• Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Cory and I went to Mendocino a weekend back in order to....well for no reason at all. Just to relax. And it was wonderful. All the following photos were taken with the new iPhone 4s as I didn't want to take my normal camera gear. R&R remember!

    The first night we were there, we sat outside at a restaurant, with a glass of wine and some cheese and enjoyed the sunset.

  • Mendocino

  • The cheese platter had some figs on it. And I loved them! (I'm obsessed with food these days - more about that in the coming weeks - and no I'm not pregnant!).

  • Mendocino

  • I wanted to test out the zoom capability of the new iPhone, with the 3Gs it sucked. But this isn't too shabby at all.

  • Mendocino

  • For breakfast the next morning, I had the most scrumptious blueberry and cream cheese stuffed french toast. YUMMY!

  • breakfast at Stevenswood Resort in Mendocino

  • After breakfast, we started driving North and came across the Point Cabrillo Light Station exit and we turned off. It was a perfect weather day: a bit chilly but nice enough for just a t-shirt.

  • Point Cabrillo Light Station

  • This was taken on the grounds of the light station.

  • Point Cabrillo Light Station

  • And of course the light house itself. One must walk down the hill from the parking lot to get to the light house and we spotted deer in the fields on our walk. My brother-in-law would have been proud that I spotted the deer before Cory and just by the ears alone showing off in the distance.

  • Point Cabrillo Light Station

  • Then we headed up to Fort Bragg....and to Glass Beach. While the beach, water, air, sun, waves, everything was fantastic- I was disappointed that the "glass" description of the stones on the beach are none existent. They should revise how they tout this beach and say "it used to" be a beach with many colored and polished glass stones created by the years of the waves co-mingled with trash (glass bottles thrown into the ocean) crashing against the shorelines.

  • Glass Beach

  • It was nice to have the beach almost to ourselves.

  • Glass Beach

  • In the afternoon, we headed back to our B&B and while Cory took a nap, I ordered a glass of wine and sat on the deck and read my newly purchased used book from the Mendocino used book store. I love used book stores! I couldn't pass up buying a new book. I'm reading Fahrenheit 451. I've never read it before and I'm loving it.

  • Stevenswood Resort in Mendocino

  • After our afternoon break, we headed back up to Fort Bragg to hit the North Coast Brewery Co. for some dinner and beer tasting. I sent this photo to my sister and told her we were playing tic-tac-toe with beer. She replied "I want to be the O's". Such a smart girl.

  • North Coast Brewery Co.

  • For dinner, I had the Beet and Goat Cheese plate, and Cory had their Nachos. There is a family joke re: nachos (from when we were in England this year) and almost at any brew pub we have to order them.

    I do plan in the off season to post the rest of England/Scotland pictures. And I'll share the Nacho joke.

  • North Coast Brewery Co.

  • I ended up selecting a beer that came in such a glass....probably because it was almost 10% alcohol.

  • North Coast Brewery Co.

  • The next morning, while we were sitting in the B&B restaurant dining room, I snapped this photo of the outside, but what I love about it is that I can see Cory in the reflection drinking his coffee. (look in the lower right corner)

  • Stevenswood Resort in Mendocino

  • Seriously, does this breakfast not look perfect? It was! I ate every bite. The home-made scone was to die for.

  • Stevenswood Resort in Mendocino

  • Oh...the part of the trip I forgot to mention thus far. Cory recently bought a motorcycle. And the night before we were to head to Mendocino, he sprung it on me that he would LOVE to ride his bike. But of course that would mean I'd have to follow in the car by myself. I told him it wasn't exactly what I had in mind for some R&R, and he (wisely) said it wasn't a big deal and we could drive together. I think he's catching on - how to get what he wants by playing it down and adding on some sugar. :-) Anyway, as you can see, I let him ride his bike. (and yes, I do mean I let him).

  • Mendocino

  • We stopped a few times along the way just for a break. I love this photo of Cory! While I can't see his mouth, I know he's smiling from ear to ear.

  • Mendocino

  • I was negligent last week in writing my Tuesday "photo of the week" column. I meant to get this post up last week. So this is to make up for it.

    The photo-of-the-week column will be changing. More on that tomorrow.




  • Kirsten
  • posted by Kirsten

  • I need to seriously follow my own advice on today's tip! You can check out our other Health and Wellness tips on the blog.

    Would you say that you get enough sleep? If you answered yes, how about these questions: Do you wake up feeling refreshed? Do you drink lots of coffee to get you through the day? Most adults (including myself!) don't get enough sleep as they should. The recommended amount is 7-9 hours. We all have busy lives and it can be a challenge to fit work and chores and every to-do into our day and still make time for sleep, but the truth is that we have to put sleep first. Without doing this, we may unintentionally cause the following:

    * Weight gain
    * Worsened immune system
    * Increased risk of depression and anxiety
    * Increased risk of heart disease and cancer

  • Getting enough sleep

  • The great news is that it's so easy to turn this bad habit around. I know it can be tempting to squeeze that last bit of work in or read just a few more chapters of a riveting book, but by putting sleep first, you will be able to accomplish much more the next day. Here are some tips to start making sleep a priority:

    * Just turn the light off (sounds so simple, but it's not!)
    * Set a bedtime and stick to it
    * Avoid electronics before bed (TV, computer, phone, etc.). The light stimulates your senses. Instead, do something relaxing like meditation or taking a warm bath.
    * Exercise regularly to relieve stress and tension
    * Avoid caffeine 8 hours before bedtime

    For any of you pregnant women out there, good sleep can be an extra challenge. My nights became much more peaceful once I finally invested in a body pillow. You can position them in a number of ways, and I found that simply laying on my side, hugging the pillow through the night did the trick.

    Today's post is one that I'm continuing to work on in my life. I'm a night owl and find every reason I can to stay up just a little later. If you have additional tips, please share!

    Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

    Photo courtesy of keepingyouwell.com



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Last week I met up with Reena and Ian (and Royce) for our date night session. We wanted to start with Royce since we figured he'd been cooped up in the car for a bit while we had chatted over some coffee. As you can see, the sun was just at that perfect spot in the sky.

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • I love it when couples so easily look like they are models and do exactly what makes me react with "OMG! I love this photo." It's all in the small moments that are shared.

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer


  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • Reena was feeding Royce a few treats for being so good in all our photos. You can see the treat just a inch away from being crunched in Royce's mouth!

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • As you can see I had just as much fun photographing Royce as I did Reena and Ian.

    Be sure to check out the leash that Katie Edwards of Ambience Floral made for Royce that I posted to Facebook. It was amazing Katie! If you can't see this Facebook photo, be sure to Friend The Memory Journalists so you can!

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • Okay enough photos of Royce. Onwards to our cute couple. Reena is breathtaking beautiful. Inside and out.

    Christi Reynolds did a fabulous job on Reena's make-up.

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • I straddled a few rocks, with a creek running right next to me to grab this photo. But it was so worth it!

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • I asked Reena what her and Ian enjoy doing together and one of her replies was wine tasting. So we decided to make a picnic out of date night and bring a blanket, some flowers, and some wine.

    Ian and Reena are so comfortable together. Laughter is a large part of their relationship.

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • But they are comfortable with just quiet moments too.

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • I think this is my favorite storyboard out of the entire evening together.

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • After a quick change of clothes, we started walking around the park and you know I won't resist a park bench, especially when I get looks like this!

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • Again with some laughs. I just couldn't stop clicking away and ended up with way too many favorites to share.

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • Katie sent along some flowers and we put them to good use.

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • Reena's long legs are so sexy in t his photo!

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • Lastly Reena brought along some colorful scarves to use. We didn't really have any plans for them, but Ian wound Reena up in the scarf and captured her close to him.

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer

  • You know me and pinks....I love this color combo! I can't wait to see all the wonderful colors at the Reena and Ian's wedding next year. It will be amazing!

    And I can't wait for the next time we all visit...we've already decided to do a bit of wine tasting.

  • Sacramento Engagement Photographer



  • Kirsten
  • posted by Kirsten

  • Remember that old saying about apples and doctors? It's true! You can check out our other Health and Wellness tips on the blog.

    What does Fall mean to you? To me, it's the gorgeous changing leaves, the excitement of reading by the fire in the not too distant future, and apples, apples, apples! We are so lucky to live near a beautiful and fun fall destination - Apple Hill! There are 47 stops among the Apple Hill ranches including orchards, wineries, pumpkin patches, and even a brewery. My husband and I went for an outing there last weekend and came home full of delicious apple pie and toting two huge boxes of apples. Our favorite spot was Larsen Apple Barn. They have a good selection of apples to buy (and offer free tastes), a café where we munched on sandwiches and warm apple pie, and a creek where many families were picnicking. It would have been a perfect afternoon if not for the crowds, which brings me to my Apple Hill Tips:

    #1 - Go on a weekday if you can. The weekend crowds make it difficult to find parking.
    #2 - Buy an apple pie (or 2!) to go. They will last in the freezer and be perfect for holiday company.
    #3 - Take a look at the apple 'seconds'. These boxes were twice as big for the same price and their only imperfection was a few spots or bruises. Great for baking!

    My husband has big plans for our two big boxes of seconds. He is going to make and can applesauce like he did with his parents growing up. I'll be sure to let you know how (and if) it turns out. This will be quite an adventure!

  • Apple Hill

  • I'm sure you've heard the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Well, it's true! From HealthDiaries.com, here are 7 reasons to eat apples:
    1. Bone Protection
    2. Asthma Help
    3. Alzheimer's Prevention
    4. Lower Cholesterol
    5. Cancer Prevention (Lung, Breast, Colon, Liver)
    6. Diabetes Management
    7. Weight Loss

    And if you need extra motivation to eat those apples, here are some yummy ideas: apple pie (the inside is healthy, right? :) ), apple butter, apple sauce, apple fritters, apple muffins, caramel apples (perfect for Halloween!).

    If you plan to head up to Apple Hill, check out this list of Apple Hill farms which includes addresses and hours. You can also pick up a map at your first stop.

    Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • This week I wanted to illustrate what it means to be "stopping motion" when taking photographs. Here is our next installment of Photo of the Week.

    While shooting Rhonda and Jack's wedding, they served margarita's as the girls were getting ready. Westley brought a cool margarita maker and after the first batch was ready, I was having fun taking photograph's of Rhonda's drink as it was being poured.


  • Stopping Motion in photographs


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