• 2019,  Family,  Friends,  Musings,  Valentine's Day

    Musings: I Love Love

    I truly do. There is nothing more this soccer playing, weight lifting, race running Girly Tomboy loves, than LOVE. Despite my Girly Tomboy exterior/persona, I am a true romantic a heart. I absolutely love everything about being in love, seeing love shared between others, and those cheesy Hallmark movies! Is it overcommercialized? Hell yeah. Do I care? No! Why not take the time to tell those in your life you love them, one extra day out of the year? If it comes in the form of a present, food, or a card — you get to decide. Celebrate it or not, I’m just here enjoying sharing my love a little…

  • 2018,  February,  Finances

    Musings: No Buy February – Week 2

    Tracking is truly a way to hold you accountable. The Financial Diet and just about EVERYONE else who tries to help others manage their finances recommend writing it all down. I know it works. But I don’t want to admit it to myself. That’s too transparent. That’s too accountable. That’s too real. But doing it week by week has made it a little less intimidating and truly hold me accountable for the crap that I buy. Here is a breakdown of what I spent on erroneous stuff: Food: Breakfasts – Cafe at work (2) Lunch – N A D A {I don’t count my Jamba Juice because have a gift card!}…

  • California,  Musings,  Wine

    Musings: Winter WINEland 2018

    Say you’ll be wine… It’s a little too early to say this was an early Valentine’s Day celebration, but I’m going with it — cause it works well for this post! Last year, we experienced the Lodi Wine & Chocolate weekend. This was the weekend prior to Valentine’s Day. This year, we celebrated a month early and wandered through the Winter Wineland event, put on my Wine Road, which is in the Russian River Valley area. To be honest, I had nothing to do with planning this on our calendar. Our general house rule is if you add an event to our shared calendar (thanks, iPhone life) and there isn’t already…

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    An Early Valentine’s Day Adventure: Lodi Wine & Chocolate

    Sometimes being a cliche is okay! The Lil asked if we wanted to join her and her dude at Lodi Wine and Chocolate. We didn’t really need much convincing, so we agreed. I’d heard of this event, but I’ve never thought to actually go. I love a new adventure and I love lover’s day, so it seemed like a great way to celebrate Valentine’s day. Seeing as how Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, we decided to celebrate it as a family with L and his mom, instead of us going out by ourselves. This was the perfect way to cover both options, one with just us and…

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    GALentine's Coffee Date

    Because love, Gal’s, and coffee just go together! Lately, running has been on my mind a lot…even if I haven’t been actually running the miles I am supposed to be. Our GALentine’s coffee date, will most likely be me talking about running and all the random stuff. So sit back in your comfy chair, enjoy whatever drink makes your heart happy, and let’s get to chatting! Running for ME // Once I figured this out and really believed it, running became a little more enjoyable. For the longest time I ran for others — to tell people how fast I was running, the distance I ran, and whenever I would PR.…

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    Rose & Thorn [37]

    The long weekend I’ve been longing for…No pun intended… Rose: Valentine’s Day and celebrating one year as J’s lady! Thorn: Not doing the long run that was on the training schedule :/ How did we luck out with a long weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day and our one year anniversary? Since, originally I hadn’t put any, and I am any, emphasis on celebrating either this year…we didn’t have any grandiose plans. However, we made due with the last minute  planning that we could and it turned out to be a very amazing weekend! Obviously this post normally goes up on a Monday, but I’m one of those ‘bloggers’ that doesn’t…

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    A Love Letter to Myself

    Recently I was asked to write a love letter to myself. I was completely honored when Maria, of Say Hey Girl, asked me if I would be a part of her special Valentine’s day themed post – Hey Girl, Be Your Own Valentine. I didn’t even need to think about it, I was IN. She’s a cool ass chick, also a fellow coffee and doughnut addict, which is an extra bonus! Maria // Say Hey Girl Blog // Twitter // Instagram Hi You! You’re smile is what first attracts most people, but it’s your wit and ability to be genuine that keeps them around. Remember to be kind to yourself,…

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    Thinking Out Loud – The Love Edition

    T-minus 2 days to lovah’s day, y’all! Amanda at .RUNNING WITH SPOONS. I definitely am, and always have been, a huge proponent of Valentine’s Day. I think celebrating love is an amazing thing. Yes, it is very over commercialized. Yes, I love being sent flowers. Yes, chocolate tastes good. Yes, a fancy dinner with your boo thang is lovely. But I was also single for about 9 Valentine’s Day’s in a row. I still loved the day. I didn’t have anyone sending me flowers or sweet love notes, but I still loved watching everyone else celebrate the love they had in their lives. Two years ago my parents did the…