Monday, April 30, 2018

April Favorites

Hi Foxy Friends. How is it the last day of April already? Today I have my April favorites for you in video form.

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Here is all of the products mentioned:

It's A 10 Hair Mask
Marc Jacobs Foundation
Moroccanoil Hand Cream
Fitbit Flex 2
Coach Backpack

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday Favorites #161

Hi Foxy Friends! Let me tell you going back to work after having 6 days off, hard work I tell ya! But I made it and luckily I only had to go to work for 2 days, then weekend! Plus my brother is coming to visit this weekend I  haven't seen him since has it really been that long? Long overdue! Okay let's get to my favorites...I usually recap my previous weekend on Fridays (I know it takes a while to get my act together...anyway...) but I recapped that on Monday this week. So I'm going to recap my three day getaway with Mr, along with other stuff.

But case you missed it:

Monday: What Spring Looks Like In My World
Tuesday: Big Bear Adventure
Wednesday: Graphic Sweater Obsession
Thursday: How I Do My Make Up

Mr. and I love going to The Simpson House Inn, it's a 5 star bed and breakfast in Santa Barbara, usually the prices are for 10 year anniversary type things, but they had a cyber Monday sale, the first time ever, that we've seen, so we jumped on it and booked the trip. The last time we were here was for our 10 year anniversary, so 3 years ago. Man time goes fast!

This is the main house, we stayed in a cottage just to the left of this picture.

This was our room. The part to the front is a different room, but we had that door and the windows on the second floor that you can see.

What we love, is they have a fantastic happy hour, with hot appetizers and yummy cheeses.

After we stuffed our faces with the Hors D'oeuvres, we decided to head to State Street to walk around a bit before dinner. We were going to try and hit up a movie, but decided to take a nap was glorious. We ended up this fun bar called Fox Tail.

Strange that it was Mediterranean and burgers, but it worked. We got the Baba Ganoush and the Shawarma Sliders, both were delicious. We ate a little on the lighter side, because of all the food at the hotel, but it was nice to try some small things out.

When we got back they had turned down our bed and gave us chocolates with a personalized card (it has our last name on it, but they personalized the card, it was pretty cool).

We ended the evening with a fire and some champagne. By the way the Kirkland Champagne is delicious! Highly recommend.

What happens when you stay at a bed and breakfast? You get breakfast of course! First morning the hot breakfast was French Toast, I don't care for French Toast so I opted for eggs and toast and fruit. You tell them what time you want them to come and then they set up breakfast for you anywhere we wanted. We chose in the room, since it was low 50's outside (too cold for these softies).

Even came with a cute card of encouragement.

After we ate breakfast we were lazy and casually got ready. First stop of the tasting of course.

We were the only ones there and the let us in the wine barrel room.

We bought a few bottles of wine, it was buy two get your tasting fee "waived" so we had to get 4 bottles right?

After wine tasting we knew we wanted to try out this taco place called Goa guys...if you are ever in Santa Barbara, you HAVE to go to this place, so dang good! Instead of the normal corn or flour tortillas they use something called Paratha, the best way to describe it is like a flaky pastry, but not sweet, like a dessert.

They have unique tacos too, we had the pork belly, duck and lamb.

We chose to eat outside.

The top one is the duck and the bottom one was the pork belly, both of these were delicious. After we finished these, we were somewhat full, but wanted to try some other flavors...

p.s. Mr. took a bite out of the top one, before I yelled at him that I hadn't gotten a picture...if you look closely, you can see the missing bite, haha.

Second round was lamb (not as good, in my opinion as the first two, but still really good) and a queso oaxaca quesadilla. So dang good, seriously, that is a must have too! I would definitely go with someone you like so you can split everything, because these things are big!

Afterwards we went to see Black Panther, and it did not disappoint. We headed back to the hotel to relax a bit and of course go to happy hour. This time it was meatballs made by Oprah's chef, they were very good, no pictures, oops. Since we had a big lunch, and the happy hour we decided to skip dinner (thought happy hour could be considered dinner) and head to the beach to watch the sunset...unfortunately this beach is not west facing, but we still got some pretty views, despite how cold/windy it was.

We ended up walking to the end of the pier.

Last breakfast before leaving...we had such a lovely time reconnecting and being without the kids for a few days, but we were both ready to be home. Morning inspiration.

The breakfast...was some sort of corn and black bean with eggs? I can't remember what they said it was, but it was good!

Then we packed up and headed home. We hung out with the kids for a couple of hours and then I decided I wanted to hit up my normal Wednesday night workout class. Can you find me?

So that was our three days away. If you're still with me, thanks for sticking around for the full recap. I love reading back on these as the years pass, so that's for putting up with the long recaps.

So what are you doing this weekend? My brother is headed to town and we're hoping to hit up the flower fields as well. Plus Baby Fox's baseball game...going to be the first game where it is kid pitched...lord have mercy on us all!

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

How I Do My Make Up

Hi Foxy Friends,

I had gotten a new foundation, so I thought I would review it, and then thought, hey now would be a good time to show everyone how I do my make up too. Two birds, one stone...that saying seems so mean. Anyway, here is my review:

Products mentioned:

Tarte Foundation

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Make Up Forever Powder

Too Faced Primer

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow

Urban Decay Eyeliner

Tarte Double Take Eyeliner

Pur Eyelashes

Mac Bronzer

Brow Pencil

Lipsense - Plumeria

Make Up Forever Powder Foundation

Marc Jacob's Foundation

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

My Graphic Sweater Obsession

Hi Foxy Friends! I have a confession...I'm currently obsessed with making graphic sweaters...and I'm sure I'm going to start making t-shirts/tank tops now that it's getting warm. I know I am going to make a taco one on a tank for the gym, cause why go to the eat tacos of course! Anyway, I saw this phrase on a sign and thought, hey that would make for a good graphic sweater. Then when I went to Seattle I made one for each of the girls too.

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Sweater (I made) / Jeans (similar here (high end), and here (budget friendly)) / Shoes / Bralette (from Costco)

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Big Bear Adventure

Thank You Mazda for loaning us the SUV for the week! As always all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Hi Foxy Friends! Back during Spring break we went to Big Bear with friends and I'm finally doing a recap on it! I have to say that we wanted to go with the friends we have Friday night dinners with and we thought, there is now way that all of our Spring breaks align. We have three different school districts we have to take into account, and what would you know...they all aligned! Woo hoo! We have another friend that owns a cabin and we asked if we could use it during Spring break and they said yes! All the stars are aligning. It was great, we all left our computers at home and just hung out.

Since we had our vacation booked, I reached out to Mazda to see if they would loan us a car, and guess what? They did! It arrived the day before we left, they ended up sending us a Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring. The kids were so stinkin excited to be getting a bigger car.

They couldn't wait to test out all of the bells and whistles.

The next day, it was so nice to just pack up the car and not have to worry about space! Space is always our enemy, usually the there is stuff everywhere, the kids have things below their feet, it's like a huge game of tetris...not this time! We even could pack extra stuff. (This was a picture taken on the way home), clearly we just threw stuff in you know when you're packing to leave somewhere at the end of the trip, is not nearly as organized when you leave for said trip).

Usually when we leave for a trip, we almost always take a family selfie...well this car is so big, I couldn't get everyone in the shot...haha.

We first headed to our favorite Mexican place up the mountain, it's only a slight detour...

We actually ended up at the cabin at the same exact time as our friends, so it worked out. First thing we did was unpack and let the kids run around, while the moms went grocery shopping for the weekend. The first night I made pot roast in the Instant Pot and mashed potatoes, it was so good! Yep vacation means paper plates because no one wants to do more dishes on vacation than need be.

The next morning we were pretty lazy getting started the kids just wanted to play so we laid around and watched TV and let the kids play.

Finally after breakfast we decided to do something fun and went on a small hike. We went on this one, which I highly recommend, all 4 kids (ages 4-7.5 did great and walked the whole thing).

Men folk taking the kids up the rocks, while the woman folk have heart attacks watching.

Mini Fox found this rock and immediately wanted to take a picture doing the little mermaid pose...LOL!

Yes Mini Fox wears dresses to hike...this is not the first time either...check out what she wore on our hike last year. When we got home we let the kids play in the backyard while we relaxed and made dinner. The girls were out there for 2 hours playing, and making pretend fires. It was super cute. Give kids some nature and they can pretend play for hours, it was awesome.

Dinner, bath time and a little tv watching to end the day.

The next day we went to the Big Bear Zoo, all of the animals have been rescued, and while it's a small zoo, it was pretty awesome and the kids loved it.

He was not amused.

Our one and only group shot I could get everyone to do.

More playing in the backyard.

and then suddenly it was time to go home...

The Mazda had a third row seat which we really appreciated, the only thing we didn't like that you could only fit 2 people back there, instead of three.

Fit two car seats great, plus I could fit in between them with no problems.

There was heated steering wheels and seats, plus the kids had heated know if they were't sitting in car seats, that would have been awesome.

And all of the controls were right near the gear shift, so you never had to lean forward to touch controls, which was a really nice feature. Towards the end of my week it was getting easier to do it without looking much.

All in all, it was a great car, was a MUCH smoother ride than both Mr. and I anticipated. When at a stop light the idle was super quiet, and it drove really nice. Honestly, before driving this, we never would have considered it, but's on the list of potentials when we do finally get an SUV.

Oh and because this is just too cute not to share. When I saw the kids were excited, that is an understatement. They did this all on their own, I wasn't even there, and Mr. recorded it for me.