbnb route. As much as we love the city, when we have the kids we always skip the hotel in California and stay just outside of it. Things tend to be homier and much less expensive when you get out of that city zip code!

Travel Tips with Littles

Hi Friends! Just a reminder I’m dedicating the rest of this week to painting so here’s a favorite post from last November! I get asked about my favorite strollers and travel tips all the time and this post has all the information plus a sweet video from our time in Italy (with a very bitty Oshiolema and Keogena!!) Enjoy the post HERE.

If you have travel on the brain with Thanksgiving coming up, you may also enjoy:

The 10 not-so-obvious things we bring on every trip,

My 5 Favorite Hotels in the World &

The Makeup and Skincare I Never Travel Without.

(I’ve recently switched to completely clean makeup and skincare so I owe you guys a new video, but these items are my hands down favorite from before the switch! Missing some of them dearly lately!)

I look forward to regularly scheduled content next week, but in the meantime you can hang out with me on Instagram and catch plenty of painting snippets. Have a beautiful Wednesday.

Muir Woods Forest

We’re diving back into our family trip to California today and talking about our time exploring Muir Woods Forest. Being the homeschooling mom I am, I caught myself trying to make everything a learning opportunity and of course jumped at the change to put our knowledge of seeds, plants, and growing things to work.

A Weekend in Marin



We had the best time in California last month! I say last month when we actually haven’t even been home for a full week yet but it always feels like a lifetime ago once I’ve settled back into real life. While O lived in California for 5 years of college and I lived there for three years of high school and through college as well, we always say one thing we regret about our time there is missing out on all that was right at our fingertips. When you live in northern California like we did, you’re within 3 hours of many places people travel from all across the world to visit! Marin was one of those places we never crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to see and I was thrilled a dear friend’s wedding gave us a reason to go. As usual, this post is far too long with way too many pictures but if that’s your thing- lets do this! 

10 Not-So-Obvious Items I Pack for Every Trip



I love packing. I’d actually consider packing a hobby of mine, as strange as that sounds. I see it as a styling job-a “10 day capsule wardrobe” and a fun challenge to narrow down our genuine essentials for a certain time period. While there are obvious things that always make it into the suitcase, here are the 10 not-so-obvious items that I’ll never leave behind. 

A Day at Magnolia Market

Last week I packed the car up with snacks, the babes and our little potty to make the two hour drive to Waco. I still am shocked every time we exit the highway and almost immediately see the Magnolia chaos. My parents met at Baylor University (Chip and Joanna’s alma mater and the only other draw to Waco) so we spent lots of time there growing up. When I say there was nothing there, I genuinely mean nothing. Looking around to see the city full out tourists- people who actually chose to travel to this little Texas town-it gets me every time. What a gift the Gaines family has given the wonderful city of Waco!