{weekend notes}

Happy Monday Tuesday!  I had every intention of finishing this post yesterday and just tan out out of time.  So Happy Tuesday, it’s closer to the weekend so that makes it better anyway.

We had the best weekend!  I woke up feeling refreshed and ready for the work week.  Maybe because it’s a short work week?  Ha.  Either way, I’m ready for the week!

I hope you too got to enjoy the sunshine + friends + family + lots of cocktails!!!


You’ll never guess here we went Friday?  We went to Blue Note, again.   It’s for sure become our Friday night thing!  The whole family met for after work beers.  Some friends joined us too!

Say Hi To Benny Bear!!!


Check out this tall can!  How did I, the queen of tall cans, not even know Blue Note sold them.  I know what I’ll be getting next time.

(thanks for being the tall can model Joe)


The kids played games + bought tons of girl scout cookies.  I may of had a few.  More like, a shit ton!  See the boxes sitting at the end of the table….farrrr away from me…lol!


Then the Fricke’s for a final-final…..kinda

Love these kiddos ♥


Saturday morning we went to watch my nephew Joe’s basketball game.  It’s crazy how good these kids are.  Good game Joe!!!



Then we were off to the City for our fun Mom + Daughter + Grammy weekend!  A weekend away was just what we needed.

Minutes into the drive Bay proclaimed her love of nachos!  And I’ve always wanted to try Gracias Madre.  Honestly, I can’t even tell you why.  When we got to the ghetto, where this restaurant is located, we almost left.  LOL!  It looks like a hole in the wall.  Annnddd, how did I not get the memo that it is vegan mexican food?  Ha.

Thank god for the one man bad that played his guitar and serenaded Bay the whole time.  We were able to enjoy vegan margs + some not so nachos.  Only joking.  The food was actually really good.  Just not the taqueria  style Mexican food we had in mind.

The menu was “different” that’s all I can say.  We found some things to try…..

Flautas de Camote

Rolled crispy tacos with sweet potato and caramelized onion. Topped with guacamole, pico de gallo and nacho cashew cheese. Served with black beans and escabeche

Totopos with Tempeh Chorizo + Avocado

House made chips tossed in a creamy chipotle salsa roja. Topped with cashew crema and cilantro.

Everything was surprisingly delicious!  Especially the margs 🙂


The Painted Ladies // Our first time checking out these beauties.  One of the most photographed in San Francisco.  Also know as where Full House was filmed.  Really just the red doored home was shown in the opening credits.  Which is no longer red.  So sad!

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{friday 5}

Happy Dance!

Helllllloooo, Friday!

Thank you for showing your beautiful, sunny face!

Even though it’s crazy cold.  I see sunshine and I’m a happy girl ♥

You guys, this week was a frickin’ whirlwind, and I’m glad it’s over, to be honest!  It’s Friday and you know I’ve got 5 things on my mind, so here we go……


ONE – This weekend I’m surprising Bailey with an overnight trip to the city.  She’s got an idea that something is up.  I booked a room at the Fairmont, which is where we’ve always said we want to wake up at one day.  So excited to see her reaction.  Oh and I scored reservations at the Tonga Room, which she thinks is the coolest restaurant ever.  My Mom is coming with us and we have some other fun things planned.  She’s never been to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory or The Painted Ladies or Coit Tower.  The options are endless and I can’t wait for a weekend in the Bay!


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TWO – #chardsohard // Nugget scored points once again  for accommodating my crazy cake decorating ideas.  How perfect is this cake?  If you look up the hashtag on Instagram, you’re likely to see quite a few photos of my homegirl Nikki + myself.  What can I say, we like to Char so hard.  Happy birthday Nikki!


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{broccoli cheddar soup}

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Yesterday at 4:50 am, I told Sarah that I was going to get my ass back in check and back on sugar-free.


I went home and made broccoli cheddar soup instead!


In all fairness, Bay has been asking me to make it for over a week.  So I caved.  I totally could have eaten some chicken or a black bean burger.  But, you guyyysssss….this looked and smelled so good, I said F*@& it!


I’ve tried a few recipes and they all called for velveeta.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that cheesy goodness just as much as anyone else.  But, what if you use real cheese?  Or in my case, shredded bagged cheese..lol!  And how about no potatoes?  All the recipes I’ve used before are potato overload.  This recipe is in NOOOO way shape or form healthy, lite or Kaia friendly!!  It’s just good!  Kinda like Panera broccoli cheese soup.  Bay’s absolute favorite!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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{classic levi’s}

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So, unfortunately this isn’t what I’m actually wearing today.  I know, it’s sad.  This is what I WISH I was wearing today.  Because, let’s be real….we are all so over this damn rain.  The cold weather.  Bring on some sunshine and higher temps Mother Nature.  Pretty please.  I’ve been stocking up on Spring-y pieces that I can’t wait to wear!!




I fell in love at first sight with both these Levi’s + this top.  They are kind of a match made in heaven ♥


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{weekend notes}


Hellloooo Monday!  I read somewhere, “Some days you make the coffee, some days the coffee makes you.”  Today the coffee made me!  I’d like to thank coffee for sponsoring this day!  I also think it’s safe to say, I’m the only person working today!!

I hope you all had a great weekend.  I spent the last couple of days with some of my most favorite chicks!

We headed to Bodega Bay to the Happy Hideout for a girls weekend trip.  Thank you Eoff’s for sharing your family vacation home with us ♥

First thing first, we made a little pit stop on the way…..

Anyone know where this famous buck hangs?

Chances are you’ve driven by this dive bar, Ernie’s Tin Bar a million times.  Next time you’re making your way to Bodega Bay or Dillon Beach, do me a favor and stop here!  Take a moment to enjoy a silver bullet and marvel at this place.  It’s fancy!  And NO CELLPHONES!!!  Ha!

If you’re lucky enough to follow any of us on Snap Chat (HA) then you know we had a little fun Friday night.  Played a few games.  Girls – what was the name of it?  Big  _ _ _ _?  Anyway, we laughed our asses off.  Busted out some karaoke.  Danced.  Took jello shots.  It was a good time!

Raise your hand if you think this should be Robin’s new FB profile picture?


We had a little chard #chardsohard


Saturday was such a gorgeous day.  It was cold AF, but the sun was out and that’s all that really matters anyway, right?!?  Especially when day drinking is all that’s on the agenda.

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