Friday, November 20, 2015

Girl Friday

I cannot believe that Thanksgiving is next week.  Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday.  I love spending time with my friends and family but I don't have the stress of gifts, and decorating, and baking 12 different varieties of cookies, and getting out a photo card and the list goes on....

Next week we are heading to Detroit to spend the holiday at my sister's house

I am in charge of the veggie on Thursday.  I think my sister wants me to make the canned green beans with the soup and french onions but I just can't.  I think I am going to make this instead

It is going to be freezing in the big D town so I picked up a cute little number so at least my neck will stay warm

The day after Thanksgiving we plan on doing a little shopping

then off to see The Nutcracker

and this weekend, we are having our Friendsgiving here in STL
Thanksgiving feast in a barn about an hour outside of the city.

It's going to be a chilly night, the barn is open air, at least I got my new favorite pinot to keep me warm, and my new scarf!!

Have a beautiful weekend!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

November Gift Guide

I should be starting on Christmas gifts but I have 6 friends with birthdays during the month of November so instead I am hunting high and low for birthday gifts.  
The problem is once you start to give good gifts you raise the bar then you ABSOLUTELY have to give good gifts.  At this point a Starbucks gift card, though very much appreciate by most, is completely unacceptable.

I want my gifts to be like those Russian dolls, you think that's it; but then one more inside...

Kate Spade Umbrella

with a little pair of studs tucked inside for my prim and proper friend.

For my hippie chick friend, a funky clutch
with some statement earrings inside

For my friend who is obsessed with lotions, perfumes, sprays, and anything beauty

a little amazing grace shower gel

and then body oil

and a little perfume roller

For my sister Jules who travels 2 weeks out of every month, a very cute carry on

and inside the bag a gift certificate for a cooking class that we will take together.  This year she wants to do a Christmas appetizer class.

This gift is an easy one, every time I wear my lululemon scarf my friend keeps saying how cute it is and how much she loves it, so bam she is getting a scarf...

and I am going to wrap one of these blessing bracelets around it.
Our sons go to the same school and I am buying it from the school bookstore.  The Benedictine Monks that run the school have personally blessed each bracelet they sell for all the moms.

The bestie

My BFF has a birthday in November and she is by far the hardest.  She has been some through major life changes lately so I want something special.  She is going to be the recipient of my latest obsession....

I love that you can pick a bracelet that means something, and I think mixing the metals is so on point.  I picked my favorite 3 for her

I love birthday gifts, but this is why I have no money!!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Life Lately

These past 2 weeks have hands down been pretty awesome!!

I spent 5 days in Miami on a girls tennis trip, but we managed to eat and drink like queens as well.

There were 40 girls from across the US and Canada (8 from my team in STL) to play some tennis, and yes did we play some tennis, 7-8 hours every day!!

my doubles partner in STL

The 40 of us were split into 4 teams and in addition to lessons we had a championship match,  my team snagged the title

it was not all work

I like to consider myself a foodie, I am constantly on the hunt for the latest and greatest wherever I am in term of restaurants.  Well, if you are ever in South Beach you MUST go to Tom Colicchio's (remember him from top chef) restaurant Beachcraft.  This will go down in my book as one of my best meals of all time!!

We also had to check out the scene at Fountainebleau
Everyone there was either a Miami Heat player, a Kardashian wannabe or a tennis player from STL

It was such a fabulous extra long weekend,  I spent most of the time laughing which is exactly why we go on girls weekends!!

2 days after I got back my oldest child turned 16, yikes!!
have to admit I kind of am loving having a driver

then we had Halloween

and now we are just enjoying the beautiful fall weather

This weekend we have an auction
I love waking up the morning after and realizing I paid 2 times the value of something I never wanted in the first place.

I blame the champagne towers

Have a beautiful weekend!!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Girl Friday

I have not done a post in months talking about my weekend.  I am finally posting about my weekend, and it really will not be that exciting.

Tonight it is ladies night, I am meeting a friend for a girls only, let's catch up meal

plus I get to cross off a restaurant that has been on my "must try" list

The rest of my weekend will be all about my kids.  
Saturday, I am taking my 6 year old downtown for the Pumpkin Express
it's like the Polar Express but for Halloween

Then it is all about my oldest son.  He is a sophomore in high school and it's homecoming weekend, and he is not old enough to drive and the hubs is out of town (wow the stars aligned on that one)

First I will be running all over town getting him ready

then we are hosting the pre dance dinner

then it's off to the dance

and then there is the after party.
He is a little bit of wisdom I have learned....Always host the pre dance events.  As an adult I don't want to be involved in the after party shenanigans and be responsible for a pack of teenagers late night.

I will be picking him and his date up at the end of the night.  He is too young to drive, to young to uber it home (and that would be weird with the whole date thing)  so it will be me.

I feel like Morgan Freeman

and Sunday the weekend of my son continues as we go to a college fair. (eek)  Here is what I am discovering....
Being a sophomore is NOT to early to start looking, actually it is time to get on the ball

You have to have so much more then grades on your side, you need sports, you need clubs, you need to volunteer, you need a job, you need lots and lots of extra curricular activities

Getting into a college is MUCH MUCH more difficult then when I went.  Again, in addition to a high GPA you basically need to find a cure for cancer, plus wipe out world hunger.

oy vey!!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello October

I sound like a broken record over here but why is time moving faster and faster??  I know, its not time it's me, I just need to slow myself down maybe!!

The hubs and I celebrated the return of school year with a little getaway for us adults and it was fabulous.  The Ritz at Half Moon Bay, California has been on Dr. Beautiful's list for years and last month we crossed that one off.  As expected, it was perfection.

You feel like you are driving up to castle when you enter the property

a room with a view

in true Ritz form, you are serenaded by a bagpiper every night at sunset

Once the sun goes down, the fire pits all over the property go up...

We got up before sunrise one day for an early morning bike ride...

and I couldn't get enough of the seals (or sea lions)

We checked out the town of Half Moon Bay (darling)

and met some friends in nearby Palo Alto for dinner

they knew we were coming...

We also spent a day in the little seaside town of Santa Cruz

with an awesome arcade

and mounds of seals (or sea lions)

The drive back up the PCH was beautiful

we made it back to catch the sunset

We spent our last day and night in San Francisco

and visited Alcatraz 

so cool plus I got a bonus history lesson

Our last meal of our trip was hands down the best!!

OMG this was so good!!

It was the perfect 5 day trip.  

Time to plan a new vacation;)