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From Foothills to Fog Makeover!!

Notice anything different around here? I'm obsessed with my new blog design from the amazing Aubrey with The Kinch Life and Kinch Designs.

I have never really loved the way my blog looked.  Aesthetically, it didn't feel like it was a reflection of me. I actually delayed even starting a blog because I originally wanted help with the design from the beginning. But ultimately, I decided to just use a Blogger template so I could bring From Foothills to Fog to life. Once I discovered The Kinch Life, and saw Aubrey's designs around the blog world, I knew she was exactly who I wanted to work with. Not only are her designs beautiful, she is so amazing to work with! I could picture the style I wanted in my head, and somehow she managed to decode my rambling emails and create what I had envisioned all along. I am extremely indecisive, and with her expertise, she helped create exactly what I wanted.

If you're looking for someone to create a new design for your blog, I can't recommend Aubrey enough. For an affordable cost, you will get a beautiful new design and have a wonderful experience working with her.

So a big THANK YOU to Aubrey for creating a design that is a reflection of me!

Talk about a before and after!

I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I hope you all have an amazing holiday weekend! Andrew and I don't have much planned. We're staying in the city because the Bay Bridge is closed and we didn't want to face traffic trying to leave the city. I'm looking forward to a few relaxing days at home.


San Francisco Exploratorium

Last night, Andrew and I went to the San Francisco Exploratorium with some of our friends. Andrew's company is one of the sponsors of the Exploratorium, and last night was a sponsor appreciation event so we had free tickets. 

I was really excited to visit the exploratorium. I hadn't been since grade school, but I had the best memories of going and playing with all of the exhibits. It used to be over by the Palace of Fine Arts, but recently moved to Pier 15, so I was excited to see the new location. 

The new space is really great. It's much larger and I like the layout. It's also nice that it is right on the bay. There are amazing views of the Bay Bridge, and even outdoor spaces to sit and appreciate the views. 

We didn't stay too long. It was surprisingly crowded for a Wednesday evening. But we did manage to see quite a few things. It was definitely a good time, but I think it would be much more enjoyable to go with kids. It was a little overwhelming and I wasn't sure where to begin. I could see it being really fun to go with one of our friends that have small kids, and see it through their eyes. It was obvious all the kids there were absolutely loving it! You could see the wonder in their eyes, and interest as they played with the different exhibits and lights displays. I'm looking forward to going back someday with Phillip! 

fun wall display
colorful shadows - reminded me of the iPod commercial
slinky on a treadmill!
San Francisco in toothpicks - took 37 years to make!
beautiful bay view

Have you ever been to the Exploratorium in San Francisco? 


Lands End

Louis in front of his restaurant
love the heart shaped cut-out in the rock

Since I moved to San Francisco, I've been wanting to hike at Lands End. Last weekend was the perfect opportunity since Andrew's mom was in town. Even though it had been beautiful the day before, we woke up to a thick layer of fog coating the city. We waited a while, hoping it would burn off, but Karl seemed to be sticking around for the day. Regardless of the fog, we decided to go for it anyways. And I'm glad we did. 

We started our hike at Sutro Baths, then worked our way along the coast towards Baker Beach on the Lands End Trail. The fog was resting just above us, so there was still a view of the Pacific and the bottom of the Golden Gate bridge. In the distance, we could see the beautiful blue water by Sausalito, teasing us that just across the bridge, they were enjoying summer. 

Hopefully this fall, we'll be able to hike at Lands End on a clear day. I'm sure the views of the Golden Gate are spectacular. Although, next time I think we'll go early in the morning to miss some of the crowds. 

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Treasure Island Flea Market

We had a great weekend. Andrew's mom decided to make an impromptu trip to San Francisco for the weekend. It's always so fun to have house guests, especially family that we don't get to see often enough. 

Andrew and I have been wanting to go to the Treasure Island Flea Market for a while now, and it happened to fall on this weekend. (It's the last weekend of the month for you locals). Andrew's mom is also a fan of flea markets, so she was as excited to go as I was.

I think Andrew and his sister got a little burnt out looking at countless booths of old "junk," but Andrew's mom and I had a blast looking for treasures amongst the piles of well-loved antiques and treasures.

We both found a few things we couldn't live without. I had been looking for an old scale to put in our kitchen, and I found one for just $10! I also walked away with two Pyrex pie dishes for only $2 each, as well as an old cut glass decanter for our whiskey bar. Andrew's mom found a cute old Pepsi crate and another small, vintage food box she plans to use in her kitchen.

It was a beautiful, warm day. Fortunately, there was no fog and we had an amazing view of the city. Of course, major blogger fail, I forgot to charge my camera battery, and it died right when we arrived. Of course, I did manage to snap a few pictures on my iPhone.

It was such a great day! I hope to go back again next month to see what else I can find. Do you like flea markets? Are there any good ones in your area?



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6 Months!

Remember when you had a boyfriend in middle school and celebrated your anniversary each month? Well today, we're going to pretend like we're back in middle school and celebrate 6 months of blogging! Because, why not celebrate the small things?

It's hard to believe it's already been 6 months since I started this little ol' blog! Even in this short amount of time, it has been one of the most fun and rewarding things I've ever done. I love having this creative space that I can come to each day and write out my thoughts and feelings. But best of all, I have already connected with so many other amazing ladies. The blogging community truly is amazing. What a wonderful and inspiring place to go each day. 

Thank you all so much for reading each day. Your comments and emails mean the world to me, and always bring a smile to my face. I feel fortunate to have already made blog friends, some I've been able to meet and spend time with, and some I look forward to meeting in person someday! 

I often I think about how wonderful it will be, years from now, to look back on these early posts and reminisce about my life in San Francisco and relive all the fun things Andrew and I have been up to. It's like an ongoing scrapbook of our lives. 

Here's to many more months, and many new friends along the way! Thank you so much for reading and supporting me!



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Likes // Dislikes

I got this idea over on Natalie Dressed, and thought it would be a fun post to share a little bit more about myself and all of my quirks. I love reading these types of posts by fellow bloggers, so I hope you all enjoy these random tidbits about me! 

Like // The smell of boat exhaust. I know, it sounds weird. I think it just reminds me of summer and being out on the lake. 

Dislike // Waking up. I loveeee my sleep, and am not a fan of waking up in the morning. I hit snooze at least four times before I crawl out of bed and take a shower. And there is a good chance I'm still asleep for at least the first few minutes of my shower each morning. The only time I like waking up early, is if I'm heading somewhere on vacation.

Like // Flying. I know a lot of people don't like flying or dealing with the hassle of airport travel. But I love to fly. I am sure part of that is because it usually means you're heading off for an adventure, but even airport security lines and delays don't get me too stressed out. I can vividly remember one of the first (if not the first) flights I took, for a family vacation to the east coast. I've always loved looking out the window and wondering about what's below.

Dislike // Spiders. Snakes and other bugs I can handle, but spiders send me into a fit of fear and anxiety. My brother in law actually finds this quite amusing. When I was living with them, he put two BIG, creepy spiders in a glass and left them on the kitchen counter for me. If it wasn't for my lovely sister, they would have been on my bedside table. Rude.

Like // Travel. I can't get enough. If only we could catch up to the rest of the world and have a month+ paid vacation time. There are so many places I want to go! I hope we can get a big trip on the books for next year.

Dislike // Not having a garbage disposal. I'm not a huge fan of washing dishes either, but I've gotten used to not having a dishwasher since living in San Francisco. However, no one should ever have to live without a garbage disposal. Cleaning the out drain stopper has got to be one of the worst chores EVER. First World problems, I know.

Like // Country Music. I can't understand why so many people hate it! I love listening to country, especially during the summer. It reminds me of home. I love how relatable the songs are. So many of them could be written about my life growing up in the foothills.

Dislike // Wedge sneakers. I cannot figure out how these have gotten so popular. I just can't get behind this trend. Actually, the same goes for crop tops and overalls. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I don't get.

Like // Cheese. I honestly can't remember the last time I went an entire day without eating cheese. It's just too good to live without. No paleo diets for this girl.

Dislike // Junk mail. Seriously why do they send so much crap in the mail? Do people really sign up for all of those credit cards? I feel like I'm constantly recycling so much paper, I hate how wasteful it is. On second thought, maybe I should actually be using all those coupons we get...

How's that for a random Wednesday post? What are some of your likes and dislikes?



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My Colors are Blush and Bashful

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Name that movie!

My sister and I used watch Steel Magnolias over and over. We can both recite the entire movie. If you haven't seen it, add it to your Netflix queue immediately. It's a classic!

I've never really been a huge fan of pink. There are a handful of pink items in my closet, but I generally gravitate towards black and jewel tones. Although lately, I've been noticing more and more pink showing up on my Pinterest boards. Everywhere from home decor, pretty pictures and my wardrobe inspiration. Usually, they are soft pink and blush tones, nothing too bright.

I know we're heading into fall, and most of these items have a summery feel, but with our trip to Cabo around the corner, I can't help myself! As much as I love fall, I'm looking forward to getting as much as possible out of these last few weeks of summer! 

I hope your week is off to a wonderful start!



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Shaver Lake

This weekend we went camping at Shaver Lake with some of our closest friends from college. Andrew and I heard about Shaver Lake a few years ago when we were searching for camping spots halfway between Sacramento and San Diego. Shaver Lake looked gorgeous,  however it is really difficult to get reservations there since it's such a popular destination. 

Earlier this summer, a group of us from college were throwing around dates for a camping trip. Andrew called Shaver and they had an available site for this weekend, which happened to work for most of the group! I quickly faxed in our reservation form, and luckily we got a site reserved. 

Shaver Lake is in the Sierra National Forest, and the setting is similar to Tahoe. The lake is surrounded by pine trees and mountains in the distance. It was a perfect place to spend time with friends and relax at the lake. The campground itself is really nice. Our campsite was quite large, and there are amenities like volleyball and basketball courts, as well as a little general store. 

We spent the majority of the day Saturday down at the lake. One of our friends brought a huge 6 person raft, as well as some other floaty's so we tied ourselves to a buoy and lounged in the sun. The evenings we spent in camp making dinner, and playing catch phrase and talking around the fire. 

It was a short trip, since we arrived late Friday night and check out time was at 11am on Sunday. But at the same time it was nice to be home early Sunday to get ready for the work week. We all agreed we should go back next summer. I didn't realize that it was a small mountain town, and not just the campground. There were bars and restaurants that would have been fun to explore if we had more time. Maybe next year we'll rent a cabin since the campground fills up so quickly. 

Have you ever been to Shaver Lake? 

I hope you all had a great weekend! 



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