Things I Love : November, 2014

Take time to stop and bake mini donuts with your kids. Random things that I loved this month…

I usually work on blog stuff in the mornings. Even the weekend. So it was a really nice change of pace when my son found our mini donut baker in the garage and all but demanded we make them immediately. So we did.  And they loved them. And it was really fun to make something for breakfast and take a little more time with them instead of being on the computer. I guess sometimes you have to stop and smell the mini donuts.

The styling in Bon Appetit Magazine is the best. They get me. I die for food magazines. I rarely make anything from them, but I have to read them each month. Over the last year or so I’ve been falling in love with Bon Appetit and their styling. They just get me. It’s all I can do to wait patiently for the new issue to arrive each month. The creative direction is SO GOOD. Like, I want to rip out these pages and decoupage them on my dresser like I did with bands in high school.

Celebrating a friend who is following her dream. This didn’t happen in October but I didn’t download the photo until now so it missed last month’s ‘Things I Love.” My dear friend, Erika, was an extra on Brooklyn 99, one of my fave shows. So of course we had to have a viewing party at her house and experience it together. It was the Halloween episode. She nailed it. I love watching her explore this new path in her life and think she is awesome. See her on Cougar Town here.

My favorite Erin Wasson for RVCA shirt and vintage necklace. You guys. I’ve only been wine tasting twice now but both times I really felt like I needed to wear this vintage grape necklace that my grandma gave me. Do you really need to have a good luck charm for wine tasting? Because I think this is mine. My grandma wasn’t in to wine per se although she always ordered a Chablis when we ate at the pizzeria. One of the funniest conversations I ever had with my grandparents was them making fun of pretentious wine tasters and the adjectives they use to describe the wine. I will never forget it. I love this necklace. And this shirt. I will die if anything happens to it. It’s Erin Wasson for RVCA and it is my all time fave. If we’ve hung out in person you have certainly seen me in it. And I love my new necklace from Shop Serene Sky. I won it at a blogger event and it’s totally my style! So glad I didn’t win the free month of exercise.

Fried Green Beans from The Habit. Dearest fried green bean, how did I not know about you until now? I saw someone post about these on their instagram account and later that day went to try them. I adore green beans. It’s the world’s best vegetable. And fried?! Yum. This was my first time at The Habit, although it is in the same parking lot as my Joann’s so you know I’ve passed it and smelled it like a gazillion times. The burger was also amazing! Can’t wait to go back and try out more things! I also love that they put a gummy hamburger in the kids meals! Nice touch.

Nerds against bullying! You know I love Nerds, right? They are my fave. But if Nerds and green beans got in to a fight, I’m not sure whose earrings I would hold. That’s not true. I would mean mug the green beans and back my Nerds. And then eat the green beans and then the Nerds.  So when Geeky Hostess posted this it made my heart sing. Candy against bullying. Now that is a cause I can get behind. Well done Wonka.

High waisted jeans changed my life. YOU GUYS! I’m sorry to shout at you but these pants changed my life. So I’m pretty cheap about my denim. I used to buy pricey pants, and they really did fit and wear well. But it just isn’t the right time for me to spend a lot on good denim. So I’ve been hitting the cheapy stores for my pants. These stores usually go for a younger audience so the pants are all low-rise and terrible whiskering. Well, I finally came across that was high-waisted (but not in a Jessica Simpson high-waisted pants debacle, high waist) jeans and they are awesome! The whiskering and details are still not something I would typically go for, but the fact that my muffin top is fully ensconced in these pants is amazing! I instantly felt pounds lighter. Shirts lay nicer. And I don’t constantly have to hitch them up. Because they sit above my hip bones, they don’t slip down much to create saggy butt. Life changing. So now I wear them every day. I apologize in advance.

Kids on the red carpet. This one is also from last month. My husband has a friend who is an artist and he created some custom pieces for a show at the Long Beach Museum of Art. One of the pieces is a sort of team photo from a made up sport and my husband is one of the players. So of course we had to go see my husband hanging on a museum wall.  We took the kids and they were so much fun to have there. My oldest dressed like he was going for an art heist (here he is missing the beanie and hood up). And my youngest was super in to the receptions happening outside including dancing like a spaz to the band and sucking down Sprite from the bar. And, of course, we had to get them on the red carpet. The docents only had to talk to the boys a dozen times to remind them not to touch anything.

My favorite wines from @lorimarwinery/.I have new favorite wines! I fell in love with Trio from Lorimar Winery on my first visit (a red with notes of coconut, yum). But this last visit I was lucky enough to get to taste even more of their wines. Their sparkling wine is my fave sparkling! SO delicious!  And the Grenache Blanc is where it’s at. I can’t wait to crack that baby open! Looks like I’ve got my holiday drinking game plan set.

Tillamook Chef event with Haven Gastro Pub at Provisions Market in Orange. I was invited to attend a Tillamook cheese event a few weeks ago and it was amazing. Tillamook partners with chefs from all over the country and has them create sensational dishes using Tillamook product. This event was in conjunction with the Chef’s of Haven Gastro Pub and Provisions Market in Orange. The servers strolled around with platters of beer and cheese beignets and other delightful cheesey dishes. There was a fantastic cheese tasting spread set out complete with beer pairings and then there was this Mac and Cheese. Best. Ever. For this recipe they used the Extra Sharp White Cheddar and added bacon and other yummy goodness.  The event was awesome but my favorite part is that they are sharing all the recipes! I want to make everything!  Here is the White Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese.  I fell in love with the Black Pepper White Cheddar and can’t wait to find that again in a grocery store. Mmmmmm.

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Things I Love : October, 2014

Dying over the colors on this Good Housekeeping magazine. Crap. October is over. That means that the holidays are right around the corner. Life is just moving way too fast. I’m going to make every effort to slow it down a little bit and actually enjoy the holidays this year. But for now, here is what I loved during the month of October:

Good Housekeeping NAILED it with their November cover. I never pick up this magazine but the colors really spoke to me. I’m not even a huge fan of Eva Longoria but I really loved the graphic design and so I bought it to check it out. I enjoyed the magazine and look forward to seeing what next month’s cover looks like. Maybe they are trying to young it up a bit? I love me some Erin Phraner and I know she works at the mag so…I’m going to just give her all the credit since it has a crisp clean look like her site :)

Ghostbusters Krispy Kreme donuts! When your oldest son loves Ghostbusters and Krispy Kreme puts out Ghostbusters themed donuts, you drive way far out of your way to pick up a few dozen. Not sure when they will stop selling these but I am guessing Halloween so RUN to your nearest store and buy some! They were so much fun. They also had ones that looked like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!

I can't stop wearing this House Dress from Henry Mack. I can’t quit wearing this House Dress by Henry Mack! It’s super comfy, can be dressed up or dressed down and I love the pattern! I wore this dress 3 times in one week to all kinds of events. One to a nice dinner out sponsored by a local magazine, a fashion show and a blogger event where I paired it with comfy flats. So versatile. I’m hoping they get more prints in soon! This is def a staple in my wardrobe.  Do your kids live for a photo bomb opportunity?

He is finally out of a car seat! Look how happy that makes him! Look at that face!!! It’s pure joy because this was the day we realized that it was legal for him to ride without a car seat. He felt like a million bucks. I still have him ride with the bottom booster most of the time to ensure that he is the safest. But I now know that he can ride without one. They are growing up WAY too fast!

Just the Wine drops for neutralizing sulfites in wine which I have an intolerance to. YOU GUYS. A few years ago my doctor told me that with my allergies and history of headaches that I should probably not drink wine. My nose gets all stuffed up. I get headaches pretty much immediately and the next day can be pretty unbearable. And that can be after just one glass. I pretty much stopped drinking champagne or sparkling wine completely because of the instant headaches. But stop drinking wine altogether? Absurd. Recently, I’ve been feeling exceptionally miserable after drinking wine. So much so that one morning I woke up and decided I couldn’t drink it anymore. Luckily, a mere 5 minutes later, I was reading OC Metro and came across a story on Just the Wine. The symptoms listed in the story were pretty different from mine, but I decided to try them out anyway. I am still trying them out to see if they really help me with my wine consumption. And so far I think the answer is yes! My nose still gets stuffed up, but I’m not getting the headaches like I had been. I tried these drops in a mimosa the other day and had no headache at all! These do not prevent headaches the next day due to over consumption. You put 3 drops in your 6 ounce glass of wine and give it a stir for 20 seconds. This is basically food grade hydrogen peroxide and it neutralizes the sulfites. I even take them with me when I go out now. My husband says it looks pretty shady when I put them in my wine but I don’t care. You can read more about them here.

Self-serve Iced Coffee at Whole Foods.Somewhere along the way I started upping my daily coffee intake. But as the day goes on, I’m less inclined towards a hot cup of coffee, and turn instead to iced.  So I was super excited to see this Cold Brew set up at my local Whole Foods! I pretty much have no understanding about what the different brews are, but love that you can serve yourself. And it was delicious too! I feel like this might be the next big thing. They took out their juice bar. And while this doesn’t exactly replace that, it seems like this is where the focus has shifted. And I quite like it.

Finger Limes! I finally got to try finger limes. The inside is not like a normal lime but are like tiny little balls that are tart and crunchy and awesome. While at Whole Foods, I came across a package of Finger Limes! I had seen them in a food magazine last year and almost went so far as to order them online. I’m a lime fanatic and these sounded super interesting. But I thought it might be a little obsessive to buy limes online. When I came across the package, I FOR SURE had to try them! They smell just like a normal lime, but the insides are totally different. I took the tip of my knife and sort of scraped at the flesh and these little orbs came out. They are crunchy and tart with a limey flavor. These would be so awesome as a garnish for a cocktail or appetizer. I made my whole family try them because who knows when the next time I’m going to have finger limes again! The kids thought they were hysterical. LOVED them! If you see them, pick them up!

The first time he was able to dip his cookies in Cow's Milk! He's outgrown that allergy! This kid has had food allergies since he was one year old. This right here is the first time he has ever dipped Oreo‘s in to cow’s milk. We are so grateful that he has outgrown that allergy. He seems to be fine with eggs as well, but he still resists the foods that were harmful to him for so long. This was such a great moment for me to see him acting like a normal kid and not being afraid to try the milk. I know that over time he will learn to like eggs as well. So cool! And we’re keeping our fingers crossed about the nuts as well. Because Butterfinger.

*I’ve been making some changes to the back end of my blog and as a result I have lost my spell check! I read through this post to the best of my ability but there could very well be some errors…I don’t need to know about them. And I guess I shouldn’t rely so heavily on the spell checker, but I do! Fingers crossed I can figure out where it went!

Things I love – September 2014

This Golden Road Brewery IPA that benefits Heal the Bay is delicious! It has been a while since I shared the random things I am loving so I thought I would try to bring this series back. You know I love to share my favorites with you and these are not sponsored. I just want everyone to love them! 

I generally drink wine but this Golden Road Brewery is my new favorite beer. I got to taste several varieties of this brand during our #campmixalot weekend and this one, in particular, is delicious! Have you tried this brand? This specific IPA benefits Heal the Bay. How awesome is that?

I'm obsessed with The Real Housewives of Melbourne! #RHOMelbourneYOU GUYS! I am OBSESSED with The Real Housewives of Melbourne. As in Melbourne, Australia. I had heard about this show a while back but couldn’t find it to watch anywhere. One of my besties called me up one day to let me know that they were playing it on Sundays on Bravo (they have the episodes online too!)! I’ve been watching the shows and it is amazing! These gals and their accents are fantastic! My husband is even sucked in! They say things that I have to rewind several times to understand and use the funniest slang and figures of speech. Their voices are super deep. One wears an insane amount of makeup and is a lawyer (or barrister as they call it), who thanks to old British rule, has to wear a super ridiculous wig, perched on top of her big hair, when she is in court! I think my favorite has to be the gal that owns a large catering company and some restaurants.  Her name is Chyka (pronounced Chica), she seems to be the most level headed of the group, sort of the Caroline Manzo of the group. They have just as much gossip and talking behind each other’s backs as our versions. It is fantastic! Have you seen it? 

I've been using this Bando thermal coffee mug every day since I got it! Great gift idea!I don’t know why I am so surprised, but did you know that coffee tastes, like, way better when it’s not cold? So I got this Bando coffee mug a few weeks ago and I now use it every morning. And I freaking love it! It is perfect for walking the kids to school.  And it keeps the coffee warm!  Genius! I really love some of my old coffee mugs, and will use them from time to time, but these thermal mugs are where it’s at. 

Bands in Town App is awesome for finding live music of your fave bands. I love this app called Bands In Town.  I put it on my phone a few months ago and it is the reason I found out that my fave guy was coming locally in concert. It goes through the music on your phone and then tells you the bands coming to your area on tour that you might like. I love it! It’s designed well and is super easy to use. I think it also connects you right to a site to buy the tickets but I wanted to get online and see a better floor plan so I didn’t purchase through the app. But it has always been hard to find all the concerts that are coming to town in all different venues. But not any more.

Red wine in bed. And I found some red wine that I really enjoy!  I can’t wait to share my Temecula wine tasting trip with all of you, but I was super excited to find a few new wines!

Cool Stuff in Life and Style – June

My favorite Ronald Reagan tea pot!! Makes a great gift! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHow can it be July tomorrow?  This is the first full week that my kids are out of school and we started swim lessons this morning.  So why does it feel like summer is moving SO fast!  I’m praying it slows down a little so we can really enjoy it before we start school again.  So here is the cool stuff I am loving this month.  I already shared this on Instagram, but my parents bought me the BEST TEA POT EVER!!  You may remember that I had originally seen this Ronald Reagan wonder on my trip to New York but when it was over $100, I had to walk away.  My mom started to do some research and found it online for a much more reasonable price!

Ronald Reagan tea pot, a great gift for your friend's who love entertaining and has everything! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo one day, she and my dad showed up with my new tea-pot as a surprise.  They are pretty great parents, aren’t they?  And this tea-pot!?  I mean, my kids are a little freaked out by it but it now has a place on our mantle above the fireplace…

Fun dish for a cute gift idea // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comKristin gave me this awesome little porcelain You Rock tray!  I love it.  The colors are super fun and the sides are a little bit wavy making it whimsical.  It sites right next to my bed on my nightstand and I keep my chapstick and stray hair bands in it.  I love that it is practical but super cute at the same time!! Such a cute gift idea!

I heart wine.  And especially when the wine has hearts on it. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI heart wine, you guys!  I’m starting to branch out a little bit and try some new whites.  I’m partial to my Sauvignon Blanc but I know that I enjoy Pinot Grigio so I’m trying to go out of my comfort zone and try some new ones.  And of course I had to pick up this bottle with the heart on it.  Find it here.  SO cute!

Summer means impromptu dance parties // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe had a great Father’s Day barbecue at my sister and brother-in-law’s house.  The kids swam, we ate great food and then the kids orchestrated a dance off.  It was the best.  They even threw down a challenge:  kid’s against my husband and brother-in-law.  A freaking riot!  It was so funny, the kids had a blast and it was the perfect way to wind down a great day!

Custom poems make a great gift!  I had this one done for Father's Day!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’ve complained about how hard my husband is to shop for before but this year I found some pretty fun gifts for Father’s Day.  I commissioned a custom poem for him from The Poem Store.  I found out about Jacqueline Suskin via Xenia when she instagrammed about her a while back.  I bookmarked it and knew that Father’s Day would be the perfect time to try it out.  I love how this turned out.  And you name your own price so you pay what you can.  My husband keeps this in his wallet which is awesome.

A fun cooler from Urban Outfitters.  Fill it for a great end of the year teacher gift! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhenever I have a quick minute I like to pop in to Urban Outfitters and see what the cool kid’s are in to.  I found this awesome 6 pack cooler in the clearance section for $1.99.  Of course I had to have it.  I really need to go back and see if they have more.  I could fill this with fun summer items and give it as an end of the year teacher gift (my son’s teacher is pretty cool).  And this picture doesn’t do it justice.  It’s bright!  Just how I like it.

Things I Love – May

skateboarding oranges are the cutest //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhere the heck did May go?  For real.  How can it almost be summer?  Nothing says summer like little skateboarding oranges, right? 

Voluspa candles make my nose happy.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comLauren got me totally addicted to these Voluspa candles.  This Ambre Lumiere flavor is SO good!  I want these all over my house. [Read more…]