Happy Halloween!! 🎃👻🎃👻

HAPPY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 🎃 👻 🎃 👻 🎃

Today is the day! It’s finally my FAVORITE holiday of the year!

H A L L O W E E N

H A L L O W E E N

H A L L O W E E N

Our office dressed up again this year…this time as SUPERHEROES! Not as many people ended up being at the office today, so our group was on the smaller size compared to last year. We still looked AWESOME and even had a few students who wanted to take their picture with us! #winning

Seriously love these photos!

Happy Halloween everyone! Enjoy a spooky night with friends, family, ghosts and goblins! Be safe and have lots of FUN!

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See you tomorrow! Can’t believe October is almost at a close….

Xo

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Happy Halloween Eve! 🎃👻🎃👻

 🎃 👻 🎃 👻 HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVE!!!!  🎃 👻 🎃 👻 

Tomorrow is my favorite holiday of the year…H A L L O W E E N ! I look forward to October and especially Halloween every year! So excited my favorite time of year is finally here!

We really got into the holiday spirit on Saturday by going to my sister’s Halloween Party! So much fun! Not going to lie…our costume game was pretty strong. We had Mario, a 1920’s Ladybug, Snapchat Filter and of course Wendy Peffercorn & Squints! If you haven’t seen The Sandlot go watch it RIGHT NOW!

We didn’t get a chance to carve pumpkins at my sisters party yesterday, so we will be doing that tonight and probably watching Ghostbusters!

Wishing you all a spooktacular Halloween Eve. Hope you have a fang-tastic one! See you tomorrow for HALLOWEEN.

Xo

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Friday Favorites: Halloween Addition 🎃

TGIF!

These are my exact thoughts today haha! We finally made it to the end of the week, waaaahooo. It’s the Friday before Halloween…what a great weekend it will be!

I don’t usually do “Friday Favorites,” but thought I would try it. It’s going to be all about HALLOWEEN, so get read!

Favorite Halloween Movies:

Hocus Pocus – probably my absolute FAVORITE Halloween movie of all time! This movie reminds me of my sister and always watching it her. Awww ❤ We usually watch this movie a bunch of times throughout October. It’s great when putting up the Halloween decorations and when we take them down.

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – another classic and favorite! Always gets you in the mood!

Mr. Boogedy – this is an old Disney classic! This movie used to seriously freak my sister and I out. Would love to have a copy of this, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere except on VHS!

Young Frankenstein – more hilarious than scary! Gene Wilder is brillant!

SCREAM – can’t go wrong with this classic! Do you like scary movies?

Ghost Busters – who you gonna call?!?!

Here’s a list of the 23 best Halloween Movies Ever in case you are looking for more movies to watch.

Favorite Halloween Books:

As kid,we used to have a ton of holiday themed books for each holiday. My Dad was really into reading to both of us (my sissy and me). I have so many found memories of my Dad reading books to me, especially around the holidays. Here are a few of my favorites from when I was a kid!

Space Case – love, love this book! Who wouldn’t want a creature from outer space to come trick-or-treating with them?

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown – great movie, great book!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – I totally thought I was this little lady!

Five Little Pumpkins – another classic

In A Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories – The Green Ribbon story used to terrify my sister and I! My mom would read us the scary books hahaha

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – Remember these?! OMG so scary!!

Other Halloween Favorites:

Costumes Ideas – Check out this awesome list of 125 Years of Halloween Costumes! Some of these are seriously awesome!

Funny Videos – Every year I look forward to Jimmy Kimmel’s I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy. LOL totally hilarious in my opinion! Can’t wait to trick my own kids some day!

Awesome Decorations – I’m a huge fan of both outdoor and indoor decorations! There is no limit on how much to decorate for Halloween!

Halloween outdoor decorations

Monster Garage Door

Halloween Light Show House 2016 Riverside. That house goes ALL out! I love it! #halloweenhousegoals #someday You can view previous years light shows here.

Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite decorations from my house.

Food & Drinks – who doesn’t love something spooky to eat and drink?!

50+ Spooky & Sweet Halloween Treats

30+ Spooktacular Halloween Cupcake Recipes

Halloween Party Ideas 

Halloween Cocktails

19 Spooky Halloween Cocktail Concoctions

27 To-die-For Halloween Cocktails

13 Spooky Halloween Cocktails

Vintage Halloween: I also really love vintage Halloween decorations and cards. How cute are these?

To view more Halloween inspired things, check out my Pinterest board! Funny story, when Pinterest first came out and I started making “boards” my very first one was Halloween/Fall…naturally haha.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have a spooky weekend!

Xo

 

Kitchen Reno

I’ve been delaying this post for several reasons, but mostly because I wanted to wait until our kitchen was ACTUALLY done. Well my friends, it’s finally FINISHED! Waaaahooooo! On October 24th we did the final walk through with our contractor and signed the final paperwork. Kitchen reno is DONE. I’m so excited to share with you the entire process. Get ready for lots of pictures.

After looking at a variety of different options and places to do our kitchen, we decided to go with IKEA . Overall, I wold say the entire process went really, really smooth. There were only a few hiccups along the way…like a fridge that didn’t quit fit into it’s space and waiting WEEKS for the darn counter top. IKEA for the most part was also great to work with. They contract out to a company that does the actually work for the kitchen (Tremond was their name). We worked with Domingo through Tremond, but he’s originally from DZ Cabinets Inc. (that’s his company and they work with IKEA). Domingo and his crew got in right away and got the job done. The longest and most annoying part was waiting on the counter tops to be templated and then waiting for them to be installed. Again, IKEA contracted this work out to a company called Stone Etc. so we didn’t have a choice of who to work with. Sadly, I have to report that Stone Etc. was the absolute WORST! They never returned our emails or phone calls. Additionally, it took forever to get an appointment for the template and for the actual installation. We got lucky and didn’t have to wait as long as other customers. Right now folks are waiting over a month just for counter tops! Other than the issue with Stone Etc., I don’t have much to complain about our entire kitchen reno process. In the end, it was worth all the waiting, living among chaos and basically not having a functional kitchen for over a month. We absolutely LOVE our kitchen and are beyond excited to use every aspect of it!

Kitchen Delivery 9.2.16 – The first step in our reno process (after purchasing the kitchen) was the actual delivery of everything. Never in my life have I seen soooooo many IKEA boxes. Hubby was so excited I had to hold him back from opening them up and starting to put everything together. We did take a sneak peak at one of the cabinet doors. Love it already!

Packing/Demo 9.3-9.4 – Nothing like spending Labor Day Weekend with a nasty cold and needing to pack/demo your kitchen ugh. Major props to my AMAZING hubby for not only doing ALL of the packing but also doing ALL of the demo! He’s such a stud! What I thought was going to be the hardest part of this reno turned out to really not be that bad. Kitchen was packed in one day and demo done in another. Not bad, not bad at all!

Building & Attaching Cabinets 9.6-9.9 – Domingo and his crew showed up first thing Tuesday morning and got right to work building our cabinets and getting them on the wall! We were shocked to come home that first day from work to see that we had cabinets going up on the first day. It was pretty crazy having cabinets all over the house, but man did they look good! We both just LOVE the grey color too! Pretty exciting to see the slow transformation of our kitchen.

NEW Appliances Delivery 9.10.16 – So freaking excited to have new appliances! Fancy stainless steel fridge! New microwave! An actual RANGE!!! And last but not least…FARMHOUSE SINK!!! 🙂 🙂 It’s so nice to have brand new appliances! We got them on mega sale at Pacific Sales. Along with good prices we also got FREE delivery and takeaway from some of our old appliances. Score! If you need any appliances, I highly recommend Pacific Sales.

Counter Top Template 9.14.16 – By September 9th our kitchen was pretty much done. Minus of course the counter top and backsplash. There was a bit of a hold up in getting our counter top template appointment and then the actual installation. See my comments above about Stone Etc. The below pictures is how they do the templates for the counter tops. Pretty cool! I had no clue how this was going to be done. From the pictures we were a little nervous if this was enough information to cut our counter tops…

Counter Top Install & Appliance Placement 10.4.16 – Quite a a few weeks later and we finally got our COUNTER TOPS! It was such an amazing feeling to come home and see that we had counter tops! The finish line is sooo close! Along with the counter top installation, Domingo’s crew was able to put all of our appliances in their place! Yay!!! Our kitchen actually looks more like a kitchen now!

Speaking of appliances, we were successfully able to get the fridge to fit in its place! Waaaahoooo! We ended up having to remove the door frame molding, but after that we got it to fit perfectly. I don’t even notice that we don’t have door frame molding any more.

Backsplash 10.10.16 – Can you say SUBWAY TILE?!?!?! Yes!!! Tile day finally came!! For the kitchen we went with your basic white subway tile from Lowe’s. Super easy to pick out, pretty cheap and looks fabulous! Domingo’s tile guy did a great job! Just the perfect finish touch to make our kitchen look even better!

Now it’s time to unpack our kitchen and get everything all set up! Can’t wait!

Totally Finished Kitchen 10.24.16 – Monday night we had one last walk-through with Domingo to make sure everything was OK and singed our final paperwork. KITCHEN.IS.COMPLETE!

Here are some pictures of the completed kitchen! All the scribe work is done as well as outlets put back in place. Looks so clean and sharp!

Chris and I are beyond excited to use our new kitchen and are so very thankful that this reno went so smoothly! We feel very lucky that we didn’t run into a bunch of problems or serious delays. Hey, we barely even a fights during this whole process! I say that’s really good too! 😉

Lastly, here are a few pictures of the kitchen a little more broken in! LOVE that pantry style cabinet we have and seriously love every aspect of this kitchen! ❤ ❤ ❤

Has anyone else done a kitchen reno or other major projects are their house? If you have questions, let us know! After this big reno we feel like we can tackle any project now! #joysofhomeownership

Happy Wednesday!

Xo

 

Weekend Update: Pumpkin Patch Fun 🎃

Happy Monday everyone!

The countdown to HALLOWEEN is on! One week from TODAY! 🎃🎃🍃🍁🍂🍃🍁🍂🎃🎃

The hubby and I actually had a 3-day weekend which was awesome! Originally, we were going to try for a mini trip to Seattle, but it just didn’t work out. Luckily the trip fell through because Chris wasn’t feelings too hot at the end of last week and really need the weekend to sleep, rest and relax.

On Friday 10.21.16 we mustered up some energy and headed to Half Moon Bay for lunch and then a dog-friendly pumpkin patch! It was the most perfect day in Half Moon Bay! Plenty of sunshine, a few clouds and just the perfect crispness in the air. We found a sweet pizza place called Pizzeria West that was just delicious! Nothing beats NY style thin-crust pizza-by-the-slice. Mmmmm Mmmmm. This place is definitely worth coming back too.

Then it was off to Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch. This place was awesome! Not only was it DOG FRIENDLY, but they had a great selection of pumpkins! So many different varieties. Since it was a Friday, it wasn’t too busy which made it nice for taking lots of pictures with our pups and taking our time selecting pumpkins. 🙂

As a lover of October and Halloween, I am also a big lover of PUMPKINS and pumpkin patches! You can check out my pumpkin patch posts from 2015 and my first ever blog post. Farmer John’s had gorgeous orange pumpkins and then a bunch of specialty pumpkins. Check out the list of pumpkins they grow…it goes on and on!

The pups had a blast at the pumpkin patch and I can’t wait to take them back next year! It was also wonderful to have an extra day this weekend, even if we spent the rest of it laying low and not doing a ton. Sometimes you just need to recharge and take it easy.

What did you all do this weekend? Something fun and festive? I noticed over the weekend lots of pumpkin patch postings on social media. I guess it was a good weekend to go. Happy Monday! Hope you all have a great week.

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Xo

TGIF: GIANTS Style

HAPPY FRIDAY!! We finally made it! Waaahooo.

Aside from it being FRIDAY we are super excited because tonight is game #1 of the NLDS! giants-vs-cubs

It’s an EVEN year so you know what that means…GIANTS are on their way to the WORLD SERIES! Hey, with our track record it could totally happen! You can read about our excited from 2014! Excited for the game. Excited it’s Friday. Excited for the weekend!

Goals for the weekend:

  1. Put our kitchen back together! We actually did a kitchen reno at the beginning of September and haven’t had a kitchen since then. Everything is almost done and we couldn’t be more excited. Yippie!!! Blog post all about the reno coming soon!
  2. Decorate for Halloween! Yes, it’s already 7 days into October and we have yet to decorate. Horrible I know! I blame the kitchen reno for that delay haha.
  3. Stay cool. It’s going to warm up AGAIN this weekend. So ready for fall weather.
  4. Relax!

Hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend! See you next week. TGIF!

Xo

 

Weekend Update: Anniversary Addition 💕👫💕

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Over the weekend we celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary! Yay! 10.02.16 Hope you caught Sunday’s post about it.

On Sunday we spent the day at our favorite winery, Bella in Healdsburg, CA. We were planning on bringing the pups with us, but my parents offered to watch them so we took advantage of being dog free! Bella totally allows dogs, but sometimes it’s nice to just relax, drink wine and not have to worry about what the dogs are doing. I’m sure we will feel similar when we have kids.

It was a perfect fall day at Bella. Crispy air, big white fluffy clouds, sunshine and lots of delicious wine! After doing some tastings, we enjoyed a bottle of wine out on the lawn along with our picnic lunch. When we visit Bella, we always stop at the Dry Creek General Store. They have the best sandwiches, cheese selections and other yummy treats! Not to mention all the cute stuff they have in the store! There is nothing better than a relaxing day enjoying good wine and spending time with the one you love! ❤

Like I mentioned before, since our first anniversary we’ve been following the “traditional” anniversary gifts. This has made each anniversary so much fun and very entertaining. Ha Ha Ha. The theme for this year was candy/iron and I have to say the hubby and I did really well. Normally I go more for the funny/joke side of whatever the theme is and Chris goes for the more sentimental and romantic route. We both went more sentimental/romantic with our gifts this time.

This year I got an iron sign with C&M, a box of all our favorite See’s candies and the cutest Kate Spade knot earrings and bracelet. Chris said the earrings/bracelet are for when we “tied the knot” six years ago. Awwwww too cute! I got the hubby personalized M&Ms with a few messages, hearts and a picture of us from our wedding day. At our wedding my mom got personalized M&M’s with our wedding date and faces on them, so another set of M&M’s was prefect for this years anniversary! I also got Chris this awesome iron lock I found on Olive & Cocoa. I had to resist buying all of the Halloween decorations! Some day I hope we can put this lock somewhere special. Maybe in Paris or another place we travel too. We ended the day with a relaxing night at home and of course enjoyed a slice of cake from our favorite place, Susie Cakes!

Well that wraps up the weekend update. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a great start to this week!

Xo