THE pepper EXPRESS: May 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

What I've Googled This Week

  1.  I am looking forward to some baked goods at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Only because I have been stalking them on instagram and I am truly craving a delicious danish!
  2. Shopping for bathing suits is horrible when you are conscious about your body and you just recently had a baby. So this year I am sticking with some cute one pieces from here and here. Then I will be wearing a simple kimono over them just in case!
  3. With my husband being a vegetarian we usually opt for pancakes and waffles during Sunday morning breakfast. But with Gwyneth Paltrows new book: It's All Easy; we have found some great recipes. My favorite so far is the Asparagus Mimosa and her version of an Acai Bowl!
  4. I am planning a trip to San Diego in June and I keep researching restaurants and activities to do. I found Cafe 21 on the list of downtown restaurants. Plus I heard there is an Urban Outfitters I want to check out too! Do you have any suggestions?
  5. Father's Day is less than a month away. Both my father and my husband are very difficult to buy for. My father is most likely going to get an external drive or even a case for his iPad! My husband needs a new wardrobe and I might end up purchasing him a nice blue linen shirt from here or here!
  6. We are in the process of buying eye glasses for our family. We would usually buy them from our doctors. However, I feel like I am being cheated when I found out that the Prada eye glasses are well over $300. I think I am going to stick with Warby Parker. We ordered their 'at home try-ons' and I think I am going to get these sunglasses too!
  7. Summer is coming! And I think it would be great if my daughter lived out of rompers all summer long. I have been shopping for them like crazy. This one from Zara would be great when we go to the beach. Old Navy has a great chambray romper that is perfect to keep in the diaper bag just in case. And sometimes I wish these rompers came in my size, like this one!
  8. What are your thoughts on circle sunglasses? I always think of John Lennon when I see them. I am usually a fan of of the tortoise shell sunglasses like the Warby Parker ones above. But I also have these ones in my cart right now :?
  9. I am also a big fan of Lauren Conrad. And this dress has caught my eye. I would love to wear it to my cousin's wedding coming up!
  10. They say it's always better to read the book before the movie. I made the mistake of watching The Time Traveler's Wife first. Which by the way is one of my favorite movies because I love Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. Now that I have an audible account, I can't get enough of audio books and The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger has made me cry practically every morning.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

How To Wash Your Vans

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We are in the process of moving. June 1st we will be in our new house. In the meantime I am doing laundry at the Laundromat. I stopped at Walmart on the way to the laundromat and grabbed some Shout® Trigger Triple-Acting Stain Remover. I knew I was going to be washing my Vans and I needed a stain fighting agent that could break up and remove tough stains. Especially since my Vans were white! Whats great is the Shout® can also work on your colored fabrics as well.
I grabbed my Shout® Trigger Triple-Acting Stain Remover and sprayed a good amount on all of the troubled spots. I had dirt, mud and even fruit punch on these white Vans:  
I let them sit for a little bit to absorb the formula:
Then I collected my change from the bottom of my purse. I couldn't believe they charge you $2.00 for one wash!
I placed my shoes in the washer and waited the 18 minutes until they were done.
I prefer to let my tennis shoes air dry. At this point I just took them home and put them on my shoe rack and let them dry. But if you want you can throw them in the dryer.
If you have any question or would like to view other Shout® tutorials check them out here! 
What will you use Shout® for?

Friday, May 13, 2016

9 Year Anniversary in Carmel

A month later and I am finally able to compile some pictures from our anniversary weekend away. It was a true surprise when my husband initially told me we were going camping. We made the plans for the kids to stay with their grandma. We drove the 3 hours south and found ourselves in Downtown Monterey. My husband told me we were stopping for dinner before we reach our final destination. Once we got out of the car I had to go to the bathroom immediately. We walked into a coffee shop and they said no public restrooms. Then we walked past the Monterey Hotel and my husband said "there must be a bathroom in there." We walked along the Victorian hallway of the Monterey Hotel  and found ourselves at the desk of a concierge man. When my husband, RJ, opened his mouth I thought he was going to ask for a bathroom, instead he asked to check in! It takes a lot to surprise me and usually my husband is the only person who can get by with a sneaky surprise. This was a good one. 

That night we walked along the Fisherman's Wharf and couldn't decide upon a restaurant for dinner. There were too many fish options and nothing for vegetarians. As I walked past a teal restaurant called Abalonetti I knew that was going to be the place for dinner just because their Bloody Mary's looked delicious! I had the Rockfish while my husband had the grilled eggplant. And yes their Bloody Mary's are incredible. 
The next day my husband signed us up for a bike ride.. on a Schwinn Tandem! Originally it was my idea. But usually on vacation I like to relax and chill... not go on a 17 mile bike ride! The Schwinn was a birthday present from my dad last year and was just hanging in our garage all by itself. My husband fixed it up and we were able to ride it from Monterey to Carmel by the Sea! The down side was that the Schwinn didn't change gears, so when we were riding up hill it was very difficult. The upside was a truly beautiful bike ride with my adventure loving husband:
We carried a picnic basket on the back of the tandem. In our basket we had water bottles, prosciutto, cheese and crackers. We kept some room in our basket just in case we wanted to buy some souvenirs... like wine or something. 
I like to wrap my prosciutto around my brie like this:
We window shopped and people watched:
And I found an ivy bush that I fell in love with:
We asked a couple locals what they would recommend for lunch and they talked highly of Dametra Cafe! I was craving a gyro and my husband was able to enjoy the vegetarian falafel:
I realized that there were too many photos from this post...
to be continued...

Monday, May 9, 2016

Traveling with my #KrogerLittleSnuggler

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Huggies, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KrogerLittleSnugglers
We are currently on the road and we had an amazing weekend in Nevada with my Grandma Marilyn. It was a long drive up there. And I was very impressed with Solin and how she deals with our random road trips. We drove over 4 hours today and I wanted Solin to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun. We all needed to stretch our legs and get our wiggles out. That's when I realized I was all out of diapers. We are in the process of potty training Solin. However, we were not ready to stop cold turkey. By the way, it is very difficult to potty train while on a road trip. Thankfully we found a Kroger and I was able to find some Huggies Little Snugglers.  The diapers were on sale and if you would like to have a diaper coupon check it out down below:
Since we were on the road I literally had the bare minimum in my bag. I had the Huggies Little Snugglers, diaper rash cream, wipes, hand sanitizer and band aids. These were in my tote bag and are the things I depend on the most when necessary. Since Solin has such sensitive skin we prefer to use the Huggies Little Snugglers because of the soft outer cover and the wetness indicator (which works wonders when potty training!)
While we were at a park running around Solin decided to start playing mommy and carry around my tote bag. She even ate my cliff bar! Haha!
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day Confessions

I don't want flowers, I don't want cards, I want the simple things in life. I want to have breakfast at the table with all of my family there. I would like the food to be homemade in my own kitchen. We could even wear our pajamas... I don't mind. I don't want anything froofy. I would like anything for the minimalist. The simple things in life. My favorite times spent with my family are when we can gather around our kitchen table and laugh about our everyday lives. This doesn't happen as often as I would like. Honestly, if I push for it maybe three times a week we all sit around the table for dinner. Another confession is: no one needs to buy me any of these things. I would be happy with nothing on Mother's Day. These are just a few things that I am in the market for and I would actually buy myself:
Mother's Day Gift Guide

  1. Market Basket: May, June and July are the months to hit up farmers markets. I would love to take either one of these baskets to the farmers market. 
  2. Beatles Record: When we move next month we will be getting a hand-me-down record player from the 80's and I would love to have a few Beatles Records in my collection.
  3. Turkish Beach Towel: I already have one of these and when I took it to Hawaii last year it was perfect for the beach. I wore it as a sarong, I used it as a beach towel and even as a scarf! I would love to have a collection of these for our new home!
  4. French Press: This is how I make my coffee. I don't have a coffee machine. I boil my water in a kettle and then put a scoop of coffee in the french press and that's how I prefer to make my coffee. However, mine broke last month. Mommy is in need of a new one! 
  5. Le Labo Candle and Snuffer: A relaxing scent is always perfect for a bubble bath. The snuffer is a luxury because I hate the smell of candles when they are blown out.
  6. Cactus Tee: Cinco de Mayo is giving me the inspiration for this tee. We have a few fun parties to go to this month with a Fiesta theme and I would love to wear this shirt with some high wasted shorts!
  7. Cactus Prints: I have searched high and low for a great cactus print. I would love a very large black and white print to go front and center in my living room. But this print and this one are on my favorites!
  8. Anthropologie Mug: It would be ideal to have the initials of all my family members. But a 'J' would be fine!
  9. African Basket: Just singling this basket out to point out how cute it is!
  10. Wooden Utensils: These would complete my wooden spoon collection!
  11. Terrarium Terrain: This trinket box would be perfect to hold some beautiful succulents. But recently I saw on Pinterest that you can put your jewelry in there too!
  12. Snake Plant or Succulents: Like I said before, I don't want flowers, I feel like they die to fast and I don't get to enjoy them as much. I would just prefer a plant that will stay alive a little bit longer.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

"HEY YOU GUYS!" We went to Astoria, OR!

When we planned our road trip up the pacific coast we knew the home of 'The Goonies' was a must. However we actually didn't know what to do when we got there. We stopped at the visitors center and the lady there gave us some great tourist destinations around town. Although most of The Goonies locations were filmed in LA. We were still able to run around and enjoy the Northern Oregon weather. Our first stop was the Astoria Column which was built over 90 years ago. The views from up there were incredible.  You could see all the way across the bay to Cape Disappointment (which is a real thing!) We learned a lot about Lewis and Clark and nothing about The Goonies. We were only informed that the home used in the movie was shut down because of the angry owner. We had more fun driving down town and walking along the pier to see the sea lions... Lots and lots of photos... sorry that I am not sorry for posting so much:
While my husband stands there and reads every info graph; Solin and I are running around like hooligans playing tag with my dad!
There are over 164 steps in this Astoria Column and Solin climbed them all:
She made it to the top and she was SO proud:
The view from the top:
That's my hubby all the way up there. Solin made it to the top, however, mommy is afraid of heights and we came down real quick. I never know that I am afraid of heights until I am put in this kind of predicament.
Papa and Solin goofing around:
We parked near the pier and heard the loud sea lions barking from the street. Solin was amused and thought they were dogs.
Always nerve racking running after this little one:
And one more photo of The Goonies house because that's all we got :(:
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