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matcha.

Earlier in the summer I attended a virtual spa night with Yelp Indy and Saidah of Shea Body Works. Saidah taught us how to create body scrubs and face masks out of common kitchen basics. As you can see from the screenshot, I didn’t participate live, but I was fully excited to learn all the things! Sharing my face mask experience today… All you need for a quick spa is: 1 tsp matcha (get the good stuff!) 1/2 tsp honey 1/2 tbs hot water a mug or small bowl cotton round/ball or mask brush spoon or small whisk Mix all of the ingredients. It will look a little soupy. Apply to face (and neck!) with cotton round/ball or mask brush, rub it in, and allow to sit for ten minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and allow to air dry or pat dry with a facecloth. Not so fun fact: The neck ages faster than the face. Protip: Anything you do to care for your face, you should also do to your neck! Saidah recommends …

plant friends.

Happy Spring! I completed my first full week of working from home, and it’s Day 5 of the mandatory shelter in place in the Bay Area. Luckily, I do have some company – my Hubby (who is off from work at least through the end of the month) and my plant bebes! Here’s a little plant update from my indoor plant friends. There are 18 total; 23 if you count the ones that I’m trying to revive/propagate. One. Sansevieria laurentii (snake plant). This one came from my parents’ backyard. I named him Green Mamba. He’s fairly tall now; showing off some of the lil sprouts. Two-Ten. In the kitchen/living area I have Calethea roseopicta, Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ plant), Calethea lancifolia (rattlesnake plant), Calethea ornata, bamboo, sweet potato leaves (rooting them!), marimo (moss balls), Peperomia obtusifolia, and Hoya carnosa variegata. Eleven. Next to the TV I have a Ficus lyrata (fiddle leaf fig). I recently gave him a trim because I wanted to propagate him, but I’m not sure if I did it correctly. Also, his …

meet the maker.

For the last East Bay Yelp Elite event of 2019, we visited Melissa Joy Manning‘s jewelry shop and studio in Berkeley. In true Yelp Elite style there were of course treats (both to enjoy at the event and to take home!) and merriment! I invited my friend Connie to be my +1. It was her first Yelp Elite event! The evening started with jewelry perusing and shopping. The staff knows everything about everything and they were so happy to be able to share the Melissa Joy Manning process and code of ethics with us. There were many everyday pieces as well as more extravagant pieces, each carefully made in the back studio. I loved the look of the shop, too. There were vintage jewelry cases and inspirational design elements like ceramic hangings and geode wall art throughout the shop. Then, a behind the scenes look in the studio where their team of jewelry makers create each piece of jewelry sold in shop and online. Our studio guide Lisa shared the brand history, showed us around …

the bow room.

In celebration of Christmas and finally visiting the Bow Room at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe in Irvine, I got my nails done Hello Kitty Christmas style! (My nail artist Masako is amaze!) Ready for all the holding cute Hello Kitty things photos! The Bow Room serves tea during the day and fancy adult beverages at night. To get there you first pass through the Grand Cafe area which serves treats like donuts and cakes and sells Hello Kitty merchandise. If the host isn’t at the entrance, you can knock on the golden bow door knocker to enter. And once inside… Pink and gold bows er’where. So. Cute. Tea time! For the afternoon tea, you get strawberries and cocoa cream, a selection of savory and sweet treats, your choice of tea (or other beverage for an extra fee), and jellies to complete the meal. I ordered the lychee peach tea; everyone enjoyed their tea selection! It’s all in the details. Hello Kitty face plates, tea cups, sugar ‘cubes,’ butter stamp, cocoa face, three-tiered plate stand, …

year in review.

If toes gross you out, look away. This is my pedicure year in review! These feet have traveled to crafty events all over, and in between adventures I pamper myself with monthly pedicures at Bisou Nail Lounge. My nail lady (aka toe surgeon) works at Bisou so I’m there every 3-5 weeks for my toe check up. I usually get the chocolate spa pedicure (comes with a chocolate sugar scrub, chocolate mask, and chocolate lotion massage!), and on occasion get the red wine pedicure. They also have green tea and CBD pedicure options, and I always get nail art! January January highlights: Hubby and I renewed our passports! Palm Springs adventures continue Weaving new shapes February February highlights: Helped decorate a retirement party Popped up shop at Bella Vita in Oakland Learned how to make macrame feathers March March highlights: Gwen in Vegas International Women’s Day at Zynga – my first company pop-up! Designed a window display for Mischief Launched my weaving loom tools! April April highlights: Took the whole month off from work! Taught …

ID week in DC.

The actual reason I was in DC: an infectious disease conference! And a photoshoot apparently! This is my new professional photo. I took photos with all the cardboard cutouts and signs, too. The conference (ID Week) was held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and supposedly had over 10,000 attendees. I attended lectures and one of the socials featuring the ID Week band (made up of 15 infectious disease professionals!). Around the convention center – lots of art pieces, cold brew on tap, and bathroom signage with briefcases. There was also an exhibition hall featuring vendors and professional organizations. Our favorite booth: Biofire. They had machine demos, a giant bug, and freebie surprise balls with disease figurines. My ID Week haul! I hosted DC trivia at one of our staff meetings so I could share with my work crew. Conferences are exhausting, but they are inspiring and get me motivated to do more good things in public health! PSA Wash your hands well!

craft beer and craft crafts.

This quarter’s Crafty Lady Night was at a brewery! We enjoyed craft beers and craft crafts! This time we made yarn wrapped plant hangers and keychains. This is a great project for on the go, and you don’t need that many materials. Plus, it’s a fun gift idea. Try it out and let me know what you think! Here’s the how-to for the plant holders: Materials: cotton cord, ring, assorted yarn, scissors Cut at least 4 strands of cord, 5 feet in length. Fold all cords in half and place a ring at the midpoint (or tie an overhand knot). Start with a foot of yarn. Fold yarn so there is a U with one short and one long end. Hold the strands securely on the cord and begin wrapping the cords with the long end of yarn. Wrap starting from the loose yarn end and ‘up’ towards the bottom of the U. Place the long end through the bottom of the U. Hold the long end securely as you pull on the short end …

head west part 2.

I participated in my first Head West Marketplace; this time as a vendor! The market is largely vintage and second-hand. There were also jewelry merchants, painters, plant people, homewares shops, and then there was me! I’m pretty sure I had the cutest shoppers. And the best booth neighbors! Say hello to Ruth Tillman Designs, S for Sparkle, and Akshu and Ing! It was a beautiful day for an outdoor shop! Thank you to the Berkeley community for coming out to support small businesses and to Jimmy of Head West for inviting me to join the event! Join me at all my Feed the Fish co pop up shops. Follow along at http://www.feedthefishco.com. Post cover photo credit: @eboniewj

lake loop.

Another 24 Lake Tahoe vacay! My parents drove up for their annual Tahoe trip; Hubby and I met them over the weekend. Here’s a peek at our whirlwind adventure! En route we stopped at Rosemary’s Farm to Fork Cafe for avocado toast, chicken and waffles, lemonade, and tea. We also stopped for treats at Mahoroba Japanese Bakery. And when we got to Tahoe, a homecooked dinner was waiting for us! And we found snacks in the pantry. QT ensued! We woke up early to enjoy sunrise at our Tahoe home, but whoopsies, we didn’t realize the sun would rise more to the north so we couldn’t really see it break through from our vantage point. It was still pretty. We suited up and headed to breakfast before the crowds at The Old Post Office Cafe. I’ m a sucker for biscuits and gravy. And then for the first time, we looped the lake in one day. We weren’t planning to, but we just kept going. 🙂 We stopped every so often for nature views… Fancy …

legoland.

On my San Diego vacation with the fam, we went to Comic Con, tasted all the chocolate at Chuao, and ventured to Legoland, where everything is awesome. My niece and nephews are still big Lego fans. It was my first time to visit Legoland, but they have been to Legoland many times before so they each got to show me their favorite parts. We spent the entire day there. OMG, I was ded, but it was fun! We rode as many rides as we could. My brother-in-law got the Reserve n Ride pass so we could cut lines! They have all kinds of carnival games (I played a few!) and some of the rides were more like interactive activities. Of course, there were lots of structures made of Lego bricks. There is a mini land which features major U.S. cities, all the rides had some kind of Lego feature, and there was a Star Wars section with Lego scenes and characters. You can tour a small scale Lego factory, see Master Builders in action, meet …