Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fake Clean a House

My husband and I are opposite in so many ways. 

"There are dreamers and there are realists in this world, you would think the dreamers would find the dreamers and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not the opposite is true. See the dreamers need the realist to keep the dreamers from soaring to close to the sun. And the realists? Well without the dreamers, they might never get off the ground." - Modern Family

My husband is notorious for inviting guests over last minute and it drives me crazy.
For me, I want guests to walk into a clean environment and feeling comfortable, for my husband, he's just inviting a friend to stay the night so he doesn't have a 2 hour drive after a 16 hour work day. And he's right, it really wouldn't matter in the big scheme of things; but after they rave about how wonderful it was to have breakfast made for them and a cozy bed with extra fluffy pillows, he knows I'm right too.

So while we sometimes drive each other crazy, we know that we balance each other in the best way and for everything else, we create shortcuts.
Here are the 10 last minute things I do with the typical 30 minutes I am given before guests arrive:
  1. Wipe down any finger prints from stainless steel appliances or if you have white appliances, bleach is your best friend for wiping down your appliances and making them look new.
  2. Get things up off the ground. Everything has a spot, whether it's in a basket, a bucket, a rack; I find a spot for all the nick-knacks on the floor or counter.
  3. Wipe down the toilet. We get hard water stains on just about anything that touches water, that's how bad it is here, so a quick wipe down inside the toilet is always on my must do if I find out any last minute guests are coming.
  4. A quick vacuum, if only to have the lines that instantly make the house look cleaner
  5. Wipe down the counter-tops in the kitchen. 
  6. Fluff and arrange the pillows.
  7. Take out the trash.
  8. Light candles. Insta-ambiance. 
  9. Set out a light snack, something as simple as cheese and crackers, or Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar and Bread.
  10. After all that running around, my cheeks are already flushed; so I add a little lip gloss and am ready for our guests arrival.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Temecula weekend recap and FOOOOOOD

Is it over already? We woke up Sunday morning partly excited to get back to our own home and partly sad our little weekend had ended. We had a nice weekend though, we ate A LOT, spent hours by the pool, talked a lot, I cried a lot, and it was just what we needed. Needless to say, I am starting to freak out a little with my other half leaving. And totally out of character I hardly took photos this weekend. We were so wrapped up in the how beautiful wine country was that we totally forgot to be completely honest.
If you're ever in Temecula, there are two places that I would personally recommend for food in Old Town Temecula; #1 Public House and #2 Blackbird. We stumbled on the Public House last time we made a trip out here and found Blackbird during this trip.
We also had Easter brunch at The Gambling Cowboy and it was delicious, we didn't have the best experience in terms of service, but their food was on point.

Friday, April 18, 2014

sacrifices

HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY! Today we have an Easter Egg Hunt event at work and it is seriously going to be the cutest thing EVER to watch all the little ones running around with their baskets, eagerly hoping to find eggs.
Oh my goodness y'all, yesterday I saw my first surprise homecoming. One of our families had dad arrive home yesterday, and during nap-time went back into the classroom to surprise his sweet daughter.

I do not work in the classrooms, but I was able to see the reunion over the cameras. The little girl was sleeping on her cot when her father sat down next to her and started rubbing her back until she awoke. She rolled over, and through sleepy eyes looks at him and rolls back over to close her eyes again. After a few seconds she realized it was her dad and immediately jumped up off of her cot and into his arms! I was boo-hooing in the front office, watching as it all happened. It felt like one of those compilation reunion YouTube videos.

April is the Month of the Military Child and after spending my days with children who currently have mommy or daddy deployed, loyally carrying around their mommy/daddy dolls, proudly showing them off every day they come to school; crying because they didn't want to leave mommy or daddy because they just got back from deployment and afraid they will leave again; my eyes are opened to the sacrifices these little ones make. They show resilience through deployments and separations; moving every few years and are a model example of  Semper Gumpy. Not having children at the moment, working with these families, I am learning so much about what it's like to raise a family in this lifestyle.

Wishing you all a happy weekend with those you love and remembering the reason for the this Easter holiday; the ultimate sacrifice and unwavering love of our Savior who bore our sins and shame so that we may be healed. Amazing love.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

bag it up

With my husband leaving just as summer kicks off, this girl will be spending the majority of her weekends at the beach solo. With friends, but only taking my essentials to the beach.

My towel, sunscreen, chapstick, music, water bottle shades, and I'm ready to roll. Okay...so maybe my essentials alone aren't much of a downsize, but one less beach towel does make a difference in bulkiness.

I'm thinking of a new beach bag for this season, one that would work on the beach and have the versatility to lug into a restaurant for a late lunch straight off the sand.

Here are the my top 3...
Ralph Lauren // Aeropostale // NONNON
Which one do you think I should pick?

PS. These Pants!!! Coveting.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

That time we found weed...

We just had a marketplace open up in the shopping center across the street from our condos. It is incredibly convenient, walking distance, just what we had been wishing for. A grocery store was the final detail our little downtown needed for the essentials to be within walking distance of where we live. The cons to living downtown is not all areas are the safest or most sheltered, and that marketplace has brought out just about every character this little town offers.

The other evening we were at the market, shopping for dinner, when we came across something not usually found at the grocery store.

Ben was pushing the buggy behind me, I had walked ahead, probably because I saw chocolate or something equally indulgent. I turned around and see Ben looking like he was smelling his hand, or something. Not sure what it was, but he looked like he was doing something weird. So naturally I made a stink face and asked what he was doing.
He called me over and said, "Look what I found."
"Wait is that?..." knowing exactly what it was. Sure enough, it was a little baggy of weed.
Two things come to find immediately.
1. Who just finds weed?
2. Who loses their weed? 
Ben took the bag up to the manager, while I stayed back...I had dinner on the brain.
Lo and behold, just minutes after Ben walked away, a couple comes frantically walking around the corner of the aisle, scanning the floors, looking for something...

Fast-forward 30 minutes or so and we're standing in the checkout line. We're notified by management that it's a happy reunion for the owners of the little baggy filled with grass, because it they came to claim it at customer service and said it was "a prescription."
Three things come to mind immediately.
1. I wonder what it's like walking up a store manager, asking if someone returned your weed?
2. It was NOT a prescription...how did you not ask for his prescription card? Or notice the "missing" prescription label on the unopened baggy...?
3. Can you stop talking to me so I can go home and eat dinner.

You smoke weed?...I don't care in the slightest, that's your business. That is until you make it my business and then I blog about it.
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But it's still technically illegal here, so with that being said, what in the halibut are you thinking just carrying it around in your pocket like it's chewing gum?! (Slaps forehead)

Just a typical weekday here for us on west coast.
And all that happened in this outfit, so here's an outfit post!...
[Earrings:Forever 21, Necklace: Forever 21, Sunglasses: Ralph Lauren, Top: Kohls, Purse: Coach, Pants: American Eagle, Shoes: Kenneth Cole]

Monday, April 14, 2014

First Race!

Y'all!!!! I did it! I officially ran my first 5k. I've done the distance before, but a race, no way! It was exhilarating, inspiring, and felt so good. I've never wanted to do a race, they have always been intimidating to me, but once it started, everything else faded away. I kept a 10 minute pace and finished feeling awesome! Not to mention, we had some sweet friends cheering us on as we bolted through the finish line.
(My bib says male by the way....ughhhhh blessed and cursed with a gender neutral name.)
Ben also finished the half marathon, making record timing for himself.
I am already ready for the next one! We've already signed up for another 5k in 2 weeks and I'll be working up for a 10k next. I've got the fever people! This was just the motivation I needed.
Oh! And in case you were wondering...I've already order my new workout outfit. It should be here by Wednesday...

Friday, April 11, 2014

inland empire staycation

Guess what we did last night? We booked a staycation for next weekend. Completely spontaneously. We were sitting on the couch, chatting about all the things we needed to still get in order for the coming months, and somehow in the midst of it all, we booked a staycation. I'm not sure if it's that he's deploying in less than a month, or we've both been crazy busy at work and just needed a break, or for once in a good while it's something we felt like we had complete control over to decide and plan, or all three, but we wanted a weekend away from our daily routine. We wanted a couple of days where we could go at our pace, be as busy or as still as we want. Hit the reset button.

So next weekend we're headed to the country, wine country that is. Napa Valley is well known around the United States for being the wine country, but here in Southern California there is another wine country, known as Temecula. We're booked at nice hotel just minutes away from all the wineries and Old Town Temecula, where history dates back to 1859. We have friends coming into town in a few weeks and we're hoping to dip our toes in and familiarize ourselves with the area before we bring them back.
Californians. Restaurants suggestions, must visit wineries? We're all ears!