Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Favorites

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I am just so happy that Summer is officially here. We have plans to go to the beach this weekend and soak in all of Summer's glory.

Onto my Friday favorites and happenings.

ONE. I realized I never shared what we got Rory for Father's Day. Whoops. Well we got him a pair of swim trunks from Ted Baker, some shaving cream from Lush along with some shower gel from Lush. He loved it all and was really excited to try out some Lush products for himself. I usually only get Lush products for me, but they do have a great line for men or unisex.
Ted Baker Swim Shorts

Lush Dirty Shaving Cream
Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel

TWO. If you follow me on Instagram, then you saw that I was at the Rodeo on Tuesday night. Our friends (old neighbors) invited us to sit in their box with them and watch the Rodeo. Once my MIL agreed to watch the girls, we set everything up. We had the best time watching mutton bustin (kids riding/holding onto sheep), the bull races, bucking horses, rope tying and so much more. I love going to the Rodeo, but don't get there as often now that I have kids. I can't wait to take them and have them enjoy it as much as we do.
Rodeo attire

Reno Rodeo

Reno Rodeo

THREE. Yesterday myself and several ladies shared our favorite hair products. I wrote a list of so many things that I want to add to my hair care routine. Go check out yesterday's post if you are in need of some hair care products.
Girl Chat link up

FOUR. So I have a mini update on our toddler Ok to Wake Clock. After using it for about three days, it started not keeping the correct time, so it would turn green at about 4 to 5 am and then turn off. We were resetting the time daily and it still messed up nightly. We even tried resetting it, but it didn't work. So we are sending it back. Not sure if we should get the same one (try it again) or go with this one. Have any of you used this one?
Ok to Wake Clock

FIVE. So we tried a few new dishes this week and they were a hit. One of our favorites was a Chicken, Brussels, Apple and Sweet Potato Skillet. I made this Monday night, but subbed chicken apple sausage instead of chicken breasts as I still have an aversion to raw chicken. It was really good. It is definitely a perfect fall meal, but we enjoyed it even in the Summer. If you don't use sweet potatoes, I would probably skip the cinnamon. It even heats up well as leftovers. Plus it is Paleo and Whole30 friendly.
Chicken, Brussels, Apple and Sweet Potato Skillet

SIX. So remember my amazing Elf Midnight Summer sandals that I have been obsessed with? Well one of the zippers broke. I have had them for just about three months and the left sandals zipper broke. I don't wear them daily, only about once a week. I am very good to my shoes (especially expensive ones) and take proper care of them.

I emailed the customer service and I am hoping they will replace or fix them. I don't see how paying $125 (with shipping) for shoes that last three months is a good investment. I just hope they take care of it.
Elf Midnight Summer sandals

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.

Have a great weekend!
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Girl Chat - Favorite Hair Products

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It's time for another round of Girl Chat and this time we are talking about Our Favorite Hair Products. In January, I wrote a post about my favorite hair products which are mostly still the same. So I am going to copy it here and make any changes to my CURRENT favorites.
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Girl Chat link up

I have fine and straight hair and it seems like it is tough maintaining it. Between the constant breakage and the limpness of it, I have picked my hairdressers brain on how to liven it up. Does anyone else fail miserably at recreating your hair look and style that your hairdresser does during your hair appt? I do.

But I am going to share my current hair routine. I do change it up every so often, but this is the one I have been using for awhile.

Shampoo and Conditioner

I alternate my shampoo and conditioner throughout the week. I use Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Shampoo and Conditioner one day and Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner the next time.

Why do I use two different lines? Well I color my hair a bright blonde and I want to keep that brightness going between appointments.

Bumble and Bumble's Full Potential is amazing. It reduces hair loss, prevents breakage, strengthens your hair and makes it look fuller. The key to fine hair.

Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Shampoo
Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Conditioner

My other favorite shampoo is the Oribe collection. I get the bright blonde (in the pink bottle), but they have so many lines for different types of hair. This is my favorite one. It smells so good and leave my hair feeling silky.
Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo
Oribe Bright Blonde Conditioner

Hair Prep

After washing my hair, I love to put two things into my hair. I know it sounds ridiculous. The first is Bumble and Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse and then Bumble and Bumble Saves the Day (which is detailed below). The mousse is to add volume to my rather limp hair. I put it on my roots, rub it in and then add the Saves the Day. Then I brush my hair before blow drying it. Also, if you blow dry your hair upside down for the last part of it, it gives it a lot more volume.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Full Form Mousse

Dry Shampoo

I have tried a bunch of dry shampoo lines. I used to use Not Your Mother's Clean Freak (I still do after the gym), but then I went to the grand opening of my hair salon and they used the new Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-powder and I fell in love. Not only does it smell good, but I can use it for several days and not shampoo my hair. I have never found a dry shampoo that does that. I usually can only go a day in between, but not with Bumble's. This stuff works soooooo good. It isn't exactly cheap, but so worth it. Plus it smells like heaven.
Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-powder Dry Shampoo

Hair Repair

If you are like me and blow dry, straighten and/or curl your hair all the time, I am sure it is a bit damaged. With fine hair, it gets damaged easily. I have been using it daily and my hair has never felt better. The ends feel soft and my hair is shiny without being greasy.
Bumble and Bumble Saves the Day

This is a new product that I just recently tried. I was at my salon getting my hair done a week before my sister's wedding and my hairstylist brought up a scalp detox. She said it feels like pop rocks on your scalp. It gets rid of the product buildup, oils and impurities. I wanted to try it, so she gave me a treatment. It was amazing and felt soooo weird, but I loved it.

She told me to do it about once a week and that is it. If you use a lot of dry shampoo, this is for you.
Bumble and Bumble Scalp Detox

Hair Spray

I have used so many different hair sprays. I have used expensive ones like Bumble and Bumble Does It All, Pureology Hair Spray, Kerastase Hair Spray and then cheaper ones like Tresemme, but the one that seems to do the job and is only $3 to $5, Dove Flexible Hair Spray.
Dove Flexible Hair Spray

Texturizing Spray

I bought some Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Spray a long time ago and never really used it. Then my hairstylist showed me how to properly use it and now I love it. After I curl my hair, I let it cool and then run my fingers through the curls. Then I spray the texturizing spray all over it and then add a little hair spray to hold everything. It is the perfect combo and it gives texture and the lift that my fine hair needs.

What are your favorite hair products?

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018


I don't have a post today because I am prepping for our Girl Chat link up tomorrow. Don't forget to link up with us tomorrow. The topic is Favorite Hair Products. I can't wait to read everyone's favorites.
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Monday, June 18, 2018

Father's Day Weekending

This weekend was different, unusual, weird. Between cranky toddlers, rainy weather, a sick child on Father's Day and Father's Day, nothing went quite as planned.

Let me back up to Friday. Rory had a golf tournament, so that meant that I was to pick up the girls after work. But first, I grabbed lunch, went to Old Navy and then a local clothing shop before heading to the hospital for a genetic DNA test.

After getting done, I went to Trader Joes to get snacks for the beach the next day plus a few of our favorites for the house. Oh and if you love a summer time cocktail, they have these seltzer flavored water alcohol drinks that are amazing right now. I got the pomegranate one. Yum.

After dropping off the groceries at home, I picked up the girls and took them to the park. We were only there for about 40 minutes before the wind got to be too much for them. Then I took them to dinner at our favorite Mexican place. They were mostly behaved.
toddler park time

toddler park time

toddler park time

toddler park time

toddler park time

Then we went home, got ready for bed and watched an episode of Mickey. Then I did the normal bedtime routine with them. Rory got home about 15 minutes after they went down, so he was able to kiss them goodnight.

Saturday morning we got up early since the girls had no interest in the dog wake up clock we got them. They didn't even pay attention to it. Even though they did Friday morning. Ugh. After we got up, we got ready and left to go to the beach. We grabbed coffees along the way and were so excited for our first beach day.

It wasn't too crowded when we got there, but it started filling up fast. We had an ok time. The girls were feisty, didn't want to listen, only wanted to eat non-stop and didn't want to go in the water since it was so cold. I don't blame them on the last one though because it was too cold and windy to go in. But we managed to stay there for 3 1/2 hours before leaving since Sutton refused to go to the bathroom there. Even though they were real bathrooms, flushable toilets and so clean.
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

The girls napped on the way home, but they didn't get a long enough nap because they were even more cranky and grumpy when we got home.

Once we were home, we gave the girls a bath and then let them have some quiet time in their rooms. That didn't last that long. Let's just say the rest of the day was hard. They were grumpy, didn't want to listen and threw a lot of tantrums.

I made salmon with the strawberry avocado salsa along with some rice. The girls had chicken and the rice. We put them to bed a bit early and tried to relax the rest of the evening.

Sunday morning the girls actually stayed in their room until their clock turned green. It was a success. We got up, got ready and met my in-laws at breakfast. Everything was great and we had a good time. We got home and hung out and the girls were doing pretty well. They were tired of being cooped up though, but it was raining and was supposed to rain all day.

My in-laws came over to put a new fan up in our living room and to play with the girls. I was going to go to Target while all of this was happening, but Avery told me her tummy hurt, so we snuggled on the couch and watched them put the fan up. My MIL played with Sutton while all of this was happening.

We made the girls lunch, but Avery didn't want to eat and Sutton only ate a bit. Then we put them down and I helped finish putting the fan up. As soon as we got done, we heard a weird noise and then Avery screaming. She threw up in her bed. So I took her into the bath and bathed her while Rory quietly cleaned her bed out.

Once she was out of the bath, she was happy and fine. I got her dressed and we snuggled on the couch. Not long later, Sutton woke up and then Avery was full on grumpy. I cleaned up from putting the fan up (vacuumed and swept) and then we got ready to head to my in-laws house for dinner since Avery seemed to be doing better other than being grumpy.

She complained the whole car ride over that she wanted to go home, but we thought she was still just being grumpy. Nope. As soon as we walked into my in-laws house, she threw up again. But then she exclaimed that she felt awesome again. Ha.

We cleaned the throw up up, along with Avery and her clothes. We were cautious in that we might need to leave, but she was in a better mood and so much more like herself. So we played it by ear. She actually wanted to eat, but we said first to try crackers after a bit. After about 20 minutes we gave her some crackers and she ate those. That is basically all she ate that evening.

We had bacon burgers with all the fixings along with two kinds of fries and salad.
grilling burgers

After dinner we had some dessert and then headed out since the girls didn't get much of a nap and Avery was still under the weather. On the way home she was doing great, but getting tired. She fell asleep very quickly when we got home, but Sutton wasn't that tired. Rory hung out in their room to make sure Avery was ok and to keep Sutton company. When he thought they were both asleep, he took Walter for a walk. I got things ready for the week, but then Avery started screaming. I thought she had thrown up, but she hadn't. She said she had to go to the bathroom and wanted her daddy NOW.

I took her to the bathroom, but she was still screaming for her daddy. I tucked her back in bed and hung out in her room until Rory got home from his walk with Walter. He stayed in their room for another 10 minutes until she fell asleep. We managed to watch about 30 minutes of a show before she woke up again. She complained that her feet hurt, that she didn't want to go to sleep (she was scared) and wanted her daddy. So we put the travel bed up in the girls room and Rory slept in their room most of the night. What an awesome dad!

How was your weekend?

Oh I did want to mention that almost the same thing happened two years ago on Mother's Day. We had dinner over at my sister's house and Avery wasn't feeling well that whole day either. And when we got home, she threw up that evening. Not sure what it was that time either, but poor baby girl has been sick on both Father's Day and Mother's Day.
Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Favorites

I survived my first week back to work after vacation. Those are truly the hardest. Ha. But I am looking forward to a chill weekend. Maybe some Tahoe time!

Onto Friday favorites and happenings.

ONE. I was gone all last week, but I still heard the news of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain's suicides. To say that I was sad was an understatement. I remember buying my first Kate Spade bag. I remember my first Kate Spade earrings. I LOVED her stuff. I STILL do.

I recently got a new handbag with hopes that I would go into one of her stores in the near future and get another bag of hers because let's be real here, many of my handbags in my closet are Kate Spade bags and I wanted a new one. Now I want one even more. Kind of like a farewell to her. Though I am sure I will continue to buy from Kate Spade for a long time.

As for Anthony Bourdain...I had a love/hate relationship with him. I was always fascinated by his tv shows. I loved all the travels he did, the weird things he would eat, and the new foods he would try. I loved how he took on the topic of food. That was my love for him. My hate part came when I met him in Las Vegas. I was there for work and one of my co-workers and I went to Lotus of Siam. I had been there many times before and it is really good.

We went there for lunch and not long after we were seated, Anthony Bourdain was seated right behind me, but I didn't know that at first. As we got our food, I kept getting a chair bumped into me. Over and over again. Like the person behind me was getting up over and over. Which he was since everyone wanted to meet him. Once I noticed who it was, I just scooted in further to give him more room. But it kept happening. No matter how much I tried to accommodate him, he kept hitting my chair. He never once apologized for it or cared. When I tried to introduce myself, he said hello and brushed me off. I basically wanted to say, you are the asshole who has been bumping into my chair over and over again for the last hour and you can't even be nice and say interact with me for a minute? It is the least you can do.

But I just left and moved on. I still watched his show and was still very sad when I heard he committed suicide.

Suicide sucks. Plain and simple. I have had people in my life commit suicide and it is devastating. It breaks people and is completely selfish. I am sooooo sad that they chose that way to leave this world. Depression sucks. Please reach out to anyone if you are having these types of thoughts.

TWO. Don't forget to enter the $150 cash giveaway I posted on Monday. You can go here for the giveaway.
Summer Lovin' Cash Giveaway

THREE. When we were on vacation last week, my SIL told us that she uses the Ready To Wake Clock for my nephew and it has helped. I have heard about this clock from many parents, but never bought one for the girls. Well after months of them waking up at 6ish am on the weekends and having to drag them out of bed on the weekdays at 6:15 am, we decided that we needed to get them a toddler waking clock.

I turned to Amazon as I always do and found a couple that I had seen before. After reading reviews, I went with the doggie one. It arrived last night and I am hoping we can get the girls to sleep in until at least 7 or 7:30 am on weekends. Here's to hoping. Have you used one for your kids?
Red Dog Ready to Wake Clock

This one has an alarm for weekends and weekdays and it also has a nap alarm. It is pretty easy to use. When it is a red ball, that means stay asleep or quiet time in your room and when the ball turns green, you can wake up.

FOUR. Since I was already buying something on Amazon, I figured I would scoop up two pool loungers for Rory and I at the beach. I hope the girls will want to use them with us, but that is to be determined. You can buy these for $5.19 each if you add them onto an order of $25 or more which was perfect for the $24 clock above (with tax).
Intex King Pool Float

FIVE. So I went back to my doctor earlier this week and I was telling her that I am still tired all the time. Even after having all sort of blood tests, trying B-12 shots (which temporarily work), and taking supplements, I am still tired. Ugh. I just wanted answers. Then she started going through my blood work and said, I have an idea. You have never been tested for Vitamin D deficiency. I said, what....I thought I had. But I guess I hadn't.

She told me that in order to get enough vitamin d, we should be outside 4 times a week for at least 15 minutes and having a lot of skin exposed. And she said when you wear sunscreen, you don't get as much vitamin d. Wow. I had no idea. I take walks outside often on my breaks, I play with the girls outside and feel like I get outside enough, but I am always covered up (unless I am at the beach), wear sunscreen and make sure I don't burn.

So she sent me right over for a vitamin d blood test. Luckily, there is a lab right in her office. I should have the results back today. Fingers crossed. If it is a vitamin d deficiency, they will put me on a supplement and the dosage will depend on my results. If it is under 20, then most likely I will be on 50,000 units per week. If it is higher than 20 and lower than 30, I will get a smaller dose. But she suspects it's way lower. And if it is over 30, then we are still trying to figure this out.  

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.

Have a great weekend!
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Annual Graeagle Trip Part 2

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Yesterday, I left off at the finish of Monday evening.

Tuesday morning we got up and made sausage, fruit and bagels for breakfast. The cousins jumped on their grandparents bed again. It was a pretty peaceful morning. After filling up on breakfast, Rory and I decided to go golfing. It was perfect temperatures, but I had to wear a light jacket and tons of bug spray because my legs got attacked by mosquitoes the evening before and I didn't want any bites visible for wedding photos.
Sutton LOVED bing cherries on this trip.

The cabins we stay in are located on a 9 hold golf course which is easy and fun to play. Rory and I spent about 2 hours playing while the cousins played all morning.

We got back just in time for the cousins to be finishing lunch and going down for naps. Rory and I headed into town for some shopping. After naps, we brought everyone into town for ice cream at our favorite local shop, Buckaroos Chocolates. Sadly, I didn't take many photos that day.

After ice cream, we headed back to the cabin to change and go to the pool at our resort. Every time we headed to the pool, we would ride in the back of Rory's truck up there. Don't worry, it is a short walk/drive up to the cabins and a 5 mph speed limit. The cousins loved it!

We hung out in the pool for hours letting the girls learn to swim and float (we use these floaties). Then we came back and made ribs with corn on the cob, roasted potatoes and a salad.

After baths for the cousins, we put them to bed and the deer were out in full force.

Graeagle sunsets

Walter snuggled in my lap since it got chilly at night

Wednesday we got up and Rory made breakfast burritos using the leftover tri tip. They were really good!

Then we got some snacks and things packed up to drive up to one of the many lakes in Graeagle. We went to Plumas Eureka State Park for the first part of our day.
Plumas Eureka State Park

Plumas Eureka State Park
 Papa D taught the girls how to fish.

Plumas Eureka State Park

Plumas Eureka State Park
 The cousins played on the alligator.

Plumas Eureka State Park

And just before lunchtime, we left as the wind was picking up. We headed into town to go to the Frostee which is iconic and a total must when visiting. We had some lunch along with milkshakes and then went back to the cabin for naps.

After naps, it was too windy for the pool, so we took the kids up to the playground to burn off some energy. Then we came back and had Pioneer Woman's Chili (we used turkey) and it was really good.
Feather River Resort Golf Course
The cousins wanted to drive the golf carts after play time at the park.

We put the little ones to bed and then the deer ventured in even closer to our cabin.
 Literally at our door step.


We hung out on the deck before calling it an early night.

Thursday morning we got up and my SIL and I went into town to grab some pastries while Rory grilled some bacon. We had breakfast and then headed down to the Mill Pond in town. We set up a little spot to hang out, grabbed some coffees and played smash ball, played in the pond and had snacks.
Mill Pond
 Pulling each other around on the alligator.


After playing, Rory and I went into a few shops for some candy, a wedding card and a few other things. Once we got back, the girls and Carson were just finishing up lunch and getting ready to go down for a nap. I finished packing my things and then we put them down for a nap. Once they were asleep, I left and headed back home. I didn't want to wait until after the girls nap because I thought they would get too upset that way.

I left and drove the hour and 20 minutes home. I did laundry, unpacked, got my car washed, then got my lashes done (a fill) and grabbed soup and salad to take home while catching up on the Bachelorette. While I was away, everyone else went to the pool, had BLTA's, dessert and the usual night time routine.

And that concludes our Graeagle trip. Rory stayed until Friday morning at 11 ish before heading back home and the girls stayed with my in-laws until Saturday when they all came home to get ready for my sisters wedding. More on her wedding day coming next week!!!