Sunshine Kir

On a daily quest for the eternal sunshine!

30 Days Of Goodness

I’ve been inconsistent at best posting on the ‘ole blog. The beach cottage got the guest bedroom set up and the doors have been open for visitors. The weather has been bright and sunny and there have been a few pretty good swells from the south. The culmination of the above resulted in a lack of dedication to sitting and writing about how happy August and September have been. We are out living coastal life to fullest.

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Impromptu visit last weekend from my brother – sorry Seahawks

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Date night at the Padres game

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Beach toes, pic #5637

In between beach days and sporting events, we’ve been eating out a lot. And when we don’t eat out we experiment with 50 different ways to make poke. M went  on an all day fishing trip back in August and caught 20+ tuna with the boys. So it’s fish for dinner over here a lot. And no one is complaining. Need poke recipes? Lemme know. We have also experimented and perfected the backyard s’more. Technique, cook time and assembly are down. We’ve been known to get a little creative on alternative ingredients. After a summer of these, my tummy is resembling one of the marshmallows in the below photo. A little fluffy, still cute, but probably time to reign it in.

S'mores w/ a kick anyone?

S’mores w/ a kick anyone?

That means kicking in the “recipe of goodness”. More running, more yoga, more greens. Less alcohol, sugar and eating out. You know it’s time when the thought of eating out is no longer exciting. I’m there. And I’m excited to kick off my seasonal shift. I love a good cleanse to usher in a new season. I know how to do it now and what my body responds to best.

Here is my formula:

I set myself up for success. Some people clean out their fridges, I do the things that make me feel as physically attractive as possible pre-cleanse. Laugh or judge as you will, but it works for me. Fresh highlights, check. Mani/pedi check. Car washed – odd I know, but it’s clean and fresh just like I’m going to be when I’m done.

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Got my last round of summer blonde!

Then on to the classics. I’ll wind down the coffee for a few days, no dairy and bump up the organic greens. Did a little shopping spree and loaded up on my Maca, fish oil, probiotics and chia seeds – amazon prime has everything these days! Hitting the farmer’s market this afternoon and emotionally preparing to cut out the gluten. Two things I enjoy as part of my major food groups are Beer and Baguettes. Giving up gluten is no easy thing – even if VGs does have gluten free cookies. When your guy works in the beer business and we have a refrigerator full temptation is everywhere. But I can do this! M is committed to the no alcohol during the week too so that will help. There’s nothing worse than being on a juice cleanse than your honey cruising in with a beer and a machaca burrito. So we are both on board and I am optimistic.

I’m trying out a new (to me), local cold-pressed juice company called Fully Loaded Micro Juicery in Leucadia. They offered an insane groupon deal back in July. After a particularly bbq-heavy, social weekend I bought it. Sooo glad for that purchase. So we’ll see how it goes. I can pick my start day so Tues-Thurs seems to make sense. Then I’ll continue on with my healthy eating through the rest of the month.

I may take a before picture, but I’m way too chicken to post it out in the world. Does anyone else do this? I’m always curious. I think I’d rather show pictures of my toes on a beach. Much more enjoyable for everyone. I’ll leave you with this picture for your Sunday viewing pleasure…my new beautiful plumeria. I gift from my sister-in-law. She smells like heaven. Happy weekend ♥

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Love Shack

Time for a little update on our beach cottage. We’ve been busy, but sometimes it seems like the more you do, the more you uncover. Such is the life of a homeowner. We are officially the Home Depot couple. The last couple weekends brought lots of rain. Lots being a relative term for the rest of the country, but for San Diego in August, it’s pretty much unheard of. Nothing like a little storm to show you where the leaks are. Hello to two whopping puddles discovered in the garage. But thankfully, none in the house so we said a silent thanks and proceeded to move the valuables out of the garage and into the “guest cottage” aka love shack. Looks like that conversion plan will have to wait a bit.

But we did do some fun little projects to brighten up our space (aka dirt backyard) and to ad some color – the benefit of having a cottage – white + bright colors go a long way. And on a shoestring budget to boot…


3 little hooks go a long way. Beach towel shake out spot.


Fresh lavender from our friend’s garden + citronella bucket – it’s the little things


Remember the table project? Three coats of orange paint later. Pretty happy considering the total investment was a two beer barter.


Poke prep! M caught 15 tuna so all things ahi for us. Foodland look out, you’ve got competition. Meant to take after shot, but we gobbled it up too quickly. Next time


Owl salt shakers + water bottle inspo. Will incorporate into next dinner party


Our sage doesn’t look like this yet, but we have aspirations

Not going to lie, the overhaul can be overwhelming at times. M teases me because I weed our backyard. I understand this teasing because our backyard is literally dirt. Dirt, bark shingles (don’t ask us what the old owners were thinking) and some hearty weeds that spring up literally every 20 seconds. Maybe I should just let them all sprout. Maybe it will look like a lawn. Maybe today will be the day we hang curtains or take back the lime tree that died the minute we set it down in the yard. Or maybe the sun will come out and we’ll make the executive decision to shelve the projects and hit the beach.

But after our dinner party guests left last night, we sat out by the fire under the full moon with music drifting into the yard. It felt like we were on vacation. Like we rented a beach cottage somewhere magical. And we smiled and giggled because that was our goal buying this lovely little project. So we have a long way to go, but we are enjoying the process. Happy Sunday xo

Oh Those Summer Nights…

I’m getting my money’s worth in July. Do you believe we’re almost in August – eeks!!! Rather than drone on about what I get up to when I leave work, I will show you and narrate with captions ♥

We make tables out of old fire pits…classy

We make tables out of old fire pits…classy

We barter orange paint for beers to work on table art

We barter orange paint+ labor for beers to work on pretty-ing up table

We light fires in new fire pit

We light fires in new fire pit

We eat at Bestawan…a lot

We eat at Bestawan…a lot

I read, he paddles

I read, he paddles. That’ll change soon. Got lucky on the light here

We put kids in our orange tree - Jesse is fearless just like Uncle M

We put kids in orange trees – Jesse’s fearless just like Uncle M

Note: M is wearing same green t-shirt on a different day. This happens a lot with his favorites…

We watch sunsets at the beach

We watch sunsets at the beach

And sometimes in the car when it's been a late night at the office

And in the car when it’s been a late one at the office

We cook less and eat more burritos. Annnnd probably have more refreshing cold beer than the recommended average. But it has been a happy lucky fun July so far and I’m not looking back with regret. Okay August, let’s see what else we can cook up! Happy Wednesday xoxo


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