Cinco de Mayo Weekend in Photos

So I apparently missed my one-year blogiversary, because this weekend as we celebrated Cinco de Mayo I remembered back to last year when I put up one of my first “recipe” posts. Really, I just made dinner using other people’s recipes and then took pictures of it…but it was an epic meal nonetheless.

This year, there was less cooking and more drinking. As there should be.

As you probably could have surmised from all my complaining on here, work has been pretty rough lately. So rough, in fact, that the only thing I wanted to do upon arriving home on Friday and was to enjoy a glass of wine on my balcony…….while taking pictures of myself.

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My boyfriend is sooo lucky you guys. {more like I’m lucky that he sticks with me after receiving series of texts like this!}

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The original plan was to make some dinner together, but we were much too hungry so we just went to our go-to spot (and T-Man’s favorite) Burgers & Brew. I don’t know if I’ve ever gone into too much detail about B&B, but it’s awesome. They have 40+ beers on tap (plus they get limited release beers like Pliny the Younger and Stone’s EnjoyBy IPA!) and a solid list of burgers. T-Man loves their Bacon & Jalapeno burger, while my favorite is their Spicy Guacamole Burger…though I’ve started ordering their Turkey & Avocado Melt. Basically I love avocado, can you tell? I also love that you can sub their veggie patty on any of the normal burgers. A+!

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On Saturday, I did some grocery shopping for Cinco de Mayo eats. My basket included tequila and Elmo Mac n’ Cheese. Totally normal, right?

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Pineapple-coconut-tequila “ice pops” (they never really froze so they were more like slushies) on top; pineapple salsa & guacamole-making station on the bottom.

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We arrived at our friend’s party just in time to bet on the Kentucky Derby. I wrote all the horses names on slips of paper and people paid $1 a horse. I bought 2 horses, and one of them got in last place……of course. {We later did another pool for the Mayweather fight, and I didn’t win that one either! Ha)

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The rest of the party involved “Guess how many items are in this bowl full of pregnancy tests and condoms” — beer pong. LOTS of beer pong. — Nick & Laura’s daughter making an appearance…and wearing a mustache — This adorable dog!

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The next morning, T-Man took me home and I found my accessories hilarious: a bottle of tequila {mostly full, mind you!} and my empty salsa container — Then, I sat out in the sun and played kickball. Lots of fun and definitely more of a workout than dodgeball!

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Woke up to grey skies and a wet bike this morning. It was sooo hard to get out of bed. There are thunderstorms on the horizon today, which is probably a good thing considering we were in the mid-90’s last week!

How did you celebrate this weekend? (if at all)

Did you watch the race or the fight? And more importantly, were you more successful than I was in making some money off of them!?

Friday Faves

Another week gone…thank goodness! I’ve gotta say though, it really does feel like the week flies by when you’re busy at work.

I did a lot better this week about eating healthily (thanks to my Sunday Food Prep, my only meal that wasn’t homemade this week was dinner last night at the dodgeball bar {pizza and beer FTW!}) and I continued my pretty good exercise streak. Last night before dodgeball, my friend Lisa and I did this quick upper-body workout from Women’s Health — perfect for easing my way into pumping iron again. I feel like I have the opposite problem as this guy: muscular legs, noodley arms.

Anyway, here’s what I’m lovin today:

1) This story about the “inventor” of Sriracha

It makes me love sriracha 20x more knowing that the product is made by a guy who really loves what he does.

2) Alexia products

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I know I’ve shown pictures of my dinners with fries on the side, but I’ve never explained where those come from…I have Alexia brand fries or potatoes a minimum of 2 nights per week! So so good. I am sad that it’s going to be too hot soon to use my oven, because they’ve really become a staple in my diet, and a key factor in making easy quick weeknight meals!

3) The Kings are (most likely) Staying in Sacramento!

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Crappy picture, but after the NBA Relocation Committee recommended to block our team’s move to Seattle, there was a HUGE crowd gathered at a bar/restaurant near my office for the mayor’s press conference. It was a happy day in my Facebook and Twitter feeds! #HereWeStay was trending NATIONALLY! YES! {not to mention it was the same day that Jason Collins became the first active NBA player to publicly come out of the closet. Great day for the NBA if you ask me!}

It’s still up in the air who the team will be sold to, but for now we know that they’re here for at least another season.

4) The Kentucky Derby

Is anyone else really into horse races? It’s totally in my genes: my grandpa on the East Coast started taking us to the races (dogs, horses, you name it) since we were little, and when I started dating T-Man I was delighted to learn that he loves it too! We have gone to Golden Gate Fields (as pictured above) quite a few times over the past couple of years for Dollar Days.

I’m putting together a Derby pool for our gambling-loving friends, and will TOTALLY be living vicariously through my future Blend Roomie, Becky, who is there and has already posted pictures of her first fabulous outfit + hat on Instagram!!!

5) Gradual Tanning lotion WITH SUNSCREEN from Jergens

THIS IS BIG, PEOPLE. Do you understand what a big deal it is for a pale chica like me to have discovered a lotion that safely (artificially) tans you WHILE PROTECTING YOUR SKIN?!

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Ready for these pale legs to get some color! Let’s call this my ‘before’ picture 🙂

I’ve always struggled with accepting my fair skin – especially when I attended college at a school right on the beach where everyone’s tan. Even at my tannest (summer after sophomore year) I was pretty pale according to normal standards! I’ve always been pretty good about applying sunscreen though, and after having a cancerous mole removed in January, I’m not taking chances anymore. I’ve used Jergen’s before and I like it…the smell didn’t seem to be as bad with this one at first, but it definitely lingers.

6) Rose gardens!

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McKinley Park Rose Garden

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Capitol Park Rose Garden

The rose gardens in Sacramento have been pretty epic lately. Last Saturday, T-Man and I had a picnic at McKinley Park and took a few minutes to walk around the epic rose garden there. This morning, I walked to work for the first time since Winter and got a chance to walk through the rose garden at Capitol Park! Loving springtime…even if it already feels like summer 🙂 (94 degrees today!)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Do you like horse races?

How do you maintain your skin’s natural (or in my case, not so natural) glow?