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, 



We took Scarlett to the circus last month and she loved it. We were just far enough away from the center ring for me to not be completely scared out of my mind by all the clowns - but I did still need a few glasses of wine to calm my nerves. 

Scarlett and I took BART to Oakland to meet up with Nick after he got off of work. Scarlett LOVES taking the train! And she even picked out the clothes that she thought looked the most "circus-y" to wear - huge star headband included. 

I'm amazed that she lasted the whole show - it ended up being a late night filled with sugar and walking but we all had a great time. 

love & cupcakes,