City Guides, Half Moon Bay / Fall City Guide in Half Moon Bay

10/23/2014 — 17 Comments

City Guide - Half Moon Bay, California

It’s no secret that we really love Half Moon Bay, California. We head that way quite often, and enjoy the small town, beachy feel it provides. Here are a few of our favorite things to eat, see, and do there.

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Eat

Ebb Tide Cafe
Sip your coffee across from Miramar Beach. Weekends only.
311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Pasta Moon
The name and pasta have both been good for over 25 years.
315 Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Navio at The Ritz Carlton
Delicious american fare in a beautiful setting.
1 Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Hop Dogma Brewing Company
Small-batch local brewery. Does not serve food.
30 Avenida Portola, Ste 1B, El Granada, CA 94018 (www)

See

Half Moon Bay State Beach
An easily accessible beach that can be crowded during summer or weekends.
95 Kelly Ave, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Redondo Beach
An off-the-beaten-path beach with cool cliff formations.
Redondo Beach Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Mavericks Beach
Known for it’s enormous waves and invite only surf competition.
Pillar Point, Princeton-by-the-Sea, California (www)

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Do

Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail
Beautiful stretch of coastline, perfect for walking or bikes.
Miramontes Point, San Mateo County, CA 94019 (www)

Sea Horse Ranch
Guided beach and trail rides by horseback.
1828 Cabrillo Highway N, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019 (www)

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Go during low tide to see a wide array of marine life.
200 Nevada Avenue, Moss Beach, CA 94038 (www)

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If you love it so much you’d like to stay, I highly recommend the Ritz-Carlton. If you’re feeling festive you could head over to Arata’s Pumpkin Farm to enjoy the hay maze and other fall activities, or if you can’t make it out right now you could always try to catch the Annual Pumpkin Festival next year.

Do you have any favorite places to add in Half Moon Bay?

52 Weeks / Week 42, Light and Dark

10/22/2014 — 17 Comments

Shadow Puppet Night light

The boys are really starting to enjoy the early sundown. For his camping trip to the desert, Steve bought a little portable LED lantern that they’ve been having a blast with. We’re still playing musical rooms, but they seem to enjoy their new space regardless of the messy transition we’re in. Progress feels so slow right now, but most of it is tedious organization and cleaning. I hope to have everything done by Aiden’s 11th birthday in a few short weeks!

A portrait of my child once a week, every week in 2014. To see the whole series, click here.

How do you feel about the earlier sunset?

Little Explorer, Los Altos / Redwood Grove Nature Preserve

10/21/2014 — 24 Comments

Little Explorer at  Redwood Grove Nature Preserve in Los Altos, California

Little Explorer is a new series I’ve been thinking about for some time. With Aiden back in school I’ve been finding different ways to fill Søren and I’s time together. He’s getting older and a little easier to handle, so I want to take him out on little mommy and son adventures. He’s such a little explorer, always learning and absorbing everything he can, hence the name, “Little Explorer“.

For this adventure, we headed to the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve in Los Altos, California. It’s a place I’ve wanted to visit, and he was so excited about the “bridge” that we got to walk (run) on. I was a proud mama when he didn’t try to run off the side of it, though he did trip over his own feet a few times. My hope is that over time he will learn to slow down and be able to better focus his energy on seeing one thing at a time.

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A big thanks to Nancy for snapping the photo of Søren and I together, and for coming along for the first adventure.

Redwood Grove Nature Preserve
482 University Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94022

Do you do any exploring with your littles? What is your favorite thing to do? When you were little did your parents ever take you to explore?

Minimalism / Lead A Quiet Life

10/20/2014 — 29 Comments

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I am, and have always been a very quiet person except around those I’m very close to. To most who know me, it’s very clear that I’m an introvert. Since I’ve been doing more with the blog I’ve had to be more social, and it’s something I have to work hard at. Our house is usually quiet aside from obvious noise, or the occasional music. In day-to-day conversation I strive to listen more than I speak, especially when it comes to Aiden. Volume aside, I do prefer to lead a quiet life as well.

As a photographer, I’m a natural observer. I search for little clues that tell me more about my subject, and I find that it often spreads to other areas of my life. It helps me to be more intuitive when meeting people, having conversations, or even when dealing with my own children. You would be amazed at the amount of information people give away without saying a single word.

Keep a quiet home. It’s very rare that I am drawn to bright colors or flashy things. While I do enjoy a nice print from time to time, I feel more relaxed and at home in a neutral color palette. I prefer texture over color. Most of our furnishings have clean lines, and I try to keep spaces clutter-free (haha!). I generally follow the same rules with my closet as well, but I’ll save that for a later post this week.

I notice that so many people rush in life. We’re guilty of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle too, but try not to. Except for our travels during school breaks, our schedules are flexible. We don’t enroll the kids in many seasonal activities and try not to attempt more than one task per day. We make it a point to eat dinner together every night. Most of the work I do on this blog are at night when the kids are asleep. While some of these things I feel like we need to work on, we really do enjoy our down time and ability to decide what to do.

I find that we are all more happy when we are intentional with our time and sincere in our conversation with others.

Do you do anything to live a more slow or quiet life? Do you have any tips or advice to add?

From our trip to Seacliff Beach in Aptos, California.