Friday Favorite….road trip edition

My family and I are currently on a big road trip vacation. Because of this we are seeing many cool and exciting things. Since we have two little guys, we try to stop often, to at least walk around…but at best, check out new sites. Here are some of the fun things we have seen so far.

Corner of Texas: Don’t blink or you will miss it! So coming up from a tiny little back road highway in New Mexico (the 412) you will go through Texas and then into Oklahoma. There are signs to tell you this, as well. But the thing is, you are literally in Texas for hmmmm, maybe 10 seconds. “Welcome to Texas, You Are Now Leaving Texas, Welcome to Oklahoma”…..boom boom boom. It was pretty funny. After a long day of driving, we needed it.

Dodge City, Kansas: What a fun little town. Lots to see and do. Dodge City is known for its history as a wild west frontier land (think Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson). The Boot Hill Museum was fun. We got to tour the town that once entertained and housed many historical wild west men and women. The town itself is actually a recreation from the original, after a devastating fire had wiped it out decades ago. We walked around having drinks in the salon (they serve beer, wine as well as coffee and hot chocolate), we locked ourselves up in the jail, toured the real Boot Hill Cemetery and picked up some souveniers at the gift shop.

But the highlight was the Boot Hill Bed and Breakfast we stayed at. Considering we drove in around midnight and the owner, Kirt, was there to greet us, take us on a tour of the home and provide us with cookies and drinks….we were happy campers. We stayed in the Miss Kitty Room. It’s a two bed room, with an attached deck on the 2nd floor. The beds were very comfy, the bathroom was nice and big and the cookies were amazing.

The next morning Enid (the other owner) made us one of the best breakfasts I have ever had. A fabulously decorated table was waiting on us with fresh juice, coffee, amazing pastries and fruit. Then she started serving us as much as we liked of eggs, bacon and potatoes. I do NOT want to just glaze over the pastries though. They were freaking fantastic. I think there was about 4 different types, our family favorite was the cherry filled.

Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library: In Abilene, Kansas we knew we had to go to the Eisenhower Museum. Our oldest kiddo is a huge military history buff, whose wheel house is anything WWII. We toured the beautiful museum, enjoyed the library, paid our respects at the Place of Meditation which is where Ike, Mamie and their first born son were laid to rest. We stopped by the gift shop and got some great stuff on the way out.

Holyrood: Driving out of Abilene on tiny little side roads. Everything is good until you start to panic about where you will be able to get gas….and it’s noon, we are getting hungry. We pulled in to this tiny town, Holyrood around 12:30. There was one gas station and it served lunch. We walked in and man, we were quite the spectacle. Pretty much the whole town was there for lunch. Big burly men in working clothes eating burgers, sandwiches and fries. We decided to order. I played it safe with a grilled chicken wrap, the youngest ordered a grilled cheese….but then my adventurous two. My husband ordered a taco burger and my oldest a fried bologna sandwich. We took our food to go, my husband quickly realized his burger could not be consumed while driving….as the consistency was more sloppy joe with taco seasoning, but good! We enjoyed our food and the break in the day!

**Until next road trip edition. 🙂



Friday Favorites (it’s back)

Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee Maker

Ok, so I use to be a very lax coffee drinker. The crappy little coffee pot I bought in college went with me from home to home, for way too long.

My husband and I eventually bought a Keurig. We thought we were happy with it. But honestly, we didn’t love the taste, we liked the convenience. Once one Keurig broke down and we bought the next and then THAT one broke down, I started investigating it (yeah later than I should, and not like me). Those suckers are filling up our landfills, have you checked that out? Plus, even though we bought the biodegradable cups, I still felt wasteful.

Now enters my most favorite machine, in the whole wide world. The Grind and Brew. It was pricier than I had expected, but once I added up the grinder, the coffee maker and the timer separately, it was a good deal. Plus I got it on sale through Amazon (which right now it’s on sale again….just so you know).

There is not a day that goes by that we don’t make a cup of coffee (or 4). I hardly ever go to any of the chain places anymore. This is because I am usually disappointed in the taste. I feel like, my home cup is way better! We also go out of our way to buy good, fresh beans. But I think that’s why this coffee is so amazing. It’s as fresh as you can get!! Literally the beans grind right before the hot water starts pouring over it! How can you get it better than that?

If you are looking for an upgrade and would like to treat yourself to something amazing. Look in to this coffee maker!


Friday Favorite

Starry Lane Bakery

One of my boys has a pretty weird food allergy.

He is allergic to High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS).

Look, HFCS is crap. It really is. None of us should be eating it. But, it is in a ton of stuff! The most common are sodas, pre-made baked goods and crappy commercial pizza places.

Do you know how difficult this can get, when my kid is invited to a birthday party?

I have to worry about the pizza and the dessert.

If I didn’t plan ahead in time to make something myself for him to eat for dessert, we use to panic. Then entered Starry Lane Bakery. 

This awesome bakery is in San Diego, near our home and it is where it’s at! In fact I heard about it from other friends, whose kids had completely other allergies.

Starry Lane prides themselves in being an allergy free bakery. They don’t use HFCS, as well as not using gluten, soy, dairy, egg, tree nuts or peanuts.

The best part about it? Its freaking delicious.

All of it!! I’m picky, so believe me on this! Try it!!



Friday Favorite

Instant Pot IP-Duo

Ok, if you follow me on Instagram, you know this is my newest love. It makes life so much easier. I’m not joking!

When I first got my Instant Pot IP-Duo, I was pretty scared of it. Not going to lie. It sat in the box for weeks.

But eventually I took it out, cleaned it up, watched a YouTube video or 2 and got cooking.

I haven’t looked back since.

The Instant Pot IP-Duo is a 7 in 1 magical cooking machine (I got the 6 quart). I can use it as a pressure cooker, rice cooker/porridge maker, steamer, saute/browning, yogurt maker, warmer and a slow cooker.

If you’re interested in it, check out Amazon when they have any of their Prime deals. We bought this baby half off. I would have paid full price though in a heart beat, if I knew how much I would end up using it.

I’m sure a recipe or two will be coming soon. 🙂


Look at this well loved, beautiful machine!

Friday Favorite

Ok, I was so impressed by this company as I started researching it, that this week I’m sticking to just one favorite!

Farmgirl Flowers

Flowers are totally a part of my love language. There is nothing better than coming home to a beautiful bouquet.

Farmgirl Flowers do not disappoint. I first started seeing these flowers in pictures from friends getting them in Oregon. I thought for sure it was something I couldn’t get here and was so jealous. Then one day, I came home from a morning of errands and at my front door was this gigantic box.

I was so excited and ripped that box open, super fast and of course was beyond happy. Every bouquet is wrapped in recycled burlap and a beautiful card is inside from whomever bought them for you. Mine happened to be from a sweet friend who was congratulating me on some accomplishments I had met (Thanks Miss).


Beautiful right?

Some other cool things about this company is their flowers are ALWAYS American grown (did you know 80% of flowers sold in the US are imported?), they have about 39% less waste than other companies (by keeping the options to a minimum), ordering is crazy fast and hand delivery….with a smile. Oh and come to find out they deliver to all of the lower 48 states…they are working on nation wide!

So go order someone some gorgeous flowers!




Friday Favorites

These are the things I’m obsessing about this week!

  1. Marilyn Monroe Intimates

So a recent trip to a department store, had me eyeballing the underwear section. I was in a big need for some new chonies! So on a whim I tried out the Marilyn Monroe Intimates. I personally bought the lace hipsters.

You guys! Seriously. These are the best undies I have ever own! They are so comfy and soft and they do NOT move. And coming from a girl with a decent budunkadunk….this is a big deal. Cool part is they are cheap at TJ Maxx. I have since then gone back and bought three more sets! Do it!!


Believe it or not…the picture above is NOT me. I know! I know! Shocking.


2. Young Living Lemon-Sandalwood Soap

Ever since I got to my mid 30’s, my skin has gone to hell. My hormones are out of whack and my skin is showing it. I tried everything through my dermatologist first. I stopped though when the suggestion came for Accutane. When you are about to do this process, you have to sign a contract saying you will use protection and not get pregnant, it freaked me out! Why would I want to put this on my body? So, I pulled back. I started going a much more natural route and once my skin got use to it, the results were much, much, much better. My husband just made a comment this week about how good my skin is looking.

Lemon-Sandalwood Soap is a huge part of my new regimen. In the beginning I washed my face with this bar everyday, once a day. But now its just during my hormonal times  (if you get what I mean…about 7 days a month).


Friday Favorites

I love seeing the favorite lists, that my friends come up with. There is nothing better than getting a good solid recommendation, from someone who keeps it real. So my plan is to come up with MY Friday favorites…whatever they may be, every week.

These are the things I’m obsessing about this week!


1. Margaret Dilloway

housewife xander

I’m part of this crazy/fun book club. These women know how to suggest a great book and then kick back with a glass of wine and discuss! The last book we finished was, “How To Be An American Housewife” by Margaret Dilloway.

This was a fascinating read and I dug how the author is from San Diego and used our neighborhoods throughout the story. Some of the places used were that of which only a local San Diegan would even know.

The Book Club host this week surprised us, by having the author come and talk. She was very receptive to our (sometimes) silly questions and had no problems giving us all the details we wanted.

She also informed us that she has a children’s book out called “ Momotaro Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters,” that was published by Disney! This book looked so good that I ordered it right away for my 10 year old! It’s about a 6th grade Japanese-American boy who lands himself in a “Percy Jackson-esque” adventure. My kiddo is really getting in to it.

2. La Bonne Vie Macaroons


If you ever find yourself in Salt Lake City, Utah….please please please go out of your way to check out this tiny little bakery inside The Grand America Hotel. The Grand America has some amazing shops in their beautiful hotel, but La Bonne Vie takes the cake…..or um, macaroons (ok Gelato too, it’s just really good). With all the bakery treats being baked fresh daily, how can you go wrong? You can’t! Go!

Sorry the picture only has three cookies. My family was WAY too fast for me!