Hidden Gems: Gorgeous Ocean Views

Del Mar Beach, California is a beautiful little town located in North County about 20 miles north of San Diego.  Del Mar has two beautiful beaches bordering north of the Torrey Pines State Reserve and next to the famous Del Mar Racetrack. This beach town is a very upscale popular city in North County.  It…

Relaxing Summer Foot Soak

Simple Summer Foot Soak Kindly shared by Brooke Mclay With the seasons of flip-flops and bare feet laying at our doors, isn’t it time you start treating your toesies right? This simple foot soak is a surefire way to freshen up your feet in minutes, get relaxed, and prepare for a homemade pedicure. It’s a…

Growing Veggies – Kinder, Gentler Gardening

Kinder, Gentler Gardening Our down-to-earth guide to growing biodynamic veggies BY Tami Fertig ILLUSTRATION Genevieve Simms You’ve probably heard wine connoisseurs toss around the term “biodynamics,” but what the heck does it mean? Despite more and more vineyards embracing the system, an air of mystery surrounds its more esoteric practices (such as planting and harvesting…

Support Local Artist In Your Town!

If you have the chance, please consider buying your gifts from your local artisans.  The one of a kind pieces you will get are extraordinary and you may just stumble upon the early works and collections of an upcoming artist in your town. Here is a beautiful piece by a local artist one of our…

BEAUTIFUL Birdy Nest

So we have been talking about beautiful Butterfly bushes recently and how they usher in so many little creatures. Just recently we were trimming some of the bushes and trees in the yard and had considered trimming back the butterfly bush.  As we always do, we check to make sure there are no inhabitants, wildlife…

Butterfly Bushes

The Butterfly Bush  These bushy trees are absolutely stunning.  Not only are they tall, beautiful and scented, they also attract beautiful butterflies.  These bushes add a wonderful tall and colorful character to any yard or garden and the flowers are just gorgeous. If you are looking for a beautiful bush that you can add to…

Growing Wild Flowers

If you are looking for a beautiful touch to your outdoor area you may want to consider planting wild flowers.  They are hearty to all weather, grow like weeds and don’t need much care. The picture above is after only one watering and 24 hours. They are super fun for the whole family to watch…

Hummingbirds & Feeders

If you are like us and enjoy watching nature surround you  then you may want to put up a hummingbird feeder.  There are many shapes, sizes and kinds out there that range from $5 for the plastic type to $50+ for the handblown glass art piece types.  Hummingbird feeders add a nice touch to a…

Bird Watching and Simple Bird Houses

If you are like us and enjoy nature and the beautiful little creatures in it then you will really enjoy setting up a bird house.  You can make your own very affordably using materials around your property, which the birds seem to really appreciate.  If you have kids they will LOVE this project. Since setting…