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I’m not changing!

This is our morning. Hot coffee, fireplace going, snoozing Jack on my lap snuggled up in a soft, warm blanket. It’s really nice to start the day off relaxing when you have a busy day ahead.

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PS Bam’s groomer put a cute little Halloween ribbon on his collar. I can’t even handle how handsome this dude is!

Before my massage appointment (oh my gosh I really need to start saving my pennies and go every month) I did some grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s. I am not a fan of pumpkin foods, but I am all over cranberry. That cran-apple butter is amazing, definitely a must have.

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That mini pumpkin is Bam’s. He promised not to pee on it.

Since I’ve been feeling off all week, I decided to Google my symptoms. Migraines, dizziness, lack of energy….ext.  According to Dr. Google I have menopause. What the what?? No freaking way. That is just NOT happening.

I’m only 34 years old! I told Mike so he goggled “at what age does menopause begin?” He starts laughing when the results came back with 30 to 60 years old. 

I just looked at him and said, ”I’m NOT going thru menopause!” He just responded, “Try and stop it”

They call this “the change” well, I’m not changing!………Ever!

Stupid Dr. Google………

So I did what any girl would do and baked a fresh loaf of bread. Totally normal, right?

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Oatmeal cinnamon raisin bread to be exact. I love the simple ingredients and our house smells amazing while it’s baking. The recipe can be found here if you’re interested.

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A couple years ago when we were living in the Bay Area, we spent a Saturday morning hitting up yard sales. We scored a Williams Sonoma bread machine that was used twice for 20 bucks. Total score! And it’s something we actually use on a regular basis. Fun fact, Monterey area doesn’t have yard sales, they call them “estate sales”

Since I’ve been so busy lately, I decided to roast some squash and potatoes. I love REAL food and put a lot of effort to eat pretty healthy on busy weeks, especially when I work.

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I just tossed them in a little EVOO, sea salt and pepper. Popped them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping half way through. Easy peasy.

And lastly I made homemade applesauce. Well, kinda since I mash the apples. Or is it smash the apples? Who knows.

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I peeled a couple green apples, chopped them up and added a little water, brown sugar + butter. Then cooked them on low for about 15 minutes.

Okay I’m done playing Suzi freaking homemaker for the rest of the year.


Do you carve pumpkins?


Have you ever scored big at a yard sale?



HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Virtual coffee date aka a bunch of random thoughts

Good morning!! I think doing a virtual coffee date is in order since I have a ton of random things bouncing around in my skull. You are welcome for listening to me ramble on about dumb things and probably oversharing my life.

With that said, here are some things I’d tell you about if we were having coffee.

  • Thank you SO much for your tips on managing migraines yesterday. It’s nice to know there are options that work out there.
  • Last night I came home to a clean house, clean + groomed dog and dinner. It was the best day ever. I say that every day, but it definitely was right up there along with clean sheets.
  • Today is my first day off after working 7 in a row and I have big plans to chill, get the ole grandma hip adjusted and an hour massage. Ahhhhh I am so excited about that. My neck and shoulders are really tight from the migraine that is still hanging around, but I think a massage will do the trick.

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  • I wonder if Mike gets tired of me tagging him in all the Bellagio fountain pics on social media? My hints of wanting to go back to Vegas are sooooo subtle. Or not.
  • I love that the Mermaid race offers race pics at a reasonable price. I bought all 13 pics for $25. This is one of them:


  • Part of me wants to send this picture to the Podiatrist who misdiagnosed + told me I wouldn’t be able to run for at least 9-12 months.


  • But nahhhhh, I’ll go for a run instead.
  • I started a list of all the things I want to do during the winter. (I work seasonal at the course and get the whole winter off). They include going to the farmers market, really diving into strength/balance/run training, pool run, take some new classes at the gym, play with my camera, hang out more with friends, go hiking, run + walk with Bam (he’s still training for his first 5K) and baking. Well, there’s more but I won’t bore you.

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  • I am not impressed with the new Lululemon + Hollister/Abercrombie styles at all. These brands have always been a favorite. It’s funny how sad this makes me. I mean, what the heck are jogger pants? And overalls? No, just no.
  • Gooooo Royals!! I am not a baseball fan, but my friends son is a huge Royals fan, so because of him I am rooting for them.

I better go get ready to enjoy this warm, sunshiny day. I hope you have a great one as well.

Your turn, what would you tell me about if we were having coffee?

Do you have winter plans?


Migraines + a little perspective

Yesterday was day 2 of having a migraine. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had headaches several times a month that would laugh at 3 Advil and knock me down for days at a time.

Now that I have a doctor I absolutely trust and adore, I mentioned it to him. Turns out they are actually migraines. Who knew?

Well a couple days ago I got smacked with another one. That evening I tried Imitrex for the first time which worked. It took an hour and a half, but much better than days. I got some much needed sleep but woke up to the headache punk again. Gurrrr. I popped another Imitrex and went to work hoping for the best.

No such luck for this chick. An hour into my shift I felt like my brain was being squeezed, the sun was not my BFF, my stomach was upset and I swear my eyelashes hurt. So I called my doc and asked if he had any other options. He got me right in for a Toradol/Benadryl injection and sent me home with strict instructions to take a nap and eat something easy on the stomach.

I was a little…okay a lot upset because I just wanted to feel better and go back to work, but the Benadryl made me drowsy and turns out driving a golf cart full of beer is not recommended. Sheesh. My protest of leaving it out failed so I took my sorry butt home to veg with Bam for the rest of the day.

The pain was completely gone within 20 minutes so I took a shower and got into bed. The whole nap thing failed-I am not a napper so I got up and ate some food with ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. Yah, I am so NOT regretting that.

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I am so happy I woke up feeling much better today.

If you’re still reading, you are a trooper. Thanks for letting me vent.


Here are a couple random things I wanted to share with you.

A couple days ago I came across this quote:


The perspective is pretty powerful when you actually stop to think about it.

Not sure if I told you about this wine, but definitely get your paws on this Santa Barbara Landing Chardonnay. I found this award winning wine at Trader Joe’s for something like 5 bucks.


The trails are calling my name and I can not wait to run on them very soon!! The thought of this is what gets me through some tough days like yesterday.


Do you have migraines? If so, what works for you?

What gets you through tough days?

Having something to look forward to. Em’s visit this weekend is one of them, trail running with Bam is another. Simple things are my fav.


Instagram life vs real life

The other day I was feeling so overwhelmed with first world problems, I posted this picture on Instagram and poked fun at myself.

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But I really should have posted this picture instead.

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Awh yeah and you know I branded that pic!

Bam was mad because he didn’t get walked for the second day in a row, there’s a sink full of dirty dishes and the floors desperately needed some attention.

Everyone knows that people post on Instagram and social media in general are pretty much the highlights of their day/life/moment.

A lot of times these images portray a polished life everyone wishes they had.

If you dare to post a “real life” pic {*cough the one above *cough}, it’s like a giant welcome to Unfollow City. Ha!

I used to care a little about my social media following. I had an app that kept track of who followed/unfollowed but it drove me bat shit crazy and I deleted it awhile back. Best decision ever.

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If I were to post a picture of a Unicorn with a Butterfly on it’s horn with the text saying “I love you all, you are the reason I awake every morning” I would loose 5 followers. I don’t understand people, and I’m beyond caring any more. I’m gonna be me!

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Look, I LOVE social media. I check it all the time to see updates from friends + family, news, local happenings, etc. I post pictures, some of whatever I’m up to, some inspirational, some real life and a lot of dumb pics just because.


Bam has more followers than I do anyways…….

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I have to type all his thoughts cuz he doesn’t have any thumbs. Really that’s the only reason I’m still in charge, his lack of an opposable digit. He’s probably secretly working on that right now, planning my overthrow.

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I think I just scared myself a little. Now I’m worried that he just might……..

Do you post the real you on social media?


Do you really care if people unfollow you?


Do you think Bam is going to take over the world?

I’m starting to think his cuteness is just a brilliant disguise of an evil mastermind! 


Yup, I’m still trying to keep my head above water as the season winds down. Here’s what I’ve been doing when I’m not working to squeeze in as much life as possible.

Happy (belated) Birthday to my cowboy!!


  • This boy is quite the guy. He keeps me laughing, eats my ice cream while proudly admitting to doing such a crime, is highly offensive in the best ways possible, kills spiders, warns me to cover my eyes when snakes are on tv, cooks the most delicious meals, works his ass off every day without complaining, purposely puts black socks in with light laundry to prove he ‘doesn’t know how’ to do laundry, wrangles the Bam and puts up with my Type A craziness. He should seriously get a medal.   
  • Panera as the BEST iced coffee and free refills. Which means I will probably get kicked out. #worthit

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  • Last night I was so overwhelmed with things that needed to be done around the house, I sat on the kitchen counter and ate ice cream because it seemed like the right thing to do.

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  • Proof Bam was not happy with my life decision and that I really wasn’t kidding about my house being a mess.

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  • However, I did make it to the gym for a nice pool running sesh, approximately 2.3 minutes in the dry sauna and Trader Joe’s for a few groceries so we don’t die. Spotted bananas are gross and must not be consumed in this house.
  • My fitbit has really come in handy this last month. I find myself checking it and amazingly it really does encourage me to get moving. The thought of coffee also helps. Just sayin’


  • I managed to catch some schweet Indian Summer sunrises.

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  • And sunsets at wine-thirty.

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So there ya have it. My life lately. Now fill me in on what you’ve been up to!


Running + coffee with friends and a Pro Compression coupon code

A couple days ago I went to work. The day started out beautiful, sunny + calm. Then out of nowhere the wind kicked up and I was being pelted by pine needles. After it showed no sign of calming down, I sent Mike an SOS text for warm clothes and he responded faster than the CDC with an Ebola crisis.

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After a quick costume change, I ventured out into the elements. I don’t think I have ever been in wind that strong in my whole little life. It was actually kinda fun. Ha!

Yesterday I met Kelly for a run. I may have uttered the words ‘why did I agree to this’ as I was chugging coffee and lacing up my Mizunos. But I knew once I got out the door, there was no way I would regret running, especially with Kelly!

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She even promised coffee after. Girlfriend already knows the way to my heart.


We did 4.5 miles which flew by, it didn’t feel like we ran that far. I guess chatting about work, vacations, celeb sightings, people who unfollow folks on social media who post about living a life they love, ha! She had me laughing so hard several times I had a hard time catching my breath.

I have determined she and her hubby needs to move her STAT so we can do this every day. She is doing a running streak and is over 60 days now. How solid is that?

After our run Kelly even bought me coffee! Talk about a hawt date yo. Then Sharon and Mike joined the endorphin fueled party.


It was a much needed break away from my crazy busy life these days.


Pro Compression is donating a portion of each sale from this entire page to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Which includes the socks I’m rocking below and their compression tights!

Score 40% off PLUS free US shipping over $20 with coupon code PINK

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Do you prefer to run with friends or alone?

What is your favorite thing to do post run?

Be real, have you ever regretted a workout?


Oh the places you’ll go

Salty teeth from smiling so much makes me so incredibly happy.

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Why yes, smiling’s my favorite. Thanks for not asking. Winking smile

For the last year or so, I’ve been telling Mike how much I would love to ride the stretch along the coast in Pebble Beach. We’ve driven it a gazillion times.

Totally random, but I just realized we are coming up on our 1 year anniversary of living in Monterey. mind.blown.

Anyway I woke up wanting to ride today, so I got my gear together and hit up the trail to finally checked one more thing off the ole bucket list.

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I had no idea how far I wanted to go or any specific goals, I just wanted to ride, take it all in and see that little stretch of perfection.

The wind was wicked, I’m pretty sure I was riding sideways at some points if that’s even possible, ha! But the views more than made up for it.

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Then I came home and made this. It was edible. No one has died. Don’t know what is going on over here. Send help. Or coffee.

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A couple weeks ago, our friends brought over some Delicata Squash. I always see different kinds of squash at Trader Joe’s but never buy them because I don’t know how to cook them. Thankfully this one comes with a sticker for kitchen inept folks like myself. Ha!

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And it’s super simple. Preheat the oven to 400, deseed the squash, slice it up. Add a little EVOO, sea salt + pepper then pop it in the oven for 20 minutes, stir a couple times throughout. Boom, you got squash!

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Have you had any epic rides?


Do you you ever buy food just because it’s pretty?


I got called into work early because someone called in sick. I handed my laptop to Mike to come up with questions, he can’t so he’s just writing something like this to fill space. Here’s a joke

Wife: “How would you describe me?”
Wife: “What does that mean?”
Husband: “Adorable, beautiful, cute, delightful, elegant, fashionable, gorgeous, and hot.”
Wife: “Aw, thank you, but what about IJK?”
Husband: “I’m just kidding!”



Simple things Sunday: Living with intention

I hope you are sipping your coffee a little slower this morning, wearing cozy sweat pants, snuggling with you pet and planning to enjoy a beautiful fall day.

Yesterday Mike and I both had the day off. I feel like that rarely happens! We kept it low key, had a simple breakfast together, wandered around Old Fisherman’s Wharf (now that it’s no longer tourist season, yay!) and did a little browsing at Sur La Table.

I know it’s only October, and I don’t want to go all Costco and hang my Christmas decorations in August. I can’t help but start thinking about gifts already. These are perfect for the Type A chef!

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I love shopping there because they give me free samples of coffee. Dang it, even the stores know the way to my heart.

I had a shot of bold espresso from this Nespresso machine and fell in love. Their coffee pods have barcodes so the coffee machine can distinguish which pod you’re using and how it should brew.

A regular cup ‘o Joe or espresso, this babe does it all. Genius.

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After roaming the streets of Carmel, we came home and chilled out for a bit, then went on a dinner date. I ordered the spaghetti bolognaise and he had the braised short ribs with mashed potatoes and swiss chard. Then we traded plates half way through dinner which was his super awesome idea!

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Oh and, anyone want to come to a hummus tasting party at my place!? I have wine.

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Last night I pulled out my planner and started thinking about my goals for next week. Last week’s goals didn’t go so well, Mike was sick, I didn’t feel too great, some of my workouts didn’t happen, I was consumed with work, just some things life throws at ya.

Well I think it’s pretty darn cool we get a brand new week – a fresh start! So my goal for this week is to live with intention.


Sometimes I find myself just going through the motions, doing things out of habit or just surviving. Who wants to live like that? So this week I am going to focus on doing what I love with passion and intention.

Other goals:

  • Run 2 days
  • Pool run 2 days
  • Try 2 new crockpot recipes
  • Take something other than turkey wraps and salads for work lunches. Gah, I am such a creature of habit.
  • 10,000 steps each day. Can you tell I love my fitbit? Ha!

How will you live with intention?

Any lunch ideas?

When do you start Christmas shopping?

Usually Black Friday, but I really suck at finding the perfect gifts, so I should probably start now. Ha!


About my disappearing act this week…

Good Saturday morning friends!! Who’s running Chicago tomorrow? Good luck!

There has been a whole lotta busy going on over here. Actually just a lot of working. October is usually when our season starts winding down, but this year it has been insane and showing no signs of slowing down.

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Mike has been sick all week, but thankfully he is on the mend today. Cross your fingers all the green juice I’ve been chugging is going to keep his boy germs away.

I did have a rather exciting week at work. I had the honor to wait on and meet President George W. Bush!

I watched him tee off at our signature 7th. I was standing there watching him golf, trying to not to throw up. Ha! Right after he walked up to me and said “good morning darlin’.” Then looked at my nametag and said “Jacqueline, it’s nice to meet you.” as he reached out and shook my hand. <-Stuff I can’t make up.

It was such an incredible honor – something I will never forget.

I have a picture with him, but I promised Secret Service I wouldn’t put it online, so it’s scouts honor.

This sunset pic will have to do instead.

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In other news, I had yesterday off and all I wanted to do was sit and get a mani/pedi. It was everything I thought it would be.

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I did actually get the house cleaned, laundry/sheets clean, baked a fresh loaf of bread, cleaned the floors and did a Target/Costco run. Productivity at it’s finest.

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Oh and Bam says hi.

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I am looking forward to some downtime soon so I can sit right here with an iced coffee and watch the world go by with my boys.

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Better get ready for the day. I’m not sure what we’re doing, but the boy is feeling better and itching to get out of the house. Have a great weekend!!

Fill me in on what’s going on in your neck of the woods!!

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I do all the time, but funny thing is 98% of the time I don’t even recognize them. I just treat everyone the same. Making folks happy and exceeding their expectations is one of my passions.


Virtual coffee date + giveaway winner

Good morning!! I hope your weeks is off to a great start.

Yesterday I dropped the ball on announcing the giveaway winner for the ‘close your eyes, find your happy place’ VISA gift card. Anyhoo the winner is…….

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SparklesSpandex!! Congrats lady!! Check your inbox for my email.

It’s been soooo long since we had a virtual coffee date. You know a post where I ramble on about a bunch of random stuff going on.

  • If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am stoked to finally get my 20,000 steps in one day fitbit badge thanks to Sunday’s duathlon. Yah I know, total nerd alert, but it’s so much fun hitting new levels.

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  • You need this talenti sea salt caramel gelato in your life STAT. I am already coming up with very creative ways to hide it from Mike.

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  • I woke up to Pro’s new sock of the month and swear they have outdone themselves. Check out the tangerine, blue and lavender honeycomb design!!

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Use coupon code BOOM for 40% off plus free US shipping on orders more than $20.

  • I am a nerd who loves my planner, so I sat down Sunday evening to plan out the whole week. It’s a busy one and I am determined to fit all the things I love in.

Only problem is, I started writing on the wrong week. #blondemoment

Now would probably be a good time to go buy stock in whiteout.

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  • I really want to get my workouts in, so yesterday morning I joined the early birds before the sun came up to get in 30 minutes of pool running. I LOVE working out early mornings, it’s just something I rarely do. And that really needs to change.

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  • I came home from work last night and saw that Bam must have got board and built himself a fort. In my spot on the couch. It’s a good thing he’s cute and I kinda love him.

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  • This is one of my new favorite quotes.


Your turn, if we were having coffee, what would you tell me?