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baking Christmas cookies

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We baked Christmas cookies over the weekend.  I love doing this little tradition every year.  My mom and I baked all day. A good friend joined us later for a little frosting action.  We have lots of cookies now, I already feel sick from eating so many.  Ha!  I handed a lot of them out, but also kept plenty, of course.

It’s good to have family in town.  We have been busy doing lots of Christmas shopping, baking, and eating.

Cheers to everyone that you have a wonderful Christmas!

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cc5^^^Made with cornflakes. I love that they look like little wreaths, kind of.^^^

cc1^^^My beautiful mama.^^^

cc^^^Um, if you like peanut butter, you would love these.^^^

cc2^^^Cheesy baking shot.^^^

cc6^^^This isn’t all of them, but you get the idea.^^^

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midweek links

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I hope everyone is having a great week!  I have been so tired, I can hardly get the motivation to write any posts. (which is why they have all been pretty generic this week.)  I’m excited that the weather is cooling down, and tomorrow is Halloween. Woo hoo!  We are having a few friends over, to hand out candy, hang out and eat.  I hope y’all have a spooky Halloween!

Everybody: Hands off the baby bump.  This made me laugh.

How to style a corner gallery wall.  I really want to do this in our home.

Why you look like your dog.

How yoga changes your body, starting the day you begin.

The perfect Fall tunic/dress, paired with leggings and boots.

We just won two photos from Violet D’art.  Her work is amazing.  Check it out!

I love the simplicity of this holiday card.

Cheesy breakfast nacho tots.

What your favorite apple says about you.  Mine favorite is honeycrisp.

I love these rock and roll onesies.

If you’re looking for a  funny twist on your holiday cards, check this hilarious Etsy shop out.

Yet another reason to drink coffee.

 

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avocado festival

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This past weekend we had the annual avocado festival in town.  It’s actually located in Carpinteria, which is 10 minutes from Santa Barbara.  We go every year, and enjoy it every year.  They have avocado ice cream, lots of guac, and anything else you can make with avocados.  We tend to over indulge in eating in the matter of a couple of hours.

This year we had some amazing carne asade tacos with guac, strawberry shortcake with avocado drizzle, and funnel cakes.  It was all good!

There’s also a bunch of vendors that set up, so of course we did a little shopping. We ended the night listening to a couple local bands play.

Good times with good friends!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

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a night on the river

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Hello from Florida!

We are still here and still enjoying every moment of it.  This place is so beautiful.  It’s amazing how every which way you turn there is water, whether it’s an ocean or a river.  We happen to not only be by the beautiful Atlantic ocean, which is by far, WAY warmer than the Pacific ocean, but we happen to be by two gorgeous rivers.  The Indian river and the Banana river are the two that we cross to get to the ocean.  When I first arrived here I thought the rivers were the ocean, because they are so gigantic that you can’t see to the end of them.  Their pretty amazing.

We had dinner on the Indian river the other night, and it was tasty.  The seafood is to die for down here.  It was the perfect night.  The weather was great, which in Florida, especially this time of year can be a tad HOT, but it was nice and breezy this night.  We ate, drank and laughed, and of course had another good night, with another good meal, with wonderful company.

Thanks, Donovan’s and Bonefish Willy’s!

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dinner with friends

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This past week we met up with some friends for dinner to celebrate a couple of birthdays, and for a little farewell gathering before we leave.  We had so much fun! It was good to laugh, eat, and joke around with each other.  I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older that I’d much rather have fewer good friends, than lots of acquaintances.   It just means more.  I’m at a stage in my life, where I don’t have time for petty stuff, like I used to.  I’m really working on being a better person, and living my life happy and free.  This group is some of the few I consider my/our good friends.  I’ve known the girls a bit longer than the guys, but they are some of the most humbled people I know.  Love you girls! (and boys too).

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Florida

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I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I hopped on a plane down to Florida, for one day. You heard me, one day. I had a little business to take care, which went overwhelmingly well.
I enjoyed my one whole day there, the weather seemed tolerable, I thought it was going to be unbearably humid. It wasn’t that humid, to me, but remember I’m originally from Omaha, Nebraska. I think the whole trip was made mainly because of the hosts that had me into their home. They are originally from Omaha, which is our connection. I have to be honest, in hopes that I don’t offend anyone, but Midwesterners have to be the most down to earth, kind, sincere, loving people around. I miss the Midwest everyday, but I am grateful to live where I do because I sure do love the ocean.
Anyway here are a few snapshots of Florida…

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Lately

PicMonkey Collage1/Lavender dark chocolate lips from our favorite chocolate store, Chocolate Maya.

2/I made some really yummy chocolate chip cookies, with dark chocolate from Ghirardelli.

3/I have so much fun with these two.  Love them to pieces.

4/Cheese and the best salami from Whole Foods.

5/Being grateful for this beautiful place we call home.

6/I love beach livin’.  Surfboards galore.

7/Thinking about my anxiety-ridden day, and calming it by making tacos. hehe.

 

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The fourth of july!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day!  We were pretty mellow around here.  No beach, no picnics, no nothing, just some good ole fashion relaxation.  The hubby worked, and I made a yummy peach, blueberry, apple, gluten-free cobbler.  At night, I grabbed a couple of friends and ventured out to watch the fireworks.  I decided after being in all day, that I really needed to get out of the house.  We have been very busy with lots of upcoming things going on, that it was so nice to just veg all day long.  We watched the fireworks from a parking structure, which turned out to be the perfect idea, then, we didn’t have to deal with all of the beach traffic.  I also got to snap some photos of our beautiful city.  It turned out to be the perfect fourth!

Now, time to start trying to eat healthy AGAIN!

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Summer Solstice

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It’s that time of year again, Summer Solstice is here!  Santa Barbara turns into one big party, and I LOVE it!  You can check out last years post and pictures here.  I’ll make sure to post some from this year after the mayhem subsides.

Happy Solstice!!!

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a beach bbq

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This last weekend we had a small bbq at the beach.  It was perfect.  “June gloom” has definitely set in, but I like it.  I’m sure by the end of June I’ll be over it.  The bbq, was a gathering to celebrate a special day for a beautiful journey that I am on.  I truly feel blessed to have so many special people in my life who care.  It has taken me a while (a long while) to adjust to California.  I have many wonderful friends, who have been through it all with me, and know me, almost better than myself, back in Omaha.  I speak with them almost daily, which almost makes it harder (i’m tearing up writing this).  But, I have made some new friends along the way, and they are special to me too.  So, this was a party with my new friends, that they so generously threw for me, and I am forever grateful for them.

Thanks, old and new friends.  I love you all!

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^^^My girlfriends son, Weston, is always in my pictures, because she is my only friend with a baby.  But, more are coming.  Yay^^^

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