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I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a great weekend! It was 80 degrees and absolutely gorgeous in California today. John and I took the mustang for a drive along the coast and up into San Luis. The pups were in the back seat and the windows were rolled down. It was exactly like what I imagined when we bought the rusted out shell of a car back in July of last year. Only 8 months later and we are enjoying the heck out of it.

On another note, I finally broke down and bought a new camera! Not a super fancy one or anything, but something I can learn on.  I was messing around taking pictures of a bunch of freesias I picked from our front yard. They always just show up there every year. Maybe someone planted them long ago, but I love forgetting that they are under the soil all winter and how they pop up with their sweet perfume to signal the arrival of spring.

A few links for your Friday:

I LOVED this article about creating boundaries between your work and personal life. This is always something I struggle with, but am trying to get better at.

This video cracked me up!

I made these sweet potato chips this week and they were amazing!

Have you listened to this week’s Joy the Baker podcast?  Beauty tips ladies! Get into it.  :)


by Kayla on 03/01/2013

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I had a little fun last night putting together an inspiration board for Minted’s Wedding Inspiration Board Challenge. Named “A Greenhouse Affair” this board pulls colors and textures from the natural landscape. I really can’t get enough of that invitation by Krista Messer, it’s just gorgeous!  Minted is giving away weekly credits to their website, so if you felt so inclined to “like” my board on Minted, I will send you a virtual hug.  Just click here! Thanks guys!


by Kayla on 12/12/2012

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It’s only been six months since John and I went to Europe, but we’re already chomping at the bit for another getaway.  The only question that remains: where should we go?!  We’ve been tossing around ideas like Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Mexico, but we also think it might be fun to head to the snow.  We LOVE Colorado, so Telluride or Aspen could be wonderful. Oregon is just a hop away and we’ve never been.  That could be fun, too.  Decisions, decisions.

If you could pick, where would you go?

Images: SUN / SNOW


by Kayla on 11/21/2012

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A few weeks ago, John and I made our annual pilgrimage to Mammoth Lakes, CA.  We like to go once a year in the Fall after all the families have left for the summer and the town is nice and quiet.  We usually rent mountain bikes and gear and do some downhill mountain biking, but this year, we took it easy and rode on the bike path around all the lakes near town, hiked, and hung out with family.  I’m already looking forward to next year.

I thought I’d share a few photos here: some from my Instagram (follow me at kaylamking) and some from my camera.  The first two are from our detour through Yosemite, which was beautiful and reminded me of camping there when I was a kid.  See more after the jump.

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by Kayla on 10/15/2012

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I went out to the Port San Luis pier in Avila Beach one morning last week to see if I could catch a glimpse of the humpback whales that have been feeding in that area.  While I didn’t catch sight of any whales, I really enjoyed the quiet fog, the bark of the sea lions, and the chill of the early morning air.  I might have to do this more often.


by Kayla on 08/30/2012

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Holy cow, look at this lake!  A little info about it:

Situated north of the Cap Vert Peninsula in Senegal, northeast of Dakar, Lake Retba, or as the French refer to it Lac Rose, is pinker than any milkshake you’ve ever come face to straw with.

And once you see it, you too will agree that a sippy straw may be in order over a boat.

Experts say the lake gives off its pink hue due to cyanobacteria, a harmless halophilic bacteria found in the water.

If the color weren’t enough to make you smile, it should be known that Lake Retba has a high salt content, much like that of the Dead Sea, allowing people to float effortlessly in the massive pink water. In fact, Lake Retba has an almost one and a half times higher salt content than the Dead Sea.

Happy Monday, everyone!  Hope this crazy pink lake got your week off to a happy start.

Description and images via bangstyle.

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by Kayla on 06/18/2012

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