The Best Columbus Day Weekend Yet

Monday, October 13, 2014

Having visitors in town is always a blast. It gives us an excuse to check out new areas and show off some of our favorite parts of the bay area. We have been practically begging one of Tim's best friends in LA to drive up and visit us ever since we took our trip down to L.A. We finally convinced him to come up and visit for Columbus Day since Tim had the day off work. We packed a whole lot into our weekend and I have to say it was one of the most fun weekends we've had here.

On Friday Tom arrived and we drove down to Palo Alto to get some of our favorite food at Curry Up Now and then dessert at Cream. When we were driving home we started chatting and by the time we got home the boys had created an idea for a card game so we ran by Target to pick up supplies and we drew out the game and started playing. We ended up taking the game around with us all weekend and played a ton.

On Saturday we headed up to the city to do some sightseeing and to catch the air show going on during Fleet Week. We of course had to stop by the Farmer's Market for all the yummy samples and our favorite little french donuts with custard. We walked all around the city. My calves are still on fire from those hills! 

Tom got stopped by a random old lady who gave him a beaded bracelet and told him something in another language and Tim got pulled on stage while we were walking past a street performance. To say it was entertaining would be an understatement. 
On Sunday we had a nice relaxing morning at church then decided to head up the coast to walk around Sutro Baths and Land's End. We ended up having The Blue Angels fly right above our heads while we were over there so we had a great view without all the crowds. We finished our day with the gorgeous view up at Twin Peaks. I can't ever get enough of that view. 

On Monday we stopped by the Mission District for some bomb breakfast burritos on our way up to Sausalito. I love all the murals and and paintings on the walls and buildings. Oh and incase you were wondering I got to listen in while a little child walked by and asked his dad about the painting on the far right. 

After that we headed into Sausalito and it was a super hot, sunny day. While we were over there I looked over and the fog was coming in like crazy, After a couple minutes we couldn't see SF at all through the fog. We drove over to Point Bonita to check out the lighthouse and were surprised when it was super foggy and about 15 degrees colder than Sausalito. It still blows my mind how a quick drive can change the weather so dramatically. I think this was my favorite part of the weekend. The lighthouse was breathtaking and the scenery was just gorgeous. I think the fog and stormy weather was the icing on the cake. I love when the water gets choppy and greyish green and everything is misty. It gives it such a magical look. Did I mention we got to see some porpoises swimming around? Totally made my day! 

Flowers From an Active Volcano

I received a bouquet from Bouqs in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own as always!

When Tim and I started dating he asked if I liked getting flowers and I told him no. Anybody that knows me knows that I am super frugal so spending money on something that you just look at just wasn't a priority of mine. Even when Tim wanted to buy flowers for an Anniversary or birthday I would decline and give him an alternative. (usually food!)

I think it took actually receiving flowers to change my mind. Thanks BouqsHaving fresh flowers in the room (especially when you live in a super tiny apartment and are in the same room all the time) really brightens up a mood and makes everything more cheery. I think I might finally be converted to being a flower fan! I mean how could you not with these gorgeous blooms in your living room?

I first noticed The Bouqs Co. when I saw them on Shark Tank. Is anyone else addicted to that show? They had such a smart idea! They charge a flat fee for any flower arrangement. Now your significant other doesn't have to sit and wonder if you'll like the more expensive flowers better than the cheapo ones. Brilliant! I also love that they source only from eco-friendly, sustainable farms that respect their environment and their workers.  They provide living wages, childcare, healthcare, and adult education throughout their farms. I can always stand behind a company like that.

Do you love receiving flowers? What is your favorite kind you've received?

Late Night Munchies

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Last weekend we were hanging out with our friends Lauren and Patrick and we decided that we wanted to go grab some dessert. This was right after we stuffed ours faces with pizza. We're so healthy. Tim joked that we should drive up to San Francisco and just share a ton of different desserts and create our own dessert food tour. We all laughed and then next thing we knew we were in the car and headed north up into the city. It was kind of hilarious. We were stuffed full of all sorts of randomness but it was seriously such a fun night. It also included trying to get rooftop access but we won't go into that, haha!

We ended up getting cream puffs at Beard Papa's, donuts at Bob's, ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamy, and fresh juice from some random cafe. It was such a fun night and a great way to go out with a bang before Lauren has her baby any time now. It was so funny watching Lauren run up and down the hills of SF 37 weeks pregnant. Cheers to fun times doing silly things with awesome friends.