30 hours in Maui

30 hours in Maui

Aloha to the Valley Island

Our second visit in Maui last week was kind of a coincidence. I booked flights to Kaua’i for my husband and me in February (It was his birthday surprise and I’m a pretty awesome wife!?) and with a layover in Maui the flights were just much cheaper!  Just back in March I had a 24 hours stopover in Iceland and it was awesome. Besides, we have friends that have a place in Maui, just north of Pa’ia, which is not far from the airport, perfect! Continue reading

Sailing charter in Santa Cruz: Chardonnay

Sailing charter in Santa Cruz: Chardonnay

A fun activity in Santa Cruz

If you’re going to Santa Cruz this summer, you should consider booking a sailing charter with Chardonnay Sailing charter, Santa Cruz. It’s a great experience that will make your time in Santa Cruz even better. This sailing charter is one of our favorite things to do with our visitors. We’ve done it three times now and every time was special. Continue reading

Monotasking

Monotasking

Have you ever heard of “monotasking”? I really never have before last Tuesday at a meditation class I’ve started in April. The class is called “Meditation for Daily Living” and is held at the Campbell Community Center.  Meditation coach Greg told us that monotasking can help us to lead a more mindful life. All of a sudden it came clear to me that I need to improve this skill in my life.

 

What does mono tasking mean?

On dictionary.com it says the carrying out of one task at a time; single-tasking” and the Urban Dictionary describes mono tasking as “The performance by an individual of one task, and only one task, at a point in time. Monotasking can be more productive than multitasking because it allows an individual to put all their attention and focus on the task at hand. This allows fewer mistakes than would be made if the individual were multitasking.” 

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T is for…

T is for…

Again, for everyone who didn’t follow my blog so far, I’m working on a list “My A to Z of California”. I actually write the posts from Z to A so it will be in the right order from top to bottom once finished. My list includes towns, cities, sights or other special places, things, events etc. This is my 6th post (I skipped the X) and I’m planning on finishing “My A to Z of California” by the end of the summer.

Tomales Bay

is a long narrow inlet of the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. It is approximately 25 km (15 miles) long and nearly 1 mile wide, effectively separating the Point Reyes Peninsula from the mainland of Marin County.

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Painting Quotes

Painting Quotes

A painted quote is a great gift idea for anyone you love!

I love to give gifts and I usually try to find something personal, something that suits the recipients personality or preferences. Lately I started trying to make gifts myself to make them even more personal and memorable. Last year, we painted my daughters room and did a little makeover as well. She got some new shelves, a new rug and other little things that matched the color “Tahitian Breeze” from Behr. That’s when I painted the first quote on a square canvas for her.

I used the paint from the sample we bought and a gold paint marker.

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Best of April

Best of April

Another month has passed and here are my highlights of April 2017.

 

1. Two beautiful wildflower hikes, one with my family and one with a dear friend.

You can read more here on my weekly rambles “Russian Ridge” and “Calero County Park”.

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My “New” Blog

My “New” Blog

Hello again! It is Monday, May 1st and I’m back to blogging! The last couple weeks I worked on my “new blog”.

step up the blogging

After almost two years of writing this blog I had the desire to take my blogging a step further. In order to get more people to read and follow your blog,  you can’t really ignore SEO tools. But on Wordpress.com where I originally started, you can’t install SEO or other plugins. The flexibility of how to design your blog is also very limited.

That’s why I decided to move my blog to wordpress.org. First, you haveto subscribe to a web host provider (I used bluehost.com). The problem is, that you have to know how to move your content from your original blog to the new site. And that is not as easy as people make you think it is.

I don’t want to bore you with too many details, but the whole process of moving the blog and creating the “new one” was way more work than anticipated and I could only do it with the help of some experts and some of my most supportive friends.

Let the experts do the work for you.

Have you heard about fiverr.com? It one of the biggest free lancing websites. You can hire people for all sorts of jobs and you can offer your special expertise as well. It’s easy, fast and effective. I had a great experience with seodpress and I can highly recommend using fiverr.

After a successful transfer of my content I purchased the WordPress Pro Service on mojomarketplace.com with a new blog theme included. They set up the new blog theme for me, but for the money I paid it wasn’t a great job. You have to customize everything yourself and if you don’t have a clue of html or CSS like I do, you have to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

youtube videos help with anything

Luckily there are a lot of great youtubers out there and after watching three other videos, I found a great channel for blogging. Thanks to Jakson and his video, I could finally figure out how to change the fonts in my new fancy blog theme. I’m not quite done yet and some fonts are still not the way I want them to be. But perfection is boring and I’m really proud and happy that I got to this point. Now I’m tired and just wanted to share my “new” blog with you, I hope you like it!

I would love your feedback! Please comment!

ps. I want to apologize to all my email subscribers that got about 15 weird emails right after the new theme was live. The blog theme template has sample posts and you one email for each of these posts. Sorry, I hope you won’t leave me. More to come tomorrow!

My weekly ramble

My weekly ramble

Happy Easter! We spent a wonderful, cozy day today with an easter egg hunt, mimosas, FaceTiming the family in Germany, the first Warriors Play-off game and some favorite people.

On Friday my friend and I went for a beautiful back country hike in Calero County Park, one of Santa Clara County’s most diverse regional parks. The 4,469 acre park is nestled in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruy Mountains. Continue reading

My weekly ramble

My weekly ramble

It’s been a while since my last walk for the blog.

Today was a great day to get out and explore the local trails. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday and our family went on a wildflower hunt. I shared a couple websites in the last weeks about the best hikes in California to see wildflowers this spring. Continue reading

Three Word Thursday

Three Word Thursday

Bake a bread! 

You know what every German replies when asked “What do you miss about Germany?”

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“The bread!” (and probably “Brötchen”, too)

That’s why I want to share my favorite bread recipe with you. It’s super easy, delicious and it comes pretty close to a good German “Körnerbrot” (whole grain or seed bread). The secret of a tasty, crispy bread is that you preheat the loaf pan. It is essential to get a crust that deserves its name. If you skip this step, the bread won’t turn out that good, trust me! Continue reading