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How We Do: A Perfect December Day

How We Do  column artwork courtesy of  Latrina  +  Hanna .

How We Do column artwork courtesy of Latrina + Hanna.

I was super excited to read about the new How We Do column from Latrina over at Of Trees & Hues and Hanna from Hanna's Places the other day. The collaboration is focused on sharing the way we experience a particular day, event or activity and I, for one, cannot wait to follow along with this series. You can read more from Latrina and Hanna regarding the column here and here

Since the thought of sharing stories with other writers and bloggers across the globe warms my heart, I decided to jump right in with my very own "Perfect December Day." I hope you'll join in as well!

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A Perfect December Day

My perfect December day involves snow. As a California gal who has watched the state experience several dry years in a row, I can tell you that simply finding snow can pose a challenge. That said, I'm inclined to believe that a challenge makes the journey even more special. Don't you agree?  

The morning would start off with my husband and I waking up and making coffee, tea and breakfast. Our pup Hank would demand his morning snuggles and we'd oblige. Then he'd tell us in his charming way that he wants to play fetch and we'd make that happen as well.

After breakfast, we'd get our gear ready and load up the car for a day of snowshoeing somewhere near Lake Tahoe. Living so close to the Sierras has to be one of the top ten perks of living in Northern California. Adventure is never too far away. On the drive up and over the summit, we'd do what we always do on road trips: listen to music and get into deep discussions. I'm not sure what it is about being in a car together, but my husband and I tend to cover serious ground on the communication front. Whether we talk about our future, next year's travel plans or the state of the world in which we live, we always seem to have life pretty much figured out by the time we reach our destination.

Once we reached our trailhead of choice, we'd gather our gear together and head out on the trail. There is something so incredibly peaceful about being out on a snowy trek: making our way through the woods, savoring the crunch of our snowshoes on freshly fallen powder and feeling the chill of the air deep in our lungs as we stop every so often to take in the sights — that's living, my friends.

After the hike, we'd pile ourselves back into the car and set out in search of a late lunch or early dinner. There are so many hole-in-the-wall joints between the Sacramento Valley and the Sierras that it's tough to decide, but we'd pick one and regain our strength through comfort food and a nice hot cup of something delicious.

Upon filling our bellies, we'd head home. Hank would be waiting patiently for another round of snuggles and play time and, again, we'd oblige.

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So what does your perfect December day look like? I'd love to read stories from all of you and I'm sure Latrina and Hanna would too! 


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Thankful for: September Sponsors

It's time for me to thank another round of sponsors for showing People + Places + Things a whole lot of love this month. I'm continuously in awe of the makers and content creators out there who support this space. Quite frankly, they make this blog possible and their generosity just warms my heart!


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Sydney from Studio255 helps us "rediscover the lost art of sending mail and the joy of receiving it with stationery and stamps," which is something I stand behind 100%. If you're looking for a sweet note card or beautiful customized stamp, be sure to visit her shop!

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Katie is a speech-language pathologist and self-proclaimed Francophile. She serves up a little bit of everything on her blog: history, culture, food and more. If you're planning a trip to Paris any time soon, you'll want to stop by for tips! Ps... September is also her birthday month, so be sure to wish her a very happy one!

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I hope you've enjoyed the introduction to my September Sponsors. Don't forget to visit and bookmark these inspiring online spaces and shops!

Also, you still have a week left to snag a sponsorship spot at 30% off! The offer ends September 30 and I'd love to have you. You can see more about sponsorship opportunities here. Just be sure to enter the promo code BIRTHDAYMONTH at check out to get the special rate.


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August Sponsors: Feeling the Love

It's time to give a warm welcome and heartfelt thank you to my sponsors this month. As you may remember, I recently opened up the blog to sponsorships and I've been incredibly grateful for those who have come forth to support this space.

Today I'd like to officially introduce you to the bloggers, shop keepers and creatives who have been gracing my side bar. I hope you'll take a few minutes to get to know them!

Samantha Cycles:

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Samantha from Samantha Cycles is an avid cyclist and runner who can't stop going outside (my kid of gal, obviously). She documents her adventures in fitness, along with travel, gadgets, gear and more.

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Latrina from Of Trees and Hues is a girl after my own heart. She is a creative through and through who shares blog posts full of beautiful imagery and endless inspiration. We're also almost-sorta-kinda neighbors!

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Julie from Coco and Cocoa  is a maker, student, virtual assistant, wife and mother who loves sharing bits of everyday life on her blog. She seems to handle her various titles with such ease... I'm still trying to figure out how she does it all!

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Amie from Completely Unfinished  is a graphic and web designer who strives to keep life crafty, thrifty and fun. Her blog is full of original design, business tips, adventure and more. 

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I can't thank my sponsors enough for supporting what I'm building here at People + Places + Things. I hope you've enjoyed the introduction and that you'll take the time to visit and bookmark these inspiring online spaces!

Want to sponsor People + Places + Things? I'd love to chat about how we can collaborate. See more about sponsorship opportunities here


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