24 Hours in San Francisco

San Fran

What a whirlwind of a trip! San Francisco you expensive mecca of amazingly fashionable people and amazing cardio workouts – You have my heart now.

I recently had a work trip to San Francisco. It was a Monday-Wednesday seminar that didn’t leave anytime for sightseeing, so I flew in on Sunday at 9am. The day I arrived was the same day as Bay Breakers, the annual Zappos race that shuts down the streets…right where I was staying. So after the ninety minute stand still I put my bags down (my view was from the 27th floor) and headed out to see the city.

First off… it was freezing, so my amazing cute and chic outfits were replaced with my Under Armour hoody. Praise Jesus it gave me enough warmth to only use uber a couple of times.

So here is how the day went down:

10:00 – Hailed the mighty Uber to take me to the Ferry Building. The building had amazing smells because it was full of amazing food. I ate four macaroons and moved on.

10:30 – Grabbed a hot chocolate from Starbucks and started walking through the Financial District to Little Italy. Yelp had deemed a small restaurant the “must eat” for Italian cuisine.

11:40 – After a couple of diversions into some super chic and cute stores, I made my way to The Italian Homemade Company. <– This place was no joke, the best tortilleni I have ever had.

12:30 – Continued my walking up and down hills to Chinatown. The stores were full of fresh fruits, pastries, and veggies. The little souvenir stores were to die for. I picked up a couple of chopstick sets and a replica of a piece that was on Agents of Shield for Wes.

2:00 – I decided to hit Lombard Street with my Uber driver. This place was packed!

3:00 – Went to the Fine Arts building. It was beautiful and I wanted to stay forever.

5:00 – Headed up to Coit Tower. That was the most amazing view but the walk was killer.

6:30 – Grabbed some wine from floor 38 in the hotel that I was in. It had panoramic views of the city.

8:00 – Went to a local hotspot for dinner, I for the life of me can not remember the name.

10:00 – I went to bed. Because I’m old.

I’m heading to San Fran again in September. Anything you’d recommend I check out?

5 Things.. for 5 Years

Five Years


Today I celebrate my five-year wedding anniversary with my best friend, soulmate, and partner in crime. It’s interesting the longer time marches on, the more I realize that the “old” people in my life growing up were right about a lot of things.

Telling people that it is my five-year anniversary has warranted unique comments and facial expressions. “You’ve been married for five years; that is a huge milestone in this day and age.” <- I can’t believe this is what I hear because I still feel like a newlywed. I guess in the era of easy marriages, easy divorces, Wes and I are an anomaly.

So my anomaly self-has five things to share about being married for five years.

1. Welcome kids when you are both ready to give up each other for awhile. I mean this truthfully, you have to be willing to be okay with a “roommate” like status for a little while. Sleep deprivation, being peed and barfed on, not having “that body”, it can take a toll on one’s self-esteem. Then you throw in that this little person needs you SO much that anyone who can fend for themselves…well, frankly you don’t care because they can make a sandwich.

2. Don’t be afraid to have a conversation. Is it uncomfortable to talk about money? Yes. Is it uncomfortable to talk about sex? Yes. Is it uncomfortable to tell them to turn the toilet paper roll or you are going to go insane? Well probably not on that one. But, honestly, you have to have conversations about certain things. Look at it this way, you married your best friend…who else would you rather talk to about things than them?

3. Don’t fart in front of them. <- Just that. It’s not sexy, it’s not funny, and in the ten years we’ve been together it hasn’t ever happened. It will stay this way.

4. Remember who you are. You are great as a Mr. or Mrs. but you are still your own person. Don’t forget your roots, don’t forget what makes you tick, and don’t be afraid to do your own thing once and awhile.

5. Don’t forget about each other. Crazy for me to have this as a tip but when your with someone for a long time, they become your constant. The one thing that doesn’t change. BUT that doesn’t mean you should forget about them. Hug them when they come in the door. Spend a couple minutes on a Saturday morning playing footsie in bed when the sun comes up and ask them how they are doing. Send a text message letting them know they are the best thing in your life.

That Happened… Wedding Version

Bailey Wedding 2010

When I first wrote this, Wes and I had were celebrating four years married and nine years together. Now, it is our 5 year anniversary and I still say…  If I have learned one thing nothing goes as planned. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small dinner party or a big wedding, something is sure to go totally wrong or totally right.

So… Now that the bills have been paid and the dress preserved – let’s journey back to 2010 and discuss some of these “That Happened…” moments.

Bailey Wedding 2010

We all wore a shoe that has a ruffle. This was the one and only time I wore these shoes. 

Bailey Wedding 2010

These two were very excited to be flower girls….


They had to be flower girls.

Bailey Wedding 2010

Yep. That happened

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Wes dad dominated him in a game of pool. Not even on his wedding day was he allowed to win.


At 1:00 am the day of my wedding, we all had the brilliant idea to have fun walkouts for the bridal party. This was the meeting for them to go over what was going to happen.

It was a huge crowd pleaser, even if the guys didn’t know about it until 1 hour till showtime.

Bailey Wedding 2010

A memory worth keeping!

Bailey Wedding 2010

We found out my dad is hella photogenic.. Who would have known.


Speaking of photogenic… Out of 1900 photos, there isn’t one bad one of these two.

Bailey Wedding 2010

She’s been my bestie for over 10 years. This is when she lived in Hawaii and put us all to shame on the tan factor.

Bailey Wedding 2010

I hate ants all over my dress at this point.

Bailey Wedding 2010

I was re-thinking a June wedding at this point… Look how sweaty my forehead is!!


This is the picture of a mom who didn’t know we were doing Mother/Son, Father/Daughter dances.


And this guy at the bar ended up costing us $400 because he got smashed and smashed in the bathroom mirror. So, watch who people bring as their plus ones…


This is the one and only time I wore and will wear a cowboy hat….It was my Father-In-Law’s

Bailey Wedding 2010

Two Cosmos…I did not drink them. I am still sad until this day.

Bailey Wedding 2010

Someone played the chicken dance… and I hate that song.

It does look like I’m about to take my anger out on poor Wendy.

Bailey Wedding 2010

This little guy…he isn’t so little anymore :(

Bailey Wedding 2010

Instead of a bouquet toss, I gave my flowers to the couple who has been married the longest. 46 years…and the advice he gave Wes. Learn to say yes…frequently (Side note: Kathy lost her battle with cancer, R.I.P, you’re a beautiful soul and we lost a great one).

Bailey Wedding 2010

To get everyone on the dance floor at the same time, tell them your taking a group picture… THEN start the music. Everyone stays and dances. I wish I could tell you whats going on here but some poses are meant to be secrets till the grave.

Young – Healthy – Fearless

Young and Fearless

Life motto at the moment: Live Young, Healthy, and Fearless.

Time may march on, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up being youthful, fearless, and healthy.

Swing on swings
Head the farmers market and try something new
Remember the love you had when you first met
Keep trying new things
Don’t forget your daily Vitamin D with a side of SPF
and mostly LIVE!!

This is why I haven’t been blogging lately. I’ve been busy living. Weekends have been carved out for my son and my husband and sometimes even me. Weeknights are full of reading and bath time and basketball and whatever else we feel like doing in the moment.

I’ve learned a lot of things from Logan but this time I’ve learned something from the time I’ve had with Logan. It goes extremely fast, and I can’t get it back. This kid is creeping in on being 2 1/2 already, how can this be?

So take the time to be Young, Healthy, and Fearless.

Do what makes you happy.

Make choices that can keep you around the ones you love longer.


And be fearless!!!

I tried it – Cycling


Remember me preaching that you have to find “you” time? I started feeling like a hypocrite because I wasn’t practicing what I was preaching. Sometimes you have all the best intentions to be your own person but at the end of being Mrs. Bailey and Mommy, a girl just wants to kick up her feet up and drink some wine.

But instead of wine drinking, I decided to call my friend Larry and tell him after five years of telling him I’d try cycling that I was ready to go. He. Was. Thrilled.

I give mad props to cyclists. I clocked in 13 miles with an average speed of 12.5 MPH and the fasted at 22 MPH. It was so much fun, I really like to ride a bike. The weather was perfect, the route was a semi-incline at 3% grade the way there and pretty much cake on the way back. My only complaint was how bad my lady parts felt afterward. I mean, woah, it was intense. So if that could get fixed I would cycle more.

Next up… Mountain Biking (on the bunny slopes ;-)

Why Logan is Logan.


I had an email from a reader (yay!) asking me how I decided on the name Logan. She is 36 weeks pregnant and her and her husband can’t compromise on a name.

Let me first start off by saying that I loved the name Ryan. Wes hated the name Ryan. So Logan is not a Ryan (obviously). When we started going through names the only ones that Wes liked were comic book names, I wasn’t as attached to a name (besides Ryan) so I was open. This was the list that I was given:


Anyone see a common theme here. It’s all about the Spiderman, Batman, Superman, etc. etc. So while I was given the list of approved names from Wes, I had to decided on the final. Since my brother’s name is Tony and my dad is Steven, so bye-bye Iron Man and Captain America. I couldn’t have imagined naming him Loki, Bruce, Peter or Thor. So it was Lex, Clark, or Logan. Then when I saw the blue balloons I just knew it was meant to be…. Logan was meant to be.

Don’t stress about naming your baby. If you screw it up, that’s what nicknames are for. I mean think about it… William is Willie, Bill, Will, Liam, etc.

p.s. Logan is Wolverine ;-) Kind of fits his fighter mentality, right?

Happy… Birthday

Mother's Day

Date: Sunday, May 10th, Mother’s day.

Task: Enjoy the little one who made me a mommy

Step One: Logan runs down the hallway and throws his arms around me and then looks at me and says “Happy Birthday”.

Say whatttt

Okay my heart melted in a million pieces. He was so proud of himself for wishing me happiness on Mother’s Day, so who cares if it’s a birthday wish.

One thing that is frustrating as a working mom is to stop and just be. It’s either all about my career or all about my family. So commercial or not, it was nice to just be on Mother’s Day. Grabbing a workout, snagging an amazing “happy birthday” gift from my best guy, and laying outside in the sun while everyone napped was all and more I could have asked for.

I am also very excited for my friend Veronika and the exciting news she shared! SHE makes motherhood look good and even if I haven’t met her in person, I think she’s pretty freaking amazing.

So cheers to just being on Mother’s Day.

Happy Birthday!

Mothers Day

Want to see the Mother’s Day video from Logan? It’s on Instagram – violetsageblog