Archive for May, 2011

Yosemite: Sierra Mountain Lodge B&B

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Last week the hubs and I met up with his parents to explore Yosemite National Park. It was a peaceful weekend filled with beautiful views, good conversation and great food. One of the highlights of our trip was our accommodation–little did we know when we booked our room we had stumbled upon a little haven.

The Sierra Mountain Lodge is a family-run bed & breakfast nestled in the small town of Ahwahnee, CA, which is about a 40-minute scenic drive from the southern park entrance. I’ve found that staying in a B&B can be very cost effective, and very charming–as long as you pick a good one!

Pulling into the driveway was like entering a secret mountain retreat; we were welcomed with the smell of fresh pine, and the buzzing of bees and rustling of leaves. Our suite accommodated all four of us, and was very cozy and very clean. I always love a linen closet filled with fresh white towels!

As you can see from the photos, we were not in a hurry to leave and could easily have stayed the whole day (that always seems to be a problem when we stay somewhere nice), but it was great going out for a drive, knowing we had a cozy room and hot chocolate awaiting our return!

The morning breakfast was delicious: hot pancakes, sausages, yogurt and fresh fruit. It was lovely to meet the owners and mingle with the other guests before heading out to a full day of adventure.

Basically, I just loved this place. The owners were great and really created an inviting, well kept environment. We felt right at home, and will definitely return for our next Yosemite trip… and of course, I’m now dreaming of running my own bed & breakfast….

PS. Did you know the National Park Service has free days? The next one is on June 21st. See more details HERE.

Happy Memorial Day

Monday, May 30th, 2011
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Today kicks off a summer of Patriotism, remembering our freedoms and respecting those who have fought and died for this cause.  I can’t wait for family barbecues, parades, and lots of good times.  God bless America…. and England too!

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!!!

Utah Downeast Tent Sale

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Heads up for all our Utah readers out there, Downeasts spring tent sale starts today and runs through June 4th at their Draper, Sandy & Layton locations. Their Orem, Ogden & Logan store sales starts June 8th till June 11th.

In the past we’ve been able to get some major deals, like this West Elm sectional usually retailing for $2,57.00 Em scored it for less than $300!

Some of the items are very damaged, some not as bad, but the best are those that aren’t even out of the box yet so make sure to look in those boxes because I’ve purchased brand new Pottery Barn bookshelves and trays for $5 each.

Have fun rummaging, and let us know if you find an amazing deal.

Gluten Free Chinese Food: Pei Wei

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Have you guys been to Pei Wei?  I love it very much because it is one of the only places I can eat Chinese food because of their fabulous gluten free menu.

My Favorite dish is the spicy shrimp salad.  It is packed with lush lettuce and cabbage, scallions, snap peas and much, much more.  The lime vinaigrette is to die for.

I simply love not having to worry while I am eating if I am accidentally eating gluten.  I love it even more when my gluten free food is scrumptious, affordable, and portions are large enough for left overs :)

They have a fantastic menu for the gluten tolerant and kids too, this BBQ korean dish looks delicious.

Is anyone else out there gluten free?  Where are your favorite spots?

PS. Right now you can sign up for their emails, and get a buy one get one free on their caramel chicken (NOT gluten free) see Hip to Save for more details.

Giveaway Winners

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Thanks to all of you who entered our very first giveaway, we hope to have many more exciting ones in the future.

drum roll please…

The winner of the coaster giveaway is…

The winners of the design dilemmas are…da da da daaah

Congratulations to all our winners, we’ll be in touch via email.

To everyone else thanks so much for entering and for all your lovely comments xxx