Water-scapes

I've been obsessed with Williams Sonoma Home's Crashing Waves wall art. So, while we were away in Arizona and surrounded by gorgeous pools, I had to break out the camera and take a zillion pictures of the water. My husband must have thought I was insane when he went through the pictures we took.

Now I have an endless supply of options to choose from when I decide to switch out my art and inject a bit of blue water into the house. Here's a small sample...

I hope looking at these pictures is as relaxing for you as it is for me. I'm dreaming of sitting by the pool, soaking up the sun, and simply being. Enjoy your weekend!

Scottsdale Love

The family shipped off to Scottsdale, AZ, for our annual pilgrimage to warmer weather. It’s one of my favorite trips of the year, hands down. Not only did the girls get to see their grandparents and get their fill of swimming, but my husband and I got to try to relax. There’s nothing like some sun, heat and a pool to put your mind at ease.

I always forget that Phoenix is a big city and people live there year-round. There's so much to do, so many great restaurants, and the shopping is terrific! Whether you're 3 years old or 73, they've got you covered.

My ladies love the Children's Museum of Phoenix and the Phoenix Zoo. Then there's the Desert Botanical Garden, which seems like an oxymoron, but it's most definitely not! And shopping in Scottsdale and Phoenix is almost all outdoors, so you can enjoy the amazing weather and fun treats! My favorites are Kierland Commons, Biltmore Fashion Park, and Downtown Scottsdale, for a real Southwest feel. If you love golf, you can't throw a rock without hitting a course. My husband and his dad enjoyed a beautiful day at the Phoenician golf course. Ok, I convinced myself, we need to move there... 

Now that we're home and it's raining again, I want to get back to my happy place. Check out some of the views we had and a few fun shots of my ladies loving Arizona.

It's been hard to mentally get back into the swing of things. But, I'll be dreaming about our return next year...

Snowy Cabins to Covet

Winter vacation is upon us! I feel like the girls are in school for a max of two weeks before there’s another day off or holiday or vacation. When do they learn?! Well, I guess it is only preschool.

With all the rain and snow we’ve gotten in California lately, it seems like everyone and their mother is going skiing for the break. Except us. We’re going to hit the sun in two weeks, so I’m OK with skipping the snow this time around.

To get in the mood of the season, I wanted to find some great snowy scenes and over the top cabins. It’s the closest thing I’m going to get to the snow any time soon. I can visualize myself freezing in the powdery white, having a drink by one of the cozy fireplaces, and snuggling up in a fabulous faux fur throw. Who wouldn't want to visit the snow in one of these places? Enjoy!

Nestled in the Mountains

And now for the interior...

I'd visit any one of these places any day of the week. I'm waiting on my invite...