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tides come and go. changes here we go.

I love adventures; that’s nothing new. The ocean changes every second, making an adventure in itself. Perhaps that’s why I’m so fascinated by it and all of the creatures that call it home.

Having a membership to the Monterey Bay Aquarium is so worth it, especially when you live nearby and plan on going multiples times within a year. On the day after Christmas, as a gift to myself, we paid a visit to the aquarium. Here’s some of the images that we captured in the jellyfish exhibits:

If I could have it my way, I’d spend all day watching these beautiful creatures do their magnificent dance. I find it so therapeutic, so calming.

Life has been throwing so many curve balls at me. Change is inevitable, and although scary at times, I’m going to get through all of this.

Everything happens for a reason, right? That’s what I keep telling myself.

When life gives you two wonderful opportunities, but you can only choose one, how do you decide which path to take?



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FOTL and adventures with k.

((Beware! This one is loaded with photos!))

The past week has been very hectic, a good hectic though. We held our annual FOTL event. We barbecued tons of delicious food, and as the sky darkened, we prepped the fireworks. …and even though the weather was super hot where my parents live, we still managed to enjoy the time spent with our family.

The kids decked out in their 4th of July colors.

She loves being a big sister!

Maui hung out out in the living room with Natalie. 😉

Kian kept observing the camera!

The kids made me play "Headbandz" with them, lol.

The kids started writing out their names with the sparklers.

"I need someone to light this."

The day after our FOTL event, we took my little cousin back to the Bay Area with us. She had been dying to hang out with us for at least a week this summer, so we decided now would be a good time. Thus far, she’s been getting her craft on over at Our Paper Place, explored the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

She has been getting crafty at the store.

Enjoying pizza over at CPK; she likes their cheese pizza!

Cousins hanging out in Monterey!

We love visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium!

The SUNFISH is humongous!

They decided to see if they could spot some otters or seals in the water.

They spotted a couple of seals, some starfish, sea cucumbers, and lots of birds.

We explored all of the seahorse exhibit. This one is my favorite!

Isn't this such a cool picture?!

Helping her with the crafts at the aquarium. Go figure, right?! Me...? Crafts...? No... 😉

We loved looking at (and touching) all of the creatures.

It's her new penguin friend, haha!

Running up and down the steps!

The two of us decided to hang out after lunchtime.

Here we are... hanging out with Stella, the pink seal.

After Monterey, we drove up to Santa Cruz to play at the beach.

We made a super sandcastle with a pool! 🙂

It’s only Thursday, and we’ve already done so many fun things. We still have other fun stuff planned for the next couple of days. In the meantime, we’ve been working on making layouts and samples for the store. Here’s what I’ve made using pretty paper from American Crafts:

Now, it’s time for me to clean up my big mess of supplies because we’re having a huge garage sale at the store on Sunday. Yes, we’re open this Sunday. It’s gonna be loaded with awesome deals. Make sure to come check it out!


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ocean and scraps galore.

I’m always jealous of people who live in coastal cities. Unfortunately, I don’t live on the coast, but I’m fairly close to it. It takes about thirty minutes or so to get to the ocean, so I’m not complaining. 😉 A short drive is good enough for me.

Monday and Tuesday nights in August are $1.00 nights at the Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, so my brother decides, “Hey! Let’s all go to Santa Cruz!” …and we did just that. Oh, the memories of carnival/amusement park food – hot dogs, garlic fries, and all the stuff that makes your teeth rot, lol!

That following day we headed to Monterey, which is a little bit further than Santa Cruz but completely worth the drive. Scott hadn’t been to the aquarium in years, so we thought we’d take him as an early birthday present. Have you ever been to this aquarium?! If you haven’t, I suggest you make it at least once in your lifetime. Don’t believe me?! Here are some photos to prove its worthiness:

We definitely had a field day at the aquarium. By far, my favorite exhibit is still the seahorses. They’re so unique! …and yes, the jellyfish are amazingly gorgeous; that is, when they are enclosed in the aquarium and not drifting next to you when you’re playing in the ocean. 😉

Yesterday, I spent the night cropping at my local scrapbook store. We had a small “sample party,” which means we worked overtime making samples of products that are going to be displayed at the scrapbook expo this upcoming weekend. In three hours, I created three layouts and three cards. Phew! I’m exhausted just reading that!

For every layout, I created a card. It’s true what they say, “Scraps are great for cards!”

Now, I need to get back to creating more samples before I have to start kitting for my class this weekend. I plan on creating a few more layouts and a handful of cards and mini albums. Wish me luck that I get these done before the end of today.

Happy Thursday!


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my birthday weekend recap

I just want to start off by saying that my birthday week was exhausting but incredibly fun and eventful. This past week has me beat, so now I’m trying to recuperate before my schedule gets hectic. These next couple of months are BUSY BUSY BUSY.

On my birthday, we went to the California Academy of Sciences. I’ve been wanting to go since they reopened it a over a year ago, and what better day to visit than my birthday?!

The aquarium is phenomenal! Why?! Well, the museum grew their own coral reef colonies, meaning they didn’t rip anything out of the ocean! If you know me, I’m all for conserving our oceans. …and in case you didn’t know, coral takes years to grow.

Inside the facility, there’s a rainforest abundant with creatures and plants. It’s a fairly accurate portrayal of what the rainforest is like. The temperature inside is definitely comparable to an actual rainforest’s humidity.

There are tons of other cool exhibits to check out like the Living Roof. The roof acts as a natural insulator for the building, so it save tons of energy.

After lunch in the museum cafe, we aimlessly explored the city roads. There’s always something about not having an agenda that makes life that much better. 🙂 Completely exhausted from the days’ events, we headed back home and contemplated on dinner options.

Il Postale made the cut. We had never been there before, but we figured living on the edge can be a good thing every now and then. 😉

Yup, you guessed it – – I got the vegetarian option!

The weather was perfect, and dining out on the patio felt so relaxing. …and although Gloria didn’t enjoy her Bolognese Pasta Dinner, I thoroughly enjoyed my plate. However, what was I thinking when I refused wine?! 😉

…and it wouldn’t be a birthday without dessert! Here’s my mini DELICIOUS cake from one of my favorite places, Whole Foods:

…and a cupcake just for moi! I was too stuffed to eat it, so I saved it for the following day. 🙂

On Friday, I had another eventful day. I was not planning on attending the Scrapbook Expo that was in town, but I ended up going to pick up some great deals on adhesive. A scrapbooker can never have too much adhesive, right?!

Before entering the expo, I decided to fill out one of those Win a Getaway forms just for fun. I NEVER win, but I thought I would press my luck because it was my birthday weekend. Just by filling out a form, I was given another chance to win. The lady at the booth says to me, “Pick a number 1-36”. I pick #22. She spins a wheel, and guess what?! It lands on #22.

I WON a free getaway for two! Can you believe that?! …so now I’ve got another vacation to plan! Talk about a GREAT birthday weekend!

While I was there, a local gal from scrapbook.com contacted me to meet up. I believe she knew me through Heather, so she called my cell, and I’m glad she did. It was so good to meet you, Nancy, and thanks so much for helping me find my adhesive and bling!

Right after the expo, I headed to Suzy‘s house. I swear it has become a weekly ritual for us to go to Scrapbook Territory, but I honestly don’t mind because I tend to get stuff done over there. Anyway, Suzy made me (and everyone else at the crop) fudge to celebrate my birthday! Mmmmm… 🙂 Fudge, friends, and scrapbooking?! I don’t think it can get any better than that!

Saturday and Sunday was filled with family time and SHOPPING! 😉 I got some of the cutest headbands to match one of my awesome birthday presents.

I’ve been wanting this Scottie print from Dooney & Bourke since I first saw it! Low and behold, it was a birthday present! I’m definitely a Dooney & Bourke and Kate Spade fan, so I was definitely excited to add to my collection. 🙂 ((Deana, you are seriously a horrible influence — in a good way, of course!))

As for scrapbook updates, I’ll save that for my next post. I’ve been keeping something majorly exciting, and I can’t wait to share the news with everyone very soon!

Oh, and before I forget… there’s a Zutter blog hop at the end of this week, so stay tuned! There are tons of ways to win some SCRUMPTIOUS prizes, so make sure to check back for more details.

…and again, I have to reiterate how thankful I am for all of the birthday wishes. Thanks for making it so wonderful! 🙂

PS: Jessi, I love the photos you sent me. You are so clever to ask me to help you pick photos, hehe. I’m going to frame them this week! They are definitely going in my scraproom. 🙂


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