National Coffee Day! ☕️

TGIF and Happy National Coffee Day! ☕️☕️☕️☕️

I do love me some coffee so I just had to post! For the longest time I was a big Starbucks girl. My drink of choice was a SKVL (skinny vanilla latte). Now it’s a Soy Vanilla Latte with 1 pump vanilla syrup. Prior to this I was NO coffee at home person; Starbucks only ha ha ha. Back in 2015 or so I switched  over to coffee at home. This in the end cut back my Starbucks visits, saved more money and created a new and fun ritual.

Every morning my hubby makes coffee at home from the french press. When I get downstairs, it’s ready to go. He’s so sweet and I really love that he does this for me everyday. During the workweek I take my coffee to go and drink it at work. On weekends, we usually have leisurely mornings drinking coffee and having breakfast. Don’t worry, I still make visits to Starbucks! This happens mostly on Fridays or sometimes on the weekends…gotta keep up that Gold Card member status!

Case in point, my coffee today!

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How you do like your coffee? Milk, sugar, creamer? French press? Drip? Espresso? Where’s your favorite coffee shop? Favorite mug/place to drink coffee? Coffee has become a real need/part of my everyday life ha ha ha. Not sure if that’s good or bad…<3 it either way!

Happy Friday friends! Enjoy FREE coffee today…I hear lots of places are giving out stuff!

Xo ☕️☕️☕️☕️

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Fall Bucket List 🎃🍁🍂🍃🎃

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It may be cliché, but I really do love fall. Always have and always will. Every year I get that ‘fall feeling’ that makes me feel all warm and cozy inside. Kind of funny I guess since we live in CA and don’t really get “fall” like they do in other parts of the country. As a kid I always loved fall, especially Halloween (it was BIG in our house and still is). When fall comes around each year I feel a little nostalgic. It reminds me of how much I loved this time of year when I was younger. There’s really nothing better than a crisp morning, one that requires your favorite sweater or hoodie and warm drink in hand. I love the smells of pumpkin, cinnamon and just the general yumminess that comes with fall baking. I love a crackling fire (sadly we just have an electric fireplace), but I can imagine the crackling right?! I also love getting the crockpot out and making our favorite meals and trying new recipes. There is something that’s just so wonderful about fall that makes me love every part of it.

I’ve never really done a bucket list on the blog before. We always do things each fall, but figured this year I would try it out. So here’s our Fall Bucket List 2017:

  1. Go to the farmers market for fall vegetables, fruits and flowers
  2. Visit a pumpkin patch
  3. Decorate for fall/Halloween
  4. Carve pumpkins
  5. Read a book with a cozy blanket by the fire
  6. Bake a homemade pie
  7. Have a scary movie date night
  8. Try a new recipe in the slow cooker
  9. Watch Hocus Pocus (one of my favorite movies)
  10. Bake pumpkin chocolate chip bread
  11. Snuggle on the couch with the hubby and pups
  12. Wear dark nail polish and dress in layers (leggings, boots, sweaters and scarves)
  13. Take a walk outside in the crisp air
  14. Go to Disneyland to see all the Halloween decorations (both parks are decorated this year!)
  15. Listen to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – Fall. (I used to listen to this CD when I was little as I  was going to bed…fell asleep almost instantly haha.)
  16. Take a trip/visit someplace that really embodies fall (I’m coming for you Colorado!)

What’s on your Fall Bucket List? Would love to get ideas to add to ours and for future lists! If you’re looking for ideas, I really, really love this list. I definitely want to add some of these to our list!

Thanks for reading and happy Monday!

Xo

Happy First Day of Fall 🍃🍁🍂 & Happy Names Day to Me! 🇱🇻

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!

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Today’s a BIG day because it’s not only the FIRST DAY OF FALL, but it’s also my NAMES DAY!!! 

If you know me or have been reading this blog, you know that:

  1. I LOVE fall
  2. I am Latvian
  3. There are going to be a lot of posts these next few months because of this!

🍃🍁🍂 HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL EVERYONE!!! 🍃🍁🍂

Fall is by far my absolute favorite time of the year! Now that we’ve moved to Santa Barbara I’m not sure how much “fall” we are going to get. It’s not exactly sweater weather yet…the high today is supposed to be 73*. To be honest, I can’t remember what Santa Barbara is like in the fall ha! It’s been some time since I’ve lived here during fall, so we will have to see how the weather turns out. All I have to say is that I’m ready for boots, scarves, pumpkins, cool/crisp weather, baking and enjoying the “change in seasons” (not that we get much of that in CA). But, I’m excited either way to be entering the fall season because I love everything about it!

This is SO me!


Next up, today is my NAMES DAY!  🇱🇻 🇱🇻

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That’s Latvian for HAPPY NAMES DAY TO ME! According to the Latvian calendar, September 22 is my names day! A few years I did a blog post all about being Latvian and my names day. You can check it out here.

Growing up (especially with Latvian grandparents) celebrating our names day was a big deal. It’s days like today that I really miss my Latvian grandparents. I also miss my Grammi’s klingeris (or yellow bread as we called it). For the past few years, my Dad and sister Ari have been working hard on perfecting Grammi’s yellow bread recipe. Each year they get closer and closer to her recipe. Hopefully this year will be it!

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Hope you all have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! TGIF

Xo

Blog Update with Pictures: 3 of 3

Hi friends! We made it to Wednesday. Yippieeeee!

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Today’s the LAST installment of my pictures and updates. Here’s 3 of 3!


8.4-8.6.17 Fiesta with the Dahlins

Our FAVORITE visitors were baaaaaaack! Excited to have our friends Jess & Dan (Izzy too) back in town for FIESTA! Old Spanish Days or Fiesta is an annual event that provides an education of the history, customs, and traditions of the American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and early American settlers that comprise the rich cultural heritage of Santa Barbara. You can ready more about Fiesta here.
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Our weekend consisted of more pool time, walking with our pups (they are the three best friends), drinks and dinner at our favorite sushi place, Arigato! After dinner, we walked down State Street  cracking confetti filled eggs (cascarón) on our heads and checked out all the FIESTA happenings. And of course, to get CHURROS!

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Mission ACCOMPLISHED!

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So glad to have had another weekend with Jess & Dan. These friends have really turned into family. Thanks for visiting us again! ❤


8.20.17 DISNEYLAND

Last year we went to Disneyland to celebrate the 60th Diamond Celebration and we went again this year to see the Main Street Electrical Parade. Looking at the dates, we were at Disneyland at almost the exact same time two years in a row ha ha ha.

Disneyland is one of those places that I will always just LOVE! Thank goodness Tof (Chris)  loves it just as much as I do. No matter when we go, who we are with or how long we are at the park, we always have a great day! ❤ ❤ This time, we got some sort of special pass with our tickets (we paid for this) so we got to take a bunch of photos in all the photo opt places around the park!!! Ahhhhh! So awesome! After, we got to downloaded them for free! Guys, I pretty much wanted to die! DREAM. COME. TRUE. I looooove taking pictures while at the park, so this was super awesome! Man my hubby knows me so well! ❤

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I’m so glad we were able to squeeze a Disney trip into our busy summer/start of the school year and got a chance to see the Main Street Electrical Parade. The parade was SO GOOD and so worth seeing! Just like how I remembered if from when I was a kid! I have to say though, the best part of this trip was doing with with our NIBLINGS!!!! Kristin, Brian, Colton, Kendall and Madison drove up from San Diego and came to the park with us! At first we were just going to meet them for dinner at Downtown Disney, but they ended up getting season passes and joining us at the parks. We had an absolute BLAST with them! Colton is 5 and the twins are 3. Oh my, they are such little people now and are at such a fun age. They couldn’t get enough of Aunt Risa and Uncle Chris! It was awesome spending time with them and taking them on some of our favorite rides! They seriously made my heart so full.  ❤ ❤

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These pictures don’t quite do justice for how much FUN we were having! Love those kiddos more than words can express. We had such a great day together! ❤

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At the end of the day, we were there for 16+ hours, ~22,922 steps, walked almost 10 miles and managed to visit both parks! We had so much fun with our niblings and really hope to do another trip with them soon!

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Love this picture! Quick look at what life with 3 kids might look like…ha ha ha ❤

A big THANK YOU to Chris’ moms neighbor Amy who hooked us up with the park hopper tickets, AGAIN! Amy is the sweetest women in the world and any time she gets the chance, she gets us tickets. THANKS AMY! We had an extra magical and wonderful day at the Happiest Place on Earth!

To view our other trips to Disney, check out posts from 2016,  2015 and 2014.

P.S. Now that we’re back living in Southern California maybe we should get those season passes again! Hubby, please?! Apparently this is the 1st time EVER that CA Adventure has decorated for HALLOWEEN!!!! Um, we must go! I really, really want to  see the parks all decked out for Halloween. We both love Halloween so what could be better?!?!?!


8.27.17 Parents Visit

So excited to have my parents in town for the weekend along with their pups, Spanky & Rascal! We played it super casual and laid back all weekend. Walked our pups, went out for breakfast, got drinks at Beachside Bar Cafe and of course, had dinner at Arigato. My parents, especially my Dad LOVES Arigato. During dinner we were trying to remember how we first stumbled on this restaurant and couldn’t for the life of us recall. Regardless, we LOVE that place and it’s always a favorite dinner spot for visitors.

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On Sunday we had a delicious French breakfast at Renaud’s Patisserie & Bistro and headed over to the Santa Barbara Mission to walk around before my parents headed back up north. Loved having them in town! So miss them and can’t wait for them to come back (next weekend) to visit again.


Ok friends, that’s a wrap (FINALLY) on all our updates! Hope you’ve enjoyed.

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Friday IS coming!

Xo

Blog Update with Pictures: 2 of 3

Ohhhhhhh Monday………..we meet again. Struggling today. Need. More. Coffee.

OK, back with more pictures and another update. Here is update 2 of 3, enjoy!


7.1.17 Beach Life

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Our pups, Emma & Dash are settling in just fine with their new life living by the beach! When we can, we love to walk them at the beach and let me enjoy going in the water. They LOVE IT! The only downside is after the beach it’s bath time ha ha ha. I also got a pretty sweet (used) beach cruiser. Now I’m really fitting back into the SB lifestyle.


7.4.14 Happy 4th of July

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HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!! Celebrated with Eva coming over for some pool time and a BBQ before heading to Girsh Park for the fireworks show. This year was a little more low-key and relaxed. In 2016 we were celebrating my sisters wedding with a full weekend of events and celebrations. Regardless, we still had a great day and love celebrating the 4th of July!


7.15-7.18.17 Sister Visit

SISTER VISIT!!!!! Ari & Brian (along with their pups Muddy & Hazel) came to visit for a long weekend! On Saturday Joleen (Ari’s college bestie) came up and joined us for a weekend of FUN. We spent a lot of time at the pool, eating pizza, drinking and just enjoying summa time in SB!

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7.17-7.18.17 Jack Johnson at the Santa Barbara Bowl 

Night #1 7.17.18

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For my birthday, my sister Ari and her hubby Brian surprised me with tickets to see Jack Johnson at the Santa Barbara Bowl. I was totally surprised and super excited to have tickets not only for one night but two! Funny story, I purchased tickets for night #2 with just Chris having no idea my sister go tickets for the first night. I had no idea why Chris didn’t want to go the first night of the show…now I know why! Ari and Brian were getting us tickets for my birthday!

Seeing Jack in concert is always a blast and seeing him at the SB Bowl just makes it extra special! Jack went to UCSB (GO Gauchos) and has a lot of songs that have to do with UCSB and Santa Barbara. Special guests the first night included ALO!!!! These guys are amazing and so much fun! You also can’t beat an outdoor amphitheater. Great atmosphere, awesome acoustics and just an overall awesome venue.

The first night we were in the general admission area. We were up front and ended up being super close to the stage. Ahhhh. So awesome and such a great experience. Really glad my sister and brother-in-law were able to visit in SB. Thanks for the belated birthday present! Love you guys! ❤

Night #1 7.18.17

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Who doesn’t love going to a concert two nights in a row?!?!? We clearly don’t mind! Ha Ha Ha. For night #2 we had seats. Not to sound too old, but we were really glad to have seats the next night. After having to stand the night before for so long our old legs were tied (we feel so old hehe). Jack put on another killer show and really rocked the house! So glad to have seen him and for two nights!


Ok that’s a wrap for my second series of blog updates. See you back here on Wednesday for the final installment.

Thanks for reading and have a great start to your week! Let’s do this Monday!

Xo

Blog Update with Pictures: 1 of 3

HELLOOOOOOO friends…TGIF!

We made it. Happy, happy FRIDAY!

I’ve been horribly behind in posting to my blog. Things have been busy (I know that’s not an excuse), but this seems to happen every summer ha ha ha. I just get behind, caught up with other stuff (lots of visitors this summer) and then BAM September comes and it’s like where did summer and my blog go?!?!?!?

Since so much as happened lately, I decided to do another update with pictures and quick blurbs. I did this last year and that seemed to work. Looks like there will be a total of three posts again for this series. Here. We. Go!


5.27-5.29.17 Memorial Day Weekend with the Dahlins

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VISITORS!!! So excited to have our dear friends Jess & Dan in town for the long Memorial Day weekend! Our weekend was filled with pool time, hikes by the beach with our dogs, lots of drinks and dinner at our favorite sushi place, Arigato! So glad to have Jess & Dan as friends and am so very thankful they could visit us! ❤


6.3.17 Ashley & Anthony’s Engagement Party ❤ ❤ ❤ 

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My bestie is GETTING MARRIED!!!!! So excited for my best friend to be marrying the love of her life. We couldn’t be more happy and excited for Ash & Ant. March 2018 seriously can’t come soon enough! Had a blast at their engagement party in Santa Cruz. So glad we could come up and celebrate with everyone. Got to catch up with so many HS friends. Let the parties/celebrations begin! LOVE you Ash & Ant.<3


6.12.17 NEW Job at UCSB

First day at UCSB in my new Academic Advising gig. Excited to be back on campus and to be working in the College of Letters & Science. Here’s being back “home” and to a new adventure!


6.24-6.25.17 Visit with the Gangais

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So happy to have have the Gangais in town and to show them Santa Barbara! Lilly and I met while I was working at SJSU. We became fast friends and our hubby’s hit it off too. Since moving to SB we’ve really missed seeing them/hanging out on a regular basis. Back in San Jose, we spent many a Friday nights getting dinner (Sushi 2-2 Train was a favorite) bowling, going out for drinks and having lots of laughs. While there were here we did it ALL. Even though we know SB, it’s still fun showing friends around and playing tourist in our own town. Love and miss you Lilly & Chris! Can’t wait for another fun filled weekend sometime soon.


Ok that’s a wrap for this first series of blog updates. Hope you enjoyed. Have a great weekend and we’ll see you back here next week for more updates!

Xo