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Chit Chat Thirty Eighth Edition


Happy Friday to you! A little chit chat today!

Halloween is coming, yay!  Lots of chili and dressing up next weekend.  Can NOT wait :)  Need a GOOD chili recipe for your parties?  Try THIS ONETHIS ONE, THIS ONE and THIS ONE.  Some of my favorites :)

Anyone watching new shows on TV this season?!  While I edit my photos and write my posts for Picky Palate I’ve watched quite a few new shows this week! I started A to Z….totally cute love story based in Orange County.  I also started Marry Me and Manhattan Love Story.  Hilarious, I think I’ll continue watching all of these.  I started How to get Away with Murder.  Not sure I’ll continue with that one.  I think Scandal is enough creepy drama for me, lol!

Can I please just say that I am loving the cooler weather….it means I can actually wear THESE.  Seriously the cutest sweat pants I’ve ever owned.  I got a couple colors and wear them often.  They are cute and not bulky like most sweat pants.  Yipee!

Be sure to check out my friend Deborah’s new Red Velvet Cookbook HERE.  She is amazing!!

Awesome black pen liner to make a fun cat eye that my sister found.  It’s amazing!

After at least 3 winters I finally decided to get some new riding boots.  THESE Sam Edelman ones are on sale.  I really love them.  They look way cuter on.  If you are in the market for new boots, these are worth trying on :)

We are getting updated family pictures, tonight actually.  I found the CUTEST skirt I think will be super cute for pictures….I hope, lol!

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So last weekend I got to spend time with some of my best blogging girlfriends in Park City, UT.  If you followed along on Instagram, you probably saw all of this food!!  Haha!

PS….the Kate Spade bow ring is on sale right now :)

A huge thanks to the sponsors of the Better Blog Retreat, they made our weekend so much fun!  Deer Valley Resort, Land O Lakes Saute Express, Blue Diamond, Delallo, Tillamook, President Cheese, Whole Foods, Minted, QSquared, Katie Waltman, The Spa at Stein Erikson Lodge and Riverhorse Restaurant.

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We talked for hours, had great sessions on blogging, ate some AMAZING food, did some shopping, went on long walks, went to the spa for massages, did each others hair and make up and just enjoyed the weekend together.  Couldn’t have asked for a better time.  Love these girls.

Two Peas and Their Pod
Foodie Crush
Mountain Mama Cooks
Cookin Canuck
Gimme Some Oven
Kevin and Amanda
Skinny Taste
The Little Kitchen
Love and Olive Oil
Southern Fairytale
Reluctant Entertainer
Cookies and Cups
A Spicy Perspective

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Have a great weekend!  See you Monday with a new recipe!

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Chit Chat Thirty Seventh Edition Newport Beach Vacation

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Happy Friday to you!  Sharing my Newport Beach Vacation with you today, beach, sunshine, donuts, boardwalk bike rides and Disneyland :)

Lots to catch up on this week!  I’m missing the beach already!

Newport Beach Vacation

Talk about feeling so lucky last week.  I got to spend time in one of my favorite places with my family for Fall Break…Newport Beach, CA and of course Disneyland.  We just moved less than a year ago from this beautiful place.  Hard to believe it’s been almost a year!
We found this cottage like beach house on with the most perfect location.  We were right on the sand with views of the ocean all around us. I would wake up early with Pax and walk out to the sand to watch the early morning surfers.  Doesn’t get better than that.

Newport Beach Vacation

Pax was cracking us up, it took him 2 days before he would even touch the sand, but when he did he LOVED it!  Cutest thing to watch him splash through the water and play :)

Newport Beach Vacation

Boston Cream Donut by the ocean…..take me back!!

Newport Beach Vacation

One of my favorite things all week was bike riding on the boardwalk for miles and miles.  I miss waking up and biking along the beach listening to the waves crashing.

Newport Beach Vacation

The waves must have been soothing to Pax, because this was his favorite napping spot all week :)

Newport Beach Vacation

Cullen and I took a bike ride to the Balboa Candy Shop with Pax one morning.  Another one of his favorite nap spots….his bike seat, lol!

Newport Beach Vacation

We made it back to Disneyland!  Halloween is one of our favorite times to visit the park.  So fun and festive with Mickey shaped pumpkins and Halloween banners throughout.  Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion are so much fun decorated for Halloween.

We decided to do the Minnie and Friends Character Breakfast first thing in the morning.  Pax was beside himself.  He loved Minnie Mouse so much.  It was the cutest thing ever watching him kiss her on the nose.

Newport Beach Vacation

Gotta love the treats from Disney!  On the left is the chocolate dipped soft serve from Cars Land in California Adventure and on the right are my favorite Pomme Frites from Cafe Orleans.

Newport Beach Vacation

One of my favorite treats at Disney!  Peanut Butter Sandwich.  Thick creamy chocolate on the outside with peanut butter and graham cracker on the inside.  Heaven!

Newport Beach Vacation

Oh for the love of churros.  One of our favorite treats to get all….day….long!  Haha!

Have a great weekend!  See you Monday with a new recipe!

I’m in the beautiful Park City, UT area this weekend for a fun blogger event. Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see what I’m up to!


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Chit Chat Thirty Sixth Edition

Oct 3, 2014 | Tags:

Happy Friday to you!  Let’s chit chat, so much has been going on the last couple weeks!

First off it’s Fall Break here in AZ.  The boys get a whole week off of school and that can only mean one thing…..we’re headed back to the beach.  I’ve been looking forward to this vacation for months.  Can’t wait for the salty air and sandy toes this week.  We’re hitting up Disneyland too.  We’ve had withdrawals since moving to AZ late last year, lol!
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Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ

Sep 26, 2014 | Tags: ,

So grateful for my sister retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ last weekend. Sunshine, good food and total relaxation.

Last weekend my sister and I had a stay cation at the beautiful Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ.   When I want to get away, there is no other place I’d rather be.  So many fun … Continue Reading »

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Sep 4, 2014 | Tags: ,

Thrilled to share the fun we had at Universal Studios Orlando Florida for the Family Forward event!

Last week we took off for the long Labor Day weekend with 2 of our 3 boys (Pax stayed home with grandma) to Orlando!  The boys got to sit in the pilot chairs.  We were off to a great start!

The boys were over the moon to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios.  I could not get over how realistic everything looked!  Literally was like walking through the movie.  Love this dragon sitting on top of Gringotts Bank :)
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Tips For Capturing Meaningful Moments on Family Vacation

Aug 17, 2014 | Tags: ,

I am thrilled to share our tips for creating meaningful moments on family vacation today!  There’s nothing I love more than heading out of town with my crew of boys on a new adventure.  We are counting down the days to our next family vacation to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in a couple weeks with Mom It Forward.  Stay tuned for our newest adventures!

For starters…
Involve the kids in planning your family vacation.  Show them pictures of where you are going, let them pick some of the activities and start a countdown calendar to get everyone excited!
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Chit Chat Make Up Edition

Chit Chat Make Up Edition

Aug 15, 2014 | Tags:

Happy Friday to you!!  Today, I am talking a little about my daily Make Up routine, since some of you have requested this post :)

Let’s talk about pre-make up first.  I wish I could say that I use a really fancy face cleanser to wash my face but unfortunately I don’t.  I wash my face in the shower….eeek :)  I know, I am working on finding a great system.  I’ve been curious about the Chanel cleansing products.  It’s on my list to check out.

Right after I get out of the shower and I’ve dried my face, I use one drop of pure Argan Oil underneath my eyes.  I am not kidding this stuff works wonders.  It has been the best results I’ve ever actually witnessed work for reducing wrinkles under the eyes.  It’s not very expensive either.  I go up to the health store by my house and they carry it.  Any pure argan oil will do the trick.  Doesn’t have to be this exact brand.  After I use the argan oil under my eyes, I use the Oil of Olay Regenerist cream as my main moisturizer.  I’ve used this for YEARS.  I’ve tried other expensive moisturizers and I always come back to this one.  It’s the best drug store moisturizer around.  Note:  Some friends I know can get away with using argan oil all over their face as their moisturizer.  I tried it and it just didn’t work for me.  Too oily for my whole face.  I prefer it just under my eyes and my decollate :)
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Chit Chat Thirty Fifth Edition

Aug 8, 2014 | Tags:

Happy Friday! A little chit chat for you today.

Our summer break is officially over.  I can’t even believe how fast it all went by.  We are on day 3 of school and the boys are having a great new school year.  Pax is sure missing  his brothers being home.  Are most of you still enjoying summer?  I feel … Continue Reading »

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Chit Chat Thirty Fourth Edition

Aug 1, 2014 | Tags:

Happy Friday to you! A little chit chat today :)

Can’t believe this is our last official weekend of summer break around here. My boys start school next week, eeeek!

Summer seriously flew!  Time to embrace the homework and getting back in the routine of things.  I do believe I am ready.  I feel like the boys are ready too….even though they won’t admit it :)
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