Vegas deets: where we stayed + trouble we got into

I just can’t let Vegas go. Every time I see pictures or videos of the Bellagio or Sin City on social media I miss it so much.

I had a few questions about where we stayed and other random questions so I figured a post with the deets was in order.

Mike scored a schweet package through Allegiant Air for 2 round trip flights from Monterey and 4 nights at The Luxor for about $500. We left on a Sunday and came back on a Thursday so it was probably less crowded and cheaper.


We loved our stay there and would definitely consider staying there next time. It is located at the beginning of The Strip so the convenience of not fighting traffic to get in and out as we had a rental car was a big selling point for us.

But it is now my dream to stay at the Bellagio with a view of the fountain show.SmileWhich I am pretty sure you already know that was, hands down my #1 favorite thing we did in Vegas.

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Walking The Strip was #2 in case you were wondering.



Mike would like to offer you some life advice. He said don’t do it. He made that mistake twice. Don’t worry, I am taking notes for his 3rd wife. Winking smile


This is one time, in Vegas I got yelled at for taking selfies of us. Ha!  #imnotescaredofyoucowboy


We also drove out to Red Rock Canyon which was incredibly beautiful.


Mike has blisters on his paws so we didn’t do any hiking, but it’s on my list for next time.



Another day we drove to the Hoover Damn and took the damn tour. Mike is a history buff so it was a great experience. I couldn’t help but think of the National Lampoons movie Vegas Vacation. Yes, I am so mature like that.




I bet if you ask Mike really nicely (and if you’re interested) he might do a guest post about the Hoover Damn.

Other notable things we did:

  • The Shark Reef tour at Mandalay Bay.
  • Walked through the Pawn Stars shop.
  • Margaritas + beer poolside at the Luxor. Ah-mazing, I kinda wish we went more often.
  • Mike’s Art Of Shaving experience.
  • Drove to St.George, Utah-my first time there and already planning to go back!
  • The Arizona state line-again my first time in AZ as well.
  • Dinner at Texas De Brazil. <-go here and send me love notes. We were totally Templeton status walking out of that place.
  • This guy.

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  • I wanted to do the gondola ride at the Venetian, but couldn’t justify $18.95 per person for 10 minute ride. Is it worth it?
  • Worlds largest chocolate fountain.

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I could keep going, but I’ll stop here.

Until next time, Vegas.

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What should be on everyone’s list to see or do in Vegas?


Wednesday favorites and 1 not so fav

This post was actually supposed to be Tuesday favorites, but I took an early morning shift at work at the last minute. As much as I love being up with the birds, I have no desire to beat them to blog. #sorrynotsorry

Speaking of early bird, I caught one of the most gorgeous sunrises I have ever seen while walking to work.

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I hope this doesn’t come out the wrong way, but I am so thankful for where we live and my job. Every day I think, I can’t believe they actually pay me to come here. mind.blown.

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No filter on either pic. There’s no way I could alter God’s beauty.

I saw these boots at REI last weekend and could not stop staring. The North Face nailed it with the touch of blue.

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A couple weekends ago I was shopping in Carmel with my friend Melissa and she pointed out these Starbucks-esque nesting measuring cups. They begged me to take them home to live with us so I did. M picked up a set as well so we are twinners.


This peach balsamic vinegar from Whole Foods rocks my face off. Especially drizzled over fresh strawberries and watermelon salad.


A couple weeks ago we were shopping and Mike met the manager who brought the balsamic line in. He convinced us to try it. We were shocked at how incredible this stuff is. So we bought a half bottle (it’s sold by weight) and turns out we have made some solid friendships with it.

I’m not afraid of spiders, I feel like this with snakes, but I know some of you can relate to it. No doubt this girl does. Winking smile


Last weekend Mike put the John Mayer station on Pandora and Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran came on. I pointed at it and demanded Mike download it now. Lucky for me he loved it just as much and we had it on our phones within minutes.

It makes me want to fling my hair and dance around the house in an Etta James Sunday Kinda Love way.

This super loud sound bar thingy the husband randomly threw in the shopping cart is definitely not an SCB fav. I even protested like the man does when I say I need more running gear.


I am laughing because I was trying to convince Mike that he is deaf and I really like to sleep in peace and quiet. Oh and that he should have planned ahead and brought the SUV. He said something like shut up and drink your coffee. Can’t argue with that. Winking smile

It’s cool, I figured out how to sync the sound bar via Bluetooth on my S5 so I can remotely mute it when I’m in the bedroom while he is watching tv just to mess with him. There is no way he thinks I’m that smart. Even I surprised myself.

The end.

What are your current favs?

Share the last thing your significant other got that you don’t approve of.


The good stuff

Welcome to a brand new week! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

I worked all weekend but don’t feel sorry for me, I scored this schweet sunrise.

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It actually took me by surprise because it was foggy the entire drive to work. But when I got there it cleared up and the sun put on a little show. Wish I could have sat there with a cup of coffee and watched it, but I quickly snapped this and got to work. Funny thing is the fog came back shortly after. Welcome to the beach at summertime.

Then a pod of whales came close to shore and put on a show all day. At one time I looked up and must have seen 15 spouts at the same time. It is an honor to be with folks seeing it for the first time in their lives. Their excitement is crazy awesome.


I am digging the fitbit. It’s so fun to see how active I really am. One thing I noticed is how much I underestimated my activity level. While I don’t think it’s 100% accurate, it has been consistent since I got it and I can totally deal with that.

Yesterday was my most active day so far and I didn’t even run. PS the calories burned are not correct. I can’t figure out how to take it off completely because I really don’t care about that feature anyway.

I had a few of you ask about becoming fitbit friends, heck yes! Go here to stalk me.

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The other day I was getting my hip adjusted at PT after having some pain while running. On my way out I noticed an elderly double amputee waiting for treatment. As I walked to the car all fixed up, planning my next run, I couldn’t help but stand there in the parking lot sad, yet thankful. I wish things were different for that person and I hope I never get so wrapped up in meaningless crap I fail to be thankful for the good stuff. The simple stuff, ya know.

I encourage you to do the same. Sometimes we find ourselves consumed with meaningless stuff, heck I find myself doing it quite often. We have projects that are due, schedules to keep, errands to run, jobs to be at or just going through the motions of life. I encourage you to pause and look around. You might be surprised with what is going on around you.

That old saying that goes something like things you take for granted, someone is praying for is so true.

I hope you have a beautiful week!

Please share your latest reality check.

How do you measure your daily activity?

Tell me all about your weekend!


Would we still be blog friends if I told you…

Happy Saturday! I hope you have a fun weekend planned with lot’s of running and coffee of course.

I don’t like pumpkin. I know, it’s like the #1 blogger sin for someone to say that. Pumpkin spice lattes taste like butt cheese. Or at least that’s what I would imagine it would taste like.


I do like pumpkin hand soap + some candles, does that make me cool?

I think wearing jeans is a sure sign of torture. #yogapantsfolyfe


I prefer a quite evening at home with my man and a bubble bath over going out to dinner. Seriously if someone told me I could never get dressed up and go out to dinner again, I’d totally be cool with it.


I don’t like San Francisco. There, I said it. Annnnd I just heard you gasp through the internet.Winking smile I am really happy we got to check it out several times when we lived in the Bay Area, but my feelings about going back are just like the statement about going out to dinner above.


There are very few people I genuinely love. I keep my circle small and truly value my handful of friendships.

With that said, most of my friends are quite a bit older than me. It’s always been that way and I love it. They are settled, have direction in life, care about things that truly matter, and give the best life advise. You know, about stuff that really matters.

Your turn. Go ahead and spill it.


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Tips for making health and fitness a lifestyle

This post is sponsored by Silk. Opinions are mine all mine babe.

A couple years ago I took the ‘all or nothing’ approach towards healthy living. It’s frustrating living that way. I mean who doesn’t want a couple slices of pizza every now and then, right?

I am far from a food blogger, but I do my best to find a happy medium living a healthy lifestyle. I’m in for the long haul, so I need to find a nice balance between pizza and green juice. Here are a few of my tips, please feel free to add yours in the comments section.

  • Make one small change at a time.

It took some time to let the ‘all or nothing’ attitude go and turn my focus to making small changes. Y’all know I love my coffee, but I recently finally looked my beloved coffee creamer ingredients list. It was scary. So recently I switched it up with Silk French Vanilla creamer. It’s soy based, which of course doesn’t taste the same as the chemical creamer but I feel better about my choice since it’s something I put into my body every day.

  • Shop at your local farmers market.

Choose what is in season and don’t be afraid to change up recipes. We usually sauté potatoes and veggies on the stove, but this time we chopped them up, drizzled a little balsamic vinegar, S+P and wrapped them in foil. Mike grilled them along with some boneless, skinless chicken and dinner was served in about 20 minutes.

  • Surround yourself with health & fitness minded friends.

You are inspired by those around you. I feel I am my healthiest and happiest when hanging out with friends who share the same passion for health + fitness. Plus they probably won’t give you the side eye when you order a grilled chicken salad when everyone else is ordering a burger. I love me a nice, juicy burger, but you know what I mean. :)

  • When dining out, don’t be afraid to ask for alternatives.

A couple weekends ago Emily ordered an iced coffee at a local coffee shop and asked if they offered almond milk. Turns out they did and handed her this Silk Almond Milk. Let me tell you, us girls get really excited over the simple things.

Try something new. For me, I have always wanted to try a wheatgrass shot, but I was afraid of what it might taste like. But my eat more rabbit food friend, Em encouraged me to try it and turns out it wasn’t so bad after all. I even went back a couple days later for another one. My best advise, have a squeeze of orange with it. Then send me love notes thanking me for giving such awesome life advice.

Finding the right balance that works for you isn’t always easy, but I think it’s worth the time and effort. For me, quality of life is worth the effort.

Share you best tips for making healthy and fitness a lifestyle.

What small, yet healthy changes have you made recently?

What will be the next small change you make?

I’m working on being more consistent with workouts and cross train.

PS score a coupon to try Silk by heading over to their Facebook page. Now don’t say I never do anything nice for you. ;)

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sambalatte aka the best coffee in Vegas

On the first day we got to Vegas and walked the strip, I saw Sambalette coffee lounge + espresso bar and made a mental note to go check it out.


I walked in and asked Dan what their most popular drink was. He said they are known for a fantastic cappuccino. So that’s what I ordered with soy milk. Mike had a latte in case you are wondering.

Turns out sometimes I make really good life decisions.


And turns out Dan has a strong passion for coffee like I do, so it was a lot of fun picking his brain about the more technical side of coffee. He was kind enough to give me a tour of their roasting room.


Not even gonna lie, I wanted to swim in this bucket of freshly roasted coffee beans like Richie Rich.


Fun stuff I learned:

  • It takes 15-20 minutes to roast coffee beans. The longer the roast, the darker the beans.
  • Unroasted coffee beans are green and smell like grass or hay.
  • The roaster can hold up to 30 pounds at a time.
  • The ideal coffee beans are dry, not oily.
  • The location on The Strip is their main hub. It’s where all of the roasting + packaging take place.
  • Roasting coffee is a science. No joke. The machine that looks kinda like a microwave on the 2nd shelf measures density of the bean and a bunch of other high tech stuff.
  • Most of their coffee beans are from Brazil.


The next time we go to Vegas, I hope they are roasting coffee. I will probably never want to leave.


Our view from our table while enjoying a fantastic cup o’ Joe and taking in the experience. We tend to get our coffee on the go, but there’s something about having it in a real mug, sipping it in the lounge while taking our time. I’ll never forget living in that moment.


In true Vegas fashion, they think of everything.


Tell me about your most memorable coffee experience.

What do you totally geek out over?

Anything running or coffee related. Especially gadgets and shoes.

This was not a sponsored post, I am just a coffee nerd and really love their coffee. Dan, thank you for showing me around and sharing my passion for liquid gold. Now, please bring Sambalatte to Monterey. Mmmkay?


Building running confidence

One of my greatest challenges with running is building confidence. I am finding it especially true as I build back up post injury.

I remember back in 2011 I trained for the biggest race I’ve ever done, a metric century ride and a half marathon the following day. I trained 5 solid months injury free. A couple weeks before the big race I felt so anxious about it. Did I train hard enough? Did I throw down enough miles? Could I have done more?


One day I was telling Mike how nervous and unprepared I felt, though I had done all of the hard work. I just couldn’t figure out why I felt so apprehensive about something I trained so hard for. Mike being the super smart man he is, explained that I was lacking confidence.

Then it all clicked. Yeah, that’s it. So the last little bit of training I had left turned into confidence building. My fitness was already there, it was time to work on the mental part of training.


(Both pics above are throwbacks from the CA Classic in 2011)

I nailed the ride and race and to this day I have some of the best memories of training + the race. That sense of accomplishment can’t be beat.

Yesterday I got my hip/knee/ankle realigned at PT and went out for a run. I felt so good I wanted to throw that whole run/walk out the window and just run, but I didn’t. You wanna know the funny thing? I can actually do just that, but I am lacking confidence. I am so afraid of getting injured again, I would rather play it safe which slows down my progress. How dumb is that?

Then a good friend told me that building confidence is the hardest factor when coming back from an injury. He said, you have to face that challenge and overcome it.

Yes, I have very smart friends. Smile

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And again, it all clicked. I am reminded how much running and training is mental.  I’m letting fear of another injury control my confidence and therefore hold me back from my goals of just running.  I’m afraid of hurting myself again, but running cures fear.  And this is another reason why I love it so much.

So, how does one build confidence?

Yah, that’s the hard part. I think it’s a matter of making a conscious effort to get the mind, body, and spirit to connect and work together. For example, yesterday I physically felt great running, but mentally I was worried about getting injured again so I played it safe instead of testing my limits a bit. Then there’s my spirit that says suck it up cupcake, you got this.

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The body will give out long before the mind will, so you have to find a balance that works for you. And if you are injured, stop. Duh. I gotta start listening to the spirit, that chick is cool. She never wants to stop running, even when I’m 90……gosh, it’s like I’m growing up and stuff.

Maybe I’ll write a post about the mind-body-spirit connection, for running + life in general. I am finding it’s a huge thing for me. Especially dealing with the gut issues.

How do you build confidence when coming back from an injury or training?

What do you find is the most difficult part of running you face?

How do you overcome it?

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Giveaway & Review: Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2

Happy Tuesday!! I hope your week is off to a great start, if not maybe a giveaway for a pair of running shoes will help.

Last year Mizuno launched the Wave Sayonara. These kicks were such a hit, they made a couple subtle tweeks and launched the Wave Sayonara 2 this summer. I really like running in these!


The Sayonara is a neutral running shoe, and in my opinion a very stable ride. They have the U4ic technology which delivers an optimal ride by reducing shock, increasing cushion AND are 30% lighter so you can fly!

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A couple upgrades:

  • Slightly wider toe box.
  • Softer upper mesh which makes these a little more flexible and breathable.

I love that Mizuno takes what we, as consumers have to say about their shoes, and make improvements. I also appreciate they didn’t make extreme changes with an already awesome product. I think the small changes, are positive improvements and would not be a deal breaker for those who are so in love with the Sayonara 1’s they want to marry them.


Since I am a long time Wave Rider fan, I thing it would be helpful to point out a couple differences I noticed between the two.

  • The Sayonara’s are more on the firm side, The WR have a bit more cushion.
  • I feel both shoes are very stable and offer the perfect amount of support without feeling heavy.
  • However the WR feel slightly more bulky as they weigh a tiny bit more.
  • The toe box on is a little wider on the Sayonara. I know this was a big thing when the Wave Rider’s came out, so if that was a deal breaker for you, I would recommend giving the Sayonara 2 a try.

My only complaint:

I wear custom orthotics, which require a bit more room on the upper and laces. This might be a tough request to find a happy medium, but it would be great if there was a little more room on top to accommodate them. This goes for both styles.


Wanna win a pair? Yah, that was a dumb question.

Here’s how:

Giveaway is open to US only and will end Friday, September 12. I will announce the winner in Saturday’s post.


Simple things Sunday: Friends

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I woke up before Mike, made some toast, sat down at the kitchen table with my paws wrapped around a hot cup of coffee and stared at these beautiful lights. I thought about how thankful I am to have found my sweet spot in life.

The last couple of weeks have been bumpy and anything but perfect. I had the chance to sit still and quite (which is a miracle in itself ha!) with my coffee and reflect on how life is so beautiful even when some things are far from perfect.

I thought about the time I wrote about not having any friends after moving here. Now, we are so lucky to have made some of the best friendships of my entire life.

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The last couple weekends we’ve had some of our closest friends sit around our kitchen table. We sipped beer + wine, ate some delicious food and had the best conversations about life. 

They shared our excitement over the loaf of bread baking in the bread machine, dreamed about taking tropical vacations, talked about making plans for the next year, shared hilarious stories and just talked about life.

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Those times are a great reminder to sit back, relax, and live in the moment.


I hope you have a chance to reflect on the things that matter most in life. Happy Sunday!

What are you thankful for today? 


We do life right

I went to a work meeting yesterday and turns out it was twice as long as expected. Good news is the instructor made learning about how alcohol affects the body and how to tell if someone intoxicated and should be cut off. I had no idea body fat does not absorb alcohol and the liver can process 3/4 of an ounce of it per hour. You are welcome for this random information.

All I could think about after was lunch and a shot of wheatgrass. I am a weirdo, but since we got back from Vegas and being Templeton for a week, I have been making an effort to eat a little better and move more.

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Since I am a wussmeister, I get the 50/50 which is wheatgrass with a squeeze of fresh orange. It tastes exactly like it sounds; fresh cut grass with orange. I actually kinda like it. Told ya I’m a weirdo.

As I took that shot while sitting on a green chair outside, I was wishing Emily was with me like last weekend. Then I realized I didn’t share much of our weekend with you guys.

Saturday Mike had to suddenly leave for a family emergency and was gone until Tuesday, but the good thing is Emily was here to keep my mind off things and keep me busy. 

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I am convinced she is my long lost sister. We both like to be up with the birds and go to bed early.

So of course both mornings we were up early, hiking a nearby trail. She’s still healing a hip stress fracture so we didn’t push it too much, but it felt great to get out and move around.

It was foggy when we got there, but we caught the sun coming out on our way back, which just gave us even more energy. The world should really watch out for us crazy, solar powered chicks.

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On our Sunday morning hike, we heard the church bells at the Carmel Mission which was really cool.

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We had to refuel with coffee after and roam around Carmel. Duh.

PS how cute is her shirt!?

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There was a Greek Festival by Fisherman’s Wharf we parked far away on purpose and enjoyed a long walk there. We cruised through but decided to have lunch at a new to us restaurant. Pics are on my camera and I’m too lazy to pull them off, but it was crazy amazing and I’ll share it with you soon.

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Then we spent the afternoon sipping on green juice…laid back. And hitting up local surf shops.

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The evening was spent at a family friends house eating pizza to balance out all the good stuff we ate/did.

When we got home, she checked her fitbit and said we walked about 6 miles that day. I’m not sure how accurate it is, but I realized I totally underestimate my activity level so I can’t wait to compare it with my Garmin and another app on my S5. I shall report back.

Have you ever done a wheatgrass shot? 

How do you get in a little extra exercise?

It comes a little easy for me since I love to keep moving but some days it takes a little more effort by parking a little further or taking Bam for a walk.

What’s your favorite fresh pressed juice combo?