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. We’ve been celebrating and getting ready all month. So excited my favorite time of year is finally here!

Wishing you all a spooktacular Halloween Eve. See you tomorrow for HALLOWEEN.

Xo 🎃🎃



Halloween Decorations 🎃

Happy Sunday!

Last weekend we went to the pumpkin patch, so last night we carved our pumpkins! I think they turned out really great. The pumpkins were super fresh and easy to gut/carve. Love that we always get pumpkins for Emma & Dash. Too bad they can’t help with the carving he he he.


This is the first year decorating for Halloween in our new place! Waaaahooooo🎃🎃. It was a little hard getting started, but once we got going, we got it all up in no time! We also seem to have MORE places to put Halloween stuff = EVEN BETTER! Halloween is EVERYWHERE in our house. Here are a few pictures.


This is my FAVORITE display for the year! Hubby built this table and boy has it come in handy.


Our Jack-O-Lanterns set up ion the porch.

Don’t forget to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown tonight on ABC 8:00PM/7:00PM C.


Getting more and more excited for Halloween!!! Have a great rest of your evening.

Xo 🎃🎃

Friday Favorites: Halloween Addition 🎃

🎃 TGIF! 🎃

These are my exact thoughts today especially since it has been an incredibly looooooooooong week at work., ugh. Made it, just barely. Trying to find some excitement though because it’s the Friday before Halloween and as you know, I LOVE Halloween.

Last year I did a “Friday Favorites” on the blog and it was fun. This year I just got too darn busy so this is going to be a pretty brief post. Sorry!

My favorite things about Halloween:

  1. Halloween costumes
  2. Candy
  3. Pumpkin Carving
  4. Halloween Decorations
  5. Scary Movies/Halloween Movies
  6. Scary Books
  7. Halloween Parties
  8. Haunted Houses/Disneyland at Halloween
  9. Visiting the Pumpkin Patch
  10. Sending/getting Halloween cards and packages


This weekend we are going to try and cram all of our last Halloween “must do’s” in! It’s going to be tricky because I’ve gotten myself pretty busy haha. I recently joined the Santa Barbara Junior League, and this weekend we have one of our biggest events; Rummage. I’m volunteering tonight and working the event all day Saturday from 7-4pm. We are also going to try and get to Disneyland one last time before the Halloween decorations are gone. In addition, we need to carving pumpkins, roast pumpkin seeds and watch Season 2 of Stranger Things! This is A LOT, but we are going to try and do it all!

If you want to look at more of my Halloween obsession, check out my Pinterest board! I also found a great Halloween Candy Wine paring list! Check it out. Ok, that’s all I have the energy for today. Hope you enjoyed this brief post.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have a spooky weekend and enjoy some pre-Halloween festivities! See you next more for so much Halloween fun!



Weekend Update: Pumpkin Patch Fun & More 🎃

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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

We had a pretty busy weekend. Now that I’m writing this post it seems like actually Saturday was our busy day. On Friday 10.20.17 we had a little dinner-movie date night and saw The Snowman. I read the book and it was absolutely terrifying! So much so that I COULD NOT read the book during the daytime — THAT scary! The movie…meh not so much. I was expecting to be terrified and have nightmares; that just wasn’t the case. We still had fun getting out of the house and breaking up our usual Friday night/weekend routine. My recommendation is wait for The Snowman to come out on RedBox and read the book in the meantime.

On Saturday 10.21.17 we headed to Solvang to go to the pumpkin patch. We ended up at The Solvang Farmer Pumpkin Patch. Sooooooo many pumpkins 🎃🎃🎃 love it!

I’m a lover of October, Halloween, pumpkins and pumpkin patches! You can check out my pumpkin patch posts from 20162015 and my first ever blog post. The Solvang Farmer had so many varieties of pumpkins including white, giant ones, a bunch of specialty pumpkins and even cooking pumpkins! My sister would have loved the cooking pumpkins. Almost every year for Thanksgiving she makes a pumpkin pie totally from scratch and uses a cooking pumpkin. Sadly, this year the pups had to miss out on coming with us to the pumpkin patch (no dogs allowed). Maybe next year pups.

After getting our pumpkins we headed to El Rancho Market to pick up sandwiches before going to Kalyra, one of our old and favorite wineries. The sandwiches from El Rancho Market were super yummy! Great pick hubby. I think we first went to Kalyra sometime after we graduated college and have always loved it. On a trip to SB be became members in 2012, took a brief break in 2016 and re-became members today. This time we are doing dessert wines only! Those wine people know how to get you! Does anyone remember the movie Sideways?? This winery is featured in the movie along with a few other wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley.

It was a pretty slow day at Kalyra which ended up being really nice. We were able to enjoy our tasting, re-join our membership and eat our lunch on the deck. It was so quiet and peaceful. Love being in wine country whether its in Santa Ynez or up north in Healdsburg.

On our way home we decided to swing by the house, pick up our pups and head to Campus Point. It was such a beautiful day out we just had to get outside more. Neither of us had been to Campus Point probably since we graduated. Back in our day you had to scale up the cliff — now there is a nice and fancy staircase haha. Emma & Dash absolutely LOVE being by the beach and MUST get their paws wet! We had a blast!

We rounded our our Saturday evening by watching the horrible USC-Notre Dame game (NO COMMENT) and then headed to the UCSB Men’s Soccer Game with Eva and a few of her friends. One of Eva’s friends had a bunch of tickets from her law firm so we got FREE food, booze and dessert at the game. Along with fancy seats to sit in at Harder Stadium. Sadly, the men’s soccer team hasn’t been doing too well lately. Surprisingly there were hardly any students at the game. When we were at UCSB, soccer games were a huge hit and we always went. In 2006 we even WON the national championship! Here’s a picture of us from the game and a few vintage photos.



Soccer pictures from the past!

Sunday 10.22.17 started off with homemade chocolate chip pancakes and bacon made by my wonderful husband and then our usual errands and much needed downtime. What did you all do this weekend? Hope you all have a great week.




Colorado Weekend!

Helloooooooooo! Happy Sunday night! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are gearing up for another week. This post is a little long over due but here’s all about our weekend in Colorado from earlier this month.

We caught an EARLY flight out of Orange County on 10.6.17 to Denver Colorado for one of Chris’ friends from PA schools weddings. Luckily, our dear friends Jess & Dan were also joining us on the trip. #McDahlins (combo of our last names), how we refer to the four of us and our hashtag for any time we are together. Here’s a snap shot of what we did over the course of three days!

10.7.17 — Downtown Denver & Red Rocks 

After we arrived in and got our rental car we headed to downtown Denver and straight to lunch at 5280 Burger Bar. One of my students from SJSU told me about this place a few years ago when I was in Denver for a conference and it did not disappoint. Just as good a few years later! Yummmmm! After lunch we walked around some (weather was 73* and just perfect) and then went over to the Colorado State Capitol. I did this last time I was in Denver for that conference, but it’s so worth it to go again. Located at the capitol is a step that reads “One Mile Above Sea Level.” I learned last time, that where it reads this is actually not the true one-mile marker. Ha Ha. The inscription was made based on measuring techniques from 1909, by students of the University of Denver. Originally, a brass cap was installed to commemorate this first measurement, but after the cap was stolen seven times in a matter of 38 years, the state carved the claim into the stone step itself. It turns out that the true maker of “one mile above sea level” is on the 13th step — we took note and of course lots of pictures!


Next we headed to our hotel in Ken Caryl and relaxed for awhile before we headed to Red Rocks Amphitheater for a concert. Going to Red Rocks has been on my bucket list for a looooong time. Luckily I got to visit when I was in Colorado a few years ago for that conference I keep talking about. We did A LOT while we were conferencing haha. Now show, but we walked around, had lunch, went to the museum and took tons of pictures! This time, we saw a SHOW and O.M.G. it was unbelievable!!! Kinda random, but we saw the X Ambassadors and Weezer. Although it wasn’t DMB (my favorite), it was a freaking incredible show! We’ve seen Weezer before (in Santa Barbara actually) and I wasn’t a huge fan of the X Ambassadors. After this show, big fans of both! They killed it!

Red Rocks is a stellar venue and the acoustics are crazy good.  We can’t wait to come back for another show. Hopefully it will be to DMB haha. 🙂

10.8.17 — Hiking, Golden, Co. and a wedding! 

After breakfast we decided to do a little hiking and found a great place just down from our hotel. We ended up at South Valley Park in Littleton, Colorado. Hello gorgeous red rocks and yellow aspen trees! I love fall; I love Colorado; and I love the Colorado Aspen Trees! While in Colorado, I was really hoping we would get some fall weather (not much of that in CA so far) and get to see some of the changing tree colors…well we sure did! Gosh this place was just beautiful! I couldn’t get over all the natural beauty and stunning red rocks! We saw so may people out hiking — kids, dogs, all kinds of people! Could totally see US doing that if we lived in CO. Hint hint.

After hiking through South Valley Park we headed to Golden, Colorado to check out the town per Heather’s recommendation. Golden is the most adorable town! It’s named Golden — Where the West Lives and it really lived up to all it’s charm! Golden is known as a Gold Rush town and also the location of Coors Brewery among many other way cooler breweries. After walking and exploring a bit, we grabbed delicious sandwiches from D’Deli and ate lunch by the river. Then we wandered over to a super cool brewery called Barrels & Bottles. My husband seriously always finds the best places for us to check out.

Next up was Heather & Corey’s wedding!! Heather, Chris and Jess are all friends from PA school. We were so excited to come out to Colorado for her wedding. A few years ago we saw Heather at Jess & Dan’s wedding so it was really fun to be at her wedding now. Heather and Corey got married in one of the most beautiful locations I think I’ve ever been at for a wedding. Arrowhead Gold Club in Littleton, Colorado was breathtaking. They got married against the most beautiful backdrop. I can’t wait to see their pictures because they are going to be fabulous! The views were just stunning. So gorgeous and such a perfect October day for a wedding. We were warned that we might see some wildlife during the ceremony, but we didn’t end up seeing any haha. These pictures don’t even do justice for how beautiful it was! ❤

Viewwwws for daaaaaaaays! So great. Heather looked beautiful and I LOVED her dress! The ceremony was short and sweet, so we got right to the party! There were also a few other friends from PA school (Erin and Suzanne) so it was great to catch up with them too. Per our style, we shut that party down! Danced all night and kept the PAR-TAY going! We had an absolute blast and it looks like Heather and Corey did too! So happy for you both! Congrats again! ❤ ❤

During the day we heard there was a winter storm coming, but clearly from the gorgeous wedding photos it hadn’t arrived yet. By the time we left the wedding it was a massive wind/rain storm! It was crazy getting back to the hotel and we got totally soaked. I was not so secretly praying for SNOW and to be stuck in Denver all week haha. Got part of my wish…because the next morning we woke up to freaking SNOW! Not just a little snow dusted on the ground but serious SNOW. SNOW. SNOW! — SNOW = dream come true!

Monday morning was like Christmas morning for me! I was so excited to be waking up to a real Colorado snow storm. They have a saying in Colorado, “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” Well we sure got a little of ALL the weather in Colorado this weekend — sunny/ warm 73*, a little cool fall type weather in the mornings, rain/wind and then SNOW! Jess and Dan weren’t too impressed with the snow, but I was digging it! I was excited to even clear off all the snow from our car! I think that proves I’m ready to MOVE to Colorado. Of course my husband was wearing shorts. Can’t take the CA out of that guy!

We had an absolute BLAST in Colorado and I can’t wait to go back soon! Seriously, I’m ready to move! I know we just moved to Santa Barbara, but Colorado would be super cool too! 😉 I know we might have to wait on that move for a bit, but Chris did like Colorado so that’s a huge plus!


Found the BEST hat at the airport that I just had to get. I may be a CA girl, but I’m ready for living life in Colorado! ❤ I mean look at that HAPPY face!!

Hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures in Colorado. Have a good Sunday night and a great Monday!







Friday the 13th 👻👻


T.G.I.F. AND Friday the 13th in OCTOBER…LOOK OUT!

Clearly I can’t keep calm because this is awesome! What a day it’s going to be. Ha Ha Ha. I feel like today should be embraced for both it’s potential awesomeness and spooky factor. How often do we have a Friday the 13th that falls in the month of October??? The answer is, not that often. The last time we had a Friday the 13th in October was in 2006. That was ELEVEN years ago people! Having a Friday the 13th happen in October than any other month is not only rare but a little spooky! Totally fits for the “spooky” month of October.

Now I don’t consider myself very superstitious, but I probably buy into things a little more than others. At the end of the day I love October, I love Halloween and will make any excuse to do something more spooky, especially today.

When I started looking into Friday the 13th stuff I found a few weird/interesting things:

  1. The superstition’s origins are mysterious — It’s unclear when Friday and number 13 became linked in the way we think of them today. Apparently there are no mentions of Friday the 13th before the 19th century…
  2. Fear of the day itself has an official name —  paraskevidekatriaphobia (yea I have no idea how to pronounce that)
  3. Many hospitals have no room 13, while airports don’t have a Gate 13. Hotels and skyscrapers also tend to dismiss the unlucky floor by skipping straight from 12 to 14. Ooooooh now that’s creepy!
  4. Lucky #13 —  There have been superstitions around the number 13 for hundreds of  years. But the number 13 isn’t bad luck to everyone. In some cultures it’s looked upon as a good luck number. So get a lottery ticket today!
  5. The King of Horror (old-time horror that is) — Alfred Hitchcock, was born on Aug. 13, 1899.
  6. Apollo 13 — Lots of 13’s here…Apollo 13 launched at 1:13 p.m. on April 11th with Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert and Fred Haise. That’s right: there are three 13s there (13:13 p.m. by military time). Hmmmm
  7. Today is Friday the 13th which means tomorrow is Saturday the 14th, which means WEEKEND!

I also found some great lists of things to do on Friday the 13th. Here are a few that we might even try out!

  1. I get a tattoo — apparently lots of shops do a Friday the 13th specials (this would be awesome!)
  2. Play with a Ouija board  — those things can be suuuuper creepy
  3. Have a scary movie marathon (totally happening!)
  4. Do something superstitious —  I love this list. What are some of your superstitions? Will you try your luck with any of them??
  5. Buy a lottery ticket — remember lucky #13
  6. Adopt a black cat

Friday the 13th is really what you make it. If you want to blow it off as just another calendar day, go for it. But, if you’re the type who thinks superstitions can be a little fun, or at the very least are looking for an excuse to stay home and watch a bunch of scary movies, make sure to relish Friday the 13th this year. I mean it’s finally occurring in October! Double win I think.

friday the 13th

So how do you plan to spending your Friday the 13th??? Wishing you all a spooky and lucky day. Have a great weekend!


Update: Anniversary Addition 💕👫💕

Happy Friday!


Sorry it’s taken me all week to get this post up…it’s been a busy one.

Over the weekend and on Monday we celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary! Yay! 10.02.17 ❤ ❤ Hope you caught Monday’s post about it.

On Saturday we decided to not only go to Disneyland  but to also get SEASON PASSES!!!!! Ahhhh…YES! As you may know from this post and others, I love Halloween, but I’m also a huge Disney fan. We try to visit Disneyland as much as we can. One of the things on my fall bucket list (#14) was to see the Halloween decorations at Disneyland. Check! 471603924

This is the first year California Adventure has gotten into the Halloween spirit and decorated. Let me tell you, the decorations did not disappoint! The park was pretty crowded and since we knew we were getting passes we didn’t stress about going on all the rides. The main goal was to get passes and see all the Halloween decorations. Check out these sweet pictures below.

We also turned this trip and getting season passes into our anniversary/Christmas/both birthdays/every holiday you can think of presents! Ha Ha Ha. We even made a Disneyland COPPER penny to get that “copper” 7th anniversary theme in. 😉


Can’t wait to go back again soon!!! Yay for Disneyland and season passes!

For our actual anniversary, we decided to take the pups for a walk along the beach downtown and walk through Chase Palm Park where we got married seven years ago. It ended up being super sweet and rather romantic. We took a bunch of pictures and reminisced about our special day. There’s a fountain in the park that we got married in front of (well it used to be a fountain) so we sat down, took more pictures and ended up reading through our wedding vows. We both got pretty emotional when re-reading them. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever really re-read our vows and we certainly haven’t re-read them together. Awwww it was so very sweet. Seven years and we both still “I DO!” ❤

Like I mentioned before, since our first anniversary we’ve been following the “traditional” anniversary gifts. This has made each anniversary so much fun. The theme for this year was copper/wool (more details about that here).  As usual, my husband went above and beyond but I think this year might take the cake (at least so far). My wonderful husband LEARNED TO KNIT and knit me not one, but two WOOL SCARVES! Now who does that?!?!?! MY HUSBAND…mic drop!

The funny part about all of this is that I typically go for the funny/joke side of whatever the theme is and Chris always goes for the more romantic/sentimental route. I’m trying to pick up my game and over the years I really have ;). But, the whole point was for this to be fun and for it to not be about the gifts. This is true; the gifts make it fun, but it’s still about US and honoring/celebrating our anniversary. ❤

In terms of gifts, here’s what we’ve done so far:

  • Year 1 = Paper — I gave toilet paper (funny right?!). He gave me a leather bound journal with our wedding vows written throughout the pages. Chris wins.


  • Year 2 = Cotton — I gave him cotton scented candles. He gave me “cotton lingerie” as in the Fruit of the Loom socks/underwear/socks from Target. Funny Chris, very funny. He still wins.


  • Year 3 = Leather — I gave him a leather USC key chain. He gave me a handmade (from someone else) leather luggage tag and a leather bracelet with my favorite DMB quote engraved on it. Chris wins.



  • Year 5 = Wood — I gave him a “wood” cheese plate with a slate inlay with our names & wedding date engraved on it. He gave me/us a tree, a necklace with 5 interlocking rings for 5 years and a wooden card that said “I love you.” I think the playing field was a little more even this year…



  • Year 7= Copper/Wool — I gave him copper collar stays and a handmade wool bow tie. He gave me a penny from 2010 that says “I still Do” and learned to KNIT. And then of course he KNITTED me TWO scarves. I’m calling this one a TIE.

I know it’s not a competition on what we get each other for our anniversary, but I do feel incredibly lucky to have such a wonderfully romantic husband who loves and spoils me. Clearly I won the lottery with this guy! At the end of the day he knows I LOVE him more than anything and we have such funny stories from each anniversary. That wraps up our anniversary update.

Hope your week went well. It’s FINALLY Friday and the weekend is just hours away. Waaahooo. I’m excited because we’re headed to Colorado for a weeding! Enjoy friends