Happy happy birthday Isabelle! I can't believe how grown up you've become. I remember when you were the tiniest little bean... 

I hope your day is amazing and I can't wait to go bowling with you!! 

love & cupcakes, 
auntie elissa


lately, again...

My last "lately" post was about a month ago and it was a total downer, right? This last month has improved a lot. I've gotten a bit more into the groove and rhythm of taking Scarlett to gymnastics and storytime and all of our weekly errands and it's not as daunting anymore. 

I downloaded a chore app called "Choremonster" that we really like. Scarlett has her own set of daily tasks to complete [age appropriate ones like brushing her teeth, getting dressed and feeding out cat] and she enjoys checking off each chore so much that it inspired me to make a list for myself, too! It's pretty motivating to have a "reward" that you can trade in your earned points for - Scarlett has gotten a Barbie so far and I almost have enough points for a "Mommy Date" - coffee and a good book all by myself. 

The weather has cooled off a bit, Nick and I have gone on a few dates this month [our amazing anniversary, Jerry Seinfeld, etc] and we have a family Disneyland trip on the horizon. 

Life is looking up... 

love & cupcakes, 

PS - I'm still surrounded by boxes, but I don't care as much anymore. >_<


eight years later...

Last week was our eighth anniversary... We spent our evening eating some amazing food, drinking a whole bottle of champagne, getting some yummy ice cream and topping the evening off with an impromptu tattoo session. 

One of my favorite anniversaries yet. ♥

love & cupcakes, 



Lately I've been drowning in boxes... There are so many left from our move a few months ago that we still don't have quite enough room to set up our dining room table.  I invited my family over for dinner this Friday so now I have a hard deadline to have the dining room set up and box free. Fingers crossed!

Lately I've been feeling swamped with all of my self-imposed chores and errands. We signed Scarlett up for gymnastics three days a week, added a weekly story time to our schedule and run almost all of our errands during the week when it's just Scarlett and I. I'm feeling run down and trapped in a funk. It's supposed to rain tomorrow, so hopefully that will bring me out of my haze and reinvigorate me. I'd love to feel like I'm on top of my game as a stay at home mom, but lately that's not the case. 

Lately I've been really needing a date night. Nick promised that somehow we'd have one this weekend and even if it's just coffee and a stroll, I'd be in heaven. I need some mushy downtime. 

Lately I feel like I need more friend time. I miss hanging out and talking to my girls. We need to make some time to hang out soon. 

love & cupcakes, 


an epic family bike ride....

We've started going on family bike rides each weekend and our last one was a doozy! We made a wrong turn and our quick, easy two mile bike ride turned into an epic seven mile journey with insane gravel hills and sweat by the gallon... But we had a blast. 

We ended our trek with Mexican food and a few much needed margaritas... I'm looking forward to doing it all again this weekend! 

love & cupcakes, 



This picture cracks me up! Nick says it reminds him of this one... 

Here's what I've been up to lately...

Reading - I'm almost halfway through The Program and I'm enjoying it so far. I feel like there are just so many books that I want to read right now that I need to just designate one day a week to sit and read. If only Scarlett would be interested in that as well... 

Watching - Nick and I are working our way through Orange is the New Black [I know, we took forever to get on that one] and the latest season of Mad Men on Netflix. And my movies to watch list is growing by the day...

Anticipating - Disneyland! We're getting close! 

Listening To - Lots of the Patsy Cline station on Pandora. 

Eating - Bagels! I've rediscovered my love for yummy bagels for breakfast... 

Working On - Clearing out the last pile of boxes - we're down to what Nick calls "hopeless boxes" - the ones that have been packed up since before we even moved into our last house over five years ago. Such randomness and so many papers... 

Wishing - For more rain! We got a few minutes worth yesterday and now I can hardly wait for it to really feel like fall... 

I hope your week has been awesome! What do you have planned for this weekend?

love & cupcakes,



Scarlett and I went to the garden store a while back and she fell in love with all the plants - especially all the succulents! We need to go back and stock up again...

love & cupcakes,