Month: June 2016

Mr. Pipes

Loved dog

Had kid

Free dog to good home


Mr. Pipes was my main squeeze poodle baby.  He was spirited, often grumpy, insisting on going to bed nightly at 9pm.  We enjoyed spooning, long afternoon walks, and salmon and rice dinners.  Since Mr. Pipes wasn’t a fan of being alone, he spent his days lounging at the neighbor’s house until we returned home from work.  He was tall enough to peek his little furry face through the iron metal gates.  As soon as he saw us, he would rear up on his back legs and take off in mad circles.  And then….I got pregnant.  We packed up and moved to a bigger house knowing Mr. Pipes would need a buddy at his new home.  We scoured shelters in hopes of finding him the perfect girlfriend.  We had specific requirements: female, small, and poodle mix (non shedding) as the baby was on his way in a few short months.  At one shelter, we were led into a back area where there were literally hundreds of poodle mutt mixes.  It was complete chaos.  Jumping, barking, biting.  Crazy!  In the midst of the madness, there sat a tiny, mangy, brown nosed white pup, perfectly quiet staring up at me.  She was the one.  My husband named her “Amy” and we brought her home to Mr. Pipes.  In true Piper fashion, he promptly humped her multiple times.  Perfect.  


As we settled in and prepped for the baby’s arrival, Pipes and Amy bonded.  Or rather,  Amy’s true colors began to shine.  Amy enjoyed flying leaps off our bed.  Paws stretched to the max, she would time her landing just right and on top of Piper’s head.  Mr. Pipes would try his best to make a comeback, ears perked, deep growl, hump stance.  But inevitably, two year old Amy forced thirteen year old Pipes to retreat under the kitchen table.

Did I mention Amy pee’d each time you tried to pet her?  Yup, a puddle of pee at your feet followed by her submitting and rolling around in it.  Excellent.  At 37 weeks pregnant, I found myself glued to the couch entertained by the wrestling, snorting, and snoozing of Pipes and Amy.  She was good for him.


And then…we had a baby.  An eight pound, chubby cheeked, precious little face…you get the idea.  We had never been happier.  As we attempted to settle into our new life as parents, aggravation crept in as dogs swirled around my feet.  They were in my way.  Gasp!  Mr. Pipes in my way?  I was guilt ridden but, had a new boy in my life.

As months passed, our beloved Piper turned fourteen and sadly, began experiencing major health problems. We fought for him but one night, he left us.  We were destroyed.  And so was Amy.  She wouldn’t move from the edge of the bed and cried for her buddy.  The energy in the house was different and felt wrong.  Pipers nails were noticeably absent from the hardwood floor.  One strange thing about life is that it continues through dark times and death.  All we have is right now. So as days passed, we were happy to have Amy pitter patter through the house. She zoomed past our ankles, tongue wagging, licking along the way.  I grew tired of wiping the slobber away.  I stomped my feet and yelled at her, “stop licking!”  Did I mention the high pitched howling sound?  Her cry is, no doubt, the most ear piercing sound ever, of all time.  It’s the sound a wolf in a heated battle would make, not a twelve pound poodle.  That perfectly silent, well behaved, poodle in the shelter knew exactly how to stand out in the crowd.    It’s been almost a year since Piper passed and it seems we are stuck with Amy.  Peeing, high pitched howling, drive by leg licking Amy.  Anyone want a poodle?




Dedicated to Mr. Pipes.  We miss your stink break.


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Back packin’

How cute is this backpack?  It only took me 2.8 years to figure out I should be using a backpack vs a diaper bag.  I was getting the worst pain in one shoulder from slinging  a heavy bag around.  I tried to switch sides, but that felt as awkward as holding your kid on the other arm.  I know you know what I mean.  Anyway, found this gem at Nordstorm and just under 60 bucks!  Here’s the link and happy shopping.




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Summer knits

Currently HOT in Cali – 110 degrees today.   How do you all feel about summer months?  I have memories of being bored as a pre teen/teenager which leads to me to dread the long, hot summer months as an adult.  Currently working on changing my perspective.   My son is so little and I don’t want to pass my negative feelings on to him.  We enjoyed swimming all weekend and certainly feel lucky to have such a luxury out our back door.   So, here’s to ice cream cones, cannonballs in the pool, and happy summer memories.

Linked below is the cutest fedora found at Target, of course.

Also, the lightest, knit tank that is super comfy and flattering with shorts.  I’m wearing a size small.

And I can’t leave out star of the show – lace up sandals currently on sale for just under 15 bucks!   Now that’s a hot deal.

Happy shopping!

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The big ONE

Celebrating a first birthday is BIG!  Congratulations!  You kept a tiny human alive for a year.  You haven’t slept, showered, or changed your clothes in a few days but, you’ve never been happier.  Before my son was born, I couldn’t understand why my mom friends only talked about their kids.  After I pushed out the cutest eight pound, precious faced little being from my being, I got it.  He’s amazing!  He looks like me!  He yawned!  He’s advanced!


Planning the first birthday was quite the experience.  Since I am a structured type, who likes control, “Project One,” started months in advance.  Our boy was born just before Halloween so naturally, pumpkins were the theme. Budget you ask?  Yikes.  I may have gone a bit overboard….especially with the cakes.  Yes, two cakes.  I insisted on a “smash cake” and a sheet cake for guests.  They were custom ordered from Gelson’s and absolutely beautiful.  The smash cake was in the shape of a pumpkin with the cutest number 1 as the stem.  The sheet cake was vanilla with orange frosting complete with cobwebs and dancing ghosts.  Perfect.


Now for decorations… Naturally, I went pinterest crazy.  Streamers, balloons, a pinata, bubbles, and game stations for kids including a bean bag toss and mini bowling station.  I made my 76 year old dad stand on a ladder to wrap the front door in toilet paper. We added a set of googly eyes to make the perfect “mummy entrance.”  Thank you, Dad.  No corner was left undecorated.  The guest bath was covered in cobwebs, spiders, and lighted with spooky skeleton candles.  Pumpkin spice scented candles glowed throughout the rest of the house and atop the mantle grew a pumpkin patch.  Streamers and balloons covered the wall behind Logan’s high chair and a specially made banner reading, “I am one,” hung perfectly centered above his head.  We even hired a photographer so we could enjoy the event and not have to worry about “capturing the moment.”  Dinner was fully catered along with trays of “kid food” including oreo cookies with gummy bears sprinkled on top.  Guests sipped champagne or juice out of individually decorated cups.  I glued eyeballs and drew funny mouths on every orange cup…it took me days.  On the day of the party, I got my hair blown out and nails done.  You’d think I was getting married.  I bought the cutest black shift dress and Logan a custom “number one” onesie paired with jeans and a bow tie.


We hosted about 30 guests and I was one happy mama.  I typically don’t like a lot of attention, but that afternoon was different.  I soaked up the fact that family and friends were so gracious and kind to spend their time with us.  In all honesty, my son was turning one, but it was MY party.  And I loved it.  

Having Logan is the best thing I’ll ever do in life.  He’s my pride and joy.  Normally I try to limit the number of  “adorable little Logan” stories I tell to avoid boring others to tears, but during the party, I gave myself permission to tell countless “you had to be there” tales.  We ate, drank, blew bubbles, smashed a pinata, and laughed a lot.  Yes, we would have had just as good a time without the custom order cakes and catered food but, I felt so strongly about celebrating the first birthday.  Pregnancy was rough, child birth was amazing and that first year of raising a baby is, to say the least, intense.  An afternoon of celebrating the first year of life was wonderful and I will always cherish the experience.  Wishing all you mamas out there a happy ONE.  



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What does that mean, you ask?  Since I was little, I never liked meat.   The smell and texture completely grossed me out.  I frowned at my mother’s spaghetti with meat sauce and baked chicken dinners.  She forced protein shakes down my throat to ensure I was getting enough nutrients.  Let me be clear, I’m not a vegan/veggie snob.  If you’re a carnivore, have at it!  It’s just not for me.   I often get asked what I eat so here ya go:

Carbs are my friend…I have this thing for sweet potatoes…and fries…and sweet potatoe fries.  Yes, fries.  I confess.  Phew.

But seriously, I do my best to eat a plant based, whole foods diet.  Lentils, fruits, veggies – basically, I shop around the outer perimeter of the grocery store limiting processed foods and dairy.   That being said, I like frozen pizza and doughnuts just as much as the next gal.   I’m not crazy.  On work days, I typically have oatmeal with almond butter and blueberries for breakfast.  And coffee….lots of coffee.

Snacks/lunch is always something quick:  Larabar makes a yummy food bar that is Vegan with only a few ingredients so you know what you’re eating.

I also get vegan protein/fruit smoothies at work that fill me up.

Since I STRUGGLE in the kitchen (some of you make it look so easy!) I keep dinner simple.  Salads with lentils and goddess dressing, nuts, and any veggie in the fridge.  Trader Joe’s brand  Goddess dressing is vegan.

I make a decent black bean and squash tacos.  I steam squash, heat up black beans, add tomato, onion, lettuce, avocado, salsa in taco shells and BOOM!  Dinner!

If I’m feelin’ super fancy, I love these smashed white bean & avocado sandwiches:

Black beans and rice is a complete protein.  Serve that with broccoli and you’ll be full of iron…and gas…hehe.  Speaking of farts, check out  You won’t be disappointed!

Here’s a list of staples I buy at the grocery store:

Almond milk, raw nuts of any kind, any kind of potato, avocados, any veggie, any fruit, dried fruit, sprouted breads/bagels/english muffins, lentil beans, almond butter/peanut butter/jelly, hummus, coconut milk chocolate ice cream, snack foods: pretzels, popcorn & dark chocolate, whole wheat pasta & sauce, and frozen pizza   I buy pizza with and without cheese because I do have a small child that is VERY PICKY.  He survives on air and crackers…crazy.

I hope this helps!  Let me know if you have any questions!












Teaser time!

Pilates is life changing!  Pilates is a total body workout that strengthens and stretches muscles simultaneously.  No other workout does that!  I’m a big fan and have been teaching just under 10 years.  A friend gifted me a session for a birthday and I was instantly hooked.  I sought out a local training program and so it began.   Here’s a clip to help improve your “teaser.”  Happy sweating!

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Say hi to your summer uniform

Here’s a link to the cutest cut offs.  I’ve been on the hunt and finally found a pair at Old Navy. Super comfy and affordable at just 20 bucks!  The fit is true to size.  My T is also from Old Navy.  Super flattering, comfy and comes in three different colors. (You can even stop, drop, & do some Pilates )    Happy shopping!

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