Costanoa Glamping in Pescadaro

6 Dec

A few weeks back Jericho and I took a quick trip out of town. We were both over-worked and getting burned out, so we knew some fresh air and a change of scenery was in order. “Glamping” is a thing now and we found a relatively cheap place just North of Santa Cruz called Costanoa. It’s not quite as secluded or luxurious as their site would have you think, but being in off-season, the price was right. We spent a 4-day weekend lazing around SF, Pescadaro, and Santa Cruz. Luckily we hit one of the last few weekends at Costanoa before they started getting real rainy winter weather.

If you’re looking at making a trip to Costanoa, I would go on off-season and pack a space heater for your tent. All the “camp” sites are pretty close together and as they are canvas tents you can hear your neighbors pretty well; if you go mid-week you will probably have a little more privacy. Saturday-Sunday they were flooded with a bunch of SF-ers with vans full of children left to run around unsupervised while the parents drank wine in packs around fire pits. Having a tent at the top of a hill–our spot was prime location for kids with bikes lining up to ride down to the bottom.

I can’t believe it’s already a week into December. I’ve only got a few of my DIY gifts finished but nothing in the mail yet. I feel like I’m so far behind!


Fun With Sissy Girl

20 Nov

My sister came up a few weekends ago. We had a good time taking goofy photos and hitting thrift stores. It’s a shame we didn’t leave with that set of fire-breathing kitten plates or a devil-eyed Lincoln bust. Spent some hours at the coffee shop playing gin rummy; she killed me. I love that girl! We also got started on our Christmas photos for this year, so I am beyond excited to finish editing and start getting cards in the mail. I feel like I’m already a month behind on my shopping and crafting and we haven’t even hit Thanksgiving. Geez!

DIY Polka Dot Statement Wall

2 Nov

I’ve been trying to rearrange things in the bedroom so I can feel like it’s fully decorated. I’m so lazy when it comes to house stuff that i haven’t really done any hardcore decorating since I moved in; and when that happened I put all my energy into the living room and barely made an effort on the rest of the house.

I fell in love with the idea of a statement print wall when I saw this post on ABM, but was a little nervous to commit to  painting with black since it would be hard to cover it up if I didn’t like it. Then I came across this idea online and was so excited to start! I never thought of using contact paper; so smart! It’s completely safe on paint and makes the project super fast to complete and FAST to take down if I ever feel like switching things up.

  1. Supplies: scissors, pen, contact paper, and a circle to trace (I used an oatmeal lid)
  2. Trace a good amount of dots and cut them out. This is a great project to do while zoning out with Neftlix. I think I cut 30-50 dots in the course of a couple episodes of Once Upon a Time, haha.
  3. Stack up the dots and leave them under some heavy books or VHS tapes. This will help flatten them out so they’re easier to work with!
  4. Use tape and stick dots up on the wall to get an idea of the spacing you’ll want to use. Once you’ve got a good number up and can tell where your columns and rows fall, you can freehand the rest as you go. Start peeling off the backs of the contact paper and attach dots to the wall. Smooth out the dots starting at the middle, moving out towards the edges so you don’t create any creases/wrinkles. Use a needle to pop any air bubbles. I didn’t find it necessary for this project since my wall surface is slightly textured.

I also had a lot of fun picking out photos to print in B&W for this wall. I’ve been wanting to take down my “Tie Wall” lately. It was a glorious display of ugly ties in its hay-day, but after 2 years all those ties were getting PRETTY dusty and several of them weren’t even on their hangers anymore and looked out of place. It was definitely time for an update and I think these photos did the trick.

The Password is Tallulah

30 Oct

We haven’t dressed up for Halloween for a couple years now, so when we heard about a Speakeasy event this weekend, i jumped at the chance to go out. The bar was glamming up for the night, putting cigars and cards on the patio, and having people enter through the back door with a password. We were slightly outside of our comfort zone going to something like this without really knowing anyone that would be there, but I’m glad that we went. The gin was cheap and we sat and watched a live jazz band that was amazing!

Red Velvet Waffles

28 Oct

This Red Velvet Waffle recipe with Cream Cheese Syrup has been kicking around on my Pinterest board for over a year. Jericho and I had a free morning this Sunday, so I woke up a little early to throw these together. I doubled the amount of red coloring I used, but they’re still a little more pink that red. Such is life! One of these days I’ll remember to double one of these waffle recipes so I can throw some in the freezer so I can take one to work Eggo-style. We are piggies so there are never leftovers from a single batch. 🙂

Cat-tastic Weekend

21 Oct

I spent most of my weekend napping with this guy. I wish every morning was this relaxing. He’s so freaking cute that I ended up taking so many photos of him. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say his transition to being an indoor kitty is going well. 😉

Pizza Dough and Sauce

18 Oct

It’s nice to leave early from work sometimes and have a lazy midweek afternoon for relaxing. There’s something so darn satisfying about playing hooky! With all the extra time to make dinner, we decided on fresh pizza. We even had time to get fancy and roast a clove of garlic to add to the mix. Jericho said the roasted garlic went well with the pineapple topping he put on his. I went with my favorite pizza veggies and some shedded chicken under the cheese. This recipe for dough and sauce has always been kind to us as long as we have a few hours to let the yeast rise.

Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder

16 Oct

I’m so happy the seasons are changing because it’s nice to settle in for the night with a hot bowl of soup. We made a batch of this Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder (linked here) over the weekend and had leftovers for daysss. Making it was slightly an ordeal just because there are so many ingredients going into it, so it is definitely easier to make on a weekend than after work M-F. This would be the perfect way to use up leftover or even rotisserie chicken from the store. This is definitely a new favorite for us!

(PS I used a hatch pepper because none of the stores near me carry poblano peppers. Came out great, though a jalapeno might work well if you want more of a kick.)

Apple Cider Waffles

14 Oct

This weekend was perfect! Just the right amount of laziness and productivity. Recently I was cleaning out a cupboard and found a new waffle iron which had been a housewarming present stashed away from several years ago. Nice surprise! I’m thinking Sunday will become our traditional waffle day, starting last week with some frozen pumpkin waffles from Trader Joe’s. This week, armed with a waffle iron, I whipped up these Apple Cider Waffles in less than 20 minutes from start to finish. We sat out on the porch with some coffee and enjoyed some perfect weather.

From there we started some cleaning/organizing projects. I hope I can finish soon so I can finally post some before & after pics of the bedroom!

Treat Yo Self

9 Oct

Since I’m hardcore cutting back on shopping and only using babysitting money to splurge on things, I decided to buy a pair of shoes I’ve been lusting over for months, these Law of the Landscape Flats by Restricted. It’s more money than I usually spend on shoes, but if I only buy a couple pairs of shoes a  year, I may as well make those purchases count. The real motivating factor was when I happened onto Modcloth and saw they were down to 3 last pairs which happened to be in 7.5, my size. Phew! If the world was a perfect place, these would be about a half size bigger, though. Not sure if they run small or if my feet are just too wide, but I can only wear these with thin socks or it gets too cramped and painful in there.

When I bought these I was afraid they would be too hard to pair with my outfits, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised that they match just about everything. I get so many compliments when I wear these. It makes me feel so fancy! Point of my story is if these go back up on Modcloth, buy them up!

The only drawback was one of my buttons fell off the 2nd day I was wearing them. Luckily, I found it under my desk so I just have to attach it back on once I can buy some Gorilla Glue.