Retirement for Two: "So What Do I Actually Do Now?"

Retirement for Two: "So What Do I Actually Do Now?"

I’ve received so many comments and emails about my retirement series as I made the leap from school psychologist to launching my Curated Travel business, a year ago. From making the bold decision, to steps along the way, saying goodbye, even my changing spending habits, I chronicled my journey this last year in these posts: Retirement Series. There are a number of readers who are planning on retirement in the near future and curious about how it feels to go through this experience. It’s been fun to share our experience.

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5 Romantic Places to Dine Like Star-Crossed Lovers - Curated Travel

5 Romantic Places to Dine Like Star-Crossed Lovers - Curated Travel

Let’s face it, sometimes we all need a little inspiration to bring the romance back into life. It’s so easy to let day-to-day stresses zap the life blood out of a relationship. If you are needing a few ideas to enhance a date night, a couple of these romantic places to dine that might just set the stage.

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Curated Hotel: The Sonoma Mission Inn + the Surprising Power of a Surprise!

Curated Hotel: The Sonoma Mission Inn + the Surprising Power of a Surprise!

We seem to have a number of family birthdays mixed in among the holidays. Though Scott’s birthday was a couple of days after Thanksgiving he suggested we celebrate on the holiday since we had a family dinner planned. While that was a great idea, I wanted to surprise him with a little something extra this year. On Thanksgiving I had him open a box with his upcoming surprise that read, “Pack a Bag, Birthday Boy!”.

We had a day to clean up from Thanksgiving and pack for our weekend getaway so it was a leisurely schedule.  I was tempted to spill the beans on our destination, but I kept it a secret. Seeing his excitement for this adventure reminded me of the power of a surprise.

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Date Night: Al Fresco Dinner At Home

Date Night: Al Fresco Dinner At Home

It was an unusually warm Valentine’s Day this year. Scott had the brilliant idea of ordering in from the Chico gold standard, Bacio Catering, so that we could thoroughly enjoy our evening. Turns out this was the perfect way to enjoy a stress free date night and an al fresco dinner at home.

 

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Date Night: 15th Wedding Anniversary and a Sparkling Surprise!

Date Night: 15th Wedding Anniversary and a Sparkling Surprise!

Our 15th wedding anniversary started as a typical day around the house. A quick kiss for luck and we were off to work. Scott and I had celebrated our 15th a bit early with a swanky summer vacation to Riviera Maya, so we wanted to keep the actual day of our anniversary, September 10th, more low key.

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The Story of How We Met (+ a walk down memory lane in San Francisco)

The Story of How We Met (+ a walk down memory lane in San Francisco)

The last thing I wanted to do that breezy fall day, back in 1997, was attend an early mental health conference in South San Francisco. I was going through a difficult time in life, a drawn out divorce, and I barely had the energy to make it to work as a school psychologist, much less pull off the professional thing at a conference an hour away. I remember getting stuck in traffic and feeling like a hot mess when I finally arrived at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront in South San Francisco. I thought I could finally relax, then I learned a colleague was intent on introducing me to the chairman of the conference before the session began. UGH!!!! I protested and started to walk away, until he caught my eye. His smile, and that twinkle in his eyes, were electric. I must have lit up, too, though it had been awhile since I had felt lit up in any way.

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An Invitation to The Knot's Dream Wedding in Wine Country

An Invitation to The Knot's Dream Wedding in Wine Country

A dream wedding in wine country? Yes!!  I felt excited as I read my invitation to attend the wedding of the year by the wedding website, The Knot. I had used The Knot website to plan my wedding back in 2000, and since that time they have become the premier wedding website. I also noted that the wedding location, the picturesque Chateau St. Jean, in Sonoma Valley, is a quintessential wine country venue.

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Date Night at 7 Seas Los Cabos-Surf's Up!

Date Night at 7 Seas Los Cabos-Surf's Up!

Every now and then Scott and I stumble onto a surreal experience during our travels. This was one of those times. It was the final evening of our trip to Los Cabos, and our tradition is to do something celebratory on our last night.  I tend to follow my gut instinct when making plans and when I learned of 7 Seas, with a description so intriguing, I just knew this was the place.

 Arriving at the Cabo Surf Hotel is a bit like a journey back in time.

It felt nostalgic---in a good way.

Cabo Surf Hotel and pool sunset view over the sea Surf's up on Stylemindchic Lifestyle

The hotel, restaurant and infinity-edge pool are beachside.

This is a obviously a surfer's paradise...(and the home of Mike Doyle's Surf School)

The Hot Tub at Cabo Surf Hotel and Spa

and the best place for apres-surf.

7 Seas Seafood Grille and Surf's up in Los Cabos
7 Seas Seafood Grille and Surf's up in Los Cabos

The 7 Seas Seafood Grille is located at the heart of the hotel, overlooking the beach.

The view from our table took our breath away...

just a bit.

My favorite traveling companion/husband/Scott was very pleased with my choice for dinner.

Scott selected the 'Surprise Me Chef' with a slice of tuna so thick it was reminiscent a steak.

I ordered the 'Lemon Caper Fish' which which light, fresh and flavorful.

Eduardo, Sylvia, Freddie and Ivan spoiled us with friendly, yet impeccable service, and the freshest of seafood delicacies.

The Menu at 7 Seas Seafood Grille

It was also the quality of the light, the gentle waves lapping on the beach,

and watching the surfers, who seemed somehow from a different time.

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#throwbackthursday

Stylemindchic Lifestyle and a glass of sauv blanc at 7 Seas Seafood Grille by the sea in Los Cabos
Stylemindchic Lifestyle and a glass of sauv blanc at 7 Seas Seafood Grille by the sea in Los Cabos

One of those surreal moments.......

captured on Instagram.

Scott and Heather Lindstrom of Stylemindchic Lifestyle in Los Cabos

If you are in Los Cabos (San Jose del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas) I highly recommend dinner out at Seven Seas and a stay at the Cabo Surf Hotel. It's fun for families as well as a romantic dinner by the sea.

For more on our travel to Los Cabos here, here and another surreal dining experience here.

Do you have any recommendations for a surreal experience?

I'm making a list!

 

 

My Mother's Wedding Video (Happy First Anniversary Jeri & Hal!)

My radiant Mom, Jeri, on her wedding day, with my beautiful sister, Heidi, and me last September.

There is nothing that makes a daughter happier than knowing her mother is enjoying life and love to the fullest.  My mom, Jeri, and my new Step-father, Hal, have enjoyed an uncommonly rich romance, a heartfelt and memorable wedding celebration, and a European honeymoon in the last two years. It's safe to say, this daughter is extremely happy for these two, especially as they celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

This is the wedding video....it will make you cry happy tears!

Video credit to Jensen Films

For a peek at the wedding last year in A love story and a wedding,

the lucky in love story of how these two met in Love is just mean to be, and wedding planning in

A Sparkling Day Sneaks Up on You.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Hal!

We are blessed by welcoming this warm, wise, loving man, Hal, and his family, into our family.

Your love story is truly an inspiration for ageless love.

Scott and I could not be happier for you both and we love you dearly.

Cheers!

xx,

We're savoring the golden days of summer at my here!

New arrivals from Spain and Portugal!

Rylee Wishmyer for Stylemindchic
Rylee Wishmyer for Stylemindchic