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Brady at brunch by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Hello, associates! How was your week? Did you rejoice Christmas? Are you prepared for the brand new yr? What day is it proper now on this unusual between Christmas and New Years week? 🙂

Though I’ve been over on Instagram and Fb checking in, since we final spoke right here, I turned one other yr older and we celebrated Christmas — all the festivities in a couple of brief days. I do know a variety of you’re in all probability having fun with day off and will not be studying blogs, however I didn’t need to miss an opportunity to pop in to say howdy and catch up in our ordinary Friday trend! So that you’re going to see a set of favorites, that are principally holiday associated …


Brunch, spa and household enjoyable

My birthday was such a pleasant day! Dave and Brady and I went out to brunch (which is one thing we by no means do for some cause), and I had a scrumptious veggie omelet with potatoes, sourdough toast, beet juice and a couple of bites of a pancake we cut up and shared with Brady too, all at American Kitchen in Lafayette (tremendous cute and informal place).

Brady at brunch by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Birthday brunch by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Birthday brunch at American Kitchen by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

After brunch, I dropped the boys off at house and went to downtown Walnut Creek to the Woodhouse Spa, a spot I actually love going.

Humorous sufficient, Dave had initially made some appointments for me on my birthday as a shock, and they mistakenly despatched me an e-mail affirmation immediately every week prematurely and ruined the shock. After that, we truly ended up shifting some issues round, so I solely did the one service on my precise birthday, and it was luxuriously enjoyable.

Outside birthday brunch at American Kitchen by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

(Right here is the fuzzy prime I’m sporting, which is well-priced and model new.)

I spent an honest period of time lounging within the quiet room of the spa after my service, which was additionally magical.

Once I acquired house, Brady was simply waking up from his nap, so we rotated and headed again out to the Tilden Park Steam Practice. Should you keep in mind, a few weekends in the past, we took Brady to the Tilden Park Merry-go-round, and so the steam practice is simply one other cute attraction for households within the park we would have liked to attempt. You pay $three an individual (Brady is free) and experience on an actual steam practice across the mountain-ness-tree-covered park, with a lot of Christmas decor, and even some vistas of the valley.

Tilden Park Steam Train by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

It was fairly chilly that day and it was misting (a standard Bay Space time period for mild dewy moisture in your face within the air), so we bundled him up and his little nostril received purple immediately hehehe — additionally he appeared a bit bit nervous, but in addition alert.

I actually loved driving on the practice, and the experience was for much longer than I anticipated too. It was additionally full, with a lot of households with youngsters Brady’s age doing the identical factor. I really like that we’ve got cute issues like this to do close by. And I’ve stated it as soon as, and I’ll say it once more — child actions are far more entertaining than I might have thought.

Tilden Steam Train by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

That night time, I opened some presents, the boys sang pleased birthday to me (with candles in cheesecake — heheh simply my fashion), and Dave made us grass-fed burgers and candy potato fries after Brady went to sleep, and we performed Scrabble and watched a Christmas film. Perfection!

By the best way, Dave blew up a ton of balloons for me, and Brady might hardly deal with the enjoyable of enjoying in them. It was so cute!

Brady with balloons by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Warriors holiday celebration

We additionally acquired out to the Warriors annual holiday get together final week earlier than my birthday, and it was on the Emporium in San Francisco. It’s a cool venue with all types of arcade video games. It was a trek to make it there (deep into the Metropolis) on a weeknight, however a few of my girlfriends and I — who’re additionally married to Warriors staff — rode the BART in collectively and met our dudes within the Metropolis.

Warriors holiday party by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

I purchased my complete outfit the day earlier than at H&M for less than $50 — I don’t love purchasing there, however that they had what I used to be on the lookout for, and the worth was proper. My shiny pants aren’t out there any longer, however right here is my prime. We had enjoyable that night time!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Our holiday was fairly quiet, low-key and but additionally particular, as a household of 4 in our home for the primary yr. Final yr, we spent Christmas as a household of 4 too, and it was fairly totally different. Brady was lower than 12-weeks-old and was world’s worst sleeper, and Dave and I have been actually lifeless individuals strolling throughout that point. We lived with a continuing sore-throat-hungover-heavy-eyes-headache-whole-body-pain feeling for therefore many months. Wow. That sucked. Typically I feel I’ve blacked that interval out. However for sure, we didn’t actually have a Merry Christmas final yr in any respect … so this yr was higher.

Christmas Eve by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Anywho, it will have been good to have been round extra household, however we made an enormous journey for Thanksgiving to spend time with my household in Florida, and sadly, it didn’t work out for anybody to make the journey to return see us — so we did the holiday alone once more. We’ve began a couple of small traditions that we continued, and it’s cool to start out constructing that kind of factor for our household. 

On Christmas Eve, we went to a household church service, and it was actually festive and welcoming and simply felt proper. It was at four:30 p.m. at an area church in Walnut Creek, and everybody had youngsters, so Brady sat with us within the pew and ate crackers and performed with this system the entire time chatting to himself as we paid consideration — no one minded — and we sang a bunch of excellent songs and completely loved ourselves absorbing the rationale for the season. (I feel we’ll return to that church once more truly.) That night time, Dave made us some roasted hen from our newlywed cookbook, which was implausible, and we watched “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Family on Christmas Day by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

On Christmas Day, we made waffles, opened presents, then went to stroll across the Lafayette Reservoir, with one million different East Bay households on such a fantastic day. We simply frolicked at residence the remainder of the day chilling, and that was it. General, I’m glad we didn’t need to pack up and get on a aircraft for Christmas this yr, however I did miss seeing extra fam for positive — missed them lots!


Important oil diffuser

This was on my Christmas record this yr, and my candy momma got here via and gave it to me as a birthday present. I’ve been questioning what the entire important oil craze is about and determined I needed to provide it a attempt. I’m by no means educated on this area, however am beginning to study. So now I’ve a diffuser — this model, which has some cute types — and 4 oils to make use of.

Essential oil diffuser by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

I consider within the energy of oils, I simply don’t fairly understand how I plan to make use of them but. Keep tuned as I determine it out. However I’ve been blasting those I do have because the second I opened this present. Thanks, momma!

Apple AirPods

I’ve some cumbersome over-the-ear bluetooth headphones that I’ve been sporting to the health club for years, and Dave all the time makes enjoyable of them. He’s given me a few pairs of smaller ones to check out, and they only by no means keep put in my ears, so I give them again. The one earphone that works in my ear is the Apple earphone with the twine. Nicely, you’ll be able to’t work out or take canine walks with a twine, so now I’ve some fancy Apple AirPods, sans twine.

AirPods by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Apple AirPods by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

These have been one of many issues Dave received me for Christmas, and I’m actually excited to have them. As most Apple merchandise, the design is modern and easy and they cost in somewhat magnetic case. And the most effective half? They really keep in my ears! 🙂 


Christmas Day pumpkin chocolate cream cheese dessert

I’ve no drawback shopping for our dessert, and I all the time do. However I felt the urge to make one thing on Christmas Day. I discovered a number of recipes that sounded good and put all of them collectively for my very own creation. And it isn’t wholesome AT ALL, however was very easy and so tasty, so I like to recommend it and needed to share it right here. It’s a pumpkin chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting, in fact.

Pumpkin cake dessert by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Cake components:

  • 1 field vanilla cake combine (at the very least I used natural)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • three eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • half cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 cups darkish chocolate chunks or chips

Combine all that collectively and pour it right into a greased baking pan, then bake for about 30 minutes at 350 levels, till you possibly can poke the middle of the cake with a toothpick and it comes out dry.

Then for the frosting …

Frosting elements:

  • 1 Eight-ounce tub of actual cream cheese
  • three cups of powdered sugar
  • three cups of actual melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all of it collectively (I did it by hand, however a mixer would have been fairly useful), and put it within the fridge till the cake has cooked and cooled. Then unfold it on the cake and take pleasure in!

Pumpkin cream cheese cake dessert by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

It was fairly darn tasty, and I continued consuming it previous Christmas. 🙂 


Weekly exercise recap

And now we’re into the health.

Right here’s a take a look at my workouts from final week …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: 30 minutes of BODYATTACK, 30-minute CXWORX class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 25-minute full-body weights exercise, 11 a.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 1-hour Bootybarre class, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 1-hour yoga class, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday: 1-hour BODYATTACK class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Sunday: Relaxation day

This previous week was fairly class heavy, however that simply appears to be what I’m within the temper for recently. I didn’t raise weights 3 times, which is all the time my aim, however as I stated a couple of weeks in the past — I simply haven’t been motivated for that third resistance session. The excellent news is that I did a mild yoga class, and I additionally did BODYATTACK two occasions! Sure!

Right here’s my solo weights exercise …

Cable workout

Favourite reads

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I hope you’ve gotten an exquisite weekend, and I hope you begin 2019 with good individuals and good meals! Speak to you quickly, my associates.

By the best way, I’ve a couple of giveaways of my favourite issues lined up for the brand new yr on Instagram and the weblog, so keep tuned!

Questions of the day

Do you’ve got an oil diffuser? What’s your favourite oil?

What did you get for Christmas?

Do you could have any New Yr’s Eve plans?

Do you wish to exit to brunch? Or lunch? Or dinner? What’s your selection?

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