Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday Fascinations: Things I am LOVING this week!

Happy Friday!  What are your plans for the weekend?  I have 9 miles on tap with my Angela and Vanessa.  They always manage to put a smile on my face!


So in today's Friday Fascinations, I am telling which 5 articles of clothing I don't have but am seriously coveting and saving up to buy!  And you return the favor by telling me what you are wanting!  Deal?

1.  Spandits Calavera skirt


I am seriously crushing on this print and I think I will also have to get 3/4 length tights!  If it is your first order at Spandits, use code SPANDITSLOVE for 10% off!  Tell them Smitha sent you because ... #twinning!

2.  Lauren by Ralph Lauren Floral Print Dress


I love this style of dress.  It is super flattering to the waistline and can be worn to work or date night.  And I love this print!


I actually made a promise to myself that I wouldn't post on here asking you to buy socks.  But these are what I want to buy and they are so cute and classic that I think I need to add them to my list!



I have seriously been coveting this hat for a while now and it is a limited edition and I am so nervous it is going to be gone!  I need to just stop thinking about it and just get it!



This is another thing that I have put in my virtual shopping cart 150 times and just haven't pulled the trigger to buy!  I love this classic style with tights and boots for our FREEZING (haha) winters!  Hey, weather is relative!  



And I even have a 15% off code (PFS16RSDM) good until October so maybe I should just take advantage and buy it!  

Today, I am linking up with MarCourtney and Cynthia - AKA the DC Trifecta, Nicole for Fit & Fashionable Friday and Jill for Fitness, Health & Happiness Link-Up! 

So, now it is your turn to tell me what things you want to buy?  It can be something to wear or eat or anything!

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wednesday #GIVEAWAY Roundup - #WinAllThePrizes

Wowee!  What a week!  And it has only just begun!

Okay...let's rewind to Saturday when I ran the Carmel Valley Trail 5K.  I was originally supposed to do the 10K but I decided to baby my hip and do the 5K.  Good choice because HOLY HILLS!


But the medal was super cute and I am pictured here with G, the overall 5K winner and S, the Female 10K winner.  I know, I hang out with some speedsters!  Also pictured in her mixed up Spandits, is dear Alexis!

Speaking of Spandits, did you see the brand new fall prints?  I am dying over each one and I want them all!


From left clockwise: Pheasant Dreams, Calaveras, Flash and Tail Feathers.  I am definitely ordering a skirt in the PD and the Calaveras.  And maybe thermals in the Flash.  I already have a TF skirt.  If you want to order too, make sure to head to www.spandits.com and use code SPANDITSLOVE (if its your first order) for 10% off!  And tell them I sent you!

OOH look at this fun sign I spotted in Balboa Park!


And a HIP update: I am able to run 1 mile pain free now!  Woohoo!  I have 9 miles on tap for the weekend.  Wish me luck!


I still have my JORD watch GIVEAWAY happening thru Sunday 9/25.  Enter to win here.


And read my review here.

That said, join me and Erica in the Roundup where all the best giveaways on these inter webs reside.  We had LOTS of giveaways link up last week!  So make sure you link up your giveaway and enter to #WinAllThePrizes!  Remember, the rules can be found here.


If you link up, please make sure to add the end date

So, what giveaway will you link up?  Which ones are you hoping to win?  Tell me about your week so far!

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom



Monday, September 19, 2016

#SDRW: San Diego Restaurant Week Preview - Brooklyn Girl Eatery Mission Hills

Have you heard?  San Diego Restaurant Week is back and better and bigger than ever!  Over a 180 restaurants participating and I was lucky enough to preview the RW menu of one of the best of the best - my neighborhood's own Brooklyn Girl!

From September 25 until October 2, you can head to any of the participating restaurants and experience the best of what they have to offer for a set price.  $20, $30 or $40.  I was lucky to be paired up with Brooklyn Girl.  Their standard for RW is $30 with a couple of items that can be upcharged $10.


We had the BEST experience at Brooklyn Girl on Saturday night for Date Night.  The food, the service, the hospitality.  Everything was perfection!  Pictured here with me and SD Dad is Michael and Victoria, the owners of Brooklyn Girl. Fun Fact: Michael is one of the original idea havers of Restaurant Week!  Along with Susie Bauman of Tom Hams and Bali Hai and Ingrid Croce of Croce's fame!  The awesome night started with awesome server, Brooke!  (not short for Brooklyn)


All meals here start with a rotating popcorn flavor.  We had the garlic and paprika.  It was HEAVY on the garlic to the point it was spicy!  So addicting.


Then the drinks.  SD Dad had the Hess Hop To It Us American IPA and I had the Fall Brewing Unicorn Stampede Red Ale.


They have an excellent San Diego Craft Beer list.


We had big choices to make from the Restaurant Week menu.  But I am about to go OFF RW menu and make a suggestion from their regular menu.  The Cauliflower roasted with parmesan.  YES!


Creamy, caramelly and perfectly cooked.  And a little nutty from the parmesan!  TRUST!  Okay, now on to the RW menu and our choices.

For my starter, I chose the Carlsbad Black Mussels (ours came from Prince Edward Island).  They were cooked in a Thai basil and coconut milk sauce with chilis and lemongrass.  They came with fries and a grilled baguette.  HUGE portion!


Absolutely delicious.  The mussels were HUGE!  And the chilis in the coconut milk sauce were divine!


SD Dad had the ceviche.  It was white sea bass cured with citrus and then mixed with jalapeños, onions, celery and tomatoes served with crips wontons.


For our main dishes, SD Dad had the Argentinian Gaucho Steak ($10 upcharge).  It is "Aspen Ridge Ranch" beef, smashed fingerling potatoes, grilled rapini and a chimichurri sauce.  It was the most perfectly cooked piece of meat I have had!


Now, let's talk about what I wanted to order.  I wanted to order the Cajun Style Shellfish Étouffée ($10 uncharge) with the shrimp, crab and andouille sausage.  Totally what I would order in a restaurant.  BUT they didn't have it yet...


Looks amazing right???  So, instead, I ordered something I NEVER order in a restaurant - CHICKEN!  Why don't I order it?  There is simply a fine line between undercooked and over cooked chicken and not very many restaurants or chefs can get it right!  So, with my heart in my throat, I ordered the Brownstone Brick Chicken.  With a whole grain mustard marinade, baby tomatoes, wild rocket and chili oil/balsamic.    PERFECTION!


The chicken was so perfectly tender.  Just perfectly cooked even near the bone.  See that orange swirl?  I wanted to lick it.  Something about the chili oil meeting the balsamic was like angels singing.  It was amazing!

Full yet?  Haha!  We were stuffed but couldn't pass up a chance to try the desserts!  I had the Caramel Budino with salted caramel custard and crumbled chocolate cookies.


It was pretty good.  The custard was a little sour...almost like a cheesecake filling.  SD Dad had the chocolate chip bread pudding with a Bourbon Creme Anglaise.  Basically a sweetened cream with a touch of bourbon.  If I could drown in a bathtub filled with that amazingness, Iwould die happy.  Or at least in my daily coffee.


Haha!  My #Yelfie!  But before I tell you the story of Brooklyn Girl, let me tell you about one more dessert...off the RW menu.  If you are gluten free like me, you need to make a special trip for this dessert!  The gluten free carrot cake!


If you didn't know it was GF, you wouldn't know.  Perfectly nutty, creamy and rich.  It was, in one word, INCREDIBLE!

Michael, the owner, met his wife Victoria at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Downtown San Diego.  It was love at first sight!  They have since gone on to open a few restaurants in SD and the most recent being Brooklyn Girl about 4.5 years ago.  They called it Brooklyn Girl because Victoria is originally form Brooklyn.  And because Brooklyn has so much varied cuisine that would play out perfectly in a fresh good produce and product sourced restaurant.  Everything is dependent on the kitchen staff.  Remember when I told you about the rotating popcorn?  Even dish staff gets to pick a flavor!  Michael's favorite is the rosemary parmesan.

The menu changes weekly depending on fresh ingredients.  The have had SD Dad's gaucho steak on the menu for over a year.  If it is popular and the people love it, they keep it!  Russell Frey is the man responsible for the amaze pastries.  Thomas Depuw is responsible for the perfectly cooked chicken.

Brooklyn Girl may have hosted me and SD Dad for Date night but let me tell you - they have made fans for life.  24 hours later, SD Dad and I can't stop talking about the delicious flavors and warm welcomes we got at Brooklyn Girl.  I highly recommend it.  During RW or otherwise.

Brooklyn Girl is located 4033 Goldfinch St, San Diego, CA 92103.  Call 619-296-4600 for reservations.

Been to any good restaurants lately?  Do you have a RW where you live?  If you live in SD, have you been to Brooklyn Girl?  You should!

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

Sunday, September 18, 2016

JORD #Woodwatch Review & #GIVEAWAY!

Disclaimer: I was sent a JORD Wood Watch for review and giveaway purposes.  I was not compensated in any other way.

What is a JORD watch?  They are genuine Wood watches which make PERFECT fall accessories.  They use all natural wood materials to make the most stylish women's and men's watches!


I was sent a JORD Watch to review and I chose the Cora Purpleheart Wood with Mother of Pearl Face.  Take a closer look.


Cool pinkish purple wood right?  Turns out this wood is sourced from the Solomon Islands and is not endangered.  The trees it is from grow to about 150feet high.  I love that you can head  over to the JORD Watch website and find out about the materials on your watch before you buy it!


It is also really easy to take care of your JORD Wood Watch.  Lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning the natural wood. When storing this timepiece, avoid extremely hot, cold, and excessively dry/humid environments.



They even put a ton of thought into the glass that goes on the watch face.  It is made out of sapphire, second only to diamond as one of the hardest most scratch existent materials on earth.  As a busy mom, this is important!


And now I am giving you a chance to win a $75 e-voucher to JORD Watches and a $20 voucher to every one who enters (except for the winner) of course!  Just head over to the link to enter.  Giveaway is good until 9/25!


Contest runs to 9/25/2016 at 11:59 P.M. PST
No purchase necessary.  Void where prohibited. 1 winner will be selected by JORD via the Giveaway Link.  Open to Residents of the US only 18 years of age or older.  Must have a valid email address.  
Winner will be notified via email (if available) and/or blog post , and will have 24 hours to claim prize.  If original winner does not claim prize within 24 hours, an alternate winner(s) will be selected.
SD Mom not responsible for the failure of sponsor to deliver product. 

I would love to hear what you think of these watches.  Head over to their website and let me know which you would buy if you win!

As always, I wish you Happy Feet,
SD Mom

Luxury Wood Watch