If a Tree Falls In the Forest...

Hello, dearhearts! Hope everyone is having a fabulous week- whatever you're doing and wherever you are. It goes without saying that my week has been pretty kick-A so far, for obvious reasons.

Today, we headed out early to explore Muir Woods and gaze upon the beauty of the redwood forests and be one with nature and whatnot. It was really foggy and SUPER cold, but unbelievably beautiful. Definitely a must-see if you ever visit San Fran.

After our little nature session, we ventured into the city to explore Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Little Italy and a few other quintessential San Franciscan things. Each time I visit SF, I'm reminded of just how much I love this town. The people, the sites, the laid-back energy of the city...can't get enough.

Tonight, we drove a few miles out of the city to a little town called Half-Moon Bay, where we're staying for the night. After stuffing ourselves royally at a delish little Mexican restaurant, we headed back to the hotel to crash.

Well, everyone else is crashing, but being the diligent blogger that I am, I'm type-type-typing away on the laptop : ) Tomorrow we're heading down the coast a little further to Cambria, which I'm told is lovely and loaded with wineries. Don't know about y'all, but I'm so game for some mid-week wine tasting!

It's late and I'm sleepy, so I'll talk to you beauties again tomorrow.

Be blessed, lovelies-


  1. welcome to the GOlden State! we love having you!!

  2. beautiful! I haven't been to San Fran since I was 8, would love to go again!

  3. Cambria is beautiful. You should stop by Pebble Beach on your way... and maybe hit up Hearst Castle. Definitely a site worth seeing!

  4. Looks like you are enjoying yourself :)

  5. hope you had a great time in HMB! it's one of my favorite beach spots and I used to go there all the time. I have pictures of me growing up, sitting on the picnic tables and flying kites with my dear Uncle Rusty. camping there was always fun!

    Lombard street is home to the bar that my grandpa used to own. it's still open and now that I'm of age, I'm thinking I should stop by for a drink (even though he's not with us any longer, it would still be cool!).

    you'll love love love Cambria!

    have an amazing time!


  6. Mexican food one night and wine tasting the next?? This vacation sounds like heaven!

  7. Hey! I had a chance to read your article in Celebrate and I wanted to get a layout done. I have no clue where to start. Ideas? I don't want to spend a whole bunch.. sweet hubs doesn't think it is much of an "investment" MEN!

  8. It looks like you're having a fantastic time! Love the pictures.

  9. Glad you are having such a good time!! Vacations are so refreshing =)

    Happy Wine Tasting!

  10. Hope you are continuing to have a fantastic time in San Francisco! Just wanted to let you know that I passed along a blog award to you. The post is at:

  11. Hi Cortney Mae!

    So sorry it took me a couple of days to get back with you! I'm on vacation this week, so it's been a challenge keeping up with emails/comments : )

    I love that you asked this question because there are definitely SO many ways to get a blog design very inexpensively and sometimes, even free : )

    My first suggestion would be to check out Shabby Blogs because everything from this design site is FREE. When I first built my blog, it's what I used! From wallpapers, to banners, to blinkie buttons for your site nav, nothing costs a dime. (Yep, you read that right!)

    You can customize the headers on Shabby Blogs with the name of your blog with cute fonts in programs like Photoshop or Microsoft Paint. Meg also offers so many great tutorials on her blog (link in on the Shabby Blogs site) about everything from building those "grab buttons" post signatures, and more. When I first started out, I used her tutorials SO many times when I would get stumped on a design question.

    Next, some designers will do a basic header and wallpaper combo pretty inexpensively. For obvious reasons, I would recommend Kelly from Fabulous K Creative who actually did my recent redesign, or The Design Girl. You could even have them design a simple header and then use it with a complimentary free wallpaper from Shabby Blogs.

    Another great free blog design site is Cutest Blog on the Block. Once again, you can customize any of their headers or side tags in programs like Photoshop or Paint.

    I hope this helps, but PLEASE don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions or ideas!



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