All posts tagged: Local Tourist

sj made.

Last week I hung out with my crafty friend Angel of Todos Organics at the SJ Made Summer Series event at Whole Foods, San Jose. She had a booth and I was her assistant for the day. I met some super fun people and thought you should meet them, too! My friend set up her booth with her botanically infused coconut oils. Behold, her signature collection (Calm, Heal, Love, and Warm) and limited edition scents (Lift and Mind). I enjoyed being a helper coconut lady for the day. Mostly, I liked bragging about her products because they are super great. I swear by the Heal coconut oil on all bug bites and dry, itchy skin. Our neighbor was Laura Johnston of Le Animalé. She makes the cutest polymer clay creations, a line of totems she calls “fat-fats.” I spotted hummingbirds and I picked the fattest/cutest one. Throughout the day I spent a lot of time admiring all of her little creatures. Fun fact: Lauren is also a painter! Sarah White of Suite Sailing Soaps is …

garden frolics.

What to do when work flies you home for the weekend, it’s sunny out, and your parents are big fans of the outdoors? Frolic to the nearest botanical garden! My Dad packed his fancy camera, we donned our big hats, and we were off to the Los Angeles Arboretum in Arcadia. It was my first visit to the garden, which is surprising because I grew up less than ten miles away. You can easily spend a whole day wandering around. We only stayed for a couple of hours and saw a little more than half of the garden, but we discovered so many unusual and beautiful plants, and took so many pictures. The garden is sprinkled with various sculptures and decor, but we also happened to go while they were setting up for an Art in the Garden exhibit so there were whimsical pieces throughout. My Mom had fun modeling and I enjoyed impromptu garden lessons. The wildlife were fun to spot, too. Until the next family mini-vacay! How do you like to spend your family afternoons? Share below!