Seven for Saturday

Seven for Saturday

It’s the weekend and time for this week’s Seven for Saturday!

1 – She’s Been Pinned!

My eldest stepdaughter, Kayla, was what they call “pinned” in the fire service during a big ceremony last Thursday. She met a series of requirements and passed several tests to achieve her new position as Apprentice Firefighter with Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue.

She was awarded a badge and chose to have her father, who has been in the fire service since he was 16-years-old, pin the badge to her uniform.

You can watch the pinning below. It’s quite sweet!

Also exciting is that next week she finishes up her paramedic internship. She has a couple more significant hurdles to clear before she is a Firefigher/Paramedic and is well on her way to a wonderful career. We are so very proud of her and thrilled she has found a profession she loves.

Congratulations to Kayla and all the other fire personnel honored during this week’s ceremony!

2  – Solar Eclipse 

My husband, Bill, is away aiding a forest fire up north. I was hoping to watch eclipse with him but I don’t think that is going to happen. I made sure to pack some solar viewing glasses with him. He will have a better view up there than I will, as long as it’s not too smoky.

I am excited to watch the eclipse from our home. If you live in the US, are you prepared to watch the eclipse Monday?

3 – Botox: Round 2

It’s been roughly 3 months since I had my very first Botox treatment at Plastic Surgery Associates/Allegro MedSpa in Santa Rosa. You can read all about that experience here.

I love the smoothness on my forehead and between my eyes. I think it makes me look more refreshed, less frowny (when I am not trying to frown) and not so tired. That in turn gives me a little extra boost in confidence.

Like many people, my face is not symmetrical. My eyebrows are especially asymmetric so Kirsten, the nurse who gives me my injections, added a little extra Botox to my right brow to see if it will raise a bit to match my other brow.

Time will tell! I go back in about 10 days for “after” photos and will be sure to share them here on the blog.

*Bay Area readers: Take $50 off any treatment (products excluded) at Allegro MedSpa by mentioning my blog. Offer good until 12/31/17.

4 – Saying Goodbye to the Summer Garden

Our garden is slowly winding down. I picked a little basket of cherry tomatoes the other night and see that while there are a few more ripening, there’s not much going on. We already took the lemon cucumbers and squash out. Next the tomatoes will need to go.

My youngest stepdaughter, Tori, is knowledgable and passionate about gardening so she is going to help figure out what to plant in our fall garden. We already started some kale and lettuce this week. We may try beans, cauliflower and broccoli next.

Did you grow a garden this year too? Are you planning a fall garden?

5 – Office Refresher

The office paint job I mentioned in last Saturday’s post is nearing completion. All that’s left to do now is paint the baseboards and trim. After that, I need to find a new ceiling light fixture and assemble my new desk and cabinet.

That will all have to wait until Bill returns home because I am far from handy. I hope to hang my new artwork and move back in by the end of Labor Day weekend!

6 – Up-dos That Stay Up

I have long, thick hair and am grateful for both but especially for the latter. I only have two minor complaints about long, thick hair: 1) my heavy hair is hot on my neck when it’s warm and 2) wearing it up is not always easy with its weight. I have to use a ton of bobby and hair pins – that often stretch and pop out – then coat my updo in stiff hairspray. And it still usually falls down.

I searched online for some pins that would hold my up-dos in place and found these. I admit $14 is a lot to spend on 20 hair pins but they really work! I can put all of my hair into a top bun using just 5 of them.

They are flocked and have pointed ends. Once they’re in, they stay put. The hair pins come in blonde, black and brown. And you get two different lengths: short and long.


7 – Return of a Fall Fashion Favorite

I was browsing Gap online this morning and was so thrilled to see that they have brought back the Pintuck Lace Crepe Top for fall.

I bought three of these beautiful and versatile blouses last year – in ivory, black and navy – and wore one of them so much, I wore one of them out!

This season they’ve reintroduced the blouse in optic white, burgundy and olive green.

I bought all three and can’t wait to wear them. They are the ideal transitional blouse for this time of year as they’re lightweight, long-sleeved and great for layering with a jacket and/or scarf.

Here are a couple photos from last year – in the selfie, you can see the pretty lace and pintuck details.

Stella Carakasi Cover Shot Coat

Have a great Saturday, friends!


Disclosure: My Botox treatments are complimentary in exchange for promotion. All opinions expressed here are, as always, my own. 


  1. Kathy
    August 22, 2017 / 8:41 am

    Love these posts. Our garden is winding down too and I was just thinking about what I wanted to plant for fall. Congratulations to Kayla and those blouses are adorable.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      August 22, 2017 / 8:53 am

      It’s hard to find choices for fall veggies with our somewhat small container garden. I would love to plant cauliflower and broccoli but they take up so much space. Maybe I will just do all kale – we eat so much of it and it grows up rather than out, which works for space issues.
      Kayla called me yesterday and said she is all done with her paramedic internship! One more thing she can check off the list. Next I think she has a national test to take….eek! She can do it, we know she can. She will just have lots and lots of studying in her near future!

  2. Ruth
    August 25, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    I love these posts! I ordered the Gap blouse in 2 colors after reading your recommendation and just got them today. I LOVE them! They’re going to be perfect for fall. I think I’ll order the 3rd color 🙂

  3. Deanna
    August 27, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Thank you for giving me one reason to love, or at least like, my thin hair. I often wear it up in a bun since I live in Las Vegas. I’ve always taken this hairstyle for granted as an effortless one, but it’s obviously not effortless for everyone. I have a friend with very long, very thick hair that I’ve always envied (but after seeing her struggle with it, not so much anymore). I’m going to have to mention the Frenchies to her.

    • Adrienne Shubin
      August 28, 2017 / 8:02 am

      Hi Deanna,

      I have always had a little bit of envy for thinner hair because it’s so much easier to style. I have a hard time getting my hair to hold a curl or even hold a good tease. Everything falls out. Of course as I age I appreciate I have more hair to work with as it has started to thin a bit (unfortunately mostly at the hairline).
      These hairpins are so awesome! I am going to buy a new set because I know me…they will get lost in no time.
      Hope all is well in Las Vegas! It’s my hometown.

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