Friday, November 13, 2015

Road Trip (destination-Kirkwood, CA) Mini Album

Last month, my husband and I embarked on a road trip.  The destination was Kirkwood, CA for a wedding.  We took "the long way 'round--The one with the prettiest of views, It's got mountains, it's got rivers, It's got sights to give you shivers"...

Initially, I thought Kirkwood was by Lake Tahoe which is near Reno which is where my son goes to school--so I was like "let's take Friday off and visit him after he gets out of school at 2pm".  Well Kirkwood is a little further than I thought it was (as you can tell we are not skiers-haha), but we were still closer to my son, so we took the long scenic route to our destination.

We got on the road early so that we could stop in Auburn, CA.  Every time we go up to Reno, I see the Historic Auburn sign and every time we don't stop for one reason or another (and we never want to stop anywhere on the way home :D ).

Once on the road, my husband reminded me that I hadn't gotten the couple a present--oops.  I was all for getting a gift certificate and a card, but he wanted buy them something off their registry.  The problem was the only Crate and Barrel on the way was in Roseville and they didn't open until 10am.  This changed our initial plan to eat breakfast in Auburn and we ate at Mimi's Cafe in Roseville instead while we waited for the mall to open.  My husband was not happy with our meal choice since he loves breakfast and isn't a fan of Mimi's.  But he survived.

We finally got to Old Town Auburn and it was a cute town, but we didn't buy anything.  We still had some time before having to get back on the road, so we stopped in Downtown Auburn (same town--down a few blocks) and walked around that section.  We got some candy from a candy shop...seen a closed old-fashion drugstore through the window...and my husband got a haircut from a barber shop.

Finally, we got to Reno around 2 and because I didn't communicate with my son very clearly, we only had about an hour to spend with him since he had plans from 3:30-6.  We took him to a late lunch/early dinner.  We could have stayed and visited with him after his plans, but I wanted to get to Kirkwood in the daylight since we had never driven those roads before.

It was a beautiful drive and I was able to step onto the Pacific Crest Trail before the sunset.

The next day, was the wedding, but it wasn't until 3pm.  There wasn't anything near were we were staying so we drove about an hour to eat breakfast (the most important meal for my husband).  And then we drove an hour back.  Which I suppose wasn't too bad since there wasn't anything to do at the Kirkwood Resort anyway (it was off season and every shop/restaurant in the resort was closed).

The wedding was beautiful in the middle of the woods at a place call The HideOut.  Luckily, there was a shuttle to drive us because it was 30 minutes away and part of the road was a one-way dirt road.

Sunday, we woke up and just drove home (1 stop to eat the most important meal of the day).  I told my husband the day before not to let me drink so much...but I still drank way too much...I am too old for hangovers!

Since I stopped reading so much, I have actually been scrapbooking a lot more :D I am happy to get this Road Trip mini album completed.

Instead of posting all the photos of my album, I did another slideshow.

Thank you for viewing.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Some Goals Need to be Reconsidered (But I didn't die)

Back in June, I read Wild which was based on a true story of a woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.  Ever since, I have been wanting to try day hiking.

About a month ago, we were near Tahoe and I was able to step onto the trail, but we didn't have any time to hike it.

So I set a goal that next October (so it isn't too hot) we would go on a day hike (but not camp--haha) in the Tahoe area.

But you have to start somewhere to get into shape, right?

This past weekend, we didn't have anything planned, so I was like "let's go on a hike".  My husband thought of the Pinnacles...sounds fun.  Some of the hikes (and the first part of our hike) weren't too bad. (flat ground) 

But then we decided to do the Bear Gulch Caves and wow...I was not in any shape to do that part of the had to crouch low (I hit my head once) and walk up a million stairs...but I did it!  

And you know what?  I didn't die!  ha ha ha.

Lately, my husband has been saying this quote from the Hangover II...

And even though my back hurt and my feet ached and I was exhausted, I was ok and I didn't die.

Will I continue my goal of hiking the PCT (that's what us hikers call the Pacific Crest Trail--haha!)?  I am not sure...not because my body ached after, but because you have to watch where you are walking and you don't really get to enjoy the views.  It wasn't all that fun.  The peak of the hike was a reservoir which wasn't even that pretty--the water was muddy green!

But some of the end points I have seen from other trails are really amazing (like Crater Lake!).  So at this point, I am not sure if I will continue with this goal.  If I do, I will have to get into shape before trying another hike like this.  It has been almost a week and my lower back is still a little sore.

Thank you for letting me share :)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Florida 2012 (#8-Final)

It has taken a while, but I finally finished my Florida Smash book. I was on a mission to just complete my journaling for the last day of this trip--whoo hoo. Sometimes you just need to force yourself to sit there and complete an "assignment" :)

Our last day was spent at Universal's Islands of Adventure. It is way better than Universal Studios, in my opinion, because of all the awesome rides. I wanted to go because HARRY POTTER!!!

One of the best things we did was upgrade and bought the express pass  they have two versions--one is unlimited "shorter" lines--we got the other which allows you to skip the lines once per ride. Since we got as much done in a short time it was so worth it for us. 

Seuss Landing was fun to look at, but we were too old and tall to ride anything but The Cat in the Hat ride. 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter did not disappoint--although I was the only one nerding out in my family :)

We rode a few more roller coasters before leaving--I'd totally skip Disney all together and only come here if we ever go back haha

We were so exhausted by the last day. My husband was a trooper, 10 weeks prior to our trip he had broke his ankle--it was so swollen but he did all the walking for us :D

Our travel day was bittersweet...we had to get up way to early, but we were home around noon. 

When we unpacked, we found out TSA had gone through our suitcase...I guess they didn't like the look of all our charger wires together...oops. 

Thank you for reading. I'm hoping to craft more often and blog more. 

*I used the blogger app to post this on the road (the middle of nowhere on highway 5) :) hopefully the formatting isn't too crazy. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015


I'm not at home this morning but I couldn't forget to pick a winner!

Nicole is the winner :) thanks you for playing and reading my blog :D Congratulations!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Beach Fauxdori and 200th post Giveaway!

Earlier this year, my friend, Liz, was telling me how she was making a Fauxdori...what is that?  Well if you want to spend a fortune, you can buy a Midori Traveler's notebook.  Or you can make your own Fake (Faux) one and call it a Fauxdori :)

So I went to Michaels and got the leather and elastic and made my own.

Unfortunately, it was kinda thin/flimsy leather so I had to glue thick paper inside.  It was ok, but I had no idea what to do with it!

I bought some Moleskine notebooks to put inside, but was still clueless on what I was going to fill it with.  Then I just started painting the cover using blue water colors and a bit of gold acrylic paint...and I thought about all the day trips to the beach my family takes. 

Hence "Let's Go to the Beach" was born (first photo)--my writing in watercolors is lacking :)


I am usually a chronological scrapbooker, but I have decided I will just make entries when I feel like it.  So the first entry started in January this year, then February, then I went back to 2011 :)

I have been using my LG Portable Printer and Pringo which I can print from my iPhone.  (Someday I'll review my printers.) (*Please note I do not get any money or discounts on my links--I just like to help people out.)

The concept of these traveler notebooks is to take them with you and journal as you go...mine actually just stays at home :)  

Thank you for reading!  Now for my giveaway

I started this blog in January 2010 to share my crafty projects with the world wide web and this is my 200th post!

I am giving away these Target Dollar Spot and Dollar Tree goodies.

Please leave a comment telling me what your favorite beach is and why or why you don't like the beach (my son hates the beach--unless he is going with his friends ha ha) :D

I will pick a winner in the morning on Saturday, September 19.

Thank you and Good LUCK!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Puerto Rico Vacation--Awesomeness and the Aftermath

The Best Vacation...

My husband and I hadn't been on a big vacation (just the two of us) in a long while.  So this year, for our 20th Anniversary, to celebrate, we went to Puerto Rico sans kids! 

Why Puerto Rico?  No, I am not from there (haha) and I am not puertorriqueña. But I love old architecture...I would love to visit Spain (but it was twice as much) and I would also love to visit Cuba!  So Puerto Rico was close enough and bonus it is still a US territory, hence, they speak English, take the US Dollar, and no roaming/international CellPhone fees! :)

We had an AMAZING time.  I had so much fun and it was relaxing even though we were on the go most of the time.

5 Photos A Day? I am posting the 5 photos a day The Life-Changing book says is scrapbook will have more than 5 a day, I promise you that :D  I could write about each day forever, but I will try to keep this a short overview.  

Day 1 (Airport)

My daughter took our photo at the airport--I took a photo of them driving away--wah!  It happened to be my husband birthday and we traveled all day!  He had a drink with breakfast (don't judge, it was noon in Puerto Rican time--haha) and his birthday "cake" was M&M's.  We landed at 11pm and it was 80 degrees and so humid!!

Day 2 (Castillo San Cristobal, Old San Juan)

The first morning in Puerto Rico, after breakfast, I tripped in a hole and fell in the paved streets...I was so lucky not to twist (or worse break) my foot!  Our hotel view was of the parking garage across the street.  It rained that first day (but maybe only once more during our trip--they were in a drought and luckily a hurricane didn't hit us!)  We walked around the first (of two) forts...I thought there was 1 pillar lookout point on the whole island and that it was unique before going to Puerto Rico, but they were everywhere on the two forts we seen and even around town!  We seen this statue only once during our trip and it was at night.

Day 3 (Bacardi, Old San Juan)

The next morning after breakfast, we got on a ferry and headed over to the Bacardi factory for a tour (if you ever go, don't do the tasting--instead do the mixology class).  Later that night we went to the birth place of the Pina Colada--Barrachina.  See that pillar lookout point...that was through town :/

Day 4 (Snorkling)

We were on that beach!!! is not just a dreamy photo you see on the internet!  (well you are seeing now on the internet, but I was actually there!)  We seen a stingray and some fish while snorkeling.

Day 5 (Castillo San Felipe El Morro, Condado, Old San Juan)

I ate the best oatmeal (avena) ever!!!  See our iguana friend at the other fort.  There was a truck in the middle of the road in Condado selling donuts!  Yes, I bought one :D  This day we walked 10.5 miles!!

Day 6 (Camuy River Cave, Arecibo Observatory, Anniversary)

The Cave tour was awesome, the Observatory--not so much.  We stopped at a fruit stand on the side of the road and had the most amazing tiny bananas (not plantains).  It was our 20th Anniversary :)

Day 7 (El Yunque Rainforest, Luquillo BeachBio-luminescent Kayak)

We hiked the rainless (there was a drought going on) Rainforest.  Went to the crappy part of a beach...had an expensive pina colada in a pineapple and for the first time kayaked...we were supposed to see the water glow in the bioluminescent bay...but we were disappointed--our tour was too early and they hurried us out so they could do another tour--boo!  It did make me realize, I actually like hiking and I would totally kayak again :)

Day 8 (Sports Museum, Airport)

The last day, we finally walked across the street and had the most amazing coffee (too bad I didn't go there every day)!  Our last drinks on the island.  We went to the saddest Sports Hall of Fame...bye Puerto Rico...hello San Jose!

If it weren't for the humidity, I would totally want to retire there!  I wouldn't mind visiting again to see some of the Southern regions of the island.

And Then We Came Home...

We got home late Friday and on Saturday I woke up 3 hours early (no, problem) and I was ok on Saturday.  Sunday, unfortunately my husband had to travel for business, so after I took him to the airport, I came home and slept a lot...I had little engery, but I was still ok.  Monday, I went back to work and was upbeat and told my travel stories...I was still so excited to have gone.  

Then Monday evening, when I got home, I had no appetite and my stomach wasn't feeling well.  Tuesday at work, I went home early because I just felt off.  By Wednesday, I had lost 7 pounds since Saturday (I had gain 2 pounds on vacation) and I started crying telling my co-worker that I had no appetite (rare for me--both the crying and no appetite) and how I lost so much weight.  Thursday I went to the doctor and she had me do tests for my stomach bug and I started crying'!  To top things off, I was taking my son back to college on Friday (on my 42nd birthday, no less!).

Anyway...long story short, I probably had a bit of depression on top of having a stomach bug (the doctor said I might have been crying because I hadn't eaten in days!).  Then I just found out there is a thing called Post-Trip Depression!!!  Crazy right?...or yay...I might not be crazy after all :D

Scrapbooking It... 

I now feel better and have started sorting through my photos and getting all my supplies out to scrapbook our trip.  I will be using the Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine collection :D

Thank you for getting this far and reading my post :)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up--Why it won't work for Me

Last week, I finished the best selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and it sounds like a good idea, but I don't think it could ever work for me.


First of all, this will check off the "A book that was originally written in a different language" item on the 2015 Reading Challenge.  I had planned on reading it for my "non-fiction" item, but this one seemed easier to check off "different language" because I think I will have more options at finding an interesting non-fiction book.  Anyway...onto my review (since it really isn't a spoiler-ish type book).

1.  I checked this out from my library for free, but people buy this book and the point of the book is to get rid of clutter--so wouldn't this book add to your clutter?  She even says if this book doesn't bring you joy to toss it--"Keep only those books that will make you happy just to see them on your shelves, the ones that you really love.  That includes this book, too.  If you don't feel any joy when you hold it in your hand, I would rather discard it."  I'm sure in her mind she says "but only after you give me your money" ha ha!

2.  I live with my husband and two adult(ish) children.  Even if I could let go of stuff, I still have to get the other 3 on board with doing this whole life-changing experience.  One time I was trying to create room in the kitchen cabinets and was scolded by the kids for trying to toss out "souvenir" cups from the Miami Marlins stadium--haha.

3.  In this day and age, most "things" cost a lot of money and it isn't easy just getting rid of some of the stuff she is telling you to get rid of.  I mean some of it does make sense though...I really don't need our cell phone boxes or our computer boxes--maybe someday I will toss those :D

4.  I am a crafter and a lot of my clutter is probably useless, but this is a really hard thing to let go.  I have purged before and I can probably still let go of much of the paper, but this goes back to "things" cost a lot of money.  I'd be better off learning not to buy stuff (and using what I have) than to get rid of it.

5.  The section about photos alone made me want to stop reading--haha.  Yes, I am sure no one really wants to see all my pictures of the food I take, but sometimes it is so pretty not to take a photo.  Plus, I have spent too much money on a camera to not take pretty photos of the scenery!  But not only that, she says if they are in an album...take them all out and go through every single photo and figure out whether it brings you joy or, they are already in an album--why do extra work???  "with this method, you will keep only about five per day of a special trip..." WHAT?!?!?!  My husband and I just got back from Puerto Rico and between the two of us with 2 iPhones and 2 different cameras, we came home with 2,000 photos over the 7 days!  um, I am not keeping only 35 photos of our trip :/

6.  I don't think I will feel comfortable talking to my objects.  She encourages you to tell your clothing, etc. thank you for doing their job.  Also, she says to unpack your purse daily and tell each item thank you--um, I think my family would commit me to a looney bin! 

So even though, this will not completely work for me, I think it can help me think about learning to let go of some things and stop buying others.

Have you read this book?  What are your thoughts?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Reading Challenge Update (again)

I hadn't planned on updating my reading challenge for a while, but then I realized that I have read 12 books this past month!!!  I took a week off, then I went into full "chain-reading" mode!

There were a few books that I read that did not fit into any of the categories of the challenge.

Unfinished Business--cute love story--although I might just use this as a "classic romance".  Changing the meaning of Classic from "old" to "typical"--if that makes sense.

My Life Next Door--I keep picking out these young adult books...this one was a cute love story as well.  I really liked it and can't wait to read the next book in this series.

Four Friends--This one was not a love story.  I've read Robyn Carr before and enjoy her writing.

Now onto the challenge books.

I Don't Know What You Know Me From--"A funny book".  Ok, I like Judy Greer and she is funny in most of her movies, but this book wasn't all that funny.  She is quirky, but I think I literally LOL'd once throughout the book.

The Edge of Normal--"A Mystery or Thriller".  I have always liked mystery novels and this one was a bit creepy.  I liked this author and can't wait to read other books from her.  I actually just picked up the next book in this series from the library :)

Reunion--"A book with one-word title".  This one was ok.  No love story and it is kinda hard to like the main character of the book.

Before I Fall--"A popular author's first book".  This is another young adult book (and I think it is a popular author).  This one is quite sad.  At first you don't feel any compassion for the main character then at the end you are like--WHAT?!?!?! WHY?!?!?!

14th Deadly Sin--"A book your mom loves".  ok, technically, I don't know if she loves this book, but both her and I like to read the Women's Murder Club series.  This one was ok.  I really liked the first few books in the series, but they don't seem to be as good as they first were--but I can't wait for the 15th book to come out! :)

Mother, Mother--"A book that scares you".  I picked up this book based on an Instagram review (I will warn you it might be spoilerish).  The review peaked my interest at once.  The book is not a gory or a horror book per se, but to know there are crazy people actually out there like this is scary!  Also, just like I questioned Gillian Flynn's mind, I am quite afraid of Koren's mind as well.

Come to the Edge--"A Memoir"--ok...not sure why I have a fascination with JFK, Jr. since he was 13 years older than me...but this is my second book about him that I've read.  (A few years ago, I read Fairy Tale Interrupted which was good.)  This book was hard for me to read.  The writer would be in a "moment" then flashback during that moment or flash forward during that moment...if that even makes sense.  I was so confused about the timeline of anything that happened! ha ha.  It was an interesting book though.

Dot Dead: A Silicon Valley Mystery--"A book that takes place in your hometown".  Ok, technically I don't live in the city this takes place in, but I do live in the Silicon Valley and they mention my city a few times during the book.  It was an interesting mystery (remember I love mysteries) and it had a love story (weird love story, but a love story none the less).

Bad Apple--"A book written by an author with your same initials".  Ok, looking for this book, I realized most authors with the initials L.R. write smutty books! ha ha ha.  I wasn't about to read and review that type of book here...luckily, I found Laura Ruby.  This again was a young adult book.  It was quite interesting and sad at the same time.

I know my reviews lack, but I don't really want to give too much away--I hate when I come across a review that kinda has I still wonder if I would have been in the same mind set if I hadn't come across the review of Mother, Mother on Instagram--but then again, I might not have read it if I didn't see the review--haha

Thank you for reading if you got this far!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Planner Update & Challenge

Last year, I blogged about how I got back into using a paper planner.  It has been a slow start getting back into the grove of things...especially since my life isn't very busy :)

The Kate Spade planner was cute (at first--until the dots started rubbing off), but then this past March, I ordered a new planner from Webster's Pages...I love it even better than the Kate Spade one.

All the planners I see on Instagram and Pinterest have the front flap I did some decoration--not much though :)  Just a Kate Spade paperclip bow and Amy Tangerine Camera...I don't remember where the camera paper clip came from though.

Another thing I've seen people do is put post-its on their dashboards.  4 of the post-its are from the Target Dollar Spot.  The top one on the right is from Kate Spade.

I haven't decorated the pages inside too much, but one of the challenges Jossie and Liz came up with was to decorate a page in our planners.

The monthly view of August is pretty plain.  All the stickers are from Heidi Swapp.

Since February, my husband and I have been planning a trip to Puerto Rico and I figured I should decorate the dates we are going.

I used page flags from the Target Dollar Spot to cross off the extra challenge we made to ourselves.

Since I am still not sure what order (or what days) we are going to be doing some of the things, I put the things I want to do on the page flags...that way I can move them around.

I used stickers and letters from Amy Tangerine.  The 'together' sticker is from Crate Paper--Maggie Holmes--Confetti line.  The black/white heart washi is from Target (around January/February).

I know my planner isn't as awesome as some of the ones I've seen, but I am going for a more useful way to decorate and not spending hours on end just making my days look pretty, when going to work and reading at home aren't all that exciting--haha! :)

Thank you for looking.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Some Things Old and Some Things New

A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I were drooling over the new Target Spot goodies (thanks to the Instagram enablers--haha), so we went all on scavenger hunts checking the Targets around us looking for these cute supplies (over about a week's time).

After we had rounded up the items we wanted, we met up at Starbucks to trade our goodies with each other--It was so fun!

At our meet-up, we challenged each other to do some memory keeping and use the stuff we just got :)

Our challenges were to:

~Do 1 Project Life (pocket page) layout
~Do 1 (traditional) Scrapbook page
~Decorate our Planners
~Journal/Create in our Fauxdori
~Use the stuff we just got (either on 1 or all 4 of the above)

We gave each other 2 weeks--although, we are so lenient that we will get them done when we get them done--haha.

Since I haven't watched too much tv lately (there is nothing on!) and I gave up reading for a week, I completed 3 of the 4 challenges on the 4th of July weekend.

Here is my traditional scrapbook layout:

I used the gold washi tape from the Target Spot.  I also used washi tape from the Dear Lizzy Fine & Dandy line and some plain lime green and some green polka dot washi that I've had in my stash (I don't remember from where).

The two wood veneers (the pineapple and flamingo) are from the Pink Paislee Citrus Bliss line.  I used Color Shine to color them both.  On the flamingo, I had first sprayed the primrose color shine, but you couldn't really see the outline of the bird, so I went over it with a marker...well then the outline was too dark, so I sprayed a couple more layers of color shine and it worked out ok for my liking (the pack gives you 2 flamingos so if anything I could have started over with the other one).  On the pineapple, I used a paint brush to color the top with Citron Color Shine and Gold Lame Color Shine on the bottom--the gold is just enough without being too much for the layout.

I used a yellow cardstock (just from a Recollections pack I've had forever) as the base and the accent papers were all from old lines.  The Pink with swirls was from Sandylion Barbie line.  The pink plaid is from the DCWV Blossoms & Butterflies 6x6 pack.  The white with yellow polka dots is from the Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic line.  And the yellow plaid is an old KI Memories Summer line.

The photo frame is from Crate Paper.  The journaling block on the left side is from Crate Paper Darling line.  On the bottom left, the journal sticker came from Pebbles--from 2009 and I can't find them online.  The title stickers are from the Amy Tangerine Rise and Shine line.  I also used the Heidi Swapp date stamp and the Amy Tangerine markers throughout.

On the right, I used a journal card from the Project Life Trinkets Value kit and word embellishments ("the little things" and "good times") from the Project Life Notes & Things Value Kit.  The "laugh more" sticker is from Amy Tangerine's Yes, Please line.  The pink  arrow is from Amy Tangerine Rise & Shine and the black arrow is from Heidi Swapp Hello Beautiful Collection.  The yellow with white polka dots is also a very old line from Bo Bunny Shabby Princess line.  And the "Create" epoxy sticker is from White Blossom (I can't find online).

I know most of the supplies I listed are so old and maybe it is pointless to point them all out, but I wanted to show how I used some new stuff with lots of older stuff that I have been hoarding.  I had pulled all my supplies that I wanted to use and tried to do a 15 minute page like Jaime Waters showed was possible in her BPC class, but I totally failed.  It took me about 2 hours to complete this page! ha ha.  That is ok, I wasn't doing it for the race, I enjoyed making this page.

About the page--this past May, I got together with Jossie, Liz, and Theresa on National Scrapbook day...the theme was Pineapples and Flamingos (hence the theme of my page).  We had an awesome fun time and I couldn't wait to use the supplies I've had gotten for the page (the veneers and Dear Lizzy washi) and incorporate them with older supplies.

Thank you for reading all my babbling, if you made it this far--haha :D

I was going to show all the challenges complete on this post, but it got way too I will do separate posts for each :)