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Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday magic is setting in...Abracadabra the weekend is here! 

This weekend we are going to the park, and if we are really feeling it, getting some chores done and/or TV time with wine--hard to choose. I highly recommend early morning breakfast picnics at the park, and if you have kids letting them play it out till it gets too hot. Our Saturday morning breakfasts at the park are always a highlight of our weekend. It doesn't feel repetitive because we go to a different park every weekend.  A little sunshine and lots of smiles are great therapy!

Here are my Friday Favorites and a little PYT to make you dance. 

Favorite Quote: "When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.  Its to enjoy each step along the way."-Wayne Dyer...well said! 
Favorite Daily Outfit: White Tee and boyfriend jeans is my daily uniform. I found my boyfriend jeans at the thrift store, which are Abercrombie mens jeans I bought for $3 bucks! Diamonds in the rough...
Favorite Recipe (I actually made)Slow Cooker Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl with Avocado Salsa. I skipped on the dressing, and simply tossed the slaw in smashed avocado and juice of 1 lemon with salt & pepper to taste. It was delicious! My husband had the leftover shredded beef for breakfast with eggs--Yum!
Favorite DIY: Painted Ukelele. We bought Luna a ukelele, and I'm thinking I should dress it up. 
Favorite Tattoo Inspiration: Tiny Constellations are beautiful. 
Favorite Find: Vintage Pyrex Coffee Carafe. I found a carafe similar to the one below for $2 bucks. I am not sure what I will use it for. I may search for the candle warmer, use it for mint water or for fresh flowers. 
I hope you pretty young things have a wonderful weekend!

Library Haul + Current Reads

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

As you all know by now, we are a family of readers.  I recently picked up our library holds and we went to the bookstore, and I thought I would share. If you are looking for some book suggestions, I highly recommend any of the books listed below. 

Luna's stack was the largest, and here are the books I chose for her: While Mama had a Quick Little Chat, Part-Time Princess, Hoot Owl, Please, Mr. Panda, Hooray for Hat, And Away we Go!, I love you, Stinky Face, I Spy with My Little Eye, and Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide.  Her favorites are Hooray for Hat, I Spy with My Little Eye and While Mama had a Quick Little Chat. 
Luna loves to do yoga with me so I checked out Itsy Bitsy Yoga and the Little Yoga. Her definite favorite is the Little Yoga book which she has been carrying around since I came home with it, and its worth the purchase. 
Now onto my current reads.  I read How to be Parisian which has great tips for us francophiles and woman in general. I also checked out One Step Too Far, The Pocket Wife and Love is Red. I am carrying this little French book in my purse, Loretta et la petite Fée, and my current serious read is Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. 
Lastly, I also wanted to share what my husband is currently reading. He is listening to and reading Linchpin, and I believe he is also listening to The Success Principles both of which I plan to read when he is done. 
If you have any good book suggestions for us to add to our next library haul or bookstore trip, please let me know. I would also love to hear what you all are currently reading. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, July 24, 2015

This week we spent lots of extra time outdoors by going to this wonderful local park, playing in our backyard, as well as, having our dinners out back.  I do enjoy watching Luna play outdoors and the evenings are glorious, but I am just not a summer girl.  Most of the time I am trying to hide under the shade of our gazebo! 

Our weekend plans are up in the air, but if the weather continues on the cool streak I guarantee you some outdoor shenanigans will be had!

Here are today's Friday Favorites and some music to take us back in time. 

Favorite Quote: Collect Memories, Not Things. I am a person who admittedly loves nice things, but becoming a mom and more of an "adult", I am learning to appreciate a more minimal lifestyle and realizing the memories we are making are worth so much more. 
Favorite Show: Catastrophe on Amazon Prime. Warning: This show is not to be watched with the kids around. Its hilarious!! 
Favorite Accessory: Anklets inspired my daughter Luna, and I decided I must wear one or two the rest of the summer because why not! The Love anklet is pretty and I like this tiny star anklet and these Catbird anklets (all their jewelry is beautiful). 
Favorite New Clothing Line: Cupcakes & Cashmere by Emily Schuman is a great new line which includes classic and trendy pieces.  This sweater has me dreaming of Fall. 
Favorite Kid-Friendly excursion: Skunk Train is on our list to take Luna on, and I can't wait. Most kids are happy on trains, I promise! 
Favorite New Podcast: Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. You have to take a listen to Episode two with Cheryl Strayed.
Have a great weekend & stay cool!




Tourist in my Town: SF Market & Huong Lan Sandwiches

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Last weekend I decided it was time to venture off our regular weekend adventures, and step outside the box.  Every weekend I try to make a more elaborate meal for us, but sometimes I get in a slump. I had been craving a mojarra (fried Mexican fish), but I did not want to have it fried. I looked up some inspiration, and voila we are grilling fish on our barbecue and eating outside Mediterranean style.

I had heard about SF Market, but had yet to go there.  For foodies this is a mecca of Asian food, artisan goods, and for us a field trip.

Our first duty was to feed the belly of a hangry toddler (don't let the photo fool you!).  We headed to Huong Lan Sandwiches.  My husband ordered a barbecue pork sandwich (not pictured), Luna had egg rolls and I had shrimp spring rolls and green salad.  All-in-all our lunch was great, and glad to know after the fact they have great reviews on Yelp.
After lunch we walked over to SF Market with our goal in mind which was to buy fresh fish for dinner.  Luna was excited to see all the "sharks," and lucky for us we did not have to explain to her.
After selecting our fish,Luna and I headed to the fun aisles (while my husband dealt with the fish purchase). 
I loved the kitchen aisle.  They had so many great pots,pans, tea sets and utensils. As always though, Luna made out with some goodies.  I could not resist the little Hello Kitty chopsticks. 
If you missed how I prepared our whole fish, here they are below and here. They are stuffed with fresh herbs, garlic, lemons slices, salt and pepper. I let them marinade and then my husband put them on the barbecue on low heat. Our meal was delicious. 
The three of us ended up having a fantastic day, and I was so glad I pushed us to step out of our comfort zone and continue to explore our surrounding areas. 

If you have been inspired to explore your own town, please let me know how its going or send me a message.  I would love to here all about it. 


Mindful Monday: An Okay Day is Okay

Monday, July 20, 2015

The other night I was working on my daily diary entry, and it asked How was your day? Without hesitation I thought my day was okay, and then I answered my own thought with and that's okay

I feel as though we often see people's embellished lives, and at times an influx of Have a Great Day messages which can cause us to feel disappointed if we do not have a great day or we aim to have a day worthy of posting onto our Instagram feed. 

This also works on the other end, wherein some people are quick to point out bad days. We pay more attention to the great days and bad days, and do not give much attention to all the days in between. 

We all want to have great, amazing, wonderful days, but it is okay if most days are just okay. I would much rather have an okay day instead of having a bad day. Can you imagine...If your month is filled with okay days, then at the end of it, you can easily say I had a great month! 
I hope this reminds you to be more mindful of all your days whether they are just okay, great or bad. If you are having a wonderful day, then good for you! If you are having a bad day, there is always tomorrow.  

If you are having just an okay day, then hey that's okay too! 

Friday Favorites

Friday, July 17, 2015

Let me start off once again by sharing today is our wedding anniversary! In case you want to read my open letter to my husband here it is, and as so I am in a great mood! I hope my love transcends through this page and into your day as well. 

This weekend is full of surprises! I will say, I am hoping for a chill picnic in the Bay Area with my two loves and possibly some evening wine. 

Here are today's Friday Favorites (linked below) and of course the song of the day is an anniversary jam!
Favorite Tattoo Inspiration: So it goes tattoo is beautiful. 

Favorite Love Poem: Because of you...

Favorite Flats: Top Shop Pointed Red flats 

Favorite Season: FALL! I am dreaming of Fall, and this photo will be Luna & I!

Favorite push to do Yoga!: This Magic Carpet Yoga Mat.

Favorite Drink: Cold Brew Coffee is now being served at Starbucks!

Once again, Happy Anniversary to Us! I wish you all have a wonderful weekend. 








Letter to My Husband: Happy 6 Years!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

MAS~

Six years ago on July 17, 2009, we became husband and wife.  I do not know if I tell you often enough, but I love being your wife.  In fact, I am proud to be your wife. You have taught me so many things, and continue to teach me to believe in myself and to take life one step at a time. 

For the first time in twelve years since we have been together, you were down and out, and it put things in perspective for me.  It was hard seeing you not feeling well, but it made me feel good to take care of you for a change. It made me realize how important you are to me.  Without you, I would not be complete

I am blessed to be married to a classic man, a man who walks me into a room, a man who is extremely hardworking, a man who is constantly working on being better, a man who does not take his role as a father lightly and a man who has proven loves me unconditionally. 

Thank you for being my rock, my nurse, my coach in the corner and my daily encouragement for twelve years. 

Here are just a few of our memories, and I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us! 

From dating while married...
From couple to my pregnant belly...
From that to parents...
And to still keep our Love alive...
I remember feeling scared to become parents because I thought it would change our relationship.  It did change us, but it has made US even better! The world better watch out! 

I love you Baby! Happy 6th Anniversary my Husband and Best Friend! 
I could not end it without this song...haha! Because it instantly made me think of you when I heard it. Here's another for you, My Classic Man! 
BABABABABBABABA