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Three Sisters Waterfall Hike + An Afternoon of Wine in Temecula {Weekend Recap}

Hi friends!

Hope that your week is off to a nice start! Did you have Monday off of work for Presidents Day? I had off from my publicist job, and actually didn’t do work for any of my jobs whatsoever. I think I only answered one email the entire day, which was nice! My long weekend was a great one, so today I’m rewinding it back a few days.

On Saturday while my hubby studied for an MBA exam all day, I took care of a lot of freelance & blogging stuff. I also ran a couple of errands, including a trip to Michaels to pick up a frame for a new addition to my travel-themed workout room.

The artist of this San Diego Modern Map Art was nice enough to send me a print, and I think it goes perfectly in my workout room. The room is full of canvas art and memorabilia of my travels, and now I have art in there of my current beloved city, San Diego!

Sunday first thing, I took my pup for a long walk along the coast on what was a misty morning. Afterwards, I got ready for the day & prepped some food for a picnic we were planning on having in Temecula wine country. I made Greek pasta salad and packed some healthy snacks, including hummus with carrots, apple and chickpea crackers.

We headed out to Temecula to meet up with my cousin Michelle and her boyfriend. Michelle’s birthday is coming up, so we had a celebratory afternoon together sipping wine and hanging out. First up, we stopped at Weins Cellars. Known for their big reds, Weins has a great outdoor area to picnic at, so after we tasted there, we nabbed a bottle and ate outside.

Afterwards, we headed over to Lorimar Winery, where my cousin is a wine member. I’ve been to Lorimar a few times recently, and they seem to always have interesting red blends on their tasting menu. Lorimar also has a great outdoor space for hanging out, along with a food truck if you’re hungry & live music on the weekends.

We had a lot of fun relaxing in Temecula, but then again I always enjoy myself in wine country. I mean what’s not to love? Even during this time of the year when the vineyards are looking scarce and the weather can be on the chillier side, Temecula always proves to be a great time.

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After a laid-back, wine-filled Sunday, my Monday off went in a different direction. After taking my pup to the dog park for some playtime, Adam and I headed out to the California countryside to the town of Descansco for a hike to Three Sisters Waterfalls.

This was only my second time doing this hike. The other time I did it was almost exactly four years ago, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The other time I visited Three Sisters, the San Diego area was in a serious drought, whereas this time, we’ve gotten a ton of rain lately. I had high hopes for raging waterfalls, and I was not disappointed!

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Appreciating Family Time in San Diego {Weekend Recap}

Hi there!

I haven’t done a fun little weekend recap in awhile, and since I had a great weekend a couple days back, it seems like a good idea to share what I was up to with you guys.

Taught yoga on Friday with this view!

After having a great day of meetings and health coaching sessions on Friday, I kicked off my weekend with a long walk at the park with my pup, then made some veggie orzo soup (my favorite lately!) to enjoy with my hubby. It was the kind of day that feels productive and busy, yet fun at the same time.

After taking care of some work and cleaning my entire house on Saturday, the family-filled part of my weekend began!

My cousin Michelle, who lives a few hours north in Long Beach, drove down to spend the night at my house. I made homemade pizza and farro Greek salad, and we drank wine, caught up, and watched crime shows. We both are into murder mysteries, which she refers to as “murder porn.” My husband is always rolling his eyes at my TV and movie picks – but can’t stop, won’t stop!

Sunday morning, we headed into Del Mar to meet up with my cousin Noelle and her friend Courtney. Noelle and I grew up together in Jersey, and she recently moved to the San Francisco area. She flew down for a long weekend, and I was happy to get to finally see her! We hadn’t seen each other since Christmas 2015.

We first grabbed brunch at Snooze, where I had the most indulgent pancakes. They were sweet potato pancakes topped with homemade caramel, candied pecans and ginger butter. I only ate one pancake out of fear of a serious sugar coma, but they were OUT OF THIS WORLD MY FRIENDS! Snooze had a lot of other dessert-ish pancakes that sounded heavenly, including one that had some sort of chocolate ganache topping.

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Thanksgiving Weekend 2016: Hiking, Relaxing & Feeling Grateful!

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” – D. Waitley

If you’re in America or Canada, I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I also hope that your weekends were full of fun and relaxation like mine was! Today I’m backing it up to the start of my glorious 4-day weekend.

We decided to stay in town for the long weekend. My hubby had off for the week from his MBA schooling, so with little work on our agendas, we were free to do whatever we wanted!


On Thanksgiving I love to do an outdoor workout with my little family before the holiday festivities. By going hiking, we all get a workout in and get to enjoy the outdoors together! This year we elected to head to Iron Mountain in Escondido.


I didn’t even realize it until looking at my Thanksgiving 2015 post, but we hiked Iron Mountain last Thanksgiving too… It must be our go-to holiday hike!


We’ve done the hike a couple of times before, and knew it’d be a good workout without being exhausting. It was a great day weather-wise, and while lots of people were out and about around the trail, it thinned out once we started the hike up the mountain.

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Thanksgiving happened to fall on another occasion — Harley’s 6th birthday! She was born (on or around) Thursday, so she was spoiled with a new toy and a big treat.


I feel like it’s crazy that we’ve had Harley since she was 4 months old and she’s now 6 years old, but at the same time, I don’t remember what life was like before we had her. Since we rescued her, she’s been this woman’s best friend, and I love having her as my hiking partner, foot warmer, velcro dog while I’m cooking (I’m messy and tend to drop a lot of food!) and so much more. She’s as rambunctious and energetic as ever, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!


She hates posing for photos. 


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The Solana Beach Triathlon + A Very Special Birthday {Weekend Recap}

Hi friends! How was your weekend?

SB traithlon logo

Mine was a special one because my husband turned 30! Since I had surprised him with an early birthday trip to Mexico in June, his actual birthday was pretty low-key. A had signed up for a triathlon sprint in the beach town of Solana Beach with a friend of his, so his birthday morning started off with a very early alarm.

SB triathlon

The Solana Beach triathlon consists of a 1/4 mile Pacific Ocean swim + 9 mile bike ride + 3 mile run. The event benefitted the Challenged Athletes Foundation: Operation Rebound, which is a program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with physical challenges. It was a pretty fitting cause for my former Marine to support!

SB triathlon-1

A has really gotten into cycling lately, and has been in serious beast bike mode going for 50 mile bike rides! He also has routinely gone on runs ever since I’ve known him, so while he knew that the sprint triathlon was very doable for him, it was more about challenging himself in a race and pushing through to get his best time.

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The race was fun because I got to hop around the course to see my hubby in each leg of the event and snap a few photos. The wife of our friend that competed with A is my close friend, so her and I watched our guys race together.


A had set a goal of doing the triathlon sprint in 1 hour + 5 minutes, including transition times to switch shoes/gear/get his bike, etc. In the end, he came in at 1 hour & 4 minutes, so he was happy with his efforts. He did the swim in 10 minutes, the run in 22 minutes, and the cycling portion in 28 minutes.

triathlon swimming

Watching the race, I was thinking that the swim didn’t look all that tough, but A actually said that he found the swim to be the hardest part. 1/4 of a mile doesn’t sound like a lot, but I’m sure it feels longer when you’re out in the open ocean pushing as hard as you can!



I was inspired watching people of all ages and abilities participate in the race, and was proud of my hubby for a job well done. This was A’s very first triathlon, and I think it was a pretty sweet way for him to ring in a new decade!

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Dining at The Red Door + The End of a Chapter {Weekend Recap}

Hello, hello!

How was your weekend? My friend Danielle was in town staying with me the end of last week into the weekend, so I was busy hosting and having fun!

Danielle visit-June 2016

Danielle and me

Here are the highlights of our time together:

Eat. I’d been wanting to visit The Red Door for a long time, and I finally got the chance to have dinner there. The restaurant offers a menu centered around local, organic, sustainable & ethically sourced, seasonal cuisine… so it pretty much couldn’t be more my type of place!

The Red Door space

Image via The Red Door

We both first enjoyed a glass of Gold Crush chardonnay, which was so rich and buttery. I’ve been all about buttery chardonnay lately and will definitely be nabbing bottles of it as soon as I find it around! We split a couple of dishes: First up was their vegan nachos, which had this awesome cashew cheese sauce and local avocado, along with their lemon ricotta stuffed squash blossoms.   The Red Door-1We also split this awesome zucchini pasta dish:

The Red Door-2

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My Favorite Fall Things + Weekend Recap

Hi friends!

Hope that you had a nice weekend. Last weekend was the first time in I think 5 weeks that my hubby and I were both home for all of it, so getting to spend a few days together was nice! Before I recap it, two things to share…

1.) Don’t forget to enter my Aurorae yoga mat towel giveaway! It ends Wednesday.

2.) I’ll be sending out a new health coaching newsletter soon, so sign up below if you’d like to receive it!


Anywho, we kicked off our Friday night with an inaugural trip to a local wine bar called Relm. We had a few glasses of wine, noshed on some hummus, and listened to the live blues band that was playing. It was a fun and relaxing way to start the weekend!

Vino Game Strong

Another weekend highlight was going for a Saturday morning hike with our pup at Elfin Forest. I hadn’t hiked there since the beginning of the summer since it’s been hot and Harley doesn’t appreciate 90 degree hikes.

Elfin forest hiking-Oct 15-2

Since it was around 80 degrees, we took advantage of the more moderate temp and journeyed over there for some outdoor exercise together. It was cloudy out too, so our little maniac had no problem keeping up her energy and running around like a crazy dingo.

Harley at Elfin-Oct 15

While Southern California doesn’t have a drastic temperature change through the seasons, it does typically change from 75-90 degrees in the summer to 60-75 in the fall and winter during the day. We’ll see what happens with this El Nino year – since it has been uncharacteristically hot and supposedly we’re going to get a lot of rain in the wintertime (also not usual) – but this weekend started to finally feel like autumn a bit! I got to thinking about my favorite things this time of the year, and here’s what I came up with:

1.) More hiking adventures. This is the time of the year when I start to explore more around hiking spots in the area. Mild weather is great for hiking, and there’s usually less people around hiking than in the summertime.

Elfin forest lake

2.) Pumpkin picking & carving. Last weekend we visited a nearby pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins for our annual carving contest. It’s become a fun tradition with my hubby!

3.) Pumpkin eating. Okay, I finally bit the pumpkin bullet at TJ’s last week. They have just many pumpkin products….and I think I bought about half of them:

TJs pumpkin buys

4.) Apples. This is a fruit favorite in my house, and we eat through apples like it’s our job pretty much all year round… but I love apple season! Even though we couldn’t go apple picking around here this year because of the drought (How sad right? None of the family farms could produce enough fruit for U-Pick), expect some apple recipes to come within the next few months!

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Banana Date Caramel Smoothie + Weekend Recap

Hi friends!

Hope you all had a great weekend. I’m off from my PR job today for Columbus Day, so YAY for 3-day weekends! I’ll be spending my extra day off doing blogging and health coaching work instead, running some errands, cleaning, going for a hike at our nearby favorite park, and taking my Batpuppy to the vet (just for an annual thing)…

We got into the holiday spirit with some autumn decor yesterday!

We got into the holiday spirit with some autumn decor yesterday!

Backing it up to the beginning of the weekend, I kicked off my post-work Friday with a trip to the Del Mar dog beach on another 90 degree day:

Del Mar Dog Beach-Oct '15

I love it at the dog beach, it’s so beautiful and such a happy place!

Dog Beach view

We hadn’t been to the dog beach since the beginning of the summer because during peak beach months, dogs are only allowed on one section of the beach on their leashes. My dog is a maniac and doesn’t like to be constrained by a leash on the beach, so we don’t even bother going during the summer (which kind of stinks), but I’m happy to have the option to take her there from now until June! dogs playing at dog beach

As you can see, there were some happy swimming pups there on Friday!

That night, A and I went out for a glass of wine and some eats before he had Marine Corps work all weekend. I had this salad with goat cheese croquettes that was so yummy…goat cheese salad

Note to self: Make goat cheese croquettes soon! 

Saturday morning I went to my 90-minute rock ‘n roll yoga class for the first time in awhile, and it was awesome! I left very sweaty with a happy heart.
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Saturday night I went out for drinks to celebrate my friend Leanne’s birthday. I enjoyed a few Moscow Mules, which I have developed a newfound love for this year. Anyone else love those copper mugs?!

moscow mule

As any good friend would, I brought the birthday girl a sweet treat from a local pie place: a Magic Bar.

Magic Bar

I couldn’t help nabbing myself an apple bar to try as well, and mmm, it was delicious! It was like apple pie in brownie form.

Apple Pie Bar

Other good food finds of the weekend included basil infused olive oil and fig balsamic vinegar, which I nabbed after discovering a local place called North County Olive Oils next to the pie shop. I absolutely love flavored oils to dress up salads and dishes!

North County Olive Oil copy

I also found a tub of everything bagel mix at a nearby bagel store, which I got excited about. Have you guys ever seen it before?!

everything bagel mix

I think I might start putting it on meals on a daily basis, but I started off by trying it with Ashley’s Everything Spinach Chickpea Dip. So good!

Everything Chickpea Spinach Dip

In other random weekend news, check out my pepper plant! I’ve watched this pepper grow from a tiny little guy, and now I have several other little peppers budding. Having an herb & veggie garden is so much fun for a foodie!  pepper plant

Other weekend eats included these strawberry & Nutella banana protein pancakes (chocolate hazelnut craving satisfied!)…  nutella strawberry pancakes

…and this smoothie deliciousness:
banana date smoothie

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Barre on the Bay + Nonstop Refreshing Eats {Weekend Recap}

Hi friends! How was your weekend?

The two themes of my weekend were 1.) consuming all things cold and hydrating, and 2.) working out outdoors – followed by #1 again because exercising outside these days = lots of sweat! Refreshing eats. Sweat. Repeat. 

My top refreshing eats included the below pictured smoothie bowl, which I made because I was craving ice cream…

Raspberry banana smoothie bowl topped with Zing bar pieces

Raspberry banana smoothie bowl topped with Zing bar pieces

…and then later in the day when I still actually wanted ice cream, I got a cup of deliciousness from Sub Zero, an ice cream maker that creates your dessert right in front of you using liquid nitrogen:

Sub Zero mint ice cream

{Low-fat “Magnetic Mint” ice cream cup}

Yum. Sometimes you just need the real thing!   

I also ate an obscene amount of watermelon, and came up with this smoothie concoction:

Mango Melon Smoothie

{Creamy Mango Melon Smoothie}

The recipe will be posted later this week. 🙂

I ate just a few non-smoothie/ice cream/summer fruit items, including kicking off my weekend by picking up burritos and heading to the beach to enjoy them and the sunset with my hubby:

burrito on the beach

Workout-wise, I had a nicely active weekend outside — just how I like it! My hubby had Marine Corps training, so on Saturday morning, just my dingo and I headed to our favorite nearby park for an hourlong hike. I knew if we didn’t get out early, it’d be too hot for Harley, and it worked out perfectly because when we got there it was cloudy and didn’t feel too hot for her.

Harley hiking with Giants bandana

{She’s obviously a NY Giants fan like me!}

I also did some swimming/lounging in my pool to beat the heat Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday morning, I headed into downtown San Diego for Daileyfest. As I mentioned last week, it was an event hosted by The Dailey Method San Diego that featured barre classes and food/health/beauty/workout clothing vendors.


The event was held at Embarcadero Marina Park North – a beautiful area right along the San Diego Bay typically full of active San Diegans running, biking, and walking around enjoying the area’s shops and restaurants in what’s called Seaport Village.

Embarcadero Marina Park North

Seaport Village sign

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A Weekend of Firsts: Vegan Sushi & Standup Paddleboarding!

Hey, hey!

You know that feeling of satisfaction you feel after an awesome weekend? That’s definitely what I’m experiencing on this Monday, as my weekend was an adventure filled few days that has left me smiling! In contrast to the San Diego area being rained out two weekends ago, last weekend was full of sunshine, and we took full advantage of the beautiful weather.

Before I get started with sharing it with you, I want to announce that I’ll be sending out my monthly newsletter this week! The newsletter is full of healthy living tidbits, recipes, workouts, and health coaching exclusives. If you aren’t on my subscriber list yet, you can sign up here:

Any who, on Saturday afternoon, my hubby, pup, and I went for a nice long walk in Carlsbad. We often walk along the coast there, but we tried walking around a new pretty area called the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

Tiger Pose at Agua Hedionda Lagoon

Tiger pose around the lagoon trail

I love exploring new trails, even if they’re flat, and especially when they’re on the coast. I have a bunch of different routes that I do with Harley because I like to switch up our scenery and keep it interesting, and I think that this walk will now be added into the rotation!

Later in the day we decided to act like little kids and have some underwater fun with our GoPro camera. We got one as a gift for Christmas last year, and while we’ve brought it on hikes and mountain biking excursions, we haven’t used it as much as we should. My hubby was videoing himself cannonballing into our pool, and I was trying to capture underwater yoga shots (it’s harder than it looks!).DCIM100GOPRO

The above photo cracks me up! We had fun being goofballs.

Since A’s birthday is in a few days, Saturday night I planned a pre-birthday dinner for him. Since he loves sushi, which is not my thing at all, I took him to the Wrench and Rodent Sebasstropub – a small restaurant in Oceanside that I had heard has great sushi.

Tofu Nigiri

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Food Touring in Carlsbad [Weekend Recap]

Hey, hey!

How was your weekend? I’m writing this on a Monday night, which is late for my usual Monday early AM posts, but today was a super busy day. Just another manic Monday friends! Any who, backing it up to last Friday, my weekend started off with a tropical acai bowl date with a friend…  tropical acai bowl

…an evening tennis session with my hubby… tennis session

…and then a Saturday morning HIIT workout, walk with my pup + yoga practice: one legged wheel pose

I had planned on having this nicely healthy start to the weekend because I knew what was coming up next: eating and drinking the entire rest of Saturday, because A and I went on our very first food tour! I had recently mentioned us doing a few fun activities as pre-birthday celebrations for each of us before we travel to the east coast and spend our actual birthdays there, and it was only natural that my celebration of choice included food. And wine. And sweets. And in this case, exploring a town we love and live just a few minutes from! Carlsbad Food Tour collage

The Carlsbad Food Tour takes guests around town on foot to a variety of restaurants to get a “taste” of what Carlsbad has to offer. The tour also sprinkles in some tidbits about Carlsbad itself, from its origination to explanations of its street art. I was especially looking forward to the day because I spend a lot of time in the cute beachfront town. In fact, my acai bowl date the day before was in Carlsbad.

Our first stop on the tour was to Caldo Pomodoro, a family owned Italian eatery whose location used to be a hotel. We tried their signature garlic bread with marinara… garlic bread

…as well as their baked artichoke hearts appetizer: marinated artichokes

Next up was a trip to Humble Olive Oils – a tasting room for gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Humble Olive Oils-3

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