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Friday, March 24, 2017

I am usually pretty excited about Friday's, but this Friday means that we only have another couple days in Mexico and I am going to be sad to leave. I am looking forward to seeing Walter though. My sister has been house sitting and watching Walter while we have been gone.

Onto my Friday favorites and happenings.

ONE. While I was in Mississippi, I stopped by the outlet mall to see if I could find any deals. I rarely shop at Ann Taylor, but always shop at Loft. Since this outlet mall didn't have Loft, I opted for Ann Taylor and I found the cutest pants. I have been wearing them a lot at work. They are comfy, stretchy and very flattering. And I got them for about $20. Seriously hoping I can find another pair in a different color. I can't find them online sadly.

TWO. Did you read my post yesterday on the 39 things about my favorite person? Lindsay, from Lindsay's Sweet World did the same for her husband a few months ago when he turned 39 and I knew that I wanted to do that for my husband.

THREE. Lizzie invited me to her new Facebook group, We Heart Deals and she posted a few deals that I couldn't help but scoop up for Easter and now I want to share them with you all.
Jumping Jack Carrot Game

FOUR. Since my husband won't be reading this post before he receives his present, I thought I would show you all what I got him. My husband drives a Toyota Tundra and he loves his truck. He has done some upgrades to it since he got it in 2013 (side rail steps that we bought for his birthday a few years back, a new exhaust system and some other minor stuff). He has been wanting custom floor mats for awhile and I finally decided to gift him them for his birthday. These are the ones I got.
Weathertech floor liners

From all the reviews and photos, they fit seamlessly into the truck and provide a lot of protection to the carpeted areas. I really hope he likes them and will let you all know after he uses them.

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Karli, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.

Happy Birthday to My Favorite Man

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Almost a month ago, Lindsay wrote 39 things about her favorite person because he was turning 39. Well just like Lindsay's husband, Rory is turning 39 today. I seriously can't believe that! One more year until he is 40. And he hates when I remind him of that.

But Rory is my favorite person EVER. I mention Rory here and there, but I never really go into what he does, how his brain works and his passions. That is why I am going to give you 39 things about my husband today.

1. Rory and I were born in the same city, but he moved away when he was 7 (I was a year and a half) to California. He moved to one of the most expensive areas in Northern California, Marin.

2. Rory grew up a die hard Niners, Giants and Warriors fan. His family had Niners season tickets most of his life and we have been to four games together. He has seen the Giants play in their old stadium (Candlestick) and AT&T park (new stadium).
Niners Candlestick Park

3. Rory is super competitive when it comes to sports. He has been known to get fouls called on him for elbowing someone during basketball.

4. Rory is pretty amazing at golf, but his driver swing has been lacking in the last couple years. He used to be a 7 handicap, but it has since dropped. He can hit the ball soooo far.

5. Rory went to the same high school as Tupac and Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place and Two and a Half Men).

6. He used to break dance as a kid.

7. His favorite genre of music is rap/hip-hop. He was listening to rap music as a young child and it still holds strong as his favorite.

8. Rory knows all of the words to Ice Ice Baby. He always sings it when it comes on the radio.

9. We went to the same university and both majored in business, but his focus was finance. He was also part of the business fraternity.
Nevada Wolf Pack Tailgate

10. Rory does yoga every Wednesday. He also does yoga at home. It is the only effective way of him keeping his back in good health. #backspasms

11. He is very loud. He has been known to get into one too many "fights" on twitter. He was also threatened on his yelp account since he was an elite and someone was pissed off at one of his reviews.

12. Rory is part french and he has the nose to prove it.

13. Rory cooks the best eggs. Nobody's can compare to his. He uses a splash of vanilla and spices and they are the fluffiest eggs.

14. He is extremely intelligent. He can carry on the best conversations with people and just seems to have a lot of knowledge on everything.
wedding rehearsal

15. He has big feet. Size 14.

16. He loves dessert. Mint chip ice cream, dark chocolate anything, pies, frozen yogurt...but he is not a big fan of cake.

17. He is an adventurous eater. When we were just co-workers, a bunch of us went to a pho restaurant and he got this soup with tripe (stomach lining), tongue and another weird body part. It looked so foul, but he happily ate it. His favorite basque dish is sweet breads (cow glands).

18. Rory loves to go hiking. He has more gear than anyone I know and is up for a hike no matter the time of year or weather.

19. Rory loves reading the news. He is always in the know.

20. Rory loves Airhead bites almost as much as I do. I introduced them to him and now he even gets them when he travels like I do.

21. Rory is the perfect mix of Aaron Rodgers and Alex Smith. Seriously. Look at his picture. If Rory grows out a beard and wears a hat, he is dead on for Rodgers.

22. He doesn't cook much, but is amazing when it comes to grilling meats. Speaking of cooking, I remember one time when we were dating, he made himself spaghetti, but it turned out to be more like chili that he put on noodles.

23. He can change a diaper in no time flat. And he is never grossed out by the poopy diapers. Or if he is, he never shows it.

24. When I was pregnant, I think Rory secretly wanted boys, but now that he has girls, I don't think he would change it for anything. His girls have him wrapped around their fingers and loves them something fierce.

25. His favorite cocktail is an Old Fashion.

26. He has had the same best friend since second grade.

27. Rory was the cutest little boy. He had the blondest hair and always looked so put together in all his photos growing up. His mom even made his and his sister's clothes.

28. Rory and his sister often have calf off competitions. They have now included my sweet nephew in the best calves competition.

29. Rory and his sister send each other videos doing their best "new boot goofing" when they get new shoes.

30. He has been out of the country a lot. Between work and personal, he has traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Estonia, Italy, England, Malta, Sweden, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and I am sure I am missing some.

31. He has had season tickets to both football and basketball at the University of Nevada for as long as I can remember. He loves his team through and through. Even when I gave up my basketball tickets because I couldn't watch them lose anymore (I know, awful. Especially since they are soooo good this year).

32. He isn't into Halloween or dressing up (costumes), but he has been a good sport for me over the years.
Juno Costume

33. He loves watching old 80s movies. He constantly puts on something from our past. From the Godfather to Revenge of the Nerds.

34. He is part of a long line of Nevada alumnis. So many of his family members graduated from there.

35. His middle name is his grandfather's name. His dad also carries it as his middle name. If we were ever to have a boy, he would have the middle name of Allan as well.

36. He loves to garden and do yard work. And now he can't wait to share that with the girls.

37. He loves snowboarding and used to strive to be the first chair (first one on the lift for the day means fresh powder).

38. He won't eat pineapple on his pizza.

39. He LOVES shoes. He has more pairs of shoes than I do.

Happy Birthday Rory!
twin family photos

That is a lot harder than it looks. Coming up with 39 things about a person is tough, but I am so glad that I could showcase my favorite person!

What's Up Wednesday

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It has been awhile since I participated in a What's Up Wednesday and since I am on vacation, I thought this was the perfect week to participate.


Well we are eating soooo much Mexican food, but they don't call it Mexican food. They just call it food and it is heaven. We are eating al pastor tacos, fish tacos, fried red snapper, fajitas, pastries, so many eggs and just so much seafood. I have been working out hard so I can enjoy all the goodness Mexico has to offer and let me tell you, we are enjoying plenty of margaritas and cervezas.


Our Mexico trip last year. Just before we went to Mexico last April, Rory's great aunt passed away. So this time while we are in Mexico, we are celebrating his great aunt even more.


All the sunshine, warm temperatures, family time and food. Did I mention, I love the food here?


Well we have been relaxing, walking the city a ton and today we are taking an adventure over to Sayulita for one night. Rory and I are kid free today and part of tomorrow and we are traveling an hour north to have a day to ourselves. The girls are hanging out with their grandparents and we plan to explore the city.
Sayulita (not the hotel we are staying at)

Tomorrow is Rory's birthday, so we will be celebrating full force.


Coming home. Ha. I do miss my pup, Walter and love the comforts of home, but I just love it here. Oh and going back to work because who wants to do that?


My tan. Pool days and 80 degree temperatures make it so easy to slip into the vacation mode.


Our trip to Sayulita today. Too bad they are not filming Bachelor in Paradise here yet. That would be fun to see the couples on dates here.


Finally reading Big Little Lies. It only took me over a month to start it. We are also catching the March Madness games here.


Lots of Spanish music, March Madness games and my girls whose language has really exploded lately. They are taking up a storm and wanting to know what everything is, where someone is and how to do something. It is so much fun watching my girls learn about new things and discover the little things.


Summer attire and it feels great. I have been working out hard to try to get in bikini shape and while I ate a lot of pizza and pasta, I feel like I did a pretty good job.

But I am wearing a lot of J Crew shorts, a J Crew bikini, Madwell t-shirts, Gap tanks and some late picks from Nordstrom Rack.
Madwell shirt
Joe's shorts
J Crew bikini
J Crew chambray shorts
J Crew black shorts
Gap Crochet Shirt
Gap Muscle Tank


Relaxing in Mexico. Well until Saturday afternoon. Then we head back to the states and to see my Walter pup. The rest of the weekend will be spent doing laundry, unpacking and getting ready for the week ahead.


My mom's birthday, Easter, Spring like weather, snowboarding, work travel and more outdoors time.


Not much else is new in my life. Kinda boring, huh?

Penne ala Vodka Recipe

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

If you know me at all, you know I have a love for pasta. It is one of my favorite things to eat and a huge reason I run all the time. I LOVE vodka sauce on my pasta, but I am usually disappointed with most restaurants portrayal of it. Though I have had some of the best vodka sauce in Las Vegas.

I have also tried so many recipes and there was always something off with each one of them. So after making it many times, I decided to create my own recipe and take what I liked from all of them and make my Penne ala Vodka. It has some spice, two different proteins and the creamy goodness we all look for in a vodka sauce.

I hope you enjoy.
Penne ala Vodka recipe


6 thick slices of pancetta (I try to get it from the deli, but sometimes I get a packet of large diced pancetta)
3/4 pound mild italian sausage
1 pound uncooked penne pasta
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (depending on how much heat you like)
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (plum are the best)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup vodka
olive oil
Penne ala vodka ingredients
I used 4 oz of large diced pancetta this time.


1. Cook your pasta according to the package. You want to cook it until it is al dente. Drain and set aside.
2. In a stock pot, add olive oil. Just about a teaspoon of oil is all you need. Brown your pancetta. Once your pancetta is brown, removed to a bowl/plate. Make sure you leave the drippings. If you have a lot of oil drippings, discard some. You want about a tablespoon of drippings.
Browned pancetta

3. Add your sausage to the drippings and cook it until it is browned.
4. Add your garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for a minute until your garlic is fragrant and slightly browned.
Penne ala vodka ingredients

5. Add your pancetta back in along with the canned tomatoes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Add your vodka and whipping cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, add in your pasta, toss and let it all come together. About 2 to 3 minutes.
Penne ala vodka recipe

7. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Serve and enjoy.
Penne ala vodka recipe

This isn't a very healthy dish, but it packs the flavor and is a favorite in my home.
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Friday's Five

Friday, March 17, 2017

As you are reading this, I should be on a plane headed to Mexico! Let's hope we have no delays, cancellations or anything holding us back from paradise.

And a Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you all!

Onto my weeks favorites and happenings.

ONE. While looking at my Facebook feed this week, I came upon a post I was sure was fake. So I opened up Nordstrom's website, typed in Clear Knee Mom Jeans and low and behold, the Topshop jeans were real. And they were $95. Seriously?! The reviews are amazing on them and I couldn't stop laughing. Go take a look and read them for yourself.
Top Shop Clear Knee Mom Jeans

TWO. Wednesday night I stayed out way too late, but it was so worth it. I was out celebrating one of my best friends birthdays. We went to dinner and had the worst service, but the company made up for it. After dinner, we headed to another bar for another round of drinks and I made it home just after 11. I definitely paid for it Thursday, but again, worth it.
Some of my favorite ladies
This was only the girls. There was a bunch of guys too.

THREE. Just in time for Mexico, Avery is feeling better. But she doesn't look like it. A few nights ago while sleeping, she scratched her nose and it left a huge cut which is now a lovely scab. And then Thursday morning at daycare, she was running, tripped and feel in the kitchen area. So now she has a lovely swollen lip and cut to match. Poor sweet girl just can't catch a break. 

FOUR. Even though I am gone next week, I still planned a bunch of posts. And there is a special one coming Thursday since my main man turns 39! Also I will be posting on Instagram all week. Shameless plug? I think not. Seriously follow along on our Mexican adventure.

FIVE. Did you see my IG post yesterday? Starbucks has Spring cups out and they are the best. So many different colors! I got the yellow cup and it was perfect for all the sunshine we have been having lately!
Starbucks yellow Spring cup

I hope you have a great weekend!

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Karli, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.

Some Confessions and Thoughts

Thursday, March 16, 2017

It feels like it has been a few weeks since I did some confessions, so settle in and enjoy the randomness of my life right now.

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that I thought we would have to cancel our trip to Mexico tomorrow. Since Avery got sick, I was sure it would be RSV or something that would cause us to cancel. So far, so good and we are heading off tomorrow.

that I am soooooo nervous for my Wolf Pack basketball team. They are playing in the big dance today against Iowa State and they are not projected to win. I am hoping for a Cinderella story and they move onto the next round. Fingers crossed.

that I am nervous about flying with two year olds tomorrow. I have their kindle fires, snacks, headphones, toys and things to help, but it is all up to how they feel. Please oh please let us have some quiet flights. Or have it be other kids who cause the ruckus.

that I still haven't gotten my windshield replaced. It has a big crack in it and it isn't completely in my line of sight, but it has to be replaced if I am going to sell my car.

that I am nervous to list my car for private party sell. Mostly because I am afraid it will be scooped up in a day and I will regret selling it. Why is it so hard to give up our cars?

that I am still trying to finish all my posts for next week. It is hard to prep for two weeks worth of posts.


- How hard is it to recalculate children's monthly tuition at each birthday? My girls turned two in December and we have not had a correct bill since then. Every month, I write a note saying they turned two and their tuition goes down to xyz, so that is the amount that I paid and it still doesn't get changed. Then we get our year end bill saying we owe money. Get your accounting department together. Ugh.

- The dollar to peso ratio keeps going down. It was at $1 = 21 pesos a few weeks back, but now it is at $1 = 19.22 pesos. Still good, but I was hoping for the first one.

-  Yesterday was my friend's birthday and I was lucky enough to go out and celebrate with her. Having dinner with a bunch of my friends on a Wednesday night was a great way to break up the week. Happy Birthday Stace.

- I basically winged it with my March Madness bracket this year. I looked at some "stats" but mostly just chose quickly. Maybe that means a winner this time. Ha.


Remembering the Little Things

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Today I am linking up with Jess, Jenn and Leslie for another round of Remembering the Little Things. Each day I try to soak in all the little things that happen around me. It is hard to do because those little things just pass us by. But my little ones are growing so fast and I want to remember all the little things that they do. They are the things I am sure I will miss as they grow and grow.
Remember the Little Things link up

- When Avery was sick two nights ago, she woke up around 2 am and she was calling out mommy, mommy. I came into their room and she kept calling my name. I covered her back up with her blanket, gave her her paci, rubbed her head and cheek and told her how much I loved her. Even in her sleep, she said "lub you mommy". I love it when my girls tell me they love me. My heart melts every time.

- When Sutton brushes my hair or tries to make it pretty. She loves playing with my hair, but hates her hair being brushed.

- When I walk into daycare and the girls run up to us to say hello. They immediately want down because they have to grab their lunch pails.

- When we are on a walk and the girls say, "hand" and they grab our hands and we walk all together.

- When the girls ask about "wa-wa" every evening on the way home from daycare. They can't wait to see Walter.

- Seeing how maternal Sutton is. She loves her baby dolls and will push them around in their strollers. Avery and Sutton now put their blankets over their babies in the stroller because they are protecting them. It is the cutest thing ever.

- The girls are starting to love their rocking horses now. They say rocking, rocking, rocking as they rock back and forth on it. But they immediately get off if they accidentally press the horses ear and it makes horse sounds.

- Sending your best friend a text because you wrote a blog post about her and she tells you that it made her day. She also asks if she can use the story in her book that she is writing about her accident and what she overcame.

- When the girls pack so much food into their mouths so they can have more. They will get a mini cookie and stuff it in their mouth and keep asking for more. They will only chew it when we don't give them more or when their mouth is too full. It is funny to see them chipmuck the food.

- When the girls see an airplane, they say "plane or airplane" and make sure to point it out to us when we are driving in the car.

- When the girls give each other hugs and kisses.

- When Avery protects her sister if Sutton gets in trouble. She will come up to us and point at us and tell us NO. Like we can't punish her sister. She loves her sister something fierce.
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