An Afternoon Pedal Boating

Thursday, September 18, 2014

One of my favorite things to do is to get together with friends and try something new. Some friends of ours suggested an afternoon of pedal boating and we knew it would be a blast! The actual event ended up being rather funny.

We showed up to the pedal boating rental place in the bay and asked my 8 months friend how pregnant she was because if she was over 5 months pregnant the pedaling induced labor. Because we opted not to have Lauren give birth in a tiny little boat she had to sit in the back. We were glad Rebecca and her cute baby Miles were there to pedal otherwise we would have been in a pickle. It was pretty hilarious to watch.

There were people doing all kinds of water activities in the water so it was some premium people watching. Anything from bikes on floating buoys to old men trying to windsurf. It was an awesome time. I'm glad we have such fun friends here. Fun fact--The striped buildings in the 2nd to last picture are where Tim works if he doesn't have to commute into San Francisco.

Hope you all have a great weekend and have something fun planned!I will be at baby showers galore this weekend.  It is definitely baby season!

Picnics & Pictures

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One thing you will notice if you move to the bay area is that everyone around you is insanely talented. I don't know how I got so lucky to be surrounded by so many outstanding people. At first it was kind of discouraging because I felt super lame compared to everyone but eventually I realized how awesome it is to just absorb everyone's brilliance simply by being around them. :)

One of my super talented friends is Kristen of KNW Photography. This girl seriously comes alive when she photographs and it is super fun to watch. We were out having a picnic one Sunday afternoon in Half Moon Bay (our favorite beach ever!) and she whipped out her camera and took some great shots.

I don't know about you but I get a little self conscious being photographed and had no clue how to pose or anything but we Kirsten helped us pose and eventually I think we got the hang of it! Head over to Kirsten's website to book a session and let her know I sent you!

10 Must Buy Costco Items

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I have always loved shopping at Costco. It's true that sometimes you can go crazy and spend way more money than you intend to but there are a lot of products that are amazing deals and very high quality. I have especially noticed this since moving to California where grocery prices are through the roof.

These are a few of my favorite Costco finds.

Kirkland Multigrain Bread - This is my all time favorite bread. It is healthy yet soft and 100% whole grain. It is my favorite for for sandwiches or toast. This comes in a 2 pack for about $4.50 I keep one loaf in the fridge and toss the other in the freezer.

Vanilla Extract - I can always tell the difference in my baking when I use this product. It is a great price for being such a high quality product. Have I mentioned how amazing it smells? This is about $8 for a 16oz bottle compared to a lot of other brands that sell for about $5 for 2 oz.

TruRoots Organic Quinoa - The price of quinoa has sky rocketed in the last few years due to high demand but this is about $2 a pound less than any other retailer in my area. Most recently this sells for $5 a pound for a 4lb bag.

Pesto Sauce - This is a recent discovery of mine and I can't get over how yummy it is. It is perfect on a sandwich, mixed with pasta, added to pizza, or just on a piece of bread. Given my success rate of keeping basil plants alive this is a great bang for your buck. Previously I was buying basil plants for about $4 and they would always die within 2 weeks. At around $9 for this large bottle it is definitely going to last me a lot longer!

Kirkland Kitchen Garbage Bags - These last forever! There's nothing worse than running out of garbage bags so I love buying these 200ct boxes for around $18.

Vitamins/OTC Medicine - I always load up on vitamins and OTC drugs like ibuprofen here. These can be super expensive at many stores but can be found for about a penny per pill at Costco.

Rotisserie Chicken - It is a no brainer how delicious these are. There is so much meat and they taste much better than grocery store chickens in my opinion. I also love using the leftovers for chicken soup the next day!

Household Surface Wipes - I love the Kirkland brand since they are significantly cheaper than name brand but I haven't seen them lately. I love these since I just cannot use dish rags or sponges without getting grossed out so these are always a staple in our house.

Organic Spinach - I buy the 1lb box of spinach and go crazy for about a week putting spinach in everything and then freeze the leftovers for smoothies. I don't buy organic everything but try to go organic with leafy greens when I can. This is a great buy at around $3 a lb.

Milk - This is a no brainer. This is always significantly cheaper than other stores. My husband's favorite food is cereal so we go through a lot of milk!

Frozen Fruit- I go through a ton of this for green smoothies. Especially once the farmer's markets have ended and gone are the days of huge flats of berries for $5. Always delicious and great to have on hand during the winter months.

Like I said, these are just a few of our favorites.  It was hard to narrow it down to 10! What are your Costco favorites?