Thursday Thoughts

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Once again I’m linking to Jen’s Thursday Thoughts, which is essentially a summary of the crazy things I’m doing in real life or reading on the interwebs…. 

  • I finished House of Cards last weekend. I didn’t think it was better than the first season but still good enough to attempt to binge watch. I finished it in a little over a week. 
  •  I’ve seen this Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen floating around and it’s been very helpful! Since we cut out a lot of sugar and have been exercising on a regular basis again, our weekly trips to Whole Paycheck have ramped up again. 
  •  Speaking of exercise, the other day my Fitbit completely died on me. Fitbit customer service is amazing and replaced it within a week! 
  •  Mother Earth is such an amazing wonder. Check out these photos of the newest Tongan island created by a volcano eruption in January.  Makes me long for Hawaii which has nothing to do with Tonga but whatever.
Be well!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Gorgeous weather around the Bay these days so we spent some time in the yard cleaning up! I planted some smart plant succulents in our benches and I purchased some Purple Rockrose to complement the lavender in the front yard. We are still in a drought so I wanted to purchase something that would be drought tolerant and the clerk suggested these.  I chose the succulents because we have had the hardest time getting something to grow in these planters.  

I surely did do some Valentines Day 90% off clearance shopping this weekend. I bought in moderation and only stuff I knew I could give to friends and family or keep for my babies. If you want to hunt cheap Target stuff make sure to follow my deals instagram @tbl_deals! I've been starting to post the prices and photos of stuff while I'm in the store.  When I found a ton of things I deposited them in the clearance area to pay it forward.  Here are some of my finds.... 

Everything pictured wasn't more than $1.50.  Hunting takes patience but it can pay off!  

A long holiday weekend....

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy President’s Day everyone! 

We had a VERY productive weekend, here are some highlights and some links: 
  •  We had a sweet Valentine’s Day with the girls. Paul made heart shaped pizza and fondue for them (they hated the cheese but wanted to swim in the chocolate) and filet/lobster for us. I would say that it was one of the top 5 BEST meals he has ever made for us. After the kids went to bed we watched one of my favorite movies ever, Clue. It’s been at least 5 years since I’ve seen and I was laughing like a dork! Our day was low key and so fun, I’m so lucky to have P who takes such good care of us.
  • Speaking of, P cut and fitted some chalkboards for all of my empty vintage frames I found at the Alameda Antique Fair. The cream ones will be used in J’s wedding and the grey one is for sale. 

  •  The DVF fashion show this weekend was fantastic. My favorite pieces were the white dress  that Jenner is wearing and the women’s suit with the purple top underneath. Love it!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Starting with some housekeeping today....

  • Miriam P. you have won the Amazon giftcard giveaway! Please email me at with your address!
  • Terry Q. you are the runner up to the EOS bundle giveaway!  Please email me at with your address!

I ran into Marshall's the other day and found some great items.  I grabbed a Champion sports bra for $6, a Burt's Bees organic cotton shirt for Kiki for $2 and these two scores....

A Tokyo Milk Sparrow candle for $3.50!  I made P help me look for another more but I alas, we only found one.  These candles smell amazing and normally retail for $12.

I also found this book for Kiki's collection for $3! She already has the Cinderella and the Little Mermaid and like her mama and sister is growing up to love books!

Find anything good lately at Marshalls?

Sickness= A Tough Weekend

Monday, February 2, 2015

Tough weekend around these parts.  The girls were sick and there was entirely too much whining, crying and yelling which included us parents.  Fingers crossed that this will be a better week and I'm working on reminding myself that I need more patience and that sometimes the kids do crazy things because they are KIDS.  Parenthood is hard work but I'm not doing myself or my kids any favors by not working on rolling with the punches.  

In between all of that dramz, we tried to show some enthusiasm for the Superbowl even though we dislike both teams playing.  P ran out to the store and brought back some goodies and I paced myself snacking while downing green tea to fill myself up.  

Shrimp ceviche, cheese and crackers and artichoke dip with french bread

And speaking of pacing myself, I'm back on the workout train and have been since the beginning of the year.  We have a treadmill and complete weight set in our garage, there is literally no reason as to why I shouldn't be working out more often.  My vice is food though so I'm prepping lunches the night before since I always seem to get caught at work going out to eat.   So far this kettlebell workout is my go to when I'm not running.

I hope everyone else had a good weekend!

Winter 2014 Disneyland Recap

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Last December we headed to Disneyland, a favorite destination for us.  Yes, it’s expensive and can be crowded* but I grew up going and I want my girls to experience the magic that place can bring.  Christmas is such a beautiful time to visit, even Downtown Disney captured the magic with their decor and outdoor ice rink!

We met our family friends out there and we were on the go for almost three straight days. The kids actually took naps on both of the days (to be honest we ALL did) and we were totally surprised since A stopped napping years ago.  P and I sort of winged this trip, we hit all of our favorite rides the first morning and headed to the hotel after a long lunch.  It seemed to work out ok, although nights were tough and there was a lot of walking Kiki around in her stroller to get her to sleep.   

I didn’t focus on many of the holiday Disney treats like I usually do but instead wanted to focus on getting decent deals on souvenirs since A is getting to the age where she collects things. In order to combat the "I wants" I gave her a $25 gift card and said she could pick out anything in that price range and pay for it herself.  Like I predicted she really weighed her options and finally decided on a sequined santa hat with Mickey ears.   We did let her pick out a new pin for her Disney lanyard since she chooses a special one for each trip but other than that we had no issues with "stuff" at the park.   In fact, it was me who stumbled upon a cute souvenir for myself!  In the Pioneer Mercantile (across from the rifle shooting range) I noticed leather bracelets.  There is a window on the outside of the shop where they will engrave the bracelets so I picked up a few Christmas presents and one for myself!  They are so cute!

We also took the time to hunt for some Cars Land free buttons and found a Ramone button at the shop across from Flo's Cafe.  We asked a random cast member and she gave us two buttons which was a cool addition to our Disneyland button collection.

*It was crazy crowded on Saturday since it was the candlelight processional event.  Beware going the same weekend as this event!


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Seabright Beach, Santa Cruz.