Wine for your Weekend: Five star wine at a one star price!

Last weekend I walked into Costco wine and started browsing the bins. As I browse, I always keep my wine scanner app at the ready should I come across something that I don’t know or is potentially an excellent deal. As I came around one side of the red wine selection, I recognized a tagContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: Five star wine at a one star price!”

Digital Minimalism – A Book Review Resolution

Sometimes the right book plops into your hands at exactly the right moment, which is how I stumbled into Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism here in the waning weeks of 2019. Subtitled “Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World,” I found it of particular interest as I have recently been considering how to get moreContinue reading “Digital Minimalism – A Book Review Resolution”

Wine for your Weekend: Being “that” wino

Last weekend, the high school musical I direct ended, and in the relieved, exhausted, blissful state that exists in the moments after the final bow is taken and the stage is cleared, I set off to pick up pizzas and a bottle of champagne on the way home. But a funny and strange thing happensContinue reading “Wine for your Weekend: Being “that” wino”

Wine for your weekend – Everyday bubbly

I don’t pick up sparkling wine a lot, but there are some occasions that just call for a glass of bubbly! I like a sparkling wine with appetizers. I like a sparkling wine with brunch (you know, mimosa style!). I like a sparkling wine as a dessert wine or nightcap. And I like a sparklingContinue reading “Wine for your weekend – Everyday bubbly”

Five podcasts for fall

About a year ago, I really went all-in on podcasts. They became my go-to entertainment in the car, at the gym working out, even just hanging out at home working in the yard or cleaning the house. They even replaced audiobooks, my tried and true preferred listening on long road trips, as something Josh andContinue reading “Five podcasts for fall”

Wine for your weekend: The Architect

Ever gotten a good “theme” bottle of wine? My husband’s name is Josh, and when Josh Cellars began to get popular, he got at least 5 bottles from people for various birthdays and holidays. We happen to like Josh wine, so that’s a big win. When we got married, a friend put together a wineContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: The Architect”

Wine for your weekend: When life hands you “lemony” wine

A few weeks ago when we visited Villa Bellezza, we picked up two bottles of wine for the specific purpose of serving them with a specific meal. The Cotes Du Pepin 2017, winner of double gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, is a bright and acidic white wine with an undeniable burst of lemon onContinue reading “Wine for your weekend: When life hands you “lemony” wine”

Final thoughts on my Airbnb summer

Starting tomorrow, Josh and I begin to phase back into our school year routines, and he starts taking back over the daily operations of the Airbnbs. While my taking them over during the summer afforded a lot of valuable time for him to be at the house project and not driving back and forth fromContinue reading “Final thoughts on my Airbnb summer”

The best recommendations of the summer!

It’s the last day of July, meaning summer is winding down. With one month left, it’s time to make the best of August and squeeze in a little extra patio time, fire pit time, grill time, and free time! This summer I’ve enjoyed some great books, some great podcasts, and great music all on theContinue reading “The best recommendations of the summer!”

The best from the best reviews – 3 things our guests love that you can have at home right now

I’ve harped a lot this summer on the the crazy reviews we get from guests in our Airbnbs. We generally like the people who stay with us, but they can have some strange requests and demands, and can get fixated on some strange things. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check back toContinue reading “The best from the best reviews – 3 things our guests love that you can have at home right now”