Just a few of my latest favorite things

Hi, friends! Happy Friday! I think this was the shortest week ever. Am I right? With the Fourth of July holiday on Tuesday here in the U.S., schedules were totally off and next thing you know it’s almost time for the weekend again. Woohoo!

Our week was pretty good! And we have a busy weekend ahead, with a couple of adulting-type events like touring the hospital where I will give birth in a few months … OMG, hold me. But before we all head off to take on the world, let’s look at some favorites …

My favorite lunch al fresco: Mt. Diablo State Park

On Fourth of July, Dave and I didn’t have many plans, because almost all of our friends were out of town. But we wanted to do something outside of our usual routine, so we picked up some take-out lunches from a local grocery store, grabbed Rudy, and hit the road for Mt. Diablo. We’ve driven up to the top of the mountain before when my Mom was visiting last year, but this time, we settled for a picnic area about three-fourths of the way up.

Ashley, Dave and Rudy on 4th of July by A Lady Goes West

We found the perfect shady spot to set up at a picnic table and hang. We had some music on Pandora, some food, a little breeze, and it was lovely. Rudy actually sat on top of the picnic table the whole time too, which is perhaps not socially appropriate — but nobody was around but us. And he’s more of a table dog, than a ground dog. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Dave and Rudy on 4th of July by A Lady Goes West

Dave and I used to be very good about getting out for hikes on the weekends, and that has most definitely fallen by the wayside. And even though we technically didn’t hike at all on this excursion, at least we were breathing in the fresh mountain air! A lovely outing for sure!

My favorite sparkling beverage: Alta Palla

I should probably be drinking a lot more water than I am in the summer heat, while being active and pregnant, but it’s not that easy to do when you just get sick of drinking the same old thing. Thank goodness there are a ton of delicious sparkling waters on the market, which I’ve been trying here and there. 

Alta Palla sparkling water by A Lady Goes West

I was first introduced to the Alta Palla brand’s sparkling juices when I went to a media event in Sonoma a couple of months ago, and I loved them. Well, then, the nice people at Alta Palla reached out to me to see if I also wanted to try their sparkling waters — easy answer — YES! I received a nice care package of all four of the flavors recently, and I’ve been enjoying them all. And by the way, Alta Palla is from the makers of Hi-Ball energy drinks, which is a San Francisco-based company. The sparkling waters are USDA organic, they have no sugar, and they have absolutely no calories. Did I mention they are REFRESHING too?

You can go to the Alta Palla website to see the retailers where you may be able to find these tasty beverages, or you can order a subscription on the site. Either way, know that sometimes I get to try Bay Area-based products before they make it to your neck of the woods, so if you don’t find them now, hopefully soon. Thanks, Alta Palla for keeping this gal hydrated. 

My favorite blogging resource: Blogger Summer Camp

Due to my pregnancy and the scheduling of another couple of trips, sadly, I won’t be attending IDEA World Fitness Convention or IDEA BlogFest this year. Sob. Sob. But, I still want to do some professional development, so that’s why I’m excited to take part in the Blogger Summer Camp virtually from my own computer.

Blogger Summer Camp and Shake Your Money Maker Course by A Lady Goes West

I mentioned this to you all before, but it’s the LAST couple of days to sign up, before the camp starts on Monday. If you’ve ever thought of becoming a blogger or want to up your blogging game, this is a totally affordable and manageable way to do it. All you have to do is register, pay and then watch the lessons online and interact as much or as little as you want in the corresponding Facebook group. I’ll be there, and I hope to see you too! (It would be awesome, if you sign up using my referral link.)

By the way, these types of workshops always inspire me and open me up to new things to try here on the ol’ blog, so maybe you’ll see some little changes after I finish the camp too!

My favorite links from the week

A few good ones worth checking out …

And from A Lady Goes West …

Have a great day and weekend, my friends! As always, thank you SO much for stopping by to say hello on the blog today.

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  1. Drive up to Mendocino. When I lived in SF it was the last road trip I took before moving back east. I loved it. Well worth the trip.

    1. Hi Susan! YES! I LOVE Mendocino — we’ve been there a couple of times, and it’s such a special little place. Although the drive is super scary heheh! Happy Friday to you!

  2. What a nice idea to grab lunch and eat at a park. We used to always do that as a family growing up and I’m sure it’s just as fun as an adult. And we’re obsessed with sparkling waters here. I love serving them to our soda loving friends when they stop over and they find that they really enjoy them. Happy Weekend!

    1. Hi Patricia! Totally! I think you can get some soda lovers to switch over with these sparkling waters! And you need to eat your lunch outside sometime soon, lady heheh! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday!

  3. Dane and I did a picnic on the 4th too! We drove back from Tahoe early, so we had the day to spend together! This weekend I’m heading HOME to London! It’s been 2.5 years since I’ve been home, so I’m STOKED.

  4. A summer picnic sounds like the perfect relaxing way to spend the 4th! This Saturday I’m going to a surprise party for a friend then fireworks and a festival with more friends. Sunday morning I’ll be catching a flight to Chicago at 5 A.M. for a mission trip I’m going on. I may end up being sleep deprived, but Saturday night will be really fun so it’ll be worth it.


  5. Love sparkling water and picnics. That’s stupendous that you and Dave got to go do a picnic together. We had a picnic together on Monday at our local park, and it was so fun. We laughed a ton. ๐Ÿ™‚

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