Life Lately: Hello San Diego

I was asked last minute to speak on a panel at a conference in San Diego last week. As you can tell, it was terrible. (Kidding obviously)

I had never been to Southern California so I was really excited. We stayed at The Grand Del Mar. I think it’s safe to say if it wasn’t for my job I would never have the opportunity to stay at this luxury hotel. “Luxury” is just not a category we consider when booking a trip.


I practiced my speech by the pool when I got there with a skinny coconut colada and even ordered a shrimp Cesar salad.  Have you ever felt so blessed that you feel guilty? I felt terrible that Nick and Austin couldn’t join me.


This was the garden (above) and below is one of the terraces. It was like a scene out of Mid Summers Night Dream.


I went for a run one morning before the conference started. I asked the doormen if there was a path I could take. They said there was one right outside the resort property. It was about a mile down the road. They kept insisting that they should drive me there. That defeats the purpose a bit so I said no thank you … but continued to giggle at the thought of me stepping out of the resorts Benz while they dabbed the sweat off my brow before I took off for a run. So funny.


I treated myself to a “Replenish Body Wrap” and a mini facial at their spa as well. This was the view of their salt water mineral hot tub and the steam room and sauna.

See. Totally spoiled.


They come in and get your room ready for bedtime every night. They put rose petals on my bed and in the enormous bathtub. There was also a chocolate covered oreo in front of my pillow as well.

My diet was a bit off for the two days I was there but I tried not to worry about it and just enjoy myself.

You guys … I slept for 8 hours straight the first night. It’s been two years maybe longer since that has happened.


I was really nervous but everyone said I did a great job on my speech. Phew. I was  happy to get that part over with.

I missed this little guy so much. I think he took my two nights away pretty hard. At school they said he seemed stressed and was even pushing the other kids in his classroom. That’s not like Austin at all.

It was so good to see him and squeeze him and kiss him repeatedly when I got back.


SLEEP UPDATE: He is still not sleeping in the pirate ship. He loves to play in it. He makes us all sit in it “Mommy sit, Daddy sit” and then says he is driving us to Chucky Cheese and spins the steering wheel.

But no sleep.

He sleeps on the floor next to it until about 1am and then wakes up and one of us will sleep in there with him on the floor or bring him in our bed.


I was greeted by cherry blossoms when I pulled up from the airport.  This is my street. I love our tunnel of pink and white and savor them for the few short weeks they are in bloom.

Okay, back to reality.  P.S. It’s almost Cinco de Mayo. I’ve got a jello shot recipe coming up and some more about the book soon.



Jelly Shots: A Rainbow of 70 Boozy Recipes IS COMING SOON!

It’s almost here! I feel like I have been talking about this FOR-EV-ER. Soon I will actually be able to hold it in my hands.

You are going to FLIP OUT when you see what’s in side this little book.

final cover

NEW JELLO SHOTS! I tried to think of every food trend I possibly could and turn it into a jello shot. Nutella, birthday cake, peaches and cream. The ideas just kept coming. The chapters are organized by holidays and there is something for every occasion!

I can’t wait to show you more but for now here is the cover. Jelly Shots is available for pre-order RIGHT NOW where-ever books are sold. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target you name it. BUY ONE FOR ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS AND THEN PARTY WITH THEM ALL SUMMER :)

Official release date is set for July 6th. Stand by for giveaways and some special sneak peeks.

Love you guys, thank you for all of your support over the years, without your interest in my adorable little boozy treats none of this would be happening.

Let me know if you have any questions about the book. More coming soon …


Tulip Jello Shots

Since spring doesn’t want to arrive in the DC area anytime soon, I thought I would take matters into my own hands and get this party started.

Are these not the prettiest (girliest) jello shots you have ever seen?


After I saw the grass candy Twizzlers at Target and mini cookie cutters at Michael’s I knew these would be so easy to pull off.

Life Lately: Pirate Ship Beds and Stuff

Behold matey! The infamous pirate ship bed.

He talks about it at school all day long. He loves it. Too bad he won’t sleep through the night or nap in it. Do you think it’s because it looks like a giant toy? Maybe he is thinking “it can’t possibly be nap time, it’s PIRATE PLAY TIME”.

Sigh. I slept on the floor again last night next to the ship. We are making very little progress.


I don’t know why I am showing you this. I should be embarrassed but for some reason I find it amusing. Do you see that squished goldfish to the lower left? Yep.

Life Lately: Eat, Don’t sleep, Repeat.

So Austin refused to nap this weekend. Check out his sweet Play-doh creation and his cute little stubborn pout.

Austin playdoh

I would put him in his room on his crib mattress (his new toddler bed didn’t arrive until last night) and he just wasn’t having it. He would get right up and start playing and asking for his “Spida-meh”. His teachers say he is napping at school so if it happens again this weekend we are planing to be strong and shut the door and trust that he will be okay in there and hopefully go to sleep on his own.

This child just doesn’t want to sleep anymore. Unless I am with him holding him the whole time and as good as that feels, momma has to get some things done!

Like food prep for the week.