I have a new mission. I’m not sure how long it will take, or how much planning it will require- but our family is going to visit every state park on the list.
California’s State Park System is the largest in the country, offering some of the world’s most varied natural wonders. No matter where you are headed, there are exciting activities to choose from. We hope you enjoy your upcoming visits and that your adventures help you “Discover the many states of California.”
There are 112 beautiful California destinations on the list. I plan on documenting the journey with a Blurb book, this way I can print one book for each kid to have as a keepsake.
So follow along while I take the kids on “112 California Adventures”.
#1 California Poppy Adventure: Point Lobos State National Reserve
Carmel-by-the-sea, Monterey County
Sunday February 7, 2021 (Super Bowl)
53 minute one-way drive time.
We decided to visit this beautiful reserve because a friend suggested it. Growing up in California, I never would have imagined that I was missing out on this majestic place that is less than an hour from my home.
Think little alcoves with crystal clear water and stunning views. Mother nature out did herself with the decoration of succulents on the rocks, scattered amongst the cliffs.
We left the house at 8am and pulled in around 9am. We drove to the furthest parking lot to take the China Cove walk. We had to pick the stroller up on some parts, but it was nothing too crazy. We were not able to bring the stroller to the beach, so we parked it at the top of the stairs. I have never been on such a steep and narrow staircase. The beach had beautiful white sand and tall rock structures. We poked around a bit and when back to the trails for the last thirty minutes.
If I were visiting the ocean for the first time, this would be the place to experience it. So serene and so beautiful.
I made a playlist that encompasses songs that embrace the slower moments at The Juju Paradise.
The Airbnbers here on the property are looking for an escape. I often take for granted the beautiful sunrise views, the fog swept between the redwood trees, the sour bite of a lemon picked right off the tree.
So embrace oat milk lattes in the mountains. This playlist is for you. Listen now 🙂
Preparing for Winter has the property buzzing with tasks. It’s a messy time…
…after the wonder of all the brightly colored leaves fades…
…when the redwood cones draping the lawn looks less magical and more of reminder of chores to be done.
The grass is left a little long and the Summer garden tomatoes have browned and fallen over. After the last blazing heatwave of Autumn has passed, there is a time of transition.
Shaving goats, weather proofing, trimming trees, splitting firewood- chores with a side of anticipation for rainy days stuck inside with hot coffee and a good book. We collect redwood pine cones for potpourri.We dehydrate lemons. We plant garlic.
We work. We anticipate Winter. And we wait.
We wait for chilly days fueled by a roaring fire and the excitement of a brand new seed catalog. We wait for power outages lit by candlelight and time to read books all afternoon. We wait for muddy floors from boots that should have been taken off outside. We wait for cozy knitted blankets on the couch. We wait for sleeping early and waking to a cold house. We wait for the warm glow from the oven holding fresh baked bread.
“This highly effective dehydrated sourdough starter originated in a remote mountain village in Tajikistan. It’s the perfect choice for self-reliant homesteaders and home bakers alike, freeing you from the need for store-bought yeast. We hope you love this starter as much as we do. Each packet holds 1 tablespoon or more of the dehydrated starter. This is plenty to make a rehydrated starter that can be used and lasts for years if kept fed. (Some starters are reported to be over 500 years old.) Along with the starter are instructions on how to use and care for it.”
So naturally when I went to order, it was sold out. However, I checked back a couple days later and it was in stock. $10.95 with free shipping and a couple days later, I started on my sour dough journey.
I followed the instructions included in the pack. I was meticulous. To my dismay, when the instructions said it should be ready… it wasn’t. My bread came out hard and a rock and dense as could be.
I did not give up.
I waited another day and like magic, the starter doubled after it’s next feeding. I followed a different recipe this time. Feasting at Home does a very detailed description of her process. I used her measurements, but I used my stand mixer to bring it all together. Look at this beautiful loaf.
My only disappointment is that I didn’t make more because this one went so fast. Tonight I will make another.
I used a $10 off coupon, you can get the coupon here. I am super happy with it… so I thought I would share. This is basically an acrylic nail dip kit that is simple to do. I wear my nails for about 2-3 weeks before I redo them.
Almost a year ago, The Juju Paradise brought our Angora goats home. My mom and I love yarn crafts. So naturally, we found angoras to be the perfect compliment to our little paradise in Santa Cruz. I did a ton of research, but I would never have guessed that these beautiful creatures would blend so well into our farm. They are almost like dogs in behavior, and are incredibly charming. It gets better, two times a year I get this beautiful raw, luxurious fiber called mohair- think “electric boots, a mohair suit”.
Both durable and resilient, mohair is notable for its high luster and sheen, and is often used in fiber blends to add these qualities to a textile. Mohair takes dye exceptionally well. It feels warm in winter as it has excellent insulating properties, while its moisture-wicking properties allow it to remain cool in summer. It is durable, naturally elastic, flame-resistant and crease-resistant. It is considered a luxury fiber, like cashmere, angora, and silk, and can be more expensive than most sheep’s wool.
It was daunting to learn. I read so much information from angora goat owners from farms all over the county. The biggest lesson I learned was to take all this information and adapt it to fit the needs of your farm; some farms raise these goats for their locks, some send it to a mill for processing, some do it all at home. Because processing times take a year (sometimes longer) I decided to learn how to process mohair.
So off I went, from shearing to washing to carding, I am learning a lot. I am positive I am doing something “wrong”. There are so many different farmers and so many ways to do this, I learned to do what works for me and learn along the way.
Join me on this journey to see how I take goat hair and make it into beautiful carded batts of 100% mohair.
I am not one of those people that gets a manicure every two weeks, not even every month. Actually the last time I got my nails done at the salon was when I was in my sisters wedding THREE years ago.
I’m more of a paint my nails once every blue moon and then chip away at the polish throughout the day kind of gal.
Well, I got the Dipwell Nail kit for about $42. I used a $10 off coupon, you can get the coupon here. I am super happy with it… so I thought I would share. This is basically an acrylic nail dip kit that is simple to do. I wear my nails for about 2-3 weeks before I redo them. I have always taken them off because I wanted to try a new color- I’ve never had mine fall off. I am a Mommy of three, so these nails really get worked. They always stay glossy and never chip on me.
The kit comes with everything you need:
– Brush Softener
– 200/280 grit foam buffer
– 100/180 grit nail file
– Double-sided wooden cuticle pusher
– 6 or 3 color powders – the color shown in my pictures is CL62 (classic dip color 62)
I did the build your own kit and decided not to get the Base and Finish dip powder… I used my sister’s one time and didn’t notice a difference.
I used a $10 off coupon, you can get the coupon here. Also shipping is free over $35. So I purchased a build your kit and got four dip powders, this brings the total up to about $54, then I used the $10 off coupon to get free shipping. This brought my total to around $44 with tax.