Cake Pops, Christmas Cards and Falafels

The few days before Christmas were filled to the brim with seeing out-of-town friends like Julie and Jackie. We ate bagels, Starbucks and a yummy peppermint cake pop!

Christmas Week 2014

I mailed tons of Christmas cards this year (it was on my 101 in 1001 List!) and munched on delicious home-made baklava made by my Aunt Beau.

Christmas Week

My brother and I met at the Falafel Drive-In for a tasty lunch while I grabbed the last few things from my apartment before staying at my parents house for the week.

Christmas Week 2014

I wrapped my presents a few days early, and settled into the holiday spirit! I drank tons of tea and played with the pup. Christmas Eve we ate as a family a delicious home cooked dinner and relaxed late into the evening!

Do you have any family Christmas Eve traditions like food or activities? We are still trying all sorts of foods in search of a meal everyone in the family likes!



BookFairs, Starbucks, Froyo and Rain

I believe every week in December will hold something amazing. This year my alma mater had their annual December book-fair, which is something I always look forward to. Even though they have moved to a new campus, and have tons of new staff, I always enjoy coming back and seeing the few people that made my middle school years so memorable.

GMS BookFair


Our librarian Walter, is a professional story-teller and always reads a chapter or a portion of a book. This year, it was a co-telling by Walter and Esther and it was amazing.

My masters classes at Santa Clara University and work vamping up heading into a second set of finals meant most days I am burning the candle at both ends. So, I treated myself to coffee and a manicure, and to some yummy fro-yo after babysitting all day.  There’s something so decadent about taking time for just yourself, especially in the midst of the holiday chaos. It was exactly what I needed.

Sundays at StarbucksFro-Yo

We had a pretty epic storm here last week, but I settled in to my itty-bitty apartment to binge-watch Gilmore Girls and eat soup! I loved every rain-soaked minute, including the tippy-tippy-tap of rain on the roof, wearing my rain-boots every day for a week, and the fresh clean scent of the air after it rains. We got some pretty gorgeous sunrises and clouds after a week of pouring rain.

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When you are pushing yourself too hard (either at work, or school, or both!), how do you relax?



October Birthdays in Seattle

My New Year’s Resolution this year was to travel more. Between being at university for 5 years, and then immediately jumping into working after graduating, I felt like traveling was something that slipped off my radar over the last few … Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Latte, J.Crew and Kate Spade

Welcome to Fall!

love that Starbucks has seasonal drinks. It gives me something to look forward to with the changing of seasons. I had my first Pumpkin Spice Latte yesterday and while the weather is still quite warm, I enjoyed every last drop of it.

My first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season

My first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season

I found this article on the Levo League entertaining. Which drink do you usually order? Do you think their description fits you?

What Does Your Starbucks Drink Say About You? By the Levo League

What Does Your Starbucks Drink Say About You? By the Levo League

As a young teacher I walk the fine line of dressing professionally while still displaying my style. J.Crew and Kate Spade are two of my go to designers.

J.Crew has this delicious mix of clothing made in house, and designers that display their products under the J.Crew name creating a line with good variety in style and fabric. Currently I have my eye on the following pieces. How would you mix and match them? Which ones do you like?

I <3 J.Crew
Kate Spade has a very bold color scheme in most products.  I love her jewelry. I have an addiction to her bangles, if only because they have adorable sayings carved on the inside like a little message in a bottle.  I typically enjoy the upbeat style, but usually only as an accent piece, not the whole outfit.
All About Kate Spade
Which designers do you love? What pieces do you dream of snapping up? What is your favorite thing about fall?