Current faves: Family fun, NYE, hair, beauty and weekly workouts

Welcome to 2019, my friends! I hope your year is off to a great start! Are you staying hydrated? 🙂 

We’ll be back to our regular schedule of posting next week, but today, it’s another batch of favorites about life, fitness and more. I’ve been enjoying a little extra time away from the computer through Christmas and the New Year, but it’s time to get back to the swing of things. 

This week started with the holiday and then moved on to feature all the usual stuff. I took some classes, taught barre, worked on some writing projects, played with Brady a ton and took down all of our Christmas decor and got our lives organized for the new year. I can’t believe the holidays are over, but I’m excited about new things in 2019. How about you? Let’s do those faves …


Taking Brady to the Little Farm

Another Saturday afternoon, another little adventure for us in the Tilden Park area near Oakland and Berkeley. I think we’ve hit all the major spots there for the time being, so we won’t be going back for a while. This time, we took Brady to The Little Farm, which, just as it’s named, is a little farm, where pigs, goats, sheep and cows live. It’s totally free to the public, and you can bring your own celery or lettuce to feed to the animals, so we did just that.

Brady and Ashley at The Little Farm by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

Brady and Dave at The Little Farm by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

It was a cute place, and there were a few animals in different stable areas hanging out by the fence so you could feed them. It wasn’t exactly crowded, but you did have to wait a bit for your turn to feed the animals. Brady, as expected, LOVED it. He was giggling and he wanted to hand the celery to the animals. He was also saying “Roo” which sounds more like “Woo” and that’s what he calls Rudy, so I think he thinks all animals are “Woo” for now. 

The Little Farm by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018

I tried to put his hand on the cow’s back to pet the cow and he was NOT a fan of that, but other than that, he enjoyed his Little Farm experience. So did we! For all my local friends, there is a playground, walking trails and plenty of picnic tables at The Little Farm, so you could totally make a longer adventure out of it if you wanted. We were there just under an hour, which works well for Brady’s attention span these days.

Fam at The Little Farm by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018


Hosting our friends for NYE

We kept it small this year (well, we kept it small last year too with a new baby around), and had another couple over for New Year’s Eve — our friends Phil and Kicki, who also came over last year. We got take-out sushi, popped a few bottles, played Cards Against Humanity (so fun, so inappropriate) and Scrabble and laughed a lot. It was perfect! And somehow, no pictures were taken, as the phones stayed away. Yessssss! I love to do that and hope you do that sometimes too.

On New Year’s Day, Dave, Brady and Rudy and I went on a walk around Lafayette Reservoir, took down all of the Christmas stuff and laid low. After Brady went to bed, Dave and I actually spent a little time writing down some wishes and goals for 2019, and I’ll share more about that soon.

Family walk on New Years Day by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019


Easy hair styling with hot rollers

I think hot rollers are a bit of a thing of the past, but that didn’t stop me from putting them on my Christmas list this year. My mom sent me this set of hot rollers, and I am a big fan so far. The reason I wanted the hot rollers is because they get a good curl in your hair without the need for quite as much product and heat as is necessary for curling with a curling iron alone. Not to mention, you can put them in your hair, then do your make-up or go on about your day while your hair styles itself.

Conair rollers by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

(Conair hot rollers.)

I need to perfect my craft with them, but I was pleased with my first couple of runs. I’m going to try rolling the curlers in different ways to see how that makes a difference with my hair. But overall, it’s a totally easy way to get extra volume and a good wave in the locks. And my hair in The Little Farm pictures above was styled with my hot rollers, BTW.

Last few days for the Beautycounter winter sale

Don’t miss out on major discounts on the last of the holiday stock and select Beautycounter products, with the winter sale ending on January 7 — I just ordered this eyeshadow duo.

And in case you don’t know why I keep mentioning Beautycounter, that’s because it’s awesome stuff. Beautycounter is safer and cleaner body, make-up and skincare products, and it’s the wave of the future in beauty. If you want to check it out, head to this link and select what you want, or let me know if you have questions.


Weekly workout recap

And now we’re into the fitness.

Here’s a look at my workouts from last week …

Weekly workouts by A Lady Goes West

  • Monday: 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: 1-hour leisure family walk, noon (active recovery day)
  • Wednesday: 1-hour BODYPUMP class, 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday: Taught 1-hour Bootybarre class, 12 p.m.
  • Friday: 45-minute SoulCycle class, 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday: 30-minute full-body weights workout, 11 a.m.
  • Sunday: 13-minute gentle yoga flow, 9 a.m. (rest day)

This past week was pretty standard for me in terms of workouts. I did some classes, taught a class, did a solo workout and went on a walk. Boring, but consistent. So it’s all good. 

Here’s the short weights session I did … (If you want to see these in real-time, I share them on my Instagram Stories the day I do them, and then save them in the Instagram Story highlights under “Workouts.”) 

Short weights workout by A Lady Goes West -- January 2019

Favorite reads

Best stuff from around the web 

A Lady Goes West archives

Have a fabulous start to the year, my people! See you soon! Be good! And I hope you have something fun to look forward to this weekend. Dave and I are heading into the City for a show, and this little man will be staying home with a sitter …

Brady at Whole Foods by A Lady Goes West -- December 2018


Questions of the day

How did you ring in the new year?

Do you have any goals for the new year?

Where’s one place in your neck of the woods you’ve wanted to check out but haven’t yet?

Do you have anything exciting planned for January?



  1. We stayed home on NYE and played scrabble as well! My husband’s birthday is this weekend, so we are going to tour a local distillery and get sushi with friends. Does the spray magnesium burn when you put it anywhere but the soles of your feet? My husband sprayed it on his legs (before reading the instructions) and yelped in pain. It was sort of funny :D.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Jessie! Yay for Scrabble! I grew up playing it — so fun! As for the magnesium spray, I was worried it would sting, but I don’t feel it AT ALL, so I rub it on my stomach and arms and barely get a tingle. Maybe he got a stronger version than I did?? ehheheh! Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend celebrating his birthday!

  2. So funny you mention magnesium, I was getting terrible foot and leg cramps the evening after tough workouts so I started anything a supplement and it seems to be working! the Spray sounds interesting!

    1. Hi Alexa! No way! Magnesium is one of those things that apparently we are all in need of — pumpkin seeds have a lot too I believe. Happy Friday, my friend! Hope your cramps continue to subside!

  3. For New Years we did a dinner cruise in the Bay Area. (It left from Berkeley.) There was a buffet, an open bar, a dj, and a dance floor. The boat sailed around the Bay and it was pretty cool looking at the bridges and the City from the water. And at midnight watching the fireworks go off above the Bay Bridge from the water was pretty spectacular. There were a lot of little children on the cruise, which surprised me, but they all seemed to have a pretty good time dancing on the dance floor.

    1. Hi Mary! Wow, that sounds like an amazing NYE! I’ve never been on a boat in the Bay! Can you believe that? So sad, I wish ehhehe! Hope your 2019 is off to a great start!

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