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This Saturday I got to spend a wonderful morning exploring new places and enjoying the outdoors with my good friend, fellow card designer, and animal lover, Jenna of The Paper Wilderness! The cool, overcast weather (is fall finally here?!) was perfect and it was so nice to take a break and get some fresh air.

Jenna recently found out about Sherman Garden and Library so we decided to go take a look! On the way there, I passed by one of those huge bunny statues and since it was on both our ways home, we decided to check that out too! Below are photos and info on each of these places–we had so much fun!

Safety first–both activities were outdoors and in places where social distancing was possible. We both wore masks and only took them off a few times when we were still outside and 6+ feet apart. Being able to do this made me feel comfortable enough to visit both these places. The pandemic is still happening and I have been trying my best to move forward and live my life while keeping myself and those around me as safe. With that said, I know everyone’s comfort level is different–please always do what feels best for you!


2647 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

This was such a beautiful garden and I loved that they had fun decorations up for Halloween! The library is currently closed so we probably spent about an hour or so walking around the gardens, looking for turtles (we found them!), admiring the different varieties of plants, flowers, succulents, and cactus, and enjoying all the colors, textures, and shapes!

If you plan on visiting, head over to their website for all the details but her are a few quick notes. You must have a ticket to enter which you can purchase ahead of time online on or in-person day of. It’s $5 per person and free for members and children under 3. There was plenty of free parking available. Masks are required at all times and social distancing encouraged whenever possible. They also had plenty of hand sanitizers available for use throughout the premises.

Sherman Garden |

So much plant inspiration! My favorite was definitely the succulent and cactus garden, specifically the layout of the succulents. We both loved coming here so much that our new life goal is to visit ALL the botanical gardens, arboretums, etc. in the area!


Newport Beach Civic Center Website

100 Civic Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

I’ve driven by these bunny statues so many times and am so glad I finally stopped to check it out! I was also with the perfect person–Jenna is an amazing bunny mom to LouLou :)

I actually thought it was just a few statues that were part of the library but when we started walking around, we realized it was a whole park that included a sculpture exhibition!

It was such a nice trail with different sculptures along the path as well as picnic tables and benches, and plenty of grassy areas. We definitely want to go back so we can have a picnic there and I can bring Valentine. There’s actually a dog park on the other side of the bridge but we missed it and didn’t even realize there was a whole other side! I highly recommend stopping by–it’s both adult and kid friendly and a nice way to spend some time outside!


Share & Do Good

Share & Do Good

{ Get $10 for every $50 you spend on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30th!  Spend $50 and get $10 credit in January! }

Share + Do Good is a giving boutique located in Downtown Fullerton, here in Southern California. Every item that is sold in this shop helps empower people all over the world by creating jobs, telling their story, and giving you a labor of love in the form of a beautifully designed product.

My friend Kristen told me about Share, who is owned by her middle school Cabin Leader at Youth Group Camp, Lilly Tokuyama!  They serendipitously bumped into each other after 10+ years in downtown Fullerton which is when Kristen learned about the shop.  She thought it was right up my alley and gave me a postcard and of course I had to go visit!

Kristen was definitely right because I LOVE everything about Share!  From the products that are design-driven, unique, and fashion forward,  to the decor of the shop (love her chalkboard cash wrap!), to the warmth and cheer Lilly brings to this boutique– it’s the perfect place to go shopping for interesting gifts this holiday, or to splurge on something for yourself and know that by doing so you are supporting a great cause (guilt-free shopping)!

Here is a peek at her shop as well as some of my favorite items that is currently in stock and what their cause is!  Don’t forget to make plans to go visit this lovely space in real life as well :)  All the details are below including ways to keep in touch!

Share + Do Good Boutique
Located in the SoCo District of Downtown Fullerton in the Carpe Diem Experience Complex
115 South Harbor Boulevard Suite F Fullerton, CA 92832

Monday – Saturday, 11AM – 6PM

There is free parking behind the store or in the big parking structure right next to it.

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Carpe Diem Experience ComplexLook for this sign as you are driving on Harbor!

Share & Do Good

P1050244These ADORABLE teddy bear ears beanies are by Krochet Kids whose mission is to empower people to rise above poverty.  These beanies are made in Northern Uganda, and help lift over 150 women and their families out of poverty by creating jobs for them.  KK commits to working with each crocheter for a minimum of 3 years to ensure they provide the highest quality of training and mentorship through personal budgeting, savings, loaning and business management topics.  Their goal is to equip the women of Northern Uganda with the financial assets and knowledge to enter into the local economy and thereby end their dependence on humanitarian aid.

iSanctuary necklaces available at Share & Do GoodGeometric brass and silver chevron necklaces by iSanctuary that are handmade by survivors of human trafficking.  iSanctuary products provide rehabilitation options for
survivors of human trafficking, both domestic and abroad.


fashionABLE‘s mission is to create sustainable business for Africans so they aren’t dependent upon charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job.  They offer opportunity to everyone, with a primary focus on empowering women.  I really love that each scarf comes with a handwritten tag from the woman who made it, completing the sentence, “Because of you I am ABLE to…”


These adorable Kauzbots are perfect for any kid and anyone who is a kid at heart!  There are 10 different handcrafted, colorful and lovable Kauzbots robots, each created to inspire kids and adults to change the world. 10% of the retail price of robot plush toys and accompanying apparel is donated to the kauz (aka cause) close to the robot’s heart.

The Giving Keys

The Giving Keys helps to provide jobs for those who are looking to transition out of homelessness.  Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE.  When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward.  This is a great gift that keeps on giving.


Share also carries great tees and tanks with wonderful messages to share and do good of course! :)


These colorful puravida bracelets are perfect stocking stuffers!  Each bracelet purchased helps provide a full time job for local artisans in Costa Rica!  The phrase “Pura Vida” (pu·ra vi·da) means pure life in Spanish. Enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted embodies the Pura Vida Lifestyle. It’s about being free and living life to it’s fullest with no regrets or taking anything for granted; it’s an attitude. Pura Vida directly translates into “Pure Life”, simple as that.

There are lots more amazing items that benefit wonderful organizations at Share!  Plan a visit and spend a day in lovely downtown Fullerton.  Don’t forget if you spend $50 you get $10 on Small Business Saturday, November 30th!


There are a lot of fun happenings around town from Santa Monica to Eagle Rock to Anaheim!  Mark your calendars and check them out!

Fuurst Friday at The Charleston Benefiting The Lange Foundation
Friday, Oct. 4th @ 8PM

Have drinks and raise money for The Lange Foundation‘s surgery fund so they can rescue more dogs and cats from the shelters, give them the medical care they need, and find loving homes for them! 

Furrst Friday at The Charleston 10/4/13

Help dogs like Snowflake and Kyle by having a drink with us!  Both are available for adoption at The Lange Foundation.

Furrst Friday - Snowflake

Furrst Friday - Kyle


Patchwork Show Edible Edition– Saturday, Oct. 5th (11AM – 8PM) + Oct. 6th (11AM – 5PM)

Support local artisans and pick up some delicious treats!  Our friends from Preservation Society will be there!

Patchwork Edible Edition!


Art Gallery @ Leanna Lin’s Wonderland:
Crowded Teeth & Friends presents A Magical Land + Bored Inc. Presents: Snack Attack!
Show Runs through Oct. 27th

A Magical LandSnack Attack!


Dia de los Muertos Festival at Community
Friday, Nov. 1st from 5PM – 10PM

Dia de los Muertos Festival at Community


If you haven’t been to the Abbot Kinney Festival and you are a Southern California native, you should check it out!  It’s a HUGE street fair where they close down Abbot Kinney to fill it with booths from local vendors, designers, businesses, and food trucks!

I will be there at the KidsQuad, manning the little hummingbird‘s booth with my business partner, Archna!  (the little hummingbird is a girl’s apparel line which I am 1/2 of :) We will be making awesome bird feeders and will have our collection there for some back to school shopping.  The KidsQuad is tons of fun for the entire family– there’s face painting, a photo booth, gardening, bean bag toss, entertainment, and much more!  We were a part of it last year and made super hero and animal masks with our new friends :)

Get all the details on The Abbot Kinney Festival website.

Stop on by, we’d love to see you!

PS: It does get CRAZY crowded so be prepared to look for parking and rub elbows with your neighbors!

Abbot Kinney Festival 2013


Sage Organic Vegan Bistro



It was actually an accident that I ended up at Sage Organic Vegan Bistro + KindKreme the first time I ate there.  My friend and I were on our way to a fundraiser and couldn’t find it! This showed up as one of the closest restaurants to where we were and I am SO glad we decided to try it! I absolutely LOVE this place.  It’s always awesome to find a delicious restaurant with SO many vegan options and an extensive dessert menu as well!

It’s located at the corner of Sunset and Logan Street and there is street parking as well as a lot (that is free on Sundays!) next to it.  I am so excited that they will be opening up a location in Culver City which is even closer to me, although it is definitely worth the drive there for brunch or dinner.

A peek inside the Sage location on Sunset

Here are a few dishes I have tried that I give two thumbs up to: the Spinach Avocado and Walnut Sausage Florentine, the Gluten-Free Spinach Potato Quiche, the Baked Artichoke Spinach Dip (this was a hit with my non-vegan friends too), the Mushroom Steak Dinner (amazing and served with rich mashed potatoes and colorful seasonal veggies), the Vacation KindKreme (banana flavored with cocoa nibs, coconut flakes, and I think caramel swirls), the Superfood KindKreme (chocolate with goji berries and other good stuff), and I have had it on the waffle!  Next on my list to get is a banana split :)

Stop by and let me know how you like it!

kindkreme logo

waffle ice cream

banana split

Photos courtesy of Sage’s website and Facebook page


Keep Portland Weird

Voodoo Doughnuts!

Timmie, Hotel Monaco's resident pup!

Unfortunately I didn’t really get any pics of the dogs with my real camera!  This is from Instagram of Timmie, Hotel Monaco’s resident pup!

There’s nothing more exciting to me than going somewhere that is lush and green and full of trees! It makes it even more exciting if there are dogs everywhere and vegan doughnuts readily available. Apparently, Portland is the perfect mix of all of my favorite things!

I wish I had more time to explore the outdoors but I was there for a wedding and could only bear to leave my loves for a short weekend trip.  It was actually the first time I left them for more than one night and only under the care of my dad and brother which made me a little nervous.   I am glad to report that everyone survived, including me who was probably the only one who was even worried.

But during the time that I was there I was able to visit Voodoo Doughnuts and satisfy my donut cravings, saw beautiful scenery with lots of trees (and dogs everywhere!), watched ducks feeding in the river while the sun set, got really excited by seeing a nutria aka a big rat that looks like a beaver because I thought it was a beaver, and attended a beautiful wedding!

I got a taste of Portland and definitely want more!  I hope to make it back there again and enjoy more of the great outdoors (and more doughnuts).

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Prasad was little eatery located in a shared space with a yoga studio.  Their “Mighty Bowl” is sold on a donation basis only, and given to anyone who may be hungry because they believe everyone deserves a warm meal.  I love it!

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Two things I wanted to notate about this picture above, #1: check out the line to Voodoo’s! I later one got the scoop that the other location not too far from this one (which was by China Town) is much easier to get into.  They were worth the 30 minute or so wait! #2: I wanted to capture this act of kindness.  There was a man singing and playing his guitar right outside of Voodoo for tips and a group of folks came up to him, offered him a slice of pizza and gave him a bottle of water.  I thought it was great that they shared a meal with him and got a chat with him as well.

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I loved all their signs and decor on the inside of the shop as well as this beautiful glittered out wall!

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My box of vegan donuts!!! All was delicious, especially the one with the fruit loops which had Bavarian cream in it.  I never knew how much I loved donuts until I couldn’t have them anymore!P1010885 (1024x766)

PS: Portland natives / those who have been, please let me know what are must sees and during what time of the year!