Julian, California

Julian, California

This past weekend we found the cutest town a little inland from San Diego, California called Julian.

We originally just went for the apple picking since all of the orchards near us are affected by fire but, there is surprisingly a lot to do in this little area! After we went apple picking at Peacefield Orchards  and grabbed a bag full of apples, we discovered a little cider bar. This bar had ciders of all flavors from Spicy Jalapeño to Apple Pie. Once we finished our cider flight we headed out and passed by a pumpkin patch filled with pick your own pumpkins and lots of hay for all the fall vibes. Finally to end our day we stopped at Packard’s coffee shop and took pictures with the one and only Tardis from Doctor Who!

My Favorite Southern California Places to Explore

My Favorite Southern California Places to Explore

Living in Southern California, there’s always a million things to do, but usually there are also a million other people doing what you want to do…. these are a few hidden spots that I’ve come across over the years.

1. Now anytime you want to go to the beach in summer I recommend going early, but I’ve only been to this beach once when it was crowded and I’ve been to Crescent Bay a bunch! I love this little stretch of beach near Laguna. Parking is (usually!) easy to find and free plus you can’t beat Laguna’s sites.
2. Craig Regional Park in Fullerton is right off the freeway and so easy to get to! This park has ducks, a lake, rolling hills and of course walking trails leading everywhere! I love coming here when I need a break from people to read a book or catch some sun.
3. Old Towne Orange and their Farmers market! This place is so fun to go and explore and grab some great produce or a coffee from Urth Caffe! Every Saturday they set up a farmers market filled with breads, fruit, vegetables, and even homemade almond milk. I love coming here and exploring.
4. When you walk down the steps to Victoria beach you can either go right towards the Pirate Tower, or you can turn left towards an open beach. Most people turn right and crowd the tower, but the beach to the left is empty.
5. Huskins coffee is a coffee shop tucked away in the apartment center of Santa Ana, but this hidden Canadian gem is perfect for your morning latte and a sandwich or two.

How I Stayed Safe While Traveling

How I Stayed Safe While Traveling

This past week I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a week in Missouri with my husband and his family. With everything going on, these are the precautions and steps I took to be sure I was safe during my travels.

1. Face mask. It sounds like kind of a duh, but face masks aren’t required in most Missouri establishments. Not only did I wear my mask in the airport and on the planes, but also when I went grocery shopping and out and about with the family.
2. Planning things outdoors and at home. Bruce’s family has a lake house right on the edge of Table Rock lake, so we spent lots of time there social distancing on the water as well as taking walks and canoeing down the buffalo river. We also played pool and ping pong at the house when it was raining. Doing things outdoors and away from a lot of people makes things fun and safe.
3. Hand sanitizer. It might sound like another duh thing to do, but you’d be surprised how easily you can forget things on vacation. After every stop and after touching things I would not touch my face and hand sanitize as soon as we were back in the car. Just these simple steps can help keep you safe!
4. Wiping off common surfaces on the plane and off. First thing I did, and always do when on a plane is wipe off the tray table, headrest, arm rests, seatbelts, and any other surface I might be tempted to touch. Also wiping down any lakeside chairs or handles that other people might have touched.
5. Keeping up a good vitamin and sleep schedule. I usually start taking emergency a week or so before traveling and a week or so after to get my immune system prepared for a trip. I also try and sleep as much as possible to give my body time to fight off anything I might have caught or some into contact with.