What's Up Wednesday :: October 2016

It's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for our What's Up Wednesday Link Up!

Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay the LAST Wednesday of each month so we can read about What's Up with YOU!

Here we go!
What We’re Eating this week.....
Slow Cooker Korean Beef

Dinner at our neighbors house to watch the World Series & the home opener for the Warriors.
We had Tri Tip Steak, Roasted Potatoes & Corn. I made cookies for dessert
Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies:
 and Snickerdoodles:

Spaghetti with homemade sauce, Caesar Salad & Garlic Bread


Friday Night Pizza Night

I also like to make some sort of after school snack/treat for the week.
This week it's Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (again!)

What I'm Reminiscing about.....
Exactly a year ago this week we were in Disneyland.
 It was so fun to be there during Halloween Time.

Pumpkin decorations everywhere!
 The next time we go to Disney, I want to go during Christmastime! I've never been during that time of year before & heard it is awesome.

What I'm loving.....
Our new R+F product!!!! It launches for customers next Tuesday!
I've been using it for a couple weeks.
 Say goodbye to eye lash extensions.....
Get longer looking, fuller looking and darker-looking Lashes that are 100% natural and 100% yours!
It also works on eyebrows.
Send me an email if you want to be on my VIP list and get them as soon as they launch!
I have a feeling these are going to sell out FAST!

What We've been up to.....
October has been BUSY!!!!!!!!
I was in Vegas the first weekend in October
 (You can read about my trip HERE)

The weekend after that, Kevin and I went to Colorado for my college soccer reunion.
I need to blog that trip....it was a BLAST! Here are some pics:

It was SO good to be back in Boulder!!! One of my favorite places on Earth.

Then this past weekend, Kevin & Claire were on a father daughter camping trip....Colorado football was in town playing Stanford, so Kate, Luke and I went to the game with my parents. Luke is obsessed with our mascot Chip.
This weekend, I am on the road again for Grammy's 105th Birthday. 
 Such a busy month it has been! Very fun, but busy!

What I'm Dreading.....
The Election. UGH. At least the debates are over.
Don't like either of them.
This is who I am voting for ;) Anyone else?
 I got my shirt {HERE}

What I'm Working On.....
Grading, grading, grading!
The homework, the quizzes, the tests....it never ends ;)
Gotta love the #teacherlife
What I'm Excited About..... 
I'm also excited about the amazing results our Reverse Regimen has!
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What I'm Watching........
This is Us. Still majorly obsessed.

How to Get Away with Murder

Grey's Anatomy

The Voice....one of my former students is on the show!

Gilmore Girls....started watching it again from the beginning since the new mini-season comes out in a month!


What I'm Reading.....
Now that we are 2 months into the school year, I am getting back in the swing of things and I have had more time to read. After only reading 1 book in September, I am happy to report that I finished 4 books in October.

I finished Harry Potter:

I finally read Truly, Maldy, Deeply by Liane Moriarty.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. Not my favorite book by Liane Moriarty. 
Finding Jake:
 This book was bruti-ful to read. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I just finished a Fall of Marigolds.

I read it in 3 days. LOVED it.
4.5 out of 5 stars.

What I'm Listening to.....
The Chainsmokers!
After seeing them in concert in Vegas a couple weeks ago, I am even more obsessed!
And, of course being back in Boulder last weekend, we heard them a ton! 

What I'm Wearing.....
 The weather is finally cooling off, so it's officially jeans & boots season!
Jeans // Sweater // Necklace // Booties

Jeans // Top Stitch Fix // Vest // Booties

What I’m doing this weekend.....
Going to visit my Grammy because it's her 105th birthday!!!!
Yes, you read that right....she is turning 105 years old.

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
Soccer for the girls being over! I love it, but they each have practice 2 times a week, plus games.
I am ready for a break & not having to rush after school to get homework done & off to practice. I feel like a taxi most days since I am driving them around Monday through Thursday.

I am also looking forward to Thanksgiving! It's one of my favorite days of the year!

And, I love that November is when it finally starts feeling like Fall here in California.

It has been a really warm October...in the 80's & 90's all month long.
All our trees still have green leaves...when November arrives they finally turn orange & red and when the weather gets chilly. I haven't even worn boots yet this fall...just my booties & only 1 time so far because it's been so warm! I am looking forward to cooler weather!

Also in November, my college roommate & her family are coming our from Boston to stay with us like they do every year. We are all looking forward to their visit!

What else is new..... 
My new favorite kitchen "appliance"
I got it a few weeks ago & I am obsessed.
I am giving one away along with a $100 Amazon Gift Card. 
Enter HERE if you haven't already! 

Question of the month is:
What is your favorite Halloween memory/picture/tradition?
One of my favorite Halloween memories as a kid is carving pumpkins with my parents & sisters:
I also LOVED going Trick or Treating! I was all about the candy :) This was one of my favorite costumes as a kid...Smurfette. It was plastic. So 80's! Love it!!
As an adult, my favorite Halloween tradition having a Halloween party & our court party and trick or treating around neighborhood. Our neighborhood is such a fun place to go trick or treating.
You can see my Halloween Party posts HERE.

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Can't wait to read about What's up with all of YOU!


Crocktober 2016 :: Slow Cooker Korean Beef + A Giveaway!!!

I LOVE my Crock Pot.
As a working mom, my Crock Pot is a staple during the Fall & Winter months.
They make my life & dinner time so much easier!
Can I get an Amen?
Every October, I post one of my favorite Slow Cooker Recipes & declare it "Crock-tober" 

It's October...that means it's the kickoff of Crock Pot Season....hence the name "Crock-tober"

I usually do a Slow Cooker Recipe Link up with my Crocktober post, but I totally forgot to mention that to all of you! This October has been crazy busy & I was out of town 2 weekends in a row, so I forgot to plan the link up.
But, I still have an amazing recipe to share with you AND TWO AWESOME giveaways on this post! So, if you do have a great slow cooker recipe to share, you can leave it in the comments!

My Crock Pot stopped working after 14 years of use and I now use an Instant Pot for all my slow cooking needs. Dare I say it is even better than a Crock Pot?
You can use the Slow Cooker function on it, but I have been loving the pressure cooker function because it will pressure cook meat in 35-40 minutes & have the same taste as if were slow cooked. I am giving one away to one of you! 

I am excited to share this recipe with you.
This is a recipe I have been making for a couple years...so glad I am finally sharing with you:
Here is what you need:
1 cup soy sauce
3/4  cup brown sugar
1 cup Beef Broth
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons ground ginger
3 Tablespoons minced garlic
12 Tablespoon red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons Sriracha
1 Tablespoon Sesame Seeds
3 - 4 lbs Boneless Beef Chuck roast, but into 1 inch cubes or strips
2 cups shredded carrots
3 green onions trimmed and thinly sliced
Sesame Seeds, for garnish if desired

Add Beef to Slow Cooker/Instant Pot.
In a separate bowl, Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, beef broth, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, Sriracha and red pepper.
 Pour sauce mixture over Beef in Slow Cooker/Insta Pot:
 Cover & if using a Slow Cooker cook on High for 3-4 hours or Low for 5-6 hours, until meat is tender.
If using the Instant Pot, cook on manual for 35 minutes.
Yes, you read that right....just 35 minutes!!!! I am telling you...I LOVE the Instant Pot!!

 Then, combine 3 T cornstarch and 1/8 cup water in bowl:
Pour into Slow Cooker/Instant Pot along & stir:
Add 2 cups shredded carrots & stir:
Cook for an additional 30 minutes in slow cooker (or 10 minutes in Instant Pot on warm setting)
This will help thicken up the sauce.

Look how tender the beef is....
It is falling apart!
Just 35 minutes for it to cook & get this tender! The Instant Pot is Amazing!

 Serve over cooked rice (or cauliflower rice)
For a garnish, slice green onions thinly and sprinkle on more sesame seeds.
It is full of flavor & not spicy!


In honor of my 6th Annual Crocktober Post, I am giving away an Insta Pot
One lucky person will win THIS Instant Pot....a 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Cooker--Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer!

 You can keep it for yourself, give it as a present....the holiday season is right around the corner!

Like I mentioned earlier, my Crock Pot stopped working after 14 years of use and I now use an Instant Pot for all my slow cooking needs!

I am OBSESSED with it.
I have had it for about a month and I like it more than my Crock Pot....never thought I'd say that!

But....that's not all! I am also giving away a $100 Amazon Giftcard!
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.
Giveaway ends next Monday on Halloween!

To see all my Crock-tober posts for the past 6 years, click HERE

Happy Monday & Good Luck!!!
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Viva Las Vegas!

It's been a busy couple weeks over here. 
Last weekend I was in Las Vegas & this past weekend I was in Colorado!
I don't travel very often, so it was a little crazy being gone back to back weekends.
But, they were both for fun reasons!
Las Vegas was for the Rodan + Fields convention & Colorado was for my college soccer reunion and they just happened to be right within a week of each other.
Here is a re-cap of my Vegas trip. It was a blast!
Flying out of the Bay Area has the best views, I took this as we were taking off.....check out the Golden Gate Bridge:
I earned an all expense paid trip to our convention, so when I got to Vegas, Rodan + Fields had a driver for me at the airport. I took a photo of him holding my name because that was the first time I have ever had my own driver :)
So excited to be at convention!
I headed straight to the Lead the Way lounge where more gifts were waiting!
There were snacks for us & couches to relax on.
A pretty wall of boxes filled with tieks....
  I got a pair of tieks! My first pair. They are silver.
The girls got tieks, the guys got Cole Haan shoes
I decided to check out the outside lounge area.
I was on the wall of people who reached milestone 5:
There I am!
Awesome view of the pool:
Then it was time to get ready to celebrate my team by going to see O and then dinner.
Here is what I wore that night:
 Shirt  Stitch Fix // Jeans  // Booties // Bracelets

There were 5 other girls from my person team that came to Vegas, so on the first night I wanted to treat them up! O was an amazing show...unlike anything I've ever seen!
After the show we headed to Crush for drinks & dinner
I adore these ladies on my team. Some of us met in person for the first time on this trip! Angie was a blog reader & joined my team 1.5 years ago.  I love how R+F has brought us together.
My meal was amazing...I had the Sea Bass & a side of lobster mac & cheese. AMAZING!
After dinner we hit up the blackjack table for a bit & then went to bed since we had to get up early for our first sessions & the announcement of our new product!
Here is what I wore that day:
Shirt Stitch Fix // Jeans // Booties

My team and I were SO incredibly excited when the new product was announced!
I am SO excited! 
The before and after results from our NEWEST product are incredible! 

 Say goodbye to eye lash extensions.....
Get longer looking, fuller looking and darker-looking Lashes that are 100% natural and 100% yours!
It also works on eyebrows.
If you are a consultant, you can order it  NOW!
In fact, the next 2 people who join my team get theirs for FREE!
They are available for Preferred customers on November 2nd!
Send me an email if you want to be on my VIP list and get them as soon as they launch!
I have a feeling these are going to sell out FAST!

Other exciting news is that they launched travel sizes of Redefine for consultants. So excited!
They also announced that in the beginning of 2017 we will be launching another NEW product! I can't wait to find out what it is.
And, for any of my Australian readers....this December you can pre-enroll as a consultant and we officially launch in the beginning of 2017. I have some exciting sign on bonuses for any Australians who join my team. Such exciting times!

I am so grateful for the opportunities R+F has given me.
I swore I would NEVER do direct sales.
But, I am so glad I gave it a shot.
I had never done sales before & I am not a sales person.
But, I fell in love with the product & their incredible results.
I love that we aren't a party company....everything is web based & we don't have to keep inventory.
I can't believe how much FUN this has brought into my life...plus the relationships with the girls on my team is such a huge added bonus!!
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Having fun with some girls on my team:
After our final sessions, it was time for a late lunch.
One of the places I wanted to go to while in Vegas is Gordon Ramsay's BurGR  
 After being there for about 10 minutes, our waiter said that Gordon happened to be in the kitchen!!!!! 
Of course I grabbed my phone to go take a photo of him. 
He might be a jerk on his show, but he was so friendly and gracious in person & thanked us for coming to his restaurant and took time to chat with people & take pictures with us! 

His sweet potato fries are AMAZING & doused with powdered sugar! 


And, the burger was one of the best I have ever had....I had the Hell's Kitchen burger.

Roasted jalapeƱos, oven roasted tomatoes & jalapeƱo pesto aioli

Delicious! I can't wait to go back!

Later that evening, it was time for another team party at one of our leader's roof top.

This is what I wore:

The views were amazing:
Some girls on our team:
I LOVE my team!!!
Me & Tasha:
So thankful to have these girls in my life!
Such amazing team leaders!
After our team toast, we headed to dinner. Some girls on my team are from Michigan & they ordered this tator tot dish for an appetizer....It was AMAZING. Tator Tot Casserole is not a common food item in California.
I need more Tater Tot Casserole in my life!

After dinner & drinks we headed back to the MGM (where we were staying) a little after midnight. We noticed there was a huge line of people lined up at Hakkasan (a night club at the MGM)
We asked what everyone was in line for & they said The Chainsmokers concert.
They said it started at 1 am (only in Vegas!) 
We went to the club see if there were more tickets & they said yes.
So, the 5 of us decided to go to the concert....It was Epic!
This concert was so fun. We were the oldest ones there. LOL!
We felt like we were in an episode of Bad Moms. LOL!
Such an Epic night, but we were SO tired the next day!

The next day we were up bright and early for more sessions.
Here is what I wore:
I had to dress up a little for that session because I got to be on the stage for a bit while they announced those of us who had milestone 5.
Good thing I didn't trip walking in front of 15,000 people!

After the morning session, I had a long break before my afternoon sessions, we went to another yummy place for lunch:
Can you have too many burgers? I think not. LOL. My Shake Shack burger was also good...it was their bacon cheeseburger!
After lunch, I decided to go to the Sports Book and bet $20 on the Colorado vs USC football game
I am not a big gambler. This was the first time I have bet on sports (besides my March Madness brackets, but that doesn't count. LOL)
Well, I am never betting again.  Colorado lost. It's all my fault...I totally jinxed it. ;)

As I was walking back through the MGM....guess who we saw?!?!?!
Ben from the Bachelor!!!! And, Jared & a couple other of his buddies.
They were in Vegas (along with Lauren & some of her friends) filming their Bachelor & Bachelorete weekends for their new series "Ben & Lauren Happily Ever After"
My friend got a photo, but my phone was dead, so I didn't get one! 

It was time for the final afternoon sessions. Here is what I wore to those:
Blazer Stitch Fix  // Top // Jeans // Shoes

There were a lot of outfits that I brought to Vegas! 
On Saturday night we had our gala....this is the dress I ended up getting: 
 Dress //Shoes

I loved this dress, so comfortable!
We had a fun night ahead at our Gala....
Red Carpet entrance..
Mario Lopez & Andy Cohen were our hosts for the night!
So fun!
They were very entertaining.
What I was most excited for was the Meghan Trainor concert..just for us at the R+F convention!
Meghan Trainor was SO good in concert!!!!
SO much fun!!!!!

After the concert we were ready for a late dinner....so we got Chicken & Waffles for dinner!
AMAZING. I am now dreaming about this meal almost daily.

It was such a fun weekend, one of the most fun I've ever had!
I can't wait until next year...convention is in Vegas again!
Who's coming with me?!?!


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