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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ (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?

Weekend in Photos

Happy ( ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) Monday, everybody. Here I am at my weekly attempt to scrape together a blog post before my bosses roll in (usually around 9:30 or 10) and start giving me my chores projects for the day. It’s interesting, I work from 8:30-5:30, but 10am-6pm are really the busiest hours of the day. So my first few hours of work are usually pretty relaxed. Plenty of time to enjoy a good breakfast!

The weekend wasn’t half bad either:

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On Friday, I left work early to go to visit my Grandma with my parents. We stopped at a rest stop in Vallejo because my mom and I have bladders the size of peas ~truth~. My aunt was in town from Connecticut and the 5 of us went out to a Japanese restaurant in Novato called Masa’s for dinner. It was unfortunately not great, and the rolls were tiny for the price. But it was still nice to go out! Then my Grandma and I watched the episode of Downton Abbey with the TURK. Bahahaha.

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Because Safeway is 4 blocks from my apartment and Groc Out is 2 blocks away, they tend to be my grocery go-to’s. Welp, this weekend my super boyfriend drove us the extra mile (literally, it’s just 1 mile from his place) to Foodie Mecca, Jr…. Trader Joe’s! (The title of Foodie Mecca, Sr. is reserved for Whole Foods of course, haha)

I hadn’t gone grocery shopping in nearly two weeks, and was due to stock up on some essentials (rice, quinoa, legumes, etc) so I kiiiinda went crazy. Expect another Week in Groceries post to come soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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Later, we watched our friends compete in the dodgeball league’s annual Flip Cup tournament…we didn’t get enough people together in time and, let’s face it, I’m just not in flip cup shape anymore when it comes to drinking! The two teams comprised of all our friends ended up facing off in the finals ๐Ÿ™‚

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Yesterday, my brother and I finally made it to a Kings game. He was a coach in our YMCA’s Jr NBA league and all the participants got free tickets to the Kings vs. Bobcats game. Unfortunately, we were both still pretty sickly from last week’s colds (Andrew more than me, as you can tell from his not-so-pleased face and cup holder full of Kleenex!).

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The Kings are kind of a big deal ’round these parts. What you see there is Mayor Kevin Johnson giving this interview at halftime. On Thursday, he announced the two rich guys (whales) who are hoping to buy the Kings from the Maloof family so they don’t sell the team to Seattle buyers. KJ has garnered quite a coalition of community donors who want in on the team, hopefully the league sees what a great basketball city Sacramento is!

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The Kings didn’t do too badly either…they ended up blowing the Bobcats out by nearly 40 points ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week!

Who’s the home-team favorite in your town?