Weekend Wants

a variety of summer classics

Highlights from Monterey

we’ve been excited about this Unyi wedding ever since they got engaged! We knew little Wells would join us and that we’d extend the trip a little bit to accommodate for visiting a few of our favorite places and to make the travel across the country worth it.

We got in and did our In-N-Out stop before we made our way to Downtown Santa Cruz to visit our favorite roaster, Verve Coffee. We did some walking and some shopping (grabbed the older boys skateboards from Berdels) to break up the beautiful drive to Monterey.

Too many highlights to list them all but it was great just getting out of the routine for a few days and to try new places, bond with our littlest as he hasn’t had a ton of one on one time with us and see some really special friends that we haven’t seen in awhile. It was an awesome trip and I’m glad we have the photos to look back on it.

Monterey things…

Stay: Portola Resort & Spa – perfectly situated near tourist spots and yet walking distance to great food and coffee.

Eat: Alvarado Street Brewery – really good food and great beer selection. A seat yourself beer garden is in the back. Also Peter B’s behind the hotel was a gem – outdoor fire pits, awesome happy hour and cool menu.

Coffee: Captain & Stoker – it’s a vibe. We went every morning but it wasn’t just for the cool tunes and merch – their coffee and small menu was really really good.

Beer: Fieldwork Beer Garden – just taps, no food but a super chill outdoor scene.

Wedding venue: Cooper Molera Barns

Toast to Summer w/ Avaline

this post is sponsored by Avaline but the thoughts and comments are my own.

SUMMER is unofficially here and the juggle with work, kids and copious amounts of sunshine time is about to commence.

With the warm weather creeping in I’ve been wanting a cool wine to sip leisurely outside while the kiddos play. Nick loves a good chardonnay but the new white and rose from Avaline is so good! Made with organic grapes and no added sugars it’s simply tasty and not at all guilty.

Check your local grocery store or ABC Wine & Spirits for a bottle of Avaline for your next summer party or hostess gift.

Weekend Wants

a warm mix if you ask me.

Wells is Five Months

gah, baby boy you’re growing up quick.

I swear everything about him changes by the day. As we gear up for summer and all the camps, trips and the infinite kiddo juggle I really don’t want to miss a thing.

  • He’s babbling up a storm
  • Good at mimicking us – sticks his tongue out, blows raspberries and copies whatever we do
  • Can hold his bottle and put his paci in his mouth
  • Loves to be spooked! A sure way to get a giggle or two
  • Very much into watching his older brothers
  • Has figured out we have a dog
  • Has tried banana and sweet potato and really not sure about either of them
  • Still teething and drooling like whoa
  • Comfortably wearing 6-9 mo clothes
  • Likes to play with anything that makes sounds
  • Into walks and car rides
  • A champ at tummy time and can roll over from front to back
  • Getting blonder and more hazel eyed by the day
  • Has this one leg that likes to rock/bounce – almost as if it was his “happy tail”
  • Loves his dada something BIG
  • Genuinely wants to be in/around the action


I could just stare at you for hours. Your face is so sweet and your smiles and smirks are literally the best. Your rolls are really starting to take shape and I on occasion call you endearingly my “chunky monkey!” When you stretch and flex your feet right before a diaper change gets me every single time. Even though you’re still not the best sleeper around here, you are mostly happy and cheerful and I love your sweet personality. Soon enough you’ll be eating tons of big boy foods, crawling around and pulling yourself up. I see you sneaking into any brotherly situation and having a complete ball. I’m excited for many more firsts this summer – trips to the beach, first plane ride and other exciting milestones. Know I love you SO much and can’t imagine this world without you.


Weekend Wants

feeling all the pretty pastels and nudes right now

Memorial Day Sales

so many good ones from L&G, Anthro, McGee & Co to Madewell and Shopbop.

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