• 2015,  California,  Christmas,  Christmas,  Family,  Food,  Holidays,  Musings,  Napa,  Sacramento,  Traditions

    …and Like That It’s Over!

    Christmas has come and gone… …just like that. If you remember correctly, I was trying to find my Christmas spirit on Christmas Eve. Shortly after I wrote/posted that, it started to sink in and magically I began to start feeling more in the spirit. Maybe it was just saying it out loud (well, really writing it) that made snap out of it. Maybe the super relaxing pedicure that was pure bliss also helped. But by Christmas Eve I was in the full Christmas spirit and ready for all the celebrations ahead. Christmas Eve w/ J’s family. This long weekend was exactly what I needed. Family time. Family time. Friend time. Lets just say 3.5 days was not…

  • 2015,  Guest Post

    Guest Post – Motherhood

    I’m excited to share a SECOND guest post with you today! I didn’t want to pester my friends time and time again, so I finally posted the one ‘guest post’ I had. Then one of my best friends became inspired and WA-LA, I have another one to share with you! Here is my first guest post if you’d like to read that as well. Carolyn was the prettiest girl in high school and wore some of the craziest shirts that I still tease her about to this day. Although she had all the attention, she shied away from it. She was really quiet to most, but once you got to…

  • 2015,  Girls on Food,  Musings

    Musings: Almost Asking

    If you don’t ask, you don’t know.   Those damn old adages are so annoyingly true. You’d think I’d have learned my lesson after 32 years of life, but I’m still learning. I also think they are a little more annoying (re cute & lovingly, of course) because J loves to use these cheesy, old sayings…all the time!   I haven’t quite mastered the outright ‘ask,’ but I’ve definitely stepped up my ability to hint or suggest what I’m looking for. From the small things to the big things, it’s a skill I’ve been trying to master lately. I like to think I can do everything all on my own,…

  • 2015,  Ales on the Rails,  California,  Sacramento

    Musings: Not All Date Nights Are Created Equally

    Some are just better than others. That isn’t to say that the ones where you walk to dinner, hand-in-hand, and enjoy a meal together aren’t as fun or amazing either. Obviously, the spectrum of date nights can vary widely, just depends on the couple. However, I do wholeheartedly advocate for ‘date nights’ for anyone in a relationship – married or dating. I noticed (probably really obviously) that when you cohabitate, date nights don’t come as easy or as often, as when you live independently. The lines of date night and grabbing dinner get blurred. Whatever your specifics are for date night, then I say make sure you schedule them. Even…

  • 2015,  CrossFit,  Fitness,  Midtown Strength & Conditioning

    Musings: I Cheated

    …on Midtown!   I’ve been wanting to try Crossfit for a loooong time, which you’ve read on the blog if you’ve been around for a while. However, after that random day in September of 2013 that I stepped foot into Midtown, I haven’t looked for a ‘box’!Midtown has everything I need and will ever really need. But, the lure of Crossfit has always been on my mind. I follow the IG-famous Crossfitters, I know some of the terminology (thanks, Midtown), and I appreciate the sport. I just was never actually a part of it. Until yesterday. J’s good friends L & S have been going to Crossfit Envy for a…

  • 2015,  California,  Musings,  Sacramento

    Musings: My Spade

    Just calling a Spade a Spade!   Yes, I’m 32 and still get zits. Yes, I use filters and apps. We see each others faces via social media, more than we probably see most in person. So, when people call out other people for using filters or apps, I just laugh. Yes, I’m guilty. I use them from time to time all the time. I just think it’s silly that we even care about what others are doing. We all want to put our best foot forward, I’m guessing. So yes, I’ll filter something to make my skin look better. We all have our thresholds of how far we will…

  • 2015,  Family,  MX,  Travel

    Crusin’, Baby!

    The last summer hurrah…The perfect way to end our summer of small trips. I’ve done some traveling, minimal, but enough. But I’ve never been to the airport as many times as I have this summer, in that short of time span. I feel completely lucky to be sharing my adventures with you. This summer turned out much more exciting than I would have thought back in January. This trip has been a long time coming. Originally my Mom gave us some traveling funds as a thank you for motivating her to become healthier, which involved working out every day for over a year, running her first ever half marathon, and…

  • 2015,  Family,  Friends,  Musings

    Musings: You’re My Boy, (Big)Blue!

    Be well, my friend! Yesterday I said an almost tearful goodbye to my friend, my literal ride or die Big Blue. Yes, I’m slightly heartbroken about giving up my car of fourteen years. That car has become part of my identity. Big Blue and I just go together, we just have since I inherited him (sometimes I used both genders for BB, not too sure why). Meet Big Blue // 2000 Honda CRV I’ll forever be indebted to my parents for arming me with a car from the age of 16. I have never been a car person at all, so whatever they handed me I drove, without (many) complaints.…

  • 2015,  4th of July,  Family

    Musings: Mahal Kita, Grandma!

    Fourteen years ago… Grandma – Amelia – Me – Gabe (below) – J (above) – Grandpa …we said goodbye. You left us peacefully surrounded by everyone that loved you. You entered into your new life and reunited with Grandpa. I miss you every day, Grandma. I don’t have favorites when it comes to my grandparents, but you are the one grandparent I spent the most time with. Your passing coincides with a very celebrated holiday, which means we can never forget the day we said goodbye to you. Last year I wrote a very similar post, but my words and feelings remain the same. So many things remind me of…

  • 2015,  Health,  Musings,  Yoga

    Musings: Yoga for a Non-Yogi

    The (Yogi) struggle is real! Via Just like anything good for you…it’s hard, but worth it…right?! I fell in love with Bikram yoga over ten years ago. Then I stopped going. I tried it again about four years ago and hated it. In between that large time gap, I took a few classes, here and there, at 24 hour and various places – just basic yoga. I know it’s benefits and that it’s good for someone who lifts and runs, but I find it hard to get my booty to a class. Even more harder to invest monies into a membership at a yoga studio, let alone a drop-in rate.…