Twenty six.

Another year gone by, and wow. That’s all I can really say.

The past year has been the best of my life.

I can’t wait to see what twenty six brings.

maeby turns 2(Maeby’s second birthday earlier this year)

Throwback Thursday: London Edition

…because I had to. Here’s some photos from my last morning in London.

Tower Bridge (which everyone mistakes for London Bridge)…

tower bridge london

tower bridge

The poppies at the Tower of London…

poppies at the tower of london

The London Eye…

london eye daytime

And Big Ben…

big ben daytime

Happy Thursday! One more day ’til the weekend.

ClassPass is officially in San Diego!

I’ve lived in San Diego for almost a year and cost of living here is definitely higher than in a lot of parts of the country. So, when looking for places to workout, it should come as no surprise that many of the fitness studios I’ve looked at cost over $200 for a monthly membership. Definitely not something I can afford or feel like spending that kind of money on, especially when the variety at a lot of studios is limited, and the weather in San Diego is so nice that I can run outside year-round.

But not having a gym membership has its downside too! I miss lifting weights, would love to try a barre class, and while I love free yoga on the beach, I really enjoy and miss hot yoga.

So when ClassPass contacted me to let me know about their launch in San Diego, I was thrilled!

sandiego classpass

For $99 a month, you get unlimited classes at a variety of participating studios all around San Diego.

For someone who tends to get bored fairly easily, and who thrives off of variety, this is perfect for me. And since ClassPass offers classes for things I haven’t taken before (like barre and reformer pilates), I love that ClassPass makes sure its participating studios have classes for beginners too.

For those of you in San Diego, I definitely think it’s worth trying out! And for those of you who don’t live here, you’ll be happy to know that ClassPass is also located in NYC, Boston, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Seattle. And, ClassPass just introduced ClassPass Flex, where you can take classes at any participating studio in any of the aforementioned cities.

Interested in trying ClassPass but want to know more? Check out their website or see the FAQ for all the information you need on your membership.

What’s your favorite kind of workout? Anything you think I should try out this month?

This Weekend in Photos: November 14-16 – Cowles Mountain, Celebration Run San Diego + more

As I mentioned on Friday, Caitlin was here this weekend!

Friday

After working a half day and picking up Caitlin from the airport, we decided to go for a short run to keep our legs loose for the Celebration Run on Sunday. We went to Mission Bay Park for a slow and easy four mile run (plus a little walking), and then decided it was necessary to bring Caitlin to the beach, and since we already had Maeby with us, we headed to Dog Beach.

dog running on beach san diego

After letting the maniac run around and swim for an hour (keep in mind, we had already run four miles with her), we headed to Sunset Cliffs just in time to catch a beautiful sunset.

sunset cliffs san diego sunset

This city never ceases to amaze me…

We headed home, took a quick shower, and then Caitlin, Adam and I met up at La Jolla Brewing Company with some of our friends. A few appetizers, beers, and entrees later, and it was time to call it a night. Caitlin and I were both exhausted; she was on east coast time and I have no excuse (I’m just old).

Saturday

We spent our morning in my backyard, sipping iced coffee while Maeby played, I did a little work, and Caitlin read. Around 9:30, we made our way to Cowles Mountain – the first time I’d been there. We wanted an easy hike that wouldn’t tire us out too much for our half marathon on Sunday, and opted to take the route that goes from Barker Road (not the service road, but a trail that was less busy, especially on a Saturday morning).

It was a perfect day for a shorter hike! It started to warm up pretty early on into our hike but Maeby had a good time and the views at the top were really beautiful.

cowles mountain san diego dogs

We especially liked that there were a couple of maps at the top facing either direction which told you what you were looking at off in the distance. It was a pretty clear day and we could easily see downtown San Diego.

After our descent, I decided acai bowls were necessary (they’re definitely the perfect post-hike treat). We grabbed two small bowls from Clairemont Coffee before heading back to my house, where we showered and got ready to go out to Coronado.

coronado hotel

coronado beach

We ate clam chowder (delicious) at Babcock and Story Bar at the Hotel del Coronado before walking down to the beach and reading for an hour or so.

Our evening was spent carb-loading with a really wonderful pasta dish that Adam made for us, as well as some cheesy garlic bread (because obviously), in addition to watching Property Brothers. We definitely wanted to take it easy for the race on Sunday!

Sunday

Caitlin and I woke up, enjoyed peanut butter toast and drove to Mission Beach for the Celebration Run San Diego. A recap of that race is definitely to come but I’ll just say the course was beautiful and the miles just flew by.

celebration run san diego finish

dog wearing race medal

After showering (and letting Maeby wear my medal), Caitlin, Adam and I made our way to the Karl Strauss Brewery in Sorrento Mesa for the Sunday brunch. $25, all-you-can-eat, and bottomless mimosas. It wasn’t even a question.

Didn’t take pictures but I’ll say totally worth the $25. We ate omelets, bacon, salad, buffalo chicken, and bagels…in addition to our mimosas.

karl strauss koi pond

The koi pond was also really beautiful and next time I think we’ll ask for a seat next to the water. It got pretty busy (and there were a lot of people waiting for tables) so I recommend if you’re going to make a reservation; I called immediately after the race (at 10:00 am when they opened) to make a reservation for noon and had no issues.

The rest of our Sunday was spent napping, walking around Gaslamp (stopping at the wonderful oil and vinegar shop, Olivetti’s), and grabbing dinner at Oscar’s Mexican Seafood in PB.

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I’ll be dropping Caitlin off at the airport in a couple of hours but it’s been a great weekend.

Then it’s back to work for a week before I’m off for Thanksgiving!

How was your weekend?

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for free entry to a Spartan Race!

This Weekend in San Diego: November 14-16

I’m excited to be back in San Diego and have an opportunity to enjoy this weekend’s events. My friend Caitlin is visiting from Connecticut and I’m excited to show her around!

Here are four events I think are worth checking out:

Fit Foodie 5K (event website)

Saturday, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

I’ve seen several bloggers talking about this event and it definitely looks like a good one! After completing the 5K race, enjoy food demos and tastings, giveaways, and beer and wine tastings. This race takes place Saturday but there will be fun events (such as a cocktail party and yoga and brunch) all weekend long.

Pints and Paddles (event website)

Saturday, 10:00 am

Bring your kayak or paddle board (or rent one on-site) and help raise money for Team River Runner, a nonprofit that helps wounded veterans recover through kayak and paddling programs! After you complete the two-mile paddle around Mission Bay, you’ll get a pint glass to use at the after party where there will be beer on tap, prizes and live music.

It’s The Pits 5th Annual Bark and Brew (event website)

Saturday, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

Saturday night, stop by Mission Brewery in Gaslamp for a fundraiser for It’s The Pits dog rescue! With food, drinks, raffles and an auction, it’s going to be a fun night. Combine that with dogs also being invited and the event being for a great cause, and it’s definitely an event that’s worth checking out!

Celebration Run San Diego – Half, 10K + Kids Fun Run (event website)

Sunday, 8:00 am-1:00 pm

On Sunday, enjoy the Celebration Run! With a scenic, flat, waterfront course that takes you around Mission Bay, this is definitely going to be a great race! This event starts and ends in Bonita Cove, and your registration fee includes medal and a tech tee. Race day registration is available.

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Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for free entry to a Spartan Race!

Reebok’s Spartan Race Giveaway + Promo Code

Hey everyone, I’ve got a fun giveaway coming your way today!

I was recently contacted by Dan from Spartan Races about giving away a free entry to any Spartan Race! To say that I was excited for everyone would be an understatement; I have a lot of friends who have done these races and they’ve loved them, and it’s definitely something I think a lot of you (especially my fellow SweatPink Ambassadors) would enjoy!

What is the Reebok Spartan Race?

With course lengths of 3+ miles (Sprint), 8+ miles (Super), and 12+ miles (Beast) each course is filled with mud, water, and various obstacles. These events are designed for athletes of all fitness levels, including kids, who have their own race called the Spartan Kids race.

For those of you looking to participate right away, there is a sprint at Fenway Park this weekend (UMM, Boston friends – I think you need to do this), or for my SoCal friends, there are a bunch of awesome races coming up:

For those of you elsewhere in the US? I can assure you that there are races all over the country year-round. And lucky you, even if you don’t enter the giveaway below, you can still save 10% on your entry fee with the Spartan Race promo code: SPARTANBLOGGER

And now for the fun part!

Enter the giveaway below for entry to any open heat in any Spartan Race in the US. The giveaway ends on Tuesday, December 2 at 9 pm PST. I will announce and contact the winner on Wednesday, December 3. Good luck!

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This Weekend in Photos: November 7-9 – London Edition

In case you missed it, I spent the last week in Brighton for work. Despite spending a semester abroad in London, I had never been to Brighton. It wasn’t quite what I expected, but that’s because I didn’t expect it to be as much of a city as it is. It’s still full of hustling and bustling, and its pier and proximity to the ocean make it a fun place to visit. And, like London, it’s very walkable. Most of my colleagues live within a 10-minute walking distance to work, and even those who live “further away” have a 20-25 minute walk to work everyday.

On Friday afternoon, we took the train from Brighton to London and after finally making it to our hotel, we grabbed dinner around the corner from our hotel at a Persian restaurant and then popped in and out of souvenir shops.

Saturday

Saturday morning, we woke up early, enjoyed breakfast at our hotel, and then spent the morning walking around Hyde Park.

hyde park london uk

My two bosses headed out around noon, and then I took the tube to my hotel, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton on Tottenham Court Road.

I chose this hotel because of its proximity to where I lived when I studied abroad (I love the area and wanted to experience life there again), but also because of how close it was to the tube station. The Warren Street station is only a few hundred feet away, and provides direct access to the Victoria and Northern lines, and thus pretty easy access to the line that takes you to the airport (which I knew I’d need this morning).

I arrived early but my room was already available, so I brought my stuff up to my room and then headed down to the Thames so I could see the iconic sights that you’ll find there.

I walked past the Somerset House…

somerset house uk

And found myself near the London Eye and Big Ben and Parliament…

london eye

big ben london

big ben and parliament

And then I decided to head towards Gabriel’s Wharf to grab a bite to eat.

I thought back to the last night I had been in London in 2009, and that’s when I remembered the place where I got an amazing crepe with nutella and banana. I stopped in at House of Crepes and apparently my timing was perfect.

Just after I sat outside, it began to pour, but I was under an awning so it was actually quite nice. And then a minute or two after that?

fireworks in london

Fireworks!

It was apparently the Lord Mayor’s Show, and the fireworks on South Bank explained why there were so many people lining themselves up along the Thames.

After the fireworks show, I headed back to the hotel to take it easy, which worked out well, since the rain continued my whole trip home and throughout the night.

Sunday

I spent the whole day hitting all of the major tourist destinations.

Spitalfields Market (my favorite market in London, that I used to visit almost every weekend)…

spitalfields market

St. Paul’s Cathedral (with church bells ringing loudly, as church had just gotten out)…

st pauls cathedral london

The British Museum (where you can find the famous Rosetta Stone)…

british museum london

My old flat (I miss this place a ton, as well as my flatmates)…

central london flat

london bricks

Russell Square…

russell square london fountain

russell sq london

russell square london

A Paddington Bear outside of the British Museum (as part of the Paddington Trail)…

london paddington bear

Regent Street…

regent street london

And Oxford Street (the “Fifth Avenue” of London)…

cobblestone streets london

oxford street christmas decorations

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All in all, an incredible weekend.

I’m spending today flying back to San Diego, but stay tuned because I have a great giveaway coming up later this week!

How was your weekend?

Yesterday’s Lunch Break

brighton uk pier

Just dropping in to share a photo from yesterday’s lunch break here in Brighton, UK.

I’ve been here since Sunday for work and meetings, meetings, time at the pub and more meetings. It’s been a little gray, a little rainy, and definitely colder than SoCal, but the sun was out yesterday despite some clouds, and I’m loving the chillier weather (this is what it should be like this time of year!).

Today’s another day full of meetings, but it’s going to be a great and productive day.

Happy Thursday, everyone!

October PetBox: Review + Promo Code

dog likes petbox

I might be in England but Maeby got her PetBox Saturday morning, before I left. It’s our second month of receiving PetBox and this month’s box did not disappoint!

What is PetBox?

PetBox is a monthly subscription service for toys and treats for dogs and cats. With every PetBox purchased, PetBox helps to feed a pet in need.

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PetBox was great at keeping in touch with us, letting us know when the box was shipped, and communicating with us throughout the shipping process.

cat petbox

petbox coupon code

Here’s what was in our box this month (clockwise from left):

petbox toys

Once I opened the box, Maeby actually ran up to the opened box, pulled the toy pictured above out and ran off with it, but I made her wait so we could take pictures.

As usual, all of the treats are all natural and made with real ingredients. The Old Mother Hubbard dog treats, for example, have whole wheat flour, honey, canola oil, apple puree, and oatmeal, and the Emerald Pet treats are grain-free. And Maeby has sampled all of the treats in this month’s PetBox and she gave a strong nod of approval.

The verdict? This box was a win.

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Are you interested in PetBox for your dog or cat? Get 10% off your first box with code MAEBY.

This Weekend in San Diego: October 31 – November 2

Can you believe the month is already over? It’s kind of crazy to me. What’s even crazier though? Tomorrow I’ll be on my way to the UK for a little over a week. I’ll be in our office there Monday through Friday, and will be spending an extra two days there to play in my favorite city ever: London.

Despite my not being around this weekend, here are three events I think are worth checking out in San Diego:

SENA Animal Rescue 5K-9 Run/Walk (event website)

Saturday, 7:00 am-12:00 pm

sena animal rescue 5k

It’s no secret I love animal rescues, and SENA (Stopping Euthanasia, Neglect and Abuse) is a nonprofit rescue organization that is hoping to raise enough funds to build a cage-free shelter for its animals. Run or walk this 5k and help raise money for this great cause! This event takes place at Liberty Station, and your registration fee includes a dog bandana, gift bag, raffle ticket, and medal.

Stretch Yourself Yoga (event website)

Saturday, 9:00 am-10:00 am

Head downtown for a free hour of yoga, sponsored by Scripps Health and taught by Yoga One. All levels are welcome and encouraged to join.

Ladies Healthy Happy Hour (event website)

Sunday, 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

I was actually planning on going to this event (and very much looking forward to it!) until this last-minute work trip came up. This healthy happy hour will take place at Road Runner Sports in Kearny Mesa, and will not only teach essential tips for recovery (including stretching and foam rolling techniques), but will also include drinks, snacks, and special discounts on items at the store. Registration is free and it’s going to be a great night! Thank you to Smitha for helping to make this event possible.

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And with that, I’m off to work! Tonight should be a lot of fun. A couple of friends are coming over to hang out, and in addition to enjoying pumpkin-y baked goods (and likely some spiked apple cider and pumpkin beer), we will be handing out candy to the kids in the neighborhood.

Tomorrow, it’s a couple of last-minute errands, some more packing and then I’m off!

What are you up to this weekend?