Last weekend, Nancy and I headed to San Francisco to attend the Generation Beauty by ipsy. …
The average American moves about 11.5 times in their lifetime. But for me – I have blown past that number by nearly double! I have actually lost count after 30 moves.
Some of them have been across the country from California to Texas to Virginia. Then all the way back to California. But the majority of my moves have been locally in California.
ForRent.com has been a staple for us when deciding on where to live next. They have an enormous list of professionally managed apartments in most major cities across the United States.
Now to help potential renters feel more comfortable in their new city, they have available locals guides. These guides are carefully curated to share local spots and hidden gems.
Of course I had to check out the California guide! If you are looking for the perfect apartment, the guide goes into great detail about living in California and what to expect. But I have created my own list!
Five reasons to love California
If you like to be outside, California is the place to be. From gorgeous beaches, endless hiking trails, to snow-capped mountains, there is an activity for everyone.
Lately, Ernie and I are attempting to be outside more and take advantage of the scenery. Just last weekend, we headed off to Los Gatos with Mochi.
Of course, the possibility of brunch after a hike is a great motivator.
Living in Silicon Valley definitely feels like being inside of a bubble, but it’s actually very exciting. The start-up boom means that there are endless amounts of companies who are trying to launch their company – and lots of opportunities for the people who want to be here.
To be honest, I never really thought about the food in California until I left for Europe. After two weeks of travel, I was craving cheeseburgers, pho, sushi and more.
Luckily, now that I am back in California, I can satisfy my cravings whenever I want!
Some of my fondest memories growing up in California involve amusement parks like Great America and Knott’s Berry Farm. I remember finally being tall enough to ride the “big-kid rides”…and instantly regretting it once coaster took off!
Of course there is Disneyland, which holds a special place in my heart.
^^If you can’t tell from my face, Ernie was in the middle of proposing to me!
From someone who has lived in Virginia for a number of years, I can definitely appreciate the weather in California. Even though I can handle thunderstorms and snow, it’s kinda great that I don’t have to deal with it each season.
If you are thinking about moving to California, or just dreaming of your next apartment, visit out ForRent.com.
Since I live so close to the city, I would love to start a series where I explore San Francisco and share my favorite places. …
Man, whenever I get sick, I dread heading down to Target to pick up my medications. Going out in public is the last thing I want to be doing, but hey – it’s gotta get done!
Luckily for San Francisco residents, there is RobinHealth.
RobinHealth is the easiest and safest way to get prescription and over-the-counter medications in San Francisco. You can order your medicine at anytime through the app, and the delivery is always free.
Today I am going to share my 5 sick day hacks.
1. Order all medicine through RobinHealth
2. Relax with your favorite book while your medications are on their way
I am currently reading Mindy Kaling’s second book, Why Not Me? If you loved her first book, you will love this one just as much.
3. Binge watch your favorite Netflix show
I am currently re-wathing all of Friends.
4. Order food delivery through UberEats
I personally believe that pho can cure any cold.
5. Keep your energy up with Olly
I know that the last thing I want to be doing when sick, is to head out to the pharmacy to pick up my medication. After your doctor visit, head home and go to bed! Even if you have a question about your medication, there is a RobinHealth pharmacist available 24/7.
So next time you are sick, hunker down at home and order everything you need to feel better through RobinHealth. Tell me the last time the Target pharmacist was available 24/7.
About two weeks ago, I was lucky enough to spend a weekend in San Francisco with Mazda. It was a quick trip, but I had such a fun time exploring the city with the bloggers.
If you live in the Bay Area, you will understand horrible traffic if you try heading into the city on a Friday. I considered myself lucky that it only took me two hours to get to the hotel!
A mini room tour
One of my blogging besties, Nancy, stayed at the hotel with her little dog Alfie. I would have loved to have Mochi stay with me at the hotel, but he doesn’t like to stay quiet if I leave him in the room.
On Friday night, we walked over to Benihana for a group dinner. I thought it was pretty interesting that a lot of the group had not been to Benihana before. It’s one of my favorite places to eat for a birthday dinner, so I shared some of my favorite meals with the group. Always order the shrimp and lobster!
^^ It says I love Mazda!
After dinner, Nancy and I walked around Japantown for a bit. Since we had an early start the next day, we head to bed early. Also, I had eaten my weight in shrimp and needed to lie down.
The next morning, I got up to eat breakfast with the group and test out the new Mazda CX-9.
This car totally blew me away. The Mazda CX-9 has been completely redone for 2016 and it definitely has that WOW factor. When I hopped in for my drive, I had to pause to check out all the bells and whistles.
It has three rows, fits seven passengers, and in the Signature package it has Nappa leather and genuine Rosewood trim. Some of my favorite features were included in this trim package. I love back-up cameras, rear cross traffic alerts, and blind spot monitoring. It seems like every detail in the car was completely custom.
Plus it drove unlike any large SUV. I felt like it drove like a sedan. It was large, but it didn’t feel overwhelming. And it could turn on a dime and powered through the San Francisco hills.
I became a huge fan of Mazda after this drive.
The rest of the day was spent in the Japanese Tea Garden. Even though I had visited the garden before, it was different going in with a tour guide. I really enjoyed listening about the history of the garden and the Hagiwara family. You can read more about the garden here.
This little garden makes you feel like you are miles outside of the city. It’s when you see a peak of Sutro Tower outside of the trees that you are reminded that you are still in San Francisco.
Even though I just had a quick 24 hours with the Mazda team, it was a blast. If you want to see the rest of the blogger’s weekend at the J-Pop Festival, head to Nancy’s video on YouTube.
Thank you to Mazda for the amazing weekend!