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On Sunday, we hopped in the car early and went garage sale hunting in search of the perfect pair of night stands for a project that I want to do.

We returned home 2 hours later with NADA!

A walk in the park with a loop of the lake to get our exercise on was needed to soothe our hunting failure; we loaded Leo up in the stroller and took off.

As soon as we pass the park, Joey spots a garage sale and forces a reluctant me to check it out.

We look at the items strewn out on the driveway and in the messy garage and didn’t see anything that appealed to us.

As we were walking away I noticed people IN the house and asked the gal working the sale if it was inside as well and she indicated that it was.

Inside we went.

This house was built in approximately 1970 and the people who bought it moved in, filled the house with furniture and never changed anything.

Imagine 70’s cream and brown shag carpet, scratchy brown and orange plaid couch, retro appliances, dirt and cobwebs for days.

The woman in charge of the sale told us that the owner had gone into a nursing home and needed to clear out and sale the house immediately.

We went up the stairs and stumbled upon a mid century modern desk with a matching chair, an arm chair, and a rolling cart.

I know you are wondering how much I paid for this haul.


I’m out a whole $20.

The desk and chair combo were $7, the arm chair was $5, and the rolling cart randomly was $8.

I have no idea what I am going to do with all this furniture but, who can pass up a deal like that?

Still on the hunt for the night stands, Craigslist in the Bay area is sub par in comparison to Los Angeles.

I briefly looked in LA for comparison sake and found four pairs that would have been perfect. 😦

Find any good scores lately?


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On Sunday we went to Pleasant Hill’s bimonthly Sunset by the Lake Summer Concert, with some friends and I snapped this photo.

Doesn’t that give you the warm n’ fuzzies?

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Holy Crap! That’s what is ahead.

We decided to go hiking again after how much fun we had on AD#4, Joey recommended the Upper Rim at the Lafayette Reservoir.

Today I hurt. My thighs, calves, left foot, right knee and the sunburn in totally random places where I missed with the sunscreen are saying “hey lady, what did you do to us?!”

It was a great time and after looking it up the calorie burn from hiking is ASTRONOMICAL! 1100 calories for 2 hours?! Woot woot!

We saw several couples that were pushing 70 on the hike; I was super impressed because it was kicking my butt and they were truck’n.

Here are some of the photos from our hike.

Advanced Nursing: stopping on a HUGE downhill section of the hike to give Leo lunch. INTENSE!

Love that view!

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Tuesday, Leo and I made ourselves scarce so Joey could get some work done.

We went to BuyBuyBaby to check out high chairs.

Decided on this one.

High chairs are awesome. You know it!

Then to CP!

Gave you the lowdown about CP here.

Some of the items we saw last time were still there: green couch, man cave couch, and the lovely 80s glass table.

There was a ton of new stuff that made me weak in the knees and cursing the fact that I don’t have a big house and lots of used furniture money. 😉

Note: all photos SBI; I would feel conspicuous whipping out Joey’s Rebel, plus I had wiggle worm Johnson (aka Leo) in my arms.

Ok ok getting to the good stuff now.

This table was solid wood, gate leg (gasp! Gate legs do it for me), drop leaf in a dark stain. Probably weighed 500 L Bs.

Don’t you want to flip that side up and eat some chow?!

The dresser, I have in my bedroom is similar but pales in comparison to this beauty.

This gf is swoon worthy!

These chairs were a bit low for my taste but actually very comfortable. A coat of dove gray paint with a black and white print on the seat or do something bold and do a navy paint with an orange and yellow print will spruce these bad boys right up.

I know I am teasing, but my newest baby is still at the still at the store. Mama will bring her home on the weekend.

P.S. I might start hooking to make some used furniture money! 😉

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Sneak peek of my latest acquisition!


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Near where we live is the Lafayette Reservoir which has: a reservoir (duh!), walking path, playground, fishing docks, and picnic areas. I really really love it! It is so beautiful and such a relaxing place to go.


The lower walking path is a 2.7 mile loop with lots of hills; perfect for a crying when you finally reach the top great exercise.

There are mommy stroller groups.

People with their dogs

and RUNNERS! I couldn’t get a good photo of a runner that wasn’t blurry. Haha!

I forgot the paddle boats; we are going to check that out when Leo is a little bit older.

Joey took me there when we first moved here and I wanted to kill him.

I was enormous and it was freaking HOT!

September 2011

June 2012

Threw this one in because I love seeing a man with a stroller!

Of course Leo had to make an appearance.

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AD #4

We went over budget this week so we needed an Adventure Day that was cheap.

Joey decided that we were going to drive through Tilden Park, which is about 15 minutes from where we live.

I knew the park existed and we have driven around the perimeter on the way to other places, but I did not realize how cool it was.

There is a carousel that is 100 years old, steam trains, golf courses, picnic areas, campgrounds, and a small farm.

It was a little late in the day to experience any of the above things due to us being slackers. Leo has been super fussy due to a new tooth poking its way out.

As we were cruising through the park, I saw these stairways leading down in to the forest (I’m not sure what constitutes a forest, but this is what it feels like to me) from the road.

We pulled off the road and I strapped Leo into the Ergo and we set off for a hike.

After seeing this sign:

We got smart and “marked” the unmarked trail that led back to our car with this:

I wanted to pee all around the area, but Joey vetoed that idea. Punk.

We look awesome in our non hiking gear.

As we were walking down the hill, I could see water between the trees and low and behold there is a lake down there.

I love the lapping sound a lake makes; my dream is to own a home that is on a lake with a dock leading from my bedroom to the water.

Crazy this close to home and we were are in the middle of the forest with no cars, no noise and hardly any people.

This was one of the only other group of people we saw on our hike.

Leo is not really loving the Ergo anymore so I swung him around onto my back and he was a lot happier.

One trail we were on started to taper off and become more overgrown and the growth appeared to be poison ivy. Did we immediately get out of this supposed poison like normal rational people?! Nah, we just kept on truck’n like a couple of morons.

After we hiked for a couple of hours we luckily found our way out and made it back to the car.

We drove into Berkley which has amazing views of the bay and great houses.

Off of Fish Ranch road, which takes you back to the freeway, there are pull offs so you can park and take in the view.

I snapped some pictures albeit not very good ones due to the time of day and the fog.

This guy looked so relaxed I couldn’t help but be a creeper and snap his photo.

Remember AD#3 when we went to Twin Peaks?

Here is a picture Joey and Leo on a different visit (February) at Twin Peaks.

This photo shows you that we are on the opposite side of the bay and that TP looks like a set of boobs.

That is the Bay Bridge that leads into San Francisco.

It was a fun/sweaty day.

We plan on visiting again to show Leo the trains, carousel, and the farm.

Bonus: It wasn’t just cheap it was free and as I always say “Free is in our budget!”

P.S. So far so good on the poison ivy front.

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