Just Drinking The Coffee, Doing The Things



I hope you are all doing well! I’m pretty much convinced that there is no balance, because I have yet to find it. I like the idea of it, I’d like to have it but it either doesn’t exist or I’m not supposed to have it. So I’ve decided to just keep living until I’ve earned it.

A couple of weekends ago I was able to escape the ever changing weather of AZ and the infuriating work environment that has been keeping me down, to California. My family and I went to our happy place, Disneyland and also on a new adventure. My little sister and dad like to look up new places to drive to while out of town, as well as, new restaurants to try. This new adventure was too Manhattan Beach and Malibu. We had been to Manhattan Beach before but not this particular part. While Malibu was completely new.



(Didn’t mean to get a good shot of that families stroller)

We originally planned to just grab a quick breakfast while on the way to Malibu from Anaheim but every place was packed. My little sister looked up places nearby and found the amazingly delicious Ocean View Café of Manhattan Beach. It has amazing views and an amazing breakfast selection. I had the Ocean View Omelet with bacon, cheese and avocado with Mexican style hash browns. I try not to be to adventurous food wise while on vacation but this was so delicious, I’m salivating just thinking about it.

I couldn’t have imagined a better start to the day, beautiful beach, and delicious breakfast with my family by my side.

From there we took the very scenic route to Malibu, it’s as beautiful as the pictures you’ve seen have shown. Not a lot of places to shop, at least in the areas that we were in. We went by the Malibu Pier, where the very aesthetically pleasing Malibu farm is located. We were going to eat lunch there; we decided to go somewhere else. I come from a very long line of picky eaters. We did get ice cream from the café, and that was pretty delicious.

The place we had a late lunch/early dinner before heading home was Paradise Cove Café. We walked along the beautiful beach, took a lot of pictures (some that you can see along this post) and then we had some of the best fish and chips we’ve ever had while we had our toes in the sand.

I highly recommend both the Ocean View Café and Paradise Cove Café. If you have any suggestions for places for me to check out, please comment!




These thoughts and opinions are my own. I did not receive any prompts or endorsement to write these reviews.

*You are welcome to use my images, just please give credit where credit is due*


National Cuddle Up Day



Hello Everyone!

I hope this beautiful Saturday finds you all well. It feels like so long since I have posted and for that all I can say is life is crazy, as you well know, and life during the holiday’s is absolutely hectic. So for the beginning of this post I’m going to do a recap of what’s been going on with me. At the end, I’m going to share a recipe for AMAZING Hot Chocolate. This is in honor of today being National Cuddle Up Day! I don’t know if you’re like me, but I love being cozy, anything with sweatpants, fuzzy jacket/robe, fuzzy socks, cup of amazing hot chocolate and a good book or movie, sign me up, haha!

So where to begin….. The last post that I shared was the Rod Works blog event review(which if you haven’t checked them out, they have really cute holiday decorations) which was in September, so I guess I will go month to month, if that works for you J

October: In October, I got promoted to supervisor at my job, which was pretty cool at the time. Now not so much, haha! My bake shoppe was at the local’s farmer’s market, which we did pretty well. I went to the last concert apart of the country megaticket, which I gifted to my younger sister for her birthday. The last concert was Luke Bryan with Lindsey Ell andBrett Eldredge, which was amazing. If you follow Brett Eldredge on Instagram you would have seen his adorable dog Edgar Boogie, he brought Edgar out on stage with these adorable sound proof headphones! Halloween came and went way to fast in my opinion plus I had to work that day, which is never fun because nothing special happens at work.

November: November felt incredibly busy. It all started with my birthday/superheroes half marathon weekend. Which was not the best experience I’ve ever had. The night before we left, my dad’s father passed away, he was never a grandfather to me but I was very sad for my dad and all of the selfish family member’s only there for what they thought they deserved. It was awful and sadly still going on. I knew that my dad would not be joining on the first or second day but we hoped that he would join us on that Saturday. I had never spent my birthday without my dad, which for 28 years, I know I’m very lucky. It was really sad to be at a place that we all share together without him. I kept talking to him throughout the day, showed him the stuff from the expo in pictures. I spent a lot of money there, but it was special. Later in the day, he called and sang me happy birthday, I cried, like ugly cried, but it was really nice. I got my birthday dinner and cake, which the chocolate cake from plaza inn is so incredibly decadent, it made my teeth hurt, haha! Then it was time to call it a night, to prepare for the 5K the following morning. It went smoothly, finished in a great time, I’m not a runner so I’m happy with what I got. We went into the parks once we were all freshened up, no real soreness, just tired. The following day was the Thor 10K, which I completed again in pretty good time. That was my first time for that distance and I loved it. I even got emotional towards the end. There was a lot of stuff going on during that time, that I was worried I wouldn’t finish it but I did. Then the next day, the superheroes half marathon, was hard to get up for, those 3:30AM wake up calls SUCK! This one started out rocky, I was exhausted, emotionally and physically, I felt really fainty(thanks vasovagal syncope) and on top of all that, mother nature thought it would be a great weekend to rip out all of my insides. Needless to say, I didn’t finish but damn did I try. I felt really disappointed in myself for a few weeks after. When I got medically swept, I was taken on the sad wagon, to the bus with my mom and given my pity medal. I didn’t wear any of my marathon weekend stuff, not even my other medals. After al of that, I really just wanted to go home.

We came home that Monday, celebrated my birthday, with my dad, that Friday. Then that Saturday, the 18th, my older sister and I went to Las Vegas with our best friends who also happen to be sisters, for a quick overnight trip. We left around 9, got to our hotel around 1, which we stayed at the Bellagio, which was absolutely gorgeus. One bummer though, when we arrived our room wasn’t ready but they were in such a rush to valet our car, we took out all our stuff and were basically standing in the lobby with al of our stuff getting weird looks, apparently we’re the ONLY ones ever to travel with our pillows. Luckily, they were able to hold our stuff, then we went to walk around, get some food and then go back to get ready for dinner and our show. We went to dinner at Margaritaville, as a sort of joint birthday dinner for all 4 of us. We use to have a Margaritaville in Glendale, AZ but they left a few years ago and it was good as we rememebered. Then the show we went to was, Criss Angel:Mindfreak, which was all of ours first magic show. It was……interesting, the illusions were great but their aren’t many words to describe it. The following morning, we had the buffett at our hotel, which was expensive but delicious, big selection and very filling.

I do find it really funny that whenever we vacation with our best friends, that when we get home we don’t talk for a few weeks. Like one night we spend in the same room and we need weeks to recover but perhaps that is the secret to such a long friendship (26 years and counting) have a lot of fun, then don’t speak for a few weeks.

Once we returned home it was ready to prepare for my older sister, Lindsey’s, birthday and Thanksgiving, which happened to be on the same day. It was nice, as always, went shopping after dinner. Which I know some people are really against, but it’s something my family and I do together, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

The next day, I had to open the store at 6AM, which totally sucked but then I was off the rest of the weekend.

December: The first weekend of December was spent in Disneyland, celebrating my parent’s 35th wedding anniversary. Saturday night was the Candlelight Processional, which we had never stopped to watch before and we were curious as to who was the special celebrity guest. We had asked a few castmembers, and they told us it was very hush hush, but the president of Disney had personally asked the person to read the story of the first Christmas. The special guest was………..Christ Hemsworth!!! Thor himself!!!

My little sister, is obsessed with Marvel movies, and once she heard who it was, we had to stay and watch. I’ll share pictures soon!

Once we returned home, my bake shoppe was at the local’s farmers market for the 3 weekends leading up to Christmas, which were awesome! We even debuted a new “Chewy” Gingerbread cookie which is a gingerbread cookie decorated like Chewbacca. They were a huge hit! All of our cookies did incredibly well and I got quite a few orders and some repeat customers, which makes me really happy. Not to get emotional about it but I hope these people know that when they buy my cookies and tell others, they’re really supporting my dream and the career I’m truly passionate about and I can’t express how much that means to me.

Christmas Eve was spent with good people that we don’t see often.

Christmas Day is always a little sad but it was really great.

New Year’s Eve was also spent with good people that we are lucky to see every so often. Went for a boat ride to see the remaining Christmas lights, nice dinner and the toasting of martinelli’s at midnight. Then it was bed time for me, I had to open New Year’s Day, which was a bummer but now it’s in the past.

On Monday, January 8th, 2018 I’m embarking on a new weightloss journey. I will be following the points plus system from Weight Watcher’s and in the coming weeks, joining a gym and riding my new bike that I got for Christmas and really making a commitment to bettering my life. I cannot be making the same resolution every year and continue not to do anything about it.

I believe that this has now caught us all up and now you can FINALLY get to the thing you truly wanted, the hot cocoa recipe, haha!


This recipe I found on Pinterest and it comes from Wickedgoodkitchen.com

  • 3 cups Cane granulated sugar, organic pure
  • 2 cups Cane light brown sugar, organic pure
  • 3 cups Cocoa, fine quality unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp Kosher or natural sea salt

Just mix all of these ingredients together, I put them in my Ninja blender to make a really fine powder. It lasts for such a long time, depending on the level of chocolatey goodness you require. With making so much you can extend all of your cozy/cuddly days, does it get much better?


I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday, I’m off to the Arizona Coyotes game against the New York Rangers. Go Yotes!

Rod Words AZ

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well! Today, I returned to the local farmer’s market that I was lucky enough to participate in a few years ago, it was so great to be out there again. So a lot of my free time this past week was spent in the kitchen, except for Thursday night. I was very fortunate to take part in a unique blog event taking place at Rod Works located at the shops of Norterra, one of two of the AZ locations. All together they have 9 locations in AZ, Utah, Nevada, California and very soon adding store #10 in Colorado.

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When we (we meaning my sister and I, she blogs at www.runningaroundwithlindsey.com) first arrived, we were greeted with so much warmth and kindness that we felt that we were entering someone’s home instead of an amazing shop. I was blown away by how much stuff there was to look at. My family and I are huge Halloween deco fans, so beyond entering we noticed the beautiful Halloween display located in the very front of the store, that any passerby would be drawn to.  This store is like so many but like nothing I have ever been to and I know that sounds confusing but it had so many things. I had such a hard time picking my absolute favorite part and products of the store that I simply can’t. Once I got home I was instantly planning my next visit, and I’m so excited for the Christmas Decorations that will gracing the walls of this homey store very soon!

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I also received a pretty sweet swag bag containing, a Shops of Norterra To go hot beverage cup, Some adorable glasses from Amazing Lash Studio, 3 different gift certificates to Norterra Salon and Spa, a coupon to Texas Roadhouse and also a coupon for Charming Charlie’s. As well as, when signing up to participate in this event, my sister and I received a $75 gift card(each) to spend at Rod Works. The prices are so incredibly reasonable, it was unreal. My sister and I easily got nearly a dozen items between the two of us and definitely left wanting more and eager to return. Along with many incredible attributes of this store is they will help you design and decorate any space you need help with! To give you an idea of what sort of store they are, check out their website at, www.rodworks.com

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If you happen to live in the Phoenix/Gilbert area, on September 30, 2017 they are hosting a “Ghouls Night Out” Party. Where they will have prizes, treats and 20% off entire purchase for all of their customers! If you love fun, love, Halloween, cottage chic, kitchen décor and so much more, you will absolutely love this store!


Here is a picture of the haul that my sister and I made while shopping and mingling with fellow AZ bloggers.



I just want to take a second to thank everyone that put this amazing event together and to the wonderful shop owners, Eileen and Scott Salmon for opening their doors to us bloggers.

While I did receive some pretty great “treats “all of these thoughts and opinions are my own.

Have a great day!!

Happy National Cheese Pizza Day!


Hello Everyone and Happy National Cheese Pizza Day!!


I love pizza and I know I’m not alone in that sentiment. Whether it’s delivered, pick-up or homemade, I love it. Today, I thought I would share with you a recipe for homemade pizza. If you don’t want to take the time to make it, I encourage you to order some, what’s the point of a National Holiday if no one celebrates it?

To Start, Thick Crust Pizza Dough:

  • 1 ½ Cups to 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp Sugar
  • 1 Pkg. Active Dry Yeast
  • ¾ Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Oil

In large bowl, combine ¾ cup flour, salt, sugar, and yeast; blend well. In small saucepan, heat water and oil until very warm; add to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Stir in ½ to ¾ cup flour to form stiff dough.

On floured surface, knead in ¼ to ½ cup flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 3 to 5 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 30 to 40 minutes.

Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles. Set aside.


Pizza Sauce:

  • ½ Cup Chopped Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes
  • 8-oz. can (1 Cup) Tomato Sauce
  • 6-oz. Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Oregano Leaves
  • 2 tsp Basil Leaves
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper

In large skillet, sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Pizza Deluxe:

  • 1 Recipe Thick Crust Pizza Dough
  • ¾ Cup Pizza Sauce
  • 3 1/2 oz. Pkg. Sliced Pepperoni
  • 5-oz. Jar Sliced Mushrooms, drained (Optional)
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Green Pepper
  • 6 oz. (1 ½ Cups) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 4 oz. (1 Cup) Shredded Provolone Cheese

Grease 12-inch pizza pan. With greased fingers, press dough into prepared pan, forming ½-inch rim. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 15 to 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 400 Degrees F. Bake crust 8 to 10 minutes or until set and very light golden brown. Spread sauce over partially baked crust. Arrange pepperoni, mushrooms and green pepper over pasta sauce. Combine mozzarella and provolone cheeses; sprinkle over pizza. Bake at 400 Degrees F. for an additional 18 to 25 minutes or until crust is a deep golden brown.



Motivation Monday


Hey Everyone!

I hope this Monday finds you all well and good and hopefully motivated, if not this particular post might help. Today, I’m going to share some motivational quotes that I’ve come across on my never-ending quest to get and stay motivated. If you’re like me, having little motivators around help keep you on track throughout the day. So here we go:

  • Make it happen. Shock Everyone.
  • Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself, be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.
  • When you feel like quitting think about why you started.
  • Keep your squats low and your standards high.
  • Be stronger than your excuses.
  • Working on myself, by myself, for myself.
  • Don’t stop when it hurts, stop when you’re done.
  • Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.
  • Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.
  • “Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.”- Women’s Health UK
  • Let exercise be your stress relief, not food.
  • Fall in love with taking care of your body.
  • Motivate the mind; the body will follow.
  • Be a bad ass with a good ass.
  • Push yourself because, no one else is going to do it for you.
  • Work out. Eat well. Be patient. Your body will reward you.
  • Discipline is doing what you know needs to be done even if you don’t want to do it.
  • You are you only limit.
  • It doesn’t get easier, you get stronger.
  • 70% of people that start a fitness plan, quit. Except you. Not this time.
  • You don’t get what you wish for. You get what you work for.

If you have any quotes you would like to share, please do!

Have a great day!

National Graham Cracker Day


Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great day yesterday and had all the S’mores you could stomach! The funny thing about S’mores, is that for all the build up and anticipation, most times you only enjoy them once. From then on, you enjoy all the components separately. It’s usually the chocolate that goes first, then the marshmallows and the graham crackers seem to stick around until you come across them again and realize they expired.

Now, I don’t know if you’re like me, but I hate when stuff goes to waste, so I decided to share with you a recipe for Doggie Grahams. My German shepherd mix, Indiana, has been a total wreck since the ever wonderful firework shows began on Saturday night. I figured that making some dog treats for her would help her get over her fear of going outside. Plus the treats can be cut into cute shapes or just simply using a pizza cutter, after rolling out thin, to cut the dough into small training treats.

So here we go:

  •    2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Oil
  • 1 Cup Milk
  1. Preheat oven to 425 Degrees F. Grease Cookie Sheets.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, or measuring cup, mix oil and milk and stir into flour mixture.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly until soft and well mixed. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes. Place on prepared baking sheets 1″ apart. Bake 10 minutes, then turn over and bake for another 5 minutes. Cool completely. Store cooled biscuits in fridge or freezer.


Happy 4th Of July!!

Hello Everyone! 

 Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday. If you would like a few suggestions for 4th of July treats, check out the new adventure I’ve started with my sister’s,www.threesistersonecoffeemaker.com . There you will find not only my favorite treat but also both of my sister’s treats! 
 Have a great day!

National Stay Out Of The Sun Day


Hello Everyone and Happy National Stay Out of the Sun Day!


Now I know that with tomorrow being the 4th of July, we all probably will be outside most of the day. If you were one of the lucky ones to have today off, myself included, you might start the outside activities today.

I live in AZ, and if you have ever heard one thing about AZ it’s probably that it is hot, like really hot. The most important things to remember here is water, water, water,sunscreen, water, water, hat, water and oh yeah, water. Nearly everyday, there is a news story about someone being hospitalized due to heat related illness, and it’s a total bummer. Below I shared a few ways to help beat the heat. Keep in mind, that I am not a medical professional, these are merely tips for keeping cool in the dead of summer.

  • Always keep water with you. Even if you’re only going out for a few minutes, take a cooler full of water and if you’re taking your dog(s) with you, take a water bowl.
  • Wear thick bottomed shoes, nothing feels as bad as the melting asphalt coming through the bottom of your shoes. *Also, if it’s too hot for your feet, it is way yo hot for your dogs feet!*
  • Don’t wear dark clothing.
  • Wear light colored airy clothes, if there is a light breeze, it will offer some relief.
  • Never EVER leave children or pets in an enclosed vehicle or near a pool, or body of water unattended. Every year there are drownings that are completely avoidable.
  • Slow down, Avoid strenuous activities taking place outside. EX: Hiking at the hottest point of the day, use common sense. When you have to be rescued, you are putting other people at risk, don’t be that person….that person sucks.
  • If you work outside or have to go outside for any reason, I would suggest investing in a cooling neck wrap. Some people use them for marathons, they are light weight and just have to moistened to offer a lot of relief. *You can find these at Walmart, Target or any sporting goods store.
  • If you want to stay cool by lounging in the pool, Otter Pops will be your best friend, they offer a variety of flavors and their frozen.
  • Wear Sunglasses: The lighter your eyes are, the more sensitive they are to sunlight.
  • Wear a hat. Nobody likes a peeling sunburned scalp. 1. It hurts to brush your head and 2. it looks like dandruff.

That’s all I can think of for now but if you have any tips or techniques for keeping cool, please share!!

Have a ‘cool’ day!

5 Ways To Cure A “Snappy” Attitude


Hello Everyone!


This week has been pretty horrible so far, work has been incredibly stressful and warm and it really doesn’t help that the excessive heat warning keeps extending in AZ. At work I was told they didn’t appreciate my “snappy” attitude. To my knowledge, I didn’t have one but I took a deep breath and apologized anyway. There are some battles worth fighting but this, in my eyes, wasn’t one of them. Once I got home, I put in my headphones and mindlessly scrolled through Pinterest.


Yesterday, after I left work early, I decided to use my free time to write a few blog post. I have a lot of ideas, it’s just the actual writing of it that proves difficult. Anyways I figured I would share my top 5 ways to de-stress or in other words, cure a “snappy” attitude.

  1. Music:

Whether fast and uplifting or slow and calm, the point is to forget your stress and just focus on the music. (Check out my “Music Monday” post for some suggestions. “Ground Control” by All Time Low is quite amazing.)

2. Watch a Movie:

Any movie that you can mindlessly watch without overthinking is the best kind. My go to’s are Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Jaws or pretty much any Disney movie.

3. Treat yourself

Sit down or go out and enjoy your favorite treat just for you. Don’t go overboard, unless you want to, up to you. My treat always has something with chocolate.

4. Workout:

Nothing super strenuous, sometimes when you stress workout, you stress out your body which is not good. Sometimes just taking a nice walk does the trick.

5. Sleep:

When all else fails, just take a bath or shower and just go to bed.


If you have any other ways to beat stress, please share!


Have a great day!