Zara Dress (non-maternity, under $20) | H&M Blazer | Rachel Zoe Shoes (via Hautelook, similar here/here and fun version here) | Watch | Madewell Tote | Polaroid Sunglasses (currently 40% off and polarized) | OPI Cajun Shrimp Nail Polish
Well, it’s official. We are halfway through this pregnancy. 20 weeks down, 20 to go. I can’t believe how quickly the past twenty weeks have flown by and I am hoping the next twenty weeks both slow down (so we can prepare and get our life in order) and speed up (so we can finally meet our little bean). I’ve been living in various versions of this outfit for a work appropriate look that still allows me to feel like myself, show off the baby bump, and wiggle into non-maternity wear.
Nothing gets better than a copycat recipe straight from the source, which is why when Chipotle released their famous guacamole recipe earlier this month Justin and I immediately jumped at the chance to make it at home. There is no longer any reason to pay extra for guacamole, just make your own batch at home that will last you all week. In the past month, this guac recipe has been devoured three times not only by accompanying everything from fajitas to quesadillas to loaded BLTs to grilled chicken, but also as full meals on its own. It is the perfect snack, appetizer, and side dish that will be our go to all summer long.
Chipotle Guacamole (via):
2 ripe Hass avocados
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped with seeds
1/4 tsp kosher salt (we used sea salt)
Cut the avocados in half and carefully remove the pits. Scoop and place in a medium bowl, one that is preferably has a lid and is refrigeratable. Coat the avocados with the lime juice. Add the salt. Using a fork, mash until a smooth consistency is reached then fold in the remaining ingredients and mix well. Taste and adjust lime juice and salt as necessary.
gif courtesy of chipotle
May and June completely flew by due to a couple of road trips to Portland, a week at home, three weddings, and the announcement of some exciting news we’ve been keeping secret for four months. After a long, slow weekend celebrating the Fourth of July, this month is already off to a great start with new adventures on the calendar. Here are a few goals for the month ahead as well as a look back at the past two months. Hope everyone had a fun patriotic holiday weekend!
1. Ride the free wooden boat tour on South Lake Union
2. Learn the basics to create a proper cheese platter
3. Learn a new hairstyle to make my current in-between length more bearable
4. Sign up for a flower arranging class (here) or cake/pie class (here or here)
5. Read this classic and then watch the movie
6. Finish our scrapbook documenting our favorite memories from 2015
7. Try a new workout class and order a Pilates/yoga DVD
8. Purchase the perfect coral and neutral lipstick
9. Attempt a new recipe on the grill
10. Create a workout and a commute playlist
1. Two of my favorites exhausted from a fun-filled weekend
2. A slow and peaceful hike through North Bend
3. Celebrating our seventh (!!!) and golden wedding anniversary
4. Long nightly neighborhood walks reveal the most unusual and beautiful flowers
5. My favorite gentleman getting spiffy for a Derby party
6. Homemade breakfasts after volunteering at a company road race
7. Spontaneous weekday road trip to Portland for the Of Monsters and Men concert (first concert here)
8. New favorite accessories (exact clutch)
9. Finally taking advantage of happy hour at our favorite Seattle barbecue spot
I finally had the chance to meet up with my childhood best friend, Kate, in San Diego for a long weekend at the end of February after going over a year without seeing each other. To say there is plenty to eat, drink, and see in San Diego would be an understatement.
Day 1: A drive over Coronado Bridge to dip our toes in the sand on Coronado Island followed by a leisurely stroll through the Gaslamp Quarter, which mainly consisted of margaritas and Mexican followed by cupcakes, Petco Park, breweries, and trivia.
Day 2: We started the day with a delicious breakfast at The Mission to prepare us for a day filled of sightseeing, which included Point Loma Lighthouse, La Jolla Cove (cutest but smelliest seals), Karl Strauss Brewery (the pretzel is a must), a long drive to a nonexistent hike, Mission Beach for a gorgeous sunset, and Little Italy for a little happy hour and Filippi’s famous Pizza Grotto (ah-mazing) to cap off the day.
Day 3: With a long drive to Temecula Valley ahead of us, a quick classy bite at McDonald’s with free Wi-Fi to download a road trip necessity (Taylor Swift’s third CD) was the ideal place to start. Arriving in Temecula Valley on a Saturday without a winery tour booked was probably not the smartest move, but we lucked out with the last two spots on a tour with Destination Temecula and the group of people we met were ridiculously fun. Sometimes procrastination pays off!
Day 4: For our last half day in San Diego, we ran through the pouring down rain to brunch at The Cottage, shopping, and sadly parted ways to catch our flights.
It’s amazing how a weekend away with a girlfriend eating, laughing, drinking, and reminiscing can be so incredibly refreshing.
Long unintentional breaks seem to be my forte lately, which fortunately have led to the realization that I truly miss this space for the creative outlet and life documentation it provides me. In no means am I committing to a specific number or types of posts per week as in the past, but I am committing to getting back to sharing travels, adventures, and ideas when they happen and time permits. For the past two months, we’ve been fortunate to travel to a few new places, explore the nooks of our own neighborhood, and learn to relish in the simplicity of everyday life. Here are a few highlights from the month of April as well as a few goals for the month of May.
1. Start and finish our 2013 New Zealand scrapbook
2. Take a whole weekend day to explore West Seattle
3. Read a biography or memoir (currently reading this)
4. Watch at least one movie from either this list or this one (watched this Oscar winner)
5. Utilize the farmer’s market to finally decide my favorite flower
6. Run 3 times a week each week
7. Learn a new two or four person card game
8. Set up a savings account for completing items off my list
9. Make one more recipe from this book (banana bread)
10. Sign up for either a sewing, flower arranging, or cake decorating class (sewing on July 9th)
1. After 1 1/2 years of living in Seattle, my brothers were finally able to visit
2. Tiptoeing through the tulips at Roozengaarde Display Garden
3. Backpacking to Shi Shi Beach and getting to watch this amazing sunset
4. Forgoing traffic to take long walks home
5. Hiking up an extremely steep incline to Mailbox Peak in unexpected feet of snow
6. Getting spoiled rotten by Georgetown Cupcakes on Store Administrator Appreciation Day
7. Taking time to explore our neighborhood
8. Trail runs spent stumbling upon little friends
9. Small, simple details gracing our brunch table