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Hi all!!

So, James and I moved back to San Diego in summer 2014.  We have a handful of friends here, but not nearly as many as we have in LA, and it's a bummer!!!

We realized we needed to make new ones, but we aren't bar rats, my co-workers are all much older, and it's hard to meet random people and ask them to be your friend. Making new friends is actually quite similar to dating, when you think about it. "So....we should do this again soon." "Yes, that sounds great!" "Um, can I have your number?" "Sure!" :/

Anyway, James had been talking about joining a local softball league. I was very hesitant, as I'm not particularly coordinated and have never really played softball. He convinced me to sign up and we absolutely love it! We are now

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Hi all!  A few weeks ago, I made oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chip, banana bread. A lot of people asked for the recipe, so I figured I'd just post it on my blog!

What You'll Need:

2½ cups rolled oats (make sure they are certified gluten free if you have a gluten intolerance)

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (3 bananas if they are small, or 2 very large bananas)

½ cup peanut butter

½ cup dark brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp cinnamon non-dairy milk or water (I used almond milk)

1½ cup chocolate chips (I used Trader Joe's and added in peanut butter chips, too!)

banana slices for garnish if desired '


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly oil a loaf pan and set aside. Put rolled oats in a blender or food

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Hello! I want to share a funny family story with you today. About a year ago, my parents talked to my cousin's girlfriend, Shannon, and she told them that her side gig is painting portraits of people's pets.

You can imagine how their eyes widened as they realized that a portrait of the puggles had been sorely missing from their lives. They hired Shannon. She came over and took photos of Chloe and Tito in different parts of the house, from different angles, both together and individually. She chose the best photos and began to paint.

About a month later, Shannon came over with the portrait all wrapped up. She did the big reveal for all of us, and we were shocked. She completely captured our pups' little spirits and personalities! I think she

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As you can probably tell by now, my boyfriend and I love craft beer.  He loves it more, as he works in the industry, but it's something we both enjoy.  We are both so impressed by how Ballast Point has taken off recently!  We've both been to the new location numerous times, and it is wonderful and pretty close to where we live.  

Ballast Point has 4 locations--near Scripps Ranch, in Little Italy, near Linda Vista (Home Brew Mart), and their newest location, in Miramar.  James visited the Miramar location on Friday and said it's incredible.  It's the largest of the 4 locations, and the new brewery is approximately 3X the size of their original brewhouse.  It has a 150-barrel copper brewhouse purchased from Germany.  The new brewery will also contain

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Hi all!  

Recently, one of my colleagues and friends asked what I use for graphic design. Sharing is caring!

 I use, and HIGHLY recommend, for simple graphic design projects.  It is quick, user-friendly, close to free (certain features cost $1...most are free) and wonderful.  I stumbled upon it during a night spent in the woes of Photoshopping.  I thought...there HAS to be a better way, did a little research, and voila!  Canva to the rescue.  

 You can make business cards, flyers, logos, Twitter/Google+/Facebook banners, photo collages, and a whole lot more.  It is NOT good for editing photos (re-touching red eyes, smoothing out skin, etc.) but it is great for designing appealing graphics and typography sets.      

These are a

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I spent some time recently with a wonderful woman and business owner, Victoria Mattar.  If you need a jeweler in San Diego, I know your place!

Rock n Gold Creations in Kearny Mesa is a great place to come to get your jewelry cleaned, order a custom piece, sell scrap gold or other jewelry, or find an piece of estate jewelry.  They can also order a lot of jewelry brands (ahem, Yurman, ahem) and sell them to you for cheaper than you can find them anywhere else.

What's special about Rock n Gold is the level of customization the designer, Simon (Victoria's husband) is able to achieve.  Victoria showed me numerous pieces he has made, and the detail is insane (I don't know how he's not blind yet!)  Victoria explained that to make a custom piece, they

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Hi, everyone!

I want to share a story with you about a group of friends who share a special bond and a special monthly event.  My grandpa on my dad's side started a poker club many years ago.  Two of the original players (besides Grandpa) are still playing.  

James and I have been invited to play with the group a couple of times.  Bringing in anyone new is a RARE occurrence, and only happened because Grandpa's sick and had to miss it.  As far as I know, I'm the only woman to ever get an official invite; it's very much an ole boys' club.  Over the years, a few people have stopped coming (I didn't want to ask why) and now 3 younger guys are regulars (my dad, my uncle Mike, and Mike's friend).

The group meets every month, on the first Friday of

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When I work from home, I like to have HGTV on in the background while I work.  Market research, right!?  :)  My favorite shows are Property Brothers, Love It or List It, and Fixer Upper.  It's great hearing real estate/renovation talk in the background while I work on the same things myself.

A trend I've been seeing a lot of on these shows, and one that I personally LOVE, is white kitchens.  I'm not a huge fan of the bold, dark, imposing, heavy-looking cabinets.  White cabinets and kitchens, with some contrasting colors, on the other hand.....that's my cup of tea.  All white can feel cold and sterile, but white with accents looks inviting, warm, and clean.  Here are some gorgeous kitchens that I adore, stolen from my Pinterest board "home is where

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I live and work in UTC, a community of San Diego, and I'd like to share why I love this area.


UTC Mall:  

UTC Mall used to be very "meh".  A couple years ago, though, it was almost completely redone and is now beautiful, functional, and always lively.  They expanded the 24 Hour Fitness, added a movie theater, added numerous restaurants, brought in higher-end stores, and updated the appearance of the mall.  A few of the newer stores include JCrew, Tiffany's, LuluLemon, Madewell, Asics, Michael Kors, and many more.  I love being able to walk to all of this from my home!



UTC is close to La Jolla, University City, Clairemont, Miramar, and Del Mar.  It is only 20 minutes from Solana Beach, Scripps Ranch and Downtown.  Also,

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Hi everyone!  Today I want to share about being vegetarian, a topic that I rarely discuss.  In fact, I tend to discuss it so rarely that some of my best friends offer me bites of their burgers, chicken sandwiches, etc, and I just look at them until it clicks, and we laugh.

Anyway, I think what someone consumes is a pretty personal choice.  We all know how annoying it is when you meet someone and they are quick to inform you "so I'm vegan" "so I'm Paleo" "so I'm gluten free this month" etc. etc. etc.  So know that this post is NOT meant to be braggy, preachy, persuasive, condescending, or any of those things.  I'm not trying to convince you to put down your burger.  Eat it.  I'm not judging...truthfully!.  This post is simply meant to share my

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