Archive | December, 2013

Balboa Island.

30 Dec


While in Orange County for my nephew/godson’s baptism, we got to walk around Balboa Island Saturday afternoon.  It was beautiful out and the island homes had just had a Christmas festive decoration contest.  There were a lot of fun homes to check out while cruising along the harbor.

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So many great decorations.


Each home accommodated with their own private pier.

Looking good!


Topped off with a beautiful sunset!

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Come Fly With Me.

26 Dec


 My brother is a pilot and has always had an extreme love for flying.  My step dad wanted to try out flying as well so my mom gave him a flight lesson for their anniversary this year.  We went along to check it out and to my surprise they asked me if I wanted to come along in the plane as well.  Of course, I hopped on this opportunity.  I love flying and find it to be very peaceful.  Snapping photos along the way, this is what I saw.

(Learning the ropes with his instructor, Justin, from Ahart Aviation)

(It was a beautiful day out)

(Mt. Diablo)


IMG_7676(We saw the blimp taking off when we were landing!)

This inspiration to fly came from my brother who is a true American hero.  He has been flying ever since he could and now is a pilot for the Air Force.  His pictures are…

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Baking Bad.

24 Dec

Every year my mom and I attempt to bake. It always ends up with us creating something completely new to the universe. It’s if fudge, it turns into this runny chocolate creation that we just pile on top of ice cream and serve that way. We are just really really bad at baking. This year we tried a couple of no bake recipes that ended up being not only edible but serve-able! We can actually give these to people and they will be excited to eat them! Yipee! Check them out!

Reindeer Treat(A reindeer treat- As cute as it is delicious)

Reindeer Treat(What you need: Marshmallows, Dark Chocolate Chips, Mini Pretzels, Candy Eyes, and Lollipop Sticks)

Reindeer Treat(Step 1: Put on your elf apron! Put a marshmallow on a stick and dip it in the melted chocolate chips)

Reindeer Treat(Step 2: Place your chocolate dipped marshmallow into two mini pretzels- for ears!)

Reindeer Treat(Step 3:…

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Ocean Beach Nights.

20 Dec

ocean beach 1

My boyfriend lives at the beach which is amazing because it feels like vacation whenever I go over there.  The other night, I had a day where I just felt like I needed to go run around after work so we took a camera and headed down to the beach.  We had so much fun shooting photos and playing around with long exposures.  The above is the best photo we got, however we tried many other photos. Here’s a few of our “masterpieces” 🙂

unnamed(Shark fins)

ocean beach heart
(Me trying to make a perfect heart)

ocean beach

ocean beach 2We had many different results but the fun part was just being outside and being silly.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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Favorite Animals of 2013.

18 Dec

As we close out another year, I wanted to recognize some of the cutest and funniest animals the internet introduced to us. While I look forward to new animals who will capture my heart, here are a few of my favorites who rocked my socks off in 2013!

Grumpy-Cat(I know it’s not right to have favorites but Grumpy Cat is totally my very very favorite! How fun is that cute little face?!)

Lil Bub(The arch nemesis of Grumpy Cat, in my mind. Lil Bub has an overactive tongue, but it’s still pretty cute)

Colonel-Meow(Colonel Meow is a house cat, not a Disney evil villain. Really funny.)

Manny-the-Frenchie(Manny and Frankie the adorable Frenchies. They are so chubby and adorable, how could you not love these two?)

(I could watch Max the Roomba Cat all day)

If you have a special pet in your life that you would like to…

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Lookout Over Lanikai.

12 Dec

IMG_6243If you frequent our site, you know how much we love the ocean and beautiful colors.  While on the island of Oahu over Thanksgiving, my friend Amanda took my parents and I on one of the most scenic and beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on.  It overlooked the most perfect beach, Lanikai.

Ridge walking.

Unbelievably perfect.



We sat on top of these old military “pill boxes” and just soaked it all in.


When in Hawaii…


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Holiday Gift Guide.

10 Dec


The holidays can be hard when trying to figure out what to get your friends and family.  We’ve compiled a little gift guide for fellow busy bees that have a hard time knowing what to get the ones you appreciate in your life.

image(Fun headphones like these ones)

(Fun warm head accessories like this)

(Fun scarf from K.Michael)

(Cute tech covers like these)

(A fun scenic print you can snag from their Instagram!  Print it out and frame it for their vanity or bathroom using sites like

Hope this helps when shopping for your friends and family.  ‘Tis the season to enjoy each others company, so don’t stress over the holidays this year.  Happy shopping!

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Birds Eye View.

9 Dec


A challenging and rewarding climb on Oahu is the Koko Head stairs.  I’m so thankful to be healthy and able but this hike is a butt kicker.  On Thanksgiving morning, my dear friend Amanda and I (along with one of her friends) headed up in the dark to the top of Koko Head to see the sunrise from a birds eye view.  It was breathtaking and a great way to give thanks to this gorgeous world we live in.  Then of course hang with family and eat lots 🙂

IMG_6349(The other sunrise hikers)

(Looking at Hawaii Kai after the first little climb)



(Enjoying the views)






This hike is a challenge but short.  You could be up and down in an hour if you were doing it just for the work out.  I love beautiful scenery though and was so happy to enjoy the views and breeze from the top with…

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SF Style: Meet the Designer!

6 Dec


K Michael

She’s a gorgeous designer from the bay area and has created her own fashion business from scratch.  Who wouldn’t want a peek inside Kristen Michael’s life?!  When not fully emersed in her work as a special education teacher, she makes time to channel her creativity.  We love her work and had a chance to catch up with her to chat about K Michael Style.

1) When did you start designing?
I’ve always had my hands in projects since I was young, but I really started experimenting more after graduating college.  I was making reconstructed clothing from vintage pieces, which soon morphed to making jewelry and scarves.

2) What are your favorite fashion concepts? (90’s grunge, bohemian, etc)
I would have to say a blend of bohemian & edgy.
3) What inspires you outside of fashion?
People who love what they do and those that are happy with very little is something that truly inspires me.

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My favorite Color is the Ocean.

3 Dec


I can’t explain why I feel the way I do about the ocean but I just love it.  There’s something so calming and beautiful about the motion filled currents.  It’s such a powerful body of water that changes like the wind.






What’s not to love?

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