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nearcation’s all I ever wanted.

For our second wedding anniversary, Hubs and I planned an almost 24-hour nearcation adventure across the Bay in San Francisco. Since we thoroughly enjoyed last year’s SF nearcation, and there is so much to see, do, and eat in the City, we decided to do it again. Plus, we lazy and didn’t want to drive or fly far away. 😉 This time, we stayed at Hotel Nikko. I love the art in the rooms and throughout the hotel, and the squishy beds, and the touch pad on the nightstand that welcomes you by name. They have the most amazing line of bath products, too; the custom scent is bamboo lavender, but to me it has notes of chai spices which I love. Also, I’m into the separate stand up shower and bath options. Note to self for future home. The hotel sits between Union Square and the Tenderloin. I made sure we stopped to see some of the mural art nearby. A lot of the ones I wanted to spot were either painted over or …

cactarium!

Also on my Palm Springs weekend wish list: a visit to the Moorten Botanical Garden, a privately owned garden with over 3,000 cactus species. This garden is everything. I never thought I’d enjoy a botanical garden without flowers. There is a small fee to enter garden, and you can spend however long you want strolling the grounds. The garden is organized by region, and most of the plants are labeled. There are so many kinds of cactus varieties that I’ve never seen before. One of my faves were these Giant Golden Barrel Cacti. Another special treat – the garden’s cactarium (the first of it’s kind) which houses rare cactus varietals. We weren’t allowed to touch any of them. I wouldn’t want to anyway; look at these spikes. The Moorten residence is on the garden grounds… And look! Garden crafts – natural dye! You can take a piece of the garden home with you, too. They had lots of plants for sale. Hubby and I brought home four mini cactuses. Super cute! We hope the Bay …

fogrise.

I’m a big fan of sunrise adventures. They are glorious! Behold, our sunrise adventure to Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands. We started our adventure walking through a tunnel and entering what seemed like a scene out of Lord of the Rings… It was super foggy and we didn’t expect to see much… So I took to taking photos of the plants. It was already bright on Hawk Hill… But then nature pulled through and we saw the most amazing sunrise, beginning with a peachy/orange glow. Pictures, of course, don’t do this sunrise justice. Which is probably why my camera battery decided to die midway through my photo taking so I could simply enjoy the view. 😉 Above: the tunnel we came out of + the trail we walked to see the views. Below: early morning wefie filled with excitement because coolest sunrise ever! West Coast, where are your favorite spots to see sunrise? Share, share, share!

garden apothecary.

Any place with the word apothecary in the name and I must go to there. My friend took me on a shopping adventure in Half Moon Bay and we stumbled upon Garden Apothecary. Filled with items for gardening, teas, glass bottles, succulent arrangements, and a handful of locally made items, there’s a gift idea for every occasion. They also carry what they deem foraged curiosities, like these spectacles! Even when you look up, things! On our visit they were sampling a red rooibos tea and handing out copies of the gather journal…Fun, fun, fun. I ended up gifting myself a bag of dried elderflower and a bag of cacao powder for steeping. The cacao is the shopkeep’s fave to use for iced tea. I must try it for myself! What a lovely find in a cute part of town. Where have you explored lately? Share below!

crafty reuse.

Alameda field trip to The ReCrafting Co! The shop was mostly yarn and fabric, but they also had collections of stamps, buttons, punches, beads, how-to books, and crafting tools. This was my first visit to the shop and I was super impressed. It’s a reuse and consignment supply shop so I was expecting a lot of digging through items to find ‘something good.’ But to my pleasant surprise, most of the items were new or like new with original packaging. It was so easy to find what I was not looking for. 😉 Any used items like these knitting tools were gently used and in great hand-me-down condition. And the yarn and fabric stash sorted and neatly displayed. In case you’re wondering what I went home with: three skeins of yarn to add to my collection! Lovers of yarn and fabric crafts, this is a must visit!

home vs. home.

Crafty friend Tally Sue and I went on a Home cafe taste/experience test adventure! Home is a San Francisco-based cafe with two locations. Since San Francisco is heavily metered, we decided we’d spend two hours at our first cafe stop and then go to the other one when our meter ran out. Adventures! Home on Noriega This location is the smaller of the two, which I think makes it more cozy. During our stay the line remained long but tables turned over quickly. I ordered a London Fog with soy milk and Tally Sue ordered a matcha with almond milk. Her’s came with a bear! Jealous! We also shared the toast special of the day which had corn, bacon, and cheese, and the ‘Egg in Basket’ toast (my preferred toast of the two we ordered) which had a sunny side up egg in the middle. ‘No laptops’ signs encouraged chatting with your company…and in our case, crafting with company. Home on Clement Parking was a little more challenging, but doable at this location. Home on Clement …

stop, body time.

The Body Time warehouse sale! I come yearly to Body Time to pick up a scent refill for my Mom – her fave here is plumeria – but this was my first time at the warehouse. It’s apparently where all the product for the stores gets divvied up. I felt like a total insider. A lot of the stuff on sale was overstock or seasonal. Product was marked at least 40% off, and they had an assortment of furniture and display items, and other giftables. I almost purchased an uncut block of soap… I ended up scoring some mango fragrance, a walnut peppermint scrub, spray-on moisturizer, two heart shaped soaps, and two tote bags all for $20. My friend got all kinds of goodies, too, including this bird statue for $1. Odd, but awesome, and perfect for her garden. Warehouse sale much? Share below!