My VERY Last Donut

We all strive to have that summer body. But what happens when you total up all those cocktails, beer, carnival food, summer BBQs, and vacation eateries all into one?! Calories galore!!! Depending on your diet, and your health goals, it’s not just summer that gives us the pressure to be fit and lean. The holidays come around the corner, and ta-da – by the new year, you just gained 10lbs!!

During our last visit to the Bay Area, the kids and I were able to explore a few of my most recent bookmarks on YELP! One of the places we visited was a recently opened donut shop just down the street from our old home.

GoNutz has been the Fremont craze lately. The IG worthy donut shop gives life to the city of Fremont. With poke places, aćai joints, and beer gardens, donuts just add to the list!!! Let’s eat with our eyes shall we?

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Address: 

41093 Fremont Blvd.

St. 102

Fremont, CA 94538

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Have you gobbled all the donuts with your eyes?!?! Isn’t it amazing?!?!? GoNutz, definietly was my last time eating a donut. I love donuts, I love sugar, I love bread. BUT sure do love my body, and strive for healthy livings. So indulging in something such as a sweet and decadent donuts was totally worth it, as i enjoyed a weekday morning with my children. It’s all a balance.

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Are you on a current health and wellness journey? Getting fit, starting a new diet, enrolling in a new gym, or just hiring a personal trainer are all the first stages of surrendering to the self love you want to get – to get the better you. Check out my Journey To 30. 

My Journey to 30 was a diary of my health and wellness journey through the lens of someone who was hungry for a goal. Since then, I shook of 40lbs off my 5’ft body. If that sounds something you’re going through or interested in, please check it out!! I’m still continuing the same lifestyle, but just don’t document my journey as much. If you have any questions, please comment below, or email me at [email protected]!

 

Airbnb With A View

The family and I are back from another awesome San Francisco trip. We were welcomed back to Sacramento earlier this week, with a warm and toasty 100 degree hug!! Yuck! I know! Completely different from the Bay Area breeze! Our San Francisco weeks trip was filled with art, culture, food, city scapes, neighborhood exploring and well, the bay breeze!! We were so excited to have our annual San Francisco Summer trip, because we got to escape the nasty heat in the 916!! After moving to Sacramento from the Bay Area, one thing is certain, the San Francisco Bay Area has  t h e  BEST weather!!!!! The Bay breeze blows throughout the entire Bay Area from Oakland, Walnut Creek, to the Tri-City East Bay.

Visiting the Bay Area is always special to me. Not only am I near my friends and family, but also my birth place. Living in the Bay for 30 years, I’ve been surrounded by multicultural cities, the melting pot of west coast in food, and also you’re just a few hours either direction to the wine country, Tahoe, and Yosemite!

If you’re new to blog, welcome!!! I’m happy you’ve found me!! Just to give my new readers some content, I’m Tiffany, and my family and I constantly visit San Francisco. We’re a family originally from the Bay Area (Born & raised), and now settled in Sacramento! My husband works romotely from home in Sac, but makes this monthly visits back to San Francisco. Soo…..Since, it’s summer, or when schedules work out for the kids and myself, we’ll join along with my husband to SF, and stay in an Airbnb!

Our Airbnb was set comfortably in the middle of Potrero Hill, which is our favorite neighborhood in the entire city to stay at. Walking distance to coffee shops, playgrounds, and many different restaurants. The quite neighborhood also has amazing views of the city from every street! (Some, not even tourists know of!!!!)

Potrero Hill feels like keeping a secret. There are no undiscovered neighborhoods in San Francisco, but residents of the Hill have something special, which is why the family and I consistently keep returning. Perched on the southeast side of the city, it’s on the way to nowhere. It feels isolated from the rest of town, but walking distance west to The Mission, or going the DogPatch on 3rd. Taking walks anywhere perfectly frames the downtown skyline, even the Bay Bridge, and the ships on the bay and the blinking lights of Oakland toward the East.

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Here’s the link to check out more details!

Book your stay now! | Apartment With A View

Stay tuned for my next upcoming post on kids friendly things to do in Potrero Hill and other spots within the Bay that are FREE!!! Great kid activities for the kids and cost nothing!!!

Liked this post? Well, I have more Airbnb travel posts all on my Family Adventure‘s Page of my blog!

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Since I’ve been making more and more trips back to San Francisco since the move to Sacramento, I just had to create a separate page for my San Francisco trips. You can see it all | HERE |

 

Plant & Pottery Passion

Since spring sprung, I’ve been bit my countless mosquitos, but also been bit by the garden bug!! I’ve been taken over by the spring air and have the itch of planting, potting, and improving my current backyard situation. That includes becoming the backyard farmer – as I truly am, and catering to my garden boxes, doing some major pruning of the backyard bushes, and weed work. And last but not least, just adding some life of potted decorative plants, and adding some backyard (budget friendly) patio living.

Since Earth Day just passed, I knew this would’ve been a great time to share a recent visit to the most adorable plant & pottery outlet in the East Bay. The Plant And Pottery Outlet in Sunol, CA. Located along the 680 highway from Pleasanton to San Jose, you’ll see this outlet. Every time I pass through, I ALWAYS want to stop at this place! So finally, one Sunday with my boys and my mom, we checked it out!

If you’re into succulents, tropical plants, and air plants, this is the spot for you!! They have wide variety of plants and of course gazillion pots to choose from.

Check this place out if you’re from the Bay Area, or Northern California!! You’ll love it if you’re into plants or fountains or pots.. Oh sister, you’ll be in plant and pottery heaven!!!

Plant & Pottery Outlet

6467 Mission Rd.

Sunol, CA 94586

You can check them out on YELP!! Give your sista a hello on the Yelp community as I’m a 2017 Yelp Elite!

Say whaaat?! I know! I’m flattered! What can I say….I check-in to A LOT of places!!

Just sign on to Yelp, can add me as a friend on YELP, and you can see all the cool spots I check-into from Sacramento to San Francisco on a normal basis! But I check into a lot of other places too! I like to think of my reviews and pictures a restaurant journal.

As you can see, there are SO many array of succulents and pottery assorts! They even have “broken” pots at a phenomenal discount!! (30%-40%-70% Off!!) I’m not kidding!!! Perfect for DIY projects, that’ll save you nickel and dime.

I suggest coming in with your sneakers, your pocket full of money to spend, grab your wagon, and head over to the Plant and Pottery Outlet in Sunol!!!

Will be back again!

Sacramento Railway Station

Last month, the boys and I took Amtrak for the first time! For those international readers, Amtrak is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service in the adjoining United States. Whether traveling around Northern California for business or pleasure, the boys and I wanted to skip the traffic and parking hassles and take the train!! Amtrak Capitol Corridor provides convenient, frequent and affordable daily service between the Sacramento region and the Bay Area, which is where we were heading (Fremont, CA | East Bay)

The travel plan was to take Lyft from our home leaving our car, to drop the boys and I to the Sacramento Valley Station. The station is only a freeway exit away from our neighborhood for the cost of our Lyft was only ($7).  Next, the boys and I waited just a few minutes until it was ready to board. Our trip to the Bay Area, is always to visit mama & papa. Our visits back to the Bay tend to be every 3 weeks or so, traveling by car. This time, we wanted to take train, since daddy was in San Francisco for business having his car. I would drop off the boys to my parents, then take BART to San Francisco, to meet with my husband and have a small weekend getaway.

For you married couples out there with young children, this is how my husband and I get our date nights every month.

I had already printed out the ticket for Amtrak, which the boys fought over plenty of times while walking through the terminal. Over and over again, one boy wanted to hold the ticket, because they wanted to meet the conductor. For families with kids, taking the train can be both an exciting and affordable way to travel. It may not be the fastest way to get to your destination, but it’s perhaps the most comfortable and least stressful when you are traveling with children. Both my boys are a good age where they are able to sit still, and play on their own. But if you have young ones that may need a little more attention here are some tips to smooth your journey:

  • Take snacks & games
  • Arrive early
  • Bring a stroller

Snacks, games, action figures, coloring books are a staple. Every parent with whatever aged child boarding Amtrak will definietly need this. I too, needed snacks and water to survive the 2.5hr ride.

Arriving early, allows you the parent to relax, and not rush. The station may have long walkways/passageways for passengers to walk – to reach the train platform. Arriving early gives you that extra time walking with your children, and setting up your stroller, if needed to do so. This gives you time to explore the station with your children, and get familiar with any public restrooms, or possibly grab a coffee and snacks from the station’s cafe or vending machine.

We arrived at your station about 30 minutes ahead of time so we can get settled. As for me, 1 parent, with 2 children, I do get a little bit of travel anxiety, so arriving early, helped me cool down, and figure things out following the train stations signage. Before leaving for the station, make sure to download Amtrak’s app for iPhone and Android phones and check your train’s status. If your kids are really curious, you can even access our live train map and track where your train is. It’s pretty cool, I have to admit.

Amtrak was such a amazing experience. The boys sat together and played quietly with their action figures, and puzzle books, as mommy sat across the aisle reading my book, and listening to music. I look forward to our future rides to and from Sacramento to the Bay Area.

 

Have you traveled taking Amtrak?! If so, comment below! How was your experience? Where did you travel to?

 

 

Writing On The Wall

As we’re here in San Francisco, the hubby and I love exploring the city in ways we’ve never done before. Besides the typical go to landmarks and touristy hot spots…We like taking a different route. A past visit to San Francisco a few years ago, we took a Art of Tag class hosted by a local San Francisco Art Gallery.

We purchased off one of those off beat companies similar to Groupon and LivingSocial. We arrived to SoMa, was introduced to the art and history of graffiti.

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1AM Art Of Tag (1.0 Class: Covering the history of Graffiti)

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Address:

First Amendment

1000 Howard St.

San Francisco, CA 94103
(SoMa)

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The art of graffiti class covered a quick intro of the history of graffiti and how it changed over time. We took a mural walk tour through the streets of SoMa in San Francisco, and saw landmark pieces and productions followed by a group wall collaboration with your class creating a piece yourself!

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With a swift introductory of the spray paint can, our instructor quickly sketched out letters, for us to fill in.

Further classes will allow hands-on time to discover your own personal style!

This was a condensed class of all their classes and graffiti tours put in one. 1AM hosts classes from:

Art Of Graffiti 1.0

Graffiti Tour: Underground Culture

Street Art

Street Art Tour: Art In Public Spaces

All classed range fro $40-$70

See more 1AM class & tour info HERE.

1am4Getting hands on experience on a public wall, with an experience artist was one of the coolest things. As a “bedroom artist,” myself, I have played around with spray paint….Not just on furniture, but on tiles, wooden slabs, using stencils and lots and lots of tape. I guess I needed that urban street experience to add to hit. Whenever I tried freehanding spray paint, I’d get a little too controlling over the entire process. I’d freak-out when the liquid paint would drip. But thats the point. Some art mediums are all about being messy right?!

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Above and below is Derrick and myself, getting into the world of tag. If I had one artful wish —it would be owning my own studio art space. To goof off, create, in any medium. I’d definitely love to experiment more and more with graffiti.

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Filling in space was my favorite. Maybe because its soo easy, and you don’t have to worry about fading. Something that I can do with color pencils, and acrylic paint, becomes so hard when on spray paint. No joke. Try.

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The little things I noticed with our art of tag teacher, Nate (Nathan Tan) was the classic black sketch book, and definitely the passion he had right along with telling us the history of tag. I loved the casual, informal approach he had to the entire thing, but with the casual form, and mannerisms, the passion was definitely there, and knowledge.

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Here’s the final product of the collaborated wall art of the class. Don’t be fooled by the white sparkle and shine. If, that weren’t there the art piece would have been pretty flat. Thanks to our teacher Nate, for sprucing up the piece. Haha

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What are your kind of out of the box dates you do with your partner? Different forms and experiences to experience a new city, or town you’re visiting. Let me know! I plan to share more experiences of our personal day dates/ date nights with you on my blog!!!

Also, be sure to check out my latest YouTube channel, as the family and I travel to and from Sacramento to San Francisco (Bay Area)! We always try to make every visit fun, and family friendly. But if daddy and I, get the few hours in the day to explore and have a day date or evening, you can count on us on exploring more night time happenings!!!

 

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If this is something you like, check out my channel! See our family travel happenings!

When In SF Explore

We’re back in San Francisco again, and can’t wait to explore!! Speaking of exploring, I want share one of the many go to happening spots for family fun — The Exploratorium!!!  As we settle in for the week of business and pleasure and push into the city, I also want to share my pit stops before entering SF.

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A few visits ago to San Francisco, we were able to experience the Exploratorium at Pier 15, hosted by Google! Being a part of the tech culture, the well distinct company invited us for a company offsite, inviting all families within the Google community. Located along Embarcadero, the Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an exploration of science that feed your curiosity!!

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Address:

Pier 15

(Embarcadero @ Green St.)

San Francisco, CA 94111

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When is San Francisco:
Landmarks:
If you’re unfamiliar with the San Francisco Bay Area, a one day must see is the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 (880) and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, carries about millions of vehicles a day on its two decks!

Coming from the East Bay, visit Oakland & Emeryville:

Oakland/Emeryville sits on the east end of the Bay Bridge, which has pit stops of the Bay Street shopping center & my favorite the Emeryville Public Market.

The Emeryville Public Market is retail center with an emphasis on casual ethnic eateries, plus stores & services. Offering over 20 unique food retailers representing the diversity of San Francisco Bay Area. Guitar Center & Urban Outfitters too!

Emeryville Public Market

Address:

5959 Shellmound Street.

Emeryville, CA 94608

Public Market has recently been renovated, along with their renovation you’ll spot out a fantastic modern geometric mural, within the Public Marker Food Hall by artist Ollie Glatzer.

Check out the story behind the art HERE.

Twiiter:  @Public_Market

Instagram: @PublicMarketEmeryville

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Bay Street | Emeryville

Address:

5616 Bay Street.

Emeryville, CA 94608

Bay Street has fabulous stores, atmosphere, food and live entertainment.

Retailers include H&M, Sephora, Uniqlo, West Elm, several restaurants and a AMC theatre.

Now let’s talk about the exploratorium.

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First of all, the Exploratorium isn’t just for kids. Yes, it’s perfect for families to check out, but when I was a teenager, and in my early twenties, the Exploratorium was always a perfect date spot while exploring San Francisco. Just a short walk from the ferry building, this new location of the Exploratorium is in a convenient area! The price might seem high, but believe me, it’s more than worth it; you’ll be amazed by the things you learn.

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The Exploratorium holds countless exhibits to the point where it’s almost overwhelming.Time flies by quicker than you can imagine, before you know it 4 hours will have gone by in a flash.

Most exhibits are interactive, engaging both children and adults. You see some people spinning in chairs in one area, blowing bubbles in another, and then playing with magnetic black sand in another.

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It’s a hands-on and informative museum. The Exploratorium is gonna keep you on your toes!

San Francisco is such an amazing place to be! As a born and raised California girl, I cannot be more proud of be able to be raised here, met my forever man of my dreams, have my children at the same hospital I was born in, and go through the pages of life, tech life, and 50s homestyle living! Now, situated in Sacramento, monthly visits back to San Francisco make me love the city more and more, as well as my state!!

Thanks to Airbnb, my family and I are able to rent out homes, by the locals and actually “live there.” Check out my Airbnb post, on our visits from San Francisco to San Diego, this past month!! Click the Airbnb logo!

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Are you a frequent Airbnb traveler? Is Airbnb the latest lifestyle for you? Are you a host? Or just a well journeyed* traveler?

Comment below and share your story!

30 On The 30th

My better half has finally entered his thirties!!! I find it incredible that I’ve been with him for half of his life!!!!!!!!! That’s 15 years people!!!! So I asked him what exactly did he want to do for his big 30. While others may want to celebrate BIG like Last Vegas, flying out somewhere exotic and having the time of their lives…..He just wanted a relaxed weekend getaway. Thank’s to Airbnb we were able to find a modern glam studio apartment within Santana Row, within the Silicon Valley. An outdoor shopping mall in San Jose, California and close by to Westfield Valley. Located along Stevens Creek Boulevard f the Winchester Mystery House is just to its west, across Winchester Boulevard.

After settling down in Sacramento, we were desperately due for a weekend getaway away from our home, and the children. Our focus has been heavily set on the kids the past 3 months, as they transitioned into their new schools, and started little league. (Oh! Did I forget to mention, I volunteered myself as team parent! Which I think was a big deal on my end. Transitioning into a home, and balancing out 11 families.) The man, knew we were in need for some distressing from out life in Sacramento, and so we headed straight back to the Bay Area, dropped off our children to the parentals in the East Bay, and were off to Santa Clara.

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*2016 UPDATE*

Check out more posts here on our Airbnb stays

HERE.

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Morning View from our Airbnb, Santana Row, Santa Clara, CA

His birthday eve dinner was spent at El Jardin Tequila Bar & Restaurant, located at the southend of Santana Row. Upon our arrival, a Spanish band started to play. I couldn’t think of any other way to enjoy our Friday night together. It reminded me how wonderful it is to get one on one time with your significant other. Perfect atmosphere, location, and weekend away from the kids, rejuvenates us as a couple, and makes us as a couple appreciate each other more.

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Address:

El Jardin Tequila Bar & Restaurant

368 Santana Row

San Jose, ca 95128

(West San Jose) 

I created this cool little “what we got” at the bar. let me know what you think. I think it’s pretty cool, if only Yelp did something like this within their posts.

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 Are you turing 30 this year? Were you born in 1986 like us? Comment below and share with me how you celebrated or plan on celebrating your 30th!!!

And…… Happy 30th birthday Derrick. You are the not only my friend, boyfriend, baby daddy, or partner. You are my best friend. You are always there for me, supporting me, encouraging me , listening to me. You are so essential to me that I cannot imagine my world without you.

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Hikes, Runs, and 20lbs Down

I’ve FINALLY hit the 20lb mark of my fitness journey!! I can’t believe it!! In the beginning of my fitness journey it was nearly impossible for me to see the end results. Sit-up’s were difficult, 2min planks were painful, but one thing that was for sure was I was definitely able to see the end results of my workouts. While I work out, I overlook my exercises on what I have to do. 10 minute warm ups of 2min toe taps, planks, hamstring stretches, and calve raises. I also oversee my morning route for my run. Weather, I’m doing 3miles or 6miles, I make sure I stick with that assigned route and complete it with 100%. I usually stick with my neighborhood boroughs. I know the amount of sets/miles I have to accomplish, and in my head I begin to visualize what I will feel and look like at the end of that workout.

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Current weight June 18th, 2015

Along with running everyday, putting in my miles, working out, lifting weights, and eating alot more healthier and leaner; I also keep busy with combing my workouts with setting a date or outing with my friends and family.  This past week I kept busy running trails with my son (in the jogging stroller of course) hiked with my cousin who recently moved back to the Bay Area, and also hiked up Mission Peak with a local Canadian YouTube star, who coincidentally moved in a couple blocks from my parents house.

Here’s a short recap of the East Bay Regional Parks I’ve currently been checking out. All are within a short couple miles drive from my house. It’s pretty amazing. I’m undoubtedly, without question keeping in within my morning run/hike routine and putting it on rotation.

Don Edwards

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located in the southern part of San Francisco, Bay Are, The Refuge headquarters and visitor center is located in the Baylands district of Fremont next to Coyote Hills Regional Park, here in Alameda County.

I’ve been to Don Edwards multiple times already within the 2 weeks of the month, and I absolutely love it! It has a great view of the marshlands and SF, though it is a bit tainted by the traffic of the Dumbarton bridge (bridge connecting Fremont to Palo Alto). The trail that I frequent is very short, but it is pretty. Overall, its a quiet park. There are a few attractions, but the flat trail that extends out the marshland is so long! Definitely a great trail for trail runners!!

(Some parts of smell kinda funky, but what can you say, Its nature!)

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Coyote Hills

Coyote Hills Regional Park is on the southeast shore of the San Francisco Bay. The Coyote Hills themselves are a small range of hills at the edge of the bay; though not reaching any great height, they afford tremendous views of the bay, three of the trans-bay bridges (Dumbarton, San Mateo Bridge, and the Bay Bridge), the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, the Peninsula Range of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Mount Tamalpais.

Its a light hike, if you are trying to get slowly getting into shape. Also, its a lovely hike, with a beautiful view… But since I’ve been quite active, I decided to do the higher and intense hikes, along with my jogging overland stroller. Luckily, I went with my cousin, who was able to help push up the jogging stroller (45lb stroller with my 4yr old 30lbish son. A rough total of 80lbs!) up the steep inclines. There are so many different routes for you to take to see depending on how adventurous you’d like to be that day – its amazing!! I certainly plan to go back!!

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Mission Peak

I’ve been to Mission Peak a handful of times, but I’m always down to do it with first timers. My trip with time around was with a girl named DebraMaye. Our story meeting is quite different from any other. This Mission Peak hike was maybe one of our first one on one meet-ups ever.  If you’re familiar with YouTube and the beginning of make-up gurus, Debra was one of the starting originals. Native Canadian from Calgary, I messaged her 4 years ago as a fan, and also reaching out to her promoting my small business of event styling at the time. Later down the road, she ended up moving in with her now husband she now reached out to me asking for help style her special day this upcoming September. So for combining a wedding meeting, and also my morning cardio I offered her to hike Mission Peak with me as a first time for herself now as an Californian.

Mission PeakAt the tip-top of Mission Peak.

Mission Peak is a public park that borders and overlooks the Silicon Valley. It is very popular with local hikers, bicyclists, sightseers and tourists from beyond for its vista and strenuous climb. It’s a full six-mile (10km) round-trip. The “Mission Peeker” marker pole at the top is the most famous geo-tagged landmark of Fremont. You can check out my last visit to Mission Peak HERE.
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DebraMaye & I at the “Mission-Peeker”

Flag Hill

Sunol Regional Wilderness is one of the best hiking locales in the East Bay hills northeast of Silicon Valley. This Flag Hill Loop is one of the best ways to see Sunol. This loop is relatively short at 3.7 miles, but it’s no cakewalk: Flag Hill summit is 1.3 miles and 900 feet above the Sunol headquarters. It’s a tough climb. The view from the top is one of the best in the Bay Area, well worth the climb. In springtime, the hills are popping with California poppies and many more wildflowers.

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So, if anyone asks how did the I get the weight off? Look above. I fill my week with active running, and hiking. Everyday. No excuses.

The most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes right? Get sweaty. Get fit.

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Birthday Love

Last Friday on my birthday, two of my girlfriends treated me out to a cute little British Tea room in San Francisco, called LoveJoy’s Tea Room. Located right along Church St. in Noe Valley, this is a perfect place for a girls day out! Their scones and sandwiches are delightful. Their cute little tea sandwiches and scones are neatly arranged and displayed on plated tiers, served with delicious butter and jam that add that perfect touch to your toasty fresh scone. Warm scones, tasty tea sandwiches and a bottomless pot of tea await you at LoveJoy’s.

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As we were hosted to our reserved spot, located right at the front bench window, the seats were decorated with a number of various vintage pillows and cushions;I noticed a bouquet of flowers sitting on our table. Instinctively, before enjoying the beautiful bouquet I searched for a card, or any tag. FarmGirlFlowers, of San Francisco is were it was delivered from, and ordered by my younger brother! As I’m tearing up enjoying the beautiful gift arrangement of wildflowers, peonies, pink/lavender calla lilies, roses, and cabbage life blooms – I could only send positive energy and vibes to people all around me. The energy was definitely real. I was completely touched by the beautiful burlap wrapped gift.

To my brother Justin, if you’re reading this. Thank you so much for the special delivery. It really put a huge smile on my face.

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Below, we ordered 3 variations of the Queen’s Tea (Tea Service). It includes your choice of two sandwiches,served with cabbage salad in a caraway cream dressing, organic spring greens, a scone with preserves and devon cream, a crumpet with meyer lemon curd, fresh fruit, a petit four and tea tea biscuit.

 

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Shared between the three of us, we were table to try 6 of their sandwiches, which were: the classic cucumber & cream cheese, chicken-apple-walnut salad, smoked turkey & dijon, cream cheese & green apple, salmon mousse (which I didn’t try- due to sea food allergies), and the Bay shrimp & mayonnaise chicken asparagus. All were absolutely delicious!!

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Our selection of teas were Earl Grey, China Rose Petal and  Passion Fruit. Each of us had out own tea pot served to us, as well as a cute tea cup placed on two saucers, a provided strainer, milk and cream.

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As my friends and I enjoyed our afternoon tea, we discussed upcoming plans for the weekend. Since, I’ve been living and breathing fitness and working out – the girls agreed to join me for a Sunday morning hike. We ended our late afternoon enjoying the sweet treats on chocolate bon bons, and adoring the cute quaint decor of the tea room, we topped it with photos taken at every corner of the tea room, and outside too! Literally, the tea room is filled with tea pots, lace vintage doilies, porcelain figurines, and amazing soft prints and textures complimented with distressed mix matched furniture.

As simple as the my birthday was spent, I couldn’t have spent it any other way! Short, sweet, and surrounded by good vibes, a good atmosphere, a delightful food and tea. It doesn’t take much for me to smile, and its the littlest details that make me swoon.

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Thank you all who wished me a Happy Birthday! Turning 29 definitely as made me realize all you need is love and joy to keep on smiling. I look forward to the new year at a new age, and pushing into my 30s!!!!

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Nitro Trail 10K @ Point Pinole

Last Saturday was my first ever 10K race at Point Pinole Regional Park. Home of gunpowder and dynamite manufacturers for almost 100 years, Point Pinole became part of the East Bay Regional Park District in the 1970s. With panoramic views of the bay, wildflowers, over 100 species of bird and eucalyptus woodlands (originally planted to buffer potential explosions!), Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park is truly the hidden gem of the East Bay. If you have never been there before, you are in for a surprise. (Read more info about Point Pinole Nitro Race here from Brazen Racing)

During the months of April and May, I’ve been consistently training for 5K & 10K runs. I would run in the mornings right after I drop off my son to school, and jog with the jogging stroller pushing my 4year old. I would also run in the evenings, by myself as the boys stayed home with daddy and work on homework — which is such a great routine for us as family! And also squeeze in Sunday early morning runs and hikes with girlfriend-moms (who are on the same track to a healthy lifestyle).

Running is my main source of cardio for weight loss. I also have registered myself for a couple of runs throughout the year. To give myself an event to look forward too, as to keeping myself honest, and stay true to my fitness goals. This was apart of my early goals back in early February when I decided to start a new healthy lifestyle, that includes not only a fit a healthy physical body; but mind, body and soul. Getting back in touch with my trainer, somehow running into him at the utter most perfect time in my life, I took it as a sign that I needed him the most, to get me back on track.

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Photos Provided by Brazen Racing

During my race, I was surprised on how well I was able to conserve my energy and not blow it by sprinting the first few miles. Since this was my first 10K trail race, I didn’t really know what to expect. I did my little research of checking the course maps (Nitro10kMap,) and searching up the elevation, but you never really know how its going to be. By all means, I have been training but going around my local lake 3 times (6miles), gets boring, and I tend to not push myself as hard, as if I was at a real run. Friends and family told me to keep my time under just about an hour…..Silly me, I was off my 8 minutes!

If you look above at my results, I was going at a 11.02 pace! That’s a minute slower than my usual! I shouldn’t have jogged so casually!! Yes, I know its only a difference of a few minutes, but my goal was to at least keep it at that hour mark!! At my last run, The Mermaid Run, I went at a speed of 10.02. EXACTLY 1 minute more. !#$%^# This only pushes me to do better at my next run (which I’m literally going to schedule today! Sometime this month!) and never slack off, and take my runs so casually.

Average Time Marks

The average time for runners to complete a 10K race generally falls between 50-70 minutes. The median time for American 10K racers in 2012 was 55:52 for men and 1:04:37 for women, according to Running USA. A 1:02 finish in a 10K race, for example, requires a pace of 10 minutes per mile. Extremely fit runners can run 7-minute miles or quicker, while weekend joggers might fall in the 10- to 14-minute range for their miles. (Read More about Typical 10K Times For A Runner Or Jogger HERE)

Nitro Start Finish Pic

Overall, I am very happy with the outcome of my first ever 10K. My goals from here are to run 2 more 10Ks, then strictly train for Half Marathons, bleeding into 2016 attempting my first ever full marathon. Come back for more updates, on my #JourneyTo30, to check up on my journey through health and fitness, and also Happy 1st Day of June! It’s my birthday month/week – and I also end tail end of a 30 Day Transformation diet I’ve been trying out…..So far: I’m feeling great!!!!!!

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