Hi!! I’m so glad you made it to my kind-of-travel, kind-of-everything-else blog.
I’m Ruth, and I live in San Diego with my husband Tyler and our two little girls, Charlotte and Emmie.
Tyler and I started Rome by the Hour in the beginning of 2017. We were living and working in the Bay Area, cuddled up and enjoying the honeymoon “cocoon” phase. We traveled a lot on the weekends, at the end of work trips, over the holidays, etc. We launched this blog as a way to document our travels.
At the end of 2018, we bought a house and moved down to San Diego right before I gave birth to our daughter Charlotte. I quit my job to be home with her, and then we got pregnant again and had Emmie in 2020.
Between the two babies and the pandemic, we have slowed down on travel quite a bit in recent years. And while travel is still a huge part of our lives and we try to adventure as much as we can, we are loving this season of life at home in San Diego.
Tyler has gracefully bowed out from working on the blog with me, although he still helps with the backend stuff from time to time (I’m not a magician, after all).
It’s actually been really fun for me to branch out the past couple of years, so now I also write about beauty, books, wellness, and motherhood. I’ve also been posting about all of our favorite spots in San Diego as we get to know the area better.
If you’re here for travel, use the dropdown “destination” menu or the search bar to get started. We have tons of city guides, planning resources, and family travel tips.
For everything else, check out the “life at home” tab.
I post on the blog once a week or so, and I religiously send out a Friday morning email newsletter. It’s a pre-weekend pick me up: just a little note with a link to the latest blog posts, what I’m reading lately, and any products I’m obsessed with. It would mean the world to me if you signed up here.
Here are some things about me:
- Once when I was in high school, I broke my nose in cheer practice, and it’s been crooked ever since.
- My favorite foods are sushi, pizza with every topping imaginable, hot honey (I have an eerily strong tolerance/obsession for spicy things), and chocolate chip cookies (not to brag but mine are the best).
- I LOVE to read. It calms me. I usually read fiction but like to sprinkle in 1-2 nonfiction books per month, too. I post a quarterly list of my most recent favorite books here on the blog. I’m always looking for recommendations, so please don’t be shy!
- One of the most tragic things about me is my undying love for the Los Angeles (San Diego forever) Chargers. I’ll try not to talk about it here too much.
- I keep a vigilant skincare routine. You’ll hear all about it here.
- I try to exercise 5-6 times a week and am an absolute monster if I don’t. At the very least, I’ll push the girls around the neighborhood in the stroller.
- My favorite place to travel is Italy. I also have an unhealthy obsession with Paris and would live there in a heartbeat.
- One of my life’s greatest passions is hydration. I love to drink water every second. Also, coffee, though the irony isn’t lost on me.
- I have two sisters and one brother. We have a million kids between me and my older siblings, and it’s just total chaos every time we are all together. I adore my family and feel so lucky to have them.
- I don’t care for dogs. There, I said it. If I’m petting your dog, please know I’m doing it through gritted teeth and just to be polite. From the bottom of my heart, I’m thrilled for all of my friends who have dogs that make them so happy, but it’s not for me. (Tyler told me to delete this one, but I’m just trying to paint a full picture).
- I worked in tech recruiting before I had Charlotte but had a lot of random jobs growing up and before I graduated college: babysitting, fudge counter at a pumpkin patch/farm thing (you know the one if you live in SD), Einstein’s Bagels on campus for all four years of college, RA in the sophomore apartments, sold alarm systems door-to-door for a summer in Philadelphia and Baltimore (not kidding), and worked as a day camp counselor for many summers in college, too.
- I am NOT a school person. I made it out with a degree by the skin of my teeth. I love reading and learning but have an aversion to authority–an immature quality and one of my most fatal flaws, I know–that proved quite a detriment in a classroom setting.
- Speaking of flaws, I have many (besides the authority thing). I get easily disgusted by things like trash, toilets, and milk anywhere near its expiration date. I have a low tolerance for poorly behaved adults, and this can come across as overly critical. I deal with rampant anxiety regarding my children and have to battle this every day. I am self-deprecating to a fault and hedge every good quality and accomplishment I have. Oh, and I almost always let Tyler apologize first when we fight (working on this but it’s hard).
- Things I’m good at: sticking to a routine, planning trips, listening, and being the hype man. I try to be very, very honest but in a nice way (usually). I am thoughtful, and I’m good at making people feel comfortable, I think. I put my heart and soul into being a good mom. I’m not a perfectionist which I used to view as a flaw but have been wielding it as a strength in recent years. I’m a great dancer.
- Things I’m working on getting better at: cooking, writing, strength training (my big goal is to do a pull-up by the end of this year!), building breaks from the girls into my week (ANY ADVICE WELCOME), and not taking things personally.
- I believe that God is sovereign and loving and good and much, much bigger than we can even imagine. I take comfort in the cross and cling to the promise of hope and grace.
THANK YOU for being here, and please do not hesitate to reach out and say hi! I love answering questions and would love to meet you.