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Grilled Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A couple weeks ago, I made skirt steak tacos for Taco Tuesday and I had a lot of questions on them. I thought I would share our super simple recipe. Perfect for a week night.

Normally, I go to a carniceria for carne asada and grill that up, but this time, I picked up skirt steak and went with that.
skirt steak tacos

SKIRT STEAK TACOS
Serves: 3 to 4

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/4 lbs skirt steak
Canola Oil
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Corn Tortillas

Toppings (optional, but encouraged):
1 Medium Sweet Onion (for grilled onions)
2 Avocados (for the guacamole)
Limes (for the guacamole and to finish your taco with)
1 Small Tomato (for the guacamole)
Hot sauce

MAKE IT:

1. Drizzle the canola oil over your skirt steak on both sides and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. You want to make sure you season well as this is where your meat gets its flavor. Let stand for 30 minutes.
skirt steak and onions for grilling

2. Pre-heat your grill to 400 degrees or medium high.
3. Cut your onion into quarters and drizzle it with canola oil, salt and pepper.
4. Once your grill is heated, place your skirt steak on the grill for 3 minutes. Flip, then grill on the other side for 3 minutes. This will give you a temperature of medium. Also, place your onions on the grill and grill them until they get some char and they partially soften.
5. Once your meat is cooked, take it off and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then cut along the grain. I recommend cutting thin slices so it is easier to eat in a taco.
6. Assemble your tacos and enjoy.
Mi Rancho corn tortillas
guacamole
hot sauce
Cholula hot sauce
Rory's new favorite hot sauce

We love to pair our tacos with grilled corn. To make easy grilled corn, I slather my corn with butter and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Sometimes I use red pepper flakes instead of pepper. Wrap in foil and grill for 25 minutes on medium high heat.
skirt steak tacos and grilled corn

Tip: Using a small frying pan, you can heat your tortillas to make them softer, so they won't break when you fill them up. I turn my burner on to low to medium low and place my tortilla in the pan for about 1 minute and then flip over for another minute.
soft tortilla tip
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Weekending


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Since yesterday was my monthly $10 at Target post, I am bringing my weekend update at you all today. As I mentioned on Friday, it was my nephew's birthday last week, so we headed to the Bay Area this weekend to celebrate the little guy.

But let me back up to Friday. Friday after work, we headed out to run a bunch of errands. First, we stopped off for some lunch and then headed to Target because I still needed to shop for my $10 at Target. Plus we picked up more stuff. Isn't that how it always goes? After Target, we headed to Petco for some dog food, then to Nordstrom Rack to check out their sales. Big mistake. I spent way too much money. I bought some new pjs because I desperately needed some, and two outfits for work which I will be wearing on my trip this week. Finally, we headed to the girls new pre-school/daycare to drop off the rest of the paperwork and get the final run down on stuff we need for their first day. Can you believe they start there in less than a month? Summer is winding down. Ugh.

Then we headed home to the girls and made them dinner. After dinner, we dropped Rory off at the airport to pick up a rental car for us. We decided to use some of our points on a free car rental so we wouldn't put the miles on either one of our cars. Best choice. For two days, it costs us some points and $6.44. Killer deal.

Once Rory got home, I headed out to dinner with a friend to catch up on his life and all the crazy things that he has been going through. I came home early and after watching a show or two, we went to bed.

Saturday morning we got up bright and early to get ready to go to the Bay Area. We stopped in Truckee at Marty's Cafe for breakfast and then made the 3 1/2 hour drive. The girls did great in the car except the last half hour. Then they were getting tired of being cooped up. We got into town around 12:30 and went up to my sister-in-laws house for a birthday gathering.

We ate pizza, opened and played with some gifts, had cake and then took a walk to the park. It was hot outside (102 degrees), but we stayed for quite awhile. The girls had so much fun. They didn't want to leave, but it was getting late, and still hot, so we headed back. After a quick cool down at my sister-in-laws, we headed to our hotel.
Walnut Creek park
Walnut Creek park, toddler fun
Walnut Creek park, toddler fun
first birthday celebrations
first birthday celebrations
first birthday celebrations
Each of the mini cakes was a different flavor and were all so good. Left to right: lemon cake, mocha cake, salted caramel cake and carrot cake 
first birthday celebrations

Once we got settled into our hotel, we blew up the girls toddler travel beds (we use this one and highly recommend it) and then gave them a little bath since it was soooo hot outside. Then we showered and Rory headed out to get some Panera for dinner. While he was gone, Avery fell asleep, but Sutton was awake for some soup and salad. We were watching Toy Story 3 and then she fell asleep. Once both girls were out, we opened a bottle of wine and relaxed.

Sunday morning we got up, got ready and packed. Then we headed to breakfast with the family. Rory and I had to eat clean as we had our life insurance exams on Monday. Total bummer, but the food was still really good. Then we headed over to see the house my sister-in-law has a pending offer on. It was so cute and we really hope it all works out for them.

Then we headed to the Walnut Creek mall, but got there too early. So we walked to Starbucks where I enjoyed their new Nitro Cold Brew. So good and highly recommend it. Once we were done there, the stores were opening. We stopped in Nordstrom, Hanna Andersen, Kendra Scott and Lush before going to True Food Kitchen for lunch. The girls had pizza, Rory had a salad and I had veggie panang curry.

After lunch, we loaded up and drove home. We made it home by 4 pm where we unpacked, started laundry and took the rental car back. Then my parents came over to drop Walter off and visited for awhile. The rest of the evening was spent getting ready for the week ahead, laundry, having dinner and going to bed early.

How was your weekend?
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$10 at Target - San Francisco Giants


Monday, July 17, 2017

Once again $10 at Target crept up on me. Doesn't it always?

I did find the cutest stuff at Target this month. We browsed and wanted to buy almost everything for the girls, but we finally decided on these two shirts for the girls.
Target Giants shirts

So I am not sure if you can tell in the photo, but the hangers say 3T. I got them slightly big so they could wear them for awhile. Well I guess I didn't check the actual shirts because one is a 3T and one is a 4T. Oops. Once I got home and noticed the different shirt sizes, I put them on top of each other and realized that they are so close in size. Crisis adverted. Though if I had to go back to Target that wouldn't have been so bad would it?

Toddler Giants shirt at Target
Giants shirts at Target

These shirts were on clearance for $6.48. Most likely due to the Giants being in last place, but we are still rooting for them to make a come back.

So how did I do this month?

$6.48 Toddler Giants shirt
$6.48 Toddler Giants shirt
$1.12 Tax

Total $14.08 OVER

I was over but it was worth it. What did you buy at Target with your $10? Grab the image below and come back to link up with us.
$10 at Target

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Stephanie | www.thegiftygirl.com
Kristyn | www.everyonessleepingbutmom.com
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Friday Favorites and Happenings


Friday, July 14, 2017

Thank goodness it is Friday. This week has been rough. If it wasn't something at home, it was something at work. So this weekend is very much welcomed. Luckily, the girls were well taken care of all week! Papa daycare was in full force.

Let's get onto Friday favorites and happenings.

ONE. We had a poop issue this week. Tuesday evening we get home for work and I start cooking the girls dinner while they went outside with Rory to get the propane tank to go get it refilled. While Rory was gone, I took the girls to our room so I could change into more comfy clothes. Then we came back to the kitchen and I grabbed everything out of the fridge to make guacamole for our steak tacos that night.

As I was doing this, Avery said mommy look. So I looked over and saw a few piles of something looking like dirt on the floor. But quickly realized it was poop. I freaked a bit and told them not to move. So what do the girls do? They start moving around. I avoid the poop, grab a chair and put Avery in it and check her shoes. Nothing. Then I do the same with Sutton and she has poop on one of her shoes. I take that off and tell the girls to stay in the chairs.

I wanted to make sure it was poop so I brought the shoe near my nose, but still 12 inches away and I could smell the awful poop smell. Ugh. I cleaned her shoe off the best I could and wiped up the many poop marks with Clorox wipes.

Then I remembered we went into our room so I could change. Ugh. So there could be poop on the carpet. Ugh. Once Rory got home, I had finished the girls dinner and he fed and cleaned them up while I mopped the kitchen floors and vacuumed the rest of the house.

We checked the backyard for stepped in poop (this was fresh poop for sure), nothing. We checked around our cars for when we got home, nothing. We checked the girls pull-ups, nothing. We checked everywhere. Plus there was no marks from the backyard door into the kitchen nor the garage door to the kitchen. Our conclusion: Walter had some leftover poop on his butt and came into the kitchen and it dropped or he sat down (which he was right there when I was getting the making for guac out) and Sutton stepped in it tracking it around the kitchen.

I really cleaned her sandal later in the evening, but it has all these flower creases and I feel like it is still in there. Ugh. So gross.

TWO. So we have had some ants here and there in my bathroom lately. You know, the tiny tiny ants. I kill them, but told Rory we needed to get the house sprayed soon. Plus we get black widows outside from time to time. Wednesday we came home after a long day of Board meetings, a quick stop to Costco and major traffic. We get inside and see a ton of little ants all over our kitchen. On the counter tops, floor, on the cabinets, etc. We are killing as many as possible and I brought the vacuum out to suck them up too. The girls thought it was fun to help out. Ha. But we spent a good 20 minutes killing them all and sprayed inside (one safe for indoors, pets and kids).

After that I once again cleaned the entire kitchen area up again. Ugh. I can't win this week. Thursday I called to have the pest control guys come out and spray. Thank goodness.

THREE. Next week, I am traveling to the Philadelphia/New Jersey area. Are any of my blogger friends in this area??

FOUR. Yesterday my sweet nephew turned one. I can't believe he has been in our lives for a year now. We facetimed my sister-in-law last night to wish Carson a Happy Birthday. The girls sang Happy Birthday to Carson (they have been practicing for weeks) and kept asking to go see him. Luckily, we get to see the little dude this weekend!

Happy First Birthday Carson.
first birthday shirt

FIVE. I really need some new black flats to wear to work. I have a pair of Lucky ones and they have held up for a year, but are getting way scuffed and worn out. So I have been shopping on the Nordstrom sale plus on prime day for a new pair. But part of me is thinking, should I just spend more money on Tieks or continue to spend $60 to $100 a time on each pair. How long do Tieks hold up when you wear them almost daily for work? I have a pair of blush ones that I wear about twice or so a month, sometimes more and they are doing great. But that isn't daily.
Tieks flats

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Karli, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.
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Girl Chat - If I Had a Million Dollars


Thursday, July 13, 2017

How is it the second Thursday in July already? I feel like we just celebrated Christmas and bam we are in July. July and December are feeling the same due to the Nordstrom sale and Amazon Prime Day. So much shopping.

Anyways, it is time for another round of Girl Chat. This month we are asking, what would you do with a million dollars?

Answer: Buy all the things, right?

Well that is what I probably would have said 10 years ago. Now I am a little more meticulous about where my money goes. I would definitely invest, travel, shop and treat others.

INVEST

I don't have a portfolio of stocks (my husband does) except in my retirement accounts, so I think I would dabble at some fun investing (play the stock market) and then make some more strategic decisions and invest in safer funds.

Since a million dollars isn't that much money these days (except when you don't have a million dollars), I would definitely want to grow that into more money and then I can do more and buy more things.

TRAVEL

I LOVE to travel and since I haven't traveled with my husband and kids as much as I have for work, I would plan a European vacation. Travel to France, Germany, Italy, Croatia and a few other places. You know, take a month or two off of work and travel with my favorite people. I would still work because a million dollars doesn't go far today.
Croatia

SHOP

Let's be real here, I love to shop and I would definitely do a complete overhaul of my closet. Buy myself a new wardrobe. I wouldn't buy the most expensive items, but definitely more quality items over quantity. I would definitely buy a pair of Louboutin heels. I have always wanted a black pair with the red bottoms. Gorgeous.
Louboutin heels

I would also pay off my mortgage, renovate some more or buy a new home.

And then maybe get that Range Rover I have always wanted.

And finally...

TREAT

Treat family to some amazing things.

What would you do with a million dollars?

To link up - just grab our graphic, link up, and let's getting to chatting!  Make sure to stop by a few others linked up for an extra bit of girl chat! 
Girl Chat Monthly Link Up


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Lindsay / Lindsay's Sweet World - Pinterest - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
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Sierra / Beautifully Candid - Bloglovin' - Pinterest - Instagram - Twitter




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Wednesday Thoughts


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Since tomorrow is our monthly link up for Girl Chat (What would you do with a million dollars?), I thought I would write some thoughts and confessions today.

THOUGHTS/CONFESSIONS...

- I get soooo excited every year about ALL the things on Amazon prime day and then everything I want isn't on sale. I wanted a new tv, a certain pool float, a beach wagon, some Sam Edelman sneakers and the list goes on. The one thing I did want that we did get, the Amazon Echo. Welcome to our family Alexa.
Amazon Echo

- Speaking of sales, the Nordstrom sale starts tomorrow for card holders and again I want to buy all the things, but from the catalog that Nordstrom posted, it is all the most expensive things. I need a new pair of black flats, some dress slacks and other things for work. Am I the only one who buys clothes for fun and rarely buys things to wear to work? I need a overhaul for my work wardrobe.

- A few weeks ago Sarah, posted about a new workout she was doing and I was intrigued. I watched the videos she recommended and started said workout. Since I run all the time and get bored of it, I thought this change would be fun and so far it is. Basically, you walk at a really steep incline (at least 13% - 15%) with a 3.2 speed for at least 30 minutes.

I am on my second week of it and it is killer. I really didn't think you could burn that many calories walking up a constant hill. But I burn more calories in the 40 minutes of walking up the steep hill than I do with running. Plus my joints feel better.

- This blogging slump is so real.

- I tripped over my own shoe yesterday while walking into the coffee shop. Not only did I lose said shoe, but I landed on my foot and knee. I wasn't even embarrassed. I cared more about my Kate Spade purse getting scratched. #priorities

- I finally decided on a dress for the wedding. I am going with this beauty from Lulus. I tried it on and wow. It fits beautifully. It is flowy and the material is perfect. Plus it will pair well with these shoes that Lizzie recommended a few weeks ago (that I just had to buy).
Lulus beige floral dress
Ugg wedge sandal

- I taught Sutton how to raise her eyebrows up and down over and over again and I get the biggest kick out of it when she does it. She thinks it is a game and does it all time. I need to get it on video. 

- I finally made it to over 1,000 IG followers. That took a long time and a lot of effort. I want real legit followers and not spam accounts. It is a lot of work, but I am proud of it. Now onto the next goal.

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Weekending


Monday, July 10, 2017

Another weekend has passed. Why do they go by so quickly?

We had a pretty good weekend. Sutton does have a cold (who gets a cold during the summer?), but we made the most of our weekend which included the beach, the playground, going out to dinner, some pool time and a whole lot of sunshine. We are having the hottest summer. Hotter than many years past. It seems like we had a intense winter and now an intense summer. But I will take a beach day over a snow day any day.

Friday we worked all day, so we didn't get to do our usual errands after work. We picked the girls up from my parents house, chatted for a bit and then headed to Trader Joes. The girls get so excited when we pull into the TJ parking lot. They know where we are going. We got the essentials for our beach day and then headed home.

Once we were home, I made the girls dinner, we played and relaxed most of the evening. I made Rory and I a quick dinner of pot stickers and wine since I had sushi with my co-workers for lunch and I was still full at dinner time. We watched a couple shows and called it a night.

Saturday morning we were up bright and early to get ready to go to the beach. We ate our breakfast at home, loaded up and made the hour drive to the beach.

We got settled in and stayed for about 5 hours and it was glorious. I never get tried of Tahoe. NEVER.
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
 We STILL have snow in the mountains in JULY!
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
 Yes the water is really this blue and crystal clear
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

We left around 2 pm and the girls were asleep before we left the parking lot. Once we got home, we gave the girls a bath and then showered ourselves. We played and did some things around the house until we took the girls to a new restaurant in town and it was really good. The girls loved everything. And I can just talk about my girls' eating habits for a minute? They won't eat fruit, but they will eat Thai food, spicy food, veggies, meats and almost anything you put in front of them....except fruit. Blows me away.

After dinner we headed home and relaxed until it was the girls' bedtime. Then Rory took Walter for a walk while I cleaned up around the house and did a load of beach laundry.

Sunday we had a relaxing day as I had the worst migraine. I am not sure if I didn't drink enough water at the lake or what, but I had a monster headache. Rory headed out to get some coffee and donuts which we all happily enjoyed.

I did manage to clean the house while Rory and the girls did some yard work in the backyard. After being cooped up for the morning, we took the girls to the mall so they could play in the indoor playground and burn some energy off. I stopped in Bath and Body Works for a lotion and ended up buying the two get one free and then I saw my favorite Champagne Toast on clearance. What? I thought they only had it during the winter months? Nope. They had three bottles of the lotion and a few bottles of the body wash, so I scooped up the lotion at over half off.
Bath and Body Works lotions

We grabbed a quick bite to eat before heading home so the girls could take naps. Late naps, but they slept over 2 1/2 hours. While the girls napped, I took a little nap and then went grocery shopping. When I came back they were still asleep. Rory got their little pool ready for when they woke up.

The girls played in the pool while I cooked dinner (homemade spaghetti which simmers for a couple hours). The girls had my spaghetti and bread and they LOVED it. They were completely dirty after, but loved it sooooo much. While I cleaned up, Rory bathed the girls and then we cuddled until 8 pm when we put them down for the night.

Sutton's cough was keeping her up, so she was still awake when I got back from walking Walter. It took her nearly an hour to get to bed. Then she woke up around 1 am from coughing and Rory had to sleep in their room. I had to deal with Walter who decided to run laps in our backyard after an animal I am assuming. I only heard the noises. I didn't see the actual animal to tell what it was. Then some idiots decided to set off fireworks once he was settled down and then he cried for awhile and kept me up. So we are exhausted today. Phew. But we are at the start of a new week!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

I am linking up with Biana today.
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Friday Favorites


Friday, July 7, 2017

I am so glad it is Friday. Having time off in the middle of the week was awesome, but it completely threw my week off. I thought yesterday was Monday, but it was really Thursday.

Sadly, I have to work all day today since it is a holiday week, but at least everyone else at my work does too.

Let's get onto Friday favorites and happenings.

ONE. We had the best 4th of July. We got up, gave the girls baths and got them in their new festive gear. Then before we headed out to breakfast, I made everyone stop and take photos. The girls were so thrilled (not).
4th of July festive wear

4th of July festive wear

We had to drive around a bit to find a restaurant that was open on the 4th. After breakfast, we headed to Petco to get Walter more food (a bigger bag of the new one we got him) and then down to the mall to pick up a hanger for our coffee bag piece we got in Hawaii almost 4 years ago. The hanger didn't fit, so now I am on the hunt for another one. We tried to stop in Lululemon, but they were not open yet. So we decided to head to a nearby park.

We got to this park everyone talks about and they were setting up for a 4th of July event, so we had to park around the corner and it was pretty busy there.
4th of July park time

4th of July park time

4th of July park time

This park was amazing. They had swings, some kind of teeter totter and two huge play structures. The one in the picture above was three stories high.

After the park, we headed home for lunch and naps. The girls didn't nap very well. Well Sutton didn't. She ended up watching The Secret Life of the Pets with me while her sister slept. Once Avery woke, we got everything packed for their sleepover at their grandparents house.

Around 3 pm, Rory headed to his parents house to drop off the girls and Walter (so he wouldn't be near the fireworks). I freshened up and waited for Rory's friends to arrive. His best man from our wedding was coming up from California with his girlfriend. Once they got there, we said our hellos, gave them a tour of the house (updated kitchen) and got to catching up.

We took an Uber downtown and had appetizers and drinks on the river. It was so beautiful outside and the weather was amazing. After drinks, we walked over to the Basement to show them the beautiful building, but they were already closed. So we walked over by the ballpark for dinner and drinks. We did lots of people watching and enjoyed the slight breeze going on.

We wanted to show them the ballpark, so we walked over to the second story bar and were able to go up. I am not sure if it was because the game was close to being over or they just didn't care, but we went in for free. We grabbed another drink and watched the rest of the game (2 innings). Once the game was over, they set off fireworks.
4th of July fun

After the game was over we headed back down by the river to a bar and did more people watching. Around midnight we decided to walk home since it was just over a mile away. And that walk was so beautiful at night. So much fun.

How was your 4th of July?

TWO. Remember how I bought three dresses for the wedding I am going to next month? Yes, the one I have mentioned a million times. Well I finally took some photos Wednesday of me in the dresses. Well two of them. The third should be here any day now. So what do you think?
Lispy lace dress
 I love the color of this dress, the lace and the feel of the dress, but I am unsure on the length of the dress. The photo on the right where my arms are down isn't that flattering, so I am not sure about it.
J Crew seersucker dress
I love the length of this dress, the fabric, but it is slightly big on me. It doesn't show that it is bigger in the photos, but the chest is a bit big, but nothing a strapless bra can't fix.

And the last one is the beige maxi dress I posted last week. That should arrive any day now.

THREE. When we had our friends over on the 4th, we showed them our backyard and all the work we put into it with the DG. They suggested we get some sort of corn hole game and we could teach the girls to throw the beanbags for hand eye coordination. Plus it would be fun for summer evenings. So we are either thinking of getting one made or finding one we really like.

But while searching for a corn hole game, we found this Chippo game which would be so much fun. Plus I definitely could use some chipping work.
Chippo golf

FOUR. Remember the cute Allbirds shoes I talked about here? Well I got them this week and put them on and complete comfort, BUT my toes went to the end of the shoes. I bought a size 8 and I am always a size 8, but I am afraid they are too small. So I am sending them back (free) and hope to get the next size up. But when I did try them on they felt soooo amazing and comfy. Like walking on pillows. I will update you when I get my exchanged pair.

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

I hope you all have a good weekend!
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Getting to Know Me More with 20 Questions


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

So it is an off week being that most people are on vacation, camping or just taking a week off. I do have today off, but I did work Monday and I have to work Thursday and Friday. Boo.

I have been fresh out of blog ideas lately (saving some good ones for later this month and next month!) and when Emily posted this getting to know me more link up on Monday, I knew I had to join. Just a few days late. Ha. Feel free to link up to The Blended Blog as well.
getting to know me more blended blog

1. Favorite animal.  Dog. Especially my dog, Walter.
chiweenie dog

2. Wine or beer? Hands down, wine. But I do love beer. I just love wine more. I am especially loving whites and rose'.

3. Socks on/off while sleeping? Off. I do like my socks on when I am camping in a sleeping bag or if it is a really cold night during the winter, but generally off.

4. One piece or two piece swimsuit? Two. I am going to rock the bikini until my body won't allow it anymore. Or I look awful.
J Crew bikini
My J Crew bikini I rocked last weekend

5. Cooking at home or eating out? Eating out. I don't mind cooking at home, but when you eat out, you can chose something different, don't have to clean up the mess and are waited on instead of waiting on others.

6. Pepsi or coke? Coke. Always.

7. Regular or electric toothbrush? Regular. I used to have an electric toothbrush that I loved, but I hated buying the new brush heads. Lazy.

8. Candy or chocolate? Candy. I love fruity types of candy the most.

9. Coffee or tea? Coffee. If it is black coffee, add in all the creamer. If it is espresso, then a nice vanilla latte please. I do like tea though. I just like coffee more.

10. Music or talk radio? Music. Rory has been giving me crap lately about how much I complain about the stereo in my Highlander. I am used to having a good stereo with nice speakers. When my kids are not in the car, I turn it up, sing and just rock out. There isn't much better than good music.

11. Chick flick, action movie or documentary? Chick flick. I love chick flicks.

12. Regular or mechanical pencil? Regular. The mechanical ones break too easily (the lead).

13. Swimming or laying out? I love both, but I love laying out at the lake.

14. Dog or cat? Dog. See #1.

15. What do you drive? SUV, Van or Sedan? SUV - Toyota Highlander

16. Early bird catches the worm or night owl? Well I used to be a night owl. I loved staying up late and going out late, but ever since I had kids, I am more of an early bird. But I think I am most accurately a mid day person. Ha.

17. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pasta. Pizza is a close second.

18. While sleeping: phone in your room by your side or phone in another room? In my room by my side. It sits on my nightstand but as far from my head as possible. I use my phone as my alarm, so I need it near me.

19. Singing in the shower: yes or no? Not really unless I have music on.

20. Oreo cookies: eat whole, take apart and/or dunk in milk? I love to take them apart. I eat the cookie side that has no cream on it first and then I eat the other side and really enjoy that side so much more.
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Happy 4th of July!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence (4th of July) Day to all my blogging friends! I hope you stay safe and have an amazing day. We are kid free this evening and I can't wait to see how the night unfolds. I will be back tomorrow with a getting to know me more post.
4th of July

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4th of July Weekend (Early)


Monday, July 3, 2017

Another weekend passed and today I am at work while my family is off for the day. Boo. That is what happens when your kids daycare closes and you use leave that you were not supposed to. At least I can look through my weekend photos and reminisce all the fun stuff.

Let's get onto the good stuff.

Friday after work I had a few errands to run. Mainly, I had to sell some clothes at our clothes exchange, go pick up wellness papers from the girls pediatrician for their new daycare, grab lunch and go to Trader Joes. Since I had time to kill between the clothing exchange and Trader Joes, I snuck in a manicure and it was amazing. I usually see the same people from my pedicures, facials, lashes, etc., but this time I went to a new place and I didn't have to talk to anyone and it was glorious. Plus they did an amazing job.
gel manicure

Trader Joes was insanely packed. Everyone was buying all the things. I missed out on the cheese I wanted, but was lucky to get everything else.

I also picked up this romper and dress for the 4th. They were $5 each. Such a great deal.
4th of July toddler wear

After my errands were finished, I headed home to relieve my in-laws from watching the girls. The girls and I played and they helped me clean up while we waited to start making dinner. The girls ate and then we played until Rory got home. He got home just in time to play for a bit and then it was their bedtime. Once they were in bed, he headed out to grab us some pizza. Then we settled in for some House of Cards and wine.

Saturday morning we got up bright and early to pack for the beach. We knew it would be crazy with 4th of July weekend. We got there just before 9 am and it was already packed. We got to the front of the line and they closed the parking lot because it was full. The girls were not thrilled and we just sat there waiting talking to the park rangers. After a bit, she suggested the girls and Rory head down to the beach and I could wait until a spot opened. So they did that. And just about 5 minutes later a call came through  and they had opened the private parking, so they let us in. And she let us in for free which was even better!

I grabbed the rest of the beach things and headed out to find Rory and the girls. Once I found them, we got everything set up and then we played in the sand, swam in the beautiful water and just people watched. We spent four glorious hours up there and I loved every second of it. I am truly a beach girl through and through. I could live up there. Don't believe me? Check out these photos.
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
 This was about 9:30 am (to the North)
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe
 (to the South)
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

I grew up going to this beach. It was either free of $2 to get in. Now it is $10 for locals to park here. It has the sandiest beach, the most crystal blue color and is just beautiful. I am so happy to share this with my girls. And I can't wait to go back up this weekend. Totally dreaming of the beach while I am working. Ha.

We left the beach at 2 pm and took the long scenic drive home. We wanted the girls to get a nap in since we had plans with family later on. We stopped for coffee by our house and then came home to take showers and baths and get ready for dinner at my in-laws house. My sister-in-law, brother-in-law and nephew were in town, so we all had dinner together.

After dinner, we were all outside and they turned on the sprinklers for the kids. My nephew loved this. He was running through the sprinklers over and over again. Such pure joy. The girls were afraid to until they saw their cousin doing it and then all the kids were running through. So adorable.

We left around 8:00 to get the girls to bed. We watched another episode of House of Cards and then went to bed.

Sunday morning we got up and headed out to breakfast. Then we tried to go out and get Walter dog food, but nowhere was open yet. Sundays. So we took the girls to the park for a bit, but it was getting hot quickly, so that was short lived. Plus one pooped. So we headed home and the girls and I played, vacuumed my car out and watched Rory mow the lawn. Then I fed the girls lunch and headed out to the grocery store.

After naps, I got the girls ready again and we headed to my friends house for a little get together. Our other friends from Portland were in town so we all wanted to get together. Plus the girls got to meet my friends kids. They all played together and had a great time. And us adults got to catch up. We stayed for almost four hours before heading home to make dinner and relax for the evening.

After we put the kids to bed, I took Walter for a walk and then we watched one more episode of House of Cards and then went to bed since I had work today.

How was your weekend?

I am linking up with Biana from B Loved Boston.
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