Big Sur + Our Engagement Photos

November 23, 2013

To wrap up our San Francisco vacation, we ended in Big Sur. We knew when we got there that it was too far a drive for our families and decided that then we were just going to enjoy our surroundings and relax. We had been moving non-stop to each location and walking beaches so we did our engagement photos at Pieffer Beach and then returned to the Big Sur River Inn to sit in the river and enjoy the cool river beneath our feet. It was nice to finally relax. Without further adieu, here are our last vacation photos!

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Our Engagement Photos

To do our engagement photos in California for free meant setting up a tripod. So these are selfie engagement photos but I think they turned out perfectly!

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2013 Gift Guides: Gadget Nerd Ideas

November 19, 2013

I love technology…and I think these are such fun and cool gift ideas for the people in your life that don’t really “need” anything. I really love all of these products and think they are top notch. One is even on my wish list! 😉

Start planning your shopping lists…Black Friday is coming soon!


1. Nest Thermostat

2. Jawbone Jambox

3. Nike Fuelband

4. iPhone Case

5. Drone

6. Camera Harness

7. Camera

When do you usually do your holiday shopping? 

Freebie Alert: A Healthier Thanksgiving Cookbook and Planning Guide

November 12, 2013

I don’t know if you know, but I work for Anytime Fitness. I have a pretty awesome job of managing editor of our blog which has just been relaunched:!! I am super excited about this launch because along with it we are publishing an eBook: A Healthier Thanksgiving – Cookbook and Planning Guide. This 50+ page eBook has a ton of healthier Thanksgiving recipes, planning worksheets, inspiration, and more! Can you tell I’m excited?

Click the image to go download the eBook!

Some of my favorite bloggers contributed to this eCookbook!

Take 5 minutes to look around the blog, too! Let me know what you think! I can’t wait to share more content with you guys!

{Photos} California Day 3: Carmel

October 26, 2013

We left Half Moon Bay early and there was just a touch of fog in the air. Luckily the skies were clear. As we drove we happened upon two beaches that seemed lovely for a wedding. No crowds, nice coves, and perfect amounts of parking. Noted.





We drove into Santa Cruz. I really wanted to get some photos of the boardwalk. I took my photos, grabbed a package of salt water taffy and we were back on the road.

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The only real appointment we had was at an estate in Carmel Highlands to look at a house to use as a potential venue. We drove 2 miles up a mountain to get to the estate. What a view! From up there you could see the fog roll in and move over the city below. The house was spectacular. Could we afford it? Probably not but what a view!

By this time we were starving, so we headed into Carmel. We ate at Forest in the Forge. Right away we noticed something odd. There were puppies and dogs all around in the waiting area. It was so cool to see a restaurant that actively invited the furry friends to enjoy a day out with their family. We ate and walked around downtown Carmel. A shopping center with a Kate Spade and Anthro temporarily distracted me.

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We drove a small section of Pebble Beach’s 17-Mile Drive only on accident to get to our next beach to check out.

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We also looked at a park/beach in Pacific Grove before driving to our Airbnb stop for the night to “check-in.” The house was nice but the meeting was odd. B and I felt a little out of place when we realized that we were to stay in an attached section of the house rather than the whole house. We relaxed for a little while and drove to a beach to watch the sunset and take photos.

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It was fun until the rain came, that is when we retired to the bungalow for sleep! After our sleep, we headed to Big Sur (photos and post coming soon as well as our engagement photos)!