Hey, hey! As you can see, we’ve had a little makeover on the blog, so I wanted to leave a note for you all about why that went down. If you clicked for the free printable (it’s ok, I still like you), feel free to skip to the bottom to download.
Why the name change?
A few months ago I opened a shop on Etsy called “Darling & Sailor Design Suite.” I’ve been having so much fun designing over there that eventually it just made sense to merge my projects under one coherent brand name.
What does Darling & Sailor mean?
I’ve always loved the poem by E.E. Cummings that reads:
I love you much
more than anyone
on the earth
and I like you
better than every
thing in the sky.
After my sailor and I got married, he gave me a lovely, enormous sign with that poem painted on it to hang on our wall.
When he is at sea, he reminds me look at the sign he gave me and remember that that I’m his darling, and that I’m loved. So ultimately this name has a deeper significance to me, and is well-suited to the content of this blog.
Is anything else on the blog changing?
No, this is primarily an artistic change. The blog will remain focused on sharing California life and style, travel, and the other things that have always interested me enough to share, including books and home decor.
How do I download the free printable?
Enter your email into the form below to be taken to the free E.E. Cummings printable. Enjoy, darling!
When fall comes around, the mountains start calling my name. Everything in me starts longing for cooler weather and a change of scenery. So when our friends invited us up to their cabin at Big Bear Lake for Labor Day weekend, we were already packing before we’d hung up the phone.
And the other half is knowing when to give cuddles and kisses.
Being devoted Harry Potter fans, wand play was bound to happen at some point…
And Kai found more than enough pinecones to satisfy his nature-hoarding tendencies.
Eventually they tuckered out and ended the night with Daddy’s perfect Sir Topham Hat impressions. We bundled them up and sent them to bed so we could enjoy some pumpkin pie, drinks, and much-needed adult conversation.
We kicked off the next morning bright and early at a local favorite spot that our friends recommended.
Kai may have been more excited about the sticker decor than the food, and thank goodness for that because without so many to look at, the forty minute wait with two-under-four in tow might have been a mild form of torture.
We wound up the trip with a stop at the Nature Discovery Zone, which could also be re-named: Kai & Rafe’s Heaven on Earth. The indoor portion had stuffed versions of local wildlife to see, while the outdoor portion had all kinds of areas to explore and engage with.
There were sand boxes, building stations with wood planks, a natural wood music station, a chalkboard corner, and a climbing web.
Kai was fascinated with the music station and natural hideaway spots tucked between the trees…
While Rafe preferred slathering himself with dirt, throwing wood chips, and sneaking away to snack on chalk #partofthiscompletebreakfast
They both left looking like they had been playing in a chimney, but they loved every second of it and it was the perfect spot to get all their manic energy out before the ride back down to Coronado.
After a much-needed bath for the boys, we packed up and said goodbye to Big Bear Lake, grateful for the mountain-air reprieve but ready to get back to our beachside home.
Have you been to Big Bear Lake? Comment below with your favorite local spots; we’d love to have more to check out the next time we head up!
Happy September! After a much needed hiatus, I am so excited to be kicking off the blog again with a date night at the Hotel Del Coronado. The Del is such a classic San Diego landmark that never seems to lose its charm, regardless of the season.
We arrived just before sunset on a warm, breezy night, giddy to be out alone without the boys.
My date was crushing it in the handsome department… #marryasailor
And he was very patient while I wandered through Babcock & Story Emporium.
Despite its fancy and intriguing name, it is mostly a collection of decorative kitchenware, scented soaps, California guidebooks, and provincial aprons.
After sniffing a thousand candles and deciding on none, we decided to wander the grounds a little longer before dinner.
We lingered over their garden boxes, getting ideas for our own when we move into our new home.
Afterwards, deciding we would skip the broccoli but definitely do thyme and lavender, we headed for the main entrance of the hotel to do a little more exploring.
We checked the time…
And took a few deep breaths in the lush landscaping.
We headed up the red carpet and inside, crossing our fingers that we wouldn’t run into Kate Morgan.
We found ourselves in a spacious courtyard, where we could take a load off for a moment (and totally break date etiquette by checking our phones). No texts about the boys, which is always good news. We were free to relax a little longer.
It’s a small menu, but we still had trouble deciding which pie we wanted, as they all sounded amazing. We landed on the fungi pie for me, and the jalepeno pie with cream cheese for him (he was promised it would taste like a fancy jalepeno popper).
We also splurged on their fizzy wine flight, which came with a rosé, a brut, and a prosecco.
They were all good, but the Adami Garbel Prosecco was buy-a-bottle worthy. (Next time!)
The pizza itself was perfectly charred and full of flavor. We both loved our picks.
Eno Pizzaria and Wine Bar is even more charming after sunset. I loved the warm, flickering fire pits and the glow of the chandeliers from inside the Del.
It was a fairly crowded evening that night because of the holiday weekend and a large party being hosted on the lawn, so there was plenty of opportunity for some good people-watching.
Dessert was a S’mores Cheesecake, which was as ooey-gooey delicious as it looks.
S’mores desserts are never a hard sell with me, but I compare every one I try to the Beachfire S’more dessert in San Clemente. This one was good, but it was no competition for Beachfire’s homemade crust and dark chocolate sauce.
But we devoured it anyway (obviously), before finally saying ‘goodbye for now’ to the Del.
We left with a box of leftover pizza and every intention of returning again soon to try more of the Del’s eateries.