A calm day in the city

etsy-2Maggie and I recently went to San Francisco from a crafting expo, and it was the most relaxing day. We shopped til we couldn’t anymore. We walked to Coit Tower. Went to the top. Then hit City Lights bookstore and grabbed some din-din. It was the best. etsy-4etsy-5aetsy-6etsy-7etsy-9aetsy-10etsy-11etsy-12etsy-13etsy-14etsy-15etsy-15aetsy-16etsy-17etsy-20etsy-21etsy-23etsy-24etsy-25

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Ice cream cones & library books

1Earlier this week, I shared Kelli and Ryan’s maternity photos with you. After they made breakfast at home while I snapped around, we went out and about the library and Foster’s Freeze for a treat. Here’s more of the happy couple and their baby bump.23456789101112

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At home with momma and papa {to be}

kp_1I first photographed their engagement, then their wedding, and now it’s exciting to share these photos of such a sacred space  –  of their home, their bond and their baby bump. Kelli and Ryan will welcome their daughter  –  their first child  –  into the world in the next few months. We spent a part of the weekend weekend together to document the routine of quiet mornings while their household is still just two + pooch. We celebrated the morning light as they pondered the future and lingered over a weekend breakfast. Here are my friends, momma and poppa, to be. kp_2kp_2akp_3kp_4kp_5kp_6kp_7kp_8kp_14akp_9kp_12kp_11kp_13kp_14kp_15kp_16kp_17kp_19kp_20kp_21kp_22kp_23kp_24kp_25kp_26kp_27kp_28kp_29kp_30kp_31kp_32kp_33kp_34kp_35

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Girls’ staycation

girls1I always say, when life gets busy, bunker down with the girls for a weekend and let your brain get away. Okay, I’ve never said that, but it’s definitely a new necessity. Maggie, Andrea and I recently kept it local for a little girls decompression weekend. We made a simple dinner (aka take-n-bake pizza and salad). We chatted with wine on the couch, and I did not feel guilty about falling asleep early in my corner – cus, hello, one of the main points was to rest. We soaked in the hot tub with mimosas and walked to downtown for Thai food. We colored and did crafty things and Andrea even wove a basket! It was the best.girls2girls3girls4girls5girls5agirls6girls7girls7agirls7bgirls9girls10girls11girls12

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Five Senses Monday

My sister’s birthday:lately-1So blessed by all my homemade gifts from friends. Soaps and a blown-glass ornament and jelly and granola and homegrown seasonings and a knitted infinity scarf. I feel loved.lately-2
Lights, camera, action. Working with a videographer on some work projects. Pretty fun stuff.lately-3When you talk someone into letting you on the roof at work, of course you take a (really bad) selfie:lately-4I made a friend birthday cake batter. It wasn’t that good, tbh:lately-6
It’s the season of cozy.lately-9
I wanted to love this. But I kept thinking, where’s the flavor?
The marketing fam-bam. It was an intense week, but welcomed.
I get to babysit this little guy:lately-13
Veggie pizza for my lady loves:lately-20
Road-tripping with my canine daughter:lately-21
Winter cooking in the Dutch oven:lately-22
Waiting for someone to drop a roast or platter of oysters.lately-24
She loves me, I swear:
I love this book. I’ve listened to it once all the way through and keep going back to listen to chapters for random inspiration.lately-40
Eat your veggies (in a Bloody Mary):lately-23

Five Senses Monday

Tasting: I’ve been on a PB&J kick, but I try to do it with sugar-free jelly (except for the homemade ones) and healthy bread to keep it more healthy … it’s protein, right? Coffee is definitely my favorite comfort snack, and I’m finding that a small cup around 6-ish gives me a little bit of a pick-me-up in this season that sorta makes me feel like hibernating as soon as that sun goes down. Those little tiny Dove hearts are heaven. I need to forget that I know about them.

Hearing: I listened to “The Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes on Audible, and then “Dear Mr. You” by Mary Louise Parker (Yep, the “Weeds” mom). I loved both, and having someone basically read me a bedtime story every time I get in my car is the most relaxing thing I’ve experienced in a long time.

Seeing: All the doggies loves in my life. Whether they’re my owns or friends’, they all make me happy. There’s one little Maltese pressed against my leg now. Snores included.

Smelling: I’ve been trying out a few essential oils to see what all the fuss is about. I’m using lemon because it’s basically magic, and smells good, is supposed to help with puffy eyes, and it’s good for my tummy. I’m also using a blend of oils that are supposed to have a calming effect. Who cares if I smell like a hippie all the time, right?

Feeling: Like. Whoa. In a good, busy, crazed, stressed, awesome, new way. There’s family and the finding time there. And work, balancing great changes and the excitement of recreating a marketing department and taking on new roles and making myself go home even though not everything has been checked off. And then there’s this new thing. I got a realtor. And then a lender. And now I’m, like, shopping for a home of my own! Like I said, whoa. There’s a whole lot going on. Every day it seems I tell various people that they just need to chill out and “roll with the punches” and “just go step by step.” I’m taking my own advice now.

Have a great week, friends!

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San Francisco farmer’s market with my mom

sf_market_1sf_market_2sf_market_3Today’s the Super Bowl, and I hear it’s in San Francisco. That’s right, right? I saw something about the Ferry Building vendors being disappointed because business is down with Super Bowl World or Nation or City taking over. So I’m sharing a recent trip my mom and I took to the Ferry Building and the farmers market. It’s one of my favorite things about San Francisco.

How are you going to spend your Super Bowl? I have a few avocados that have guacamole in their future, and I think we’ll meet up with a little “Transparent” I just started watching on Prime. I feel like that’s the best way to celebrate, amiright?

Enjoy these few photos of me and my momma. Getting away is definitely something we need to do more of … sf_market_4sf_market_5sf_market_6sf_market_7sf_market_8sf_market_10sf_market_11sf_market_12sf_market_13sf_market_14sf_market_15sf_market_16sf_market_20sf_market_21sf_market_22sf_market_23

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Five Senses Monday

Every time I read “The New Bohemians,” I wind up spending hours on realtor.com.


Well, hello there, friends. I hope you had a merry, merry Christmas with all of your loved ones. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve or plans for the new year in general? I spent this long weekend doing a lot of soul searching and planning my goals and organizing my thoughts, which I’ll slowly share here when I get them all prettified.

Until then, here is a little Five Senses Monday. Share yours, please!

Mom’s homemade tortillas that went with her homemade albondigas (that’s Mexican meatball soup … o-m-g yum). So many holiday cookies = regret. The mixture of grapefruit and lemon peels, peppermint, ginger root and cinnamon in doTerra’s Slim & Sassy essential oil supplement that is supposed to take away my cravings (so not tasty, but it feels necessary after this holiday). White chocolate peppermint Kisses (they are not allowed in my house anymore).

Can we say Adele, because she’s on all the time now, and then I sometimes even binge watch her interviews on YouTube. I’m that girl. Like so many other girls who love that lady (and by lady, I mean, someone who is younger than me but feels a lot wiser and more majestic). But I’m also listening to a ton of Audible.com, and I’ll have some post on the book world soon.

A very dear friend who lives across the state surprised me one day last week and stopped for an hour visit as she drove through my little town on the way to visit her parents for Christmas. I was so happy to have that coffee date.

Highly motivated in my brain, but highly unmotivated in my bones. I think I’m just freezing (NorCal cold, what’s up?!) and so I want to stay under a blanket all the time. But I do have big plans – they’re even written down now – for my body, my home, my projects in 2016. I’m excited to come back for an update this time next year.

See: Tasting. Because all I can think of as I write this is the pungent aroma of those essential oils I’m trying to get down so I avoid my coworkers Hershey Kisses. The curse of the holidays.

For my family gift exchange, I dressed up a Chipotle gift card as an e-Coli/BYO-Lettuce gift pack. No one laughed as  much as I did, and they sent it home with me anyway. Ha!5-2
Jessie came to visit one evening last week, and we had one hour to catch up on everything that’s happened since I visited her in San Diego in October.5-3A scene I liked. Basically being creepy in Maggie’s front porch.
5-4My mom made breakfast for my sister and I, and I just liked the egg-stackage:5-5Sneaking in a few more pages before I had to run out the door. Also, I think my nails were on point last week. Home-manicure for the win.5-6

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