Author: Angela Yegyayan

California Dreaming in San Francisco: A Great Girl’s Trip

Thinking about a girl’s trip this summer? Or even the fall? You should definitely consider San Francisco! It’s a great girl’s getaway that offers plenty of things to do! My friend Laura and I went last year and I thought I should share our trip with you in case you are “in the market” for an adventure! Laura and I have been friends for about 20 years and she’s a great travel companion! I call her “my gastronomy friend”! (check out my fancy word :)) We both LOVE to eat great food and drink great wine and most of our time together is based around these 2 activities with lots of laughter thrown in! So, I’d like to share a little with you (in a condensed fashion) about our 4 days of eating and drinking wine in San Francisco, Napa, and Sausalito. A GREAT GIRL’S TRIP! We arrived at our hotel, The Clift, late afternoon. It is a fabulous 4-star hotel just steps from Union Square. Super hip and cool! We found out Saturday night that …

Miso Hungry! Celebrate Sushi Day!

Hello friends! Kon’nichiwa! That’s Japanese for “hello”! It’s a beautiful, but HOT day here in Houston. It’s Father’s Day and it is also International Sushi Day! Do you remember the first time you had sushi? I do. I was out in Los Angeles with a friend. I was 19. Coming from a small-ish town outside of Houston sushi wasn’t on every corner like it is in a big city. I remember trying California rolls, tuna rolls (tekka maki), fresh salmon (sake), and eel (unagi), among other things. While it wasn’t love at first bite, I was definitely hooked ( pun intended ;)) and wanted to try more! Both of my kiddos had their first experience with sushi by the time they were 5! Although they started with california rolls, they have begun to like many other things and are starting to experiment more. Proud mama 🙂 These days, sushi is everywhere: the airport terminal, the strip mall and even your local supermarket. A spicy tuna or salmon roll is as easy to come by as a …

A Healthy Alternative: 10 Natural Oils With Natural SPF

The days are getting longer, the temperatures are rising and the number of sun hours is increasing steadily. Yes, summer is quickly approaching and in many places, like here in Texas, it already is feeling like summer. I know around my house my family and I are already spending more time out by the pool and soaking up the sun. Even though I try to be careful about sun exposure I still like to get some “natural color” when summer rolls around! And, I do use some self tanning products to help with that. Now, I still want to make sure that my kid’s “young skin” is protected and they don’t get sunburned. Unlike when I was a kid in the 70’s and 80’s! We spent hours in the sun with very little protection and I endured many a sunburn. As a teen we’d even put baby oil on to get a tan! Bad idea! I’d probably have a few less wrinkles now had I been more cautious then. In any case… The Sun is …

A Few Days In The Big Apple: A Family Getaway in NYC

Are all your summer plans set? If you’re still looking for some where to go you should give New Your City a thought. While we absolutely love vacationing on white sandy beaches or in stunning mountain towns, we also like exploring metropolitan cities with our kids. I think it is great to show our kids all kinds of different things and experience life outside of our hometown, teaching them about diversity. My husband and I, along with our kiddos, were in NYC for 4 days last summer before heading off to Rhode Island to meet our Boston family for a week. Our kids love going there! Have you been to New York City? We’ve been twice with our kids in the couple of years so I thought I’d share with you some of the things we did during our last two trips incase it’s on your “to-do” list 🙂 By no means am I an expert on New York City! Just a mom that has been there twice in the last couple of years with …

10 Weekender Bags Worth Going On The Road For

I’ve got a long weekend trip to Aspen with girlfriends coming up in a couple of weeks and I am hoping to pack light since this isn’t a ski trip for us as it is mud season there. We will mostly just be hanging out at the house, taking in the sights around Aspen, and just enjoying each other’s company away from our daily responsibilities. A little down time and recharging before the kids are out of school in just a few short weeks! I won’t need all of the things you need when you go on a ski trip, so I got to thinking about a weekender bag. Being a Stella & Dot Stylist I have a few already, but I wanted to see what else was out there. Much as we’d all love to be jetting off to Europe or Mexico for 10 days at a time, the average American just doesn’t have the time (or vacation days, or, let’s be real, budget) for more than one or two major getaways a year. Weekends, on …

Home Inspiration: Modern Mountain Home By Studio McGee

One of my favorite pastimes is looking at homes and finding design and decor inspirations. I was so excited the other day to come across an Instagram post by Studio McGee. I quickly went to my computer and pulled up their website and started perusing. Their work is absolutely stunning! This Modern Mountain Home really caught my attention. I like sharing gorgeous home finds with you all here on the blog! If you share my affinity for home design and decor then read on! While Houston is far from mountainous, I could totally see decorating my home here like this one located outside of Park City, Utah. It’s not what you would typically think of when you think of a home in the mountains. There are so many features that I adore. The clean white walls, the medium-light wood floors, the black framed windows, and the mixed-metal elements. I absolutely love the idea of mixing modern elements with more classic elements. And, this home does it well! Here are a few pictures to intrigue and inspire you… …

7 Margarita Recipes To Try For Cinco De Mayo!

Holy guacamole!  Cinco de Mayo is just a week away!  And, it’s on a Friday this year! What better way to celebrate than with a deliscious margarita! I’ve rounded up some fresh margarita recipes on the blog today for your upcoming fiesta celebrations! This weekend is the perfect time to mix some up at home and see which ones you think are muy bien! And, don’t forget the chips and guacamole! But first, here are some Cinco de Mayo factos: In case your Spanish is *muy rusty*. Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the fifth of May. The holiday celebrates an unexpected victory. The holiday actually celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican army won the battle despite being smaller and ill-equipped. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. That occurred 50 years prior to the Battle of Puebla. It is celebrated on September 16. Cinco de Mayo is a bigger deal in the United States. In Mexico, the day is observed with political speeches and battle …

Around Town: Brasserie du Parc

Lunch with a great friend is always a good idea. Lunch with a great friend at a great restaurant is even better! A few weeks ago my friend Bridgette and I had the pleasure of dining at the recently opened Brasserie du Parc in downtown Houston. We try to get together for lunch and catch up at least every other week. And we always make a point to go to a restaurant that neither of us has tried yet. It’s easy to have somewhere different to go each time as Houston is booming with new restaurants. What’s hard is getting to all the new restaurants! I guess if I dined out at least 2 or 3 times a week I could keep up 😆 Easier said than done with 2 kids at home and keeping up with all of their activities! Anyway, back to Brasserie du Parc! Brasserie du Parc is the newest restaurant from the owners of Etoile Cuisine et Bar that is located in Uptown Park. This Parisian inspired bistro occupies the first …

Favorite Things: Body Nutritive Serum and Tan Towels Self Tanner

Hi friends! How was your weekend? Is it a beautiful day where you are? It is here in Houston. My pool is calling my name. It looks so inviting, but unfortunately the water temp is still just a little too cool for my liking. These cool nights and mornings really cooled the water down. Though my kiddos did get in and swim yesterday afternoon. I’m pretty sure it won’t be long now before the water’s warm enough for me to put on my swimsuit and jump in and join them! Of course I am a little less than tan right now, though I do occasionally treat myself to organic spray tans from Spre Airbrushed Tanning here in Houston. While I like to practice safe sun exposure by using sunscreen I still like to get a little color! I don’t want to blind people with my “whiteness” and a tan always makes you look a little thinner. Who wouldn’t want that?! Which brings me to the first of “My Favorite Things” today. Just Natural’s Body Nutritive Serum …

Glorious Grapefruit: I’ll Make a Margarita Out of You!

What do you do when your friend gives you a bounty of grapefruit from her parent’s orchard? You make grapefruit margaritas of course! And this Spicy Grapefruit Margarita from Honest Cooking looks and sounds delish! Now I love a good margarita anytime. We live in Texas after all and it’s pretty much margarita weather year round. But I decided to juice these beauties and freeze the juice in ice cube trays to use to make margaritas pool side this summer! That way my summer cocktail will not only taste great, but be healthy too! Maybe I’ll even lose a little weight along the way 😉 Don’t judge! They are supposed to help you shed a few pounds!! Another way that I love my grapefruit is simply sprinkled with fresh rosemary and Tajin seasoning. Yummy! Grapefruit are crazy good for you! Here’s what Life Hack has to say about them: Grapefruit has surprising health benefits. The fruit grows in clusters similar to grapes, hence the name. It was first discovered in South America. It is a natural hybrid between orange and pomelo which …