Cooking Cookies with the Kiddo

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Earrings: vintage | Sweater: J. Crew, old color, similar | Necklace: came in a Stitch Fix box | Jeans: Mother, old, love this and this | Nail polish: Essie Forever Yummy (#488)

Cooking cookies with a toddler is a special kind of adventure full of fun, excitement, and a few messes. My little man’s favorite part of cooking cookies? Whirling the ingredients. In case you aren’t sure what this means, whirling = stirring in his dialect. Somehow we managed to whirl and bake the cookies, clean the kitchen, and eat a couple of the yummy treats without spilling on our clothes – though the risk was totally worth it! This particular recipe is a family favorite – banana, oatmeal, chocolate chip – and have never let me down. I added extra banana this time so the cooking time was a bit longer than usual. All in all, they were the perfect treat for a long weekend.

Classic Cars in the Gundo

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Dress: Madewell | Boots: Joie | Sunnies: Michael Kors, old, similar | Watch: Michael Kors

A few weekends ago, the family and I decided to pop downtown for a quick lunch and were rewarded with a fantastic line up of fantastic classic cars. Somehow we missed the advertising for this fun event that shut down most of  Main St. in the Gundo. Parking was a bit of a drag, but it was well worth it to get to see all the awesome classic cars and enjoy the music and fun with my kiddos and hubby. If you find yourself in the South Bay, take a quick detour off PCH and swing through the Gundo. Even if there isn’t a fun carnival or street festivity, there are plenty of restaurants, shops, parks, and even a brewery to delight you for a couple of hours.

Tasting Fall in Wine Country

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We got our first taste of fall recently. I thought I wasn’t ready to let go of long summer days, but now I find myself craving all things fall. I want to go apple picking, carve pumpkins, wrap myself in plaid throws, and sip apple cider in front of a fire. The white blazer is a staple in my wardrobe. No matter how sloppy I feel, I know I can throw it on with jeans and a pair of heels and my day will instantly become brighter. I don’t buy into the whole no white after Labor Day rule, so you can be sure to see this many more times as summer fades and fall really gets underway.

Jacket: J. Crew, white color n/a| Jeans: Madewell | Sunglasses: Michael Kors, old, similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: Lucky Brand, old | Boots: Joie | Bag: Kate Spade, color n/a

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Classic Cars in the Gundo

  Dress: Madewell | Boots: Joie | Sunnies: Michael Kors, old, similar | Watch: Michael Kors A few weekends ago, the family and I decided to pop downtown for a quick lunch and were rewarded with a fantastic line up of fantastic classic cars. Somehow we missed the advertising for this fun event that shut…

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Tasting Fall in Wine Country

We got our first taste of fall recently. I thought I wasn’t ready to let go of long summer days, but now I find myself craving all things fall. I want to go apple picking, carve pumpkins, wrap myself in plaid throws, and sip apple cider in front of a fire. The white blazer is…

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Summer Blues

Summer blues: blue eyes, boat shoes, denim, and gingham are a sure win look for any summer activity. It is especially excellent for running through grape vines with a toddler, cuddling with a sleeping infant in the children’s museum, and sipping on a glass of fantastic GSM while the rest of the clan is asleep….

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Spring Garden

The idea of having a beautiful garden lush with edible and non-edible treats is both exciting and frightening. I have always had pots of herbs so figured, how hard could it be? Tell that to the fig tree my husband rescued from near death at our old place in Virginia. It turns out that even…

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Green Berry Smoothie

No. There is no such thing as a green berry (at least not that I know of). The grammar freak inside of me is having a minor meltdown right now over the misplaced modifier – “green.” I considered revising the name to “Berry Green Smoothie” but foresaw the “berry” being mistaken as a descriptor of…

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When I was in grade school, once a month or so my mom would take me to get my nails done. We would go to this nail salon in a strip mall by our house and stop in at Jamba Juice for a smoothie on our way. This always made me feel so “adult” and…

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

“Seriously the best split pea soup I’ve ever had.” -Hubby When that phrase the first thing out of someone’s mouth after savoring the first bite of something you prepared, you are stoked. When the sentiment is maintained throughout the meal, you know you stumbled onto something great and you should scribble down what you did…

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We all know that the sense of smell is a powerful tool in the making and remembering of events. A whiff of a familiar scent has the power to transport us through time reminding us of childhood soccer games (fresh cut grass) or a lost love (perfume or cologne). It can bring up not so…

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

Growing up, there were several dishes that only made the menu on certain holidays. Honey baked ham at Easter, monkey bread on Christmas morning, and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. That was it. If you were absent, sick, or just forgot to grab a bite, you had 365 days until you got another shot. You can…

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The Third Piece

The “Third Piece” is a term used in the fashion world to refer to that last accessory or article of clothing that finishes the outfit and gives it a “complete” feeling. It is often a vest, jacket, or scarf. I have a cropped denim vest that I use year-round to add that last dimension. When…

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Tuna Melt

I firmly believe that food cravings are dictated as much by our mood and the weather as by our current attire. Today, for example, has been cool and cloudy. It’s no east coast storm day, but I’ve had one of those bone chills you just can’t shake all day. And, I’ve been in gym clothes…

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Passing the Holiday Torch

Thanksgiving has come and gone *sigh of relief* inserted here. Growing up, Turkey Day meant 50 of our closest family and friends would descend upon our home in the morning and stay all night, often until the wee hours of the following morning. My parents were so busy cooking, cleaning, and talking, they didn’t have…

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