friday’s fab five {11.21.14}

The fab five is posted every Friday to end the week on a happy note and features items on my radar that I’m loving right now. Who knows, you might find something that could be on your fab five list!

What are you up to this weekend? Justin and I are having dinner with a friend at her new house and I’m thinking of fun desserts to try out to bring (this like one or this one). It’s been rainy in SF so I’m avoiding going out as much as possible (so I guess ever living in Seattle is out right?).

Here’s this week’s fab five:

1. “Whatever I’m Late Anyways” Watch $39


image via etsy

I know some of you out there really hate it when people are late. I get it, I really do. If you are a friend then I will do my best to be sensitive to that and be as close to on time as possible. However, I’m usually late, so this watch makes me laugh. Anyone else?

2. Recipe of the week: Atole de Calabaza (pumpkin atole)


image via The Other Side of the Tortilla

Atole is a Mexican drink made with milk, corn flour and flavoring (in this case, pumpkin, but there is also strawberry and vanilla among others). It’s served hot and delicious. I’ve been LOVING the blog The Other Side of the Tortilla from LA based Maura Hernandez as her recipes take me back to my mom and grandmother’s cooking. I want to make this during Thanksgiving break (here are some other recipes for the holiday). Yum!

3. Jimmy Kimmel Fake Ultrasound Prank

Ah this made me laugh so much! For those that have never been to a sonogram, you really don’t know what to expect. This prank was awesome and totally worth watching.

4. Tech Caddy Table $300


image via etsy

This table is perfect for those with a lot of technology and not a lot of space (basically anyone living in San Francisco). With enough room for a computer, phone, chargers and even cupholders for the occasional beverage, you won’t want to leave.

5. Song Pick: Foo Fighters “Something from Nothing”

We’ve been watching Sonic Highways on HBO that documents the locations that inspired the songs on their new album. I really like Foo Fighters, and lucky for me (and all their other fans), they are going on tour next year (check Ticketmaster for tix)!

That’s it for me, have a great weekend everyone!

baby thoughts: halfway through


I can’t believe I’m halfway through this pregnancy thing. Although not the smoothest pregnancy and isn’t showing signs of getting better (although it’s also not showing signs of getting worse which I am immensely grateful for), it has been cool to listen to her heart beat whenever we want, which was made possible by a family friend who let us borrow her fetal doppler :)

I have been a little dissapointed with these supposed “pregnancy cravings”, which I really haven’t had yet. I think my love for cesar salad and kettle chips were because my body didn’t go into complete freak-out mode when I had them. I’m also finding that as more time goes by, those foods I “crave” slowly start to fade out as I try other things that my body won’t lash-out at me for (I like to imagine heavy metal music and screaming when I eat something it doesn’t like versus soft jazz and smiles when I eat something it does like).

As a creative person, I thought my cravings would be fun and super unusual, like scrambled eggs with peanut butter and maple syrup or something that sounds completely disgusting to others but the most delicious thing to me. Haven’t happened yet. Ah well, at least I’m not puking… hail to all the Gods for that.

1. How big is the baby?

I’m 23 weeks and baby is the size of a bunch of grapes (or for the dad-to-be, the size of a small baseball mitt).

2. Foods I Love…

Honest Tea Peach White Tea, cupcakes and fresh fruit. Unfortunately, no crazy cravings. The foods I like are ones that my body doesn’t have a temper tantrum over, and I appreciate that.

3. Foods I Hate…

Anything “grain-y” like oatmeal, barley, seeds or small nuts. I find the little grains get stuck in my throat and cause that stupid lump to linger. I also stay away from carbonated beverages as they tend to make my acid reflux flare up.

4. How I’m Feeling…

Every day is better, but I haven’t really felt “awesome” yet, and have doubts that I will feel completely “back to normal” until after I deliver. I am getting more excited about having a little girl and bought her first little dress and sweater the other day (shown above). With 4.5 months to go, it’s now time to start thinking about car seats, strollers, cribs, etc. etc. etc. Our work is cut out for us.


what the hills y’all: signs of SF (part 2)

One of my favorite things walking around the city is seeing how creative shops are with their signs. Whether they announce new food items, specials, sales or events, it’s all about getting your attention. San Francisco has kicked it up to include words of encouragement, deep thoughts and a chance to laugh.

Below are some more of my favorite signs of SF (see part 1 here) that I’ve captured over the time I’ve spent here. Enjoy.


glad we were able to cleat that up.


in case you were wondering…


can’t help but smile when I saw this sign. Mission accomplished.


it’s on.


although technically not a chalkboard fold-out sign, I couldn’t help but take a picture of this one. Also, Tacolicious is the bomb.