Happy Mother’s Day

You know the things that really matter…caring for others, being there when it counts and guiding with your heart. That’s why you are the greatest mother and a beautiful person. I love you mama. Thank you for all the love and support.
{My beautiful Mother-in-law and Mama}
Mom's Day
{Crème Brulee French Toast}

What Are You Doing for Valentine’s Day?

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Dan and I usually spend the evening at home. We tried going out for a few years, but it seems that all the resturants have fixed menus and jack up their prices. So this year Dan said he wanted to make dinner for me! Ooh so romantico. We’ll have a nice dinner at home, drink some wine and snuggle up on the couch with a good movie. Sounds amazing to me.
Here is a sweet card that my Aunt Jill sent us for our first married Valentine’s Day.
A sexy outfit to insire your evening.


AllSaints / Jimmy Choo high heels / Kimberly McDonald , $41,795 / Mimco lip makeup, $26 / Estée Lauder

20 Ideas for an Awesome Date

Date Night

Sometimes our dates are few and far between — life is busy and we work 40-55 hours a week, but when Friday night rolls around, we do our best to find something fun to do! Dan and I went to dinner at Embarcadero the other night. I was so stoked to get dressed up and have a nice dinner with my love.

After our amazing meal he swept me off to the mountains for the first snow of the year.
Dan is the best.

Here are some date ideas that we are fond of…good for  newbies or veterans.

1. Hot Groupon Dates! Pick a new restaurant on Groupon…half the price and amazing food!
2. Go on a hike (drive out to a local hiking area or research a new spot. Don’t forget to pack a lunch)
3. Beach Day — grab your boards and head to the beach.
4. Go out to breakfast — start your day off right.
5. Go for an evening walk with hot chocolate or coffee in-hand. It’s nice to slowdown and have a  good conversation while taking a stroll.
6. Wii game night. Invite your friends over and have a competition
7. $1 movie theater (they play reruns! Check to see if you have one near you)
8. Try a new ethnic restaurant…something different.
9. Hit the city. Sometimes we’ll drive out to LA for some fun. Where is your largest city?
10. Take a cooking class together
11. Taco Tuesdays
12. Krav Mega lessons (Dan and I took a complimentary martial arts class once…Daniel got paired with this giant man named Mammal. What!? It was pretty funny to watch him defend himself. Haha.)
13.Sky Divining. If you dare
14. Camping
15. Thrift Store Shopping
16. Farmers Market for fresh fruits, veggies, cheese and bread
17. Bowling with your buds. Beer, Pizza and an embarrassing lack of bowling skills.
18. A mountain weekend trip…Drive to your local mountains and rent a cabin
19. A Duffy Ride (for those of you who live near a bay or harbor). Fun little boats to putz around in.
20. Cocktails and pictionary night with a few friends.

Happy Anniversary Danny!

To my Danny,
Happy 9 year Anniversary! I am so thankful to have such a wonderful best friend and love — I couldn’t imagine my life without you. I am so excited for this year of wedding planning and for all the years to come that I can call you my husband! Yaaaaaaaaahoooooo! I have enjoyed every second we’ve spent together; every day of school, every Sunday church, every road trip, vacation, couch-potato-time, or cooking in the kitchen, every laugh and even every cry. I have loved it all. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for your steadfast love. You are truly an AMAZING man. 
We are going to have a lifetime full of adventures and happiness! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us next.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1Corinthians 13:7-8
You are my heart Danny.
How time flies…
Happy A
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We’re Engaged!

This past weekend, Daniel PROPOSED to me! I can’t believe it happened. It was so wonderful and perfect. I’m still on my proposal-high and catch myself glancing at my ring every other minute. Today I was driving Gavin (a sweet baby that I nanny) to his grandparents and the sunlight caught my ring and spread little dancing sparkles all over the car! Oh happy day! I am in LOVE with the greatest guy in the world. I am blessed.
I would love to tell you the story of how Daniel and I met and the romantic proposal that happen on Friday, July 29th 2011.
We are honored to share our story with you.
Our first kiss.
Danny and I met the summer of 8th grade on a church water-ski trip. During that summer, Danny taught me how to surf, skateboard, shoot soda cans and make go-carts; a year or so later he mustered up the courage for a first kiss.
I was helping him clean out the attic at the Magnolia house. We organized those giant boxes in that stuffy, dusty attic all day long. At the end of the day we sat down on one of the main beams to relish in the completion of a job well done. That’s when Danny leaned over and snuck a sweet peck on my lips.
We grew-up together and fell in love. Fast-forward to 9 years later, and we’ve been inseparable ever since that first summer. We try to live life to the fullest and spend time with our wonderful friends and family. We’re eager to see the world and to meet fascinating people such as yourselves.  Danny is the “bee’s knees”, the cream to my coffee…basically one of the greatest people you’ll ever come across. I couldn’t imagine life without him.
The Proposal
Last Friday he proposed to me!
I had noticed  for over a month that people had been acting a tad strange; calling me during the day to see how I was doing, taking bets on when he would propose, and asking me for old pictures etc. So, one could say, I had a hunch that something was coming.
Last Friday Daniel told me that he wanted to go out to dinner. I was a little taken back, because I had been sick with a head cold all week and I wasn’t feeling 100%, but who can say no to a fancy dinner, am I right? So I got dressed — tried to find something nice to wear. I had a strange feeling that he might propose.
He picked me up at 4:30 and we drove down towards Dana Point. We were going to eat at Salt Creek, but he took the exit towards San Onofre. He said he wanted to check the waves. My heart was racing! Why would he want to check the waves if we had a reservation in 20 minutes? He looked over his shoulder at the the Trestles break and kept driving, “Wait, I thought you wanted to check Trestles?” He drove past. “What are you doing? Why are we going to the bluffs? Dan!” He laughed at me and kept driving.
We parked the car and proceeded to walk down Trail 2 that leads to the bluff overlooking the ocean. As we walked down the path, I noticed two men sitting on a bench in the distance. They looked over at us and ran away into the bushes by the cliff side. By now I knew he was going to ask me. I started crying…literally shaking and crying. I haven’t experienced such an uncontrollable, happy urge to cry in my entire life. I was a bit ridiculous, but I couldn’t help it. Dan hugged me and made some funny comment about my blubbering and we continued to walk down to the edge of the bluff. Just then he got down on one knee and opened a little brown box with a BEAUTIFUL ring. He said “I promise to love you forever and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I can’t imagine life without you…will you marry me?” I was bawling and shaking — I’m sure my lovely head cold gave me an attractive snotty glow. Ha-ha. I was a complete happy mess. “OF COURSE I’LL MARRY YOU!” And he slipped that gorgeous diamond ring onto my finger.
Our friend Jeremy jumped out of the bushes and played the Beatles “And I Love Her” on the guitar while our friend Ryan took pictures. Danny had a big picnic with peach champagne, prosciutto, sandwiches, and German chocolates.
San O has been a big part of our relationship and it was the perfect place to propose. We sat there and talked, ate, prayed, I cried…he laughed at me some more and then we drove home. I was thrilled to tell my parents (who had supposedly known for 3 weeks and kept it a secret). On the drive back, Dan insisted that we stop off at Shannon and Melissa’s (my best friends) to tell them the good news. I was a little reluctant to tell them before my mother, but thought that it might be more convenient because we were passing by their house.
We parked the car and walked up to the front door. I was still crying when I knocked—thinking about sharing the exciting news with my girls. The door swung open and a roar of “SURPRISE!” was shouted by 50 of our closest friends and our parents. I was completely stunned. I had no idea that the proposal could possibly get any better! It was the cherry on top to the perfect day. I felt so loved and so happy. It was the greatest weekend ever.
Thank you Daniel for being my best friend and love of my life. I can’t wait for our adventures to come. U are my heart.
P.S. I also posted pictures from our trip to L.A.!
Laughin’, cryin’, kissin’ and smilin’ all at once.
My Mama and future Mama in-law
Danny <3
Our Suzy Cake and candy counter!
My Ring!!! The diamond is from the 1920’s! I love it Dan!
Here are pics from our trip to L.A.
@ the Getty
Dan touched Marie Antoinette’s sisters tapestry. What a kook! Someone needs to kick him out!
Our new home 😉
Inventor of the Snuggie
 JJ’s Sandwich Shop in Downtown L.A. was the first place we ate as an engaged couple. The little lady behind the counter gave us cold watermelon and the owner took a picture of us. Nice people. He even gave us a prediction of how many children we’ll be having. It looks like we’re destined to have 4 kids…2 boys and 2 girls! Yay, I always wanted a big family!
Mmmmm a passion fruit martini, teriyaki stakes and a mai tai at Trader Vics.
Roof top pool
Danny looking handsome at the Edison.
Cappuccinos at Illy
Shopping near Santee. I got a very cute tan blazer!
Dogs wrapped in bacon and smothered with onions, peppers and other goodness.
Showing off the bling! Yay! Being engaged is fun!