Happy 3rd Birthday Dash!🐾💕🎂



Dash, you are a wild one and certainly keep us on our toes…but you are also the ultimate snuggle bug. We love you so much and can’t imagine our family without you!


Tonight we will celebrate with some new toys, lots of playing and maybe even some special homemade treats by Dad! I feel so very thankful to have two amazing pups in our life. They make our family complete and we love them more than anything.




30 Days of Thankfulness — Day 1-9

Welcome back friends! Glad you are joining me for another 30 Days of Thankfulness. I first started this blog series in 2013 and am very proud to have kept it going. Bring on year #5! You can check out previous post from 20132014, 2015 and 2016.

We really have so much to be THANKFUL for in this life. I think it’s  important to take the time to count your blessing and just pay it forward. Thank you for letting me share with you!

Day 1: A new month and Day #2 of another meditation challenge with Depak Chopra & Oprah. Check out their 21 Day Meditation Challenge and join me!

Day 2: Wonderful evening having dinner and catching up with Paul & Lee D’Anna! I first met Lee (Shutterbug) at Diamond Crest Girl Scout Camp and ended up babysitting their two daughters (Holly & Claire) until I went away to college. Although I probably hadn’t seen them since 2003, it felt like old times. Loved hearing about retirement and van life on the road. Paul & Lee are both retired now, have downsized and are traveling all over the US in a van they custom built for their travels. Sounds like the life to me! I’m so very glad they stopped in SB. Looking forward to hearing more about your travels and seeing you both again soon! unnamed

Thank you Paul and Lee for the opportunity to babysit your girls and be a part of your family! ❤

 Day 3: Yay for a short work week! Soooo looking forward to having Friday off from work and getting a 3-day weekend!

Day 4: Spending the day (weekend) with Erin, Scott and Lucy! Erin and Chris met during PA school and have been really good friends since then. It was such a pleasure having all three of them in SB for the weekend. We had a blast just catching up, playing with Lucy and even going to the zoo! So glad to have friends that really feel like family. ❤

P.S. Lucy is probably the cutest little ever and was so easy all weekend! Can’t wait to see them again soon!

Day 5: Witnessed the most gorgeous sunset on our evening walk with the pups. We literally stopped and just admired the sky, watching as the vibrant reds and oranges took over the sky. It was amazing. I forgot how stunningly beautiful the sunsets are during the fall/winter in SB.

Day 6: Feeling the NODA love even though I’m not at the conference this year 😦 . Got a few texts from fellow colleges at the conference who shared that I was missed. Awww ❤ This certainly tugged at my heartstrings (I was really, really hoping to be there), but made me feel good that my presence was missed. Hoping some day to be back in the orientation world and able to attend another NODA conference. You can read about when I went to NODA in 2015 and 2016.

Day 7: The ability and privilege to VOTE! Last year was a little scary (can’t believe it’s already been a year)…but I feel very thankful to have this ability and hope everyone gets out there and VOTES!

Day 8: Glad to have a co-worker that has become a really wonderful friend. Lauren, I am so, so glad we started at L&S together. At the end of the day, this girl just gets me. I’m so thankful to not only have her as a colleague but as a friend! I’ve got her back and I know she has mine!


Here’s to my work twin Lauren! ❤

Day 9: Huge CONGRATULATIONS to my husband who PASSED the PANRE!!!!!!!!!!!!! The PANRE is the Physician Assistant National Re-certifying Exam, which has to be taken every 5 years for him to continue being a PA. They are in the process of changing the requirements so it’s likely he won’t have to take it again for another 10 years! Way to go Tof/Chris!!! So incredibly HAPPY, EXCITED and PROUD of you for passing the PANRE!! Knew you could do it, way to go!!! Love you! ❤

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu



November 1st & 1000 Days of Meditation

Happy Wednesday and Happy November 1st! Hope everyone has recovered from the Halloween celebrations last night. We had a pretty low-key evening…pizza, movies and lots of trick-or-treaters! Of course I made sure we lit all our candles and soaked up/enjoyed all of our Halloween decorations ONE.LAST.TIME. 😦  #sadhalloweenisover

And like that…October is GONE and November is here.


October seemed to fly by again this year, but we had a ton of fun and packed a lot into it! I say this EVERY year, but I get a little sad when the month of October is over. It’s may favorite month and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I guess it’s until next year October/Halloween…you will be missed!

Today is also an exciting day because today I have reach 1000 DAYS OF MEDITATING! Can you believe it?! 1000 days!


I’ve been using the Stop, Breath & Think app and absolutely love it! Super easy to use and they have so many different meditations. I love being able to “check-in” everyday, list how I am feeling and then have meditations suggested for me. It’s also pretty neat to see your check-in/meditation streaks. Today’s is especially awesome with 1000 across the board!

You can read about when I reached my first 100 days of meditating here and my one year. Meditation has had a huge impact on my life and this is something I plan on always making a part of my daily routine. I’m so very thankful to have found meditation and am excited for the journey it’s taken me on.Be-Thankful-Print-Image

November is also the start of my 30 Days of Thankfulness series on my blog. For the past 5 years, I’ve been doing this series and plan to keep it going. 30 Days of Thankfulness first appeared on my blog in 2013. I also keep a daily gratitude journal on my phone, but really love this blog series during November. You can check out previous series post from 201320142015, and 2016. Please feel free to join me in this series/challenge. I will be posting a recap every 8-9 days or so, as to not totally inundate you with blog posts. My first post is scheduled for November 9th. Hope you join me and cheers to year #5!


Happy Halloween!! 🎃👻🍭🎃👻🍭


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




This is the first Halloween with my new office at UCSB. They seem to get pretty into it, but only a few people decorated their offices. Our theme was classic Halloween. Love it! We had lots of witches (including me), cats and a variety of other characters. We also had a potluck at lunch so that was fun.


Still really missing my old coworkers from SJSU…we did Halloween BIG! Can’t wait to see how their themed costumes turn out this year. Love and miss you guys!


Now for some pictures with my handsome hubby! Chris went as a Ghostbuster (classic and perfect) and I was a witch.


Enjoy a spooky night with friends, family, ghosts and goblins! Be safe and have lots of FUN! We plan on passing out lots of candy, eating pizza and enjoying a scary movie or two!

See you tomorrow for the start of November. How can that be?!?! Can’t believe my favorite month and holiday are coming to a close….still time to enjoy a little more!

Xo 🎃 👻

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!