Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Father's Day Weekend

I haven't done a weekend update in awhile, so I figured Father's Day weekend was a good one to document.

Friday after work, I ran a few errands, had lunch and then picked up the girls from school. Then I took them to swim lessons where they totally rocked it. They are starting to swim on their own (with the help of a floating bar bell). After swim lessons, I took them to pizza since it is right around the corner. And it is the make your own pizza. The girls shared one and I had one and we had enough to bring home to Rory for after golf.

Then since Rory wasn't able to do the Popsicles with Dads event at the girls school, I took them to ice cream after. Sutton got the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Avery got the Cookie Explosion.

Then I took the girls home and got them ready for bed and the lake the next day. Rory got home, ate our leftover pizza and then the girls went to bed. We watched the first episode of Big Little Lies (season 2) and then went to bed.

Saturday morning we got up and started getting ready for the beach. We stopped at coffee along the way and got to the beach pretty early. We had tons of space and got a great spot up front. From there, we enjoyed our beach time with food, sunshine, floating and building sand castles. We spent from 9 am to 2:30 pm in Lake Tahoe.
Sand Harbor Lake Tahoe

 Sutton was pretending to sleep in her chair.

On the way home, the girls took a nap. Once we got home, we all got showered and ready. Rory and the girls dropped me off in Midtown. They went to dinner at Sup and I went to meet my friends at a wine bar across the street. One of the girls I met up with, I only get to see twice a year, so that was sooo nice. And the other, I have recently reconnected with, so it was nice to hang out again. And bonus...Rory and the girls stopped by after they ate so they could see my friends as well.

Two of us got this dish and it was heavenly. And we also had calamari which was soooo good.

We pretty much closed the restaurant down and headed back to the wine bar for more chatting. I ubered home around 10:30 pm.

Sunday morning I got up early to take care of the girls and let Rory rest for Father's Day. Then we all got ready and went to brunch.

After brunch, we dropped Rory off at home and I took the girls out to Target and Whole Foods. Rory stayed home and watched the US Open (golf) and was able to relax.

When we got back, I fed the girls lunch and then had to run out to another grocery store for a few items that were not at Whole Foods. Rory put the girls down for a nap and I also picked up some chocolates for the grandfathers.

After the girls naps, we headed over to my sisters house for a Father's Day dinner. Her and her husband smoked ribs and beer can chicken in their Traeger and now I want a Traeger even more!!! The food was amazing. She paired those with asparagus wrapped in bacon with a yummy sauce and garlic smashed potatoes. Then we had some of their anniversary cake and vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. It was an amazing time. The girls cried when we were leaving since they were having too much fun and had missed my side of the family.
Traeger Grill

Once we were home, we got the girls ready for bed and put them down and then spent the rest of the evening getting ready for the week ahead.

How was your Father's Day weekend?
Monday, June 17, 2019

My Recent Reads

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I read two books recently and they were both pretty good. I am currently reading another and have a few more stocked up in my library system.

Pieces of Her

I will admit, I read Pieces of Her because I saw that it was coming to Netflix soon. I love reading a book before the movie or tv show comes out, so I can see how it compares. I have been reading most of my books through my local library's e-book app.

Here is what Amazon says:
"What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?
But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.
The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . ."

Anyways, I enjoyed this book, though it was a little long. It kept me gripped the whole way and guessing exactly what happened. Fair warning, it is a little graphic. At one point in the book, it starts to flash back and I had no idea how it tied into the book. And I was a little confused, but you have to keep reading to see how it all works out. You really can't just skim parts of it. You need to read it.

STARS: 3 1/2 to 4

A Stranger in the House

I read A Stranger in the House as I really loved The Couple Next Door.

"Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.

There's a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.

The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes.  Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good. 

Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won't stop asking questions.

Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet."

This book starts off with Karen getting into a major accident. She can't remember anything. You will go back and forth thinking you knew exactly what happened and who has been coming into their house, but then you second guess yourself. I thought this book was well written, a quick read and worth it. 
Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Favorites and One Awful Product

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What a week it has been. I am tired from it all, but still feeling all sorts of amazingness regarding my girls first dance recital. Seriously, the cutest thing ever. I plan to post more pictures soon once we get a few of the professional ones back. You may have seen a bunch on my IG.

ONE. Several weeks ago when we were in California, I bought myself a J Crew skirt and I finally wore it to the girls recital. They had asked me daily to wear it, but the weather wasn't good enough on work days. But I finally wore it and I LOVED it. I got tons of compliments on it. I bought this one. And it is currently half off.
J Crew Stripped Cotton-Linen Midi Skirt

Worn here:

TWO. Speaking of skirts, I bought another new one this week. Since I loved the J Crew skirt above, I knew I needed to add a few more to my collection. I found this one at Nordstrom and it should arrive this weekend. Once I get it, I will do a try on session on IG.
BP. Tie Belt Stripe Midi Skirt

THREE. Funnies for the week.
This isn't quite true as my family are Warriors fans, but I still thought it was quite funny when I saw it.

Think of all those times you put soda in your water cup. I know you did.

FOUR. I usually don't post about my dislikes in a Friday Favorite post, but this one needs to be documented and hopefully I can spare someone else my pain. I went to Target before my Graeagle trip and we bought the girls Blue Lizard Sunscreen which is just AMAZING. But then we bought some Pacifica sunscreen. I guess we must have not looked closely at it, but we bought bronzing sunscreen. I saw the SPF 50 and heard good things about Pacifica, but this stuff is AWFUL.

We used this product once while we were gone and then I promptly returned it to Target. Thank you Target for taking this stuff back. We put it on and it smelled liked burnt coconut. Then it had a bronzing color to it which was nice in the sun. I looked shimmery and "tan". But that is where it stops. As I wore it, it stayed on the arm of the chair I was using. It dyed my swim suit and it took three washes to get it off my suit and it dyed my body. I scrubbed my skin raw trying to get this stuff off. This was after sitting in the sun for a couple of hours and swimming. It stained the towels we were using and I had to take two showers to get it off. And the worst part....I got a severe burn on my shoulders and upper back. I lathered that stuff on my shoulders and I burnt so bad and now I am peeling. Don't use this stuff.
Pacifica Bronzing Butter Sunscreen

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Becky.

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

May's Amazon Prime Purchases

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I didn't realize that last week was Amazon Prime purchases link up. I blame it on vacation. But I figured I would still share these this week since I love getting Amazon recommendations. What did we buy last month?

The girls needed new sleeping bags for our trip to Graeagle since we would be using their old ones at the dance recital. Well that and they were getting too big for their Melissa and Doug ones. After researching, we decided on the Teton ones. And after the girls using them for a week, we can say that they are total winners. I would definitely recommend them.
Teton Sports Celsius Junior Kids Sleeping Bags

We also needed a new air mattress of some sort and after more research, I found that separate ones were going to be our best bet. These ones had amazing reviews on Amazon, but sadly, we haven't got to use them yet. We were supposed to for Memorial Day camping, but the weather wasn't in our favor. We still kept them and blew them up for a test run and they seem to be good. Now to use them.

Wellax Ultra Self Inflating Sleeping Pad

I wanted fancier coffee at work, so I bought myself some vanilla syrup and then this frother which was recommended to me. This frother is awesome. I just put two batteries in it and it works every morning for my coffee at work. Now I have a coffee/latte and I am saving money. Well when I buy coffee beans for work. Ha. 

MilkBoss Milk Frother

The girls had their dance recital on Monday night and I needed those bun makers that you see everywhere. They are shaped like a donut and allow moms like me (aka not a hair stylist) to make the perfect bun. I bought this pack since it has several sizes in it and I wasn't sure which I needed for my girls. I used the smallest ones for them since they have fine and shorter hair like me. They worked perfectly.
Donut Bun Maker

I bought the girls their Shea Moisture spray again because I knew we would need more soon and I didn't want to run out while we were on vacation and their hair gets crazy from the wind, pool and what not. 
Shea Moisture Kids Detangler

I have been wanting some new forks for the girls since they had the ones made out of milk jugs and then some from Target, but they only come in packs with a spoon and a knife. I just wanted forks, so I ordered these. They work for the girls and are metal, but I am not sure how long they will use them since they are not as big as I thought they would be.
TeamFar Toddler Forks
Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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I have been having the best time. We have been on our first Graeagle trip of the year and we have had pretty good weather to boot. We really needed this week. We were able to sleep in, relax, enjoy time with family and have little adventures each day. This weekend we are jammed packed with dance recital things, so it was nice to have some rest before it all.

Anyways, onto Friday favorites and happenings.

ONE. I recently came across the shopping site Red Dress and I found quite a few things I wanted on there. I am waiting for a sale to buy more, but I scooped up this tee for the summer.

TWO. After trying out and LOVING the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Brush, I am wanting to try more of her items. These are on my wish list and I am thinking I need to get the concealer since my Tarte Shape Tape is almost out.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer

I am also wanting to try out the Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk Eyeshadow Palette. I love my Tarte palette and I don't think I want to change it up, but having something else to wear every once in awihle would be nice.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk Eyeshadow Palette

And finally, I want to try the Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath.
Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath

Have you tried any of these products? Do you love them?

THREE. So I have had my Rocksbox for a few weeks now and I have gotten a chance to wear most of my items. But the one that I have been wearing almost daily is my Kendra Scott Kacey Necklace. I don't know what it is about this necklace, but it is the perfect piece. It is gold with silver inside, so you can wear it with anything. And with my $21 styling fee discount, I only paid $49 for it. 

If you want to try Rocksbox, you can get a free month here ($21 for free) and continue it past the first month if you would like or cancel. You can sign up with my code (thanks for supporting Sparkles and Lattes) sparklesandlattesxoxo

FOUR. Some Friday funnies.

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Becky.

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Favorite Threes

Last week, Nadine posted a three things questionnaire and I loved reading her answers and getting to know her better. So I decided to answer them for myself. Feel free to do the same and let me know that you answered the questions, so I can read your responses. Enjoy!
Gossip Girl
Gilmore Girls
Devil Wears Prada
Dazed and Confused
The Big Lebowski
Costa Rica
Kauai, Hawaii
Anything by Emily Giffin
Anything by Laura Weisberger
San Francisco
Pine State Biscuits (originally from Oregon)
Western Village Steakhouse
Hinoki Sushi

4th of July
Food and Culture (college)
Legal Environment (college)
Web Design (high school)
Carne Asada Tacos and all the fixings
Flexibility with time off
Interviewing and meeting high executives
Mila Kunis
Jessica Biel
Kristen Bell
Hot Pink
Yogurt, granola, fruit
Eggs, bacon, toast
Coffee, pastry
Skinny Caramel Macchiato
Cold Foam Cold Brew
Skinny Vanilla Latte
Life (board game)
Skip Bo (card game)
Mario (video game, old school)
Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
Stair Climber
Filet, potatoes au gratin, saute'd veggies
Spaghetti Bolognese
Ice Cream
Funfetti Cupcake
I have never seen an episode of any franchise.
Grey’s Anatomy

Baking twisters (cookie) with my parents.
Cutting down a Christmas tree each year with family.
Going Christmas light looking.

Read a book
Get a massage/nails done/facial
Get a good workout in
Monday, June 3, 2019

Father's Day Gift Guide

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Father's Day is just under two weeks away. I am one who always shops early for these special days. I have a few things being sent my way, but as I was shopping for Rory, I thought I would share some gift ideas. Some of these he has and LOVES and others I am sure he or any dad would love.
Father's Day Gift Guide

Sports Hat/Apparel  If your husband/dad loves sports, getting him his favorite team in a hat, jersey, t-shirt, etc is a sure win.

Herschel Weekend Duffel  I bought Rory this bag a few years ago and he loves it. I also have one that my sister got me a few years ago. It is perfect for short work trips and weekend trips.

Lululemon Polo  This is another favorite of Rory's. He wears these polos to work daily. They are pricey, but they last forever, don't smell (hello armpit sweat) and are comfy.

Tie Travel Case  If your husband or dad travels alot and has to wear suits, this is the perfect gift. Rory asked for one of these many years ago and I had gotten him one. He has since lost it and we got him another one. They hold your cuff links, ties and tie clips.

Stance No Show Socks  Again, another favorite of Rory's is Stance socks and these ones are no show which is perfect for the summer. He has these and they even make them in XL (my husband has size 14 feet).

Adidas Samba Shoes  These shoes remind me of the classic Adidas they everyone used to wear, but even better.

Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls  If your husband or dad golfs, these were rated #1 golf balls this year. They are meant for a little more experienced golfers, but they get amazing reviews. Rory has been golfing since he was a child and has a love/hate relationship with golf. Ha.

Tahoe Timber Pocket Knife  Two weekends ago, we went to the Made in Tahoe festival and saw these pocket knifes. They also make amazing wooden sunglasses (I sooo want a pair and they float in the water!). Anyways, you can get these engraved and in different colors. It is an amazing gift for a father, husband or FIL.

What are you getting your dad and/or husband for Father's Day this year?
Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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How is today the last day of May? I can say that I am happy June starts tomorrow since June is better weather. May started off beautifully and then massive storms came in and we had rain for basically two weeks. And lots of wind. We were so over it. Plus it ruined our Memorial Day camping trip. We had every intention on camping with my family and then it was supposed to be highs of 50 and lows in the 20s to 30s with rain and thunderstroms. That was bad for Rory and I since we were tent camping while the girls stayed with my parents in their 5th wheel. Hopefully, our Labor Day trip will be better weather!

Anyways, onto Friday favorites and happenings.

ONE. I never did a weekend update this week, so I thought I would share some highlights from last weekend here. Thursday night, it was rainy and cold, so I took the girls to get some soup and grilled cheese while Rory went to play softball. The weather had cleared up a bit while we were eating, so he told us to come down and see him and hang out with some teammates families. So we did.

Not much happened on Friday other than work, getting my hair done, nails, swim lessons and dinner. Saturday morning we got up and made the decision to not go camping since the weather was rainy and crummy. We did decide to go to Squaw Valley Ski Resort for the Made in Tahoe Festival. We bought some things there, walked around in the rain, snow and sunshine, but had a good time.

After Squaw, we drove around Lake Tahoe and then headed home. We grabbed some Thai food and snuggled up at home. I went out with my girlfriends that evening for some drinks and chat.

Sunday we went to Pine State Biscuits per the girls choice and then did errands around the house. The girls napped and then headed over to my in-laws house so we could have a date night. We went to sushi and drinks and then a movie at home. It was the perfect evening. Plus we got to sleep in on Monday.
Pine State Biscuits

Monday we went grocery shopping, made dinner, hung out at home and snuggled in by the fire again.

TWO. I have been in NEED of new work pants. I rarely buy them and always opt for shirts and dresses for work. So this past weekend, I ordered two pairs of slacks from Express (they never let me down in dress pants). I got the Mid Rise Skinny Pant and the Mid Rise Skinny Columnist. I always order online, so I can get the long size. But I got them for half off and will finally have more than two pairs that are still in good condition. Ugh. Adulting sucks sometimes when you have to buy things you don't want to. I would rather buy a new pair of shoes.
Express Mid Rise Skinny Columnist

Express Mid Rise Skinny Pant

THREE. I remember reading a post that Lynn posted recently about drinking more water, taking probiotics and keeping your body and belly healthy. Well Gryph and IvyRose reached out to me to offer me some free products and I chose a chocolate probiotic and a daily embrace shampoo and conditioner for the girls. We haven't tried the shampoo and conditioner, but I have been taking the probiotic and it is amazing. The girls are taking it as well and seem to love it too. Not only does it taste good, but my belly feels better and I am more regular now.

FOUR. Ok I feel like I am the last person on the planet to know this, but I wanted to share it with you all just in case you were like me and in the dark. My co-worker told me about my local library and "renting" ebooks. I have been buying about one to four books a month for my kindle and it is pricey. But I love to read, so I needed a better alternative.

So I went on my local libraries website, signed up for a digital library card and actual library card. Then I downloaded their reader app (overdrive and libby), so I could look up books, reserve them, waitlist a book and then read them when they are available. I added about 8 books that I have been wanting to read and I got two of them within a couple days. I had already purchased a kindle book right before, but I tabled that one and started Pieces of Her. So good. I have another in my que that I want to read and hopefully I can get both finished soon. 

How did I not know about this before?

FIVE. Funnies for the week.

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Becky.

Have a great weekend!