Tuesday, August 15, 2017

exterior of the day

WOW... Talk about an impressive home! I feel like the minute the front door opens you would see a rolling green lawn for miles... I can just feel the crisp fall air looking at this picture. Would you move in? I know this is definetly a dream home for me. I have sleepless nights thinking about moving to the East Coast... My only fear is the weather there. Truth, I'm so spoiled by the weather here in Southern California that a slight breeze throws me off. Ok I'm not that dramatic, but staying in the cold for too long makes me a little crazy. So I guess the best thing that I can do is 1.) Visit the east coast all the time and 2.) Build my dream home here! Win Win!  

Monday, August 14, 2017

monday {menu}

I'm going to call this... The Ultimate Fighting Machine. W O W this board is to die for. Fruits, veggies, meats, cheese to tons of different sauces. Beyond creative! It is true color is everything along with presentation! I definitely look forward to making this... Hopefully soon! Enjoy!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

happy sunday...

Friday, August 11, 2017

for sale

OK timing really is everything! So with that said, the time is just right for me to sell the Volvo. Out wth the old, in with the new! I need a change! Since I have so much positive change happening in my life I thought it would be a great idea to sell my car and start making more fabulous memories in a new car. So If YOU or if you know of anyone that is interested in a 2008 Volvo V70 please let me know {alexandra@rusticrooster.com}. I can't even tell you how solid this car is. I can load so much in it and it's beyond reliable. Of course it has normal wear and tear, but over all it looks fabulous! FYI I have never been in an accident in it. Oh and they don't make this model anymore... So technically I have something very special! Do I call it a classic car? haha I haven't posted this car on any sights... So you get first right of refusal {wink}!  

Thursday, August 10, 2017

simplicity at its finest...

{all pictures from rustic rooster pinterest}

During our summer trip back east {Boston, Marblehead, Cape Cod and Nantucket} I noticed cafe curtains everywhere! In kitchens, offices, bathrooms, mudrooms, laundry rooms, entries, etc... No joke everywhere! I have always loved them, but never really payed that much attention. Don't know why... I guess it is true, timing is everything in life {wink}.  They're so delicate and beautiful looking. Not a lot of fuss or struggle about them. Simplicity at its finest. I started to analyze their function. They look amazing, they keep the natural light in {great makeup application}, but most importantly they help with privacy. When I got home and had remo bathroom brain on my mind it hit me... Cafe curtains would be perfect in there! So it's a done deal... Cafe Curtains are going in my bathroom! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

yes or no

Finding a color palate that you love for your home can be very easy or an extremely difficult task! Sometimes you just stumble upon the perfect image and you just can't stop thinking about. Well, I've sure done that! Both of these images are from two different interior designers... And they have captured my attention. I sway back and forth with a soft sea foam palate to my classic blue and whites. I know I can mix the two, but I keep leaning towards these tones. Cool and refreshing. Truth, as the days get closer to completing this remodel I'm getting more and more excited and ready to make fabric decisions. I can envision everything like it's completely done! What's your favorite color palate?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

f y i

Saturday, September 16, 2017 * 9am to 11:am
Saturday, November 11, 2017 * 9am to 11am
Saturday, February 17, 2018 * 9am to 11am

* dates subject to change *

In the alley "behind" the rustic rooster’s OLD storefront... 

930 South Coast Highway 101
 Encinitas, CA 92024

{street parking only}

Monday, August 7, 2017

monday {menu}


yields 10 - 12 pancakes


  • 1 super ripe banana
  • 1 egg (egg substitute) 
  • 1 cup vegan (or regular) yogurt (I used Kite Hill pain)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup gluten-free pancake mix
  • 1 pinch sea salt


  1. In a blender combine the yogurt, egg, banana and milk. Blend until creamy and no chunks.
  2. Add the wet mixture to the dry pancake mix and whisk together by hand. 
  3. Cook on a griddle the same way you would cook any other pancakes. Grease pan with some oil or butter and press down the pancake mixture each time you flip. The batter will be thick. 
  4. Serve when the pancakes are cooked all the way through but not dry. 
  5. Top with fresh fruit and fresh maple syrup. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

happy sunday...

Saturday, August 5, 2017

do it

Seriously, I WANT all of these items. Ok, OK, OK... I "would like" all of these items! J-Crew has a fabulous new line out! Everything looks so cute! I've been seeing this navy floral eyelet top all over Instagram. Isn't it fun and flirty... The only thing I've noticed is, it looks a little short in the torso. I'm 40+ and short shirts don't fly with me. Could you see me in a crop top? Ya not happening! If anyone has it, please let me know if its a comfortable length... I'm holding off on buying any new clothes for a little while. I want to get this remodel behind me and my clothes moved back in to my new closet, before I get anything else.  Ever since I had to dive into my clothes {really did} to move them out of my room and into another I realized I have so many items that I need to start wearing again. Its kind of exciting, but slightly overwhelming. I'm challenging myself to put something new on everyday. It could be earrings, shoes to a new hat... But it has to be something I haven't worn in ages. Are you all up for the challenge? Do it!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

run club

Ok lets chat... And be real!  So every week is different. One week I'm a runner. Then the next week I'm a struggling runner who can't breath. The struggle is beyond real.  Kind of sounds like an actor who gets a part in a movie and then doesn't get the next gig. Up down, up down... Really messes with your emotions! Well,  last year I hurt my hip. The doctor has no clue how it happened. I think it was my excessive 2 year workout routine and I just pushed myself way too hard. We all need wake up calls in life... I sure got mine, "slow down!" After rest and a huge injection {yikes}... I feel so much better! Not healed, but better! The pain is pretty much gone.  So guess what... I have an idea {don't laugh}... I want to start a f r e e fun run club. A group of people who are willing to run, laugh, walk, talk, be thankful and have fun! I'm trying to build up my milage and thought of this brilliant idea yesterday. So what do you think? This run club isn't about running fast or going super far... Its about making new friends and sharing stories! OK and yes helping each other push ourselves to achieve more goals in running. I'm not asking to run a 5K every weekend... Or turn into a crazy marathoner I'm just wanting to really have fun and get better at running... With no pressure. If you only have 30 minutes to run, great. Then go 15 minutes with the group and then run back to your car. Simple!  

So what do you all think? Want to do it? Want start running together?  I'm thinking this coming weekend at Moonlight Beach {beach run}... August 5th at 8:30 am. Kids are welcome! Would love some feedback... Please! 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

alice in wonderland

{demo 2017) 

Well, were off and running with our remodel. We had a few fears of finding black mold and massive termite damage throughout. As drywall was torn out we really were pleasantly surprised... Not that much damage had occurred. I know this might sounds crazy to some, but that little damaged was music to our ears. I was envisioning hazmat men walking around with big yellow tape telling us we couldn't enter the building {hahaha}We've noticed a few structural issues that we have no clue how 1.) They got that approved & 2.) The house didn't come crumbling down in a few corners.  This house had 3 rentals on the property and every rental was pretty shady. I don't know how people even lived here. So when my parents purchased the house almost 15 years ago they did a lot and I really mean a lot of repairs, upgrades and fabulous cosmetic changes. It's beyond adorable! Then my father unfortunately  passed away of Cancer and then a couple months later I went through a pretty devastating  divorce {that's another blog post}. My mother thought the best solution for all of us during our trying time was having me and my little ones move onto her property. She needed love and we did too. A lot of it!  So as the years went by and we all grew stronger and happier we decided to stay and go forward with the remodel in the main house. The choppy repairs the previous owners had done were really starting to show. So timing was perfect! We're properly connecting the 1st and 2nd rental units together so everything flows nicely. We like to call some of the  doors and walls on that side of the home... Alice in Wonderland. Crazy! One door is so narrow that when I used to hold a little one at night and take them to bed, we would have to squeeze through this little  door. I would pray I wouldn't wake them up or scrape my hand on the door frame... But honestly I will never forget those memories. Well, good bye Alice in wonderland! Truth, you will and will not be missed {wink}! So at this point I'm beyond grateful for this remodel and unconditional love from my mom. I can't even tell you how blessed I am... B E Y O N D! So keep following me on this remodel journey... It's going to be a fun one! OH I bet you all are wondering why I don't have the before pictures up 1st... I've decided to wait to show you those when the big reveal happens at the end. Your jaw will definitely drop!  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

pool time

On the count of 3... 
I'll race you to the pool! 
1   2   3...  
Last one in is a rotten egg! 

Monday, July 24, 2017

one plant at a time

OH MY... Isn't this place so cute and quaint? I love the painted brick, slate roof tiles , stunning lanterns and beautifully maintained garden. It's just perfect! I would move in, in a heart beat! Thanks for asking! lol But, I do have one thing to tell you all, "Lets say, you don't have the cutest house on the block and a remodel isn't in the future... You can always make your garden look stunning. The moment you do that all eyes are off the home and onto your flowers. A little clean up goes along way!" I notice that when driving around. Clean up your yard, throw out excess pots, furniture, and old garden junk... Pull the weeds and plant fresh flowers. You can go slowly, but you yourself will see a huge different in your space the moment you cleanse and eliminate, trust me... You will love your space so much better!   Hey, we all are on a budget and can't go guns a blazing to do and get what we want all at once. Start small and buy matching planters for your entry... Talk to your new flower friends and watch how they'll bloom and grow so glorious! Good luck... 

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