Birthday Celebrations 🎉

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m a little late in posting about all the weekend celebrations,  so here we go!

2.17.17 (My actual birthday) 🎉 🎉 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ME!

Like I’ve shared before, my office is really into decorating, especially for birthdays! When I got to work my office was completely decorated with lots of festive bday stuff. Cynthia does a great job decorating for birthdays and planning something for the birthday people. I  get to share my birthday with my work wife/bestie Ashley so it’s even more fun! This year there was breakfast and coffee for us. Such a great way to start a Friday! For lunch a bunch of us went to get pizza at Sammy G’s. This place is so much fun and reminds me a lot of some of the places in Isla Vista. If only we could have gotten pitchers of beer…we’ll have to save that for an after work happy hour haha. Unfortunately, we had a staff meeting later in the day but it turned out to not be very long and we had yummy bundt cake from Lilly! Score!

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My co workers made us both feel so special! Thanks for such a great day everyone! Love you!

After work Ashley and I went to get all of our free birthday treats! First we got free slices of cake from Susie Cakes. Then it was off to Kendra Scott to design the ring below that we bought for each other as our birthday present. And to end our afternoon of free gifts, we got Bubbly Bears from Sugarfina and our birthday gift from Sephora.  So many birthday treats! We really brought home quite the collection of gifts. Loved being able to spend some quality time with my work wife and bestie! Happy Birthday Ashley! ❤

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That evening, the hubby and I went out for sushi at one of our favorite places, Sushi 2 2 Train. Our friends Chris and Lilly introduced us to this place. The owner Sang is such a great sushi chef and we always have a blast when we go here. I even got a special birthday sushi roll with a candle. How awesome is that?! After dinner it was back to the house for that slice of cake and presents. Thanks Tof for making my birthday so wonderful! You and the pups spoil me! Love you!❤❤❤

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2.19.17 Wine Tasting at Bella

On Sunday we spent the day at our winery, Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves located in beautiful Healdsburg, CA. To continue the birthday celebrations, we decided to sign up for a tour at Bella and bring some of our friends with us. So glad that Chris & Lilly and Ashley & Erwin were able to join us on this trip! On the way up we stopped at our favorite place, the Dry Creek General Store. They have the best sandwiches, cheese selections and other yummy treats! Since it was raining, we had our picnic lunch inside the store which ended up not being that busy (probably because of all the rain). Our tour at Bella wasn’t until 1:30pm so we had a little time to relax, shop and enjoy some good food before doing our tour and wine tasting.

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After lunch we headed over to Bella for our tour and wine tasting. We didn’t get to do a lot of the outdoor part of the tour since it was so rainy. But, we did get to go deeper into the wine caves (yes!), hear more about Bella’s process and take tons of pictures! Bella has this private tasting room that I have always wanted to go into. Well guess what?!?!? That’s were we got to do our private wine tasting!! Not only did we have an awesome wine flight, but we also got to do a barrel tasting. Since it was my birthday, I got to remove the “bung” (cap to the barrel) and then use the wine thief to pour samples for everyone. This was so totally cool! Did you know that a barrel can hold 300 bottles of wine?!?!?! We had no clue. We got to taste from two barrels and they were so delicious. The first one was a Lily Hill Zin and if we could have rolled that bad boy to our car we would have! Seriously so good! I think it might be in our fall shipment, so we will be on the look out for that one! After we finished our tasting and taking even more pictures, we were actually able to stay in the private room and have more wine and the rest of the snacks we brought with us. Yes! We felt pretty special being in our own private room. Chris and I have always wanted to do a tour and be in the private tasting room, so we were beyond grateful to have finally done this! We had such a great time, that we ended up closing the place down (they close at 4:30). Here are a bunch of fun pictures from our day at Bella.

There is nothing better than a relaxing day enjoying good wine and spending time with really great people. Thank you guys so much for spending a rainy day with us at Bella. We had an absolute blast and love you guys so much!  ❤❤❤

After an awesome day at Bella, we then had dinner with my family to celebrate. So much good food, desserts (2 cakes!) and more presents. Love my family so much. Certainly felt the birthday love this whole weekend! Cheers to 33! 🙂

Chris was off on Monday and I took a vacation day. Thank goodness because we spent the day recovering from such a fun weekend. We were also hit with a huge rain storm so it was perfect weather for just hanging around the house and relaxing.

Hope your week is going well…Friday is almost here! Thanks for reading!

Xo

Happy Halloween!! 🎃👻🎃👻

HAPPY HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! 🎃 👻 🎃 👻 🎃

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

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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!

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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

 

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

 

Happy October 🎃🍁🍂🍃🎃

HELLO OCTOBER!

October is by far my favorite month out of the year and I just love everything about it!

  1. Cooler weather (hopefully…we just had a week filled with 90+ temps)
  2. Leaves changing colors (we get a few in CA 😉 )
  3. PUMPKIN everything! Pumpkin patches, pumpkin decorations, pumpkins on your porch, pumpkin bread, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin treats. ALL THINGS PUMPKIN! 🎃
  4. College football
  5. Cozy sweaters, hoodies, scarves, boots, etc.

Another reasons why I love October is because Chris and I got married in October!

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Lastly, I love October because I absolutely LOVE HALLOWEEN!!!!  🎃👻🎃 Halloween has been my favorite holiday since as long as I can remember. You can read all about my obsession with October and Halloween with last years post found here. Can’t wait to pull out all of our decorations and get the house ready for Halloween!

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

Xo