Cooking Cookies with the Kiddo

Cooking Cookies_11 Cooking Cookies_4 Cooking Cookies_1 Cooking Cookies_3 Cooking Cookies_5 Cooking Cookies_6 Cooking Cookies_7 Cooking Cookies_10 Cooking Cookies_8 Cooking Cookies_14 Cooking Cookies_13 Cooking Cookies_12 Cooking Cookies_9 Earrings: vintage | Sweater: J. Crew, old color, similar | Necklace: came in a Stitch Fix box | Jeans: Mother, old, love this and this | Nail polish: Essie Forever Yummy (#488) Cooking cookies with a toddler is a special kind of adventure full of fun, excitement, and a few messes. My little man's favorite part of cooking cookies? Whirling the ingredients. In case you aren't sure what this means, whirling = stirring in his dialect. Somehow we managed to whirl and bake the cookies, clean the kitchen, and eat a couple of the yummy treats without spilling on our clothes - though the risk was totally worth it! This particular recipe is a family favorite - banana, oatmeal, chocolate chip - and have never let me down. I added extra banana this time so the cooking time was a bit longer than usual. All in all, they were the perfect treat for a long weekend.

Classic Cars in the Gundo

Classic Cars_4 Classic Cars_2 Classic Cars_1 Classic Cars_6 Classic Cars_7 Classic Cars_3   Classic Cars_11 Classic Cars_10 Classic Cars_8 Classic Cars_9 Classic Cars_12 Classic Cars_13 Dress: Madewell | Boots: Joie | Sunnies: Michael Kors, old, similar | Watch: Michael Kors A few weekends ago, the family and I decided to pop downtown for a quick lunch and were rewarded with a fantastic line up of fantastic classic cars. Somehow we missed the advertising for this fun event that shut down most of  Main St. in the Gundo. Parking was a bit of a drag, but it was well worth it to get to see all the awesome classic cars and enjoy the music and fun with my kiddos and hubby. If you find yourself in the South Bay, take a quick detour off PCH and swing through the Gundo. Even if there isn't a fun carnival or street festivity, there are plenty of restaurants, shops, parks, and even a brewery to delight you for a couple of hours.

Tasting Fall in Wine Country

L'Aventure Tasting_4 L'Aventure Tasting_1 L'Aventure Tasting_2 L'Aventure Tasting_3 L'Aventure Tasting_5 L'Aventure Tasting_6 We got our first taste of fall recently. I thought I wasn't ready to let go of long summer days, but now I find myself craving all things fall. I want to go apple picking, carve pumpkins, wrap myself in plaid throws, and sip apple cider in front of a fire. The white blazer is a staple in my wardrobe. No matter how sloppy I feel, I know I can throw it on with jeans and a pair of heels and my day will instantly become brighter. I don't buy into the whole no white after Labor Day rule, so you can be sure to see this many more times as summer fades and fall really gets underway. Jacket: J. Crew, white color n/a| Jeans: Madewell | Sunglasses: Michael Kors, old, similar | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: Lucky Brand, old | Boots: Joie | Bag: Kate Spade, color n/a

5 Things: September 17

5 Things_Intro Image_larger ONE: A/C You know those in-window a/c units? The ones that are designed to be used with windows that open / close vertically? I've always thought they were so unattractive and bulky; definitely not something I had any intention of using in my home. Well, the recent Texas-style weather we've been experiencing in SoCal has me singing a different tune. Our hot and humid master bedroom was the coolest place in the house so the hubby and I shared it with our furnace of a dog and our human torch son. Nobody got any sleep. So, when we stumbled into ownership of one of these ugly window a/c units I nearly hugged the beast. For the next few days, we moved it from the living room in the morning to the bedroom in the afternoon basking in the cool relief it provided. Talk about a fantastic night's sleep. It doesn't fit pefectly in our windows though, so a little jimmy-rigging on the part of the hubby led to this super classy get up. It may be ugly, but this is one happy mama (just don't show me the electric bill for the month!). Window AC TWO: ALMA MATER & A FANTASTIC SPEAKER On Tuesday, the hubby watched the little man in the evening so I could see Nolan Bushnell speak at my alma mater (Loyola Marymount University) as part of the Hilton Distinguished Entrepreneur Lecture Series. Nolan immediately connected to the audience with his humor, honesty, and story-telling. The father of the video game industry, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese, and tech inventor, he had no shortage of interesting and inspiring stories of success and failure. The target audience of undergraduate entrepreneurship majors responded to his lecture with cheers and applause more akin to a sporting event; they were obviously impressed - and so was I. THREE: RAIN Self-explanatory. Of course, it would rain on the day the hubby and I had scheduled for moving a bunch of stuff to our new place, but I'll take it. We have one more big day of moving planned hoping for rain on all days except that one. Did anyone else notice how clear and fresh the air has been since the rain blew through? Cloudy & Rain FOUR: TASTE OF FALL The cool down of the last couple evenings gave us L.A. residents a taste of the fall to come. I couldn't be more excited! I love summer - the heat, the sun, the long days, the early rising of the sun - but, I am ready for butternut squash, chili, boots, scarves, sweaters, hot cocoa, and evenings curled up by the fire with a great book and a cup of hot tea.
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This homemade latte screams fall and I can't wait to curl up with one soon.

FIVE: THE POOL The heat has brought a whole host of problems to the residents of SoCal and beyond, but looking at the positive side, a huge benefit of it has been the ability to jump in the pool and not be freezing despite less than ideal water temperatures. The little man has finally overcome the "pool phobia" he developed over the last year and is now happily jumping into the pool, climbing out, and repeating the process until I am blue covered in goose pimples. But his laugh and the way he holds on tight to my neck after jumping in to me, make every single freezing moment worth it. Pool with the Kids

Vanilla Soy Latte

Vanilla Soy Latte_Insta I’m not sure what happened to spring, but today had a distinct crisp chill to it reminiscent of fall, which had me craving a warming beverage and roasted vegetables. As it was only 9:30 in the morning, I decided to wait on the veggies until a more respectable 11:00am at least. But, it was prime coffee time and a latte was just what the doctor ordered....

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Out With the Girls

Last Saturday I was getting ready to go over to my friends' place following the vague directions to "dress cute casual" so we can "either go out or stay in." Not the easiest of challenges as my original plan was to pajama-party-it with a movie and a bottle of wine. But, no big, jeans and a halter should do (though I did toss a cute romper in my purse just in case). After a hug and kiss from the little one ...

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