We do things a little differently around here for Valentine’s Day. Huge gifts aren’t our thing, so we opt for a nice dinner (either out or at home) and often just get something small for one another. If you’ve procrastinated on getting a little somethin’ somethin’ for your love then look no further – we’ve got a Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him & Her. Pssst…. these are items we already love or they are in our shopping carts! We only share items that we LOVE or that we think our readers will LOVE. xo Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas Under $100 Him – // Kit loves these Nike’s. He is obsessed with them and wears them almost every day. He says they are super comfy! They also just came out with the new version of them as well. // LOVE these watches. They are great for golfers or those that don’t care for the bulky look. Kit has a bunch of them. This one is on his wish list and it’s on sale right now for over 50% off! // Tried and true cologne! This is my favorite and I love when Kit wears it! He’s been wearing this for years! Her – // My favorite perfume! I’ve been wearing this for about 3 years and I love it. I have allergies to a lot of…

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Why do people follow others? Why is leadership important in everyday life? What makes a great leader and what makes a terrible leader? Also, why do people follow corrupt or toxic leaders? These questions seem to come up more often than not because of the current political climate. We see groups of people with real hatred toward politicians today, yet some keep getting elected. Social Scientists speculate that the real problem is the “Romance of Leadership” (Jim Meindl, Social Scientist and Psychologist). We put our leaders on a pedestal because we believe they are special in some way. We will willingly tolerate bad behavior because socially we believe that our leaders have our best interest at heart. I don’t believe that for a second. The Best Type of Leader A good leader is constantly learning from his or her followers because they understand they don’t know everything. A good leader encourages constant questioning and understands, often times, things cannot be done by a single person. The best leaders I have talked with all say this, “I surround myself with people that are motivated and have opinions.” The era of being a micromanager in your business is over. I see all the time when business owners run their operations like a dictatorship, it is impossible to hire talented people. Talented people will find better jobs if…

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A few of weeks ago, we were invited to try Centro Bar & Kitchen’s NEW menu! We had just gotten back from a weekend full of no-tech, so I was so excited to pick up my camera to get some shots of the new food and drinks! Let me tell you, it was amazing! Check out the new menu (PS – I realize this is probably hard to fully read, but I really just love the look of the photo and Kit’s wedding band, so you can check out the clearer menu here): Hibiscus Pisco Sour Centro started us off with this Hibiscus Pisco Sour, which was pretty yummy! I am a very slow drinker though, and didn’t love how the flower petals started getting in my straw/in my mouth, but if you are a quick drinker, it is really good! Plus, the little details that Centro takes for the topping of the drink are amazing! Hamachi + Ahi Poke The first dish they brought out was the Hamachi + let me tell you, I do not like raw fish (with the exception of Ebi and Ahi – do those count?). However, I am always up for trying something new and this hamachi was so fresh and delicious, I could have eaten 10 more! Thanks for being partners with Sierra Gold Seafood – best fish here!…

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I know some of you have been curious about all the changes you’ve been seeing on the blog! Well, we have made a decision to completely rebrand. The process was amazing with Salt Design Co. and I cant thank them enough. I’ve been blogging under my maiden name Leanna Ranieri, but we’ve completely rebranded the name to Change With Us and to be honest, I couldn’t be happier. We are all about changing not only the world around us, but ourselves and it seemed like the perfect time to do, once we got married. Why the Rebrand? The rebrand just felt right and by adding Kit, my husband to the blog I believe there is an opportunity for our readers to see our different personalities. Don’t worry we will still have lifestyle posts including some style, DIY, and design – but they will also have a more raw feel to it. Let’s be REAL Ya know why? Because we are over fluffing it up, we are over trying to have this perfect social media presence – ya know the pressure stay relevant because it’s harder in today’s society to feel like you are enough. We are focusing on being authentic and real with readers about life. Life is a hot, stressful mess and this will be a place to connect with people going through the…

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The past few months, Kit and I have really embraced using our tech mindfully. You know, by having real, genuine conversations without our phones in our face – yeah, that kind! Our new thing is to phone stack at meals (when we forget to be mindful) and we put our phones down the second we get in bed. We are trying to implement a sunset hour for our tech, but haven’t gotten there yet, who has?! In comes the Camp Out Yonder Recap! A couple weeks ago, Kit, myself, and our bestie, Lorian ventured to Camp Out Yonder for the weekend. Camp is a mindful, tech-free campout for adults, and this year it was hosted at Grizzly Creek Ranch in California. I guess we should back up a bit…. Rewind to July I was at a networking event and Nellie, owner of Camp Out Yonder, was the speaker that night. Let’s just say it was fate that she not only spoke, but that I was able to meet her! Anyways, Nellie is ALL about mindful-tech and I felt like she just understood the struggles of technology using us instead of using it what it was meant for and that’s it! She’s giving everyone some great tips and knowledge and I’m just in heaven. Then, there it was – she was giving away a ticket to…

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