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WEEKEND RECAP #33

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Did you celebrate Halloween?  My weekend was very full, but really fun, too.  I have LOTS of photos, so I'm jumping right into it! photo 1

photo 1After work on Friday we jumped in the car and headed to Ventura!  My Dad's birthday was earlier in the week, so we went out for sushi that evening to celebrate.  My rainbow roll was delicious!

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photo 3Saturday morning, Greg, Charlie, and I went down to the beach.  It was a STUNNING day! The water was super glassy, and the sun was shining beautifully!  Greg decided to take a bunch of photos, and I am SO glad that he did!  He got some really great shots!  After our walk, we went and had a breakfast burrito on the pier (which ended up holding me over for the majority of the day).

photo 3Saturday afternoon I met up with some friends.  Starla and I have been best friends for 18 years (CRAZY how time flies), and I have know her cousin Jo for just as long, and we're all great friends!

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photo 1Saturday evening we went to a Halloween party.  Greg was a priest, I was a nun, and Charlie was a dinosaur.  My mom was the cutest kitten ever, and my dad was a USC coach.  :)

photo 2Sunday was church, lunch at Spencer Makenzie's (I got the ahi burger, and shared my fries with everyone), visiting with more friends, then heading home.  We spent the rest of the evening snuggling on the couch, and going to bed early (time change got me all mixed up, haha).

All in all, another fantastic weekend!  Tell me about yours!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #32

Good morning!  How was your weekend?  Mine was great!  I'll tell you all about it, but first I want to share the purpose behind why I do a "Weekend Recap."  The main reason is because I love the idea of sitting back and giving gratitude for the special times that I have, and get to share with others.  Whether it is a specific event, or just a yummy meal, it's all special to me. The second reason is that I don't share too much of my personal day-to-day life during the week, so it's fun to do a recap of what went on over the weekend. Okay, on to the weekend!

photo 1Friday evening was spent at home, turning the living room into a movie theater.  :)  We have an extra futon mattress that we brought out with a bunch of fluffy pillows and blankets, put on our pj's, and totally vegged.  It was so awesome to just relax!  I made stove-top popcorn (so simple) for us later, and we watched The Newsroom (our current fave).photo 3

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photo 2Saturday morning we all took a nice walk to Peet's for coffee, and ended up getting a bagel next door.  So weird, because normally I am not a bagel person (too much grain), but this is now the second time a bagel sounded perfect.  And it was!  I got a plain bagel with lox and all the fixings. So delicious!

photo 5For lunch we had the best salads!  So yummy!

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photo 2Saturday night we went to the Foo Fighters concert with friends.  They were given tickets (AMAZING seats) and asked us to go.  The show was absolutely incredible!  Definitely the best concert I have ever been to (and I've been to my good share).  We jammed, danced, and had the best time.  I feel really grateful!

photoSunday morning was spent doing a few things around the house and making a TJ's run.  My bestie Emma came to visit in the afternoon, and we had such a nice time chatting, sipping champagne, and having tostadas (her fave of all my dinner recipes, HA!).  Too funny, because we had matching manicures unbeknownst to us!  :)

All in all, another fabulous weekend!  May you all have a lovely week!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #28

Good morning! How was your weekend?  Relaxing?  Full of excitement?  Maybe something else?  Mine was a mix of fun, and leisure time.  I ate lots of yummy food, walked around our town, relaxed at the house, and enjoyed spending quality time (primary food) with loves ones. Love that! Friday evening we stayed in and relaxed.  We both had a busy week, so it was nice to just lounge around with no agenda.  I caught up on some reading, too!

photo 1Saturday morning we had the yummiest breakfast.  I made my version of an "Egg McMuffin" with a side of strawberries.  Sourdough English muffin, Swiss cheese, OM egg, faux sausage, avocado, sliced tomato (from our garden), and Sriracha.  Holy moly, it was delicious!

After breakfast Greg and I ran errands (TJ's and Target) and straightened up the house before Sally and Kevin came to visit.  S & K are pretty much like family to us, so we were really excited to have them for the weekend!

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photo 4When they arrived, we chatted for a bit, then headed to Old Town Pasadena for lunch at Le Pain Quotidien.  This was our first time here, and it was amazing!  I had the Salmon Tartine with avocado.  So delicious, light, and beautiful.  Perfect for Summer!  We all also shared a Watermelon-Cucumber juice, and a Banana-Fig Muffin.  Yum!

After lunch we went to my favorite place in Pasadena, Vroman's Bookstore.  We had coffee, and wandered for quite a bit.  Don't you just love bookstores?  I could spend hours there (and have).

photo 5Once we were done perusing the bookstore, we went home, chatted, and got ready for the evening.  We have a friend, Randy Johnson, who is an brilliant playwright, and he wrote and directed A Night With Janis Joplin.  Not only did it come to Pasadena, but it has been all over the country, and was even on Broadway.  Exciting, huh?  Anyway, we went and saw it!  It was absolutely INCREDIBLE!  I was blown away by all of the talent, and totally got all the feels!

photo 1Sunday morning, we lounged around the house, sipped coffee, and talked some more.  Such a great, cozy morning!  After breakfast we walked around town, went into some shops, and had lunch at Real Food Daily.  This is quickly becoming my favorite restaurant in Pasadena.  Think: vegan, organic, non-GMO, and lots of allergy-friendly options.  The food is DELICIOUS!  I got a breakfast burrito, which came with tempah "bacon," and a side of fruit.  So much yumminess....Mmm.

photo 2After lunch, we wandered some more, then said our goodbyes to S & K.  For the remainder of the day we napped, did house stuff, and I colored in my new Mid-Century Modern adult coloring book (one of my favorite past times).  Do any of you love coloring as much as I do? It's so therapeutic.

So, what did you do this weekend?  Gimme all the deets!

xo.  Jen

WEEKEND RECAP #25

Happy Monday!  A little later than usual, but the post is here!  How was your weekend? Holy moly, mine was busy!  Such a filling weekend, though.  Full of family, friends, good food, yummy treats, and lots of outdoor time.  Yay!  Let's jump into it! I didn't take any photos of Friday evening, because I made it a point to turn my phone completely off (something I'm going to do more often).  Anyway, Greg and I had happy hour (cocktail for her, beer for him) at Roy's, followed by a stroll downtown.  We made it back near where we started, and shared a gourmet pizza at Settebello.  SOOO good!  Highly recommend it!

2 (2)Saturday morning we grabbed coffee, and hit the road to Ventura for the weekend.  These pretty flowers caught my eye outside of Pete's, so of course I snapped a photo.

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4 (2)Once we got to Ventura, I met my bestie Emma at Cafe Nouveau for lunch.  We hadn't seen each other in a month, and even though it felt like an eternity, we picked up right where we left off.  Don't you love friendships like that?  I am so blessed to have a few as special as that!  :)  I digress...we each has a super refreshing strawberry hibiscus mimosa, and I had the Thai Chile Chicken Wrap, sans chicken, with a side salad.  I was really craving greens, and I got it!  So delish!

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photo 4The photos above are from Saturday night.  My parents had a small gathering to celebrate their 30th anniversary, and I officiated a vow renewal for them.  It was very impromptu, but I thought it would be a fun surprise for the guests, and my parents agreed.  It was very sweet, and I am so glad to be in the presence of such love.

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photo 2Sunday we spent the day at the beach with family.  We barbecued, laid in the sun, went sea glass hunting, and had so much fun together.  Isn't the rainbow cloud beautiful?  #lovealwayswins

Alright my friends, have a great rest of your day!

xo.  Jen

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