Gratitude is one of the key paths towards an overall satisfaction with life.  I think a great way to stay grateful about the life you live is to really try to appreciate and savor the things around you.  I think blogging helps a lot of us to do that...maybe that's why bloggers just seem happier.  :) I think a great tool for appreciation is to look at the familiar places in your life and look at them as you would if you were seeing them for the first time.

That's what I did on an impromptu trip with my aunt and sister to get gelato at Laguna Beach.  I've been to Laguna Beach dozens of times, but this time I really appreciated it for what it was.

 My aunt refuses to take a picture
 Can you spy the butterfly?

 As close as it comes to Italy


  1. I like the way you think! Good thing to remember as a blogger! I shall try this next time I'm somewhere. Gelato looks yummy and I happen to LOVE your dress! Oh I wish Laguna was closer than a 45 minute drive without traffic. So beautiful


  2. I love all the pictures. It really tells your story. Beautiful.

  3. Aww, what a nice post, and such pretty pictures! I've never been to Laguna Beach, but I hope to someday :) And I might be blind, but I, for the life of me, could not find a butterfly in that picture LOL

  4. Love these pictures ! they are so pretty :) what do you think of following each other on GFC ? let me know

    Much of love,


  5. Ah, these pics are soo gorgeous! I love both of the featured dresses. The pink is feminine and beautiful while the black is chic and sophisticated! PLUS that gelato looks SOOo gooooddd... I'm seriously drooling over here! Can't wait to see more!

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  6. firstly: you live near laguna beach!? you lucky chicken.
    secondly: i love your blog name. good choice. :)

  7. Ohhh yum! What a super cute place!!! I'm a huge fan of gelato, especially pistachio of all flavors!!!