All posts filed under: This is Life

fat head.

When you wake up on your birthday and see a giant you. My fantastically creative Hubby decided THIS is what I needed for my birthday this year, and he was all the correct! He even made the “Happy Birthday” garland! 🙂 So, I know what’s you’re thinking — what do you do with a giant face? You let the people dance with it, of course! Throughout the course of birthmonth, as I celebrated with friends and family, the brave and the silly danced and jumped around for what turned out to be the best birthday gift ever. Turn the volume up! ​Unfortunately, my fat head got left behind at the park, but these memories will live on!!! Thank you all for celebrating my Jesus birthday with me this year!! My birthday wish is that you all take time out of your busy schedules to act a little silly and dance around. xoxo ​

an ode to nissan. 

Many of you know by now – my long time roadside companion had to be retired. There were too many things missing and needing a fix after he was recovered so my insurance company ‘totaled’ him out. Poor Nissan. I remember when my Dad brought Nissan home the summer between fifth and sixth grade. That was 21.5 years ago! OBD, that’s “Old Dirty Blue,” you will be missed! Thanks for the memories! Mini road trip adventures to Lake Tahoe, Monterey Bay, Morro Bay, Murphys… A frequent photo taking spot. My craftmobile and present-delivery mobile. Our wedding car. Fits three lovely friends in the back and a handsome hubby in the front. Plus all the flowers. Nissan is at Insurance Auto Auctions in Bay Point, CA if anyone wants to buy him and fix him up! 🙂 Give a shout out to your first car below!

gwen.

I’ve been a No Doubt / Gwen Stefani fan since sixth grade (OMG, that was 21 years ago!). I remember listening to Tragic Kingdom everyday! And then in high school, my sister took me to my first No Doubt concert. Back then, I colored my hair hot pink (spray in hair color for the win!) and was fine sitting in the nose bleeds. I had to ZOOM IN for these photos. Today, I sport my L.A.M.B. crossbody bag (a birthday gift from my college roomie – Hi Maivi!) and I refuse to sit more than fifteen rows away. #aintnobodygottimeforsquinting My friend Lennie (also self-proclaimed Gwennabe) and I snagged tickets for Gwen’s latest tour. We’ve gone to a few No Doubt and Gwen Stefani concerts over the years and each one has been an awesome dance party. This last show was particularly cute because there were a lot of moms with their now tween and teenaged daughters rocking out to Gwen’s music. GWEN! I love Gwen’s sound and style, and how she’s consistently creating and being inspired …

backyard boutique.

My friend invited me to Archangel Boutique, a shopping event to benefit Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. The boutique raised funds to support local foster children and aimed to spread awareness of the need for more volunteer mentors. This was a shopping event with heart. The event was held in someone’s backyard! What a fun venue. I arrived with just ten minutes to shop but it was plenty of time to make some purchases. Here’s a quick look around: This holiday season, let us be thoughtful about our purchases and let us give back to our communities.

thankful.

Hi! I’ve been on a posting hiatus because I’m having too much fun with crafties. I wanted to take a minute to share my Thanksgiving holiday though because I’m super thankful for these special moments in life when we can enjoy the company of loved ones in lovely environments. This year was the first year my husband’s family came to celebrate in my hometown. It was also the first year I got to be fully in charge of the tablescape and the first year we set up Thanksgiving lunch in the backyard! As usual my Dad cooked all the things — pancit, pasta, scalloped potatoes, fried chicken, Spanish rice, corn, lemon shrimp, pork and gravy. Is your mouth salivating yet? The in-laws brought pork buns and desserts, and my niece and nephews made pie! And if that wasn’t enough food, we picked some treats from the tree — pomelo, my fave! My Mom and I decorated the tables with freshly cut bay leaf twigs and grapefruit (from the garden!), and a few decorative pumpkins. The …

re:make 2016 / the decor. 

I attended Re:Make for the first time last weekend and I have to say, it was pretty epic. So epic, in fact, that I have to write a three-part blog post. Mmkay? In this post, I’m talking décor! Before even walking in, I could just feel the color, patterns, textures, design, and creativity about to explode. And then you are greeted by a wall of felt fringe! How can something be so simple, yet so fun? This is a pretty grand entrance that doubled as a mega sized photo backdrop. And then you look up and there is a swarm of lifesavers! Again, so simple, yet probably the most photographed/Instagrammed spot at the festival. Color was everywhere, including at the craft bar. I don’t think you will find a cuter bar anywhere else. Throughout the festival space there were walls with inspirational quotes and interactive art installations. I also really like the centerpieces. Not because of the golden geometric shapes (though, I do love these), but because white paint strokes on a basic plastic pot = a sweet planter upgrade. More felt wall please. …

patio plants.

Hubs and I finally started working on our garden. I’m hoping we keep it up and actually grow things / keep things alive. Wish us luck! Here’s what we have so far: Talbos ng kamote (sweet potato leaves). My Mom picked a bunch of leaves from their garden. We placed them in water so they could grow roots before planting. I enjoy watching roots grow; it’s like I’m doing something right even though all I did was put them in water. Nature is magical that way. We’re excited to have plants we can harvest and eat! Succulents. Here’s what’s left of my succulent plant garden that I almost killed. (I know, I know…succulents are supposed to be easy.) I’m more excited about the ceramic pot I got from a nursery in San Diego. It’s made by local ceramicist Susan Aach. I am in love with it and I’m hoping to grow my fun garden container collection as we add to our patio garden. Mystery plant. This plant just showed up and decided to grow. We’re going to let it. It looks …