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5 SUMMER MUST HAVE READS

Whether you’re traveling around the world and need a book to keep your jet-lag at bay or you’re beach bound and ready to snuggle up on the sand, these summer must reads will keep you entertained all summer long! *This article was originally posted on Madison McKinley Designs, In The Saddle. Written by: Emily Landers 1. CRAZY RICH ASIANS Chances are likely if you click through Instagram long enough this book will show up on one of your friends stories. A popular read for anyone looking for a storyline that keeps you hooked even after you put your bookmark in place. When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry. But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details. One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country’s most eligible …

Wind River Ranch 2018

A week before my parents and brother, Travis, were headed to Wind River Ranch for our family’s 21st year I decided to join them and I am so glad I did! I wasn’t planning on going this summer because Luke and I have both been really busy with work but Luke was so sweet and really encouraged me to go. Luke loves Wind River as much as I do! My flight to Denver from Los Angeles was cancelled while I was staying at the gate so my sister in law (who was headed home after a fun weekend with us) and I made the quick decision for me to jump on a flight to Vegas and catch another Denver flight there. The Denver airport had been shut down due to weather and I arrived at midnight…yikes! Not my favorite travel day but I’m proud to say I stayed calm, cool and collected with the change of plans. If you have known our family for very long you have probably already heard about Wind River Ranch. …

Easter Weekend 2017

It’s the morning after Easter! I hope you and your families had an amazing weekend.  We were up early and headed to Santa Monica where we attend Vintage Church LA. To our family, Easter is a day of celebration but something that we focus on every day. The resurrection and new life we find in Jesus Christ! He is risen! And can I just say that all of the volunteers and staff at our church truly outdid themselves this year. It was gorgeous! Their main decoration piece was flowers… and you know how I love flowers.  Yesterday afternoon we had joined friends in Westlake at Luke’s bosses house. It was so fun for me to get to know everyone he’s working with and their families. We are kind of Pepperdine obsessed! We wrapped up the day with a beach walk with our dear friends the McCollum’s. Soaking in all the time we can with friends who are graduating and moving in May.

Our Malibu Favorites: Hiking

Luke and I have had many visitors the past few weeks and one of my favorite things to show them is some of our amazing hiking trails here in Southern California! I’m sure this list will grow but for now, here are some of our favorite trails in Calabasas, the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu. Solstice Canyon: Malibu, CA Solstice Canyon is the first hike Luke and I went on knowing that I would be moving to Malibu. I couldn’t believe I was going to be able to do this hike any Saturday I wanted! Since our first go at it I have taken my parents, one of my best friends, BriAnn, and two of my three sister-in-laws. Solstice Canyon is a park within the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Malibu, California. Located off Corral Canyon Road from Pacific Coast Highway, the canyon runs north-to-south about a mile east of Point Dume. This hike lasts anywhere from an hour to two hours depending on how leisurely you walk. Winding Way Trail: Malibu, CA This …

Leaping into February 29th

Happy Leap Day! I have been eager to share some photos of Maui LEAPING with love on a recent beach trip in Malibu. One of the (many) benefits of marrying Luke is that I instantly gained a whole new group of friends. One of them is a very talented videographer and photographer, Rob Ranney. Rob stayed with Luke a few weeks ago while I was speaking at Baylor and on their hike and during their time at the beach, captured some of my new favorite pictures! Thank you Rob for sharing these memories with us. Maui was decked out in every possible doggy accessory. She has on her GoPro body vest (thank you Nona!) and prong collar, which helps keep her on track while hiking on tough terrain. And then it was time for the beach….   I have never seen Maui more happy than when she is at the beach! Fate and her name must have had something to do with that 🙂 …she truly is my island girl! Leaping into February 29th with some motivation from Maui! Life is …

Mornings in Malibu: Westward Beach

Since moving to Southern California I would say I spend 85% of my time outside or planning when I’ll be outside next. It’s too pretty not to! Most Saturdays we begin our weekend with a hike or a walk on the beach. I am an early riser and Luke likes to sleep in so we’ve found a meeting place around 8AM. Yes, I said 8AM, it balances out Luke’s 10AM wake up with my 6AM one. :). On Saturdays that Luke has to study I’ve welcomed a ritual of exploring Westward Beach with Maui. I’ve shared it on Snapchat before but had fun taking some photos this morning while we were out. Westward Beach is tucked around the bend of (the sometimes crowded) Zuma Beach. It’s a bit cozier than Zuma and I’ve found familiar faces after only a few weekends of being a regular. I had someone today wave and remind me that we had spoken last week, which I thought was very sweet. Maui has quickly become the mascot of Westward Beach and people can’t seem …

Pepperdine Law School Dinner 2016

Luke and I go to Pepperdine’s Law School Dinner every year…all two of them. 🙂 This year was another great night at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. While the mood started off somber due to the passing of the amazing Justice Scalia, the school was quick to remind everyone of his great accomplishments and then welcomed an amazing panel of speakers. Luke loved every moment…and I loved every moment I understood….;).