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    Our 5 Year Anniversary + Paso Robles

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    Nobody ever tells you that it will be this good. I think they fear they will spoil all the fun. The past 5 years have taken us on our greatest adventures and each moment has some how exceeded the past. I often times find myself wondering how I got so lucky; To marry a hard working man that has always put our family before himself.  He has created this beautiful life for me and the kids. I don't thank him far enough for everything he does. My favorite moments are listening to him laugh as he chases Austin and Charlotte throughout the house. His love for them makes me love him on a completely different level. 

    "He pours his heart and soul into each day he gets with us."

    That's why after 5 glorious years we knew we had to take a moment to celebrate each other. We threw ideas out - hiking in the mountains, white water rafting in Oregon, a red eye to Hawaii and back. All of these ideas sounded fun, but in reality time was our biggest enemy. We needed to be close just in case... we have such little kids and we just aren't ready to leave them and travel so far away.

    We were getting ready to throw in the towel and do our typical Anniversary dinner out, when I got a better idea. This was my chance to surprise him - to take him to do things we loved doing together. Our destination was close enough to home, but far enough away to feel refreshed afterwards.

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    The Location: Paso Robles, CA

    I researched and found that Eric's favorite band was playing a few hours away in Paso Robles, CA. I started looking into what the little town has to offer and fell in love. A beautiful downtown full of charm and adventure waiting only a few minutes way.  We stayed a La Bellasera Hotel. The staff there is so incredibly helpful and kind. They grabbed our bags and whisked us away to our king suite where a bottle of chilled champagne awaited our arrival!

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    The Spa: Sycamore Hot Springs 

    You know you're an adult when the spa becomes your second home.  Pampering is life and something I crave, so when I read the raving reviews for Sycamore Hot Springs, I know we had to check it out! Each booking includes a PRIVATE soak in their hot spring. I wish I had brought my camera. Tucked away in the hills are adorable little outside rooms. After our soak, Eric had a deep tissue massage and I got a facial. The best we have each ever received. This place deserves it's 5 stars and more. 

    The Food: Firestone Brewery

    I am a little embarrassed to say we ate at the same place twice. We're not fancy steak and wine people, so when realized we were minutes way from Firestone Brewery we had to give it a shot. We sat at the bar and had the most delicious tacos and beer.  We went back the next day and took their tour where we got to sample everything they are working on. For a split second Eric and I talked about running home and starting a brewing business and then we quickly realized we would rather just drink the good beer they made! Add that to the never-ending list of career changes for the both of us. One day I may share that lengthy list with you all.

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    The Adventure: Zip Lining

    No trip is complete without a little adventure! When I first started looking around for exciting  venues and crazy things to do, I found sky diving. Knowing my husband, I knew there would be no way I could get him up in a plane.

    Margarita Adventures seemed like the perfect attraction for us. Crazy enough for an adrenaline rush, but not one that we would die from. They had so many to choose from - jeep tours, kayak tours but something stood out about ZIP LINING TOURS. That was it!! Eric was a trooper even though I could feel his nerves spilling over, I knew he loved it. I even heard him happy yelling as he soared in and out over the vineyards and through the trees. 

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    The Entertainment: Florida Georgia Line

    This was the BIG surprise for Eric. He is a faithful Florida Georgia Line fan (okay me too).  He has been talking about seeing them since we saw them last year. So when I knew they were playing close I had to get tickets. Here's the crazy part, I got the best tickets I could, it was 5 years after all. The seats went back A-Z and we had Q. I figured our seats were back a little, but after arriving at the concert we realized they stated the seat sections  at L. Imagine my surprise when no one sat in front of us and we ended up in the front row?! I feel like that only happens when you are on your 5 year anniversary trip lol. We had the time of our lives! 

    "And of course we both couldn't stop singing and smiling all night long."

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    What did I learn on our anniversary trip? Celebrate every damn day. Celebrate your beautiful family, your beautiful life and make as many memories as possible. I missed my kids like crazy but that trip will always hold a giant place in my heart. We had 3 days to talk without interruption. We talked about our goals, our dreams, and most importantly our future. Time together and appreciation of one another is the most important thing in our marriage and I am thankful we got that. Here's to many many more years together with the one I love. 

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    Our Love Story + Wedding Day Album

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    "It's amazing how one day someone walks into your life, and suddenly, you can't remember how you lived without them." 

    Five years, two kids, two cats and a dog later. This year we celebrated it all- the laughs, the cries, the joys and the heartbreaks.  I'm a sentimental person and no anniversary would be complete without a look back on all the beautiful moment that brought us to our wedding day! This is a look back at our big day and the days leading up to it.

    How We Met

    We met at Sonoma State University, it was our freshman year.

    Eric's version: I talked to a girl named Rosie and went home that night to tell one of my roommates. She was also Rosie's  friend and so the story begins.

    Rosie's version: He invited me over for tacos, but I being too nervous cancelled right before. He didn't give up and planned for us to meet at a party. I remember stepping out of the car feeling super nervous, as if something huge was about to happen and that's when it did.  Eric walked up to our car and whisked me out, as I put my hand out to introduce myself he grabbed me and gave me the biggest hug ever.  

    From that moment on we didn't take our eyes off each other. We continued to date throughout our entire college career, off and on but always we remained close. 

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    The night  we met 2006

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    Snowboarding 2008

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    The Proposal 

    When I returned from a Europe trip with a girlfriend, I knew that I was going to marry him. I thought about him the entire time I was gone and each adventure I went on.  When I returned we weren't dating, nor had we talked in a few months. But that didn't stop me. I drove to Santa Cruz to meet him, his mom and his grandma. All whom I am pretty sure thought the meeting was pretty awkward.  We immediately knew the mistake we had made.. 

    This time it was for real. I knew a proposal was coming, but if you know Eric than  you know he likes to go big and really surprise me. It has become a constant in our marriage that I love so much.  We woke up and had planned to go snow boarding. There was a blizzard  out but that wouldn't stop us. I ran to the bathroom right before we loaded on the chair lift and when I returned his parents and mine were getting onto the lift. This may seem like a huge sign but it wasn't, my parents were always showing others the mountain they loved.  So up we went. At the top his dad, who loves to take tons of amazing photos told us to stand over by the edge so he could get a good shot. Keep in mind at this moment it's  literally a white out.

    Anyways they talk me into looking back for a picture and as I peer over the edge I see it, the most amazing thing anyone has ever done, written in pine needles it says, "Will you marry me, Rosie?" Wait it says my name, Who put my name there?! and then it hit me and as I turned back around there is Eric down on one knee. That moment will always be one of the most beautiful moments in my entire life. 

    Our Wedding Day

    Everyone tells you the day is gone in a blink of an eye but of course I didn't believe them.  I only remember parts of our Wedding  day because it all happened so quickly.  There is not one thing I would have changed about our wedding day.. except maybe somehow enjoy each little moment a little more.  Getting ready took so long and it was over 90 out, I just wanted to hurry up and see Eric.  When I finally saw him for our first look I knew everything was perfect and that this was the man I was going to grow old with.   Walking down the aisle all I could feel was happiness and bliss. As I stood up there I thought about our home, our cats, our dog and the kids we would soon have. I thought about how fun life was going to be. What I didn't realize was that this was just the beginning. Life was about to get 10x better than I could have imagined.

    A little sneak into our wedding day... 

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    Here's to the most amazing 5 years I could have imagined and to the many more years ahead! Check out our 5 year anniversary adventure here

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    5 Ways to Practice Self Love

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    5 Ways of Finding Self Love and Self Care

    For the past few months I have been on a journey of self love and self care. Since becoming a mom I have been putting my needs last. Typical right?  I often find myself frazzled before I realize I need some time to myself. I love every minute with my kids but we all get to THAT point. This next year I have promised to find time each day for a little self love.  Here are some big and little ways you can practice self love to create a happier more peaceful life. 

    ​​​​Try something new by yourself

    If you have been following my posts you know I have loved jumping from one fitness class to the next. I LOVE trying new things and meeting new people.  Check out my posts on Zumba, Soul Cycle and Stroller Strides. In these posts you will find me stepping out of my comfort zone and having a good time.  Do something alone that you have never done alone before. Check out how you can dance your way to happiness with this Zumba DVD package.

    Morning Routine 

    Wake up before everyone and give yourself 30 minutes to drink your coffee in peace. Read a book or just day dream, whatever you choose to do with your time, make sure that it is your moment to wake up and get ready for the day. Recently I have been reading Carry on, Warrior THE POWER OF EMBRACING YOUR MESSY BEAUTIFUL LIFE by Glennon Doyle Melton. It talks about letting go the idea of perfection and being able to enjoy the chaos. Something I often forget to do.  

    Be Active 

    Walk, hike, run- these are a few of my favorite things. I know I can' t always go alone but planning them when the kids can snooze in the stroller sure makes it feel like I am alone. Check out our favorite jogging stroller here.  I also try to look for hour long classes with child care that is not located in the same room. If the kids are near than I can hear when they are upset, happy or being crazy. I like to zone out during these classes and focus on myself. 

    Meditate/Yoga 

    There are so many short videos on meditations online, taking 5-10minutes before you hit the sheets helps create a more peaceful sleep environment.  Not only is it great for better sleep, but it also gives me time to think about gratitude for myself and for those constantly in our lives. When I have them I will often plan a good chunk of time, 30 minute to an hour, that I can follow  a DVD meditation. Check out my favorites below. 

    Pamper & Indulge

    I was never a fan of the spa until I had kids. Since having kids I would give anything to visit the spa. I usually get one service, such as a massage but I arrive super early and I'll soak in the hot tub or lay by the pool for a good 1-2 hours before. I make a point to enjoy every single moment I have. Sometimes it's just as nice to create a spa like atmosphere at home. Below are a few things I always have on hand for when I need to sneak away and zen out for a few minutes. 

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    How do you show yourself self love? Let me know in the comments!

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    Mama Needs a Break

    Hello fellow mamas! Who doesn't need a lovely little break here and there. Check out my most trusted ways of how to keep your kids entertained for a full 30 minutes. Yes you read that right 30 minutes of time for yourself while your kids entertain one another. What better way to celebrate that new found time alone than by picking up a new book.  I got you covered mama, below you can enter a wonderful giveaway by Oxford Momma.

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    Outdoor Play This is my number one way to get some time to myself. My kids can dig in a pile of dirt or sand for a good 30 minutes BUT we don’t have a fence. I usually park myself at the end of our yard and enjoy the sun. Sure the kids wander over from to time and crawl all over me, but still it’s magically peaceful when you step outside.

    Hidden Toys Hide some old toys for a few days then pull them out like you went and got them a new surprise! This works so good with my 1 1/2 year old but I think my 3 year old is starting to catch on.

    Art Sometime art can get messy but here is what I do. I have a big plastic sheet I roll out and then I wrap our foldable baby gate (can be found here) around that. They hardly notice because they are so excited to paint. Then I pull out our art bucket and place it in the middle. As they are grabbing things out I run and fill the bath for them , lay out towels and clothes. I then get a good 20 minutes in before they are painted head to toe and have to toss them into the prepared bath. I roll everything up and stuff it in the bin for next time. Minimal clean up!

    Play Doh This also entertains them for a good 20-30 minutes. They each get a cookie sheet and play doh, with toys and knick knacks to poke around with it. They are so good at keeping it contained in the cookie sheet and love making new little things.

    Movie I don’t know how my kids don't enjoy movies but I have found the secret! I make a quick fort, pillows, blankets and all the stuffed animals. Pop some pop corn and give them smoothies. For some reason this combo is just enough to keep them focused on a movie for 30 minutes.

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    10 Date Night Ideas for the Married Couple

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    This year as my husband and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary I couldn’t help but reminisce on what a wonderful 4 years it was. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we always made a point to celebrate love, life and each other.

    I got pregnant with Austin after only a couple months of being married so we jumped right into becoming a family. For us it was natural, we had been together for 8 years before and we both knew what we wanted. I was eager to become a mom and he a father. We wanted to share all the love we had with someone else. Austin came first and then Charlotte two years later. Despite the craziness that bringing two new little munchkins into the world brings we have always been super good at taking the time to be with each other.  We have always been excited to share each others life with one another. 

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    I love that he surprises me with random date nights or tickets to our favorite bands. He constantly tries to spoil me and show me what I am worth to him and that means the world.  Relationships are work, love is work and marriage is work. So I thought what a wonderful time to make a list of our all time favorite date nights. The things that I want to continue to do until we are old and gray. 

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      Concerts

      I have always been a country fan. I am from a tiny town and my first concert was with my dad to see Dwight Yoakam at the county fair. Eric started liking country in college and is now a super fan. We always have good time - dancing, singing and drinking a beer.

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      Backyard Dates

      A few months after I had Austin I had a breakdown and lost my mind for a quick second. Eric being the supportive, loving husband he is, surprised me with candles, beer and ice cream in the backyard. Hands down one of my favorite date nights. It didn’t require us to find a sitter or leave the house & it took very little planning.

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      Breweries 

      Are you seeing a trend yet? We both like beer and love trying new ones. A couple weeks ago we went to this adorable brewery called HumbleSea Brewery and walked to a restaurant afterwards. It was such relaxing, fun date.

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      Wine Tasting

      We aren’t super into wine but we love wine tasting. It gives us a change to try new things and not have to commit to a whole bottle. We recently went to Carmel Vally and found new little spot called Folktale Winery. 

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      Fancy Restaurant

      How often do you get to try a new fancy restaurant now that your married? It’s a rare luxury that happens maybe once a year. 

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      Mini Vacation

      A night away is so much fun! We like to go a couple hours away and stay a night. We love Calistoga! Everything is in walking distance and they have the best hot springs.

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      Camping

      We have yet to go on a camping trip without our kids but it is on our immediate to do list! How much fun would it be to NOT have to chase little humans all over or share our tiny little rooftop tent. 

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      Sports Games

      Honestly I am not crazy into sports but there is something about joining a crowd that is so much fun! The excitement and cheering, the eating and laughing, just being in the moment and enjoying the fun happening all around. 

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      Workout

      This sounds so boring but my husband LOVES to workout and sometimes I like to join him. He motivates me and challenges me, which is great for our marriage. It’s fun to join him on things he loves to do, as he often joins me on my  crazy adventures. 

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      Beach

      If you haven’t learned from my previous posts, we love the beach. We used to spend a lot of time there before kids. Now when we go we are chasing them and playing. It’s fun to pack a picnic and head to the beach just the two of us.

    We are always looking for new date night ideas! Let me know what your favorites are in the comments below.

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    Fit4Mom Stroller Strides

    Santa Cruz County is rich in activities for kids and parents. It’s a very welcoming place to be for a new mom! 

     When we moved here I didn’t know a single person besides my husband and his work friends and after having my first baby I felt a little isolated. I decided to reach out to the “Mommy Community” on social media and see what was out there. I discovered the wonderful company, Stroller Strides Fit 4 Mom . The first workout I did after having Austin was with them at a local park. They customize the workouts to fit each individual mom, whether you are a few months postpartum or a couple years. The workouts always starts with a quick discussion and continues on to a mix of different workouts to work out each body part. Did I mention that your kids can sit in the stroller and eat/play and be involved. During the workout the instructor leads fun songs and rhymes to keep them entertained and happy! 

    Most workouts end with a chance for all the toddlers and babies to play or with a scheduled toddler activity. I always leave the class feeling like I got a good workout and my kids had fun at the same time. 

    The saying is true that “it takes a village to raise a child”. Stroller strides is a tribe that I love to be a part of! Most are run by local moms and there are so many wonderful places that have these groups!

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    Soul Cycle

    You're worth it

    It was my time. I am big on self love and time for yourself but recently it has been hard to come by.  I have an incredibly supportive husband, but my little one is so far from being independent (a story for another day). So tonight was my time. Luckily with the encouragement of my good friend, I signed up for a Soul Cycle class. Everything that could go wrong did. Class got canceled and I had to switch times, the kids' colds took a turn for the worse, Austin screamed, cried and clung to me and begged me not to leave. Thankfully my husband shoved me out the door and sent me on my way.

    Today I gave into the hype and I tried my hand at Soul Cycle in Los Gatos. Scared to death I walked in and forced myself to be the social person I am so far from being. Having never set foot on a bicycle in years, I was quite intimidated by how fancy everything was in the studio. Thankfully they killed the lights or I would have ran out of that that seat the minute they cranked the music. 

    The instructor was sweet and so positive, but in my head I kept saying he has to be that way. The music flowed and we bounced in our seats, sweat dripping from every single part of my body, pouring out. I kept going. There was no stopping. Then the overly enthusiastic instructor said 3 words that stuck with me. "You're worth it". That sent me cycling towards the mirror like I was shot out of a cannon. Throwing the weights out, as I punched one, two, one two. After I stepped off the bike, I was drenched in sweat, proud of myself and most of all eager for more. I learned more about myself during that one class than I ever imagined. 


    I am worth it. I am worth it. I kept saying it over and over. I put my babies first, my husband first, the whole world first. But you know what. It was my time. 


    My husband and I have been encouraging each other to stop being who we have to be and start being who we want to be. We have both stumbled into new adventures that are so similar to one another but both so far from where we started. He is pushing forward and succeeding. I am his super fan as he is mine. 


    Tonight when I walked through the door of tired tears and bed time, I remembered one thing/ I am worth it. They need me, I need me.


    So I am here to tell you, whether you know it no not- you are freaking worth it. Go kick some ass. Change the world, change yourself, be whoever you want to be and give yourself some love!