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“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.”


meet riley

Meet one of the most amazing men in my life: Riley.

When I turned ten, I had an insatiable need for a little, white fluffball of a dog that I could carry around in a bag just like Elle Woods did in Legally Blonde. The second I met him, I knew I had found the one. It was love at first sight.

Now, Riley was almost a Colby. It was quite the decision. You see, I always loved the name Riley – not only was the name occupied by a cute boy in my fourth grade class, but there is also a TV show called The Life of Riley. Buttttt, the year I began the adoption process, Colby Donaldson won Survivor, which happened to be my all-time favorite TV show at the time. I had a huge crush on Colby. This complicated things.

After much contemplation, my heart told me this little white fluffball was a Riley.

It fits perfect.

He has dog birthday parties.

He sleeps in a little canopy-covered crate in my room.

I think I may have an unnatural obsession/adoration/love for my little boy. Isn’t he the cutest?

it’s so fluffy

So this weekend I went to the county fair…and I just HAD to show you a few pictures of the cutest, fluffiest animals I have ever seen.

Too cute? Try this one.

It was love at first sight with this one. I realized that my love for this furry, ragamuffin rabbit is its strong resemblance to my own furry, ragamuffin four-pound dog, Riley. I’ll devote a post to him sometime soon!

Now one of my favorite movie quotes is “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die” – yes, this quote is from Despicable Me. While I have yet to partake in all of its glory, I have seen the trailer maybe one hundred times, and thought this quote was very fitting for the bunnies at the fair. Hence the title of this post.

My friends observed that every time I saw a fluffy, miniature, or disfigured animal, my eyes would widen and glisten with an extreme urge to grab the animal, sprint to my car, and then promptly take it home to pamper it for the rest of its life.

They were a little bit scared to say the least.

I so badly wanted to adopt this baby piglet. Just like Wilbur.

Sidenote: Since reading Charlotte’s Web in 1st grade, I have yet to have a single bite of pork…that means bacon, sausage, ham, anything that could have come from Wilbur. I was an extreme little 6-year-old!

The rest of the weekend was spent on the boat with my family. I am finally starting to lose my zombie-like, transparent skin color!

I am trying to become a better photographer like all of you lovely ladies! So I will be taking lots of pictures of all my adventures from here on out.

I love little duck families!

I spent about 20 minutes while we were docked on shore taking pictures of these rocks. I was infatuated.

Thank you all so much for all of your sweet comments and for becoming my Google Friends! I can’t tell you how much this blogging community means to me – you are all amazing!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!


i love my hopeless romantic: spread [your] love project

I love myself.

Three simple words, that unfortunately in today’s world are seldom heard. We are always trying to fix those little problems that we think are wrong with us rather than embracing what the universe has blessed us with. You should love yourself whether you are tall or short, or thick or thin…remember that you are beautiful.

To help spread this message and help every woman realize her true beauty, Victoria of Garden of Eden Designs and Lindsay of Scenic Glory have asked their fellow bloggers, designers, crafters, and writers to come together and share why they love themselves. And I am here to join in on their project. We as a community should show that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. It is our spirits that should shine through.

I love my hopeless romantic.

I was raised in a world of Cinderella stories, happily ever afters, and white picket fences. I’ve seen my parents’ love that has grown and grown through 22 years of marriage. I’ve watched with admiration as my grandparents – high school sweethearts – celebrate over 40 years of marriage. I was raised in a white house with a picket fence and lots of white roses, all of which has made me truly believe that I am Keira Knightley in Pride and Prejudice. And you know what? I love it.

And now, I ask you to join in on our project. We are declaring the week of June 1st through June 8th Spread [your] Love week, and we want to know why you love yourself. So take a photo of yourself with a sign and let us know why in a post. Help spread [your] love and promote positive body image for all our girls out there. And once your post is up, go link up with Victoria at Garden of Eden here. Your self-love post will remain there for the rest of the year to encourage others to love themselves as well.

Participating? Grab the badge below to encourage others to get involved and spread [their] love!

my favorite things: cupcakes

Today was my C&C day – Cardio & Color – with my lovely mom, aunt, and baby cousin…who I’ve decided is the cutest little thing in the entire world. Just love her!

The four of us went on a nice walk by the beach. And everyone knows that after you engage in any exercise at all, you are deserving of a cupcake (or two, or three). On our way home from the walk, my mom and I stopped by this amazing bakery, thanks to my aunt’s excellent taste, and I just had to share the pictures with you.

If any of you have seen the movie Bridesmaids, it reminded me of Annie’s “Cake Baby” cake shop (a fantasy of mine!). And what’s even better is that the bakery is vintage-style – the girls wear vintage aprons, they serve cupcakes on vintage trays, all of the signs are vintage, and everything is perfect!

Isn’t this sign the cutest?

And this sign too?

Such a princess cupcake with a pink glitter rose on top.

Chocolate heaven.

Bumble bee chocolate cupcake with delicious honey frosting.

Mint dream dipped in chocolate.


Well, I made it! Survived one of the most challenging school semesters to date, and I couldn’t feel better! As long as I don’t think about my three looming summer school classes… I’m going to focus on the now.

What is most exciting is that finance…accounting…operations…economics… will never, ever again be a part of my life! I got my fill. And I am definitely done.

Summer Bucket List

Have a day devoted to watching romantic comedies in my pajamas. The entire day. Be a couch potato. Eat a 2-pound box of See’s candies as I sob my way though the predictable happy endings that I adore. Spend another day watching the Oprah Winfrey Network. I’ll need some way of coping with the end of her show.

Clean my room, car, closet, bathroom – everywhere that I have gradually been cluttering up throughout the past 5 months and only now have time to obsessively organize. Invest in a labelmaker.

Take advantage of the beautiful place I live! Learn how to surf – and not just in the whitewash. As a California native, this is a must. Also, get in on the new trend of stand-up surfing, aka paddleboarding, with my grandparents. Run on the beach. Yoga on the beach. Ignore the weird stares as people walk by my yoga poses.

Make a gourmet breakfast – and I’m not talking eggs and bacon, but the whole shebang. Homemade sticky buns, cinnamon rolls, fresh-squeezed juices, everything. Just to make up for any pounds I shed from all my surfing.

Go to lots of country concerts. I’m thinking Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Sugarland, and Toby Keith. My cowboy boots will be getting a lot of use this summer. Speaking of country, see a drive-in movie from the bed of a truck. Also wearing cowboy boots. Indulge in milkshakes and burgers. (I must be hungry writing this list with all of these food references…)

The three C’s: Cook, Craft, Create. Spend a day outside in the sun blasting the August Rush soundtrack while painting the most girly, dainty roses I can imagine. Keep up my adventures in cooking – watch out Julia Child! Get better at documenting my creations. And share all of this with you! I love blogging!

“We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.”
— Anne Lamott

Image from Pinterest.

lessons from the best mom in the world

1. Never be afraid to be who you are. Embrace yourself. Even at times when I wish I hadn’t, like my freshman and sophomore years of high school when I refused to wear make-up and wore clothes that were 3 sizes too big for me. My mom gave me the inner strength and self-confidence to feel beautiful no matter what, and to truly cherish the person that I am, inside and out.

2. Listen to your gut. My mom and I are women with a strong sense of intuition. She taught me to listen to that little voice, and never, ever discredit it. She taught me to do what I knew to be right, regardless of societal norms, peer pressure, or any outside noise.

3. Live in the moment. If there’s one thing I haven’t given my mom enough credit for, it is her wise advice to live in and enjoy each and every moment, because time is fleeting. I’ve only recently realized the importance of this advice – many of us just move through life on a perpetual rat wheel, but where is the beauty if you aren’t taking in every second of it?

4. Be grateful. Appreciate the amazing life I’ve been blessed with. My family. Our health. The opportunities I’ve been afforded. The freedoms I’ve grown up with, simply by nature of where I was born. I am more grateful than words can describe for the love and support of my mom, and the incredible life she has given our family through her absolute devotion to her children. She is the giving tree.

5. People survived the Holocaust. My mom taught me that, even in the toughest circumstances, when I truly thought the world was over, people have survived much worse, and it helps to keep things in perspective. The human will is unbreakable, witnessed by the survivors of such atrocities as the Holocaust, and I can overcome any obstacle set in front of me.

One of my favorite quotes from a mother is by Faith Hill:
“When my kids grow up, I want them to know who the hell I am. I want them to be able to say, ‘My mother taught me how to read, how to appreciate life and how to apply makeup.”

My mom taught me how to read. Live in the moment. Use a hot glue gun. And apply make-up (though I still end up getting more mascara on my eyelids than my lashes). Thank you, Mom, for being such an amazing role model and best friend. I love you!

Happy Mother’s Day!

happy royal wedding

“Always act like you’re wearing an invisible crown.”

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