Colchuck Lake

The Sunday before departing the US for our wonderful trip to the UK, we had an open day on our calendar without anything planned. It was one of those times when the fresh air and woods were calling my name. Shouting, even. I needed to go on a hike, there wasn’t any other option. I’d…

cinnaholic comes to seattle

DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE. For years, I’ve wished for our very own Cinnaholic in Seattle. Every time they would announce via Instagram a new shop opening, I’d feel let down that it wasn’t in my city. Seattle needs this decadent treat, why are we being neglected?! One fine Friday late in October, my wish…

olympia coffee

Recently, I posted about my favorite neighborhood spots, yet I saved my very favorite spot for now. Because, quite frankly, Olympia Coffee deserved it’s own post. Earlier this year, a sweet little coffee shop by a company based in Olympia opened a gorgeous locale here in West Seattle. Now, before I go much further, you…

the hammock

Hi, this is a blog post about a hammock. Specifically, I’m about to gush with adoration for a piece of high tenacity nylon taffeta. Hear me out. Husband is a recently admitted shopaholic. He finds such enjoyment in making purchases. He lives for today. Sometimes I’m on board with this habit (when he buys things…

back to where I belong

It took me four years to get back to where I belong. That’s correct, we’re moving again. I promise you, we are not in a witness protection situation. My name really is Mary. Since living in California, Andrew and I always have these conversation about where we’d go after our time in California, because we…

From SoCal to NorCal

The Darbyshires are on the move. Again. Turns out just over one year in Southern California was all we needed. I am not aware that we are in any witness protection program, for the record. After some time in Rancho Cucamonga, I realized in my heart that it would be a temporary location for us….

Day Trip to Joshua Tree

When I first thought about life in Southern California, the close proximity of new-to-me National Parks immediately excited my outdoorsy/granola-y/tree-hugging side. I even mentioned it to everyone I informed of our decision to move here – “we’ll be close to Joshua Tree!” But the new year rolled around, and my back to work routine had…

back in the saddle

Welp, look who neglected their blog for two months! CRAP. Do you ever have that feeling that you are just tired of hearing yourself talk? Maybe you want to curl up in bed and stay there for an entire 24-hour period and not see or talk to anyone because you can’t bear to hear your…

we are moving to…

Time to let you all in on some breaking news. A new beginnings type of adventure is about to commence. Today, I am boarding a plane to an unfamiliar destination. Well, boarding three planes to be exact, so my eardrums should be exploding entirely by the third runway touchdown. It isn’t Boston or Richmond or…

Life’s a Beach in San Diego

Leaving the LA area after our visit to the set of Chelsea Lately (which you can read about here), I was incredibly excited to reach the next destination for a few key reasons: 1) I had never been to San Diego and therefor eager to check it out 2) it was Andrew & my FIRST…