Like I mentioned on Friday, we had our first visitor since moving to CA this past week!  Jesse’s brother Spencer arrived on Tuesday and headed back to the snow and cold MN on Sunday afternoon.

We LOVED having him here with us, and we hope he had a good time, too!

Here are a few snapshots of our weekend together…

Danica, Zida - roadtrip

Friday was the first non-rainy day since Spencer got here so we started off the day with a little trip to the Golden Gate Bridge!

Spencer, san francisco

golden gate bridge - batter spencer - marin headlands

danica, zida, jesse - family - golden gate bridge

Please go to the Marin Headlands (especially the Battery Spencer viewpoint) if you ever come to San Francisco.

delores park - san francisco

We spent the afternoon hanging out at Dolores Park!  I love that place.

danica, jesse, spencer - dolores park

apple cider

It was chilly at the park (though I know there’s nothing about the weather to complain about) so we stopped at a nearby coffee shop for a warm drink.

That night was ate at SO, which is a restaurant that serves authentic (delicious) Chinese food, you just have to put up with the poor service first ;)

Lombard street - san francisco

On Saturday we did a driving tour for Spencer around the city, which included a trip down Lombard Street!

dolores park - san francisco

We ended back up at Dolores Park for a bit before walking to dinner at Pakwan – authentic Pakistani / Indian food that was so good.

danica, jesse, ping pong, saturday night

We went to Jesse’s office on Saturday night – the boys played ping pong and I drank Kombucha while doing some writing.  Fun times.

Tilden Regional Park - San Francisco - lookout point

On Sunday we drove around Tilden Regional Park, and then we got lunch at Jupiter in Berkeley.

Jupiter lunch

jesse, spencer, danica

After doing some work around the house I’m ending the night by watching the AMAs (meh.)

Okay, who wants to come visit us next?!  You can stay at our place and we’ll show you all around.


Tell me something FUN you did this weekend!

What are your plans for Thanksgiving week?



workout log: 11/16 – 11/22

by Danica on November 22, 2014

With company here for most of this past time, I just did what I could, when I could.  And looking back on it all now, I’m really happy with it all.

I often write a workout schedule for each week, but sometimes I really enjoy just winging it each day.  That’s the key with my exercises in this stage of life though – doing what exercises I feel like doing and finding a balance of “enough” (not too much or too little).  We’re all a work in progress, yes?!

Sunday, November 16th
45-minute Walk with J & Zida
this upper body workout:

Upper Body & Core Strength Circuit Workout

Monday, November 17th
10-minute warm-up Walk
lower body strength workout (just did a bunch of random moves in the fitness room until my muscles were fatigued)
25 minutes of Elliptical intervals

Tuesday, November 18th
rest day

Wednesday, November 19th
5-minute warm-up Walk
1-mile Run (9:09)
upper body weights/strength workout
1-mile Run (8:58)
10-minute high incline Walk

Thursday, November 20th
30-minute Walk in the morning,
then in the evening I did
10 minutes of Elliptical intervals
and intervals on the treadmill….
.25-mile Run + .25-mile Walk with high incline, repeated for 3 total miles in 33:53

Friday, November 21st
no set workout – we spent a lot of the day walking all around the city

Saturday, November 22nd
full-body strength training workout (took about 20 minutes)
then 60 minutes of Walking on the treadmill with very high inclines at times (similar to this workout below just two times through) – it’s the way to sweat when you walk!

30-Minute Incline Intervals Treadmill Walking Workout.jpg


Five things Friday 11.21.14

November 21, 2014

Happy Friday! 1.  Jesse’s brother Spencer is here visiting us this week!  We’re really enjoying his company and getting to show him around a bit.  It’s fun to have our first visitor out in CA.  Unfortunately, it rained the first 3 days, but today’s weather forecast finally shows some sunshine.  Golden Gate Bridge, here we […]

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Why do we seem Programmed to just Quit and Move On?

November 20, 2014

In honor of Veteran’s Day last week, I shared (on facebook) a wife’s touching speech from her husband’s retirement from the U.S. Navy.  You can read full post HERE. I imagine many military wives around the country could relate to her feelings and experiences. As I listened to her speech, one thing especially stuck out to me that I just […]

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Link Love #3

November 19, 2014

Well, I’ve learned that I can’t go 3 weeks without compiling one of these posts – I’ve saved up SO many things to share. I hope you find something interesting, helpful, or encouraging from this list! Recipes & Food: –> Skillet Gardener’s Pie I’m suddenly all about these dishes. –> Sweet Potato Biscuits May this this […]

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Healthy Skoop {giveaway}

November 18, 2014

Protein powder is a tricky topic.  There’s a lot of controversy about whether it’s really *healthy* or not! No matter what, I believe it’s not a food that should be eaten more than few times a week at most.  I feel that’s enough of it to get the desired benefits without overdoing it, plus we want […]

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scenes from the weekend 11.17.14

November 17, 2014

Hey everyone, I hope you had a nice weekend! My weekend was nice – overall very relaxing and laid back.  I purposely stayed away from my phone for most of the weekend, especially off of social media (this is necessary every now and then), with the exception of taking photos. Here are a few snippets I captured from […]

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workout log: 11/9 – 11/15

November 15, 2014

Just popping in on a Saturday to share my workout log.  I really didn’t spend much time running and found other workouts to do instead this past week.  I was really sore from playing tennis at the beginning of the week so I adjusting my plans according to that – a little extra yoga was […]

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Five things Friday 11.14.14

November 14, 2014

Happy Friday! 1.  First and foremost, please go check out this amazing campaign for Jessica Walters (author of Prayers and Apples) as she pursues her dream!  If you’ve never been to her blog, I highly recommend checking it out – but be warned, you may fall in love and want to read through everything because her […]

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Affordable, High Quality, Fashionable Athletic Wear {fabletics}

November 13, 2014

Having new workout apparel can be a great motivator to exercise.  When you feel good in what you’re wearing, there’s no doubt your confidence inflates a bit, which is encouraging and motivating. When I buy workout clothes, I’m picky.  They need to be affordable, great quality (um, no see-through capris for me, thank you), comfortable, stay […]

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