All the Lovely Things: Rainy Friday

It’s finally Friday, hallelujah! Not sure about the rest of you, but this week DRAGGED on for me.

This weekend should be full of fun things in preparation for Christmas, lots of wrapping presents and baking cookies. Glenn also went above and beyond in planning our Friday night date, and got tickets to our first hockey game! I’m so excited to finally experience one, we’ve been meaning to go for years now.

There is still a whole day before we reach Friday afternoon, however, so here are some things that I’ll be focusing on to pass the time.

San Diego is experiencing one of the three rainstorms we get a year. While temperatures are remaining in the 60’s (sorry rest of the US, with your snow storms), we are still wimps and want to stay locked in our warm, cozy houses while the fireplace roars. We don’t have a fireplace, but still feel super cozy once we play this video on our tv and crank up the Christmas music. T-8 days people!


Burning Fireplace

I just found out that Flowerbomb came out with a limited-edition holiday packaging, just mere days before Christmas and well after I gave everyone my wish lists. Ugh, so sad. Look at gorgeously sparkly it is.


Victor and Rolf- Flowerbomb 

Found this recipe for White House Eggnog through an article from one of my favorite bloggers. I’m not usually a huge fan of eggnog, but there’s something about this recipe that just calls to me (might have something to do with the 24 ounces of liquor in it though).


White House Eggnog 

I have never seen a more accurate shirt. There will be a lot of sustaining tonight.


Motherhood Shirt 

Christmas Traditions: Part I

I love this time of year. More than presents and cold weather (although hell yes), I love the emphasis on traditions and family. Since I got married, and much more since Jack was born, I’ve been thinking of what traditions I want to continue as our family moves forward.

There are, of course, the traditions you do on Christmas day and the ones that you do prior in anticipation of the holiday. The former is too far ahead for me to be thinking of at the moment, but the latter is perfect for the weeks leading up to the big day.

Lifetime movies– This is something I do with my mom and sister (the husband isn’t as keen on this genre, surprisingly). What better way to get in the mood for Christmas than cheesy festive movies that always end happily? Add in some seasonal food and a roaring fire, and you’ve got yourself an instant Christmas season.


Dancing to Christmas music– Be still my heart. My little boy has developed a strong love for swaying to Christmas ballads in his mama’s arms. Only better is when he tries to hold my hand while doing so.

Picking out a tree– When I was younger my father refused to get a real Christmas tree, arguing that my asthma would be terrible with the tree inside the house. Whether it was actually because of that or whether he just didn’t want to dole out money every year is still something I need to discuss with my therapist, but thankfully my asthma has gotten better and Glenn also enjoys the fresh smell of pine in our home. Going out to pick out our tree as a family has definitely become an integral part of preparing for the season.

Traumatizing my child– We’ve added visiting Santa to the lineup since Jackson’s arrival in 2015. He wasn’t too thrilled to meet the big man this year, but it made for a hilarious timeless photo.


Yearly Christmas ornaments: Growing up, we always got an ornament that depicted something special that happened to us throughout the year. While I love them, I much prefer the metal ornaments with pictures for Jackson. So far I have one of his newborn picture and the two subsequent fall photos we’ve taken at 4 months and 1 year. This way I’ll have a visual representation of him throughout the years.

Christmas cards: Ever the mail junkie, I am mentally compelled to send these pretty pieces of Christmas joy. It’s fantastic enough getting regular letters, Christmas cards are 100x better.


I’m still thinking of other ways to incorporate the season into daily life during this month. It’s especially hard with work, but it’s such a fantastic time of year that I can’t possibly think of letting it pass so quickly.

Finding Time

Before I had kids, I thought I was busy. I know that sounds pompous and haughty, but it’s not meant to be. I feel like every stage in life gets more adultier. More boring yet necessary stuff requires your time and thought, and you get to do less fun stuff. When I got married, I noticed a direct upswing in the amount of work I had to do every night, and when I had Jackson, it tripled.

Every day for over a year, I would get up at 5 am, get myself and Jack ready, drive an hour and a half to drop him off and make it to work, work for 8 hours, pick him up, hit about an hour and a half to two hours of traffic, cook, and do some variation of dishes, bath time, bed time, and prepping for the next day. This is if I didn’t have any errands to run during the day and doesn’t count the often extra little chores like sweeping/mopping, tidying, etc. that are required throughout the week (my son is a modern day Taz and my home is always one step away from an utter wreck.) Luckily my husband and I have established a good tag team effort, and as of a few months ago, my father has started coming to our home to babysit, thus taking out anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half of commute time a day. Hallelujah.

That being said, there’s really not a lot of free time in my day. There is always after Jack goes to bed, but this time is pretty limited since I should prioritize my sleep as I wake up early. To be completely truthful, this is usually the first thing to go so I can fit more in my day, but I’ve been attempting to be better at it lately.

A few months ago, around the time I began this blog, I realized how much I missed doing things that were “me”. I have since made it a point to try and find ways to carve out time within my day that I can use for things that are important to my wellbeing. One of my work friends wakes up at 4am to complete a workout before her day. She’s crazy impressive. I am not like this. Instead, my moments are sporadic, here and there throughout the day. I’ve noticed that as long as I realize that these things don’t have to be more than short bursts, I’m more willing to put the effort into doing them. And while they do require that effort, they have proven to be so much more beneficial than staring blankly at Facebook for 20 minutes (which I also do daily, no judgement).

Listen to podcasts

As stated earlier, I spend a lot of time commuting. A LOT. And I hate driving. So much. It’s ridiculously boring and if I could, I would definitely buy one of those cars that would drive me everywhere without me having to pay attention. Or I would get a chauffeur.

Not being made of money, I was lucky enough to stumble on the podcasts app on my phone. I know, everyone knows about this- it’s not new. I’m technology inept, so trust me- this was a HUGE deal. Since discovering the wide world of podcasts, my commute to work and back every day has expanded to a time that I really enjoy. I listen to my weird and quirky side with science fiction podcasts, like Lore, Limetown, and The Bright Sessions. I learn things I’d never even think to ask with podcasts like Stuff You Missed in History Class, TED Radio Hour, and This American Life. Hell, I even listen to a podcast specifically made for Gilmore Girls fans (yes, this is a thing. Gilmore Guys. You’re welcome).

There are so many wonderful shows that I can tap into whenever I want. And while not the same quality as a Pulitzer Prize winning novel or some book on ancient Athens currency, it’s sometimes semi educational and almost always interesting in a way that the Kardashians will never be.

Walking/Stairs on Break

This one was definitely not my original idea. You know the friend that wakes up at 4am to work out? Yea, it was hers. She’s been doing it for a long while, and one day as I sat all fat and lazy I asked if I could join her. Thankfully, she said yes and this has absolutely been one of the steps that led me to finally losing baby weight and getting back to a healthy lifestyle. It wasn’t a full workout, just a mere 15 minutes. I figured I can do anything for 15 minutes. I can especially do anything that doesn’t require a change of clothes or driving somewhere.

This mindset has since extended into my night when I started to work on my core strength by slowly working up the time I could plank. When I began, I literally dedicated less than a minute to it. Now it’s up to two and a half minutes, but dude- it’s two and a half freaking minutes. And I don’t even do it every night. For something that takes so little time though, it has had a surprising affect. I feel stronger and my arms have toned a bit, to the point where a friend even noticed after not seeing me for a few weeks. Can’t get better than that.

Dancing in the Living Room

Glenn actually started this one. Sorry, this isn’t a “How I fixed my life in 10 steps” but more like, “How I stumbled upon doing these things and oh, that’s cool- I’ll keep doing it.” So dancing. You know what’s better than dancing alone like a fool to loud, heart pumping music? Doing it with a super handsome guy and an adorable toddler who laughs and interpretive dances with you.

Ditching My Husband with the Toddler to Take a Long Shower

Poor Glenn knows this well. When I feel like I need some alone time, he’s kind enough to distract the little dude long enough for me to bolt to our bathroom, shut the door, and ignore the screams of my darling son calling for me on the other side. Pretty smelling scrubs and lotions help the sound barrier. Joking aside, bless this man because I know I take extra-long showers when it’s been one of those days.

Once upon a time, when Jackson was still a glimmer in our eyes and I had my spa style bathtub, I would spend an hour or two lounging in the hot water, candles and all. With an upgrade in children, an upgrade in home, and no more tub- this looks a bit different. But I’m the indulgent type, and while the candles and reading while submerged are no more, I certainly turn up the music and use all the smell goods I can get my hands on.

Writing Here

Since starting this space to just write and have a place solely reserved for the little things that make me happy, I really feel like I’ve been rediscovering (and just discovering) what interests me. Not all of it is important, most of it is just fleeting moments, but it gives me a space to just be. Like the zen you find at the top of a mountain while watching the sun set, just a hell of a lot more superficial. That’s cool though, I already have a lot of incredibly deep and intense other aspects of my life. Like podcasts and body scrub, my quiet time typing and looking at pretty things can just be what it is. And if, along the way, I find a little peace in my day, then I’ve accomplished my goal.

I’m still a far cry away from having the typical set of hobbies that I once used to encompass, but I’m getting there.

PS: In the time it took me to type this up, I helped Glenn fold a load of laundry and put Jackson back to bed after he woke up. Even my breaks require breaks.

PSS: Now it’s 11:30. Maybe I’ll sleep more tomorrow night.

All The Lovely Things: Forget Monday- Jazz Clubs, Wine, and Chocolate

Another weekend come and gone, and we’re staring ahead at another week. Fear not, dear friends, let’s think of nicer things instead.

During a quick drop in at Sephora to peruse their perfume section, I was introduced to a new line of perfume. It’s interesting, in a word. The perfumes are almost exact replicas of various scents: Beach Walk, By The Fireplace, At The Barber’s. They were absolutely incredible, the Beach Walk smelled like every summer day you spent at the waves, but I wasn’t quite sold until I smelled Jazz Club. It is the perfect blend of leather, cigars, and spice. Overall, it’s a far cry from my usual preference of floral and citrus notes, but it’s truly that mind blowing. Even now, I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I am intoxicated by it.


Replica, Jazz Club

As the days have gotten darker and colder, I’ve also found myself constantly thinking about chocolate shortbread. Random? Yes. Delicious? Oh hell yes.

Now, normally I would just jump on amazon and purchase whatever my heart desired, but apparently there are not a lot of outlets for this specific craving. I know, sad day. Instead, I think I’ll look forward to making these this upcoming weekend.

Look at these intense, buttery, crumbly bites.


Double Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

And what goes better with chocolate cookies than wine?

Nothing. The answer is nothing.

On a recent trip to Carlsbad for a staycation, I stumbled upon the Witch Creek Winery. Guys. Guys. GUYS. Can I just say that the most incredible friend date ever would be to have a wine tasting trip up in Julian just for the purpose of having their wine on my lips again?

Oh, what?  A little too intense? Oops, sorry.


Witch Creek Winery

I totally stole this picture from their Yelp reviews. My picture was in no way as pretty, mostly because I had already drank most of my glass before I even thought to bring the camera out.

And finally, some easy music with which to start your week. Honestly, it’s the kind of music I imagine on a Friday night, but I’m not yet in the mindset to fully accept that it’s not the weekend still.


Brett Bixby, Fireside

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All The Lovely Things: Thanksgiving Edition

If you couldn’t tell from my last post- November is the interim of the Fall to Winter scene. Fall is already over in my mind and I’m already dreaming of Christmas lights and cold nights, so Thanksgiving isn’t really a holiday I’ve ever put a lot of effort into. That said, there are a lot of gorgeous things surrounding a holiday that brings family and friends together, and it’s high time that to take a moment and appreciate it.

Our Thanksgivings has always focused on family and food, but there are some gorgeous decorations for those who take a little more time in setting the scene. This place setting is simple and beautiful, and provides a place to be privately thoughtful.

If you’re looking for something other than a traditional bottle of wine or flowers for the host gift, this hand towel is so frickin cute I can’t stand it.

pumpkin-pie-dish-towelPumpkin Pie Dishtowel

And because it’s not Thanksgiving without food…

It’s driving me mad that I can’t find a proper recipe (*cough* pictures) for a pastry wrapped baked brie with tart cherries. I could have sworn I originally found the recipe on one of my usual cooking sites, but after searching I think I actually just adapted it from a recipe on Dinner: A Love Story.



Here’s a gorgeous picture of a fancy schmacy baked brie. It includes some ingredients that I may or may not have a hard time imagining in brie, but are likely stunning if you took the time to actually put it together. Also, look at the picture (ooooh).

brie-1Baked Brie with Rosemary, Honey, and Toasted Almonds

And here is the original recipe for a cherry galette. Ignore the home made pie crust (hahaha-nope) and just use some puff pastry. Then plop a wheel of brie in this bad boy and I promise all your hopes and dreams will come true. (I fully realize it is no longer the same recipe aside from the use of one specific ingredient, but bear with my line of thinking. [Some kind of] Pastry? Check. Tart Cherries? Check. Totally the same.) It is an amazing, gooey, delightful mess. Stunning and perfect for the increasingly chill fall weather.

brie-2Cherry Galette – Money in the Bank

Now Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program

I’ve been meaning to post for weeks now, but a series of weddings, Halloween events, and other weekly distractions have definitely taken their toll. Until today, I’ve honestly just felt completely done- worn out and just wanting to do the bare minimum for a while.

Okay, I still feel that way a little bit.

Don’t get me wrong, everything that I’ve done over the past two months has been superbly wonderful- but all in quick succession was a little too much. Thankfully, things are finally quieting down… for a while.

While Thanksgiving and Glenn’s birthday is next week, both will be pretty muted since he’s on an ass kicking diet and isn’t feeling up to really celebrating either. So I have a solid 15 days of luxury and laziness before the Christmas season gets in full swing. I could wait until halfway through December, too, but we all know I’m not that kind of girl. So, until then- these are the things I’m planning on doing (as lazily as possible):

Watch the Gilmore Girls, “A Year in the Life”. I am ridiculously pumped for this. Glenn and I bonded over many things over the years, but the Gilmore Girls is definitely something of “ours.” We’ve re-watched the season every fall since we got married. It’s like a really weird, oddly specific thing that we both enjoy.

Cleaning my house. Because dear lord I have not had time to deep clean, and between the holiday decorations and the weekend trips it’s been in a pretty consistent state of disarray.


That’s all I got.

Yea, I’m not really good at not doing things.

Okay, you got me. I’m already in stage 2 of the Christmas Enjoyment Scale- “Planning and Purchasing”. This is, of course, of the obvious and universally known 5 point Christmas Enjoyment Scale (CES). I’ve already surpassed stage one, “Pinning,” and have gone on to blow out bank account buying presents and decorations. Poor Glenn.

Until December 1st, this is all just in good fun. I can peruse possible gifts and find little pieces for the home here and there to give it that warm, cozy winter feel (despite the fact that it’s still reaching 80 degrees outside), but nothing is mandatory in my mind just yet.

I can stop whenever I want to, I swear.

That said, be forewarned that most of my posts in the next month and a half will likely revolve around the holiday to some degree. I mean, what is life if not a celebration, right?

Halloween Movie Night

The weekend is finally upon us! I’m not sure about you all, but man this week was long. I’m in desperate need of a load of family time and relaxation. Thankfully, we don’t have any strict plans for our days off, so I’m going to soak up every moment with my favorite people. Jackson’s aunt is in town, so we’re going to have a lot of fun hanging out and celebrating the upcoming holiday while she’s here.

This Saturday, we’re planning on having a Halloween Movie Night. Since we have young children in the audience (and totally not because two of us are scaredy cats), we’re making the night family friendly. I’ve found that just a little bit of planning really makes small things like this that much more novel and memorable, so I’ve been thinking of little ways to make it more fun.

The Duds
Carters had a sale a few weeks ago in which I bought the kiddos some Halloween clothes (and their annual Christmas pj’s), so they will finally be able to show off their new threads. It’s all about the fashion, people.

Jackson will be wearing his aptly suited, “Jack” O’Latern shirt.

pumpkinJack O’Latern Shirt

While I will be wearing my similarly appropriate tee:

Here for the Boos Tee

The Grub

I have been craving a caramel apple like no[boo]dy’s business*, but I can’t find them anywhere (seriously, where do you find these?). Thankfully, the all mighty Pinterest saves the day again.

This recipe for caramel apple nachos is a heck of a lot easier than melting and dunking a bunch of whole apples. Plus- heath bars and chocolate! Can’t go wrong.


Caramel Apple Nachos

For the grown ups in the group, I’m considering making this gorgeous Halloween sangria. We’re having a party coming up where I’ll be making a big batch of a spooky adult beverage, so it would be good planning (and not at all self serving) to try this out before then.


Halloween Sangria

The Shows

I sent out a list of Halloween titles for the ladies of the family to choose from or let me know if they wanted another. I included one that I specifically wanted to watch, but left out another because I felt it was too kidish. Thankfully, Auntie O is as much as a child as I am and she called to let me know this other movie must be included.

So, in true 90’s kid Halloween fashion, we will be watching…


And, of course

In the end, this is definitely a low key night. But I get joy from little things, so I’m completely looking forward to introducing a little more of the season in an otherwise common activity. Hopefully as the babies get older, they get the same sense of magic that I love about this season.

*I’m sorry, I can’t help myself. It’s a curse, really.

Work Style the Lazy Way

As a new mom, I spent most of my first year in (maternity) jeans and comfy oversized shirts. Thankfully, my work is ridiculously casual, so I’m pretty sure exactly nobody noticed. I think this is in part because they’re a bunch of scientists, but it’s also probably because we’re literally a five minute walk away from the beach.

Regardless, as I emerged from the other end of the year, my jeans were getting increasingly faded and my shirts worn. I obviously needed to do something, but I was entirely too lazy to go out shopping. Because of my height, larger stomach, and thinner hips, it takes trying on 20 pairs of jeans to find one that works. However, it was starting to take a toll on my self-esteem, and I was starting to feel incredibly uncomfortable in my own skin.

Combine this with an ever increasingly mountain of dirty laundry, and this is when I started to get compliments. I know, it doesn’t make sense. In fact, for a solid few weeks I didn’t quite realize that I had stumbled on a loophole. But when I did, glorious day!

It all started after a weekend of running around and not having time to conquer the laundry building up in our garage. Instead, I threw on a dress I’ve had for years and ran out the door.

Everyone has a style that really suits their bodies. Mine is the sheath dress. I can’t tell you a time that I’ve put on this style and it looked bad. It’s damn near magic, especially to someone where so few articles of clothing are actually flattering on them.

Over the years, I came across a brand that is on the cheaper end and is insanely comfortable. I own three of them. It looks structured and businesslike, but is actually cotton and feels very similar to yoga pants.

I go to the playground in this dress, you guys.

old-navy-sheath-dressOld Navy Sleeveless Sheath Dresses

It doesn’t wrinkle if you forget to take it out of the dryer, it maintains its structure with little no extra care, and it looks legit.

Add a thick belt and a necklace or dollar store scarf (no joke) and you’re set.

Simple, quick. No need to rummage through your clean (or dirty, I’m not judging) laundry pile for a top and bottom that look good together. Plus, you’re washing one item instead of two. Double lazy points!

Then all you have to worry about are your shoes. I’ve found that people tend to view wedges as actual heels, which is extra lucky for me since they feel almost exactly like flats. Again, no issues at the playground, I can probably run in these if I really had to (though this is more due to me not running rather than the footwear).

Of course, wearing dresses does require shaving your legs (or not). But so far I feel the benefits of my effort in this one area far outweigh the efforts in what I used to have to do to get dressed. And I feel sexier, so win-win.

In part, this success comes from having a “uniform.” This topic has become very popular over the past couple of years, and for good reason. You find something that flatters you, you buy several of them, and you wear the same thing over and over. No need to think outside the norm for accessories or a bra that will work with that specific shirt, you’ve already got it down.


I’ve been wearing a decent amount of makeup for years. It’s mostly nude or similar colors, but I’ve got the basics down (powder, eyeshadow, mascara). Just enough to brighten up my face but not too much that I feel like I’m in one of those child beauty pageants.


But man, I put eyeliner on one day and BAM. Apparently that’s all I needed to go from looking like I did nothing to looking like I was done up. I’m not even joking- at least a dozen people complimented me in a few weeks’ time.

Easy enough- it took a few days practice but now I can put eyeliner on in a minute flat. I added that to my 5 minutes of doing makeup in the parking garage (I’m not willing to wake up earlier to miss traffic, so I finish getting ready after I’m past that), and I look like I actually put more than just minimal effort into getting ready.


Of course, everyone is different. And I’d say I envy the women who are willing to put more (or less) time in, but really- I’m doing what I’m doing because it’s what I’m most comfortable with. As should everyone else. But if you find yourself where I was, feeling blah but also unwilling to put in too much effort, try it out. You may be surprised by how easy it can be.

All The Lovely Things: Halloween Goodies

You guys, the most wonderful time of the year is so close I can taste it. Starbucks just released their cult-following pumpkin spice latte (blegh), Michaels has put out their Halloween decor, and Pier 1 just released their Halloween Collection (solely as a means to tease me I’m sure).

I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything extra this year, as Glenn complains yearly about the 10 boxes of Halloween items in our attic. But I am still dreaming about all of these.


Spiderweb Tiered Server


Carved Jack-o’-Lantern Tree


Pre-Lit Jack-o’-Lantern


Jack-o’-Lantern Snowglobe


Pumpkin Soap Pump

PS: Damnit Williams-Sonoma, don’t you start me with too. I would straight up cry to receive this

Update: Sorry Glenn, I couldn’t help myself