Finding joy in the Everyday

Happy Thursday loves!

I cannot get over the wonderful and thoughtful responses I got on my blog yesterday, seriously it floors me everyday that I have people even remotely interested in my life. I appreciate every single response and while I’m cutting back on fanatically replying to every comment, I will definitely be responding to you all on that one. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!

Last night, despite having to a long to do list, Rob and I ventured to Davis for Farmers Market after work (I think Rob’s still trying to cheer me up from my monthly slump because I know farmers markets aren’t his favorite thing in the world). I attended UC Davis for my undergrad and every time I go back to visit, my heart hurts a little. Davis is the only other “city” I’ve ever lived in besides Sacramento/Elk Grove and it’s full of SO many wonderful memories of college. And Farmers Market was one of my FAVORITE things about living in Davis. I used to stop by for my Market Salad after class every Wednesday so Rhonda, the woman who worked there gave me her cell phone number and I would call her when I was on my way so that she would make sure to set aside my salad for me!

The Market Salad from Monticello Bistro = BEST SALAD EVER.

Wednesdays are Picnic in the Park nights, lots to do for families, see all those bounce houses for kids in the back?

DIY Giftbags

After grabbing a few brews with our friend Chris, we ventured home to work on my latest project: Gift bags for my Mom. My Mom is a principal and for staff appreciation, I hand-make bags for her to give her staff. I didn’t plan on posting about it on the blog (not really sure why I wouldn’t but that’s why the picture quality is AWESOME sucky) so I didn’t take process pictures but I’m happy with how they turned out!

I started with stamping the bags, then painting a design using the stamp as a frame. The black paint is actually chalkboard paint written on with chalk marker. I free handed all the names and designs. I love the sheen of chalkboard paint, it really makes black pop. I dressed up the tags with some washi tape and used a stamp to say Thank You. There’s a million more things I wanted to do but with a few hours, making 11 bags that was all I managed before climbing into bed at midnight.

Pardon the blurry picture. And clearly I had Target on my mind last night 😉

Despite being tired, I really do love crafting and making an idea come to life. Rob even stayed to help me with the stamping and although I think that relinquishes most of his man card, I love him for it! ❤

I’m SO excited tomorrow is Friday because that means the weekend is almost here!

Happy Thursday!


Friday Letters: Flashback Friday

Happy Friday loves!

Since I’d seen Friday Letters by Ashley at Adventures of Newlyweds, I’ve been contemplating sharing my own and this week, I decided to give it a shot!

Dear Target, how do you ALWAYS find a way to get me to spend twice the amount of money I came in for? I walked in to buy 1 thing yesterday and left with 3 cardigans and 2 dresses that I wasn’t planning on! I just can’t quit you.

Dear Let Them Eat Cake, I never knew a cupcake could bring me so much joy. I remember being in college and trekking over on Thursdays just so I could have the Galaxy Far Far Away cupcake. When I stopped by last night completely unaware that it was indeed a Thursday, I let out an audible squeal of joy seeing my beloved Galaxy cupcake waiting for me. Thank you to the kind employee at Let Them Eat Cake who merely smiled at my craziness.

{I realize it may not look like much but inside this milk chocolate cupcake is a rich caramel filled center topped with a chocolate and caramel frosting. The proportion doesn’t look right but trust me, it TASTES right. }k

Dear Sunshine, I’m SO happy you’re here but since my family and I will be outside all weekend for my brother’s baseball pre-state all star tournament, I’d looooove if you could dial it down a few notches? Mid 80s maybe?

Dear new followers and all my lovely readers, I can’t tell you how much each and every subscription and comment means to me. I appreciate each and every one of you and I wish I could do more to show my appreciation. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Dear UCD Grads taking cap and gown photos yesterday, seeing you made my heart hurt a little yesterday. I can’t believe 2 full years have passed since I graduated college, it feels like an eternity ago. I wonder how much time will pass for me to stop missing college… Anyways, Good luck to all you Grads, graduation is such an achievement!

It’s funny how candid pictures can be some of your favorites. With 2 of my best friends 🙂

<;3 Friends at Graduation

Actually, a funny story about graduation. So my friends and I sit through nearly the entire 3 hour ceremony (since we were in the last section) and 15 minutes before we get up to walk the stage, my heel just snaps off. The heel part of just my left shoe, comes right off. And this is TOTALLY something that would happen to me. So while I’m panicking, thinking I’m going to end up walking the stage barefoot, Rob runs back to my apartment and brings me a 2nd pair of shoes. Haha all I could think about was starting my new adult life, on completely the wrong foot (pun intended). Anyhoot thanks to Rob, the rest of graduation went off without a hitch and 2 years later, here I am! Anyone else have funny graduation stories?

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What do you have planned this weekend?

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend loves!!

Simply Wearing: Picnic Day

Happy Friday readers!

I am SO excited for UC Davis Picnic Day! I graduated from UC Davis in 2010 and I am a staunch Aggie through and through. Every year in the spring, Davis holds Picnic Day which is a huge event where family, alumni and students come to Davis to celebrate our rich history. It has been known to get a little wild in the past (usually with out of town party go-ers ruining it for us!) but overall it’s such a wonderful day to celebrate school pride! GO AGS!

Because it marks the beginning of spring quarter, these are key wardrobe pieces for a fun celebration in the warm 90 degree California weather:


For those of you going to Picnic Day this weekend, I hope I see you! Please remember to drink responsibly and be respectful of the campus and town. We love Picnic Day and I would love for it to go on for many years to come!

Here are some Fun Friday DIYs to do this weekend!

I want an iPad just to make this!

I could not be more obsessed with Oh Happy Day!

The things she can do with friendship bracelet string!

The Party Planner in me is screaming YES!

Have a great weekend everyone!