Travel


We drove to the North Shore, the epicenter of the surfing world, which is famous for it’s massive waves at Pipeline and the rural heart of Oahu.  It is about an hour and a half drive from Waikiki depending on the route you take and the traffic.  We rented a […]

North Shore Scenic Route


One of our most anticipated activities was surfing in Hawaii. The last time Luke surfed Hawaii, it was in Maui and he was 2 years old. This trip he took lessons at Beach Boy Hale Surf School on Waikiki. Jeff and I paddled out alongside him and watched and cheered […]

Surfing Hawaii


Last week we were in Honolulu for the Foursquare International Church Leaders Convention. Every year it’s held in a different city, and this year Jeff was especially happy that it was going to be held in Hawaii, his favorite place on Earth. We stayed on the beach at Waikiki at […]

Hilton Hawaiian Village



I just love being a tourist in cities that I experience often but tend to take for granted until I have someone to share them with. We made sure to hit up all the best tourist spots and excursions for my Mom’s first trip the Big Apple. Here are a […]

Tourists


While in New York City, a must see is the view from atop the One World Trade. Otherwise known as the Freedom Tower, it is the first rebuilt tower of the World Trade Center complex and stands the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The elevator takes you to the […]

One World Trade


Often on my trips to NY, I wander around Central Park alone, but it was so wonderful to spend a few hours with my family this time. My Mom and my sister had never been on the boats, so we did that all together. Of course Luke couldn’t pass up […]

Family Day in Central Park



On our recent trip to NY, Luke discovered he has a passion for photography. I gave him my camera on our tour of the city and he went to town. He now wants to be a photographer when he grows up. It turns out he has quite the eye.  Below […]

NY Through Luke’s Lens


It was long overdue for me to get together with my best friend. She lives in San Diego so we take turns driving to visit each other and we decided to meet up at La Costa for her belated birthday dinner and spa day. It was a quick trip but […]

La Costa Girls Day


If you haven’t been to Downtown Los Angeles in a while you may not recognize it. The city has completely transformed over the past 10 years and now boasts high rise lofts, great restaurants and 4 star hotels centrally located around a complex called LA Live which is across the […]

JW Marriott Los Angeles



I found myself feeling really disappointed on my latest trip to NYC when my favorite restaurant, ABC Kitchen, was all booked up. I looked up other restaurants by Chef Jean Georges in hopes of finding something that would at least be a close second. Enter The Mercer Kitchen, a lovely restaurant […]

Mercer Kitchen


Last week I found myself back in the Big Apple for meetings and the weather was glorious. Autumn in New York is one of the best experiences in the world and if you can find yourself there when the weather happens to be above 60° as I did, it is […]

Autumn in New York


It’s sad when just going for a walk seems like a luxury, but such is the case for me. In my world, it typically takes an hour and a half just to drive to work everyday, so the idea of any leisure activity before work is basically off the table. […]

A Walk In the Park



My love for New York hotels has been well documented on this blog [here], [here], [here] and [here], just to name a few faves.  Last week I discovered my new favorite,         1 Hotel Central Park. Anytime I stay in a new hotel, just before going to sleep […]

1 Hotel Central Park


New York City is the type of place you want to spend some time in soaking up as much of the energy as possible but the beauty of this city is that even if you only have 24 hours in it, like I did last week, you can still have […]

24 Hours in NYC


On our trip to Charlotte we stayed at the Ballantyne Hotel, a Starwood property, and a 4 diamond resort, which makes racking up SPG points so enjoyable. It was my first stay at the property and it was glorious with its sprawling golf course, fountains, spa and indoor/outdoor pools. Here […]

The Ballantyne Hotel Charlotte



Last week was my first time in Dallas in at least a decade. The last time I was there visiting friends, this time I was there meeting clients. Every time I come to the great state of Texas I fall more in love with it. The people are so friendly, […]

W Dallas Victory


My favorite place to stay in San Diego is La Costa Resort and Spa. I had the pleasure to stay there last weekend for a quick trip and it’s the perfect place to practice slowing life down. I really tried to focus on the beauty around me and to be […]

La Costa Resort


For our Labor Day activities, we spent lots of time on the water slides at the Westin Mission Hills. We also wanted desperately to take Luke to ride dirt bikes in the desert but couldn’t find any rental places in Palm Springs. We opted to go back to Off Road […]

ATVs and Water Slides



We welcomed a group of young missionaries from Montana to stay at our church while on their visit to LA. Jeff offered to take an afternoon and teach them how to surf. We chose Tower 20 in Santa Monica as the designated surf spot. This was exciting for Luke since […]

Tower 20


My Mom loves fish and chips so we decided to take her to Gladstones, one of the best seafood restaurants in Malibu for an enjoyable meal with an ocean view. Gladstones is located where PCH meets Sunset and there is beach access if you’d like to walk off your meal […]

Gladstones


This was one of my favorite afternoons spent with my family on the beach in Malibu during our staycation. I savor the salt air and sound of the waves so much and experiencing those things with Luke and Jeff and my Mom made it even sweeter.

A Walk On The Beach



Usually when we vacation I just take a few days off prior to a long weekend but this time I took off an entire seven business days for my birthday to spend with my Mom and sister and get Luke back to school. We chose to staycation for a couple […]

Malibu Beach House Staycation


The Clift in San Francisco is one of those great hotels that offers ambiance, surprise and just the right amount of swank to make you feel like you’ve really visited someplace hip enough to write home about.  From the oversized chair in the lobby that makes you feel a bit […]

The Clift


I spent Saturday at Outside Lands, the annual music festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. It was much better weather than last year, with even some moments of sunshine and I didn’t need to put on my gloves until about 8pm, which is always a plus when it’s the […]

Outside Lands 2015



Typically I’m an SPG gal when I travel, but sometimes I venture outside their network to try new places as was the case last week in San Francisco. I stayed at the Serrano Hotel, a boutique hotel in the Financial District. The rooms were quaint and cheery with yellow and […]

Serrano Hotel


One of the things I love most as I travel around is being exposed to different food trends. For the past few years, Ramen has been trending, which I found very hard to believe since my only experience with Ramen had been the $0.20 instant packages we’d eat for dinner […]

San Francisco Ramen


Last week I was in Vegas for business. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the trip.  I am hoping my life slows down soon so my body can catch up. {Cosmopolitan Lobby} {View of the Bellagio Fountains from my room} {My lovely spacious room} {Down-time at the Marquee […]

Vegas Business



My favorite restaurant in San Francisco is Kokkari. I’m not sure if it’s the working fire spit in the main dining room, the Oriental rugs on the wall or the the high ceilings that make the place feel so homey but the atmosphere feels so warm and relaxing. The food […]

Kokkari


On Friday we had a team building event at Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica. We could not have asked for a more perfect day. The sun was shining, the breeze was just enough to keep us cool without being too windy and the atmosphere was glorious. If you’ve never […]

Annenberg Beach House


Last weekend my best friend and I took a trip to Austin to visit our best college girlfriend to celebrate her 40th birthday. Austin is such a fun place to go for a girls’ weekend. We really had the most perfect days together. Here is my list of top things […]

Austin in a Weekend



My whirlwind of a travel month has finally slowed down just in time for the Fourth of July holiday.  I realized I had not really taken much time to document anything from the last few trips to San Francisco on the blog.  Here is a collection of some of my […]

San Francisco Moments


For one of my recent client dinners in San Francisco, I was on the hunt for a fun restaurant so I literally Googled “fun places to eat in SF” and came across this Thrillest post on SF’s super secret supper clubs.  I decided to give Naked Kitchen a try and […]

Naked Kitchen


Last week we spent a couple of days at Disneyland and California Adventure. It’s Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary and in addition to their epic fireworks display they are hosting all sorts of sweepstakes for visitors to the park to win diamonds and other various prizes. You can read all about how […]

Disneyland 60th Anniversary



Lombardi’s Pizza is famous for being the first pizza place in NY, but it’s also frequently voted “Best Pizza in the City” time and time again. I had always wanted to try it but had never been able to find the time until this last trip, when I happened to […]

Lombardi’s Pizza


One of the best things about getting to travel to NY is that I get unique opportunities to exercise my passion for photography. The picturesque skylines and the everyday sights alike inspire me.  Here are some of my favorite photos from my most recent trip to NY. {Freedom Tower} {Empire […]

New York Photos


The Newfronts were last week in NY.  The number of companies participating has exploded over the past two years.  AOL hosted our Newfront on the 54th floor of 4 World Trade Center, which was a pretty spectacular view.  This year AOL announced we would be upping the stakes on our […]

AOL Newfront 2015



The Stanton Social, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is basically my go-to restaurant for NY dinners because it has great food coupled with great ambiance.  The menu is perfect for large parties because the dishes are shareable. My favorite thing on the menu is the “Chicken & Waffles”, […]

Stanton Social


I had never stayed in the Lower East Side before and last week my meetings took place downtown so I decided to stay at the Sixty LES, sister hotel to the Sixty Soho. I had such a wonderful experience! First of all, my room was larger than your average NY […]

Sixty LES


This week I hosted a fun event for my clients at SOMA Soul Cycle in San Francisco.  It’s such a great team building exercise, no pun intended. The last time I went to Soul Cycle was in 2012 at the West Hollywood location, documented here.  Spin classes have never been […]

SOMA Soul Cycle



I love ballet. It was one of those things that I always dreamed of doing as a kid.  I remember when my Mom told me we couldn’t afford ballet lessons anymore, I had only just started taking them, and I told myself that regardless of whether or not I got […]

SF Ballet


Growing up, we moved around more often than I’d care to remember. My childhood journey took me from Los Angeles,CA to Buffalo, NY, to Rockville, MD to Farmington, NH to Milton, NH.  Ultimately, I chose to go back to California when I graduated High School but up until then my […]

City Girl


On my trip to NY last week I stayed at Sixty Soho. Formerly The Thompson, the hotel is located at 60 Thompson Street, just about a half-a-block from Broome in Soho.  It is walking distance from the infamous Canal Street, where tourists find all forms of counterfeit designer wares.  Sixty […]

Sixty Soho



One of the beautiful things about living in Los Angeles is that there is no shortage of fun things to do around town when the kids are off from school. This week during spring break we took Luke and his cousins to Universal Studios Hollywood to experience the new “Minions” […]

Spring Break- Universal Studios Hollywood


For lunch yesterday we headed to my favorite spot for Mexican food in Beverly Hills, [Frida].  As is my custom, once I find something I like at a restaurant I tend to order that every time I visit and don’t deviate.  The chicken tacos are my go-to at Frida because […]

Frida


One of the truly magnificent things to experience in Puerto Rico is what’s known as the Bio Bay.  It is filled with micro-organisms that emit light when agitated at night.  We paddled in on kayaks just before dark and as we waited it began to rain.  Luckily for us the […]

Bio Bay



I would be remiss not to do a post spotlighting the [El Conquistador Resort] where we stayed in Puerto Rico.  The Waldorf Astoria property boasts over 1,200 rooms and sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea.  The resort is so vast that they have shuttles and a funicular to take you […]

El Conquistador Resort


One of the most memorable adventures we had together as a family in Puerto Rico was zip lining in the rainforest. We went to [Rainforest Zipline], which offers a kid-friendly course of various zip lines through the canopy of the rainforest. The people were so nice and they really made safety […]

Rainforest Zipline


Being married to a life-long surfer has its perks- one being that I can get free lessons anytime I choose to.  Over the years we have surfed together in Manhattan Beach, Malibu & Hawaii but there’s something to be said for taking a proper surfing lesson as a form of […]

Surfing La Pared



Just a short ferry ride from the El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico is [Palomino Island]. We had the pleasure of spending the day there as a family and it was pure paradise. We kayaked together over to a small sandbar where we were the only people. We swam together […]

Palomino Island


Jeff and Luke arrived to meet me on Tuesday night, just in time to kick off the beginning of our time together as my business meetings came to an end Wednesday afternoon.  I was so excited to see them and missed them so much.  We have lots of adventures planned […]

Puerto Rican Water Slide


Greetings from Puerto Rico! I am here for business but came a day early to enjoy the sights and am going to extend my trip in order to have Luke and Jeff join me. I’m so excited for us to be able to experience this new place together. This is […]

Puerto Rico



For President’s Day we decided to head down to San Pedro to visit the USS Iowa. Jeff suggested we tour it and I didn’t even know that it existed! I was so amazed to see there was such a massive piece of history in our own relative backyard. If you’re […]

USS Iowa


I first heard about Foreign Cinema last year from one of my clients in San Francisco. It is a restaurant in the Mission district that shows movies in the backdrop while you dine. Each time I’d tried to get reservations they were booked, but this last trip I got lucky […]

Foreign Cinema


Last week I was in San Francisco for meetings and stayed at the Park Central San Francisco, formerly the Westin Market Street. While I did miss the Orange- Blueberry Granola pancakes of the Westin, aside from that it’s still a wonderful hotel with great views, clean rooms and lovely service. […]

Park Central San Francisco



On day two of my best friend’s birthday celebration, we headed out to Malibu for a tour down memory lane where our friendship all began 23 years ago- [Pepperdine University]. It was so restorative to walk around and remember all the little things that bound us together so closely all […]

Memory Lane


My best friend’s 40th birthday was in January and I had planned a special celebration getaway far in advance. She lives in San Diego so she came up to Los Angeles for the night and I booked us at the [SLS].  I had visited the hotel for events before but had […]

SLS Beverly Hills


I love the San Fernando Valley. From its sweeping views of the mountains to its wide open spaces for simple things like parking. The pace of my life doesn’t often allow me to take it all in, but this past weekend Jeff took us for a spontaneous hike at the […]

Valley Hike



My boys went up to Big Bear with Jeff’s family on Friday so I got to have a girls’ night out! We chose [The Misfit] in Santa Monica, a trendy spot with great food. The ambiance is very  cool with the backdrop of the bar set up like a built-in […]

The Misfit


I had meetings in San Francisco yesterday so I came up Sunday night and the whole city seemed to have come to life since the last time I was here. I love being in New York City when it gets all dressed up for the holidays but I’ve never been […]

Christmastime in San Francisco


I remember the days when Luke was first learning to ride his bike here and here. When I told Luke that Jeff and I rode bikes on our Santa Monica getaway he burst into tears “you rode bikes without me?!” he cried. I immediately rectified the situation with a promise […]

Family Bike Ride



We try to get out to Palm Springs at least a few times a year to visit Jeff’s Dad. This weekend we were able to getaway for one night and stayed at the Westin Mission Hills Villas. It is adjacent to the Westin Mission Hills Hotel & Spa so you […]

Westin Mission Hills Villas


When I’m in San Francisco my days are typically hectic but usually that’s ok because I spend the night and have some downtime in the hotel to relax and unwind. Yesterday was a non-stop day however. I had 9 hours to squeeze  everything in and despite the rain, the day […]

9 Hours in San Francisco


When Jeff was growing up, he learned to surf at Santa Monica Beach. For our getaway to Santa Monica last weekend we chose to stay at the Casa Del Mar, right on that very same beach. As we walked the beach facing the hotel, Jeff recalled that back then the […]

Casa Del Mar Hotel



Friday night Jeff and I stole away to Santa Monica to celebrate the anniversary of our first date. Its the first time we actually celebrated in Santa Monica, which is odd, since our first date actually took place there.  On our first date we had dinner at the Ivy at […]

Santa Monica Getaway


On my trip to NY this week I stayed at the Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue. It is a hip & clean spot with a great view of the Empire State building from its Rooftop Pool.  The service is impeccable.  My towels and trash were emptied twice daily and when […]

The Gansevoort Hotel


New York City is magical this time of year. And if you can slow down long enough, taking in the sights can be great entertainment on its own. Here are a few of the photos I snapped as I walked around the city. {Radio City Music Hall} {Grand Central Station} […]

New York Highlights



This week I was in New York for business and was lucky enough to spend some quality time with my sister. I was excited to find that Hugh Jackman was back on Broadway and since I missed his show last time around, it was a fun thing for us to do together. […]

The River


I discovered a wonderful new restaurant this week called [Riva Bella]. The ambiance is so beautiful that you literally feel at peace as soon as you walk in. The menu is diverse enough to satisfy a large party of varying tastes and their ciabatta bread is amazing. If you’re on […]

Riva Bella


My office hosted the coolest team building event last week at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. It was a scavenger hunt, courtesy of [City Hunt]. They split us all up into teams, handed us an envelope filled with instructions and a digital camera, and gave us two hours to accomplish […]

Hollywood Scavenger Hunt



When it’s 105º in October, you find yourself longing for the beach quite a bit, so after church on Sunday we headed to Malibu to cool off.   The weather was a perfect 83º and clear skies.  It was nice to have a family day with no agenda.  We skipped rocks […]

Malibu


If you are looking for a nice place to stay in Pismo Beach, [Dolphin Bay Resort] is at the top of my list.  All of their rooms are suites which include full service kitchens and spacious living rooms, so its perfect for families.   We splurged for an ocean view room […]

Dolphin Bay Resort


This year our annual church denomination’s Fall leaders conference was held in Pismo so we enjoyed a short time away from the hustle and bustle of LA life.  Pismo Beach is quite possibly my favorite place on Earth (Maybe that’s because I’ve only ever really been here in the Fall, when the […]

Pismo



Although I grew up on the East Coast, I was born in Los Angeles and I have loved living here for all of my adult life.  Jeff has never lived anywhere but Southern California.  Despite that, earlier this month we realized that there is  a lot we still don’t know about our […]

LA Hidden Staircases


We extended our beach day in Santa Monica last weekend with a visit to the Santa Monica Pier.  It was the first time we ever took Luke to Pacific Park, so he was basically in heaven riding all the rides.  I highly recommend it as an affordable alternative to Disneyland. {dude- […]

Santa Monica Pier


Living in Southern California, its easy to take the beach for granted. I don’t know how it went so fast, but somehow we reached the end of Summer without even going to the beach. Last weekend we spontaneously decided to head to Santa Monica and it turned out to be a wonderful opportunity […]

Endless Summer



In 110° heat, the last thing you really want to think about is putting on clothes, so keeping it casual is the key to happiness. That means, leaving your jewelry at home and keeping lots of cotton blends on hand. Sunglasses and a hat are really the only accessories you […]

Desert Casual


On our final night at the Westin Mission Hills, we attended a Luau on the property. It came complete with hula and fire dancing, which was super fun for Luke. It reminded me of our times in Hawaii together, minus the humidity and the five-hour flight, making it a much […]

Labor Day Luau


I hope all of you had an excellent long Labor Day weekend! My husband was due for some relaxation time so we headed to the desert. Our favorite place to unwind and reconnect with each other is the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA. They are a great […]

Labor Day Highlights



It’s no secret that I am not a fan of camping. Its not that I don’t enjoy the outdoors, I just find it counter-intuitive to sleep on the dirty ground outside when I spend so much of my energy trying to keep a roof over my head and a warm […]

Glamping


My biggest problem with Vegas used to be that you couldn’t get from any of the hotel lobbies to your room without walking through the cigarette-smoke laden casinos, which left your hair constantly smelling like an ashtray. The Cosmopolitan Hotel has fixed that so my latest trip to Vegas was […]

The Cosmopolitan


I haven’t been to Vegas for five years so arriving here this week for a business trip was almost like visiting it for the first time.  I wandered around most of yesterday wide-eyed, distracted and amazed at everything.  Here are a few of my favorite moments. {The Juggler who welcomed […]

Vegas Moments



I will be going from one weather extreme to another this week with a trip to Vegas followed right behind by a trip to San Francisco.  Extreme temps are forecasted to span from 100 at the high to 40 at the low.  Only a trip to San Francisco could require […]

Packing for Extreme Temps


Friday afternoon we headed down to the [St. Regis in Monarch Beach] for an anniversary getaway. Despite the traffic that took us 3 hours to get there, it was a really pleasant trip. They upgraded us to an executive suite and got us into the Monarch Bay Resort Club for […]

Anniversary Getaway St. Regis


It is always a thrill to tour historical sites, but there is something especially exciting to me about touring our National Monuments and places of government. My soul floods with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and joy whenever I am near them. I’m strange that way.  I tried to pass […]

US Capitol



I lived just outside of DC, in a town called Rockville, Maryland for a short time growing up. My Dad used to love taking us to tour DC and my favorite Smithsonian Museum was always the Natural History Museum. On this 4th of July family trip we toured the Air […]

Best of the Smithsonian


I am a sucker for a double-decker city bus tour. My friends tease me because I even love riding them in my own town of Los Angeles. Not surprisingly then, our first item on the agenda in DC was to tour it from the big red bus. Here is our […]

DC Tour


We enjoyed spending Independence Day in our Nation’s Capital for a very patriotic 4th of July this year. It was Luke’s first time ever visiting DC and all of our first times experiencing DC on the 4th. It was so nice to spend some time reflecting on the freedom we […]

Patriotic 4th



I arrived in San Francisco yesterday afternoon and spent the evening walking around Union Square. I really am introvert at heart because I relish time by myself in a big city where I can just get lost in the sea of folks and be alone with my thoughts as I […]

San Francisco Sights


Jeff was going out of town on Memorial Day so Luke and I went on a Mother/Son getaway to San Diego.  We stayed at La Costa, one of our favorite family destinations in Southern California.  This was the first time we had a chance to enjoy the splash center and […]

La Costa Memorial Weekend


For the past four years AOL has instituted a designated volunteer day as a way to demonstrate our corporate value of “We are in the business of helping people period”. We call it “Monster Help Day” and every office across the globe participates in some way. This year our office […]

Heal the Bay



It’s no secret for anyone who knows me that I am a particular eater and when I find something I like at a restaurant, I tend to order the same thing every time because I hate making decisions. The Ivy on Robertson is my favorite restaurant in LA and I […]

The Ivy at the Shore


Last week I was in San Francisco for a couple of days and the weather was 84 degrees each day. It was lovely to experience what this city can be like when the sun hits it. Here are the highlights of my trip. {Waking up to the sun} {Union Square […]

San Francisco Sun


We had not been to the zoo since Luke was really little. That said, when he asked me if we could go after his baseball game I said yes without giving any thought to the weather, which turned out to be 90 degrees that day. I am teaching Luke that […]

LA Zoo



This last trip to NY I stayed at the Dream Downtown, which is a swanky hotel in the Meatpacking district, a block away from the Highline and overlooking the Google offices, which was interesting to me, as an AOLer.  The best thing about this hotel was its decor.  The room […]

NY NY Big City of Dreams


It was really wonderful to get a bit of a breather between my meetings in NY last week and visit The Highline, which is an old railway above the city streets that was converted into a public open space in 2009.  I had been interested in seeing it since I […]

The Highline


I was in NY this week for the AOL Newfront (if you’re unfamiliar with advertising jargon you can read more about what a Newfront is here).  This year it was hosted in Brooklyn because of the historical significance of the first Ad that ever ran on television, which was for […]

AOL Newfront 2014



We stayed at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach for my cousin’s wedding at the tail end of our Spring Break. It was our first time at this hotel and it was an amazing place for a family getaway. Complete with various shops on the property, a little market that serves […]

Hyatt Huntington Beach


I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and we had three ATVs, which we called four wheelers, for the seven of us kids to share.  In the winter we would ride them across the ice and in summer we’d ride them in circles around our sprawling lawn. […]

Off Road


Lately I feel like my life has been a bit of a blur. Things are finally settled down a bit this week and I had a chance to upload a few highlight photos from my time at AdTech SF where AOL announced our new ONE initiative complete with a party […]

Adtech SF Highlights 2014



In between meetings in San Francisco last week, I took the opportunity to go for a walk in the park across the street from my hotel. While there I discovered it was a place called Yerba Buena Gardens, which has shops, a park and a memorial to Dr. Martin Luther […]

Yerba Buena Gardens


I was in San Francisco last week and had a chance to stay at the St. Regis for the first time. It was such a wonderful hotel and is now in my personal top three. My favorite thing about it was all of the little details that made the hotel […]

St Regis San Francisco


Deciding where to eat at SXSW can be a daunting task.  Hopefully this guide can help you find your way through the crowds. 1) Barbecue- Don’t leave without some good old Texas Barbecue.  Stubbs is my go-to, but  Iron Works is just around the corner.  Franklin BBQ is hailed the best […]

SXSW- What to Eat



With too many options to evaluate for every day of this conference, here’s a little guide to help with the overwhelming task of what to do at SXSW. 1) Attend the Sessions.  Obviously.  This shot is from the “Conversation with Nicholas Cage” I attended.  In it, one of the fans […]

SXSW- What to Do


Last week I spent a couple of days in Santa Barbara for a work event.  We hosted lunch at the gorgeous Villa Angeli, part of Stolpman Vineyards.  Jessica Stolpman was our hostess and she was as amazing as the scenery.  One very cool thing they do at Stolpman is they […]

Villa Angeli


Yesterday I took my team to Santa Monica for a fun outing. We had lunch at Shutters on the Beach and then strolled over to the Pier for ice cream cones and a ride on the Ferris Wheel at Pacific Park. In all the years I’ve lived in SoCal I […]

Pacific Park



A while back I asked my son what he wanted to be when he grew up, thinking he would say the usual- fireman, doctor, teacher, etc.  His answer was quite elaborate and well thought out.  “First I’m going to be a soldier.  Then I’m going to open a restaurant that […]

Farmers Market


I try to work out on a weekly basis but that usually involves the elliptical machine, light free weights at high reps or at-home workout videos (I’ve been doing the Cindy Crawford Shape Your Body workout video since high school).  While in Scottsdale last weekend I thought it would be fun to try […]

Camelback Mountain


While in Scottsdale last weekend, Jeff and I took an excursion to a dude ranch. It was a 45 minute drive from Scottsdale to Canyon Creek Ranch.  We met up with our guide and he took us on a private horseback ride from the ranch to an old western town […]

City Slickers



One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2014 was to spend more time bonding with my family. I got my first chance at cultivating this resolution last weekend. Jeff and I had a wedding in Scottsdale, Arizona and we decided to stay an extra night.  We chose Montelucia Resort and we […]

Montelucia Resort


Tucked away behind an unassuming wall of greenery on the corner of Melrose and Robertson in West Hollywood, CA is a place called Cecconi’s. It’s ambiance is classic Hollywood swank complete with a marble bar and crystal chandeliers. The food is incredibly fresh and for an Italian restaurant, they offer […]

Cecconi’s


I love my job in advertising but it comes with a good amount of stress. Usually that is due to the fact that I’m forced to come up with really creative ideas in a very short amount of time and then execute on those ideas in an even shorter amount […]

De-Stress Rx



We ventured out to Disneyland because I promised Luke I’d take him over Christmas break. I have never seen the line so long for Pirates of the Caribbean in my life. Needless to say, we didn’t ride it this trip but we made a great time of it going on […]

Happiest Holidays on Earth


One of the things I love most about New Year’s Eve is getting to spend time reflecting on the past and planning for the future. One of my resolutions this year is to spend more bonding time with my family. We got a head start on that yesterday with an […]

Blessed 2014


I remember sitting in my 5th grade classroom watching the launch of the space shuttle Challenger and the “First Teacher in Space” as it burst into flames.  That was such a grave day it was hard to imagine attempting to send another mission into space after that.  The space shuttle Endeavour […]

Endeavour



I braved the light rain to do a bit of Christmas shopping on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills last week. Even though I work in this city, this is the first time I have ever walked around in it during the Holidays. It was perfect that it was raining because […]

Rodeo Holiday Rain


I was traveling last week and as difficult as it is to be gone for business meetings in the middle of the Christmas season, Miami is not a bad place to have to be. Although I didn’t get much outside time and still have never been to South Beach, I […]

Moon Over Miami


I had a day trip to San Francisco for meetings this week and although the weather was a cool 40 degrees, it was a pleasant surprise to see sunshine and these clear blue skies in the city which usually is much gloomier this time of year.  Thank you San Francisco! […]

Sunny San Francisco



To make work travel more interesting, I try to pay attention to the everyday sights and sounds of the cities I visit to see if I can capture any moments of beauty & joy.  In doing so, I find beauty even in the simple everyday things that we so easily […]

NY Highlights


February will mark my 14th year working in Advertising at AOL. I love this company. It has provided me with such an amazing window to the world and I am so proud to have been a part of seeing it go from first taking Americans online to now taking great […]

AOL Office Tour


I was in NY last week for meetings and had carved out time to have lunch with my Uncle who treated me to an epic lunch at Trinity Place, a restaurant inside a real vault.  He topped off our time with a grand tour of his office at FINRA, the […]

One Liberty Plaza



They opened up a Magnolia Bakery just a hop, skip and a jump from my office in Beverly Hills. I finally had the chance to visit for the first time yesterday. I left with two yummy cupcakes. A vanilla with pink frosting and a chocolate chocolate with sprinkles, which of […]

Magnolia Bakery LA


Adweek is one of my favorite Ad Industry conferences because it takes place in NY in the Fall which is the perfect time of year to be in the city.  There was a lot of press on AOL last week because we launched the first ever Programmatic Upfront.  We hosted […]

Adweek NY 2013


I had a big meeting in San Francisco today so I came up the night before to prep for it.  Some people thrive on nervous energy.  I am not one of those people.  I have to spend a lot of time in prayer to calm my nerves but it all […]

Manic Monday



With all the traveling I’ve done for work over the years, I’ve probably only had to travel on a Sunday a handful of times but this Sunday was tough with a 6am flight. I got on the plane and slept half the trip which was much needed since I had […]

Sunday in New York


Jeff and I are attending our denomination’s regional Pastor’s conference in Ventura this week. We are staying at the beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort in Oxnard. I love this hotel because it holds a special family memory for us. The last time we were here was 6 years ago, over 4th […]

Mandalay Bay


Despite the amount of travel that I do, I get anxiety every time I have to fly. Last week’s trip to San Francisco was my first flight alone in a good while but I followed my standard regimen for calming my nerves, sans alcohol, and made it through feeling really […]

Anxiety Free Travel



As a pure-bred Southern California boy, nothing turns my husband back into a little kid like a good thundershower. Usually we only get to experience them on our east coast trips but today on our way home from Palm Springs we ran into an unexpected one. We drove with the […]

Desert Storm


While in San Diego last weekend, we stayed at the Sheraton San Diego Marina (Bay Tower) and the room was spacious with a gorgeous view of the sailboats.  We were only there long enough to enjoy the wonderful morning vistas but would like to stay here again when we have […]

Sheraton San Diego Marina


We spent a night in Orange County at the Westin South Coast Plaza and got to enjoy some quality time by the pool.  Confession- my favorite thing to do while at a hotel is to watch in-room movies.  It’s such a convenient way to catch up on new releases without having […]

Westin South Coast Plaza



I hadn’t planned on doing anything on our10th Anniversary since my husband would be in school and we had already taken our bi-coastal vacation last month in lieu of Paris.  Jeff surprised me and booked us a night away at Terranea, an amazing resort on the bluffs of Rancho Palos […]

Terranea


Hot on the heels of our summer vacation, we attended my cousin’s wedding in Newport Beach. It was the first wedding on a boat we had ever experienced. Such a beautiful day for it, 76 and slightly overcast. The boat held about 75 guests for the ceremony and the reception […]

Newport Nuptials


We decided to end our vacation travels at the happiest place on Earth.  I was a bit apprehensive about attempting to visit the park the week of the 4th of July for fear of the crowds, but we did it over two days and that proved to be a fantastic […]

Disneyland



We have so many options for vacations here in Southern California that it’s often difficult to decide on where to go, so it helps me to narrow it down by asking myself if it will mean I get to spend time with friends that I don’t normally see. Since my […]

Paradise Point


If you’ve ever tried to blow dry your own hair straight, then you understand the reason you would want someone to do it for you.  Let’s be honest, our visits to the salon are much less about the cut itself and more about the way we feel when we step […]

Drybar


The second stop on our US Bi-coastal vacation was Malibu. We spent two glorious days on the beach falling asleep to the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. We had no plans, which is always a struggle for me, but ended up being great. We went fishing off […]

Malibu



My sister, the artist, met up with us in NY and took us to MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) where I was excited to witness the Rain Room exhibit. I had read about it in researching my trip and it was hard to understand how people could walk through the […]

MOMA Rain Room


It can be overwhelming if you are visiting the greatest city in the world and only have two or three days to see it. The problem multiplies as you begin planning because you just start discovering even more things to do and compounds  in difficulty if you are traveling to […]

NY Itinerary: 25 Things to Do in NYC in a ...


Being that my husband is a Pastor, we don’t often get to visit other Sunday services except when we’re on vacation. While we were in NY, we visited the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Their commitment to prayer and their heart for the people of Brooklyn is legendary in Christian circles. It is […]

Brooklyn Tabernacle



Follow my blog with Bloglovin Who doesn’t love a carousel? For me, there’s something about the harpsichord music and the slight breeze that blows through your hair when the pretty ponies lift you ever so slowly up and down as you go round and round. It’s hard to imagine a […]

Jane’s Carousel


I spent my adolescence in New Hampshire and often in Summer, I would take the row boat out on the pond behind our house just to be alone and enjoy the day. When I found out you could rent row boats in Central Park I was so excited to share […]

Central Park Boathouse


Having visited New York City eighteen times in the last few years, I have a favorite everything about the city. That said, my favorite place to stay is the Waldorf Astoria because I love the way it feels to be here. I’m big on lists, so here is my list […]

I Love the Waldorf



I had hopes of taking a trip to Paris this Summer to celebrate our upcoming 10th wedding anniversary and had been saving for it for months. The only window of time Jeff had available was the last week of June and first week of July. Unfortunately just before I booked […]

NY Weekend


I spent this week in Baltimore. When I flew in on Monday the airport was closed down for a thundershower and we didn’t have enough fuel to wait out the storm. Luckily the skies opened up and so did the airport. The rest of the week was nothing but blue […]

Baltimore


Last week I had the privilege of having lunch at the famously exclusive Club 33 in Disneyland’s New Orlean’s Square.  If you’ve never heard of it, that’s because it’s a secret club.  There is a $10,000 annual fee to belong to it in addition to a $25,000 initiation fee.  The […]

Disneyland Club 33



On one of my recent trips to San Francisco, I had the pleasure of dining at Luce, located at the Intercontinental Hotel. The occasion was a gathering of my advertising gal pals to welcome one of them back from maternity leave. While the dinner was delicious, the most memorable thing […]

Mommy Timeout


It’s no secret that I think NY is the best city on the planet. Part of the reason I feel that way is that no matter how many times I visit it, there is always something new and exciting waiting for me to experience. Here are a few of the […]

New York Highlights


Yesterday I attended the AOL Newfront at Moynihan Station in NYC. The “Newfront”is the online advertising version of the longstanding Television “Upfront” which has been a gathering of advertising folks hosted by television executives for the purpose of previewing their slate of upcoming shows to sponsor. It was a stellar […]

NY Newfront 2013



On our trip to Branson, Missouri, for the first time in my life of travels the airline lost our luggage, so that did not set a very good tone for the trip.  We had to go shopping at 10pm at Kohls to find outfits for the Quinceanera Ceremony. All’s well […]

Branson, Missouri Day 1


Our Saturday morning tradition is to head down to the local Starbucks and sit around a table talking, dreaming and planning our day together over decaf cappuccino and old fashioned doughnuts.  While in Springfield, our friends added a twist to our tradition and took us to the Classic Rock Coffee […]

Classic Rock Coffee Co.


My first visit to San Francisco 13 years ago, I hated it. The weather was awful and I couldn’t imagine why folks would want to live here. Then a co-worker of mine took me on a tour shortly after – the trolly cars, the crookedest street, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square […]

Sights of San Francisco