Mitchell’s Cove Beach

Mitchell's Cove Beach in Santa Cruz, California

For the last few Sundays, we’ve started a tradition to spend them as exclusively family time. Weekend time is usually family time anyway, but we’ve made it a point to get out of the house too. Whether it’s a picnic, a bike ride, or a beach trip. Last week we visited Team Beach, and today I’m sharing a little trip we took to Mitchell’s Cove Beach in Santa Cruz, California. It’s a small cove on the west side that is dog-friendly and nearly disappears during high tide.

The tide was on it’s way out when we arrived, so we set ourselves up against the rocks on the far side of the beach. The sun was warm and welcoming, and tidepools full of beach life were scattered about the rocks in front of the breaks. There was a waterfall from storm water that ran into the ocean, and the surf must have been good because there were quite a few surfers out too.

Our usual routine is to eat lunch as soon as we arrive (less sand on little hands), then enjoy the rest of our day. The boys had a great time playing in all of the little areas, and later in the afternoon headed over to where the beach was larger. Søren ended up riding home without clothes because all of his were soaking wet and covered with sand. Who knew that February could make such a great beach month?

Mitchell’s Cove Beach
West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, California 95060

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Relaxed in Joggers

An athleisure outfit featuring relaxed joggers, a backpack, and everlane modern point flats.

Madewell Oversized Hepcat Sunglasses / Fjallraven Kanken Backpack / Lou & Grey Popover Shirt (similar by J.Crew Factory) / Swell Caroline Bracelet (c/o Swell Caroline) / Withings Activité Pop Tracker in Sand / Uniqlo Skinny Joggers (similar by Uniqlo, similar by J.Crew) / Everlane Modern Point Shoes

My style lately has been a lot more laid back than usual. I don’t know if it’s an end-of-winter slump or a change in season thing. Spring is sort-of here, but not really yet. I’ve seen athleisure outfits more often and trend is growing on me. I’m loving the juxtaposition in what I’m wearing. The pants I’m wearing are from Uniqlo, a few seasons back. I’m bummed that they don’t sell the exact same style anymore (these are similar), because I have (and love) them in black and grey. My shirt and flats look like they mean business, so I feel like it dresses the outfit up a little. The bracelet was sent over by Swell Caroline, and I really love how simple it is. Plus, it says my boy’s names on the discs and I love that I can carry them with me wherever I go.

I hope this slightly warmer weather continues but I’m nowhere near ready for Summer to come early, so please send more rain and hold off for awhile California!

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Grand Cayman Travel Guide

Grand Cayman Travel Guide, things to eat, drink, see, and do on the island of Grand Cayman

Last year I had the opportunity to visit Grand Cayman. It was beautiful and everyone there was so friendly. As a whole they refer to it as Caymankind. While I was there I don’t think I had a single second of downtime. There was so much I wanted to enjoy, and although I didn’t get to see everything I would have liked to, today I’m finally sharing some of my favorites in a Grand Cayman Travel Guide.

Keep reading to see them all!

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Say Hello to Diamond Foundry

Feel Good Shopping - Introducing Diamond Foundry, an eco-friendly diamond.

It seems as if it were only yesterday that I turned 30, but I’m sitting here with another year almost in the books. I’ve changed so much over the last year, in ways I didn’t expect. When I wrote this post about turning 30, I talked about living with more intention and although I have been making lots of progress offline, I’ve begun to strive for it online as well. Lately I’ve started infusing more of my personal intention into this space. I’ve introduced new features, rebranded, and have been extremely selective with my partnerships and and I’m okay with that. It’s something I’ve come to terms with and can feel proud of.

I’m not someone who has been referred to as easy to buy gifts for. There is a running joke that anytime someone asks me what I want for my birthday, or a holiday I reply with, “Diamonds.” I can tell you from experience that it has led to more laughing reactions than to me actually receiving diamonds as a gift, which is fine by me. If you read my blog regularly, you’ll know that lately I’ve been on a quest to feel good about every decision I make in life, from the food that I eat to the items that I purchase. One of these items happens to be jewelry, which often leads to the talk of diamonds.

Years ago when we purchased my engagement ring, we quite blindly purchased it, unknowing of how gritty the diamond business can be and how the stone actually came to be a part of my ring. When Diamond Foundry reached out to me, I thought they would be a perfect fit for my Feel Good series. I’ve partnered with them today to share a little more about their process, and to introduce them as an eco-friendly alternative to industrially-mined diamonds.

Keep reading to learn more about their unique hot-forged process and their commitment to responsibility.

Feel Good Shopping - Introducing Diamond Foundry, an eco-friendly diamond.

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