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2014 Year in Review

family selfiefamily of threeBefore the year ends, I’m going to take a minute or 10 (if you read slowly) to reflect at how 2014 unfolded.

(P.S. there is absolutely nothing wrong if you read slow.  It just let’s me know you are totally  letting    each.   and.  every.  single.  word.  I.  write.  sink.  in.  – so for that, thank you!)

How should I summarize 2014?  Hmm, how about I break it down in accordance to the core of my blog: “A California wife and mom inspired by fashion, family adventures, and coastal living.”

Fashion:  is still very much a part of my life and since getting pregnant in June, I’ve had to become a bit more creative in styling myself.  But hey, it’s  a challenge I welcomed :).

Although my blog has greatly evolved from its initiation in 2011, where it was heavily fashion driven, I still include stylish posts.  This year I incorporated a new series, “Where to?  Where this?” and although I haven’t written one of them lately (been too busy sharing my personal family adventures), the WTWT posts are still one of my favorites to create.

Family Adventures:  With our feet firmly planted in Santa Barbara, we enjoyed exploring our town at length.  Living within eye sight of the water, we often ventured to the beach for walks and to search for shells.  I’ve since built a pretty extensive collection of seashells totally worth a pat on the back for.  Looking back at the year, we are also fortunate to have made many friends whom we shared weekly playdates with.  Over the summer I invited our friends to celebrate our son’s 2nd birthday.   When family came into town to visit, we made sure to introduce them to some of our favorite Santa Barbara hiking spots: a Monarch Butterfly preserve and a local Harbor Seal sanctuary.

Just a short drive away, we explored the famous Bubble Gum Alley in San Luis Obispo and continued to take trips to our old stomping grounds of Orange County– one specific trip being to Disneyland; a first for Harrison.

Several trips outside of California included  Colorado for a ski trip.   I honestly find great irony in wanting to travel to see snow.  I clearly forgot that snow=cold.  Then in the summer we ventured to Moab, Utah to  celebrate my sister’s wedding and to clock in some major hiking mileage per my Strava app.  We capped off our fall with a two-week East Coast trip that left us loving the New England lifestyle.

Coastal Living:  after years of being admirers of sailing, my husband and I became certified sailors (see Instagram pics here).  About the same time we signed up for our course, we found out we were pregnant which made it all the more difficult since I suffered from horrible morning sickness.  With the help of anti-vomitting medicine, I stuck through the course and I’ve gotta say, I do love sailing.  We have even made it a family affair;  and our young Harrison has ventured the open waters with us on several occasions.

As my final post of the year, I have to say thank you to my friends, family, bloggers, and brands that have supported Sincerely Kymberly.  It absolutely brings a smile to my face having followers, receive comments, likes, shares, and emails from supportive people.  My blog will always be a fun place for me to share my life; and any recognition I get is only topping on the cake :).

Okay, okay; enough sentimental stuff.  2014- you rocked.  Over and out.

Sincerely, Kymberly

Cape Cod vacation {recap}

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After visiting Washington, D.C. and Boston; relaxation was my number one priority when we reached Cape Cod.  To accomplish this, I booked us a private cottage that overlooked the Atlantic.  Our stay at Chatham Bars Inn was luxurious, relaxing, and provided the quintessential New England vibe I had wanted to experience.

My second priority while in the Cape was to enjoy fresh seafood.  I did just that.  Lobster became my go-to grub and I enjoyed ever single bite from my 2 pounders I’d order.  Here’s an insider’s tip: want to feel like a local and save $$$ like a local, order your lobster dinner at the local fish market where they will prep and cook the lobster for you.  Then take it home to enjoy in the comforts of your hotel.

Having never been to Cape Cod before, it turned out to be the exact trip I had hoped for.  We cycled through our routine of walking the beach, horsing around the croquet court (which conveniently was located in front of our cottage), window shopped Chatham’s quaint main street, snapped a few pictures in front of some iconic lighthouses, and even took a trip to the Cape Cod potato chip factory.

Granted I had hoped to test out my newly certified sailors license, but the lack of fair winds made it impossible to do.  Oh well.  Looks like I’ll just have to keep “sailing the Atlantic” on my bucket list for a little bit longer.  But I’m not complaining, all the more reason to plan a return trip to the Cape.  😉

Sincerely, Kymberly

 

A Donald Duck Nautical Birthday Party

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Maybe it’s Donald’s silly voice or that he is a sailor (Harrison shares an equal love for all things water related).   For whatever reason our son loves Donald; and deciding on a Donald Duck Nautical birthday party was the perfect theme for Harrison’s 2nd birthday.

Some highlights of the pool party included the toy station, coloring station, and photo booth.  One of my major DIY projects was making the boat and all of its nautical props.  I simply constructed a boat out of a giant cardboard box and painted both the boat and props in coordinating colors.

The food arena is where I got plenty of help from.  We hired a taco guy to cater the event.  A dear friend made the home-made pies, and the two-tiered ombre cake was purchased at Vons (can ya believe that?)  For a killer deal of $35 bucks I had them create the yellow ombre effect and I DIY’d the Donald Duck cake topper.

Gift bags included sailor attire (a sailor hat and nautical bandana), a mini inflatable beach ball, and a yellow rubber ducky.

Overall, the party was a success!  All 15 of his toddler buddies enjoyed themselves and I do believe the parents did too :).  And hey, we even had a little birthday drama that we quickly dusted our shoulders off …but what’s a party without a little flair to it 😉 ?

Sincerely, Kymberly

 

custom invitations: Owen and Sally

gift bag items: Oriental Trading

 

A Nautical Photo Shoot

Baby Nautical Preppy Outfit

Laying out Harrison’s outfit

Got back the proofs from Harrison’s photo shoot last month and I’m loving these in-studio shots!  InGrace photography did an excellent job of capturing our (then) 9 month baby.  Enjoy!

Sincerely, Kymberly

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