Thursday, April 17, 2014

Peek A Boo! And our trip to Morro Bay.

Well, I'm back, after a very unintentional break!  I had not intended on taking so much time off.  Long story short, my dad was in the hospital for lung issues, and has been on a slow recovery back from that.  That is the first thing that threw a wrench in my blogging.  Second, we have been working on getting our foster dog adopted, planning spring vacation, volunteering with the church, and just living life!  So there you have it.  I am going to put the linky parties on hold for a bit, but hope to continue blogging about day to day life here at Dutch Door.

We just returned from our first trip to Morro Bay, CA this year.  The weather could not have been more perfect.  We always do the same things every time, but it doesn't make it mundane or boring.  I love laying on the beach, wading through tide pools (or tadpoles, as my son calls them).  We also look at property from time to time.  This year, we are indulging the idea of a small land purchase.  Just indulging at this point, I'm not even sure we could show the income to get approved for it, even though we could afford the payment.

We usually stay at the Best Western San Marcos Inn.  The rooms are clean, the hotel is quiet, and they have great mini waffles (among other things) for breakfast.  They also have this huge jacuzzi tub overlooking Morro Rock and the sunset.  My son loves splashing around in there.  I was disappointed that I had forgotten my swimsuit, and I was not about to drop $40 for a one-timer at Rite Aid.

Another Must Do is Cayucos, CA.  We always lay on Dog Beach while the kid plays in the sand and the waves.  I love it here because the dogs are loose and they are more than eager to approach and sit a spell with me on my blanket.  I love that!  We also frequent the Brown Butter Cookie Company (free samples, anyone?), and Happy Go Smile.  This year, I made a special order for a Happy Go Love shirt.  That would be my second shirt from this store.  I love it, and the owner is always there with a smile, ready to chat.

A couple of local Morro Bay favorites are Dorn's Cafe, which to this day, has some of the best fish and chips ever!  They look fancy but they are really kid friendly, and they have an amazing view!  The second is the Babylonian Soap Company.  I was disappointed that they were closed this time around, but next time, I'll be sure to stop in for some amazing hand made soaps.  The owner is a beautiful, petite woman with long dark hair and dark clothes.  She has a lovely vintage appeal to her.

I've been going to Morro Bay for almost my entire life.  To me, it feels like home away from home.  I love going into all the local shops and chatting with the owners, listening to their stories.  One of the things I always ask is if they do their own stuff.  Most of them do.  I love to hear how they came to the area and began their shops.  By listening to their stories, in my own way, I can live out their dream of living on the coast, running a little shop.  I would love that.

I always come home inspired.  Inspired to make myself a better person, to work harder to achieve my dreams, and to one day make Morro Bay my second home, instead of my home away from home.

Thanks for reading.  Stick around.  I promise to update more!

Here are some pictures from our trip! I would have loved to take more, but these are all from the cell phone, as my camera is being repaired.

Isn't this garden lovely?




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This~N~That Thursday #12

Last week was a slow week.  We didn't have anyone join our party, so there won't be any features this week.  I have been crazy busy!  I have been in the early stages of training for our local Two Cities Marathon and then to top it off, I joined a boxing gym!  So fun, but trying to juggle both of those has been a bit of a challenge, and I'm not even running for more than an hour yet!  It is going to be rough this summer when my runs will take me into half the day, then will need to be finished off with a nap!  My poor clients won't be able to schedule in!

Anyway, here is our 12th installment of our lovely party.  Please link up and be sure to visit others.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

This~N~That Thursday #11

You know how your whole life can change so quickly?  That's kind of what happened this week!  We had decided that we were going to close the business I've been running for the past 4 years, Solstice Spa & Boutique, and focus more on staying home, blogging, possibly homeschooling, and doing massage therapy on the side.  We had put our notice into our tenants in the spa, and to our landlord.

Then over the course of a few days, the requests for business cards starting pouring in, as did the purchases of gift cards.  Not just one massage gift cards, but huge packages.  I couldn't turn that down so we started looking for a smaller place, so that I could work on my own without the huge expense of a full day spa.

Then last Friday, we were sitting down at a new landlord's desk, pen and contract in hand, when he asked for more money than was originally quoted to me.  It would have cost $1200.00 to move into this place.  I decided I would think on it a bit longer.  We hadn't gotten out of the parking lot when the original landlord called and offered us a better rate on our current place.  So, turns out, we are staying.  And we've decided to totally revamp the business into a wellness center, with classes like yoga and massage, and maybe a weight loss coach, etc.  So, we are back in business.  It feels like it was meant to be, and while I'm scared to pay for this entire place by myself, (the other tenants already found other places), I feel like this is where God wants me to be and I shouldn't worry.

So, let's do our features from last week's party!




Thank you all for sharing!  Be sure to link up again and tell your friends about our party!



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Kitchen Hardware from D Lawless Hardware

I am new to blogging so imagine my surprise when I was offered hardware for my cabinets on my kitchen project.  While this hardware was donated, I was not paid for this post or my opinion.  All of these views in this post are my own.

I was very excited to get my kitchen project done.  You can read all about it here.  I knew I wanted knobs and I knew exactly what kind.  I was ecstatic to be given the opportunity to sample some hardware from D Lawless Hardware in Olney, Illinois.  

I went to the website right away to pick out what I wanted and was blown away at the affordability of their products.  Some of the accent items were half of what I had paid in a big box store.  I was excited and to be totally honest, I spent a couple hours on the website, just browsing through all the wonderful things!

I finally decided on a simple oil rubbed bronze knob with a rope embellishment, and a simple matching cup pull.  I think they make quite the statement!  I love the pulls!  The contrast of the dark color with the light cabinets really makes a statement.  The quality of the knobs and pulls are top of the line, heavy duty.  The knobs have little nipples on the end of them to help better secure them to the wood.  One problem I did have was that the two sets of screws that came with each one did not fit.  One was too long, the other was too short.  So I ended up running to our big box store and buying a package of screws that were the right length for my cabinet doors.

Here are some pictures, and you can also see some in the kitchen post listed above.  This picture shows the bottom cabinets before the knobs were in.  Yes, it definitely needs them!


Here are the final pictures.  







I love the cup pulls!!  I love my new cottage kitchen!  It was a LOT of work but totally worth it in the end!  You can read more about my cottage kitchen transformation HERE

Take a look at D Lawless and see everything they have to offer.  You won't be disappointed!  I know I wasn't!  Tell them that Dutch Door sent ya!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This~N~That Thursday #10

Here we are!  I apologize for taking the past two weeks off, last week with no warning.  Having my dad in the hospital was extremely nerve wrecking and going to be with him every day took a lot of time.  So, my dad is home, and doing very well, and we are back to showcase our goodies!!  You know what to do!  Be sure you're checking out everybody else's stuff too!  Have a great weekend!