Monday, March 23, 2015

Marathons are Even More Fun When You Only Run Part of It

While I have run the Los Angeles Marathon two times, the past few years I have hung up my running shoes in favor of shorter races (aka races that I can walk down stairs after I run).  However, just because I haven't run the marathon in two years, doesn't mean I don't like to go to the marathon.  In fact, attending the marathon as a spectator is SO FREAKING INSPIRATIONAL...if you haven't been to cheer on marathon runners before then I suggest you find the closest marathon to your house and start making a sign now.

Before the race, I had a few friends over to what has quickly become a pre-marathon cheering tradition: waffles and mimosas.  This year I added bacon to the menu because, well, it's bacon and it's delicious.  

This year, I couldn't take the traditional "road mimosa" with me because I was going to meet a friend of mine and run the last 3 miles of the marathon with her! This year, the LA Marathon had an amazing app that allowed me to track her as she ran to make sure I was in position for when we were supposed to meet up.

G looked AMAZING when we met us at San Vicente and 19th.  This woman does not look like she ran 23 miles.

It was so nice to be able to the return the favor of being someone's "Marathon Support".  My first LA Marathon, my friend Betsy met me at mile 20 and ran the last six miles with me.  I told her the same story about 6 times in a row and she just smiled and encouraged me.  I would not have been able to finish that race without her.  To be able to do that for someone else was amazing...and the cheers as I ran by didn't hurt either.

Congrats to G and all the other LA Marathon finishers who braved the 90 + degree heat!  You are all champions!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Invitations

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Wedding Paper Divas. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating.”

Ok guys, we are in the home stretch on this whole wedding thing over here!  This month, the big thing is INVITATIONS.  Etiquette dictates that invitations go out 3 months before the wedding, but let me tell you took a long time to get where we are now.

We decided to go with Wedding Paper Divas for our invitations after a LOT of trial and error. (And after a lot of sticker shock...some places, that will remain nameless, wanted our first born child as payment.)  One thing we really appreciated was the ability to get samples of ANY invitation that we wanted.  Samples are ket because you need to see things like the weight of the paper and readability of fonts in real life.  Nothing ever looks exactly like it does on the internet, and the invitations for our wedding was NOT where we needed to learn that the hard way.

The sample kit from Wedding Paper Divas was amazing.  Not only were the samples high quality, but I loved how they included booklets about how the invitations could be customized: everything from font and font sizes, to colors, and add ons like inner envelopes, liners, and belly bands.

It was also really nice to see samples in alliterative colors or with different shapes.  Admittedly, we really had NO IDEA what I wanted, and after ordering not one, but TWO rounds of samples we ended up with a completely different look than I had originally thought we would choose.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Easy Weeknight Dinner: Portobello Pizzas

Confession: as much as I love to cook, some nights cooking is the BIGGEST CHORE EVER.  After a long day of work and then a workout, the thought of having to make dinner can be almost unbearable.  That is why I like to have a few staples that are delicious, but also extremely fast and easy.

Enter, the Portobello Pizza.  More assembling and less cooking makes these something that you can whip of very quickly.  And bonus's really yummy!

I served by mini pizzas with a side salad of arugula, shaved parmesan, garlic croutons, and lemon dressing.  Also an essay and yummy side dish! 

for one serving
from this recipe 

1 large portobello mushroom, stem
1 tablespoon spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 tablespoon sliced black olives
4 slices pepperoni sausage
1 clove garlic, chopped


1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2.Place the mushroom on a baking sheet, and bake for 5 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven, and spread spaghetti sauce in the cup of the cap. Top with cheese, olives, pepperoni and garlic.
3.Bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Tacos for Me and Tacos for You

Last weekend, the boy and I woke up VERY hungry.  We had both gone out with friends the night before and the apps we had at Happy Hour did not do a good job holding us over until the morning.  We knew we wanted to get some brunch, but wanted to try something new.  Enter. Home State.

Home State is a restaurant open from 8-3 (for breakfast and lunch) that specializes in "Texas Food".  AKA they have some of the greatest breakfast tacos I have ever eaten in my life.

When the boy and I pulled up, the line was out the door!  The place is pretty small, but we were able to order and find a place to sit (we sat at the counter) pretty easily.  We sipped some coffee, people watched (so many hipsters) and waited with baited breath for our snacks.

We each got two breakfast tacos and the queso and chips.  I got the trinity taco and the Guadalupe.  The Guadalupe had eggs, chorizo and cheddar and I could have had 4 of them.  And guys, the queso! When you leave they ask if you want a lid and even give you chips to go...I would have drank the stuff if that was socially acceptable.  Yup, that good.

If you are in LA and need a taco and breakfast...this is the place.  I have a feeling it may also cure hangovers, but I cannot confirm or deny that rumor.
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pinterest Paint Party

A have a friend Cori and she is an absolute genius.  Why, you may ask?  Well, she started a monthly Pinterest party and its basically the greatest thing ever.  Once a month, we get together to have snacks, wine, and to make a craft from pinterest.  This month we decided to paint...

I decided to go for a chevron look based on a compilation of different tutorials that I found online.  Basically, go to Pinterest and type in "Chevron Painting" and you will have MORE than enough inspiration to work from.  

I started out by tapping off the canvas (I would recommend using a ruler for this part if you want the lines to match up). After that, I chose a color scheme and basically went to town:

After I filled up all the blank space, I went back and added bits and pieces of different colors until I liked the way it looked.  Then, I poured myself a glass of wine and let that baby dry before I peeled off the tape.

Here is the finished product.  I LOVE the way it turned out.  It's like high-end camo!

Everyone's canvas came out SO GOOD.  This was for sure a Pinterest win!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Put on Your Sunday Best

Sunday was Dapper Day at Disneyland.  Dapper Day is not an official Disney event, but it has been going strong since 2011.  What is Dapper Day?  According to the website:

"Started in February 2011, DAPPER DAY® Events organizes fashionable gatherings held twice a year (spring and fall) at the Disney Resorts in LA, Orlando, and Paris (autumn event only). These “Dapper Day” events include a "DAPPER DAY at the Parks" with informal in-park meetups, and other happenings outside the parks such as our DAPPER DAY Styling Suite, and our DAPPER DAY EXPO (in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel) and our official after party FOLLY in Downtown Disney Anaheim.
DAPPER DAY Events celebrate the tradition of "stepping out in style" and are meant to showcase you at your best. We are not period-specific. All manner of elegant attire is encouraged from vintage-inspired classics to chic contemporary looks. Active and retired military are encouraged to wear your dress blues or service uniforms if you like."
We had heard about the event in the past and decided that with our Annual Passes, this would be as good a year as any to join in.  Some people take the event VERY seriously and had some seriously amazing vintage looks.  We gathered up things we had in our closets (thanks Halloween costume Mary Poppins hat) and were able to come up with a pretty great look!

It was SO FUN to see everyone's costumes and to be so fancy.  The "cast members" at Disneyland were totally into it as well and we got lots of complements and even a song from a man directing traffic in the parking garage.  I think that is something I love the most about Disneyland...everyone is so nice!  They really want you to enjoy yourself at the park and take customer service so seriously!

Also, how cute is that boy in a bowtie? I can't even!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Any Donut Friend is a Friend of Mine

Attention Hipsters: Donuts are the new cupcakes!

Artisan donut shops (a long time staple of hipster meccas like Portland, OR) have come to Los Angeles and I could not be happier.  A few weekends ago, the boy and I decided to try one of the Secret Stairs hikes out in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park.  When I mapped the starting point of the hike I couldn't help but notice it was mere minutes from a place I have been wanting to visit forever...Donut Friend

This place is taking donuts to the next level.  Donuts with peanut butter and jelly inside, donuts that taste like Samoas, donuts with fruit and jam and ice cream and chocolate and everything amazing.

I decided on the strawberry shortcake donut. A traditional donut filled with whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and topped with chocolate glaze aka POSSIBLY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I HAVE EVER EATEN. 

It was also, surprisingly, not super heavy.  In fact, I kind of wish that I got two.  Guess I will just have to go back another day...


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