Road trippin’

By |June 9th, 2014|Life, Uncategorized|

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Growing up I had a love-hate relationship with road trips. When I was a kid road trips meant long hours in confined spaces smashed up against luggage and siblings. Inevitably a fight would break out in the car, usually over something really important like whose turn it was to use the discman or who ate all the pretzel sticks. But even amongst the chaos  (of which there was a lot!) road trips grew on me. I loved the quality time with family and the flexibility and freedom to stop, go and explore as you please. Not to mention that during road trips eating candy, chips and fast food is basically mandatory.

Last weekend we went on a road trip up to the coast to San Francisco for my Grandma’s funeral. Even under the sad circumstances we managed to enjoy the ride, and made the most out of it. When you lose someone you love it reminds you of what’s important in life. You hug a little tighter, laugh a little louder. And we did just that.

We stopped in Carmel and visited Steve’s Aunt and Uncle. We got to take the puppy to her first beach- she went absolutely nuts in the sand! We laughed so hard as she pranced around and ran her little heart out. I wish there were more dog beaches in LA! After Carmel we went to SF and spent some time with old college friends.It always amazes me how you can not see certain people for ages and after a few minutes it’s like you’re back at the college dive bar.

The rest of the weekend was spent with the fam reminiscing on what an amazing woman my Grandma was. Even though I miss her terribly, I’m comforted that she lived such a full life and that she lives on in her large family and circle of friends. In fact, she loved road trips too- maybe that’s a part of her that lives on in me. Miss you Nina.

love and candy,


an oil change- cheaper than therapy

By |June 3rd, 2014|Life, Uncategorized|

Dude. You know your life is too crazy when you have a break down at jiffy lube. Not a car break down, but a mental one. Okay, so I’m being dramatic- it was less of a break down and more of a break-through. I was overdue on an oil change << because come on who really has time to get their oil changed>> but finally force myself to go during lunch today. I handed over the keys and sat down in the waiting area. Burnt coffee and a couple of torn up Readers Digest surround me and an unfriendly stranger stares at the wall blankly. I instinctively look at my phone- no messages. Emails? None. I pull out my work phone- zero notifications. I immediately start to look for something else on my phone. Intsagram, Facebook,  and CNN get me through another five minutes before I seriously contemplate downloading candy crush. Then it hit me- I couldn’t sit still for five minutes and do nothing. Five minutes! I’m so used to being busy that the thought of sitting and doing nothing was just unthinkable.

So I made myself do it. I made myself sit there with no phone, no magazine, no television, no distractions, for five whole minutes. If this sounds ridiculous to you, well it does to me too- but it was hard! Yes, it’s hard for me, a grown person, to sit still for five minutes and do nothing. The first two minutes felt like forever. Then I closed my eyes and concentrated on my breathing and relaxed. And it felt good. I stopped absorbing info and just took in my surroundings. So here’s to taking it easy, unplugging, and breathing deeply- even for five minutes at a time :)


Anyone else struggle with constantly doing things? I would love to hear other ideas on how to slow down and unplug!

love and candy,


“Retro” Project Life

By |May 20th, 2014|crafts, Life, Photography, Uncategorized|

I’m still working on my 2012 Project life album which officially puts me at two years behind in the scrap-booking world. So the Project Life posts you see on here are all “Retro”. It sounds better than “really late”. I’ve accepted the fact that I will probably never be the person who documents each week as it is happening. I tried it that way at first, but would get frustrated if I missed a week and if I was super busy it turned into a chore instead of something I enjoyed. So instead of a weekly requirement, I use Project Life as a fun and easy format to document each year. I have a binder for each year with a few spreads per month, depending on how much was going on.  So here it is:

 <<Retro April, 2012>>

April 2012 Project Life (1 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (3 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (4 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (6 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (7 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (8 of 17)

Most of the card inserts are from the Blush Project Life kit. I also like to use paper souvenirs as inserts where I can. For this spread I used Billy Elliott tickets, the Stagecoach program and even a beer label I saved from Beerfest.  For both Stagecoach and Coachella they sent a rub on sticker with the tickets which I spread over three cards to make the large headings you see above and below. For the Beerfest title card, I used temporary tattoos of beer companies that they gave out and applied them to paper to make a collage.
April 2012 Project Life (9 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (10 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (11 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (12 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (13 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (14 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (15 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (16 of 17) April 2012 Project Life (17 of 17)

love and candy,