Earlier this summer we took a trip to the San Francisco Zoo. We got there a little later in the afternoon which was really nice because there were no crowds. Lily wasn’t the only one who had fun, we all loved it! The only disappointment was no elephants, boo.



She loved watching the penguins get fed 🙂




Watching some cute little monkeys swing around.



This was super cool, we got to see the grizzlies eat! They both went and stood at the wall looking up about 5 minutes before the lady came to feed them.



We bought this book Zoo Poo in the gift shop. Little did we know it would be one her favorites. People either love it or hate it, ha. We think it’s hilarious!

Zoo Poo: A First Toilet Training Book (Barron’s Educational Series ...

On our way home we stopped by one of our favorite pizza places in Oakland Zachary’s Chicago Pizza. We are typically an NY style pizza eating family but once you see this big beautiful pizza you’ll see why we love this place!



We get the Zachary Special when we go. Matt wanted to try their thin crust this time but I didn’t agree…guess what we ended up getting? 🙂




Lily couldn’t even look up for the picture!


Our day trip to the bay was great. If you are heading that way anytime soon check out the SF Zoo and then a stop at Zachary’s on the way home.

Today I’ve got a great recipe to share with you. I’m easing my way into meal planning and for Monday’s I’m planning a meatless meal. I have made this soup for years and thought it would be perfect for our meatless Monday rotation. It’s taken from one of Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Cookbook. I love her cookbook, everything I’ve made from it is great!



Has anyone else tried these? They are amazing 🙂 I’ve seen them at Trader Joe’s and Safeway in the frozen sections. They also have Ginger and Cilantro ones.



Zesty Spinach Soup


2 Tbsp evoo (I use coconut oil)

1 purple onion peeled and coarsely chopped

1 thick carrot peeled and coarsely chopped

3 cloves garlic, passed through garlic press

1 tsp sea salt

Pinch of freshly ground pepper

6 Cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock or water

2 vegetable or chicken bouillon cubes

2 cups chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup well rinsed quinoa

2 cups white kidney beans well rinsed and drained

1 tsp curry powder

pinch ground nutmeg

3 cups baby spinach


  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large soup pot or dutch oven. Add onion and saute over medium-low heat until translucent.
  2. Add carrots, celery, garlic and salt. Saute until vegetables are golden, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add stock or water. Unwrap bouillon cubes and add to liquid. Add tomatoes, quinoa, beans and spices. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender.
  4. Add the spinach and cover. Cook briefly, just until leaves are wilted.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot with crusty bread.


It’s amazing I got any pictures taken with this monkey at my feet! 😉


Does anyone else do meatless Monday’s? If so what are your favorite recipes?

Hey, Happy Thursday!! I’ve got some outfit inspiration for you today. First I have to explain why Im not wearing this dress as a dress. When I got this I was so excited to show you how many different ways you could wear it. Well my plans changed for this lovely dress when I finally got it and lets just say the buttons are a little stressed around the lower half 🙁 thus the title of the blog. Well I still love it so much I thought I would show you how it can be worn as a cardigan with two different looks.





Next look “all black everything”






Dress: Jack by BB Dakota

Boots: Both Pairs Sam Edelman

Choker: Top Shop Nordstrom

Gold Necklace: BP Nordstrom

For Mothers Day this year I was so lucky to get a family photo shoot as a gift!! I scheduled it right at Lily’s 18 month mark so we could capture her in this fun stage. I have said that every stage is my favorite and it’s true I love watching her learn and grow and change but I must say that 18 months has been so special and exciting. Her little personality is really showing and I can’t keep up with her growing vocabulary.

We had the chance to take pictures with Tori Wible and she is AMAZING. We met at this great spot in Lincoln called Coyote Pond. Here are some of my favorites from the shoot.


We brought along her giraffe (raff) which goes everywhere with us and her blankies. Looking back I’m not sure it was the best idea since all she wanted to do was hold them.










I know there’s a lot of pictures 🙂 I could do a family photo shoot once a month ha. Luckily I have Matt to keep me from getting carried away. I keep saying I need a bigger house for all the pictures we have of Lily. I used to pray for the day we could fill our walls with pictures of our baby and now I get to. Sometimes I still feel like I’m living in a dream. God is so good and we are so thankful he chose us to be Lily’s mom and dad. Thanks for peeking at our photos and sharing in our lives.


My Dress is from Macy’s and it’s on sale right now!

Matt Shirt (similar) and Shorts Nordstrom Rack

Lily’s Dress Old Navy,  Headband H&M, Shoes Target

There are so many kids clothing shops I follow on Instagram and I could literally spend all our money dressing Lily :/ It’s a problem. I have really been wanting to get Lily some jeans from this awesome online shop but I have not been able to bring myself to pay $30.00 for jeans with holes in them that she will outgrow super fast. I thought it can’t be that hard to add the holes myself. So I headed over to You Tube and found this great tutorial. I added the holes on her knees in about 30 minutes. The process was a little tedious to start but once I started it wasn’t bad.

Oh and I didn’t tell you the best part. I found the jeans on clearance at Old Navy for $4.99 🙂 First I tried the jeans on her and marked where I wanted the holes with tape. Then I got to work with cutting and pulling the threads. I ended up making the holes bigger after I finished the first leg.


Here she is sporting her mommy made cool jeans.




Anyone else tried ripping up their kids clothes? 🙂

Shirt: Target 

Pants: Old Navy

Shoes: Target