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The weekend was a mix of major highs and major lows, more so than most weekends.  I just have to keep in mind that everything is going to work out…because it always does.  I’ll share more as all the kinks work themselves out.  All that said, I am excited for the week ahead.  So many things happening.

 

Intentions for the week:

Lets start off with a re-fresh on last weeks Intentions {weekend notes}  I certainly didn’t cross off everything, but close enough.  Here’s what I’d like to cross off this week…

  • make homemade fruit roll-ups
  • at home mani/pedi’s with Bay
  • try to only worry about the things I can control (challenging AF)
  • help Bay plan her bake sale for Saturday’s yard sale (come buy our shit, please)
  • wash car inside/out…that rain really did a doozy on my black car
  • check off a couple of items on our Summer To-Do’s list
  • complete daily fitness challenge
  • catch up with friends
  • deep clean/pack up the playroom
  • label all the yard sale shit
  • get my hair did #fairhair
  • make Italian sausage veggie bowls for lunches

 

And now, let’s chat about the highlights…..

 

 

Exploring the Bay //

Sunday morning around 9:30am, this was my view.

A day in the Bay….And an itinerary, duh!

On the itinerary:

  • trail under the golden gate bridge
  • walk the marina district (always makes the list)
  • lunch reservations
  • eat some kind of fresh seafood
  • swing at the top of bernal heights
  • walk in the sand
  • drink some wine
  • reminisce on haight + ashbury

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Pretty sure I’ve taken the exact photo every single time I drive over the Golden Gate, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one!

 

Did you see my post yesterday “I walked under the Golden Gate Bridge?”

You guys, it’s a real thing.  You can literally walk under this iconic bridge.  If you had to pick one bridge, one that came to mind, you’d probably pick the Golden Gate, right?  Me too!  This bridge is featured in countless movies and TV shows.  The bridge itself is used as a symbol of San Francisco.  That’s kind of a big deal!  If you’ve even walked, biked or drove across it, you’d get it.  I have personally walked (twice) driven (more than I can count), but have yet to bike it.  Guess I better throw that on the ol Bucket List!

But, walked under it?

I can put a check next to that one!

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You park at Crissy Fields.  Look for the Warming Hut signs.  That’s when you know that you’re close to the trail.

Follow the path to the Warming Hut.

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After you pass the hustle and bustle at the Warming Hut, you’ll find the trail head that leads you to this.  Isn’t it beautiful?  I was out of breath, but the view was so worth it.

Once you get to the top, the Golden Gate make an appearance.

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You go through the creepy ass brick tunnel.  I can hear myself…”this is sooo cool”

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CAUTION…watch yo head.  You have to bend wayyy down to get out of the tunnel.

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Then you get to this!  Next time, I will have a bottle of wine and snacks.  I will sit at that table, right there.  And I will set there.  Until I can’t sit there any longer.  I have a true love for this place, I tell ya!

Under the bridge on the other side (Marin County) on the lower left side.  Wayy over there.  That’s Kirby Cove.  Another one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been.  Amazing views from under the bridge.  Go there!  Like, today!  Or here!  Go here!

Ps..there is a tree swing there too!!

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Then you continue along the trail….

and you get here.

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Serious case of the Holiday hangover going on over here.  Butttt, it is Wednesday (HAPPY HUMP DAY)…NOT Monday, so I’ll pound Starbucks all day and keep my complaining to a minimum.

How was your 4th?  The 4th is my favorite, but I think I’ve already told you that about 381 times now!  Summertime!  I feel like we tend to live a wilder life.  Don’t you think?  Stay up later than normal.  Cut out of work early on Friday’s!  Drive with the windows down.  Wake up with golden shoulders.  Dip in the Lake.  Drink a little more.  Road trips.  Adventures!  The summer just makes me feel alive!  I am desperately trying to live in the moment and soak up these sunny days the very best I can!

Annddd, who else wants to vote for 4-day weekends, year round?

We spent the last 4 days in Tahoe at our Family cabin on South Shore.  You guys….the weather was insanely beautiful.

I live for summer weekends like these…..

Strawberry Lodge Pit Stop //

Because it’s a tradition.  Always.  Even if you’re solo.  Luckily I noticed a car when I pulled in the parking lot Friday evening 🙂  Fancy seeing them here!!!  They have the very best jukebox.  We play Janis Joplin every single time.  And the bar sings along.

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Bear Greetings //

We were greeted by Cinnamon the neighborhood bear.  We named him that a couple of years ago.  I think Benny did actually.  Because of his cinnamon color!  We see him every trip.

 

Cards on the deck //

31 is played more times that I can count.  Clearly Joe was holding a shitty hand, like I was.  I didn’t walk away with a single win!

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Bike Rides //

I love that they still have bike parade decor on their bikes.  Even Bay’s balloon made it all the way from Woodland.  There is a cute little park a couple of blocks up the road.  That’s where you can find these kids!

Benny Bears helmet kills me 🙂

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My red solo cup runneth over!!  With chard!

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In the Kitchen //

Isn’t the kitchen always the main hub?  We cook, a lot.  Eat, alot.

Coffee out of Poop-A-Doop’s mug on the porch every morning.  One of the reasons I roll out of bed…around 8ish.  And the smell of breakfast cooking.

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We celebrated Kissey’s Birthday.  Chicken tortilla casserole + GG’s italian green beans + tomato + avocado salad + french bread…heaven!!

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Bay whipped up pretzel crust brownies.  Goole it!  BOMB.com!

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Lunch lady making beach sandwiches.

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Bacon wrapped hotdogs.  There were alright.  I need to perfect them, then many I’ll post more about these dogs.

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Beaches //

We live for beach days!  All of us ♥

Our all time favorite beach – Pope Beach!  Just up the road a few miles from our cabin.

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Hey hey hey!  Happy Monday!  I feel like I haven’t written, I mean typed, those words in sooo long.  Tell me, how the heck are you guys doing?  How was your weekend?  Lots of exclamation points, I hope! 🙂

 

Here’s some of my highlights…..

 

Last day of school //

Friday was the last day of school/last day of the 5th grade.  Just like that, in the blink of an eye, I have a 6th grader.  OMG!  How in the world did that happen?  Followed by a perfect report card, one again.  She grew (literally) so much over her 5th grade year, its unreal.  Bay spent the day swimming at the Nelson pool with her favorite homies.  Thanks for the fun afternoon Tom + Robin!!!

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Pizza + Wine at the Truitt’s //

We watched Charley take off on his bike minus training wheels.  So cute.  Seems like years ago Bailey learned to ride a bike.  It brought back memories.

Pizza, my personal Friday night jam.  And chard.  And Yahtzee!   It was good!

No pictures.  I never looked at my phone 🙂

 

Measurements //

Post BRIK weight/measurements happened Saturday morning.  I’ll be sharing more this week.  Thank you Coach Kori + Coach Kaitlyn for waiting for my late (as always) ass!  The new CORE sessions began today!!   I chose to sleep in though.  FML!  See you Wednesday.

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Swim meet //

Bay’s first swim meet of the year.  I watched my girl come in first (for her heat) for the backstroke.  So proud of her.

 

Lunch with Mom //

We tried out the new Midtown Cantina Alley.  I’ve had this spot on my list of places to try since they opened in April.  This little gem is located in the center of Jazz Alley!  They killed it with the atmosphere, decor and ambiance.  You feel like you’re in Mexico!  It’s authentic AF.

Obvi we started with the margarita la sandia.  They claim it’s for 2 peeps, but I can’t lie, I could have polished it off all on my own 🙂

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We shared the flautas + fish tacos.  If you make a trip to this place, you MUST order the fish tacos.  It was a fried (which I’m not always a fan of) red snapper that was to die for.

I’ll be back!

 

 

Martini Mama Liz //

When Jerry + Liz invite you over for dinner.  You say “absolutely!”  Because….

  1. Jerry one helluva chef.  Just take a look at that risotto.
  2. Liz makes the VERY BEST martini’s ever!  Hence her nickname, Martini Mama Liz!
  3. It’s always a good time.
  4. The conversations are always something we talk about for weeks…lol.
  5. It comes with an Uber 🙂  #jerry

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Good times as always!  Can’t wait for next time!!

And take a look at their beautiful backyard!!

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(somehow I didn’t get a single picture with Korine:( )

* I wore this top two nights in a row…ha!  Thanks J.Crew factory for making the most comfy off the shoulder tee.  It’s marked down to $24 today and comes in 4 color options.

Off the shoulder T-shirt

 

Blue Ridge Hike //

We woke up early AF and headed to Berryessa to hit the Blue Ridge Trail before every other mother in the world made it there!  I haven’t hiked this trail since, I believe 2014?  It’s crazy how much different spots on the trail looked since the fire.  This 4.75 mile loops is killer.  Not only on your legs + ass, but the views are just as killer.

This is the ONLY way from the parking lot to the trail.

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We headed up the Homestead route aka THE STAIRS!

 

Here’s an idea of what a portion of the trail looks like.

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Woohooo!  Happy Friday all!  Super pumped that the weekend is FINALLY here.  I totally ditched out on Kaia this morning and slept in.  I haven’t slept in on a weekday in about 6 weeks.  My poor sore muscles probably wish I would have gone to flow, but my bed wouldn’t let me go!  Anyway…I just want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who shared, liked, and subscribed to the blog yesterday.  Now I want to eat pumpkin EVERYTHING!

It’s Friday so I’m sharing 5 things on my mind……

ONE – Picture Day // I have to take a minute to talk about these girls.  Man, they clean up well!  Look how grown-up and beautiful they are!!  Picture day success!!  My girl was disappointed that the school photographer said they were unable to take a full body photo.  Only the waist up.  LOL!  She loved her outfit so much that she wanted the whole thing and probably her signature side hand-on-the-hip pose.  I’m totally serious!  What kid asks for a full length photo?  Only mine.  You guys, Bailey woke up Monday morning and I swear, must have grown an inch in length and a whole shoe size in her sleep.  NOTHING, I mean nothing fit her.  So I spent a couple lunch breaks searching for shoes and jeans.  Did that happen to any other Mama’s out there?  Slow downnnn.  Stop growing!

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TWO – This weeks grocery list:

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Haha – for reals.  Blue Apron emailed me a few weeks ago asking if they could send me 3 FREE meals.

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Happy Tuesday!  Although I love a long weekend, short work weeks are awfully lonnngggg.  Not to mention extra busy.  But, it’s all good.  After 3-day weekend away with my family I’m feeling relaxed and recharged and ready to kick this weeks ass.  And week #2 of Kaia, the dreaded detox week.  Pray for me friends.

Our family hit I-5 North for Labor Day Weekend.  My parents rented a house in Dunsmuir, CA.  I haven’t been since I was a kid and always hear people rave about the hikes and waterfalls.  My Dad has spent the last 30 years fishing with his buddies here, so it was nostalgic for him.  He showed us all his favorite spots and fishing holes.  And we of course had to hit a couple of my bucket list stops while we were at it.

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Aqua Golf Driving Range //  This place is located right off the freeway in Redding.  I read about it in one of the AAA Via magazines a while back and stuck it on the ol bucket list.  Since we NEVER make it up this way, I made sure I got the Fam Bam on board to make the stop.  The kids loved it.  I’m not gonna lie – I totally did too.  Where else can you hit balls into the Sacramento River and it’s totally okay?  Best part…if you hit a duck or beaver, you get a FREE bucket of balls…LMFAO!  Nothing like watching everyone on the driving range aiming for the poor ducks!!  Oh yeah, and they serve beer.

$12 for a large bucket of balls and $1 club rental.  It’s worth the stop!

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Bailey + Joe smashing balls.

And then we have Benny….god I love him!!!

Even I hit a few balls.  Only a few though, I didn’t want to set my beer down for too long 🙂

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Sundial Bridge // I first heard of this bridge on one of those Pinterest links “20 things for kids to see in Northern California.”  So you better believe I slapped that on the bucket list too.  It’s breathtaking.  This 12-year-old bridge made up of over 200 tons of glass is indeed an actual working sundial…check it out:

As the name suggests, the Sundial Bridge is, in fact, a working sundial and is one of the largest in the world. The sundial shadow traces such a large arc that it can record only four hours a day, from 11am – 3pm. It is not accurate in winter because the shadow is too far into the arboretum to be seen. The shadow, when visible, moves about one foot per minute, so you can readily see it move.

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First day of BRIK and guess what?  I turned my 4:25 am alarm off…instead of snooze.  I hit off.  I woke up at 5:00 am on the dot.  Jumped up and did the “oh shit” thought about laying back down and saying f it.  But, I didn’t.  Remember – NEVER miss a Monday.  Even if you’re 10 minutes late.  I’m so happy I made it, even though holy shit it was hardcore.  If today was any indication of how the rest of BRIK is going to be….I’m scared.  Very scared.  The stations were beyond intense.  Good luck today Kaia girls.

Hope everyone had a kick ass weekend!

FRIDAY //

Thank you Nikki + Kris for the bomb tacos and Chard.  #chardsohard Someone told me this last week and it just screams Nikki and her love of chardonnay 🙂

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I can’t for the life of me remember what was so damn funny….but, clearly it was good!

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I met up with one of my best high school girlfriends for drinks + a catch up session.  We were so busy chatting that I didn’t get a single picture.  Can you believe it?  Me either.

 

SATURDAY //

The mountains were calling our name.  Our family cabin just so happen to be vacant.  We loaded up bright and early and hit the road.   Ohhhhh Tahoe.  I love your fresh mountain air, sandy beaches + laid back living.  So happy we were able to take in your views one last time this summer.

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Does it get any better than this?  I think NOT!

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Happy Monday, I mean Tuesday.  Once again – I’m late.  Oops…hence the Note to Self above.  I’m not going to be hard on myself.  Shit happens.  Life happens.  I’m a busy bitch. Annnddd, If you know me, then you know I’m always late.  So there ya go.  And HAPPY TUESDAY sounds better than Monday anyway!!!

My weekend was super chill.  Just how I wanted it.  Friday night we went to Crawdad’s on the river for dinner + drinks.  When is the last time you’ve been there?  Probably 2002?  Yeah, me too.  You’ve gotta go check it out.  Much better than before.  Their menu is legit.  I tried my first mud bug, aka crawdad.  I liked it.  I mean, I haven’t met many foods that I don’t like so it was expected 🙂

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I ordered the salmon dish

Grilled Salmon served with crispy potato hash, chorizo, fresh corn salsa, topped with crème

Yumm.  Everyone (there were 6 of us) loved their meal.  Now that’s a big deal.  Typically someone in the group doesn’t end up liking what they ordered.  The moscow mules were equally delicious, I might add.

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Thank you Chad + Jamie for inviting us out for a fun night.

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Remember when I talked about my date with my backyard lounge and the Sun?  Yep, that happened too 🙂

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