Weekend Getaway to Big Bear

Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our birthdays by going to Big Bear–a place I’d remarkably never been to, despite how close it is to us. It was exactly what we needed, and a great way to escape the triple-degree temps at home. And, I’m already planning the rustic chic decor in our imaginary lake house.

Big Bear was in full fall mode. The local shops had a seasonal contest going on, so we walked by several adorable displays that made us feel like it was autumn (something we don’t get the pleasure of doing every year in Southern California). We meandered through the streets on the way to the lake, stopping to admire the occasional tree with leaves that had actually changed colors. Oh, and the high altitude made us out of breath, so at least we felt like we were getting a good workout in.

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A Warm Winter’s Day

Yesterday was such a beautiful day, so my husband and I decided to take a walk on the beach. Since he is from the Midwest, and often talks about us moving to his hometown, I like to take these moments to ask him what the weather is like there. It helps when we’re driving with the top down in February. These playful back-and-forth sessions are a regular occurrence for us, and I will admit that I am impressed by his unwillingness to ever admit any city is superior to his hometown. Even when he is forced to name stark contrasts that you’d think might change his tune; his overall perspective remains the same. I think his fierce loyalty bodes well for our marriage, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As long as we can still go to the beach whenever we want.

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We All Scream

When my husband and I received our Minted.com thank you cards, we divided up the recipient list to share the labor and tackle our final wedding “to-do” faster. My half was mailed out last week, while his stack was still in our living room, taunting me with its defiant presence. I knew I had to provide my husband with some extra incentive to get them done; otherwise our guests would probably not get them until our anniversary. So I bribed him.

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A New Spin on Things

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of important events for me, and now I am adjusting to a new life as a married woman. It really hit me this weekend—after the wedding, after coming back from our honeymoon—as I was driving to the grocery store. I was going to by some items to make a couple salads for a potluck we were invited to and also some of my husband’s favorites, which just seemed so “wifey” of me. It’s really been fun so far, especially today when we spent our afternoon tackling our respective home projects. Sharing a one bedroom apartment is tricky when two people merge all of their things, but I’m proud of the creative ways we’ve used our space.

One of the many benefits of being newlyweds is getting to use our newly acquired kitchen gadgets, so I wanted to share the different ways we’ve used them. One of the dishes we brought to the potluck was a spinach and strawberry salad, which gave me the perfect excuse to break out our salad spinner! The results were both fun and delicious!

First I placed washed spinach leaves into the salad spinner bowl.  Image

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