30 Jan

We were beyond excited when we heard the creative genius’s behind Crafting Community were throwing a holiday version of their amazing annual Palm Springs retreat for families. AND it was in our city, at the beautiful Lombardi House. The crafts, activities, snacks, and overall experience did not disappoint! Pretty sure every kiddo (and parent) was pretty bummed when they felt the day coming to an end. Our own Kristina was there and had an amazing time, as always.

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Yes, thank you. We will!

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

How amazing are the Pajakis?! They always have the BEST crafts.

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Plant hangers… always a crowd favorite.

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

It really doesn’t get better than looking around and seeing families crafting together.

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

So fun to see so many of our friends at the event with their kiddos. Elizabeth and Jessica above.

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

This guy? < heart eye emoji >

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Kristina made it a date with just her older son, Dashiell. Perfect mama-buddy time.

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

There’s our gal, Joy with her daughters Ruby and Coco. Ergobaby staged a stroller parking area with loaner Ergos to use at the event. Genius!

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

That gal looks pretty cozy in her 360.

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Justina and her little gal.

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

Crafting Community's Handmade Holiday recap | 100 Layer Cakelet

The fearless leaders of CC, Karen and Stacy, above. Thanks to these two ladies and their amazing team for throwing yet another super inspiring event for families.

Also, if ever there was an event to take your entire family to, Crafting Community’s Annual Palm Springs event is IT. Read our recap from last year’s event here. You’re going to want to book your tickets ASAP, promise. Tickets aren’t on sale quite yet, so make sure to save the date: May 1-3 at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs!

 
29 Jan

A few weeks ago we were lucky enough to take a magical trip north for a weekend at the historic Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, CA with our families. You probably saw our many instagrams (here, here, and here for example) during the weekend, but we wanted to share a few photos our resident photographer shot while we were enjoying ranch life for a few days.

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

The property is spectacular, stretching 10,000 acres across the hills and valleys of the Central Coast. Even with clouds and a bit of rain that weekend we were inspired and amazed by the land and the grounds of the resort.

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

A highlight was definitely the early morning wagon ride to a cowboy breakfast deep in the hills of the property. Our children are still young, but for families with kids 7 and older, you can instead opt for the horseback ride to breakfast which would be spectacular! We were pretty happy with the wagon and thrilled when we arrived to see 50 horses tethered up in front of the adobe kitchen in the  middle of nowhere.

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Leather fringe chaps? Check!

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Biscuits & gravy? Check!

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Old time tunes on the guitar? Check!

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Completely thrilling to watch the riders come in off the trail. Moments before, we had spotted a bobcat running across the road from the wagon. It’s really pretty wild once you leave the immediate resort.

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

All of the boys LOVED riding Bullwinkle around the barnyard. And visiting the menagerie of animals kept in the barn. Goats and Brahman cows, and chickens, roosters, ducks, bunnies, bristley boars, giant tortises, and all sorts of other tame friends.

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

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Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

That’s a real tortoise egg! Never seen one before. Who knew they were round?

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

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Again, the scenery was just beautiful. Even in January it was lovely, though it would have been nice to enjoy the pool. Next time!

Alisal Ranch family trip | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | 100 Layer Cakelet

There were so many amazing activities set up for families. A kid’s craft room, family bingo night, a rec room with all sorts of games, horseshoes (obviously!), animals, hikes, fishing, a lake, archery… the list really goes on. It would be SUCH a perfect place for a multi-generational vacation, Grandparents and Great-grandparents included. There is plenty to do for everyone, of all ages. Kind of like a really awesome summer camp for the whole family.

We would go back in a heartbeat! For information on the hotel and their many offerings, check out their website at Alisal.com.

Alisal Guest Ranch
1054 S. Alisal Rd.
Solvang, CA
(800) 4-ALISAL

All photos by Scott Clark Photo.

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29 Jan

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

We can relate a lot to this mama. If we had little girls we would dress them up in tulle, sequins and leopard patterned shoes too. It’s just too fun not too, and we can tell D. Lillian Photography had the most fun capturing the twirls, snuggles, and smiles that happened on this foggy day (which actually made these photos that much more dreamy, don’t you think?).

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Sequin and tulle family photos by D. Lillian Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

Can we have that outfit in adult size? Actually, we’re pretty sure it does!

Baby Elliott’s look: Skirt + top: Wrare, Headband: Lovecrush Bowtique, Shoes: Zuzii
Mom’s look: Romper: ASOS, Bracelet: Nordstrom, Shoes: Steve Madden
Dad’s look: Denim: Joes Jeans, Black Shirt: Diesel, Grey Blazer: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Boots: Fiorentini+Baker

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