A quick Cross Border Xpress update

I traveled with Doug and a couple of friends, and like we did last time we used the Cross Border Xpress (CBX) to fly from Tijuana to central Mexico. Just like last time, it was so easy. Perhaps easier than the first time since I knew what to expect. Continue reading A quick Cross Border Xpress update

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SoCal Fall Destinations & Gear

Even as working adults, it seems like fall and the beginning of the school year can cause a shift in everyday routines. Just because school is back in session doesn’t mean it’s time to hunker down until Thanksgiving and Christmas travel! Sneak in a weekend trip here and there while the weather is crisp but not too cold. There are plenty of great getaways within driving distance of Southern California’s major cities.  Continue reading SoCal Fall Destinations & Gear

Disneyland (!) Memories and 5 Must-Know Tips

It happened earlier this summer. I was driving to work listening to my favorite radio station when a familiar song came on and I was instantly transported back to kindergarten in the best way possible. The song was actually a Disneyland commercial, announcing that the Main Street Electrical Parade was officially retiring at the end of August. Having not been to Disneyland since 2009 I … Continue reading Disneyland (!) Memories and 5 Must-Know Tips

Groovy Hotel: The Pearl in San Diego

Flashback to 10 years ago. I started college in Point Loma, San Diego and commuted down Rosecrans Street every day. A unique-looking vintage hotel out the right window caught my eye each and every time as I headed to class. I always imagined what it was like inside and dreamed of staying there. I now know that The Pearl had at that time (2007) recently completed their … Continue reading Groovy Hotel: The Pearl in San Diego

Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park

I started following Artelexia on Instagram a couple of months ago when searching for cool murals in San Diego. At the time, a large, beautiful, inspiring mural on their south exterior wall was being painted. I loved seeing updates over the course of the week, and I hurried to go visit the shop in person after it was done. I couldn’t have been more impressed … Continue reading Artelexia: Delightful Mexican Gift Shop in North Park

Holy Matcha

Holy Matcha: Yummy Coffee Alternative

Holy Matcha, the shop that launched a zillion Instagrams just celebrated their one month anniversary. I’ll mention the decor (which was the real showstopper) first, and then get to the drinks and snacks second. Wow! It’s so pretty inside and smells amazing. They have fresh flowers everywhere. If there were ever a café interior designed specifically on trends, it would be this one… Palm wallpaper is … Continue reading Holy Matcha: Yummy Coffee Alternative

5 Best Tips for Experiencing the Superbloom

‘Twas the second weekend of March. Southern California had gotten so much rain in December, January and February that rumors swirled that the famous desert “superbloom” was imminent. Last year I went desert camping with some friends in late April, which was a great time for camping but too late for flowers. This year I was determined to see some. Beat the crowds The rest of San Diego … Continue reading 5 Best Tips for Experiencing the Superbloom

Palomar Mountain View

Fall Camping on Palomar Mountain

For the past two years, our friend group has gone camping on Palomar Mountain at the Doane Valley Campground, which is a little over an hour northeast of San Diego. We’ve gone one of the first two weekends of November, when the weather definitely feels like “fall,” but it is not yet too cold to be sleeping outside in a tent. Both years, the itinerary has been as such: … Continue reading Fall Camping on Palomar Mountain