Monday, October 16, 2017

Boss Day and a Smoke Cloud

Good morning. Happy Monday to you. Today is National Boss's Day. 
I'm bringing donuts into the office, which means I have to leave for work earlier...Which means I need to wake up earlier...Which means coffee will definitely be needed.

Sometimes I miss the days of sleeping in and being only my own boss. The stay and work at home mom boss. But I must say, I like the office and the day job too. I don't really mind it. But for all you awesome bosses out there...
Happy Boss' Day!



So last week I didn't blog because I went on a field trip with my son's sixth grade class (more on that to come later this week, I hope). It was on Tuesday, so some of the fires of Northern California were still just new. The smoke was in the air, and it was so hazy all over. It really made it hit home that these fires were close to our area. 

On our way back home, we saw a huge cloud of smoke near the freeway we were travelling on...And it was in that moment that I really started to feel the heartbreak. You see things and hear the stories on the news, but it's not the same as seeing something with your own eyes. Even seeing this at a distance, it was hitting home. These fires are no joke. 

I snapped this shot from the school bus window.

Coming back to work on Wednesday last week, my office offered an opportunity to volunteer with disaster relief efforts. I signed up. I'll be headed out to the Sonoma/Napa area later this week. Before I go, I'll be collecting donations to take with me so that I can drop them off to some of those in need...Because there are so many in need right now. 

I'm collecting:
* toothbrushes
* toothpaste
* deoderant
* lotion
* packages of socks & underwear
And specifically for the kids, I'm also collecting:
* coloring books
* crayons
* books

Other items are welcome too, of course, but I've learned that there's a big need for toiletry items right now. Since these items are small and easy to collect, I'll be asking my coworkers to contribute whatever they can before I head out. I hope to gather at least one trunk full for the trip. We'll see how it goes...I just want to help. 

I'll probably continue to be collecting these items into the holiday months, because these people have lost everything. It's time like these when we need to come together as a community, as one, and help each other. 

I'll be posting later this week, so please stay tuned!




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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Going Batty {Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop no. 247}

We're going batty here at Wonderful Wednesday!

Welcome! We are so glad you came to our party this week. If you are a regular guest, you know that our most viewed features come directly from the number of views they receive. Last week, the following posts were the most popular. Who knows, next week it could be YOU!

Most Viewed

Our most viewed post from last week was this awesome batty DIY!

DIY Map Rock Key Chain - Pillarbox Blue

Editor's Pick

Oat fudge recipe from Simply Stacie
Oat Fudge - Simply Stacie

So, let's get this party started!
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop
This week, please follow our hosts on Facebook!
  • Please TWEET our party
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like to. No Etsy shops, adult sites or blog parties, please.
  • Visit others. Let them know you’ve been there!
  • If you are NEW, let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥ Help us find your posts – tell us what number they are?
  • NOTE: party entries appear in REVERSE. i.e. the most recent entry goes to the top! That way all of our guests will have a chance to be seen no matter when they arrive. Thanks!






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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Two Picks from ME {Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop no. 246}

Welcome!

Grab a chair, pull up your seat, and join us for Wonderful Wednesday. You're gonna find lots of fall inspiration around here!
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Let's take a peek and see the most viewed posts from last week, shall we?

Most Viewed

THM
   

Very Popular

Hawaii Maui Overview - Casa Bouquet
   
Falling For Fall Roundup - Jenny Louise Marie
 
Cinnamon Apple Cobbler - Our Table For Seven
   

MY Editor's Picks

Easy DIY Halloween Luminaries from Crafty Lumberjacks

You've GOT to watch the youtube video these guys created with their niece and nephew. It's incredibly cute. And my kids now want to make these luminaries. But what's also great is that you can make these without the Halloween theme too. I'm glad I found their blog through our awesome party!

20 Ways to Save from Fluster Buster

I'm really trying to get back to simple living lately, so this post about ways to save money gave me a few reminders of ways that I can cut back. I encourage you to visit and see if there's one or two things on the list that you could try!

Now, let's get this party started!

If you are not already, please follow our hosts on Instagram this week! Instagram is one of my favorites, even though it has changed algorithms and acts a lot more like facebook now (which is frustrating), I still use it and love it.

  • Please TWEET our party ♥
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like to. No Etsy shops, adult sites or blog parties, please.
  • Visit others. Let them know you’ve been there!
  • If you are NEW, let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥ Help us find your posts – tell us what number they are?
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While I Was Away (Part One): Yelp and Me

It's been quite awhile since I've really blogged. I thought it fitting to go ahead and share what I was up to while I was away, so here I go...



Well, it was no secret that I had HUGE internet connection issues for years. I'm not even exaggerating...It was a problem for YEARS. 
So when I wasn't blogging or doing very much online, all I had was my iPhone. I only use a couple of social media apps on my phone - Instagram and Twitter (and more recently snapchat). And I like sharing foodie adventures on Instagram, for some reason. 

For a brief moment, I downloaded the Yelp app, because I thought I'd use it to find new places to try out in my area. I don't know why, but the app was a little confusing at the time, so I deleted it. In hindsight, I think I was just too lazy to learn how to use it. lol

I could've shared how I tried a soft serve cone from IKEA for the first time.


But, in any case, I've realized that I could still be using Yelp and would probably love it, so I brought it back to my mobile screen this week. I'm going to once again start writing reviews as part of my blog makeover. I've missed it!

Back here on the blog I had had a series called Buy It and Try It, where I would buy products (many times handmade items from Etsy), try them out and then write my review here. I only did a handful of these reviews, but I love them. So I'm going to get back to them...Only this time, I'll be reviewing dessert places and eateries in the Greater Sacramento Area too! I'll be using Yelp as well. It's probably something I should've done from the beginning. 

I also could've shared the grand opening of a new dessert place in Elk Grove, CA.
Sweet Puffs Ice Cream has Taro flavor - Ummm...YUMMMM.
They opened in the summer, and we were there!


When I was only posting short, quick blog posts last year, I at least gave a small shout out to a few places (like this one, where I shared about my new obsession with Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates). Moving forward, I hope to share more in-depth reviews of places that we visit and share with you our favorites.

Are you on Yelp? You can find me here.
www.kim-2justByou.yelp.com
I've still got to learn how to use it, and I've already got places in mind to visit and reviews to write. =0)
Tell me, what are your experiences on Yelp?






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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hello, October 2017

October is here. So it's time for all things autumn. For real. The weather actually might do its thing and cooperate. No more 90 degrees...At least, I hope not.



One of the great things I love about fall is the cool, crisp mornings. I enjoy waking up with a sip from a cup of tea or coffee to warm me, and maybe a scone. I especially love this on a weekend, because I can sleep in past 6 am and really enjoy it without being rushed out the door!


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With the arrival of October also comes the holiday rush with the small biz. We're slowly started to restock our Etsy shop with some old favorites while we photograph and prepare our  new listings to go live (coming soon). Here's one of our latest, the Runner's Marathon Necklace.


We just added it back to the shop over the weekend. It comes in two varieties, the half marathon and the full marathon. Go take a peek!

We're also busy this month trying to find all of our Poshmark listings from our many still-unpacked moving boxes...It's quite a chore. And not a fun one.

If you're looking for some silver strappy heels, look no further! We've got a brand new pair of Cathy Jean heels that are perfect. Size 7.5, true to fit. Never worn.



So that's what we're up to these days. 
And today, October 1st, is National Homemade Cookies Day! Such a great day to celebrate, I think. I love homemade cookies. Don't you?

Homemade Butterfinger Cookies

I'm working on a post to share those yummy butterfinger cookies shown above. So stay tuned for that. They're really delicious.

But if you want to get into fall with all things pumpkin pie spice, then you can try the Pumpkin Pie Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies that I shared back in 2013 here. =0)

Now that you know what I've been up to lately, how about you? 
What do you do in October that gets you geared up and totally into fall season? Leave me a comment to let me know!





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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

No. 245 and Still Alive! {Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop No. 245}

I really can't believe that this is party number 245, and our linky is alive and strong as ever. We've always got awesome posts shared, so many that I can't even pick just one or two favorites...And this week our Most Viewed has a six-way tie (go figure)! I'm still in shock that my first blog post in such a long time made the list. Thank you. All of you. I hope you'll visit me again this week and leave me a comment to say hi!
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Most Viewed

Autumn Apple Cake - Nancy On The Home Front
Lemon Texas Sheet Cake - Cooking WIth Carlee
20 Tasty Pecan Treats - Momma D Jane
5 Long Lasting Beauty Solutions - Oh My Heartsie Girl
It's Been A While - 2JustByou

MY Editor's Pick

My Editor's Pick this week comes from one of my blog besties who recently traveled to Phuket (I'm so jealous!). I'm so glad that I've been able to keep up with her on social media while I've been away from blogging. I truly love her blog and hope you'll stop by and take a peek at her adventures in fashion, beauty and travel...She was our party's last entry of the week, but it's definitely a post that shouldn't be overlooked!




It's Pinterest week! I haven't been on Pinterest in ages, so I just re-downloaded the app on my phone. Let's pin together! Please leave me a blog comment with your pinterest username, and I'll follow you back for sure!

  • Please TWEET our party♥
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like to. No Etsy shops, adult sites or blog parties, please.
  • Visit others. Let them know you’ve been there!
  • If you are NEW, let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. ♥ Help us find your posts – tell us what number they are?
  • NOTE: party entries appear in REVERSE. i.e. the most recent entry goes to the top! That way all of our guests will have a chance to be seen no matter when they arrive. Thanks! ♥
 







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National Pancake Day 2017

I must admit, pancakes aren't my favorite, but I do like them. Sometimes I like them fluffy, but other times I like them super flat, for some reason. Is that weird? In any case, since it's National Pancake Day and all, I'll share some pancakes that are not bad for being on the fluffy side.


Buttermilk Pancakes

 



I also really want to try these Lemon Blueberry Pancakes from The Pioneer Woman. But if you want to get into the spirit of fall and all things pumpkin spice, I'd say try this Pumpkin Pancake recipe from allrecipes.com (I probably will sometime soon, just to try).

Will you be celebrating National Pancake Day 2017?





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Monday, September 25, 2017

Sad to See Summer Go

Oh, hi there! So glad you stopped by for a visit.



The month of October is just around the corner, but still...I'm sad to see summer go. I like having the sunshine wake me up in the early morning. It just makes it so much easier to get up and get the day started. 

Don't get me wrong. There are lots of things I like about the fall season too. I like that the weather is not too hot and not too cold. We don't need the A/C or the heater (so that electric bill is mighty nice during this in between time). I like the colors of the leaves - how they change into pretty, rich colors. I like the chilly mornings and warm drinks. Yep, I even join the pumpkin spice craze a tiny bit and have at least one PSL before they disappear.



But there's something magical about summer. Long days, short nights - maybe less sleep time, but oh so worth it. 


Let me just share three things that I love about summer, before I officially say hello to fall season...


Summer Favorite No. 1

One of my most favorite things ever (even when it's not summer) is the cold sweet treats, like ICE CREAM. We went to the California State Fair and had DoleWhip for the first time.  Deeeeeeelish!!!


Root beer floats are always fun too. (This one is from Leatherby's Family Creamery in Elk Grove, a total kid fave.)


And, of course, we can't leave out the Fruit Freeze from Gunther's Ice Cream (another kid fave)! The one below is pineapple with vanilla ice cream and topped with strawberry. Sooooo good.



Summer Favorite No. 2

Awesome BBQs and fresh summer fruit from the farmer's markets! A BBQ always means quality family time. Definitely time well spent.




Summer Favorite No. 3

Even though they're shorter because the sunny days are longer, those summer nights are as good as gold.





So tell me, what is one of your most favorite things about summer season? Leave me a comment and share.




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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Every Wednesday is Wonderful {Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop No. 244}

It's been a long time since I've partied with the hop, so I'm happy it's time for Wonderful Wednesday this week! Welcome to the party. I'm so glad you could stop by and join us. It's also Twitter week, so swing by my twitter feed and say hi. I'd love to follow you and give a retweet!

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop
Before we start our new party, let's take a look at the posts you visited the most last week ...

Most Viewed

DIY 4 Seasons Of Garden Flags - My Life Abundant
 

Very Popular

Country Fried Apples - Vickies Kitchen and Garden
 
   
  So, let's get this party started! This week, if you have not already, please follow all of our lovely hosts on TWITTER!

Eclectic Red Barn - Twitter
  • Please TWEET our party♥
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like to. No Etsy shops, adult sites or blog parties, please.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

It's Been Awhile


Hey everyone. I know. It's been awhile. A long while. I'm not even sure I remember how to do this anymore, but I figured, why not give it a try?

This morning as I was scrolling through my instagram feed, I was reminded how writing can be such a great form of therapy - a great way to self-reflect. And, if anything, it's just a great way to say what you want to say, even if no one ever reads it.

So here's to my new beginning...



First, I'll just start off by mentioning that I've been wanting to get back into the blogging scene for quite awhile. I made a pitiful attempt in 2016, but it was still too overwhelming. After a year away, everything had changed, and I felt like I couldn't keep up long enough to re-learn. I know I'm probably still going to feel that way this time around, but I still want to go for it.

Over the summer my family moved from our home of 11 years to a new place. I don't even really call it home yet, but maybe I'll start to...I just miss our old house, I guess. Here's a quick peek at the new place, though.


I wasn't just away from blogging, I was away from most everything online as well. I kept up with just a couple of social media outlets instagram and twitter, because those are my two favorites. I was even away from my family's etsy shop. But for some reason, I am now motivated to get back into it all. I don't even know why, really. 

In the next few weeks, I'm going to try to get my blog makeover done. I started it last year, but I never finished. The fam and I are also working on some new product lines for the shop, and I hope to launch them here first. So I hope you'll all stay tuned and join me on the journey!

I've been away a long while, so I'm really interested in what you've been up to. Leave me a comment and tell me your story! I also want to visit your blogs, so leave a link for me to go and say hi.  =0)
What was your favorite moment this summer?



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