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Valentine’s Day Weekend Recap! {Photos}

I’m not usually one that’s big on Valentine’s Day, but when it falls on a Saturday, it’s just a good excuse to spend time together and do something fun!

Charlie told me we had plans on Saturday (V-day), but didn’t tell me what we were doing. We ran a few errands, hopped in the car with Oscar, and headed north. Traffic sucked, but after a few hours, we arrived in Santa Barbara! I’d never been there, so it was a really nice surprise.

We stopped for food first (obviously) at The Natural Cafe. It was actually the first place we saw, and we decided to try it. It was SO SO good. I got a chicken/veggie/rice dish and it was amazing. The chicken was perfectly cooked and I devoured it.

IMG_6568After lunch, we walked down to the beach for a bit.

IMG_6581We let Oscar walk on the sand for a minute and just as we suspected, this is what happened:

He is such a goof! Sand is like his kryptonite. It makes him nuts!!

This led us to the main event of the day. Yes, our valentine’s day revolved around our dog. We headed to Douglas Park, which is an off-leash dog park located on the beach in Santa Barbara. It was gorgeous there and Oscar had a BLAST running around and playing with the other dogs. Here are some photos from the park:

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Frolicking on the beach.

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Oscar trying to play with another boxer puppy.

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Dirty pup after running through sand and murky water for HOURS.

Oscar had a BLAST running around. He was terrified of the ocean water, but him and a few other dogs found a big body of stagnant, murky, muddy water and ran through that for a while. Just lovely, right?

IMG_6588We ended the day with a coffee and a nice sunset before heading back down to Santa Monica.  Oscar was tuckered out by the time we got home.

Last Oscar photo...but seriously...is he not the cutest dog ever

Questions:

1. What did you do for Valentine’s Day?

2. What’s your favorite V-Day candy?

Mine is definitely conversation hearts.

Things I’m Loving Lately

I’m excited to head into the weekend and thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been loving lately. Let’s get right to it!

1. Walking my dog.

oscarwalkThis is kind of a weird thing to like, but I really do enjoy walks with Oscar. He always seems so happy and it gets me to take several short breaks throughout the day. My phone has a step tracker on it. Since having Oscar, I’ve doubled the amount of steps I take each day. Dogs are good for fitness!

2. Buffalo Wing Sauce.

wingsauceOn everything, everywhere.

3. Sweet Potatoes.

sweet-potato-1Tis the season! For some reason I hadn’t had sweet potatoes in a while. I’ve been eating them lately and forgot how much I love them. They are nature’s candy for sure!

4. The Dick Van Dyke Show

001-the-dick-van-dyke-show-theredlistOkay, call me an old lady, but I’ve been watching re-runs of the Dick Van Dyke Show lately and I love it! I used to watch it when I was a little kid and hadn’t seen it since then. I decided to put it on the other night (I love old TV/movies) and have been all about it since. It’s super edgy for it’s time!

5. The Dog Park

dogparkThis is kind of like #1, but not at all. The dog park is one of my favorite places to go with Oscar. It is seriously like a Central Park for dogs. You have the old dogs that sit under benches, the puppies that go nuts and run like crazy, the antagonizers, the grumps, the ones that play catch…it’s like their own little city! It cracks me up.

Questions of the Day

1. Do you ever watch old TV shows or movies? Which ones are your favorites?

2. What’s your favorite “seasonal” food right now?

Weekend Fun w/ Oscar + Not A Lazy Sunday Workout {video}

I am really loving the weather lately in Santa Monica. It’s slightly chilly, yet still not “cold”. I realize it doesn’t get REAL cold here, but I’m from Arizona, so to me it gets freezing!! Right now, it’s perfect sweater weather.

Life with Oscar is pretty awesome, too. We love this dog SO SO much and are so happy to have him in our lives.

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I could cuddle with this guy all day….

cuddlingwithoscarThis weekend was a random mix of all kinds of activities! We packed a lot in, but I still feel like I relaxed too.

Saturday morning, Charlie and I did a recording session with eight 9-year old girls! My good friend runs a fantastic day camp called Sand Sisters. They do all kinds of activities like paddle boarding, yoga, crafts, and singing songs at the recording studio! It’s an amazing program designed to get the kids outdoors and using their hands to create. They work on self image, empowerment, and bonding with their “sisters”. If I was a kid, I would definitely be in this camp!

We brought Oscar to the studio with us and weren’t sure how he’d do with a bunch of kids running around. Turns out he LOVED it and totally wanted to partake in all of the action.

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That evening, we wanted to go see Interstellar, but we didn’t plan ahead and it was basically sold out everywhere we went. Bummer! Instead, we ate dinner at home and watched reruns of The Office. I lasted about 10 minutes and crashed out on the couch.

Sunday morning, we headed out to watch some football. Chiefs won, woohoo! After the game, it was time for a workout!

Not a Lazy Sunday Workout

3 Supersets of the following:

-Medicine Ball Thrusters + Plank Walks

-In/Out Bench Jumps (video below) + Kettle Bell Swings

-Kettle Bell Cleans + Kettle Bell Snatches

Finisher: 3 sets of: 10 Squats + Sled push + 5 Push Ups + Sled Push

Pardon my awkward face at the start of the video. I’m confused a lot 😀

This was a really great full body workout! We were exhausted by the end of it.

After we showered up, it was Oscar’s turn for a workout. We took him to the dog park for the first time and OMG, he had a blast! That dog runs SO fast. He had so much fun playing with the other dogs. We ended up staying there for almost 2 hours. We finally headed home around 6 so we could make dinner and relax. I peaked in the back seat about a minute after we left the dog park and this is what I saw:

oscarafterdogparkClearly, he got some energy out!

Hope your weekend was great, too! I’ll be back tomorrow!

Question of the Day

1. Do you workout with your significant other? Why/why not?

2. Do you let your dog sleep in bed with you?

We only let him come in when invited….we swore we wouldn’t at all when we got him, but he’s so damn cute we just can’t resist!