Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I have to say that here, almost a year later, this weekend was the first one in a LONG time where I felt a little bit of normalcy. Outdoor dining is allowed finally here in CA, so we went…dare I say it…to a restaurant?! I know. I was pretty excited!

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We have been SUPER strict with all restrictions and measures to keep us healthy over the last year. We haven’t seen friends in their homes or ours, we haven’t gathered in groups, we haven’t eaten out (other than take-out) and we have just generally steered clear of people. That’s just what has made us feel comfortable, so we went with that. With cases very low here now and transmission rates slowing, we decided that we would get together to watch a beautiful sunset at the beach with some friends on Friday night. It was SO nice!

Sunset in dana point


Saturday John and I snuck?…sneaked? (I know sneaked is correct, but it never sounds right to me! lol!) out for a much needed date night to a real live restaurant. I am so grateful for pretty weather and heaters that made sitting outside in March easy and comfortable. 

Pizza in la

I love a beet salad! If you are ever looking for a divine pizza stop in LA, L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele is our absolute favorite pizza anywhere! It’s straight from Naples and we go there whenever we get the chance. SO yummy! 

20,000 STEPS

I’ve taken up a new hobby this past few months…it’s called trying to lose the extra person I’ve been carrying around for the last 10 years. 😉 I admittedly have not been in the best health for a number of reasons for the last several years, due in large part to the fact that I just don’t take care of myself very well…can any other moms and women out there relate? Well, throughout this past year I’ve been feeling like I really needed to do a better job of making my health a priority. I started by putting one foot in front of the other, cutting out my beloved Diet Coke (actually ALL drinks except for water and an occasional sip of OJ), added sugar and watching my calories like a hawk. I love My Fitness Pal…do you guys every use it? It makes keeping track of my calories so easy! 

San Juan Capistrano

I try to log 6.5-10 miles a day. I am so grateful for my dear friend Jill who faithfully walks EVERY day rain or shine to help me get to my 6.5 mile goal each morning. In the afternoon I try to do another more leisurely 3-4 miles somewhere fun like the beach or an outdoor mall with John and Ash. We change it up and walk all over OC to keep things fun and interesting. It was REALLY hard to walk that far in late January when I started. My body hurt and I had blisters and all kinds of things that were making it difficult. But I stuck with it. I tried different walking shoes and as someone that has never paid much attention to the shoes I wear, these sneakers have been a life saver. I read so many reviews and did so much research in running magazines and they have lived up to every thing I read. 

San Juan Capistrano

Now, 6 weeks later I am down 18 lbs and can’t get enough walking in!! 20,000 steps feels so good everyday! It makes me want to eat better, I’m sleeping better and I’m getting some much needed vitamin D. I’m not usually super vocal about this kind of personal stuff, but I want to encourage anyone reading to put one foot in front of the other and just start. I still have a lot of goals I want to hit in this department, but I can’t remember feeling this good in a LONG time. For me, it’s not so much about the number on the scale, but how I feel and if I know I’m being healthy. Take good care of yourself and make it a priority. I promise…if I can do it…so can you! 🙂 


There are still so many things on the to-do list at the OC Ranch Reno. Every time I’m in town I feel like I need to check a bunch of things off my list. This week we worked on simple things like organizing closets, door stops, bathroom fixtures and hanging artwork. There are a few things I’ve learned that I can’t live without. 

OC Ranch Reno

COMMAND STRIPS: If you haven’t used these amazing things to hang your pictures…put down the hammer and nails and run to the store to get some now! They are SO awesome!! I use them to hang all of my pictures. They are super easy to use and don’t leave any marks on your walls when you decided to change things up or move a piece of art to a different wall. They are amazing.

POWER DRILL: John borrowed a drill from friends and neighbors for weeks so much that it became embarrassing so I finally broke down and bought one for him. I thought we could make it without one at this house…nope. It is a must have! 

POP TOP CANISTERS: I LOVE these canisters! They are great for storing everything from flour and sugar to cereal and chips. I love that they keep the pantry organized and extend the shelf life of so many foods. 

We’re installing this towel ring and TP holder in the powder bath to match the faucet. These towel rings and TP holders are going in the other bathrooms to match these faucets.  I can’t wait to finally share these bathrooms with you!

Are you ready for the week? I have a lot to knock out this week…but first up, is a walk this morning! I hope you have a great start to your week! Thanks so much for sharing a minute of your day with me! 🙂



Creative Director at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog pinkpeppermintdesign.com. Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. On Pink Peppermint Design, she shares creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.

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0 thoughts on “WEEKEND RECAP”

  1. I am motivated by your post. I gave up diet colas and lost 10 lbs. without trying. But then I hit a time where Insomnia reared its ugly head and I needed the caffeine to stay awake during the day. (I don’t drink coffee…shiver). Back to diet cola and the craving for sugar it promotes. Back came the 10 lbs. and the pandemic started. Boredom cooking of cookies, cakes, and sweets galore. Mmmm…wait, no! The 5 ft. pile of snow next to the driveway has melted and walking paths beckon. Wish me luck!

    • Deb! I am so happy to hear that you are feeling like you can get out there and walk! You can do it!! I totally understand how hard it is to get motivated during the winter! Moving to SLC 4 years ago was a shock for me (and didn’t help my exercise efforts!) Winters can be brutal and it’s just really hard to get motivated to get outside when it’s slippery and 10 degrees! YIKES!
      I’m right there with you…I don’t drink coffee either, so Diet Coke was my vice and I’ve been amazed to see how much better I’ve been sleeping now that I am using my body and cut that off. I have horrible sleeping issues too, and would use it to keep me awake during the day…but it did take a couple of weeks to get my body to adjust! There was definitely a withdrawl period! It was really once I saw how covid was affecting those that are carrying extra weight that I decided I needed to make a serious change. I know that there are only more problems headed my way as I get older and if I continue to not take care of myself! You can do this! I am here for support if you need it!! 🙂 Have a great day!

  2. I want to move to California now and walk with you! Last year in Canada we had snow from October to May! But in the summer months we clocked 800 miles. When the snow came around this year I was feeling really crappy not being able to walk outside. In January I just started climbing the stairs in my house. Boring I know, but I’ve stuck with it every day and my body does feel stronger. Here’s to small changes giving big improvements!

    • 800 miles Jennifer!! That is incredible! I want to go back and look at my daily miles and add them up now! lol! I wish you were here to walk with me too! That would be so fun. It’s so tough during the winter months to feel motivated when you can’t get outside! That’s why this winter I just had to escape SLC. I needed to do it to get myself in better shape! There is nothing better than stair climbing. I need to work harder on pushing myself and adding in more exercises like that to really get my heart rate up. Keep up the good work!! It truly is those small changes that add up! 🙂


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