Friday the 13th 👻👻

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!

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.

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

Xo

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Update: Anniversary Addition 💕👫💕

Happy Friday!

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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. 😉

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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

Xo

 

 

Happy 7th Wedding Anniversary! 10.02.17 💕👫💕

HAPPY 7th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY to my AMAZING husband CHRIS!!! ❤

I feel like each year our anniversary sort of sneaks up on us…and here it is already! When I really stop and think about it, it’s hard to believe SEVEN years have gone. Sometimes it feels like just yesterday we were getting married in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA. Now we are living in Santa Barbara! If you want to read all about our wedding, you can do so here.

The past seven years has brought us all kinds of ups and downs (marriage isn’t easy friends), new jobs, multiple moves/relocation’s and of course, lots of FUN! Marriage is hard and takes work, but I can’t imagine going through life’s ups and downs with anyone other than my hubby Chris. He’s caring, supportive, loving, funny and my best friend. At the end of the day he gets me and I get him. He’s my biggest cheerleader and always wants the best for me. Chris puts us first and makes sure we are creating the best life together. I LOVE YOU TOF and feel so lucky to call you my husband! THANK YOU for everything that you do and for always loving me unconditionally! ❤❤❤

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 is copper/wool. I was reading up on the 7th wedding anniversary and found that copper has had the traditional meaning of prosperity, good luck, and good fortune. We certainly have had good fortune, especially in terms of finding one another. Wool represents the comfort, durability, security, and warmth that couples married this long give one another. Aww well that’s certainly sweet. I do feel comfort and security not only in my marriage, but in our relationship. Chris and I have been married for seven years and together for eleven. Can’t wait to see what the hubby does with this theme! He keeps teasing me that I am going to be blown away…I’m ready!

Today we are sadly both working and I have a nasty head cold. Hopefully I’ll be feeling better and we can do a little celebrating tonight. Last night we were supposed to go to dinner at Stella Mare’s (this is where we had our rehearsal dinner), but I was feeling too under the weather. We both wanted to enjoy our dinner at such a special restaurant, so we will go another time. It was so very sweet of Tof to make reservations for us and I felt terrible we had to cancel. But last night would not have been as much fun. I’ll be sure to do a follow up post of how we celebrated later this week and of course to share how our copper/wool themed gift exchange went.

Cheers to us on seven years of marriage! Here’s to many more years together filled with LOVE, LAUGHTER and HAPPINESS! ❤

Xo

Happy October 🎃🍁🍂🍃🎃

HELLO OCTOBER!

October is by far my FAVORITE month out of the year! And here’s why:

 — Cooler weather (hopefully…Santa Barbara has pretty nice weather year round so we’ll see what happens)

— Leaves changing colors (we get a few in CA…do palm trees count?! 😉)

— The days getting shorter. Call me crazy, but I kind of like this! Just seems fitting for fall…

— PUMPKIN everything! Pumpkin patches, pumpkin decorations, pumpkins on your porch, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin treats. ALL THINGS PUMPKIN! Trader Joe’s has quite the display of pumpkin stuff and it gets me EVERY. TIME. Can’t help myself but to buy something pumpkin related haha.🎃

— College football! Fall in our house is all about USC football. Fight On! Gooooooo USC!

— Cozy sweaters, hoodies, scarves, boots, etc. Fall clothes are the best.

— Our anniversary! Chris and I actually got married in Santa Barbara and are coming up on 7 years of marriage…of my goodness! This is the first time we will be in the same place where we got married. Looking forward to celebrating in the town we fell in love.  ❤10.02.10

— Getting cozy on the couch. Love to get snugly with a good book, a cup of tea and my pups (hubby too).

— The holidays. October essentially kicks off the holiday season and the gathering together of family and friends. Awww

 

— Lastly, I love October because Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday of all time!!!!! I live for all things Halloween. As a kid, Halloween was big in our family and still is today.  Yes, we have more Halloween/fall decorations than Christmas…that’s just the way it is he he he. Sorry hubby! Don’t worry, we are working on all Christmas collection I promise 😉 But, Halloween will always be big. Call me crazy, but I can’t decorate for Fall until October 1st. I know fall starts in September, but I can’t do it until we hit October. I think I need to next live somewhere where there really is fall. Maybe that would help me decorate earlier. Anyway, I can’t wait to get all of our Halloween/fall decorations out and decorate our house. This will be the first year decorating our new place in SB so that’s going to be fun. Halloween is coming friends, get excited!

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Happy 1st day of October! Hope you all have a fantastic Sunday!

Xo

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 ☕️☕️☕️☕️

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