It’s impossible to fit everything unique about the Nestldown wedding venue — a sprawling oasis with 36-acres of Redwoods and lush gardens tucked away in California’s Santa Cruz mountains — into one short write-up. But given its magic and whimsy; its elevated and elegant balance; and its implicit promise of a wedding day never forgotten, […]

Planning Tips

Nestldown Wedding Venue – Your Ultimate Guide

Good day! Paul and I are loading up Heidi the Highlander, grabbing Miss Truffles Marie and heading out to the majestic redwoods for the 48th Annual Shamus Family Camping Trip. 🏕🌲☀️🐶 A big part of our annual adventure is our meal planning and I’m here to share that with you in an easy to follow […]


Camping Meal Planning Guide

tent at dusk with lantern and fog

As I sit to write this post from my home office, 35 miles east of San Francisco, on June 23, 2020 we are one day shy of 100 days of Shelter in Place during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Typing that sentence feels daunting and heavy. It feels loaded down with the weight of 100 days […]


100 Days of Shelter in Place: How We Spent The Time We Didn’t Know We Needed


If you’re here because The Knot told you to hire a planner for Day-of Coordination, I have bad news for you. There is no such thing. It’s a unicorn, it doesn’t exist. Don’t worry, I am here to help.  I know – you are feeling betrayed and lied to (and maybe also sad that unicorns don’t […]

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Day-of Coordination – Do you believe in Unicorns?

Day of Coordination

You asked for a follow-up blog on Love Language Date Ideas and I am here for it! Actually, we are here for it, but more on that below. If you are wondering what a Love Language is, hop on over to Part 1 of this blog: At Home Date Ideas According to Your Love Language […]


Love Language Date Ideas – Part 2

love language date ideas

Let’s face it, we’ve had to get creative during this time of sheltering-in-place. Creative with our time, creative with our meal planning and creative with our romance. Today I am hoping to give you some creative at-home date ideas according to your Lover’s Love Language! What is a Love Language? If you haven’t heard of […]


At Home Date Ideas According to Your Love Language

at home date idea

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