Five on Friday {Change of Plans}

Happy Friday everyone! Today marks the first day that the Nordstrom sale is open to the public. I have no idea why I don't have a Nordstrom debit card... lol I could have shopped the sale a week ago! I actually tried to get one yesterday but the system is down. So, I'll be shopping the sale today! More on that later... I hope you have a great weekend!

One- Change of Plans


On my last Five on Friday, I posted about how excited I was to go on our upcoming trip to Cancun. Actually, I've talked about it a lot... Unfortunately, we had to cancel the trip. :( My doctor advised us not to go since we are trying to have a baby. Such a bummer. Originally, I wasn't worried about the Zika virus when we booked our trip because I hadn't heard anything about Mexico having the virus. Well apparently I'm not very geographically aware because Cancun is right next to all the places that have had serious issues with it.

On the CDC website, it has Mexico as a level 2 which means travel with precaution. When I saw this, I thought the doctor would just tell us to wear lots of bug spray and stay out of areas that are more prone to mosquitos. Boy was I wrong. He was very direct in telling us that we would be putting ourselves at great risk because there is no way for us to know 100% whether we contracted the virus. We would have to wait 6 months to continue trying to have a baby. It's just not worth it in the long run. For women who are not pregnant or trying to conceive, you're fine... so don't let this scare you :)

That being said, I'm extremely sad to miss this trip with my parents. We were going to celebrate their 30th anniversary and the resort sounded amazing. My parents have been super accommodating and tried to change the trip so we could go. We spent two days looking at tons of resorts, cruises, etc. I have never stared at a computer screen for that long lol. Unfortunately, a lot of tropical places are having the same issues as Mexico. Also, we just couldn't get the same kind of deal we had in Cancun.

I've been super emotional about the entire situation but I think it was the disappointment in everything, not just the trip that made me upset. My parents and Mark have been so sweet trying to reason with me and not make me feel like it's my fault. I'm hoping we can plan another trip like this again one day... maybe we will have a baby by then :)

Stephanie sent me the quote above: "God's plans for your life far exceed the circumstances of your day." - Louie Giglio. So true and it just confirms everything Mark and I were talking about this week. The Lord has a plan for us and I know that it's better than my own, just some days I have to hold a little tighter to that truth, than others.

Two- Business Meeting



My friend Sara and I had a business meeting on Tuesday. It was so great to finally meet her son Layton!! He's the most precious little thing and just hung out with us the entire time we had breakfast and talked business. There are so many perks to my Rodan+ Fields business but one of the best things is working with friends. :)

Three- Nordstrom Sale Picks

Leggings  |  Jeans  |  T-shirt

Four- New Fave Salad


Mark's cousin, Laura. made the best salad a few months back at Tracy's bachelorette weekend. It has farrow in it and I've never cooked farrow before. Let me tell you, it was the easiest thing ever and tasted delicious! I made it with Chicken Milanese... another favorite of ours. You need to make this salad asap! Just a heads up, I omitted the radishes. 

Five- Blink 182 Concert


Last night, Mark and I went to the All American Rejects, A Day to Remember, and Blink 182 concert. It brought me right back to middle/ high school. I use to go to concerts ALL the time in high school and we were both super into punk. I wish I had my studded belt and checkered vans still haha!  Such a fun concert!

Weekend Recap {Moving Craziness}

Happy Monday everyone! Whew, that was a busy weekend... I am SO glad that the moving process is now over. We had lots of help, which was very much appreciated. Moving is not fun but with help, it is way more manageable. THANK YOU to everyone who came out and pitched in. I know it wasn't ideal to move on a Friday, but I'm glad it's over. We are officially all moved in and have made a big dent in the unpacking. YAY!



Our yay-we-are-done-moving-dinner :) 


Breakfast at Better Buzz...yum!




Mark hung a bunch of our pictures, so it's starting to feel much more like home. 


On Saturday night, we had a double date with the Kernkamps at the new movie theater in Point Loma. We saw the Infiltrator and I highly recommend it. Such a great movie!! The movie theater was super neat as well. It was like a Cinepolis but the outside restaurant and bar area were so beautiful and open. We can't wait to go back. 


On Sunday, we went to Mark's work get-together at the Padres game. We invited Rob and Spencer to come and we had a great time. Mark and I were pretty burnt out from the weekend so we ended the night on the couch watching a movie and relaxing. 

I'm ready to tackle this week and knock some more items off of my to-do list. I'll update you with more house pictures when we get some more done. Have a great day!

Five on Friday {Moving Day!}

Happy Friday everyone! It's officially moving day... ahhhh! Isn't moving just the worst?? I'm ready for it to be over haha. Packing and boxes have taken over my life! Hopefully today will go smoothly and we can get everything at least moved. Tomorrow we plan on patching any holes from nails, screws, etc. and I want to start unpacking then. Thank the Lord I am out of school right now. I don't know how people move during the school year. It would be more stressful, that's for sure!

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One- Visitors



We had visitors in town this week and we had a blast playing "tourist" with them for a few days. Chase hasn't been here in forever so it was super sad to see him leave. 

Two- Vacation Clothes

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Every time I'm out somewhere I am constantly on the hunt for new things for our Cancun trip. I found this adorable dress at Target last week and knew it would be perfect for dinner while we are there. I love the off the shoulder detail and the tassels are perfect! 

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How cute is this dress? I want to go back and get it because it's only $20! I love the blue tones. 

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I love this one too!

Three- New Shower Curtain

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I bought this shower curtain this week for our new house. Anything with a a blue hue is my type of color :) 
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I got these bath mats to go with it. Buying new things for the house is so fun! Expensive... but fun lol!

Four- Books, Books, Books

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I have been trying to read as mush as possible and currently I am obsessed with the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver. A friend introduced me to them and I love it. It's like a mix between the Hunger Games and Divergent. I'm almost done with the first book and I"m excited to keep going in the series.

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I also finished The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews and I really liked it! It was an easy read but had more substance than some other beach reads. Pick this up for your next vacation!

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This is my next choice after the Delirium series. :)

Five- New Getting Ready Area

In our new place we only have one bathroom. That's a major bummer but Mark had the great idea of making me a "getting ready" area with a vanity. We've been looking at different desks and drawers to make the space more functional. 

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I like this white, glossy looking table from IKEA. It's not too wide so it will save space and you can buy drawers that fit underneath. 

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The Alex desk is a little wides but has space to hide cords in the back. This is the other option. We are going to measure the little closet/ room so see if it will fit. 

Think happy thoughts for us as we move today!! Have a great weekend everyone!


Weekend Recap

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend, I know we did. We had lots of things going on from a friend's birthday party to spending the day walking/ driving around Pacific Beach. Lots of fun!

Friday night's dinner: Stuffed portobello mushrooms and roasted red potatoes. I wasn't a fun of the mushrooms but Mark loved them.


On Saturday, our friend's hubby threw her a surprise birthday party at the beach. It was a beautiful day and a great time with friends. 




She's the cutest- look at that tiny surfboard!

Birthday Girl


On Sunday, family came in town so we went to Wonderland in OB for breakfast. YUM. We spent the day walking around PB, stopping in various places, and checking out some beach cruisers. We are looking to by some soon :) YAY! 

breakast at Wonderland- they look thrilled to take a picture!

watching the UEFA Euro Finals


blueberry cheesecake/ salted caramel ice cream... yum!

Later on, we had dinner with the Woosters. So much fun!
How cute is she??

Baby Emiko and Chasen

It was a great weekend and now it's packing time since we only have a few days left! AHH! Pray for us :)

B+ Goals for July



Hi everyone! I thought I would do things a little differently for this Friday post. I read these B+ July Goals posts on Sarah and Elizabeth's blogs and I LOVE the idea that getting things done is better than perfect goals, especially during the summer time. These are all works-in-progress. This month is going to be super busy so maybe if I write it all down it will help me get it done lol. Let's go!

Organize/ Pack.

Ugh, who likes packing?? It's awful. You spend all of this time organizing your things into labeled boxes only for them to be moved somewhere, unpacked, and attempt to re-organize them. Nothing is ever where you think it will be and it takes way longer to unpack. Wow, I'm sounding like a whiny child lol. We are the midst of packing up our apartment to move next week. Who knew you could shove so much stuff into such a small place??? I've been going through things in our house for the last few weeks and I'm hoping that helps with the packing craziness. We have about ten boxes packed right now... only 100+ more to go :(

Blog more.

It's summer time so you'd think I'd have SO much free time but I've actually been quite busy. From being out of town, to having visitors it's been busy busy busy. I have trying to post at least 3x a week but I think I'm in quite the blogging slump. I feel like I have nothing to say. Well let's face it, I always have something to say, but not always things that I think people want to read lol. I'm really going to make an effort to produce better content but it might be on hold until after our move. Some content is better than no content right??

Read.

Sometimes I find that I am not very good at relaxing. I give myself tasks and to-do's to accomplish every day. I actually have to remind myself that this is summer and it's okay to kick back and read a book. So I'm going to use my breaks from packing and organizing to read. I'm only 20 books into my 50 book quest for 2016. I need to get moving!

Be present.

This correlates with the goal above. I want to enjoy summer and not just blink and it's over. I'm trying to soak up beach days, spend more time outside, read read read, and do things in SD that I've never done before. The weather has been amazing this year and I really just want to enjoy where we are in our lives. I tend to make lists and spend my day checking off all the things I need to do. I want to focus on being more present and less focused on tasks. We will see how that goes :)

Cook healthier.

I go through phases where I cook super clean and healthy and then I go back to only wanting to use my Pioneer Woman cookbooks. Don't get me wrong, I love Ree and her amazing recipes but I'll be a blimp if I eat like that everyday lol. I need to focus on lighter healthier meals.

Drink more water.

I am SO much better at drinking water when I am at school. It's counter-intuitive because when I'm at home I can use the restroom whenever so I should be drinking water like it's going out of style. When I'm at school I have to limit water intake to the times when I can take a break and use the restroom. I think I honestly just forget to drink water when I'm home. This needs to get better!

Have a great weekend everyone!