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Officially closing out the summer

img_1622 Well, I’m going to say it. Summer is long over! We’re officially into October in these parts and I couldn’t be more excited. I am so ready to bring out my fall colors and bake something with spice. Even picked up some pumpkin-spice bagels. But I also don’t want to forget the last few memories of summer.  In August I was able to go back to Santa Cruz to see who else but my bestie, Heather. It was of course another wonderful weekend of catching up and seeing friends and enjoying the beautiful, cool weather under the redwoods. She definitely spoiled me with breakfast and a comfy bed, some bubbly and a wicked spread of delicious food to enjoy with friends. I also got a righteous sunburn from hanging in Capitola one afternoon. It was so worth it if you ask me. Man do I miss her, and all my good friends there. I’m so glad it worked out for me to go back a couple times this summer. I always have a relaxing, enjoyable time. We also started that show, Stranger Things. Have you all seen this?! So good, but not the best thing to watch when you’re a bunch of girls alone in the woods, haha.

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Our busographs



Seriously in love with these pictures. Glad we could still celebrate Santa Cruz Beer Week, even if we brought baby in tow. Jace had a blast taking in the crowd and was completely game for the photo booth. I have a feeling he’s going to be a lot like his Daddy ;)
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Santa Cruz Beer Week at Beer Thirty


It’s Beer Week here in Santa Cruz, and we decided to kick it off at Beer Thirty in Capitola with friends. Uncommon Brewing and Highway 1 Brewery took over on tap for the night. Friends in Cheeses Jam Company brought an assortment of organic, culinary delights, including savory, farmstead cheeses, homemade jams, olive jars, pickled peppered hard boiled eggs, meat from El Salchichero and more. All paired well with the beers on tap, even the lavender beer I got {!}. And the highlight of the night? The Booth Bus was parked on the patio all night, and we definitely took advantage.  Jenna & Anthony, the master minds behind the vintage Volkswagen Booth Bus, are the friendliest, sweetest couple. They drive all around Northern California, providing busography to all! So brilliant. Such a great night. You can see more pictures from the event at Santa Cruz Waves — including of our beautiful friend and owner of Beer Thirty, Olive ;)










And now for the best part! Enjoy :))



{video by Miss Heather // song credit: Wildfire by John Mayer}
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Beer Thirty

For St. Patrick’s Day this year I had a hot date with miss Heather. We went to the newest hot spot in Santa Cruz — Beer Thirty Bottle Shop & Pour House, owned by our friends Olive & Craig.  Beer Thirty has 30 rotating taps of craft beer and over 200+ bottles you can stop in, buy and take home. Miss Olive and her Beer Thirty team hand selects every beer they bring in. They’ll find you just the kind of beer you like, and will also recommend something new. They’ll talk to you about the brewing style of each, the flavors, the hops — it all.  Their amazing picnic table, family-style patio is very open and chill. Very Santa Cruz! You can bring your own food in to enjoy with your beer or tasting, and your dog, too! Heather and I enjoyed a platter of different beers to taste and caught up outside on the patio. It was a pretty low-key St. Patty’s Day, which was just fine with me! Check them out on Facebook. . . and if you come visit me, just know we’re probably going here. It’s the best place to taste local beer. Plus I know the owners, and they’re kind of a big deal ;)

{pretty sure “You’re right on time” is the best tagline EVER.}
{congrats, Olive & Craig!!}

Discretion Brewing

The other weekend, we tried out a new brewery: Discretion Brewery in Capitola. They call themselves ‘Discretion’ because they value sound judgment, subtlety, wisdom, and wit. What about that?! We tried a few of their beers, including their Shimmer Pils, Good Faith and On the Porch Pale, and enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the crowd. And seriously, their beer is some of the best around, and that’s coming from my beer connoisseur husband.





Before Heather and I can take a picture, we first have to check our teeth; I’m so glad Rob captured it on film. Not.



They also have a pretty delicious menu of tapas, salads,and meat plates. I ordered the chili and corn bread. Yum. We’ll definitely be going back.