San Diego Anniversary

Happy 5 year Wedding Anniversary!

This year for our anniversary my husband surprised me with a trip to San Diego! If anyone knows me, I am all about the warm weather and being in the sun and trying to tan. This year Carlos was trying to keep this a secret from me and I had no idea what we were doing I just knew we were doing something. I knew that we were trying to keep it a little low key this year since last year we took a trip to Kauai. I wrote a blog post about that and you can read that here! I was trying to figure out what we were doing this year and I made a joke one day and started asking questions and I mentioned San Diego and the look on his face just gave it away and I knew we were going there! We just laughed about it but I was super excited!

Anyway! We flew in on a Saturday Morning and we stayed at the Hilton Bay Front Hotel. It was so nice and our room had a beautiful view of the Ocean and the Coronado bridge. It reminds me of the first time Carlos and I took a trip together (which was for work) and we weren’t even dating yet! We shared our first kiss in downtown San Diego! So San Diego is a really special place for Carlos and I and I felt it was really special we stayed there for our 5 years!

Of course Carlos had Champagne waiting in our hotel room <3

Of course Carlos had Champagne waiting in our hotel room <3



After we flew in on Saturday, we went to THE BEST Mexican restaurant in “Old Town San Diego” called “Old Town Mexican Cafe”. I recommend getting the Carnitas plate! You will not be disappointed! We walked around after we ate and did a little shopping at the shops in the square. It was around 8 or 9PM and it was still warm outside! That’s what I love about San Diego, it just being warm at all times. We ended calling the night short because we were so tired (and lame) from our week and travels.




Sunday we did a few things, we went to my FAVORITE breakfast spot called “Breakfast Republic”. If you are ever in San Diego there are a few locations and you have to visit at least once! Also, I highly recommend you make this your “cheat meal” if you are following any type of diet. I came here last year and again this year and ordered the same thing because it’s so dang good! The “Mr.Presley” French toast is rolled with Peanut Butter with Bananas Fosters and Bacon!! Around lunch time, I really wanted to go downtown and ride scooters to our lunch spot, or just ride scooters because that was my idea of having fun! They don’t really have them where we live in Morgan Hill, CA. It was pretty cool because they were on every corner. We ended having lunch at one of my favorite lunch spots called Barley Mash. Theres an awesome outdoor seating area, except this time it started to rain! Thankfully we were under cover and the rain didn’t last long. I normally order there amazing burgers or Flatbreads.


Carlos really wanted to take me to see an old historic hotel “Hotel Del Coronado”. He wanted to show me around and tell me about the haunted history! I thought it was a beautiful hotel with a great location! Right on the beach! We were able to take a few pics and there was a cute little ice cream shop there so I was able to get my favorite - cookie dough and coffee!! There was also this cute home store right next to the ice cream shop AT the hotel, and it had such cute things! I wanted to buy so much but I wouldn’t have been able to fit it in my suitcase for the flight home.

The little two piece I wore was so cute! The boutique has a romper with the same print and I love it.

Anyway, we spend the rest of the day walking around downtown San Diego and walked by the yachts that were in front of our hotel… Does anyone else husband like to price out the Yachts that are in the parked in the harbor? or is it just mine… I think he likes to sit and daydream. They were gorgeous though! We ended up finishing the night at a cool new place I had never visited yet! It was called “Craft & Commerce”. It’s a very hipster cute vibe that it has going on from the decor to the food item names and drink names on the menu to the people that worked there and that were customers as well. I am no food critic, however I highly recommend going to this place to try it out. The food was definitely nothing short of amazing. I will most likely come back here on my next San Diego adventure.





















Our 12 day trip in France!

My first time in Europe and I brought my kids!

 

Hello, my friends! Long time since I have written a blog post! I would like to get back into this and a good way to start is just break down my trip that I was just on! Maybe you didn't know, but I was just in France for 12 days at the end of June / beginning of July! It was so perfect and beautiful! So let just jump right in!

This trip was planned to go to my brother in laws wedding in France! It was my husband and I and our kids. My Mother and Father in law, My husband's sister, and her husband that all went to the wedding and also flew in from California!

Before we go any further - lets talk about children on the flight… 2 under 4 years old I might add. It wasn’t all that bad.. I did have a passenger in front me yell at my because of my two year old but thats another story. If anyone is taking a long flight with young kids, you need this! I linked a blow up foot rest per say. It basically is a bed for your toddler and makes it so easy and comfortable for the kids to lay down and sleep or just to chill! Check it out! You won’t regret it.

Anyway - since the trip was a little while ago I will say the high point of the trip were definitely being able to walk around and seeing the Eiffel Tower, I loved walking around downtown AIX and trying to figure out how NOT to get a parking ticket. Obviously the wedding was one of the most beautiful weddings I had ever been to! We went to Monaco for a few days and we ate dinner in Italy! I literally can’t wait to go back just to Italy. Then last but not least we went to Disneyland in Paris on our last day! The kids loved it so much! I will be posting some pics below from our trip. A lot more than what I had on instagram! Enjoy!

 

Surprise Birthday for my Hubby

How to surprise your husband for his Birthday the right way! If he loves SF and Steak.

My Husbands birthday is on December 23d. So close to Christmas! Sometimes its hard to get away or even plan big things because of the Holidays! Also, our son's Birthday is December 21st. This month for work, Carlos traveled to the East Coast (NJ) twice! One whole week in the beginning of December and then another week the 3rd week of December. I wanted to make this year extra special because our kids were a little older,  so they can be with a sitter overnight with no issues. Jade and Charlie love their babysitter so that definitely helps. I ended up choosing a hotel that we can stay at and a nice steakhouse that we can try together that neither of us has been to!   

The Hotel

We have stayed at many hotels in SF throughout our relationship! I always think its fun to go somewhere new so I decided on Hotel Nikko! It was right on Mason Street! Walking distance away from Union Square! We were on the 20th Floor, where the view was fantastic with all the city lights! Our cute room with a king-size bed was definitely one for the books! The entire lobby/ hallways were fully MARBLE! It was beautiful. They were all set up for Christmas too with the Tree in the front lobby - which was incredible. 

Best Steak Restaurant

Granted I have not been to many Steakhouses but I have been to my fair share and especially in San Fransisco. ( House of Prime Rib, Fogo De Chão, Mortons) To name a few. Tonight I surprised my Husband and took him to 5A5, one of the higher rated places in SF! O.M.G it was amazing... not only the food but the atmosphere was perfect! Our Server to start was really awesome and really took care of us! The kitchen was by far amazing. They kept sending us out little tasters "compliments from the chef". From the Wine down to the Steak and Dessert, it was really tasty and definitely worth the price. Carlos owns a few restaurants so he was really really excited the Chef kept sending things out! He downed his steak and ran down the street to the nearest Safeway (2 min walk) and he grabbed a 24 pack of beer and handed it straight to the head Chef! As weird as that sounds walking into a 4.5-star restaurant the whole kitchen was ecstatic. From the wine down to the steak and dessert it had the wow-factor and was definitely worth the price. Here are the things that we ordered in order and the pictures of the dishes below!

  1. Rosé - Liquid Farm "Vogelzang Vineyard" Rose, Santa Barbara, Ca 2016

  2. Red Wine - Taken "Red Blend" Napa Valley 2014

  3. Truffle Fries - white truffle oil and sriracha aioli

  4. Hamachi Spoon - Uni, pickled seaweed, strawberry - kimchi furikake, aji ceviche, ponzu

  5. Crustini - with brie cheese and mixed fruit jam
  6. Filet Mignon - Green garlic sauce, roasted garlic, demi-glace, micro parsley
  7. Mango Spoon - Mango & Chili gelatin with white chocolate
  8. Asparagus - Pesto, snap pea, quail egg, prosciutto, hickory smoked goat cheese
  9. Truffled Mac & Cheese - (we added lobster) Gruyere, mozzarella, cheddar
  10. Mandarin jelly - with mint and pistachio & mint mandolin
  11. Happy Birthday - plate covered in chocolate sauce and cake with candle of course
  12. Chocolate nuts and berries -  Chocolate 5 ways - ice cream - cookie - gelatin - mousse - cake

My favorite "night out" outfit

I've wanted a black jumpsuit for a while, but have been having a hard time finding one that fits me in all the right places. I ended up finding this jumpsuit on a whim and I got it on sale for $20! I loved it! You can find it here.  You can also find my necklace here. Shoes here.

 

 

Birthday Extras!

A few extra things that I had for him and walking downtown to union square.

Anniversary Trip to Kauai

The trip of my DREAMS!

I am not sure if I can honestly fit all this in one post! Also a part of me doesn't even know where to start! It was the most amazing thing that someone has ever done for me! Lets start back in June. My husband decided to put some $$ away and I kept pressuring him to tell me what was going on and what he was putting the money aside for. The way that I found out that we were doing a vacation somewhere is, I was at work and I was notified on our scheduling system that my "time-off" was approved! To me I was like "what? Time off? I don't remember asking for time off.." I took a look into it and it was for a week in September! The week of our Anniversary. For those of you who don't know, Carlos and I work together. We have worked at an awesome startup for about a year and a half! Anyway, at that point I still didn't know where we were going.. Carlos has been known to always plan secrets and surprise me with things and he's so good at keeping a secret! Fast forward to a few weeks before we were leaving with me still no idea where we are going and he wouldn't confirm or deny this "trip". We were sitting on our couch one night and he texts me a picture of a beach, no words just the beach. (Our entire relationship he has always talked about taking me to Kauai) I loved how beautiful the beach was and asked him if this is where we were going and for whatever reason I decided to just google the word "Kauai" and the same exact picture was on the internet under KAUAI that Carlos had just sent me!!! The rest was history! 

The Hotel

The hotel that we stayed at was absolutely beautiful! The pools they had to the room all the way to the short walk and we were on the beach! We stayed at the Kauai Beach Resort. I was happy to stay on an island that was a bit more "quiet" and I was able to relax for an entire week on a beach! I think my favorite part of the resort was we stayed in the back building and right outside was the beach. We would walk out there in the morning when we couldn't sleep due to jet lag/ excitement that we were actually in KAUAI! You can check out the resort here :)

The Outfits

Shopping for Kauai was probably half the fun! I was so excited to stock up on summer dresses and have a few more swimsuits in my arsenal! I was trying to find as many summer dresses and rompers that I could and I probably did all this like 2 months in advance.  I didn't even end up wearing a lot of what I brought because we were just lounging the whole time and relaxing by the beach or pool. 

THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO IF YOU VISIT KAUAI

Excursions... There were so many people telling me that I have to do this while I am there or do that! So Here is what we ended up doing and what we had the time for!

1. The first thing that we ended up doing was going on a hike. There is a trail that the locals had told to us about hiking down to see natural waterfalls that fall into this private secluded area where you can swim and just hang out. I love hiking, even though I rarely do it! I was super excited! I brought my hiking shoes and every thing. I was thinking that maybe we would be on a trail or something.. NO. The beginning of this hike was straight down. You had to climb under branches and big limbs of the tree and hold on to the roots so that you didn't fall. Locals had put rope going down to help as well. But it was really muddy so it was a little sketchy. But overall it was super great! I had a blast! Carlos ended up being super sore the next day. But it was worth it because it was so so beautiful! You can click HERE for the map to see where its at and find more information about it too!

2. The second thing that we were able to do was go tubing in the old Sugar Cane Canal! This one was a little less adventurous. It was not like raging waters, but just to go through all the tunnels was pretty awesome to see! We went through about 5 tunnels and we wore hard hats that had lights on them and the last tunnel they had us turn off the lights for. It was pretty scary because it was pitch black sitting on a tube floating on water. The total time that we were floating down the canals was only about 45 mins. So if you have 45 minutes on your trip to Kauai you can learn a little bit about their culture and just see some really really awesome views when you get to the top of the mountain!

3. Last but not least and my favorite adventure we did on the trip. We went Snorkeling on the BEAUTIFUL Na Pali Coast! I highly recommend that you go with the company called Go Blue Adventures. Ask for our Captains: J-Sea and Duke! They were amazing and made the day so fun! The boat that we went on was an old Navy sea boat! It was so awesome! We were able to go in to some caves with the boat and see parts of the island that you can only get to by hiking or if you fly over in a helicopter.  I have only been snorkeling once in my life and I was pretty young but I do remember stepping on Vana (Sea Urchin) and the stingers got stuck in my foot. So this time around I was a little scared to say the least. HOWEVER, this was the BEST EXPERIENCE of my LIFE!!!!! Go Blue Adventures definitely curved my fear of snorkeling. Although, I did scream underwater when I saw a turtle AND when Captain J-Sea and Duke were throwing pineapple near me in the water causing all the fish to swim very closely. For anyone who doesn't know me... I can't stand when fish touch me in the water. Again, I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to go snorkling!

A little something extra <3

Here are some extra pictures of adventures that we did and some places that we were able to eat at! I can't wait to visit this island again it was the most amazing experience I have ever had!