Friday, May 29, 2015

Five | Kitchen Update, Ice Cream and Baby Emerson

Where has the time gone? Oh, I know! Stressing about our kitchen/living room remodel and Emerson refusing the bottle! I think my anxiety is at an all time high and I'm working out 5+ times a week.  Thankfully the last major decision I have to make is flooring! Anyone out there have hickory or white oak? I can't decide and need your help.

Enough about my first world problems. Let's talk about ice cream, babies and other randomness.


ONE | Skinny Ice Cream
I had a serious sweets craving last week so I whipped up some "skinny" ice cream and it turned out delicious. In a food processor blend: 3 cups frozen banana, 1 1/2 cups strawberries and 1/8 tsp almond or vanilla extract. Makes 3 cups. Enjoy!

TWO | Kitchen
The wall is gone, drywall is finished and cabinet boxes are in! I would say that we are making some serious head way.

As an #fitfluential ambassador Zig sent me a couple samples to test out. Full review coming soon. In the meantime, need a protein shake on-the-go you might want to check out Zig. I'm personally a fan of whey protein so I'm sure these are right up my alley. #sponsored

FOUR | Stroller Running Day
Mom's little Running Buddies teamed up with Bob to host the second annual stroller run, May 31. This is a national virtual run. Not a runner -- don't worry you can walk too. The goal is to get outside and move with your little one(s). For more details click here.

FIVE | Emerson
Because every one loves babies and dogs!

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Birthday Wish List 2015

I almost forgot my 33rd birthday is this weekend! It just seems to creep up quicker and quicker every year. Maybe it's the fact I have a few distractions like miss Emerson and our kitchen remodel! Either way it's still fun to make a birthday wish list. My list is a bit random, but then so am I!

Birthday wish list

WORKOUT GEAR | These days I live in workout gear when I'm not in the office. These UA capri pants are a favorite of mine so I wouldn't mind adding another into the mix. It's summer so some new workout tanks are key. I don't like wearing the same workout shoes everyday so it's nice to have a few pairs. These are perfect for cross training.

SANDALS | If I could wear sandals year round I would. I'm loving this two tone sandal and think it's  the perfect work + summer sandal. [size 7]

SUNGLASSES | Watches and sunglasses are my jam! I really would love to rock these ray-bans this summer.

BIKE TRAILER | Need + want. We ride I bikes nearly everywhere during the summer. Well, with the little miss we'll need a way to transport her via bike. I like the idea of getting a double trailer so we can carry all our beach stuff too. Plus, this one turns into a stroller at your destination! It's a good thing REI is having their anniversary sale.

SUNDRESS | Besides workout clothes I love sundresses and with summer upon us it's time to update my wardrobe. This dress is perfect for backyard  bbqs or a beach vacation. I also love this and this one. [size m]

SWIMSUIT | We'll it's summer and mama wants a new suit. Enough said! top + bottom [size m]

NECKLACE | Tassels are all the rage right now and I'm loving this one from Stella + Dot. I think it would look pretty cute with the patagonia dress too.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Kitchen Remodel 2015 // The Details

Hello, there! I don't know about other new mamas, but I feel like my peanut is growing so fast.

You now what else is moving fast? Our kitchen remodel! Last week the temp beam was removed, electrical was installed and drywall went up! For more pictures make sure to follow along on instagram. Oh and our third inspection is happening today. Up next paint, cabinets, countertops and flooring. So what better time than now to talk about some kitchen stuff like... my inspiration board.

Kitchen Remodel

Pendant Lights | Were planning on adding pendant lights above the kitchen sink and island. I like the  metal look, but feel like the mint would add a pop of color to the gray and white tones throughout the kitchen. I'm eying something like this and this.

LED Lights| We currently have recessed lighting in a living room and added six cans to the kitchen.

Ceiling Fan | A ceiling fan is my compormise. I've been on a mission to find something more modern. I love the look of a three blade. My friend recommended a few fans and although I love the look of the Haiku we can't afford it, but this option from Home Depot isn't bad. 

We currently have white appliances and are making the switch to stainless. Last summer we bought this refrigerator and range and plan on ordering this dishwasher and microwave.

We haven't finalized anything, but we're leaning towards hickory. Our contractor thinks we should go with white oak, but we're just not sure we want oak. Only time with tell.

SINK | We decided on an under mount sink and bought this one because I liked it. 

CABINET DOORS | We decided to buy our doors separate from our boxes. Why? Because we're going with Ikea. I know crazy, but we can get custom doors from Semi Handmade. The plan as of today is to go with the paint grade DIY Shaker and paint them white. As far as the island we're considering a charcoal gray or navy color. I should add that we decided to incorporate mostly drawers into our design. I couldn't be happier to get rid of 1959!

CABINET BOXES | As mentioned above we went with Ikea. We actually picked everything up yesterday. Wow, that was a full day. It doesn't help that the closet Ikea is two hours from us. Time to start an assemble line to put these boxes together.

HARDWARE | Overall I'm going for a clean look and I love the simplicity of these pulls.

BACKSPLASH | There actually isn't that much space that will need tile, but we've narrowed it down to either a herringbone design or subway tiles.

COUNTERTOPS | I don't have anything picked out at this time, but I know I don't want granite.

There you have it, my kitchen vision. I can't wait until everything is complete.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Friday Five // It's All About Food

Happy Friday!

Our kitchen is looking good! Expect some more updates next week. To celebrate our kitchen remodel  I'm talking about all things food today. There's definitely a caramel trend below. I guess you could say I've had a major sweet tooth lately. Be warned don't read before breakfast

1 | DQ - Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard
Our trip to South Dakota wouldn't have been complete without a trip to DQ! Yes, we have them in California , but it's not something we typically indulge in. I tried their latest flavor Salted Caramel Truffle which just happen to be the April blizzard of the month. The Salted Caramel Truffle Blizzard features gooey, salty caramel truffles, buttery, crunchy toffee, rich cocoa fudge and dark chocolate chunks, Blended DQ soft serve. Oh, it was heaven on earth. Just the right among of caramel and chocolate. I'm still having dreams about it.

2 |  Caramel Chai
We all have weak moments at the store and last week I did. After weeks of passing by this iced chai delight I finally gave in! The caramel was the right amount of sweetness I needed. Let's just say it didn't last very long in the house.

3 | Detour Simple
Detour Bar hooked it up in April with a box of snack sized Chocolate Chip Caramel bars. The snack size is perfect for this mama. I usually eat one on my way to the gym at 5 a.m. and it keeps me fueled for the next two hours! They don't taste half bad either.

4 | My Breakfast Go-To's
Lately, I've been living on green smoothies and frittatas. Last week was sweet potato, broccoli & a serrano chili. Yup -- sounds odd, but it was pretty delicious. My green smoothies vary from day to day, but this is a favorite. Or try my dark cherry and spinach smoothie.

Calling all foodies! I teamed up with Del Real Foods to bring you one tasty giveaway. Enter here. Good Luck.

Linking up with September Farm and A. Liz Adventures.

Del Real Foods Party Pack Giveaway!

Calling all food lovers. Do I have a giveaway for you. As part of reviewing a few productsDel Real Foods is kindly offering one lucky reader their own party pack! 

On a side note: Since sampling a few products we picked up tamales the last time we were at costco. With the current state of our kitchen, due to the remodel, quick and easy meals are key. Del Real Foods has saved this starving mama a few times this week at lunch and dinner.

Now for the giveaway! See details below.

Prize: (1) Del Real Party Pack (includes five products of your choice)

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Kitchen Remodel 2015 // Planning

WOW, we're moving fast! Since my little announcement on Monday a lot has happen. I'm talking cabinets removed, beam ordered, temp wall up, footings being dug... oh the list goes on. Before I get ahead of myself I really should talk at the plan. 

You're now looking at our new kitchen if you were standing in the living room! This is a major reno that includes removing a 24 foot wall that currently separates the kitchen and living room.

When we hired our new contractor I thought I would have a few weeks to pick out finishings, but nope. He's squeezing us in so things started the next day! You know what that means I have a lot of decisions to make. Now I've been thinking about it for months so I have a pretty clear idea. However I still will second guess myself. I know I want modern, but I'm traditional. So how do you create a transitional space? Losing sleep over here from the kitchen not the baby! 

This is what's I'm thinking.


Decisions, decisions. Here's my long check list.

+ pick out cabinet doors from semi hand made (we're using ikea boxes, etc.) and order doors
+ pick out/order countertops
+ pick out/order flooring
+ buy faucet
+ buy sink
+ pick out/ buy new ceiling fan -- the hubby really wants one so I'm looking for a super modern fan. Any suggestions are welcome. This was definitely a compromise on my part.
+ order new stainless steel dishwasher and microwave (we already have a stainless fridge and stove)
+  pick out paint color for living room and kitchen
+  pick out accent wall paint color
+ pick out/buy backsplash material
+ buy pendant lights for above island
+ buy barn door and hardware
+ buy hardware for cabinets 
+ buy slate for entryway/mudroom
+ pick out/buy new front door
+ purchase cans for recessed lighting in the hallway

+ new couch
+ coffee table/ Ottoman 
+ tv mount  
+ rug for living room
+ rug for kitchen under dining table
+ barstools
+ bookshelves
+ order window shades for the kitchen
+ new curtains in the living room
+ spruce up the paint on the fireplace

WOW... I'm stressed just writing it all out! To be continued....

Monday, May 4, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Made Simple with Del Real

{Disclaimer: This post was brought to you as a partnership with Del Real. We received a five products to test. As always opinions are 100% my own. Family tested and mom approved.}

With Cinco de Mayo tomorrow I'm dreaming of street tacos and margaritas beach side! Since we all know that's not happening, I'm turning to Del Real for a quick, easy and tasty dinner.

Living in San Diego there's an endless supply of good Mexican food. I mean endless. Living in Tahoe that isn't the case. We have a few decent places, but usually if I'm craving something Mexican I make it at home. However, with a new baby I have a lot less time to really cook. Enter Del Real. Their authentic and easy to prepare food helps satisfy that craving in a jiffy.

A few weeks ago Del Real sent the hubby and I a party pack to test out a few products. Which included:

Chicken Tamales: I love tamales and these were delish. They had the right amount of spice and were easy to heat up. They weren't dry either. I added a few slices of avocado and dollop of sour cream just to dress it up a bit.

Pupusas:  This was my first time trying pupusas so I was pretty pumped. Honestly, they weren't my favorite. I felt as though they were extremely heavy. They were like a thick quesadilla. You'll want to share these.

Chile Verde: The sauce was fantastic, but I didn't care for the meat so much. It seemed dry.

Carnitas: Hands down my favorite product I tried. I made simple street tacos for the hubby and I. YUM! The hubby was so impressed. I will buy the carnitas in the future.

Shredded Chicken: Tacos made easy! The shredded chicken isn't seasoned making it easy to whip up anything from enchiladas to tacos. We added some seasoning and made tacos topped with avocado, pico de gallo and a lettuce. The next day I even used it to make a taco salad!

All in all the hubby and I really enjoyed our Del Real party pack. In the future I could see us buying the Carnitas. We actually purchased a pack of tamales the last time we were at Costco! They seriously are perfect for those nights you just need something quick.

Have you tried anything from Del Real? What's your favorite?

Kitchen Remodel 2015

AHHHH....  pop the bubbly our long awaited kitchen remodel is actually happening! Proof is in the pictures. This weekend we (meaning my awesome hubby... someone had to watch the baby) started demo. I'm talking flooring, walls, mudroom closet and even the hallway ceiling!

Things are moving fast and we should have a functioning shiny new kitchen by June. Between now and then I have so much to do on top of watching the baby, attempting to work 40 hours and packing up all the cabinets. Oh and my hubby still has more demo! Then there's the dreaded budget -- which I'll touch base about in another post. For now let's just jump for joy that I'm getting a new kitchen. So expect a handful of kitchen remodel posts to be mixed in with health living, baby and other life adventures.