Welcome! I’m Catherine. For me, it's important to stretch my mind, travel far, and always have a stash of dark chocolate.

Weekend Links / / California (Here We Come)

California (Here We Come) Our 2009 California Vacation

Jordan has been in California all week for work and this afternoon I'm finally boarding my flight to join him! It wasn't ideal spending our wedding anniversary apart, BUT we'll be spending some much-needed vacation together in California so I say it's a good compromise. We've been to Cali both separately and together many times but this time we're driving the Pacific Coast Highway from L.A. to San Fransisco and ending in Sacramento. It will be a different kind of trip full of adventure and excitement, exploring new placings and things.

I'm excited to have basically no set-in-stone agenda. We have a rough outline of when and where with certain areas of interest, but I know we'll have to move at a slower pace because of Baby Short. If you have any stops or restaurant recommendations along the way let me know!

Onto the links!

Pregnancy Travel Tips | This trip, Jordan and I will be traveling with a combination of driving and flying. I've had a fairly normal and healthy pregnancy but that doesn't mean it hasn't come with my share of discomfort. Thankfully, my nausea subsided at 17 weeks but that's right around the time I began swelling. I know staying hydrated and stretching as frequently as possible will be lifesavers. I love these tips.

How To Break In Clogs | My Nina Z clogs arrived earlier this week and as soon as I broke open the box I grabbed a pair of socks to begin the breaking-in process.

Let's Talk About Sleep, Baby | I really appreciated Jessica breaking down the sleep habits of her three children. Basically, sleep training methods are not one size fits all and some children are naturally better sleepers than others. I hope baby Yoshi takes after us as Jordan and I are both great sleepers... but we shall see!

Virgin Tropical Margaritas | Despite not drinking margaritas regularly, I have craved them my entire second trimester. I plan on keeping a pitcher of this in my fridge all summer long!

Leather Furniture Favorites | I've been surprised at how well our furniture purchases have lasted through our moves (seven in total?) but Jordan and I both have an itch for a major decor/furniture switch up. When we move again, first on our agenda is to exchange our current couch for a leather one. Our Room & Board sofa (bought in 09) is super stylish and has held up great but it's not as lounge-y as we would like it to be. It's a living room couch, not a family room couch. Plus kids and cloth just don't really mix. ;-)

Happy Weekend, all!

Linking with Erika, Astleigh, and Amanda.

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