At the beginning of February, my husband was gone for the week to Pismo Beach for a week of teaching. Muuust be nice... no naggy wife begging him to PLEEESE take out the trash!! no kids, no messes to clean or fights to settle. Just him and about 25 or so 20 somethings on the beach for a week... What ever.
Meanwhile, I was home, settling all the fights and taking out all of the trash and cleaning alllll of the messes!!
Actually, if you're like me, you get MUCH MUCH MUCH more done when your Mr. is not around...
am I right?
So the house was clean, laundry was done, kids were happy and Mama was in CRAFTERS PALACE!
By the end of the week, I was READY for Daddy to be back! Instead, we loaded up the van and headed for the beach.
To be honest, I'm not much of a beach person, well, I like the beach, just not an ocean swimmer... or any fresh water, really... I really like chlorine.
Buuut, I do love walking on the beach, watching the kids play and sand castles aren't too bad either.
My favorite thing, like most of you I'm sure, is SHOPPING!
No, I'm totally a CHEAP SKATE! I am.
But, I love exploring the shops, and seeing what other people put together, what they find that is unique and totally different from other shops.
The Central CA Coast has TONS of great shops, but I wanted to show you just 2 that I *LOVE* and I go to every single time I take this trip.
You can tell by the sign, that I'm gonna LOOOOVE this place...
I can't really do this fabulous place the justice it deserves, so you REALLY should check out their website, and take a tour of the rooms here. I would love to stay here some day... but I think I will have save up for QUITE A WHILE to fully enjoy my stay. Here are a few of the rooms, taken from their website.
Sugar and Spice
Niiiice, huh? My kinda place!!
We usually stop in the coffee shop for salads and DESSERT!! This is a cake in the case, waiting for a lucky Birthday gal... but this is the cake I order, YUMMMY!
These are just a few of the photos I've taken while we were there...
the bathroom, "Your beauty is your smile"
yes, it is PINK!
the fountain in the garden
Needless to say, this place is FABULOUS! Stop in if you get a chance, just to see!
The web site is only photos, but if you ever get the chance to stop in, you MUST! Okay, so I start chatting with one of the co-owners and next thing I know, she's in tears. Sharing with me how important it is to
"do what you love".
Hmmm, I've heard that before.
Anyway, she's a doll, and loves her shop more than anything in the world, and rightly so, it IS one of the VERY BEST SHOPS I've ever been to. They have a beautiful palette... brown, cream and black with bits of aqua... and they STICK to it, and it is BEAUTIFUL! You'll find antiques, shabby painted furniture, decorative items, baby goodies, gifts and all kinds of fantastic goodness, all centered around their theme, The Nest.
A few photos...
I did purchase a few gifts from here, and also a little something for myself! (of course)
Oh my, this post has been so long!
I better be off, we went to my mom's cabin over the holiday weekend for a SNOW TRIP!
Whew. Laundry calls.
I'll share those photos just as soon as I get a few moments to edit myself out of them...