Weekend Musings From Cathi & Mary Alice Summer Travel Edition
As much as we enjoy flipping through Design magazines or reading a great new cookbook we also love reading about travel and watching wonderful travel videos.
Here are a few that we thought were beautiful, but give you a great flavor for the location.
What’s not to love about Sonoma County? They have several videos on their YouTube channel. This video is on the specialty farms of Sonoma.
Staying within driving distance of Southern California here is a video on the changing gastronomic scene in Las Vegas hosted by Penn & Teller.
London is always great for shopping. This video highlights a few of the shopping streets and arcades. On the Love GREAT Britain channel you will find other videos on Bespoke menswear and various UK locations.
Cathi’s sister produced several travel videos a few years back. Here is the link to the YouTube Channel. If you look closely you will see Cathi in the Lisbon Video. Another inside secret, when the person that was supposed to be on camera for the Orange County video got sick Julianne asked Cathi to fill in as "Patti".
Spain or more specifically Catalonia has a fabulous website which shares through stories and video the beauty of this region of Spain.
New Zealand’s tourism YouTube channel has a wonderful video by the director James Cameron highlighting some of the great locations in New Zealand.
When you think of Scotland is Scallop diving the first thing that comes to mind? It didn’t for us either. Ben’s story is one of the unique videos you will find on Scotland's official YouTube channel.
Looking for a cool new summer shot glass idea? Check out this list put together by Top Inspirations. The watermelon and s'mores versions looks especially fun.
4th of July has us thinking classic Americana dishes. What’s more Americana than Betty Crocker. Here's a link to Betty Crocker's 4th of July Holiday guide.
Houzz the Interior Design website has put together a 4th of July sale. Use Promo Code FIREWORKS2016 for an additional 20% off a purchase over $100.
Thinking of planning a trip for 4th of July 2017? Travel and Leisure listed their top towns for your Independence Day celebrations.
Orlando has had a pretty rough couple of weeks. This video by the Orange County Sherriff’s department will put a smile on everyone’s face. The flash dance shower is priceless.
Clicking through the channels the other day Cathi came across this show Henry Ford's Innovation Nation hosted by Mo Rocca. The show highlights all kinds of innovations. It’s on CBS but all episodes can be viewed online.
Have you ever searched your name for unclaimed money? It is amazing the money you can find you had no idea was owed you. It’s worth a look. Here is a link to a national search system. Most states have their own search programs as well just Google unclaimed money (and the name of the state you have lived in).
Genius storage idea!. We can always use extra storage ideas, but for a small entry space without a mudroom this is a brilliant solution.
Belmont Stakes is today! While we don’t have a Triple Crown possibility this year, it is sure to be a great race. Here is the recipe for the Belmont Jewel the official cocktail of the Belmont Stakes.
One Potato, Two Potato… Looking for a way to jazz up your summer potato salad? Here is a link to potato salad recipes shared by Food 52.
LA Rams Rookies went on a tour of Los Angeles this week. Starting on the bus with neon glasses and donuts from California donuts. They hit lots of LA hot spots including Warner Bros, Dodger stadium, Koreatown and more.
Are you tired of searching for a certain photo on your smart phone? You might find this comparison of the best photo storage and organization programs by New York Times writer, Brian Chen useful.
The Surf Sand Sea gallery at Santa Monica Place has a cool summer exhibit highlighting LA street artist, Hueman and his current projects of reimaging of vintage LA photos.
The junk mail is getting overwhelming, especially with the upcoming elections. Here are some tips on how to stop junk mail from filling your mailbox and inbox.
Speaking of election season, regular watchers of NBC are familiar with the interesting perspectives and story telling of Jacob Soboroff. LA Magazine did a profile on Jacob and his Dad where they shared a lot of their thought on LA. A nice read.
Did you see the story about 5 year old Ainsley who decided on Princess day she wanted to dress up as a hot dog instead? We think she is great (and her Mom too for letting her be her).
What does $34,500,000 get you in Manhattan? It got Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick 2 side by side town homes totally 13,900 square-feet with an additional 2,100-square-feet of private outdoor space.
GQ shared some great cocktail recipes shared by bartenders perfect for Memorial Day. If you decide on the Jungle Juice we suggest small glasses as it is packed with alcohol.
For the under 21’s and non-drinkers consider adding one of these creative recipes shared by Southern Living.
We loved the skirt recipe Giada shared in this recent Daily News article (Bobby Flay shard a great grilled fish taco recipe too). Both are perfect for a long weekend of dining alfresco.
Outdoor spaces spruce up time? Consider these designs shared by Country living this month.
Speaking of outdoor spaces using Sunbrella's fabrics will keep your outdoor design plan looking like new year after year.
50 years ago these Vietnam Vets took a group surfing photo. This year they reunited and recreated the same pose.
Let’s face it we have all know “that guy” that loses it just like this sports anchor did on air to his co-worker.
Hosting a Derby party or just want a festive cocktail? Check out Southern Living's Kentucky Derby drink guide.
Bon Appétit put together 41 great Mother's Day recipes for this Sunday’s celebration.
Still looking for a last minute gift for Mom, how about the gift of meditation? Oprah & Deepak are having a great sale this week.
For more Kentucky Derby fun here is the official link to all things Derby
Including a party planning guide, all about the horses and much more.
Staying with the Kentucky Derby The J. Peterman Company catalog has a great hat as well lots of vintage inspired clothes.
Do the great prices of knock off chargers and plugs on various websites temp seem tempting? Watch this video and you might be saying to yourself “there are no bargains”.
The ladies of A Cup Of Jo shared 8 podcasts worth listening to this week.
James Corden’s when George Clooney and Julia Roberts joined James and Gwen Stefani. It's a fun watch.
Domino.com is getting us ready for summer with their list of the 51 Best Cocktails for summer. Yes, that's right 51, not 50, not 25, but 51.
Regular readers of our Musings know our fondness of the Barefoot Contessa. Recently she updated her website updated her website to include sections on "easy tips" "good ingredients" and more. We love the updates.
We love a great salad: One that is a bit complex yet easy to make. Here are a few that caught our eye for spring from The Daily Catch.
As we all get into a bit of Spring-cleaning these 11 tips from MyDomaine.com are good reminders. "A place for everything and everything in it's place" sure can eliminate the stress of missing items.....
Speaking of Spring… Coastal Living shared a few of their favorite recipes for spring. The whole salmon recipe especially caught our eye.
CM In Print: Here is our recent article published in DTLA Life Magazine on designing a lighting plan for your home.
We loved this sweet video of a Mom suffering with Alzheimer’s disease recognizing her daughter from 2014. It seems we know so many people facing challenges like this and keep them in our hearts always.
In honor of American Idol's finale we thought it fun to share a classic Simon Cowell Britain’s Got Talent video where the contestant got the upper hand from his harshness.
Looking for some new recipes for Irish Whiskey this Saint Patrick’s Day? Food and Wine has your covered with these cocktail recipes.
What’s a St. Patrick’s Day without some great Irish food. From soda bread to corned beef to sheppard’s pie and much more Bon Appetit has gathered a list of their top Irish recipes.
It seems everyone is reaching for the Tums and Omeprazol. Dr. Oz recently shared a list of 25 alkaline producing foods which help counter act acid based foods. Interesting learning the health benfits of eating more alkaline foods.
Love Market and Cafe is a new nonprofit start-up in South L.A. It began as a Kickstarter campaign and now the doors are opening this Monday. Read more about them here.
Apple TV is really improving the functionality of Siri. To get the most out of your new Apple TV check out the primer iMore put together on what Siri can and cannot do.
Looking for exercises to keep your Brain fit. Check out Fit Brains website. They have a great blog with quizzes, puzzles and brain teasers.
Kelly Clarkson’s very personal new song Piece by Piece was debuted on American idol last week. It is equally heartbreaking and hopeful. We loved the song and love Kelly.
The International Home and Housewares show came to a close last week in Chicago. Here are few of the cool new products that will be available for purchase soon.
Bitdefender Box ~ Bitdefender is a leader in laptop security has a great new product that hooks up director to your router and protects all devices including your smart TV. Pre orders are offered at only $99.00.
Love Is In The Air
Behind the scenes at Bottega Louie underground bakery, as they get ready for Valentine’s Day.
Still looking for a romantic dessert recipe for tonight? How about Sur la Table's classic (and easy) chocolate mousse?
Romance in a glass: Heavy.com shared 5 cocktails for this Valentine’s Day.
Maybe Valentine’s weekend is a great time to plan a romantic get-a-way with your sweetheart. Here is a link to Travel & Leisure's top cities for romance.
Looking for a few books to expand your mind? Check out Neil de Grasse Tyson ‘s list of books every intelligent person should read.
Here is a round up of last week's top Super Bowl ad. Did you have a favorite?
We love quality so it is no wonder we are fans of the website Buy Me Once. Their mission is to curate products that are quality and built to last.
Kid’s say the darndest thing. Jimmy Kimmel interviewed kids about what they think LOVE is.
Looking for a few new cocktails to serve at your football playoff viewing party this weekend? Here are a few from Parade magazine.
What’s better on a chilly winter day then Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese. Our favorite recipe is Ina Garten's Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons.
A few wonderful additions to the Los Angeles foodie scene are in the works for 2016. DTLA will be getting it’s own Smorgasburg (the classic food and design market from New York) and the famous Proud Bird restaurant by LAX will be converted into a new food hall perhaps similar to Grand Central Market.
If shopping for unique furnishes, antiques and bargain furniture you can reimagine into stunning one of kind piece for your home consider visiting the Hughes Estate Sales DTLA showroom sale this weekend.
The Oscar nominations are out and this years top films were shot in some pretty cool locations. Travel and Leisure magazine together a slideshow of some of these locations from around the world.
Check out this fully functioning Caravan made entirely out of Legos! The Caravan just won the Guinness World Record (we are not sure what for, most Legos?). Very cool.
Elle Décor shared their top 10 trends for 2016. We hope trends like formal dining room and tech free spaces take off.
James Cordon does a great skit on his late night show called Carpool Karaoke. This one with Adele is just brilliant.
Wishing you and yours a 2016 filled with fun, great health, success and lots of JOY!!
Cathi & Mary Alice
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