Back to Basics – Clean Eating, Exercising and Family

Summer has been a blast. Too much fun, really. We started with a trip to the Balboa Island for a week with my in-laws and husband’s family.

Happy hour with the family at classy Mutt Lynch's!

Happy hour with the family at classy Mutt Lynch’s!

Came home for a few days and then I was off to NYC for a girls trip.

After and amazing dinner at the River Cafe in Brooklyn.

After and amazing dinner at the River Cafe in Brooklyn.

I came back home in time to spend the 4th of July with about 10 families up in Shaver Lake.

Moms gone wild in Shaver!

Moms gone wild in Shaver!

All the kids!

All the kids!

 

 

We’ve been back to Shaver any free weekend we have, just hanging out with friends and taking out the boat.

All the littles hanging out together.

All the littles hanging out together.

 

 

Emerson and Quinn getting ready to ride the tube!

Emerson and Quinn getting ready to ride the tube!

 

 

There’s been champagne dinners, Wine tasting to Paso Robles and countless eats/drinks with friends.

Champagne dinner with the girls!

Champagne dinner with the girls!

 

 

Wednesday wine tasting in Paso Robles.

Wednesday wine tasting in Paso Robles.

 

The Engineer and I just got back from a weekend in San Francisco yesterday only to un-pack, wash clothes and re-pack for a long weekend in Tahoe this Thursday.

The Engineer post half marathon in SF!

The Engineer post half marathon in SF!

I’m so ready to get back on track and get back to the boring daily schedule that the School year provides.  I love summer and all the extra day light it provides, but I am way more healthy when life is boring.

I eat better when we are home and not traveling. I plan dinner for the week and we aren’t eating out nearly as often.  I work out more consistently and harder when there’s no all day on the lake days that ruin a week’s worth of healthy living.  We also spend more time together as a family just hanging out at home when the kids are on a schedule.  No more mid-week sleepovers, camps with friends and quick, unhealthy dinners! Even though school doesn’t start for another 3 weeks, I’m getting a jump start on my health and getting back to basics starting today.

Cooking wholesome, healthy and balanced dinners is my first priority and on tonight’s menu is THIS recipe from none other than Pinterest! I’ll let you know how it goes!

Weekend Road Trip!!

I just realized I never posted this… a little late, but an amazing weekend none the less! This was about a month ago FYI-

Hey everyone, happy Monday!  The Engineer and I just got back from an amazing little romantic weekend road trip to the coast. My mom and mother-in-law ever so bravely took the three girls to Disneyland for the weekend. I know for a fact that we had two COMPLETELY different weekends! Bless them for all that they do for us!!

So, we headed out Friday after our morning workouts (for once we weren’t fighting over timing to go – normally we have to make sure one of us is home with the Kids even if they are asleep!) First world problem.  We loaded up all our gear, road snacks and got our nerdy NPR podcasts ready for the ride.  We left about 9am and our first stop was at 9:02am.  No joke. I made him stop about 2 blocks from the house for an iced coffee!  I wanted to be a happy passenger and I needed coffee.

Our first real stop was at Casa De Fruta.  It’s a mega store of dried fruits, candy, deli sandwiches, wine, cheese and even a fun zone.  Everything is Casa de ________.   Casa de Sweets, Casa de Choo Choo. Casa de Burrito, Casa de Carousel.  I’m not kidding – it’s pretty hilarious. It’s right off the 156 at Pacheco Pass and if you are with children – this is a perfect stop.

casa de fruta

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I got a little snack of crystalized ginger, jalapeno cheddar almonds and chili lime almonds

For lunch we stopped in Santa Cruz for a quick bite and beer at Santa Cruz Ale Works. I got a delicious thai wrap to eat and german style lager beer.  Perfection.

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Our next stop was to Ano Nuevo State Park.  It’s right on Highway 1 about 40 minutes north of Santa Cruz.  We were basically at our destination, but we couldn’t check in for a few hours so our plan was to take a nice little hike along the water and stretch our legs before check in. We ended up walking about 2 miles and just soaking in the sun and ocean air – we tried to go further, but the 12 year old Park Ranger said there was too much “testosterone” on the trail so he turned us away.  I have no idea what he meant, but he was acting pretty serious so we didn’t push it.

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ano nuevo

We headed to the Lodge around 4pm – Costanoa was the place for those that might want to try some glamping. (No, I did not make that word up. Glamour + Camping = Glamping) We were welcomed by a nice little glass of wine and the keys to our tent.

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This is it. Inside is a queen bed, 2 night stands with lamps, some hooks and a chair. No TV, no fancy pillows, no bathroom. Glamping at it’s finest.

We were able to read, take naps, sample local restaurants and exercise all on our own schedule.  It was AMAZING. We crushed some 7 miles in Butano State Park with 2,000 ft of elevation on Saturday.  My ankles felt the worst on Sunday – trail running takes so much more stability than the road.  My legs were a little sore, but I have never felt the aches I felt before in my ankles.

Butano-State-Park-trail-map

 

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Sunday we sampled some of the famous Artichoke bread from the Pescadero bakery and it was delicious!  Big, whole chunks of artichokes baked right into the loaf.  It was soooo good and a perfect breakfast.  We headed back home around lunch in hopes to beat the girls home from Disneyland.  We missed our three little’s, but it sure was nice to have some quiet us time too.  This was our second time to Costanoa and I think it will be one of our regular every other year destinations.  It’s good for us and location is good for the soul.

You can’t beat the unobstructed views of the ocean, the cool breeze and red woods at your door. California livin at it’s finest.

hwy1XOXO, Blake