Friday Favorites

Friday, October 14, 2016

What are you up to this weekend? Its going to rain all weekend, and Luna is still has a cold so I am happy to report we will be cozying up over here. No complaints from me! I am currently staring at the beautiful rain from our windows and it makes me happy. Finally it feels like fall.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote: We go high, when they go low - Michelle Obama.  I switched up the quote, but you know exactly what she means! 

Favorite Shoes: Adidas NMD -via sidestepshoes.  In California you can get away with wearing sneakers all the time, and even though I am normally a Nike girl, these Adidas are convincing me hard.
Favorite Drink: Pink Hello Kitty Hot Chocolate -via Lindsey & Lauren Pinterest.  I love to have this on hand during fall and winter for a surprise treat for Luna and I.  You can find it here
Favorite Beauty: Nars Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl -via Sephora.  When I wear lipstick it is always red, and in the Fall even more so.  Every woman needs to feel the power of a red lip.  
Favorite Decor: Oh Joy! Moon Wall Light -via Target.  I have this on my wish list for Luna's room.  I think it would look magical above her bed. 
Favorite Book: When I was small by Sara O'Leary -via Amazon.  This book is so simple and beautiful. 
Favorite Song of the Week: Bidi Bidi Bom Bom by Selena.  I had so much fun introducing Luna to Selena! I will definitely be buying the Selena MAC lipstick when its restocked!

Lendy Lately

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Okay, let's catch up.  We've been spending a lot of time at home this week because Luna has a cold again.  Preschool is definitely boosting her immune system and mine.  I forgot what it feels like to have cabin fever, and by the time my husband gets home we are both a little batty. Ha! Today we did get out mostly to drop off our library books and we drove thru Starbucks--a good day in my book.  Aside from Nose Frida wars with Luna, here is what I have been up to lately...

I am reading The Untethered Soul which was recommended to me by my primary care physician.  I also just finished listening to When Breath Becomes Air which is a beautiful book. 

I started dressing for Fall even if the weather is lagging.  Today, I wore a plaid flannel shirt and my absolute favorite booties (Luna wore these which I buy for her every season)

Our Whole 30 is officially over and wine-ing down is allowed again.  My husband and I have been drinking this sauvignon blanc. 

Every Halloween season, I want to buy masks just for kicks while at Target, but I always end up putting them back.  I finally bought the fox and the wolf. Luna and I love wearing them around the house. 

I watched season one of Mr. Robot which I wasn't sure I would like, but it sucked me in. Another show I have been watching is The Grinder

Hooray for Friday eve

Friday Favorites

Friday, October 7, 2016

What are you up to this weekend?  We had such a great time last weekend on the trail that we are hoping to get back out there.  John Muir is so right about nature's peace.   I am excited to smell the fresh air and enjoy an outdoor picnic with my family. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Fall Activity: Rainbow Orchards/Apple Hill (Luna face is everything). I can't wait to take our first trip up to Apple Hill. 
Favorite Manicure: Black nails-via MVB412. Always chic, and especially in the Fall. I am currently wearing this black
Favorite Costume Inspiration: Breakfast at Tiffany's -via Pinterest. I make this a part of my favorites every halloween season.  I love the movie and love this for an easy couple's costume. Here are some animal masks
Favorite Recipe: Breakfast Baked Sweet Potatoes -via Ambitious Kitchen. When I need a non-egg comforting breakfast this is my absolute favorite! 
Favorite Podcast: My Favorite Murder. I am an avid thriller fan and it especially feeds my legal brain. This podcast is addicting and the girls are hilarious.  You will have to look past the bad words! 
Favorite Song of the Week: Amazing Grace by BYU Noteworthy.  I love this version of Amazing Grace. I can watch it over and over again. 

Auburn Trails + No Hands Bridge

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

One of the things I love about living in the Sacramento area are all the beautiful trails and watering holes.  Let me preface this by saying I am no Cheryl Strayed with a kid in tow on these trails.  We are not experts, but we have learned a few things about hitting the trails with a toddler.  It is not about the miles or completing the trail, and more about taking it all in.  Enjoying all of Luna's Ah's and Oh's along the way.  As soon as we got on the bridge to start our walk, I instantly felt a rush of excitement. Right then, I realized this is exactly what we needed.   
We packed up one backpack and as soon as we found a good spot, the three of us perched on rocks facing the water and enjoyed a delicious homemade lunch.  Afterwards there was a lot of wading in the water, and standing like a flamingo per Luna's request. The water was cold, but it felt invigorating. It was the best afternoon we've had in a long time. 
We didn't take many photos after lunch as we continued back on the trail because sometimes it is best to completely disconnect.  Now that the weather is cooling down, I foresee many more trail explorations. Happy Fall days are here again! 

Motherhood: Children + Faith

Monday, October 3, 2016

Ever since Luna was born, my husband and I started the habit of praying before dinner.  It has become a wonderful habit, and when we forget, Luna is quick to remind us.  

Now she is attending preschool at a Catholic school, and I love that she has inspired us to have more faith.  I will be honest, I consider myself to be an open-minded Catholic and I have always felt more spiritual, than religious.  Though, I am beginning to understand the need for both in our lives.    
We've started bringing Luna along with us to Sunday mass (instead of taking turns attending mass on our own), and she really likes it.  

Life can be tough sometimes and being a mom, well that adds even more levels of worry and happiness. I am trying to choose faith over fear these days.  I am thankful my daughter reminds me to pray, to see the little joys and to have more faith that everything will be okay. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, September 30, 2016

What are you up to this weekend? Our plans are no different than any other weekend, and I'm totally cool with that.  Mostly chilling with my two favorite people, grocery shopping and hopefully some sushi takeout. I know what I really need to get done--declutter my closet, but I cannot assure you that it will get done.  It's in the plan though. Ha! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and happy October, here are this week's favorites...

Favorite Quote: Don't ever lose your sense of wonder -via The 36th Avenue. Sometimes when I am going through tough times, I need this reminder. 
Favorite Outfit: Plaid Off The Shoulder Dress -via She In.  This dress is so cute for these transitional fall days.  I think it would look great with a comfy sweater on top and booties. 
Favorite Dessert: Salted Chocolate Frozen Banana Bites -via Gimme Some Oven. Luna is not a big banana person, but I bet she would grub on these. 
Favorite Made Me Laugh: Worrier Pose -via Gemma Correll. I feel like Gemma actually thought of me when she illustrated this. Ha! Who else can relate?
Favorite Candle: Obsidian Crystal Candle -via Jax Kelly.  I met Kelly at a hotel lobby bar in L.A., and she laughed at my mommy moment as we both sipped on some champagne. She's friendly and creative, and I cannot wait to order a few of these beautiful candles. It's a twofer, you get a candle and a crystal.  What a great gift idea right?!
Favorite Health Tip: Acupuncture 101 -via I forgot to mention on yesterday's Lendy Lately that I went for my first acupuncture session. My session was mostly for anxiety and tummy issues, but I can totally see how it would work for a variety of issues. I will say finding a good acupuncturist is key, mine is fantastic.  
Favorite Song of the Week: Vivir Mi Vida by Marc Anthony. Here are some of the lyrics in English-- Sometimes rain comes to clean wounds.  Sometimes just a drop can overcome the drought.  And why cry, for what? If it hurts bad, forget it.  And why suffer, for what? If life is like this, you must live it.  I'm gonna laugh.  I'm gonna dance.  I'm gonna live my life...

Lendy Lately

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Okay, let's catch-up.  Our colds are gone, and all three of us got our flu shots this weekend.  If all it does is lessen our symptoms, I'll take it.  Other than that, still some tough days over here, but even when life gives you lemons, it must go on. Here's what I have been up to lately...

I am starting to get used to preschool drop off by getting into a routine (I love routines).  Which mom would you say you? I am currently #4.

The Whole30 is still happening, but it has become more of a whole-30ish. We've cheated with wine, so technically we need to start over. Again, when life gives you lemons, wine helps. Ha! It's all good, we will keep trying! It still feels great eating clean.

My husband and I are reading the How to Maximise Your Life bible plan. Its a good one.   

We've been decluttering and with that in mind, I recently sold some books at Half Price Books.  I love this bookstore (Luna is in their kid section in the photo above).  

My new love for kombucha is going strong, though I will say its a major hit or miss. Some taste gross! This is the kombucha I would drink on the daily, if I could find it.  

Hope you're having a great week so far.