Anniversary Weekend

This post is a little late, but with work and all I didn’t have the time to get this post up until now! Better late than never? πŸ˜€

We actually started our weekend off Friday evening with Panera, CAVA, and Go Greek for dessert.

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After that we headed to the movies to watch Us.Β We love Jordan Peele and his movies, but LORD did this one scare the living bejeezus outta me! I think I cursed more while watching this 2 hour movie than I ever have in my whole life and TMI, but stress sweated like it was my job!

That being said I don’t enjoy scary movies in general, the previews featured before the movie were mostly all other scary movies, and I did burrow my face into hubby’s arms more times than I would like to admit!

After watching the movie we went home and watched some light hearted Netflix shows until we were sleepy.

Saturday, after running some errands we headed to Unheard LA. It’s this show where locals come and tell local stories. It’s put on by a radio station and it was pretty good-some were funny, some were tear-jerkers. The best part? It was totally free!

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Hubs had made reservations at Running Goose. We have run across this restaurant many times on Yelp when searching for places to eat, but brushed it aside. It’s a tapas restaurant and this being our first tapas experience we were not sure what to expect!

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I don’t know why we were so hesitant about trying this place out. I mean, I’ve talked repeatedly about how much I love trying a few bites of a bunch of different dishes. How did I not put two and two together and see how obsessed I would be with tapas??

I’m done lecturing myself…on to the food!

We basically ordered all their popular things starting with the corn tostada. I was surprised that it was a cold dish, but thoroughly enjoyed it. It was light, fresh, and crispy!

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The cod churros were described by our lovely server as “adult fish sticks” and that is exactly what they were! Crispy outside, fluffy inside. Impossible to hold up because they broke apart, but delicious!

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Brie which came with apricot compote, roasted garlic, roasted pepitas. It was served with these crunchy pieces of toast. It was sweet and savory and gooey!

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Our last savory item was the salmon belly sandwich. Even though we were warned it was spicy and it had a good chance of being spicy with the kimchi and jalapeΓ±os it was not spicy! It was really delicious and savory!

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Lucky for us our server stopped us here (we ordered all this at once) and told us that was probably the perfect amount of food for 2 people and we could always order more later. She was absolutely correct-it was the perfect amount of food and left enough space for dessert πŸ™‚

Coconut white chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel ice-cream caught my eye and I couldn’t unsee it so that is what we got! The crunchy outsides and soft insides, the hot and cold-it was all glorious and I need one now!

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After dinner, we walked around the area and explored before heading to Target for a few things and then home. We stayed up a little bit watching shows before I fell asleep and we headed to bed!

We didn’t have plans for the next day so we worked out and went to try a new brunch spot-Claudine Kitchen and Bakeshop.

I ordered the Smoked Salmon Lox on Toast Bowl (yes, I know I was confused as well) and hubby did a create your own omelette. We ordered a malted milk pancake to share because #breakfastdessert

My bowl had a LOT of lox, tomatoes, cucumbers, pickled shallots radishes, capers, a boiled egg, and whipped lemon cream cheese. It came with a piece of multigrain toast. It was honestly so good! I was unable to finish the lox so hubs helped me out πŸ™‚

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I did not try the omelette, but it came with salad and hash browns and you know I tried the hash browns. I couldn’t resist! SO good!

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The pancake was the star of the show in my opinion, but hubs did not think it was as amazing as I did. It was a little cakier and more flavorful than a regular pancake. It drank up all the syrup and LORDY was it just the most amazing pancake I have ever had!

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After breakfast we walked around and spotted a Home Goods/Marshalls combo and went in. We looked around trying to find a bread proofing basket to no luck and then tried to find a dutch oven. We did find a dutch oven, but didn’t know it was a dutch oven which lead to more stores until realizing our mistake and returning to ANOTHER Home Goods to buy it.

After all the running around we were pretty beat! We chilled around for a while and by that I mean doing some meal prep for the week which included making our current favorite Green Goddess Dip.

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After all of that we finally got around to our new Sunday tradition. Burger night! I feel like every Sunday for a while now we’ve been making burgers and roasted veggies. I’m kinda loving it!

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I honestly cannot remember what we had for dessert, but we had an early night since we both had work the next day. I know it was a long post so if you made it this far all the high-fives to you!

 

birthday week

Hello all!

Thanks for stopping by for another post! Last week was my birthday and it was a fun week with treats and sweets and lots of love ❀️

Hubs got me some gorgeous flowers and my perfect card…I mean c’mon!

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After working out I made myself some breakfast #health

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And then I got more flowers from my in-laws. It was so sweet! I love me some flowers and it’s been so great having these beautiful pops of color everywhere in the house.

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I had to go in for a meeting at work my co-workers Β did a sweet potluck and got me this beautiful and delicious chocolate cake!

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I started my Friday off like any other with a workout, cleanup, and shower. I had a slice of bread with some PB for breakfast.

I kept things pretty chill during the day and when B got home from work we ventured out to do a few errands and grab some dinner. We decided on Poquito Mas-he got a burrito and I got tacos.

We also had some cookies for dessert…more to come on this later πŸ˜‰

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Saturday morning was met with a workout and Chick-fil-a breakfast. We showered quickly to headed out to a painting class. This is B’s painting…he always does such a great job at these things!

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After class we went to find some late lunch. Our initial idea was to head to Fiore for sandwiches, but they were out of bread. I was devastated, but pulled it together to find Monte 52!

We ordered a Red Dragon which we added turkey. It was so yummy with tomato, avocado, red onion, lettuce and lots of mustard and red dragon cheese. I had never heard of it, but it’s cheese with mustard and it definitely brought a punch!

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The other sandwich was a roast beef with horseradish aioli, cheddar cheese, and fried onions. This one had a nice spicy kick, but not too spicy. It was so yummy!

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We headed closer to home and wandered around the mall thinking about our evening plans. We decided to head to a Redbox and finally rent Instant Family. It was such a cute movie-funny and emotional all at the same time.

After such a late lunch it was around 9pm when we decided to head out to dinner. Il Fornaio seemed like a great option. It was close by and open and I had never been!

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Upon being seated we immediately were served warm bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The bread was fluffy on the inside and crusty on the outside. Bread. Heaven.

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We spotted the Antipasto Di Pesce which was seared ahi tuna, spicy grilled calamari, scallops and shrimp. My favorite was the spicy grilled calamari, but honestly everything on this plate was delicious! It was well cooked and so flavorful!

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For our main we split a dish off their seasonal menu, Trenette all Riminese. It was housemade spinach and egg pasta with shrimp, scallops, crab, tomatoes, shallots, and arugula. I’m usually a tomato based pasta girl, but this was delicious!

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Our sweet server brought us a tiramisu for dessert on her! This is hands down one of the best tiramisu I have ever had. It was light and creamy and oh so dreamy!

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Sunday morning we woke up and I decided against the gym and instead we “hiked” through a hilly neighborhood. A few up and down hills later we found a couple of more sandwiches to eat at The Carving Board.

We had their turkey dinner sandwich. This was a take on a left over Thanksgiving sandwich with stuffing, turkey, gravy, and cranberries. I really enjoyed this and the whole time I was eating it I kept thinking about FRIENDS and that scene with Ross and his turkey sandwich with the moistmaker. Anybody else?

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Surprising for us our other sandwich was also turkey based. It was a cold sandwich with onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and mayo. This also had cranberries. It was fresh and crunchy and had all the ingredients to a good sandwich!

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We had some grocery shopping to do, but we needed something sweet. From the sandwich shop we walked to Whole Foods and on our way their we spotted Uba Tuba. We had never tried it so we got the super mini dessert portion of their acai bowl. It was the perfect little sweet treat.

 

We could pick two toppings so hubby got strawbs and nanas. I got bananas and sweet and condensed milk. It came with honey as well! It was light and refreshing and I could totally go for another one right now…

While at WF we spotted these individual yogurt bars. If it looks familiar it’s because we’ve been getting the strawberry and vanilla version of these from Costco. I quite badly wanted to try the hazelnut flavor so we did πŸ™‚

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After roaming around WF and finishing up groceries at Trader Joes we came home and unloaded our goods. We went for another walk and it started raining!

Thankfully it was a short walk and we had thought ahead to wearing hooded jackets so it was okay. We did some Yelping to figure out what we should have for dinner and decided we needed to check out Johnny Pacific again.

We ordered 4 empanadas-2 chicken al pastor and 2 beef tingas and got the chicken skewers which came with rice and salad.

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The beef tingas were our favorite out of the 2 and we really loved the whole meal. The flavors were really great and we will definitely be going back!

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Dessert was leftover cookies! What’s new??

That wraps up my birthday week! If you’ve stuck it out this far…thank you! I usually don’t write blog posts this long, but this one just needed to be done!

I hope you all are having a great week! See you Monday!

 

Exercise Lately

Working out is something I hold near and dear to my heart. I don’t remember how or when it happened, but after many years of working out it is now a part of me. It’s now a need more than a want, it keeps me sane, and it’s a part of my life.

I work 3 days a week, 12 hour shifts and I’m on my feet a majority of that time. Because of that I don’t work out on days I work. Instead I save my workouts for my days off. Whether it’s at home or at the gym I try to make the most of it!

At home recently I’ve been more into trading off between HIIT and pilates type workouts. I like having a good variety in my workouts since I get bored when I don’t change it up now and then. I’ve got some dumbbellsΒ (5lb and 10lb) and resistance bands at home. These are great for some extra resistance, but you can always use your own body weight for that!

At the gym I jump around between machines and free weights to get a good burn πŸ™‚ I also like a few of the cardio machines and tend to jump between them to keep it interesting. This is a lot easier when you have some good music or some Youtube to watch!

At our house we also love getting in a good walk. It works for us on busier days because we can catch up and talk or vent and get some energy out. We love a good hilly neighborhood for these days because you get your heart rate up too.

I don’t think there is one type of exercise that will work for everybody. It’s about having fun and getting your body moving. I don’t remember ever having worked out and left thinking, “man I wish I hadn’t bothered.” I’m usually much happier post workout regardless of how unmotivated I was before.

I don’t know if this was necessarily useful information, but I like doing these posts to keep you guys filled in on what’s been going on with my workouts. I know I talk a LOT about food a LOT of the time, but I love being my best, healthiest, most balanced self and that includes pizza, but it also includes working out!

What’s your favorite way to workout?

 

What we did this weekend

Any weekend with the hubs is a great weekend, but this weekend we had some fun plans! We kicked off the weekend by having an early lunch with our friends and their sweet two babies (basically, our favorite peeps).

We met at a sandwich shop, Fiore, they had been hyping up and it ended up being everything and more. They make their own bread and ohmy were these sammies incredible.

We split a short rib and a chicken pesto-loved both, would recommend both. I’m so hungry as I write this and so jealous of my past weekend self I can’t even handle it!

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Since we were so close by we had to get Colorado Donuts for dessert later. We wanted to try them out again and see how they compared to our favorite SK Donuts.

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We did a Costco run after lunch and had very good intentions of taking a quick nap and working out, but sadly the workout never happened. We did take a long nap and wake up with a donut hankering.

Lucky for us we had some waiting downstairs for us!

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After trying out the donuts we went for a walk around the neighborhood before getting ready and heading out for a show at Upright Citizens Brigade.

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This is something we had been wanting to do since we both love comedy/improv shows so much and we were incredibly excited to finally go. It was a great show and a lot of fun to watch and I know we will be heading back for more laughs!

After all the laughs we (I) was hungry and ready for dinner so we found ourselves at Katsu-ya for sushi. I don’t know what happened but my phone camera started acting up and so the next couple of pictures are the only ones I have of our dinner.

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Sunday started off strong with a workout and this yummy breakfast that B made us. Egg and cheese sandwiches!

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We prepped meals for the week and watched Netflix until dinner where we picked up sushi. We also picked up a cookie from Bristol Farm’s and this slice of banana chocolate chip cake from Susie Cake.

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It was quite the decadent dinner and a wonderful end to our weekend! What did you guys do this past weekend?

Staycation

The hubs and I had a week off together and instead of flying out somewhere like we normally do we decided to stick around home and discover some places, food, things that we had not yet explored in LA.

The night (Tuesday night) we made our steak dinner from Sun Basket we went to a comedy show. We love comedy and there’s plenty of it in LA. We love the Comedy Store, but are definitely going to be trying some other spots.

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While there we indulged in this soft pretzel with mustard and since we had an early dinner so we could make it to the show we had hot slices of pizza from Vitos afterwards πŸ™‚

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On Wednesday we woke up and worked out at the gym. We had some errands to run which included grabbing bagels and printing our tickets for Universal. We did all of that and made it home, showered, and headed out.

Once we arrived at City Walk I knew I wanted to try Voodoo Donuts. We got their mango jam filled donut with tang dusted on top! B loved it and I thought it was okay-the Tang made it super tart.

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We arrived at Universal around 2pm and stayed till they closed that night at 6pm. Rides now vs rides when you were a kid are totally different. I was definitely nauseated after a couple…they were still fun πŸ™‚

Of course when we went to Harry Potter world we had to get some butter beer. We got the frozen version and boy was it sweet and delicious!

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I couldn’t believe how realistic they make it all seem and how cool the effects are! I did do a photoshoot with this snowman. Shout out to hubs for always indulging my ridiculousness!

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After a full day of being active and being cold we decided to go for some warm comfort food at home. We got takeout Thai from our favorite Thai Blvd Bistro and brought it home. We stuck with our classic favorites-Pad Thai and Panang curry.

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Before stopping for Thai food we had made a stop to grab dessert at Porto’s. We love this place and it’s so inexpensive!

Thursday we worked out and found a nice little area to walk. We ended up walking to a lunch spot, Blue Table, we had been to once before and split a turkey sandwich and a steak sandwich.

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The steak was the favorite!

We walked from there to a frozen yogurt shop and ended up walking around with our frozen treats. We eventually walked back to our car and drove home.

During this time the hubs had been working on making some sourdough. He created starter and he made us a couple of loaves during the break. You guys, sourdough bread warm out of the oven with butter? It is everything!

On Friday we did a hike and went to brunch at our favorite Leo and Lily’s. I got a turkey club and he got a Buffalo chicken sandwich. We split them and they both ended up being just okay! I don’t know if you can tell, but we really love our sandwiches πŸ™‚

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I think I will leave it off here because Saturday deserves it’s own post. We did a little food crawl around LA and it was super tasty πŸ˜‰

Do you guys enjoy staycations?

 

 

Back to SF

We woke up Sunday morning to a really gorgeous view of the sun rising outside of our AirBnB. We showered, packed up our things, and headed out for the second leg of our adventure to SF.

We stopped by a Safeway to grab some snacks for our drive to SF and I need a cup of coffee in the morning so we stopped by a local coffee shop to grab some and plan out our day.

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We started our drive and munched on some bluebs. We ended up driving to downtown SF to check out a mall and walk around. It was raining so we were wanting to stay warm and cozy…this thought didn’t last long πŸ™‚

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Soon enough our hunger creeped in and we decided to hit up Limoncello for some sandwiches. If you’ve been to SF you know how hard it is to find parking so once you aren’t leaving. This sandwich spot was a 30 minute walk, but feeling adventurous we decided we were up for it.

You guys it was pouring down rain so hard that we had to stop in at a CVS to buy an umbrella. We finally made it completely soaked, but super excited for our sandwiches.

We got a turkey pesto and a pastrami sandwich. We added their spicy sauce for both and they were both fantastic. I can’t tell you which one to get because the hubby liked the pastrami better and I liked the turkey.

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By the way, they were massive sandwiches and totally shareable. We actually ate the turkey first and then had the pastrami later on.Β After the sandwich we decided to go and check out the Painted Ladies. I just love these houses and how cute they are!

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We headed to our next AirBnB so we can get freshened up and get our stuff unloaded. The house was so cute!

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The bedroom was done in a cheerful yellow and super cozy and clean! We rested for a little bit and listened to the rain spatter on the windows and roof.

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We headed out to the comedy show at Neck of the Woods. It was a pretty good lineup. There were definitely some that were funnier than others. After the show we discovered we were close to Burma Superstar.

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It’s a super highly rated restaurant on Yelp and our friends had recommended the spot to us as well.

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We started with a couple of apps-their well known Tea Leaf Salad. It’s seriously the most interesting salad I have ever had. It’s got all these different flavors and textures…SO MUCH crunch! I loved that they mix it up for you table side.

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We also ordered Platha Dip. It was this super flaky, layered “bread”-similar to an Indian version of paratha-that was served with a warm coconut curry. The curry was savory and perfectly spiced.

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Even though we had every intention of ordering an entree, after having the Platha Dip we had seriously no room. We were full and done! I hope we eventually get the chance to go back and check out an entree or two πŸ™‚

We headed back to the AirBnB for a goodnights rest! We woke up Monday morning to a little bit of sunshine. We stopped by a Panera for a couple of yogurt parfait’s before heading home.

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Have you guys been to Burma Superstar? What did you think?

Carmel Valley

The hubs and I had a staycation recently, but he planned a surprise getaway for us during the start of our week.

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We drove up the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to head to Carmel Valley and do a couple of hikes along the way. Sadly for us, due to the rain, we didn’t get to do one of the hikes. The other one was short and sweet, but absolutely breathtaking.

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That picture definitely does not do it any justice, but the rain definitely added to the beauty and our sense of adventure.

After getting lost along a dirt path and finally finding our way out and back on a nice paved road we arrived at our AirBnB. This place was like a woodsy cabin and all around us was this gorgeous greenery.

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It was all windows so we had some beautiful views. There was a television and we were super grateful for the heater inside because it was chilly!

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After unloading our things we decided to head out and explore the town a bit. We explored the shops a little and ran into some local places. We found a little shop that had some of the best spreads, dips, and caramel sauces. The great thing was we were able to sample everything πŸ™‚

After a long drive and munching on very few snacks we were ready for an early dinner. We found out that a pizza place we bookmarked was within walking distance of where we already were. Dontchya just love it when things work out like that?

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We moseyed on over to Little Napoli where they were pretty full with people. We decided we didn’t want to wait and grabbed a couple of seats by the bar. They had the best pictures on Yelp of this delicious garlic bread-we had to have it.

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We also ordered the burrata which came with some roasted red peppers. I won’t lie I thought the burrata would come with crostini or something to eat it with, but it didn’t so we just used our garlic bread. Is it a thing to just eat burrata by the forkful??

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We nibbled (who am I kidding, we scarfed down) on our apps and perused the menu to figure out which pizza to order. We settled on their version of a margh (surprise, surprise!).

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The pizza was Neapolitan style and it had a crispy crust and gooey cheese. The billowy edges of the pizza and bubbly cheese are always my favorite parts. We weren’t able to finish all of it and took the rest back to the AirBnB for later.

We ended up spending the rest of the night watching The Innocent Man on Netflix until we fell asleep. It was a pretty fantastic first day! I’ll see you Thursday for our SF adventures πŸ™‚

Have you been to Carmel Valley or Carmel by the Sea?

 

Recently

Hi Friends! I thought it would be nice to sit down and catch up on stuff that’s been going on recently…hence the title πŸ˜‰

As I am writing this I am not feeling the best-congested, coughing, cold. Basically, a freakin’ delight. We got some manuka honey to help me combat the cough at least so I’ve been chugging that down with my hot lemon water.

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I still workout even though I haven’t posted anything workout related in who knows how long? I’m still working out 4 days a week anywhere from 30-90 minutes depending on how I’m feeling. I’m also still loving weights, machines, cardio, pilates, bands…I think you get the point!

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I’ve been really loving naps! I didn’t think I was a nap person, but there’s nothing quite like napping during the weekend. I’m getting old or maybe reverting back to being 5 years old, either way I’m fine with it as long as I get to nap πŸ˜…

I love snacks, but recently I feel like I live off snacks. I just want a little bit of everything and haven’t been feeling super meal oriented. Sometimes it’s grapes or tomatoes or carrots and other times it’s plantain chips or chocolate pretzels. You know now looking at that nap situation and this snacking situation I am more and more convinced I must be Peter Pan…

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Keeping my makeup simple has been kinda nice. I either wear no make up besides doing my brows a bit or I do some concealer and mascara…very rarely eyeliner and call it good!

How are you guys doing? What’s been going on in your lives?

Lubbock and Houston

During this whole trip we didn’t stay at a single place for more than a night. Even if we spend a couple of days in the same city we were hopping houses, hotels, and air bNb’s. It was crazy!

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Because of that I didn’t get too much from Lubbock. We made it there around evening time from Austin and had enough time to shower and get ready for a dinner.

We went to a Cajun restaurant called Razoos, I think. I got a po’ boy with tilapia and the hubby got a salad. I didn’t take any pics since it was a part of B’s interview process.Β 

You guys by the time we left the restaurant it was SO cold! We stopped by Target to grab a few things and rushed home. The next day we could see snow flurries! We were not prepared for the cold!

The hubs dropped me off at Starbucks and he went to his interview. I ordered a tea and a little while later got their egg sous vide and an everything bagel.Β 

It was my first time trying the “egg bites” and it was pretty good! They were soft and fluffy on the inside (almost souflee like?) and the outside was a little crispy which I loved. Besides eating I was able to schedule some blog posts and catch up on reading some of your posts…it was quite productive!

Once the hubby got done we had a very long drive ahead of us to Houston. We drove and drove and ended up stopping for some Taco Bell. We finally made it to our air bNb and it was so cute!

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The couple that greeted us were so friendly and I loved our room! It was beach themed and cozy.Β We knocked out as soon as our head hit the pillow πŸ™‚

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The next morning we packed up and headed out to meet up with some family. I was starving so we stopped to grab a Banh Mi for me. I know it’s a weird thing to have for breakfast, but nothing else sounded good. Honestly I would have had the pho, but it is not great car food.

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We met up with fam at a place they suggested called, Snooze! Can you believe it? I didn’t realize Snooze was a chain, but it’s also in Houston! I was still full from my sandwich so I ordered the OMG french toast, fruit, and coffee. I only had a piece of the french toast and shared it with everyone else!

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The hubby got a protein packed bowl which looked and tasted amaze! I tried a couple of bites πŸ™‚

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We visited some more family before heading out again to check into our hotel. We got stuck in some traffic, but made it safe and sound.

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I went and worked out a bit and then we got Chipotle for dinner. How pretty is that tree that was around Chipotle! They had a bunch decorated and it looked so beautiful and festive!

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We both got bowls and it was warm and delicious and totally filling. Noms! We packed up as much as we could since we needed to head out after hubby’s interview the next morning.

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While hubs headed to his interview I decided to workout again in the hotel gym. Afterwards I headed to breakfast at the hotel lobby/restaurant area. I didn’t get a pic before I started eating, but I had a piece of veggie frittata, lots of servings of fruit, and some potatoes.Β 

I decided to check out the waffle maker and made my own waffle. It was so fluffy and crispy and absolute perfection. I also have some fruit hidden under there πŸ˜€

Once the interview was over we drove over to the airport to return our car and head back to LA.

I hadn’t had lunch and hubby needed a snack so I got a sandwich from Which Wich and he got a spinach feta egg white wrap from Starbucks. The sammy was wheat with turkey, cheddar, ‘cado, onion, lettuce, and tomato.

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It was YUM! We had some time before our flight so we wandered around the airport looking at the stores and our options for dinner. When it was almost time to head on we grabbed some dinner from Panda Express for our flight.

 

It was delicious and the only pic I have is terrible since it was so dark! We made it back home pretty late and ended up sleeping within an hour of arriving. We were both beat!Β 

It was a really great trip! Till next time!

 

What I Do…

Good morning friends! I wanted to name this post What I Do When I am Broken Down, Exhausted, and Need Some TLC, but I did not because that is one long title and nobody got time for that πŸ˜‰

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But here is what I do when I am all of those things and feel like a pile of poop.

I let myself linger over coffee. Coffee is one of the first things I do in the morning, but most mornings I am taking it down like someone is going to snatch my cup away. When I’m off from work and I have no where to be I take my sweet time…

After the coffee I workout. At the gym or at home I get my heart rate up and enjoy the endorphins. It’s not always jumping around and squats. When I feel super beat I just stretch myself out and enjoy warming up my muscles.

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I take the time to make myself some yummy, wholesome, nutritious meals. Not that I don’t have nutrient dense meals at work, but I always feel rushed. When I eat at work it’s for energy and sustenance. When I get to cook and eat at home it’s for those things, but enjoyment as well.

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I take the time to clean up my act. I love cleaning up my brows or doing a face mask. Basically, anything that makes me feel like a human again.

This may go into that previous category, but I love doing my nails. There is something soothing about prepping and painting them. I also like that every time I look and see my nails it makes me happy to see the color.

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I also enjoy watching YouTube. I binge on a lot of it throughout the day while I am cooking, working out, doing my nails, etc. I like having some background noise and sometimes I learn a thing or two whether it’s about cooking, beauty, health or just find some inspiration.

What do you guys do when you need a pick me up? Let me know in the comments!