Laguna Beach And Other Ways to Avoid Holiday Cleanup

We had a lovely Christmas with family in San Diego.  On the drive back to San Francisco, we spent two days in Laguna Beach at the Pacific Edge Hotel.  Relaxing...just the two of us.
The hotel is not super fancy, but it's a good value and the view is amazing!
  I took this video from our balcony.
Laguna is a great place to visit if you haven't been there.  I did a little exploring of the home shops, convenient by foot, and these are fun...

Tuvalu has a great beachy vibe and nice display.
 Vertigo Home has cool, more modern things...
 With lots of black and white...which I always like.  (Reminds me of Chief).
The Beach House is charming...
 Then, we rescued Chief where he had been enjoying some quality time with his brother.

This package was waiting for me from Annie of Most Lovely Things... her hand made plaid labels!!!  She is so cool.  I'm putting the tags on my inspiration board (which could use a good de-cluttering along with the rest of the house).  Later.
 Inside was this recipe book from Buvette...where we had breakfast together in NYC and it's French...and she and I like that sort of thing (you probably do, too).  

She made her local friends jars of ratatouille.  Since she can't bring a jar over to me (she lives in Connecticut) ...the book.
It looks great so far!
I've taken a few Christmas decorations down.  We are having a super simple New Years celebration...going to one of our favorite Chinese restaurants here in SF ... a big round table lazy Susan sharing style.  Then, back to our house for dessert and hopefully see the fireworks over the bay from our apartment.  

Speaking of views (from our kitchen window)...they had to chop down a couple more diseased trees and now we can see more of the Golden Gate Bridge.  That's where our son, Thomas played basketball with his friends today ...nice view, huh?

I know other bloggers get lots of free stuff...not me.  I never ask or want to feel obligated if I don't think I can recommend it. 

But recently,  FTD emailed me offering to send a bouquet of my choice for nothing in return. I picked the one below and it's even prettier in person.  They have a better selection than what I remember from years ago.  I will definitely use them.  So great for a beautiful last minute, same day delivery gift!   Here's how it looked setting up the dessert table.
Thanks for hanging out with me
this past year.
You are the best!
 Happy 2016!!!


  1. I can't imagine having a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. I've never even seen it in person or been to SF. Have a lovely New Year's Eve. I will be reading with my pupsters snoozing alongside me; what I consider a perfect night.

  2. Happy New Year to you, Mary Ann and thanks for all the wonderful posts here!

  3. Thank you for all your beautiful & inspiring posts each year. I hope we always find inspiration to share.... it's a magical place....blogland!
    Happy 2016! May it be one for the books!

  4. Happy New Year May Ann! I too love Laguna Beach and must visit there again soon. Wishing you a wonderful 2016.

    Celia Becker @ www.AfterOrangeCounty.com

  5. Happy New Year, Mary Ann.
    I always enjoy reading the blog to see what you are up to.
    Best Wishes to you and your family for 2016!

  6. Happy New Year Mary Ann. MC and I are "ringing in " the new year very, very low key! Hopefully we will have lots to celebrate next year in our new community.
    The flower arrangement is lovely. Beautiful and sweet!

  7. Happy New Year, Mary Ann. Your trip looks wonderful. Love, love, love the video of the gorgeous ocean as filmed from your hotel room. So peaceful!

  8. Happy New Years to you and yours, chiefly my fav the bad boy who has more frequent flyer miles than any dog I know. I love Buvette, in fact I'm making her waffles this morning. Hope you are feeling better!

  9. What an amazing trip and love seeing the videos! Wishing you all the best in the new year, Mary Ann!!

  10. Mary Ann,
    Happy New Year...it's always fun to hang out with you. I come away with wonderful inspiration and ideas for my own home. :-)

  11. Looks so relaxing and fun! Laguna Beach is on my list for 2016! Happy New Year, Mary Ann. xoxo

    1. It was relaxing, Loi. You should definitely go!

  12. What a nice, relaxing trip and those flowers are lovely. I know what you mean about free stuff...or money...from blogging. Mine is very limited too. Glad you saw a bit of reward. You deserve it! Thanks for sharing with us this year. Have fabulous 2016!

  13. Mary Ann, I love Laguna Beach and always visit when I return to San Diego!!
    What a glorious Holiday! Happy New Year and All the Best in 2016!

    The Arts by Karena

  14. Looks like a wonderful time! Those stores look great and I wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy New year!

  15. Happy new year MaryAnn! Sounds like such a great trip - I'm jealous of your sunshine and warmth! And I couldn't agree more about Annie - she's a gem. Oh and PS the pic of Chief is priceless!!

  16. I was going to email you, Mary Ann, but I can't find your email address on your blog. Anyway, I've mentioned you in today's post on My Little Bungalow. Check it out and let me know if you've been to the bakery in question!

    1. I'm at madamepickett@gmail.com...love your new cookbook and I have been there!

  17. I don't know how I missed this post of yours, guess I've been in a New Year fog! Always wondered about Pacific Edge, looks nice and the view...couldn't be better! Love all the decor shops in Laguna and have been to all of these. Your New Years table is gorgeous and what a lovely gift from Annie!
    Hope the new year brings you happiness, good health and lots of wonderful adventures!
    xoxo Gail

  18. Totally off topic. I'm not sure you know that the lovely chef who cooked some meals for you and friends in the Bahamas is the mother of Buddy Hield, University of Oklahoma basketball player and some calling him the player of the year.The story goes an OU recruiter was in the Bahamas looking at a different player and he asked someone in the gym, "Who's that?" She answer, "That's Buddy, love." Buddy's mother is now known as "Mama Love." Here's more info: http://newsok.com/the-buddy-love-is-the-hottest-thing-in-sports/article/5470807 Since your son loves basketball, I thought he might enjoy this connection.

  19. I am a little late catching up on my favorite bloggers post.....but I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year! The best part of blogging is the virtual friendships I have made over the years:)


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