Wine Country Salad

Wine Country Salad

It's always a great time for a spinach salad and when it is your main meal for a summer night's dinner, adding some healthy extras to the mix makes it filling and satisfying.  Our latest addition to our salad menu ... Wine Country Salad Ingredients Fresh spinach leaves Sweet Potato Feta Cheese Red Onion Bacon Hard Boiled Egg Filet Mignon Homemade vinaigrette *This recipe used Sonoma Harvest D’ Anjou Pear White Balsamic Vinegar Directions Rinse spinach and pat dry.  Continue Reading...

It’s All Thing Summer with Puritans Pride Giveaway

Puritans Pride Giveaway

I have been enjoying the summer so much.  The last two months have been busy with all kinds of different happenings ... The trip to Lake Tahoe Hiking Running Summer Half Marathons Swimming Paddle Boarding Playing with the kids Dinners with friends Farmer's Market My Grandmother's funeral My 30 year class reunion {this weekend} Adopting a new kitten {yeah that happened, more pets} Keeping with the summer spirit and theme, I am so excited to be bringing you the last installment of Continue Reading...

Pet Adoption and The Volunteer Job

Pet Adoption

How is summer going everyone?  We are into the second week of July and with the 4th behind us and the Tahoe trip  {post to come} in the past, I am finding that the days are filled with swimming at the country club pool or grandma's house.  If that is not enough to keep the kids busy, then I am at a loss.  I am actually looking forward to some quiet time and just doing nothing for a few days, but when it is too quiet the kids get restless.  Noah has football workouts and camp three days each week Continue Reading...

The Ultimate Coffee Date July

Ultimate Coffee Date

Happy 4th of July everyone and welcome to the Ultimate Coffee Date.  I am going to keep this month's link up and post pretty easy and quick as I know {assume} everyone is pretty busy doing some fun weekend, holiday activities.  If you are new to our Ultimate Coffee Date my co-hosts and I welcome you.  Make sure to take some time to visit Deborah and Coco also.  Sharing is caring so leaving comments and "coffee only related posts" are encouraged.  ♥ . If we were having coffee, I would tell Continue Reading...

Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon

Napa to Sonoma Half

Running season is upon us and I  love it.  I have a bucket list of races {half marathons} I am wanting to get done this year one of them was  is the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon.  For the most obvious reason, the race ends right here in Sonoma on the plaza literally just blocks away from our house.  This is one of those races that opens for registration and instantly sells out, so getting myself a spot has been pretty much impossible and I just assumed it might never happen for me.  Someone in Continue Reading...

Summer Skin Care and Puritans Pride Giveaway

Summer Series Skin Care

I have been very MIA since my last post because we have been on Vacation!  Yes a lovely time was spent in South Lake Tahoe and we had a blast.  I have some cool pics and stories to post this week.   In the meantime, I am super excited to have the opportunity to share an awesome giveaway for one lucky reader.  A bountiful package full of products via Puritan's Pride. Summer is in full swing and it is time to take extra good care of our skin.  Moisturizing, hydrating, cleansing, Continue Reading...

Wine Country Lasagna

Wine Country Lasagna

My kids could eat pasta every night of the week {wait ... taco night is pretty high up there}.  Not only is pasta super easy and fast, it is affordable and I love having enough of it in the house to make something different as often as possible.  With all the activities the kids do, feeding them all these carbs is totally okay, they are burning them off like crazy.  Since it is like pulling teeth to get my kids to eat cooked or steamed veggies, I have to get really creative when it comes to Continue Reading...

Thank You Thank You Liebster Award

kindness

I am never one to miss a chance for some blogging kudos, after all don't we ALL need a little pat on the back here and there?  Isn't it nice to be noticed for our passions, efforts and at the same time make some new connections?  I am super humbled to be {once again} nominated for the Liebster Award via one of my top fave bloggers Miss Cheryl.   What is the Liebster you may be asking?  Simply this ... The word Liebster is "beloved" in German.  The "award" is given to bloggers by their peers Continue Reading...

Embracing Summer Vacation

Summertime

I know we have been out of school for about two weeks, but it took this long to feel that we are officially into summer.  The confirmation from the hotel came through my email to confirm our reservation,  I then realized we REALLY were into summer AND we are going away!  So happy to be looking forward to something new, because it is not always possible or easy to get away during summer break.  We are more a "stay cation" type of family. Summer vacation how I love you ... Lazy days Kids Continue Reading...

Mango Kale Green Juice

Mango Kale

Smoothies are always so good, but something about summer and the warm weather really makes smoothie time so much more fun.  I love incorporating seasonal fruit into any "green juice" smoothie.  Here is the latest using all fresh ingredients ... Mango Kale Green Juice Ingredients 1/4 cup Fresh Cut Kale 1/4 cup Fresh Rainbow Chard 1/2 Citrus Orange 1 Banana 1/2 cup Fresh Cut Mango 16 oz HINT "unsweet" Blood Orange Water Ice [Tweet "Adding @hintwater to #greenjuice is Continue Reading...