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Hi friends!! 

I have a monster of a lifestyle post for you from a backlog of photos of my phone!! Going all the way back to ….my birthday! 

Septenary Vineyards Bday Fun

I found these pics stashed in my “blog” folder – Digital Clutter systems would not approve! A few weeks ago my wine-tasting group threw me a little cheese board and cake party at a new-to-me vineyard: Septenary. It’s a STUNNING property, and we had a gorgeous, warm day!

Rosé bubbles to start!

These gals know how to create a cheese board! 



Emily brought cake from Cake Bloom, a new shop in town. 

Never leave your phone unattended with this girl….!

Sunshine day with friends!

Our last warm days

I found this pic of the boys in shorts….

And then this was the next pic! Hat szn is here. Karen made this shark hat for Mazen, and now it fits Birch!

Teacher Work Week

We had several teacher workdays around Halloween/Election Day PLUS Birch had a little cold, so we spent lots of time playing at home last week. Even Gus! We organized Mazen’s Lego shelf and played with the vintage Fisher Price toys Grammie left here! 

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And here’s how we felt at the end of the day

Although most nights end like this <3 


The church across the street has a great parking lot for skateboarding. Mazen and our neighbors have taken it up. Thomas loves to join them on his board!

Although they spend more time like this than they do standing up…

Birch keeps everyone in line with his GoGo Car.

My Pet Roach

See that? That is a fake roach on wheels. I had a little situation the other week with a giant one of these Palmetto bugs in my kitchen. I texted my “neighbor moms” thread and no one was free to come help. As a joke, they got me this lovely pet roach for Halloween. I swear this thing has scared me more than the real ones!

I tried to store it with the Halloween décor but it scared me again!

So now it’s packed inside a nice baggie until next year. (I am sure it will still scare me then – I hate these things!)

New Find: Earth Breeze Laundry Sheets

New product alert! I just discovered Earth Breeze, a sustainable laundry detergent by a company that fights plastic waste. Instead of giant, heavy tubs of detergent or pods that could be a poison hazard, Earth Breeze detergent comes in sheets that you toss in with your load. The sheets look just like a dryer sheet but they dissolve in water.

The sheets are HE washer compatible, Leaping Bunny Certified, and the company donates 10 loads of detergent to non-profits, shelters and charities for each pack sold. Choose between Fragrance Free or Fresh Scent. So far I am a fan of Earth Breeze’s clean-ability!! And I really really like how small and portable they are. You can bury the packaging of Earth Breeze as compost 🙂

Each pack is $20 for up to 60 loads (you use more sheets for heavy loads, so base your order on your laundry style). And you can cut that price almost in half to $12 a pack by doing the subscribe and save program.

Real Food!

Breakfast Roundup

Pumpkin Siggi’s with Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, peanut butter and pear!

Bodos Bagel with Lox Spread

My new favorite cream cheese is mixed with smoked salmon – so delish! 

Plain on Cinnamon Raisin

Yogurt, Granola Bar Crumble, Banana, Cranberry Sauce!

Peanut Butter Fluff Yogurt

Remember this mix of Greek yogurt and PB2? 

with granola and pear on the side. 


Lunch is now my least formal meal of the day, and I often do snack plates or eat a mix of little things. Hence why I have the least number of meals to share!

Sesame Bagel + Lox Spread with Veg


My favorite “I really need a Hugh Jass salad” spot.

Daily Harvest Harvest Bowl

These harvest bowls from Daily Harvest are great for days when I need something quick. I love that they’re all real food, and they come in a paper bowl that I feel comfortable microwaving (plastic  containers make me nervous). You can also heat them in a sauce pan on the stove top. 

Not the most beautiful food, but this millet and veg bowl is good. I always add sriracha and sometimes add more protein if we have leftovers. 

Leftover Beltmont Pizza + Spinach Salad

Salad With Kale Chips!

This salad had a little of everything – including these kale chip toppers from Thomas’s cousin’s company Love Force! They come in a handful of flavors and are great crumbled into all kinds of dishes, from salads to soups. Check out their raw energy bars too.


Blue Apron Tilapia with Capers, Orzo, and Zucchini 

Blue Apron Salmon with roasted potatoes + Brussels and Mustard Sauce

LOVED this meal!! 

Survivor Girls Night Out to Zocalo!! 

Gotta devour that pepper 😉 

Blue Apron Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

And finally….

Mazen enjoying a tin of sardines!!

Have a great rest of your week!