birthday date night


hello from the bonafide thirty year old! i gotta tell ya, this whole thirties business has been pretty fab so far. i am digging it. in addition to family fun and suuuuper wild partying {haha, wink} i really wanted to enjoy a date night with my man. an evening to relax and savor yummy food and reflect and talk about hopes and plans and goals for this fresh decade. oh, and you gotta have some killer dessert.

and for all that and more, the only spot for us is citizen public house. it is kind of our thing. and so, we dropped miss elinor and hit the town, good and early. it is way better to stake your claim on the primo booth seat and settle into the evening before the crowds arrive. we like a clutter-free restaurant so we feel like we’ve got the joint all to ourselves… and then, we can go a little nuts with the social hour prices before diving into main courses and dessert. it makes the evening feel so much longer.

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it was such a perfect evening. i mean, the fries and ketchup alone were magic. oh, and that dessert. wowza. i love date nights. and the first date night of my thirties was utter perfection. off to a great start.

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trois. zéro.


excusez moi while i get my party on. today is the big day! thirty. 30. three. zero. and now, i am off to enjoy some breakfast and open presents. how fun are presents? already feeling so spoiled. gosh.

get ready for rachel 3.0

so excited for this new decade of life.

thanks so much for being a part of my everyday and my celebrations. la vie est belle.

toodle-oo for now. i will be back tomorrow with more #madameswankyturns30 giveaway winners AND pics from my bday weekend.

giveaway | freshly picked


well hey there, and happy birthday to me! and on this anniversay of my birth, i am thrilled to offer you a doozy of a #madameswankyturns30 giveaway.

that’s right. the much clamored-for, freshly picked moccs. these are an absolute favorite around here. i am all about making a solid investment in well-constructed, classic pieces that have a wow factor. and these babies have it. they are form meets function. they are bright and happy and practical. elinor wears them everywhere. and they stand the test of time which is a must. plus, they are so now.

oh, and you’ve seen susan’s latest stroke of genius, right?  the carry-all. THAT MATCHES THE MOCCS. i meeeeaaaan… you know that i love me some mama-and-me-matchy-matchy-action. and this is the coolest way to do it. brilliant brand move, if i do say so myself. and the fresh summer line with picnic and watermelon and pineapple… how friggin’ cute is that? goodness gracious.

okay, enough gushing. enough about us. it is you time. because of FP’s generosity and general amazingness, we get to share the love! freshly picked is giving you the opportunity to receive a pair in whichever color and size you want and need.


this giveaway will run from july 20 through july 30 on swanky & dapper and on instagramhead over there to check it out and play by those rules.

blog rules:

head to the freshly picked site and take a look around, come back here and leave a comment with which color you love best.

one entry per person, open to US residents only.

giveaway runs from july 20 – july 30. closes at midnight, mountain time.


one random winner will be chosen from the combined blog + IG entries. the winner will be announced on july 31 and contacted privately to obtain any info needed in order to receive their moccs. please note that the winner cannot have won any other giveaway including a pair of FP moccs within the last 60 days.

happy commenting and posting and sharing. get to it, would ya?

and happy birthday to me. aren’t we all glad i’m turning thirty? nod rachel. yes.

{saturdaysanté} week 29 | july 19

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today’s saturdaysanté

this morning, i slept in. guys. woah. it felt so great. no joke, for the first time since elinor was born, i didn’t have an alarm of any sort or even a hubby sweetly waking me. i just slumbered until i woke up. okay, my internal clock still got me up at 7:15 but it was absolutely on my terms. i just eased into the day. luxury, i tell ya.

i walked out of my bedroom and peeked into elinor’s chambre. instinct, at this point. it was so soft and quiet and serene. yet, it felt so empty and strange without its tiny powerhouse of an inhabitant. sleepovers at the grandparents’ sure are grand, but the house is so different without our little miss.

i couldn’t resist the urge to capture this moment. to document her room at this particular point in time. knowing that she will soon move out of her baby bed and into one fit for a big girl. that we will change and rearrange and redecorate in the coming year to give her a new space for the next phase of life. for now, she is still part baby, and that is okay with me.

i made my way downstairs to join my hubby for some totally relaxed and selfish morning time. not a care in the world, had we.

i wasn’t planning on getting a coffee so i told ben that i wanted to use my starbucks birthday freebie on him. buuuuut, due to a fortunate barista mishap, we ended up with another venti americano for free! so, the day was off to a fab start. free coffee always tastes a bit sweeter.

we sipped and conversed and then enjoyed some breakfast together. we got our yoga on and made plans and just reveled in the simple pleasures that a morning to ourselves can hold. seriously though, whatever did we do with ourselves, back in the day? what were weekends like? how did we fill our days? craziness.

as for the remainder of the day? we are meeting up with my family for a little birthday shindig and then i have a date with my man at home. on the couch. popcorn and wine. and some guilty pleasure hulu show-watching, birthday girl’s choice. so you think you can dance and project runway. because, my hubby is dreamy and kind like that.

happy saturday!

my folks at the farm

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on this week’s trip to the farm, my parents joined in the fun. and since my very favorite food truck was taking a little vaycay, we figured it was a good week to eat at joe’s. smart move.

we grabbed a table and ordered up the goods. burgers and salads and bbq and fried yumminess. quite tasty. ben got the famous fontina burger and it was out of control. local ground chuck topped with roasted red pepper, grilled mushrooms, field greens, farm-made pecan pesto, and imported fontina cheese. and he splurged to get the onion rings which were some of the best i have ever tasted. flavorful and crunchy and not oily at all. since hubby offered to share a bite of his burger, i opted for the veggie burger. yum. veggie burgers can very easily be blah. and there is nothing worse than dropping moolah on a night out and being left with a “i probably could have done better at home” taste in your mouth. but no worries here. this burger was wowza. hand-made with black beans, brown rice, oats, and ten fresh farm vegetables. it was so flavorful and fresh…and crispy! and topped with some creamy dreamy vegan thousand island dressing which i now want on everything. i added some avocado to the mix because, avocado love. it was great. and the pickles! i even ate those pickles…and i don’t even like those things. pickles are ickles in my book. oh, but not these. so herbaceous and tart and amazing.

and of course, we got a basket of sweet potato fries for the table because the pineapple-serrano dipping sauce alone makes it worth it. elinor ate it by the forkful. you gotta love a laid-back burger bbq joint that takes things up a notch and makes you actually feel good after eating it. yay for farm fresh.

after dinner, we strolled a bit so elinor could get a good ride on grandpa’s shoulders and see all the sights. we grabbed our CSA and chatted it up with the farmers. it was an easy-peasy evening. nothing too fussy. and not too terribly hot. thanks clouds! we wandered the grounds to point things out to E {no baaaa’s this time, but one crazy rooster} and enjoy the sun beginning its leisurely summer descent. sigh.

thanks for making the trek, mom and dad. you are welcome anytime.