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Felton, Friends, Heather by Hand

Outdoor spa day

Heather and I decided to kick off summer with a little outdoor spa day — which encompassed lunch, some mood music on the record player, herbal pedicures and strawberry oatmeal facials. Our friend, Loni, was able to join us, too! It was such a wonderful day of girl chat, snacking, soaking our toesies and laughing hysterically over the strawberry mush we put on our faces.









{I love Loni’s camera poses}



Don’t think we’ll be doing the strawberry facial again though. Looks like drunken puke. hahahahaha I couldn’t breathe I was laughing so hard. I almost didn’t post this picture but thought we looked happy regardless so here it is. Thankfully it didn’t break us out! To tell you the truth, it may have actually benefited my skin.

Ingredients for our herbal pedicure:

 – rosemary
 – mint
 – lavender
 – sweat pea pedals
 – canola oil
 – hot water
Soak your toesies, rinse, dry and paint nails!
Ingredients for our strawberry facial:
 – handful of crushed strawberries
 – 1 tablespoon oatmeal
 – 1 teaspoon honey

Mix together, lather onto face and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Beware, it looks like puke on your face.

Summer is here in Central California and I’m SO excited!!!

Family, Felton, Heather by Hand, Santa Cruz

JAM-becue fun

Sister was in town last weekend and the timing was perfect in that she could join us for Heather‘s neighbors’ {and landlords} annual “Jam-becue”! Food, live music and lots of Felton folk.

Things got real crazy when we started playing corn hole. Just look at Heather’s face. {sorry Heather, had to post these!}

Sister won every single game and was pretty proud of herself after:

And in case you’ve never seen a banana slug, well, here you go.
This little slime thing lives in the redwoods and is also the mascot of University of California Santa Cruz.Viscous isn’t it?
Aptos, California, Felton, Pebble beach, Santa Cruz

I’m back!

Well, we are in Santa Cruz and all settled in! And I must say, it’s absolutely breathtaking. Crystal-clear, cold mornings, fragrant flower beds, the smell of the ocean, sand in your feet, locally churned ice-cream… Shall I go on?

My Dad and sister made the drive up with us to help us unpack and get situated. And we’re so happy they did. This past weekend is one we’ll certainly remember always. We basically spent every minute together and it was wonderful. Once all the boxes were unpacked, we spent the rest of the weekend driving around. Saturday we spent the day around Monterey Bay. My Dad wanted to see Pebble Beach and the redwoods. So, we did!

Before we did the scenic, 17-mile road drive, we stopped first at the Spanish Bay Inn for cocktails and the ocean view on the patio.

Then we continued on the coastal drive.

We finally got to Pebble Beach. My Dad was ecstatic to be on the 18th hole (or near it).

Before they flew back on Sunday, we went for a walk through the redwoods.

I was sad to see them go. They were so kind to have made the trip up and did so much to help us get settled in to our little cottage in the hills. Did I mention that we can see the ocean as we come out of our driveway? Well, we can. Again, it’s a little surreal up here.

Thanks Pam and Dad for all your help!!!