Welcome to the Weekend…The Highs and Lows of Life
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How was your week? I hope you enjoyed a leisurely Labor Day weekend. It’s hard to believe how quickly summer has flown by. We spent the holiday weekend luxuriating in the golden moments of summer with family. Isn’t this a … Want More?

Succulent Crush at the OC Mix in Orange County
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While visiting in Newport Beach last month my sister, Dorie, whisked me away to a place she knew I would love. It’s called the OC Mix, at the SoCo Collection, a group of locally owned boutiques and specialty food bites all wrapped … Want More?

A ‘Surprise’ Branch of My Family Tree
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Rod, Heather and Dorie-the ‘sibs’- I am a surprise branch of my family tree. Last weekend Scott and I made our annual trip to Newport Beach to see a  surprise ‘branch’ of my family tree. This side of my family, … Want More?

Without Our Dads Where Would We Be?
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My Dad, James Curtis Orr           I thought I would be fine…..              as I opened up the Father’s Day post I wrote last year.  I thought I would be fine…… but … Want More?

Visiting My Birth Family (and the gift of adoption)
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Scott and I flew to Newport Beach last weekend for some long awaited time with my Newport Beach family, who are also my birth family. I’m still smiling (and resting up!) from all the fun. We stayed at the home … Want More?

Rest in Peace Dear Dad
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This is by far the most difficult (read tear-stained) post I have written. Father’s Day is just around the corner and I’m missing my dad more than words can say.  We lost him over three years ago and somehow, today, … Want More?

A Mix of Emotions for Mother’s Day
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via It happened again this year. Foraging through the greeting card aisle looking for just the right Mother’s Day cards for the women I adore. I’ll admit it, Mother’s Day is not a simple holiday for me. It is a one … Want More?

Style Guide: Dorie Swanson
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Style Guide Dorie Swanson is a stylish influence on many. She is a fashion designer and a lead  designer for the luxury brand, St.John, for 20 +  years, in her hometown of Newport Beach.  More recently she has embarked on her … Want More?