hike for aha!

On Saturday, November 12, my daughter Kelsey and I will be hiking the 6.5 mile Romero Canyon trail to raise money for AHA!, a Santa Barbara organization dedicated to the development of character, imagination, emotional intelligence and social conscience in teenagers.  It is an innovative curriculum taught in schools at the junior high and high school level through after school and summer programs.  AHA! is teaching teens to listen deeply, speak authentically, cope with peer pressure, manage adversity, and peacefully resolve conflict. There are national trainings so that these practices go to programs and schools all over. 🙂

I realize there are many causes and disasters right now that need attention.  This is a cause dear to our hearts. Young people are our leaders of tomorrow and an important investment in the future for all of us.  I have seen first hand the difference AHA! has made in so many young lives.

If you would like to sponsor us, visit www.hikeforaha.org and click on DONATE NOW.  Yes, our team is Burns Babes (at least one of us is a babe and it’s not me!) Please donate ANY amount.  100% of your donation will go towards supporting the AHA! program and all donations are tax deductible.

Thank you so much!!

If you would like to learn more about AHA!, please visit the website at www.ahasb.org

leaf season in Vermont

There is a reason people flock to Vermont in late September and early October.  Mother Nature puts on a show of color against a background of vintage homes and buildings that is spectacular.  I took in the beauty from my parents farmhouse and our day trips to Chester, Weston, Queechee, and Woodstock.  Here are a few postcard pretty pictures from Vermont…

Leaf Season in Vermont
One of my favorite seats for taking in the view is the nook.  There are even binoculars on the lazy susan!
Leaf Season in Vermont
This is the view out the breakfast nook window.
Leaf Season in Vermont
Picking out the right shade of red was a project in itself before painting the barn!
Leaf Season in Vermont
The hammock is the perfect spot to take in the falling leaves…
Leaf Season in Vermont
Early morning clouds and mist…
Leaf Season in Vermont
The village green in Dorset
Leaf Season in Vermont
Dorset Union Store (formerly Peltier’s) is all decked out in pumpkins…
Leaf Season in Vermont
Dorset Playhouse
Leaf Season in Vermont
Always a lovely spot for a meal.  We like to have dinner in the Tavern at the Dorset Inn.
Leaf Season in Vermont
The Vermont Country Store in Weston is full of everything from cheese to dog biscuits and just about anything else you can think of!
Leaf Season in Vermont
The tiny town of Landgrove (as of 2010 it had a population of 158) has some of the prettiest houses in a gorgeous setting…
Leaf Season in Vermont
Quaint beauty
Leaf Season in Vermont
The dirt roads and falling leaves simply add to the charm…
Leaf Season in Vermont
I love this house!
Leaf Season in Vermont
Woodstock Vermont was aglow with autumn color…
Leaf Season in Vermont
Just outside of Woodstock is farmhouse pottery.  They sell their beautiful wares all over the country, but this is where the magic happens!
Leaf Season in Vermont
I wanted it all!
Leaf Season in Vermont
Like me, my mom is a minimalist when it comes to fall decor.
Leaf Season in Vermont
After driving through so many towns, this is where we ended the day with a glass of wine and a fire crackling in the fireplace.  Simply perfect!

 

 

3 Instagrammers I Love

When tragic things happen in our world, our homes become our safe havens.  I feel a sense of calm the minute I step through my front door.  These three women blow me away with their ability to create beautiful unique abodes…even in a Winnebago!  Their personalities shine through in their spaces.  I feel happy just looking at their lovely posts! Continue reading

Redondo Beach Digs

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autumn vibes Cali style

Growing up, I wasn’t the biggest fan of fall. Oh, I loved the hot apple cider, wearing sweaters and boots, and of course the changing colors of the leaves…but sweaters turn into coats, leaves need to be raked and before you know it, winter is upon you!  At the first sight of mums in the grocery store I would be resigned to the fact that summer was truly over.  Maybe that’s why I never really caught on to fall decorating (and I still don’t like mums!)  I also never really cared for “fall colors” anywhere except on the leaves of the trees. Nope, fall and I just didn’t really get along. Continue reading