Have a Wonderful Weekend!


Went on a food tour for work yesterday! Writing for a small-town newspaper is turning out to be the best job ever.

Happy Friday, everyone! What are you up to this weekend? We’re looking forward to a visit from my cousin and her family, and my wonderful parents are also in town. So we’ll be playing tourist in our own city, as well as opening up our home, which are two of my favorite things to do!

If you’re in a reading/browsing mood, here are a few things I’ve been reading and shopping for and thinking about.


Elliott sent me this wonderful article with the subject line, “Let’s open a bookstore!”

I just saw this movie and it was dreamy. The plot is far-fetched, but take a friend and go ooh and ahh at Blake Lively’s wardrobe.

Speaking of clothes, I’ve been on the hunt for a new swimsuit, and so far I’m coming up empty. I scored a beautiful new Anthropologie suit on eBay for a mere $30, but I was waaaaaay too tall for it. Any suggestions for a girl with a long torso? I’m looking for a one-piece or a tankini, but so far I haven’t found a tankini I like…

This amazing giveaway ends tonight! You could win! Enter now!!!


His favorite place is IN their bed. They seem to love it.

I need another baby girl just to have some of these blankets. Love those florals!

Our book club just chose this novel for June. Love, war, and… going to war side-by-side with your husband. Can’t wait. Have you read it?

She is my favorite blogger for so many reasons.

And on the subject of blogging — when I’m not writing here, I’m working on two or more articles a week for a local newspaper. In addition to covering local news for them, I also write a weekly column called “Coronado Living” about hospitality, simplicity, and life in my town, where you’ll get more of the Becca you know from this blog. Here’s a recent one about a trip we took to the ER in the middle of the night (poor Lena!).


Doing much better and building Magnatile cities.

For my work and for our fun, my mom and I are going on this historical homes tour on Mothers Day in Coronado. We love beautiful old homes and a hodge-podge of decorating styles, so it sounded like a fun mother-daughter activity!

What a gorgeous wedding. I’m totally in love with this local florist’s work.

I checked this cookbook out from the library and finally decided to buy a copy myself. Every recipe was so good. (Just don’t remind me that it’s springtime and not “slow cooker season”… I’m always behind the trends.)


And that’s it for now. Happy Mothers Day to all you life-shaping, world-changing, truly amazing mommies out there!

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12 Responses to Have a Wonderful Weekend!

  1. Alica May 8, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    Oh my…croup is a scary thing! I remember getting it as a kid, and so when Eric would come down with it (mostly in the springtime!) I thankfully recognized it for what it was. I remember going from the steamy bathroom, into the cool night air, to open his airway. I’m glad she’s doing better!

    • Becca May 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

      After hearing so many croup horror stories, I am so grateful Lena’s croup attack only lasted about 2 hours before she was totally fine on her own. I’m also so glad I know what it is, so now I will be prepared! I even have steroids for next time… good till sometime next year, anyway. ;)

  2. Abi May 8, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    I’m so glad your mom and other relatives will be there to help you celebrate the holiday this weekend (and lighten your mommy load for a few days!) We are headed to JMU for my cousin’s graduation. It’s my mom’s side of the family, and we don’t see them too often. Actually, my grandma from Arizona will be meeting Gus for the first time (and he’s already 8 months old!) So it should be a fun weekend. For some reason this week at work felt super long, so we teachers were all shouting TGIF!! Hope you have a splendid time (and I’m glad Lena’s ok! I thought your article about the ER was great and would be really helpful to the other families in your community. Bravo, friend!) Also, your “favorite blogger” link goes to the amazon page for your book club book, FYI. Hugs!

    • Becca May 8, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

      Sounds like a wonderful, family-friendly weekend! Hooray for spending it with cousins. :)

      And thanks for the fact checking about the link! Can you tell I wrote this post way to late at night?!

  3. Amanda May 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

    That blogger is hilarious! Thanks for the introduction to her site!

    • Becca May 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

      She is the BEST. So many LOLs!

  4. Suzanne K May 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm #

    Ahhh those baby blankets are amazing!

    Isn’t it wonderful to be a mom and have your mom with you for Mothers Day? Mine is here now too helping me since the baby’s arrival, and Mother’s Day was extra special.

    • Becca May 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm #

      You have such a sweet attitude! You are amazing with your two kiddos. :) Hope we get to meet your new addition on a visit to SF soon!

  5. Molly May 12, 2015 at 7:03 am #

    Try Land’s End for tall bathing suits — they even have a couple cute tankinis! http://www.landsend.com/shop/womens-swimsuits-tall/-/N-fxmZfoi?No=0&Nrpp=72&setPageSize=72 I LOVE this one: http://www.landsend.com/products/womens-beach-living-blouson-tankini-swimsuit-top/id_277138_51

    • Becca May 14, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

      Wow, good call, Molly! Thanks for the tip! I haven’t really looked at Lands End lately, but my mom always used to order our clothes from there (one batch, once a year, to be picked up on our annual trip back to the States) when we were growing up. Fond memories from the 1990s!

  6. Jamie F June 22, 2015 at 5:44 pm #


    I often read, but I don’t think I’ve commented before on your lovely blog. I was reviewing it today for a gift guide you had published some time ago (which I found, and was helpful, thanks!), but came across this post. I felt that I had to comment because we too had a middle-of-the-night ER visit with a croup diagnosis this winter! Luckily, the hospital is just a walk away, and the wintery Boston night helped ease the symptoms before we even got there. I also had not heard of it before, but I’m not likely to forget about it anytime soon.

    Hope you’re all well!

    • Becca June 24, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

      Ugh… it’s the age for it with our kids, I guess! Thanks for commenting, Jamie. I need to get back on here… life has been so busy lately!

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