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Spring Breaking in San Diego

Each year we vow that we’ll go somewhere sunny and warm for spring break. For one reason or another, we never do.

Until this year.

Months ago we booked tickets to San Diego, California to visit my cousin and his family and to get some much needed vitamin D. We did not have much of an itinerary which made for a completely relaxing and happy family trip.

It has been a few years since the kids have flown (Audrey didn’t remember ever being on a plane, even though she has flown a few times) and they were all super excited.

We left Seattle on a gross rainy spring day and landed a few hours later in San Diego to bright sun and clear skies.

Just what we needed!

Traveling with big kids is so easy. The boys played on their phones/ipads with headphones in the whole time and Audrey spent her time looking out the window, listening to music on my phone and playing with the wikki stix in the kid pack that Alaska Airlines offers. They carried their own bags, were polite to the flight attendants and didn’t spill their drinks. I miss the days of little kids, but this made me remember how much harder it was back then to travel!

(Look at how gorgeous that fiddle leaf fig tree is!)

We spent one day at SeaWorld and had so much fun. Between the clear skies, the rides, the non-existent lines, the dolphin and orca shows, we were all very happy.

Did you know I have a thing for marine mammals? Dolphins, in particular. I just love them. Always have, always will. I teared up multiple times throughout the day when we saw them.

(P.S. when I was in high school I wanted to get a tattoo of dolphins jumping all around my ankle – like an anklet. I’m so glad I didn’t.)

Just across from SeaWorld is Mission Beach so after a full day of rides and animals, we popped over for a few minutes to hang out at the ocean.

It was sunny, but pretty chilly (like high 60’s) so I didn’t think the kids would need to change into the swim clothes that I brought along.

Um … how have I not learned yet that put any water-loving child near the ocean and he will inevitably give himself fully to it. We started by just telling them to only go up to their knees and within minutes, all three of the younger kids were soaked. And loving it.  I totally get it. I was the same way as a kid, too.

On another day, we drove out to La Jolla. It was raining earlier in the morning, but it cleared up just in time for some sight-seeing, sea lion watching and more beach time.

(can you see the sea lions on the rocks?)

Ryan calls California The Motherland. He loves it so much. We met at college in Southern California and he spent a portion of his childhood in Santa Cruz, so it’s in his blood. And, truly, there is so much to love about the laid back attitude, the blue ocean, countless beaches, fast drivers, and health-conscious restaurants.

Speaking of health-conscious … the cousins took us to a dessert place on our last night that certainly does not fall into this category but it was the perfect ending to a great trip.

Audrey ordered the Unicorn Sundae complete with cotton candy, marshmallows, and a candy bracelet. How over-the-top is that?!

Also? Even though it wasn’t very warm, we all were kissed by the sun and it felt so good.

We’re grateful for a quick getaway with time with cousins, swimming, sunshine, dolphins and sweet treats.

And now it’s back to school and work and activities galore before summer break is upon us (how did this school year go so quickly?!).

80 Responses to Spring Breaking in San Diego

  1. Lisa Argue April 25, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    I get such joy from your blog posts – whether they’re how-tos or about decorating or business – but especially the ones where you just talk friend to friend. I’ve learned a great deal from you (I’ve bought all your classes!) and your posts pop up in my inbox at just the right time. I’ve been a follower for a few years now – I only follow two (yes, 2) bloggers because I’d rather tune in on a personal level than scroll impersonally through many. I believe this is one of the reasons blogging got started – to connect when one is at home with children (primarily) but to connect in general. I’ve been a single mom for 17 years. When I was home with my sons for the first few years, blogging didn’t exist and how I wish it had. I eventually went to work and I found blogs as a respite – the way I used to find beautiful magazines about decorating and travel. But connecting with your blog was even better because it offered sharing a bit of friendship & family, learning new things, faith, and fun stuff overall (paper, flowers, introspection – all fun). In short, it felt (and feels) personal and genuine. Even with the occasional hyperlink, it doesn’t feel like you’re monetizing your site. I am particularly thankful that you do not have advertising popups or in the side bar. You what you could do differently? In my opinion, nothing. Be yourself. That works. :)

    • emily April 26, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

      THank you so much, Lisa.

  2. Barb P April 25, 2018 at 6:01 am #

    Loved hearing about (and seeing) your trip. Your kids are growing like weeds and Sooooo many smiles! Em, love what you do and what you share with all of us. You give us great variety and a look into your heart. We couldn’t ask for more from a friend :-) Keep up the good work!

    • emily April 25, 2018 at 11:40 am #

      Thank you!

  3. Jillian April 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    Emily has a gift of writing, connecting, and decorating! The glimpses into the life of a Christ loving women who lives, celebrates, and struggles as a Mom is what made me sign up so many years ago. So this was refreshing and beautiful! The affiliated links make me hit delete, I am sorry to say.

  4. Rachel Winchester April 24, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    I love hearing moms with older kids remember the days with littles fondly but also happy at them being older, because we are just starting our family and while I don’t wish these days away, I sure am looking forward to times when they are older, more independent, and it isn’t quite so intense to take them to the grocery store, let alone on a family trip!!! Glad you guys finally got away on spring break! What a beautiful place!

  5. Michelle April 24, 2018 at 6:32 am #

    What a wonderful trip! I love a blend of posts like these as well as decor/reveal/tips posts. 😀

  6. Jo April 23, 2018 at 10:55 pm #

    I love all your posts actually, no preference to the lists, stories or how-to’s! Those pics remind me of our holidays on the north coast (South Africa), excepting that the temperature is much warmer!

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful family pics with us

    xx

  7. Heather April 23, 2018 at 8:09 pm #

    We’re going to San Diego in a couple of weeks and just got back from Seattle today. I may have to try out Creme & Sugar when we’re there :) Wow, Seattle did not disappoint with the weather this past two days! We have guests in town from CA (we’re in Portland) and I told them that Portland and Seattle are showing off for them with nice weather this week! It’s so nice to have that sun (I used to live in LA, so the winters here have been a big adjustment).

  8. Ann April 23, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    I love these types of posts too. All the links and lists that many bloggers do makes me feel anxious…like I’m missing something important because I don’t have time to look at all the links. This post of your family vacation in one of my favorite places just made me happy. Thank you!

    • emily April 24, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

      I love clicking on links to see what others find interesting, but it can get overwhelming sometimes!

  9. Kris April 23, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

    Love the casual posts where I don’t feel like I have to be clicking on links or looking at other things all the time. But I usually enjoy reading anything I get in my inbox from you!
    Looks like a great trip & your family pics are wonderful! Love San Diego area!

    • emily April 24, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

      Thank you, Kris!

  10. Shelley April 23, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

    LOVE the down-to-earth, real posts. Makes us appreciate life in a slow, simpler pace and that’s what we all need to get a little more of in our daily lives. Keep them coming, Emily!

  11. Karen Lewis April 23, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    I love San Diego! My son and his girlfriend just vacationed down there and now are talking about moving down there for a few years…nooooooo!!

    Are you going to do a favorite outfits of yours for spring and summer? Sure hope so. I love your style!!

  12. Jennifer April 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

    I love reading about your sweet family and all of your daily life posts, thoughts, insights, etc,,,,your honestly shows through. The big reveals are great especially ones that you do because they always feel authentic. I’m beginning to feel like a lot of bloggers do so many sponsored posts that it is hard to tell what is real and what is their honest opinions.

    I’m much more interested in real life happenings and DIY opposed to the seemingly staged reveals and promos of endless products. It is obvious when a product is being promoted because every blogger claims to be loving the exact same brand all at the same time. I realize this is a major way that bloggers make money but I don’t always want to be sold something.

    Keep doing it your way, You are amazing!!!

  13. Jill April 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

    This, to me, is authenticity and it is soooo refreshing. In all honesty, I’m craving the simplicity and connection. I take comfort in knowing there are people out there that share a similar heart as me. I didn’t come here 5 years ago for the links and top tens, I came here because I liked you, your family and your genuiness. Keep it up!

    • Jillian April 24, 2018 at 9:54 pm #

      From another Jill…Yes, these are the posts that I have been missing lately! This was beautiful and refreshing. Looks like you had a beautiful trip and there were no links to purchase the clothing you were wearing. Glad you had such a wonderful opportunity to be in the moment and make memories with your family. Blessings!

      • emily April 25, 2018 at 11:40 am #

        Thanks Jill!

  14. Victoria April 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    Emily ,
    You know I adore your posts and YOU!!! It helps me feel like we can still chat and spend time together!! What a beautiful spring break you had! But what really impressed me is how grown up and handsome your boys are!!!! My goodness! I remember them as toddlers! And darling Aubrey! She must’ve been over the moon with her dessert!! ❤️

  15. Marie April 23, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    I am so happy to see your name in my inbox! Any posts, any time you have to share with us, all gifts!!! We live in San Diego and went to “The Coves” one day over spring break–it would have been a blast to run into you and yours there. It looks like you had a relaxing trip…best kind of spring break.

    xo from So Cal!

  16. Helen April 23, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    I think like the majority of the readers. I like the personal stories and fun memories you shared in this post! This in a way relates back to a previous story when you said you were trying to make things simpler and gosh, unfollowed hundreds of accounts on Instagram. Keeping things simple is sometimes needed. There are ways for us to get info if we really want it!

    Keep up the other part of your work though, that was what led me to your sharing in the first place your story of your family room makeover with the fireplace.

  17. Helen April 23, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    I think like the majority of the readers. I like the personal stories and fun memories you shared in this post! This in a way relates back to a previous story when you said you were trying to make things simpler and gosh, unfollowed hundreds of accounts on Instagram. Keeping things simple is sometimes needed. There are ways for us to get info if we really want it!

    Keep up the other part of your work though, that was what led me to your sharing in the first place your story of your family room makeover with the fireplace.

  18. kelly thompson April 23, 2018 at 2:56 pm #

    so great! i cant believe the water is still cold there right now…we are also planning a trip there later this summer!

  19. Stephanie April 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    I love this kind of post, but I also love your other posts too! :) Looks like a fun trip!

  20. Jennie April 23, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    I love these simple posts!! It’s just like reading a story. As for traveling with children, we’ve done it every 2nd year since our girls were tiny, we’re in Sydney, Australia and my husbands family live in France so it’s loooong haul trips regularly. Our girls are now 13 and 11 and it is just so easy, they even pack themselves now – I just do a visual skim over to check that they have what we’ll need. We often think back to those early days where we would divide time on those 24hr flights sharing the standing, nursing a sleeper or following a newly walking Little person 😥😥!! Now we can sleep, read, watch movies, chat and just relax!!
    I too, was also looking enviously at your cardigan!! We’re almost 2 months into Autumn/fall down here and our days are still up around 30deg – I believe somewhere about 80F for you guys. It has been beautiful and we’re so fortunate to have an extended summer time – lots of boats days swimming in the Harbour – but gosh I do love winter clothes!!
    I hope some of our beautiful warmth makes its way to you soon.
    Once again, I loved the simplicity 😊
    Jen

  21. Ashley April 23, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

    I like all the posts- some I learn from, some I shop from :), and some I get to enjoy lovely pictures from a place that is not my own. Thanks for sharing your home, and your life with us

  22. Nicole April 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    This is my favorite sort of post. Keep them coming.

  23. Sherri Len April 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

    i love all your posts equally

  24. AmyGthatsMe April 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

    I’d read anything you write!! Love your thoughts & insight!!!

  25. Jessica April 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    I love this style of post -the “old” style. I miss those and frankly have stopped reading most blogs, because I so enjoyed the old way. There are very few I follow now, which I hate! I miss having so much good content to read. Which is funny, because I know everyone is trying to better their content. Anyway, love your blog and your style- you are one I’ve help on to. Thank you for that.

  26. Stephanie Zee Fehler April 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    i love these kinds of posts AND the other ones, too, AND the mom-style how-tos (which i try my pinterest failiest to copy…)

  27. Bessie April 23, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    I do read a variety of blogs, but yours appeal to me in the sense that I do feel like I get a glimpse of who you are and what you share with us is interesting and true to yourself. I enjoy the creative aspects of your blog, getting to know you including your family and home and style. I enjoyed this post about your trip to San Diego, CA because I have been there a couple of times and it brought back memories and then even the small details you added, made it feel like a scrapbook of sorts. I miss the beach.

  28. Ginny April 23, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    Perfect post!

  29. Anne M Anzil April 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm #

    Love these kinds of posts…fun and refreshing! Especially this one because I live in San Diego! Im heading your way this week!

  30. Christy April 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    I love this kind of post!!!

  31. Chelsea April 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Love this!! I’ve got to put San Diego on my list. It looks fabulous! And oh yes, we love posts like this. :)

  32. janet April 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

    Honestly, I get tired of all the sponsored, advertisement-filled posts; and if I see that’s what a post is, I don’t continue reading.

    So thank you for just blogging the old-fashioned, interesting, enjoyable way. It’s why I always come back to your blog and only a few others. Keep it up!

    And I’m so glad you love CA. Born and raised on the SF peninsula, and grew up with many summer getaways to Santa Cruz!

  33. Audrey Brouwer April 23, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    I love the personal sharing you did back in the “old days”…that’s when I fell in love with your blog. It was/is my little five minute break away from my stress at the office. I think a mix of personal and sharing little projects is fun. I really enjoyed your “what I wore” posts! With our shared belief in our Savior, I feel like I’m connecting with an old friend when I read your posts. I love watching the spring break pictures of my home town through the eyes of visitors. It makes me appreciate what we have in our own back yard here in San Diego County.

  34. Jenn A April 23, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    I like these kinds of posts. Most of the time I know I’m not going to be making the same trip, so I don’t care about all the links. Plus, this just feels personal, like I’m getting to know more about you and your family, and that is nice. Glad you had a good time. My sister lives out there, so I’ve heard her talk about some of those places. Not sure she knows about that amazing dessert place. I’ll have to tell her. =)

  35. Deb Thompson April 23, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

    Your blog has always been my favorite. I love the reveal posts, the how-to posts, the informative posts on books, clothing, podcasts, but I love how you share your heart the most. So often you share what I am already thinking through, pondering. Thank you for being candid and true to you all along the way!

  36. Lea April 23, 2018 at 11:55 am #

    This is my favorite type of posts, more lifestyle pictures and family/travel related

    I’ve been to San Diego many many times BUT I always enjoy seeing the pics of other visitors and their perspective of the city.

  37. Sherrylynne April 23, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    This style is my style. More than a snapshot and has a real life story potential. Plus I really appreciated on your reflection on traveling with children at this age, why CA had meaning to you and your husband and that making that effort to lift up & away from the typical can be a magical time. Thank you. And, yes, more of these! Glory Days!!

  38. Katherine April 23, 2018 at 11:53 am #

    Where did you get the great gray sweater from? Looks super cozy!

  39. Colleen April 23, 2018 at 11:52 am #

    I really like these posts as well as the other type. A variety is nice, like someone else commented. Your whole family is gorgeous! We have very similar pictures of my kids in La Jolla, looking at the sea lions.

  40. Maureen April 23, 2018 at 11:19 am #

    Just a quick answer…I love blogs that are pretty and show me tips etc but I also like blogs that have no sponsorship, no ads and just talk about daily life. The pretties are fine but I need to hear real people/women talk about real life. I just went to a conference this past week and that is what I enjoyed the most…other women from around the country talking about life, husbands (why do we extroverts end up with introverted Engineers?!?!?), where are the good t-shirts now that Target has give up Massimo and Merona? you get it!

    I’ve don’t enjoy my own blog much any more and am considering ending it. it was fun back in the time when Twitter, Facebook etc were new and I started with them all. Now? meh.

  41. dreama April 23, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    loved this post!

  42. Barbara April 23, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    I love all your posts Emily! It’s a little bit of everything…..so enjoyable!

  43. Jill April 23, 2018 at 11:00 am #

    Emily, I love this type of post! It’s so refreshing. Keep them coming. :)

  44. Renae April 23, 2018 at 10:59 am #

    I like your questions. Those questions are important to me when it comes to sharing about Travel. What do people actually find value in reading? I have 3 kids and we live between Sydney and Tacoma. I work for that little airline you’re flying in your photos (I hope they were good to you) and my husband works for a big airline based out of Australia. My youngest is almost 5 and she has made the Australia-US round trip 30 Times now, as well as 17 other countries and little trips around the US. Without fail, when I read the modern day ‘tips’ blog, or magazine features about ‘traveling with kids’, I find the writers are unseasoned and the tips to be gimicky. And I’m always bursting with the idea that, I have stories to tell! And a heart’s desire to tell truth. Writing helps me find truth. And yet, whenever I go to write those stories, I stop myself and think…. no, there’s too much ego in saying that. I want to find the voice that shares the stories AND THE STRUGGLES. Because, let’s be real, accommodating a global family is not just vacation. On many days, I ask myself, ‘how did I get into this mess?’ And, ‘when will I see my husband again?’ And in some capacity, I believe we have all have a space in our lives where we know this tension. A space that is a gift in both us beauty and hardship. How do you tell stories that add value to someone else’s life and answer to truth in your own life?

  45. Sandra P April 23, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    I follow several blogs. That used to be my favorite way to spend me time. I would read every word and be inspired by projects that I could actually accomplish or learn from. Now most of them are just about affiliate links or sponsored content. I understand it’s a business but the intensity of it has kind of sucked the fun out of them for me. Keep it simple, keep it real. Keep doing your thing. Your really good at it. I love your blog and still read every word ;)

  46. Bettye Rainwater April 23, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    I love the more personal kind of posts mixed in with regular content, too. It’s nice to feel like we can get to know *you.*

    Bettye
    https://fashionschlub.com

  47. Bethany H. April 23, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    I love getting to know people better through the personal things they write. I stopped blogging partly because my kids were older and didn’t want to be in the posts regularly. But I miss it. I gained a best friend in France through my blog! We have been exchanging cards, letters, presents, etc. for 11 years now! Her daughter feels like a niece to me! So yes– I love these posts and they don’t have to have one link or anything else but just the joy you felt with your family! :) The water is absolutely gorgeous in these photos! I fell in love with the California coastline the first time I vacationed there too… and the food, wine, art….

  48. Jackie April 23, 2018 at 10:37 am #

    I do miss your old style of posts, Emily. The old style, in my opinion, is “more” real and spoke more to what we all experience – the trials and tribulations of being human.

    • Jill April 23, 2018 at 11:27 am #

      I totally agree! You are truly the only blog I read, and I think it is because of the personal stuff like this. I feel like I am getting to know you, and we’d be pals. So then when you do the more modern type blog, I am more apt to pay attention, click through, buy, etc because we are pals. Don’t lose this kid nd of stuff! I love it so much!

  49. Anne M Anzil April 23, 2018 at 10:36 am #

    Love these posts…so refreshing and fun! I love this one especially since I live in San Diego! Glad you had a great time! Im heading your way this week( with my umbrella and rain boots :)!

  50. Paula R. April 23, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Emily, I love these posts with snippets of daily, family life. Feel free to share the moments that you treasure. On its own… They are enough! No need to feel the pressure to attach links to every little thing. I’m sure people always inquire about a blogger’s nail polish and lipstick and sandals and jeans… But it’s nice and refreshing to just see your family enjoying one another and not seeing all the “restyle” links that are so common with popular lifestyle bloggers.

    I also miss the old days of blogging when you could just share your heart without having to add all the bells and whistles. Sure, the how-to’s and reveals are fun… But it’s the beauty in the daily moments that keep me coming back to your blog!

  51. Paula R. April 23, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    Emily, I love these posts with snippets of daily, family life. Feel free to share the moments that you treasure. On its own… They are enough! No need to feel the pressure to attach links to every little thing. I’m sure people always inquire about a blogger’s nail polish and lipstick and sandals and jeans… But it’s nice and refreshing to just see your family enjoying one another and not seeing all the “restyle” links that are so common with popular lifestyle bloggers.

    I also miss the old days of blogging when you could just share your heart without having to add all the bells and whistles. Sure, the how-to’s and reveals are fun… But it’s the beauty in the daily moments that keep me coming back to your blog!

  52. Megan April 23, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    I like these kinds of posts in addition to the other kinds of posts you do. I love the variety! Maybe some links to good restaurants or activities is helpful in a travel post, but I also just like seeing the normal life captured too. I’ve actually been feeling a little frustrated lately that with other blogs I follow (not yours), it feels like so much consumerism. It feels like most posts these days are related to a sponsorship, affiliate, or something the blogger purchased either for home or clothes. I understand that that’s important for a blogging business, but also I want to be careful that I myself don’t become all about consumerism. So I think when you do these posts it’s a breath of fresh air and just nice to see some pretty photos and remind myself to sit back and take in the blessings of my life or to stop and breathe for a minute. Hope that helps!

    • Jessica April 23, 2018 at 10:30 am #

      Ditto to all!! :)

      • Bets April 23, 2018 at 10:47 am #

        You said it!

      • Jyl Fearn April 23, 2018 at 10:48 am #

        Yes I agree!! I love hearing real stories, seeing real photos and life! 💕 Thanks for sharing! Love your honestly, it’s so refreshing.

        • Rachel April 23, 2018 at 12:26 pm #

          I agree with Megan completely!! Thanks for a lovely post to escape the cold weather up here in chilly Canada!

    • Kristy April 23, 2018 at 10:45 am #

      I agree! I love to read stories and this post was a breath of fresh air. I am getting weary of the affiliated and sponsored posts that are on the blog posts and Instagram feeds. I understand that’s how the bloggers make a living, but I do need to keep the consumerism in check.

      • Jillian April 24, 2018 at 10:00 pm #

        Emily has a gift of writing, connecting, and decorating! The glimpses into the life of a Christ loving women who lives, celebrates, and struggles as a Mom is what made me sign up so many years ago. So this was refreshing and beautiful! The affiliated links make me hit delete, I am sorry to say.

    • Theresa April 23, 2018 at 11:08 am #

      Yes to all of this! I want you to get paid for all your hard work, so I understand & gladly use affiliate links when you’ve spent hours rounding up items or sharing tried & true favorites.

      But I don’t need glitzy before & afters; that just makes me feel badly that my projects take so long! Posts like this are very enjoyable to read. I love the glimpse into your family life and I have a sincere case of wanderlust so I look forward to travel posts.

      I just really enjoy your voice and perspective 😘 Hope you have a great day!

    • Donna April 23, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

      My feelings exactly!!

  53. Jolie Klassen April 23, 2018 at 10:27 am #

    Loved this post so much!!! So glad you got to get away, be kissed by the sun, and have some fun family time…before the heat came yesterday! Enjoy the quiet as the kids go back to school!

  54. suzanne April 23, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    great read. love all the pics. dang, when did audrey look so grown up?! wah. your kids are so cute. (that adorable pic with the seaweed thingy reminds me of my kids. love how in the moment they are, not worried about freezing after.)

    agree with your P.S. i’m from austin and wanted a longhorn on my ankle and as much as i’m still a die hard fan, i’m glad i didn’t.

  55. Donna G April 23, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    I love this kind of blog. I don’t need Pinterest-worthy reveals or ten steps to do whatever, although I do enjoy your sharing of your home makeovers and I took your recommendation for a yoga mat (right before I switched to barre).

    I look forward to whatever you want to talk about, even though our lives are nothing alike.

  56. Carmen April 23, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    I’m following your blogs from Geneva, Switzerland, and I really love to read your personal stories and discover your country through your photos. You form a beautiful family. I also enjoy your decoration tips and tutorials. Thanks for sharing so much !

  57. Caroline April 23, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    I love a personal blog post-just for connection sake-mixed in with your other types of amazing posts. I probably speak for most of your readers in saying that you feel more like a friend than a blogger. Thanks for sharing your life with us! Xx

  58. Ashmasterflash April 23, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    Gosh I love the escapism of these beach photos! Please keep posting the little stuff (and your true feelings on the matter) – they inspire all of us to appreciate what’s really important in a life full of busyness!

  59. Nan April 23, 2018 at 10:13 am #

    I read your P. S. this morning. I have been reading your blog for a few years and really enjoy it all. My age – I could be your mom. Love all the how tos, family life, ocean photos, musings, fashion, styling, color, etc. Just a great blog so don’t feel you have to change anything – unless your creative juices turn you in a new direction! I’ll be there with you!
    Best to you
    Nan

  60. Kristina April 23, 2018 at 9:33 am #

    I have four kids too and remember the trip when they all pulled their own suitcases! My husband and I were thrilled that traveling was about to become easier.

    • emily April 23, 2018 at 9:56 am #

      It’s so true!

  61. Cindy B April 23, 2018 at 8:48 am #

    I love how high 60s is “not so warm”! Here in Pittsburgh, that’s a heat wave, especially in April! Thanks for sharing – I have been in the LA area many times, but never San Diego, and everyone I know who’s been there loves it.

    • emily April 23, 2018 at 9:57 am #

      The crazy thing is that even though it was gorgeous and sunny, I kept a long sleeve top on the whole trip! It was breezy, but that sun sure felt good! Hopefully spring will find its way to Pittsburgh soon!

  62. Monica April 23, 2018 at 7:06 am #

    San Diego is so great! The pictures are awesome!

    But also …that sweater cardigan? Where is it from? Love it! :)

    • emily April 23, 2018 at 10:00 am #

      I wear this sweater all the time. It’s like a wearable blanket. It is from Target – the A New Day line. I bought it this winter so I’m not sure it will still be in stores. Found in the scarf/wrap/poncho section.

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