Friday Favorites vol 1

Friday Favorites | vol 1 | |

Happy Friday everyone! We all made it!

One thing we weren’t anticipating this week was Greyson’s bout of, what we thought was, pink eye. At the beginning of the week we awoke to his left eye crusted shut and my heart sank; as a teacher and seeing my fair share of bacterial pink eye I knew the crusties weren’t a good sign. Throughout the day his eye was a little inflamed and red, but no other signs. Hallelujah! Then the following night he began developing a yellowish discharge from his eye and it made me feel even worse – especially since we were looking forward to traveling to Colorado this week for my husband’s business trip. All night it seemed to be getting worse and his eyes more red by the hour. We used a little bit of saline eye wash to keep his eyes clean and made a doctor’s appointment for the next morning.

Thankfully the wash seems to be working really well and is keeping the discharge at bay. Having seen his doctor it turns out his pink eye isn’t contagious, but due to allergies. The one downside to living on the coast here are the Santa Anna winds that blow from the mountains down – so we get all the dust and dirt (mixed with the natural blooming and pollen). I am doing a happy dance that we don’t have to completely disinfect the house and his things, but more so just keep up with his eye drops and keep the house free of allergens.

Despite all that, and not being able to accompany the husband on his trip to Colorado, there were a few great things that happened this week. So here are a few of my favorite moments!

Spring has sprung in Ventura.



I am a lover of colder weather and some rain isn’t so bad – especially since I get to enjoy it from the comfort of home. However, there’s no other feeling than spring making it’s grand return with the sun shining, the crisp air, and just an overall sense of renewal. Since much of California has been hit with a drought for the last number of years, this year especially we were blessed with a lot of rain and thankfully, for the first time in forever, we’re officially partially out of the drought in many places. With that being said, what used to be dirt and dried up plants and rivers has done a 180 degree turn and even the mountains that are the backdrop to Ventura are nice and green!

A happy 29th birthday to me!

Turning 29 was kind of a big moment for me. I mean, I know next year will be a big moment too, but turning 29 makes you realize that you’re within your last year of your twenties! So, in celebration I created a few goals for the year and spent my evening celebrating with my husband and Greyson. I even put on fake eyelashes and did my makeup for the occasion (there’s seriously a special place in heaven for women who can apply fake lashes flawlessly – I’m a work in progress) which is a big deal for me. The husband got me a very cute bouquet of flowers, I fit into a pre-pregnancy dress I hadn’t been able to in months, and was treated to one of my favorite Italian restaurants. So, all-in-all I had a pretty great day!

Thank you to everyone on Facebook for the birthday love as well as friends and family who texted, called, or sent cards!

The Painted Cabernet

I have always heard of sip and paint nights where you can enjoy some wine as you are lead through how to recreate a piece of artwork and The Painted Cabernet is exactly that. A couple of girlfriends of mine treated me this past Sunday to a little girls day in celebration of my upcoming birthday and I had such a great time! I had always wanted to do something like this and I’m so glad we did!

Have you ever done something like this?

Hulu w/ no commercials + RHOP



Gizelle is kind of my favorite.

Andy Cohen is probably a genius simply because of The Real Housewives franchise and what he’s made of it since the days with the ladies from the O.C. The newest Housewives show are women who hail from Potomac, Maryland, which is just right outside of D.C. and where I grew up in Northern Virginia. Knowing the D.C. season of The Real Housewives didn’t garner and real kind of audience I was interested to see how Potomac would stack up. Thanks to Hulu I was able to catch up on the entire first season and I have to say that I’m diggin’ the new women. I thought their first season had plenty of drama, which one comes to expect from this franchise, and the dynamic of the ladies is interesting. Each Housewives city offers a different perspective on everyday life and I love it. I’m curious about what season two will bring and even heard that one cast member isn’t returning and a new one is being introduced. Hmmm….

What else do I love? Hulu with no commercials! Yes, it’s an additional $4.99 to upgrade, but considering how much I would pay in cable, it’s worth it’s weight. I’ve found that the hubs and I both enjoy watching our favorite shows without interruption. Yes, it’s bearable to sit through 3-4 of the same commercials during one episode (we’ve done that for years – I also remember back when Hulu only had one commercial!) but it’s not enjoyable. That extra $5 has made such a difference and I couldn’t recommend it more, especially if you’re a Hulu lover like me!

Loving my new Nest Cam for Greyson

Have you all heard of Nest Cam? I’ve known of their cameras and smart thermostats, but with the price tag of $200 I never really considered purchasing one. Plus, living in a one bedroom with Greyson’s crib right outside our door we never really needed a baby monitor. However, now that we are within just a month or so of moving into our new two-bedroom apartment I began my research into the best camera for Greyson’s new room. I knew I wanted it to be high quality video, stream onto my phone or other device, and be equipped with night vision. A lot of the leading baby monitors can do most of those things, but somehow I always came back to the Nest Cam.

We’ve had a few theft issues in our apartment complex recently (thankfully not our apartment) and home security and safety has been a top priority for me these days. I know my complex is secure, but I feel that one can never have too many home measures in place – especially during periods of travel or being a SAHM like me. In my quest for the perfect camera, the Nest Cam was rated amongst the top for security and was mentioned most often in the various articles and blog posts I read related to security measures for apartment dwellers.

Thankfully I won a giveaway on a blog for a $50 e-gift card to and perusing through their inventory I saw the Nest Cam again. was having a sale of free shipping over $35 orders as well as a new customer discount. Using both of those deals, and my $50 e-gift card, I paid a fraction of what it retails for! The best part is that it arrived the very next day!

Linking up with…Erika, Katieand Amy.

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Currently March

Watching: The Great British Bake Off is my absolute favorite right now and is actually currently playing on my TV. I just finished season one and am beginning season two now. I love a good food competition show but I’ve come to notice that American competition shows like Top Chef and Master Chef are quite brutal compared to this feel-good one. All of the contestants are so sweet to one another, which is a bit refreshing. I also love learning about new types of bakes and watching the process of each.

Eating: Last night I made a spicy Pozole Rojo from my newfound favorite vegan cookbook, Thug Kitchen. I’ve really enjoyed learning how to cook vegan and substituting other things for animal products even down to eggs and butter these last month. Even eating out I search the menu for vegan or vegetarian options and I am so pleased that more restaurants offer them!

Saying: “where has time gone?!” I feel this way especially with Greyson who will be turning one in just two weeks. He’s walking now, talking even more, learning new sounds and I pause constantly and just admire this little boy of mine. I’m always in a state of awe that my husband and I created such a happy, beautiful, and smart little boy. Check out his 11 month update!

…and today I am like, “is it really March already?!”

Wearing: my capsule wardrobe that I am beginning to shift towards spring. I have really been loving my Stitch Fixes lately (catch Feb, Jan, Dec, and Nov) and am excited about adding some new items as the weather begins to warm up here in Ventura. I am also loving my new hair color and cut I got over the weekend. I am growing my hair out and a simple trim makes me feel so refreshed without losing the length I’ve managed to grow! I am grateful for my new stylist over at Matiz Salon downtown!

…also, my usual hairstylist, Chelsea, is undergoing treatment for Leukemia in LA. I would greatly appreciate you checking out her story or check out her Go Fund Me page by clicking the Support Chelsea link on my sidebar. (thank you!)

Posting: Since taking a break from the blog a couple of months ago I am beginning to feel inspired again and am slowly returning here. As I prepare new posts and content, I am excited to reshare some of my older posts from the archives such as my DIY baby binder and travel tips since we’re off to Washington, D.C. tomorrow for a week!

Linking up with Anne for her monthly Currently linkup!

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Currently December

Currently December | |

Doing…visiting Santa, decorating a gingerbread house, crafting, and so on. There’s so much I’d love to do for Greyson and his first Christmas I just hope we have enough time to do it all!

Enjoying my new programmable coffee maker! I know it seems like such a small gift to ask for, but I am so thankful to my gracious mother-in-law who gifted it to me this year! Every morning with Greyson I have to hit the ground running and oftentimes I don’t have the time to make coffee with our French press. I had always wanted to wake up and have a fresh pot waiting for me and now I do! I’m loving my small 4-cup coffee maker as it’s the perfect amount for my two cups in the morning.

Cooking a lot for our #verydanielxmas food and drink movie pairing. I am always so excited to kick off our holidays each year because I really do enjoy planning the meals and drinks that go along with the movies we’ll be watching. We started with The Grinch and we ate Rare Roast Beast with Who Hash (OMG it’s sooooo good and easy to make!) with a dessert of Who Pudding and I made these Grinch Pretzel Bites. To sip on I made ‘melted snow’ which were White Russians. Next up is Home Alone with these puff-pastry pizza wheels, macaroni & cheese bites, and a nod to their Paris trip by drinking French 75s. Cute, right?!

Currently December | |

Wrapping nothing except for the fake presents under the tree for decoration. All of the kids and friends we shop for live away from us so we do a lot of online shopping and ship our gifts straight to them. So, no presents under the tree until Greyson is older – however he does love a good box full of tissue paper. 😉

Playing Gilmore Girls on Netflix all day long and I love it. I can’t believe I am working my way through season 5 already knowing it’s only a few more seasons until the end. I’ve become so attached to these characters (and even Rory is beginning to really annoy me – but I have to remember I was probably that annoying as a young girl who thought she knew everything) so saying goodbye will be hard. What show should I get into next?!

Linking up with Anne and Kellie.

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Returning To Stars Hollow | A GIVEAWAY

Returning To Stars Hollow | A GIVEAWAY

One of the questions that many girls growing up in the early 2000s can ask themselves is, where were you when Gilmore girls first aired? Unfortunately I cannot answer that question, well not until a few weeks ago that is, because I never watched the show. Insert wide eyes and a shriek here. I know, I know. I’m one of the few girls out there that didn’t really get on the CW bandwagon growing up although I’ve heard great things about the show. I guess the whole ‘mother-daughter being best friends’ relationship thing didn’t really peak my interest and neither did the goody-goodeyness of the whole show. Instead I opted for shows like FRIENDS, Seinfeld, The Office, and the ridiculous South Park. I never knew what I was really missing out on…

…until Netflix and the kind soul, Janelle, over at Simply Love.

Back a few months ago I remember hearing about the Gilmore girls revival and seeing a number of friends, and blogging friends, sharing their excitement across social media. I never quite understood what the commotion was about seeing as though I had no idea what the references were or the complex relationships that played out over seven seasons. Thanks to Netflix and countless hours throughout the day with Greyson, I have been able to catch up on seven years worth of memories and reminiscing about being a young teen myself navigating high school, responsibilities, and relationships. I think I’m able to appreciate this show much more as an adult than if I were to have originally watched it growing up. BTW, I believe Lorelai Gilmore was ahead of her time! So witty and funny!

I am only within the first three seasons yet I find myself totally wrapped in Lorelai’s relationship with Luke. I mean, they do end up together in the end, right?! How is it that these two waif-like women can eat, let alone afford, Luke’s everyday for multiple meals a day? And I’m quite impressed that a teenager drinks her coffee black. I still have to use cream and sugar! Perhaps it’s the perks of living in a small town where everyone, and literally everyone, knows you. Nonetheless, it’s a town that I find myself wanting to live in, to raise my family there, and for 45 minutes (at least) I can.

So, in celebration of our grand return to Stars Hollow and greeting our favorite characters once again for this epic four-episode run, me and my fellow blogger friends are hosting a pretty amazing giveaway! Grab your Luke’s coffee and a donut (or three), your comfiest sweater, blast the revival on your TV, and join all of us for a giveaway thanks to Janelle and my lovely other hosts!

Giveaway Items: 

+ Twine and Cotton Market ‘Stars Hollow’ Candle
+ Snowman and Star Ornament
+ $20 Shop Credit to LulaRoe | Janelle Monaco
+ Rose Gold Clutch
+ Mini Brush Trees
+ Milkglass Coffee Creamer + Sugar Set
+ Coffee Mug
+ 2 Art Prints
+ Darling Magazine
+ Darling Nightingale Knitted Donut
+ Pop-Tarts
+ Journal
Returning To Stars Hollow | A GIVEAWAY
Returning To Stars Hollow | A GIVEAWAY
Returning To Stars Hollow | A GIVEAWAY
Returning To Stars Hollow | A GIVEAWAY
Returning To Stars Hollow | A GIVEAWAY

your hosts:

Returning To Stars Hollow | A GIVEAWAY | |

begins midnight on Nov 25th and runs until Dec 3rd at midnight – open to U.S & Canadian residents only. Winner will be selected at random.

Simply Love | Fawn & Linen | Hill Collection | A Short Blonde
Little Blue Sailboat | Primarily Inspired | The Girl Who Loved To Write


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