Thursday, July 31, 2014

Our Trip to Northern California

This past weekend I was lucky enough to snag a trip to Northern California.  And what can I say but wow!

We started our first day out and about in San Francisco and headed to Off the Grid Picnic.  We normally go against the grain when it comes to tourist attractions so this was right up our alley  We had a great time sitting in the grass having a beer, enjoying the view and families AND having some fish tacos.  (It was fish taco week.)

We then headed to the city to checkout some sea lions at Fisherman's Warf and our course to climb some hills!  We actually were stopped for directions twice as apparently we looked like natives!  We then stopped for another round of fish tacos and then another.  Don't judge.

Next stop, the Redwoods!  And of course we drove through a tree, five times.  And then we backed through the tree.  It cost $5 okay!
But the best part of the Redwoods was pulling over on the side of the road to go dippin'!   The most beautiful clear river was running on the side of the road and we couldn't resist the cool water complete with mini rapids!

If only I could go back again this weekend... and yep! I was brave enough to cross over these logs to get to the beautiful beach...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DIY: Lantern Terrarium

Yes, I know.  I kill plants.  So what better way to add some green to home than to work with some succulents.  A succulent is a plant like a cactus or something with thick, fleshy leaves AND you don't have to remember to water a succulent everyday = perfect for me.  So I decided to take this lantern I purchased last year from Pier One and turn it into a succulent terrarium.

What you need:
Moisture control soil (available at Target)

Fill you lantern with pebbles followed by a thin layer of soil, place your plants and then surround them with soil.  Bam you're done!  Water your new terrarium once a week.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lets Be Friends! Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 76th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week! 

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of  The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!

There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news! 

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop. 

Meet your hosts: 

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'

The co-hosts:

Elizabeth @ Nom Elizabeth
Kathryn @ As Told By Kathryn
 Becca @ Two Places at Once

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

Hi everyone! This is Tiffany this week. Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner! 

... onto the winner! 

As I scrolled through all the delicious posts my eyes caught this one. Perhaps it is because I have always been interested in fostering a child, but I wanted to read the post. What I would soon discover is that this little post would leave me almost in tears. Jennifer, the writer of this post, did a magnificent job of uncovering many of the stereotypes and assumptions of the kinds of homes foster kids come from, and gave me a new perspective and grace for all those involved in the foster system. This was a deep, heartfelt, and loving post. If you are considering fostering, adopting, or know a family going through the process, read this post. This is a very interesting and lovely perspective of the power of love. 

The blog is filled with inspirational and real posts about life. Bookmark it for posts that will lift up your day. I am so excited to have a new daily read! 

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit! 

*Remember YOU can be next weeks winner! :)

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