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Destination: San Francisco!

Hello friends!! It’s my last day here in San Franciso and we have had a ball!!! We took a 2 year hiatus from our yearly Frisco trips and boy have I missed this place!!! Rob + I drove up this past Friday for our anniversary get away. This city is so beautiful to me. I never get tired of it!! My dream is to one day own a home here. Im posting this from my phone, so I hope it works. I just wanted to share some of the beauty I’ve captured through my lens during my time here. Meanwhile, I hope you are all having marvelous Mondays! Go forth and prosper!!!

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Life in Pictures: May Days . . .


Hola Amigas!!! So much going on this month! We’ve been everywhere, from the mountains to the ocean. Part of the reason I love California is that you can experience those two extremes in the same day. Over the course of this month we have been blessed to spend time with lots of friends and family. The weekend before last we went to Legoland with some good friends of ours. It was our first trip with another family with kids. Such a blast!!! It’s great to have another family you can travel with without any drama!!! Kids had a ball, and Nadiya even experienced her first roller coaster ride!!! Thank God for Dads. Coasters are NOT my thing. Rob gets major points for that one!  Speaking of Rob, he started off the holiday weekend with a fab performance @ The Gate in Encino. It really was an amazing show. He brought the house down and left us wanting more!!! For Memorial Day we spent time with my bro and his fam @ the beach. Good food, ocean breezes and loved ones. A combination that can’t be beat. I hope your holiday weekend was amazing. I’ve got great things brewing on the business homefront!! I’m so excited, can’t wait to share! #itsgettingcloser

Have a wonderful Tonday!!

(Feels like Monday but it’s actually Tuesday!!! YAY!!!!)

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With Childlike Abandon . . .

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Venice Beach | 4.9.13

Spring break is off to an amazing start for the kiddies. They haven’t been home much and they are loving it! Yesterday they spent the day with their cousin and had a spur of the moment sleep over. Uncle Jamahl took them to the beach late in the evening (I opted out of this adventure because it was soooo windy and cold. The thought of getting sand in the fro was extremely unappealing). He texted me back this picture and I just fell in love. I love kids. I love how cold, sleet, sandstorms, hail or thunder doesn’t mean a thing to them. They wanted to get in the water and ran straight for it. It didn’t matter that they did not have a change of clothes, that their shoes and socks would be wet, that they would be cold upon exiting the water and have to spend the rest of the evening in their underwear! I love that about children. It’s something I have to remind myself that I used to have, and can have again if I choose to let go. So that was my lesson learned yesterday.

Maybe a fro full of sand isn’t so bad after all. ☺

Enjoy this day!

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For Love and Friends . . .


Okay, so its ridiculously ridiculous that my last post was on saying goodbye to October, and we are now 3 days away from Christmas!!!

Instead of boring you with apologies (I really am sorry, I can’t help but to apologize). I will cut to the chase. Life has been a little hectic!! I’m not complaining, it’s just the way it is right now! The biscuits started Winter Break on Thursday. My nephew had a baby, well, He didn’t have a baby, but you know what I mean…(shout out to Amaya Anali, 1 week old!!! Yay!) I’d post pics but you gotta get permission for these types of things or you might get the proverbial boot to the… ) anyway, take my word for it, she’s adorable. This month Nadiya joined Girl Scouts and we’ve already had 2 meetings and are in the process of making some great friends and memories. -Actually, this will be good for mom too. And by mom I mean me. Yes folks, you are reading the words of a Girl Scout Drop Out. Uh huh. Don’t even remember my troop number. Didn’t even last a full summer. I think I got one badge. It was yellow and had a horse on it. Don’t know what it was for because I never rode a horse, fed a horse or did anything with a horse. I’m allergic to horses so I don’t even know how I earned that badge. I was also horrified to have to sell those cookies. And now look… some 30 odd years later, we meet again. Now I have to take my very own daughter to peddle cookies in front of some unassuming grocery store. Trying not to bother people while bothering them as they leave the store with their purchases. I know I’ll secretly be keeping tabs on how many people exit from the opposite door in order to avoid the cookie pitch. It’s okay. I don’t blame them. Sometimes you just want to go to the store and not be accosted by little girls with badges and boxes of sweets you know you don’t need, or nice people ringing bells. But I digress, last week Reston started @ a new karate studio (same Sensei, different dojo… long story). Meanwhile, I’ve been knee deep in leather swatches and cost sheets for the past 2 weeks and I’ve begun the process of getting the hardware moulds made for my handbags –Hip Hip HOORAYSKI!!!! All good stuff.  And seeing as today was supposed to be the end of the world as we know it (according to the Mayan calendar) and I am still here typing on my trusty macbook, I’d say, at the moment, life is good.

Have you made any special plans for the holidays?

Life in Pictures: Gone til’ November . . .


 Looking back, November was a lot of fun. We didn’t get to do my annual birthday trip to ‘Frisco this year, but we did get back up to Santa Barbara to hang with my brother & his family. Definitely a good time. I’m happy to say that it’s always a good time for me when I am with my fam. (I realize this is not always the case for errbody.) So I am thankful. ☺

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Goodbye Summer Vacay . . . We’ll Miss You!!!

Leo Carillo State Beach, August 2012

Well, tomorrow the kiddies are back in school. I can hardly believe it is that time of year again! This summer was a lot of fun, and although we didn’t take any trips this summer, we spent a lot of time together and it was good for my soul . . .  and now, it’s back to work & school!!! I welcome the change in schedule. Not so much the drop offs and pick ups, but the routine of it all seems to have a stabilizing effect on the kiddies . . . (and the husband for that matter). Now all I need is for the weather to do a drastic 180 and drop about 40 degrees!!! Then, I will be in heaven!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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