Happy Mother’s Day! 💕

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to this amazing lady that I get to call Mom!

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I seriously can’t imagine life without her. She’s so caring, loving, full of wisdom and tells the best stories! I hope that some day I can be just as good of a mom as is.

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THANK YOU Mom for everything that you do! I love you so much and feel so lucky to have you as my mom! 💕

And a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the other moms out there! More and more of my friends have littles now and its been fun to see them in this new role. You all are such ROCK STARS and truly fabulous moms! Motherhood looks good on you. Proud honorary auntie over here. 💕

Xo

Blog Update with Pictures 3:3

Hi friends! I’m back with my LAST installment of pictures and updates! I tried to get them all done yesterday but just couldn’t do it, so lets finish today! Here’s 3 of 3!

This last update is all about CONCERTS! We were really lucky to see a bunch of shows this summer. I think you all know which one was my favorite! 😉


ADELE 7.30.16

Hands down absolutely one of the greatest performers and shows I’ve ever seen. Adele KILLED IT! OMG so totally fabulous!

We totally LUCKED out in being able to go to this show. Last fall a bunch of us in my office tried to get tickets. Unfortunately only one person was able to get 4 tickets and there were 6 of us who wanted to go. I was so bummed :(.

Fast forward to the week before the show and we got 2 tickets!!! 🙂 🙂 The coworker who got the the only tickets in the office ended up not being able to go, so we had the chance to buy her tickets! Waaahooo!!!! Chris and I were beyond EXCITED to have scored tickets! I’ll be honest, I had no idea what to expect from Adele. We are used to seeing big, full bands like Ben Harper, Jack Johnson or DMB. Adele BLEW US AWAY!

Chris and I went to the concert with my other co-worker Lilly and her husband Chris. Chris X2. The four of us had an absolute BLAST! And ADELE was freaking AMAZING!!!! That girl not only can sing (well duh!), but she’s hilarious as hell and such an entertainer. We couldn’t stop laughing and belting out each of her songs! Such a fabulous show and with such great company!

P.S. Our hubby’s are huge Adele fans now and at least in my house, Chris is still blasting her music! 🙂


Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals 8.16.16

Hubby got us FREE tickets to see Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. We’ve never been to Mountain Winery, but let me tell you that place is PERFECT for a concert! I love outdoor venues and this one is top notch with fantastic acoustics! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Ben Harper and he didn’t disappoint. Another great show and fun weekday date night! ❤img_6231


Dave Matthews Band 8.29.16 & 8.30.16

TWO NIGHTS OF DAVE MATTHEWS BAND!!!! ❤ 🙂 ❤ 🙂 ❤ HIGHLIGHT of the summer and probably my life (ha ha ha ha). Dave Mathews Band is my favorite band of all time and I absolutely love seeing shows at the Greek! If you’ve never been to a show at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA you seriously have to go! Like the Mountain Winery, it too is an outdoor amphitheater, but I have to say the Greek is my favorite! There isn’t a bad seat in the house and don’t even get me start on the acoustics!

DMB is my favorite band and I’ve been seeing these guys since 2002 when I was in high school. My bestie, Ashley and I have been seeing them since then as well. Each year I look forward to going to their show with her. I think there is only one summer that the band didn’t tour, so we didn’t seem them together. Heck my blog is even a lyric from one of my favorite DMB songs!

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“Celebrate we will
Because life is short but sweet for
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This summer marked the bands 25th Anniversary and man did they put on an awesome show! Night #1 was history making in my book. My goal every year is to get as close to the stage as possible. Well this year folks, THAT HAPPENED!!!! We were literally ONE row behind the very first row. I about DIED! DREAM COME TRUE!

Last year Chris and I became Warehouse members in hopes of scoring better seats to some of the DMB shows. Although we didn’t get special seats for the Greek (it’s all general admission) we did get to line up in a special line just for Warehouse members. In addition, we got to buy t-shirts/other concert stuff before the venue was open and enter the venue 30-45 minutes before everyone else. Talk about some unanticipated perks! Being able to get in so early made a HUGE difference because we got front row seats! Poor Ashley; we had to leave her in the regular line, but saved her some pretty sweet seats up front. Her boyfriend joined us later and the four of us had a great time! You can read about some of our other DMB concerts adventures from 2015 and 2014.

The set list from night #1 probably wasn’t my most favorite, but I love DMB anyway and love it when they jam out! It was amazing to be so close to stage and really SEE the band. We actually got to HEAR them, not just hear them through the speakers somewhere else in the venue. It was unbelievable!! Ahhhh such a cool experience! Check out these awesome pictures!

 

DMB Night #2 8.30.16 We went back for a second night!!!

Funny story, Rashawn Ross, the trumpet player for DMB lives in the same building as my cousin in LA! She knows that we are huge DMB fans so she always tries to get us tickets if she can. Guess what?! This year we got tickets!!!!!! Rashawn got us FREE tickets for night #2 AND special passes!!! We had no idea what the passes were, but super excited to be getting anything! Rashawn totally didn’t have to do that for us. We got to pick everything up at will call under the “artist guest list” sounds pretty fancy right?! 😉 Ahhh so cool! The special passes ended up being for the DMB Friends & Family Lounge which allowed us to go to a backstage area and have free food, drinks and snacks before the concert. Yes please! I was hoping that we would get to meet someone from the band, but that didn’t happen. We did see Tim Reynolds through a gate though. Does that count? He he he.

I have to say that the set list for night #2 was pretty epic! The concert was absolutely amazing and probably on my top list of best concerts ever! The band was just killing it and rocking out like no other! Not to mention the song selection! Although we weren’t able to get to the concert as early as we did the night before, we felt pretty stoked to have free tickets and special passes. We also managed to get great seats (not as close) but honestly, there isn’t a bad seat at the Greek. The DMB Friends & Family Lounge was totally unexpected and lots of fun. Another amazing night seeing my favorite band and a great way to wrap up our summer concerts! Looking forward to more DMB concerts and one day meeting Dave Matthews in PERSON! #lifetimegoals #itwillhappen


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

Xo

Happy St. Patrick’s Day 🍀

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY EVERYONE!!!!

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Here are a few Irish blessing that I really like and wanted to share on this St. Patrick’s Day! Such sweet little messages and blessings. Hope you enjoy! 🍀🍀🍀

Today I am rocking this Bill Murray shirt from the Chive. My hubby loves these shirts and I have become a big fan too! Naturally we just HAD to get them for St. Patty’s Day. I’ll be sure to get a picture of us both wearing them later tonight.

Although I’m not actually Irish, I love any excuse to celebrate a holiday! I think I get a few extra points, because I did marry an Irish guy who is also a redheaded. Double win for me! He He He

Hope everyone has a WONDERFUL and very LUCKY day! Happy St. Patty’s Day! 🍀🌈💚🍀💚🍀🌈💚🍀

 

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P.S. I know I haven’t blogged lately…just way too busy. I will try and catch up or at least get back to posting on a more regular basis. Thanks for reading!

 

TGIF…We Made It

WE MADE IT FOLKS!!! It’s FINALLY FRIDAY!!!

Man, this first week back to work after the holiday break was brutal. Agreed? Everyone at our house (including the pups Emma & Dash) had a hard time adjusting back to the work-week-routine. I think we all got pretty used to sleeping in and relaxing during the break…having to get up early again was a little hard.

This is totally how I feel today. Happy dance! Happy dance! Happy dance! YES, I am certainly SMILING since it’s finally FRIDAY!!! Waaahoooo!!! I don’t even care (well I do a little) that we have a staff meeting this afternoon at work haha.

What’s everyone up too this weekend? Any fun plans? I think we (in CA) will be getting more rain which is awesome! On Saturday we are going to a couples baby shower (I have another one next weekend!) and that’s about it. I’m looking forward to just relaxing after a hard first week back. TGIF everyone and happy weekend! Hope it’s wonderful and we’ll see you next week!

XoXo

Holiday Traditions: SF Nutcracker

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It’s that time of year again…SF Nutcracker time! This is our 5th year going and one of my favorite holiday traditions! You can read about previous visits here: 2014, 2013. Sadly, no blog posts from 2012 or 2011.

The SF Nutcracker is a really fun and beautiful production! Like I say every year, if you haven’t seen it before I highly recommend it. It’s so much fun to see the War Memorial Opera House all decked out in lights and holiday trimmings. Going to see the Nutcracker really is one of my (our) favorite holiday traditions and I look forward to it every year!

As you all know, ballet holds a very special place in my heart so I always love to see the Nutcracker. Like always we ate at our favorite Thai place, Lers Ros. Kind of funny that we eat at a Thai restaurant during Christmas time…I guess it’s like the family in A Christmas Story eating at the Chinese restaurant hehe. Love our tradition! Chris and I always talk about switching it up, but we always end up at Lers Ros. Seriously one of the best Thai places around.

I LOVE seeing City Hall in its green and red lights. Got some great photos outside before heading in.

Keeping up with tradition, we always have to take a few pictures in front of the gorgeous tree inside! So glad my hubby is always willing to pose for pictures himself and with me! I sure got lucky with this one ❤

They always have a spot light on the tree, which makes it really sparkle, however, getting a good picture can sometimes be tricky. I still think we got some good ones though. And how good does my hubby look in a bow-tie?! Pretty cute I think. 😉

This year we paid a little more and sat in the orchestra section. Best decision ever! We had a great view of the stage and really enjoyed the performance. SF Ballet sure didn’t disappoint. Another fantastic show in the books and already looking forward to next year! 🙂

 

As promised here is an adorable picture of our freshly groomed schnauzers, Emma and Dash in front of our tree. Little do you all know I’m standing behind Chris and the camera yelling “look,” “look,” “look” holding lots of treats! Our groomer Claudia did an excellent job on the pups. So glad they got cleaned up just in time for Christmas.

One of my other favorite traditions during the holidays is looking at Christmas lights. We were supposed to look at lights in Willow Glenn with our friends Dan & Jess on Friday, but sadly we had to cancel.  I finally caught that nasty cold that’s been going around so I was totally out of commission. I know we are cutting it close to Christmas, but there is still time to see some lights! I’m sure we will drive around at some point, just might not make it a huge production like in years past. What are some of your holiday traditions?

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Hope you all are having a happy + merry Christmas week so far!! I just have a few more days of work (last day is Wednesday) and then we are BOTH off until January 4th! Can’t wait to celebrate with our family and friends!

XoXo

 

DISNEYLAND 2015 ❤️💎

On Saturday we took a quick (and early) flight down to Orange County to go to DISNEYLAND just for the day. Although it was a loooooong 21 hour day we had an absolute blast! Here are a few pictures from the plane and our poor pups who were very confused why we were up at 4:30AM.

In looking back at all of our pictures,  we look like two kids in a candy store…so happy to be at the “happiest place on earth!” My mother-in-laws neighbor works for Disney and is the one who got us the passes. She is the sweetest and most generous person ever! Thanks Amy for the passes! We sure made use of every minute of our day at the parks!

When we first got into the park we headed straight to Space Mountain and got our fast-passes. They changed the ride to Star Wars theme so it’s been even more popular than normal. Luckily, we got the fast-passes because the wait time at 10am was 120+ minutes. Yikes!

Our first ride of the was the Matterhorn and a great way to start the day! The park was super crowded (wasn’t really expecting that) but we got on all of our favorites rides, some of them even more than once!

Below we have the Matterhorn, Mr. Toads Wild Ride, Indiana Jones and Space Mountain.

You can’t go to Disneyland and not get a churro! OMG so delicious! More of our favorite rides: Big Thunder Mountain (my absolute FAVORITE), Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. I’m not a huge fan of the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, but I do love Halloween. So fun to see the Haunted Mansion decked out in Christmas and lots of jack-o-lanterns.

After cashing in our fast-pass for Space Mountain (which was awesome btw), we decided to head over to CA Adventure. I seriously LOVE how the parks look all decked out in lights and holiday decor. So festive!

We only did two rides, Cars and the Tower of Terror. Well, actually only Chris did Tower of Terror …I chickened out in the end. Waited in line with him right up until the last minute and then I just couldn’t do it. Sorry!

We found out that the best way to do Cars is the single rider line! In doing this, we only waited in line for about 30 mins! Genius! I love that ride…so totally cool. I have to say that it always AMAZES me how they actually make the rides. Everything is done so perfectly and you feel totally transformed to another land or world. I guess that’s the whole point, but still. I just feel in such awe sometimes on the rides…

Check out all the adorable holiday decorations! Love it! Disney is so very clever and I just can’t get enough!

After CA Adventure we headed back to Disneyland for dinner and to finish out our night with more rides. YES, our goal was to make it to midnight and we were not going to let anything get in our way of accomplishing that hehe. On the way back in, we stopped at the entrance and took a bunch of pictures! It was so crowded earlier in the day that we decided it would be best to take these pictures later. Perfect timing because there weren’t as many people and all the lights were on. We also didn’t have to fight off other people who wanted their picture with the classic entrance.

In addition to all the lights/decorations Disneyland puts up for the holidays, I loved everything they did for the 60th Diamond Celebration! There were diamonds everywhere! The castle looked particularly stunning in honor of the 60th anniversary!

Well we MADE IT! We left the park at exactly 12:01AM. I still can’t believe we made it that long after having gotten up at 4:30AM. We sure took full advantage of our park hoppers and really made the most of our quick trip! 

Until next time Disneyland! We love you and can’t wait to go back! ❤️💎❤️💎

Hope you all had a great weekend and that your Monday is off to a great start.

XoXo

30 Days of Thankfulness—Day 17-25

“In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day–or to celebrate each special day.” Rasheed Ogunlaru

Day 17: GORGEOUS sunset on my drive home from work tonight. This one just lit up the entire sky and was breathtaking!

Day 18: Date night with my mom! We went to dinner and then saw David Sedaris at the Center for Performing Arts in downtown San Jose. We both love David Sedaris and had a blast at his performance. I stayed after until 11:45pm just to get my booked singed!

Told him (jokingly) I got the same message in my book twice. David said that is one of his fears…writing the same message more than once in someones’ book. I said I loved it and it keeps me coming back! This time I didn’t get the same message but it’s very “Sedaris” so I’m not positing it hehe. Love that quirky guy!

Day 19: Love this quote by Piglet from Winnie the Pooh.

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Gratitude is everything and I have been practicing that through my yearly gratitude journals. I’ve really enjoyed writing down things that I am grateful for every day even if it’s something simple like a sunset, walks with my dogs, coffee with a friend, etc.

 

 

 

Day 20: Thankful for some pretty awesome co-workers! Tonight we had drinks and went bowling after work. We had so much fun! Without these people my job wouldn’t be fun at all. So glad that we are friends and getting out of the office to do stuff together! Love you guys!

Day 21: Gardening and doing some work around our house. So very thankful that we OWN a place and are working hard to make it our HOME.

Also a very Happy 4th Birthday to our sweet nephew Colton! Can’t believe that little guy is already 4 years old! Looking forward to seeing him and his sisters over the Thanksgiving holiday!

Day 22: Today I am thankful for Emma & Dash. I love these pups more than anything and they really make our family complete. I am so grateful to be their dog mommy and don’t know what I would do without them.

“A dog is the only think on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings ❤ ❤ ❤  

Day 23: Completing another 21 Day Meditation challenge! Yesterday was the official last day, but today we got a bonus meditation! I know I already posted about this challenge, but meditation has really become a part of my life and I have to give thanks again! I am so very grateful and thankful for my practice. When I talk about my practice or reflect on it, I always think of my dear friend Cassie (who I’ve blogged a lot about before). She is the person who introduced me to this wonderful world of mindfulness and meditation. Thank you again Cassie for all of your inspiration, love and friendship!

Day 24: My hubby. This guy is my best friend, partner in crime, love of my life and the one who makes me so happy and complete! I love him more than words can describe and I don’t know where I would be without him! Thank you Chris (Tof) for all that you do and for loving me unconditionally.

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Day 25: Thankful for a short work week and grateful for two days off from work! I feel like this is a much needed break. Looking forward to getting out of town and visiting with our SoCal friends and family!

“This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou

Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone! Hope you all enjoy yummy food, friends and family tomorrow! We will be driving down to Southern California this afternoon to spend the weekend with Chris’ mom in Huntington Beach. I will definitely be missing my immediate family, but am glad to spend time with my other family! There is so much to be thankful for, enjoy the day! ❤ ❤

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