Sunday, May 27, 2012

LEGO Store Master Builder Event!

This afternoon my son and I met Grandma and Grandpa at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. We ate lunch with them at Tortilla Jo's and after we went to the Lego Store.
In celebration of the grand re-opening, there was a Master Builder Event this weekend at the LEGO Store. My son met a real LEGO Master Builder and helped construct an 8 foot tall model of the LEGO Store mascot, Brickley. 
For participating in the construction of Brickley, my son received a Certificate of Achievement :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

On Our Way to eBay!

*** Mega Post - Heavy PICS ***

On Tuesday May 15th, we pretty much packed ever square inch of our Toyota Prius Plug-In for a week up north in San Jose, CA for my husband's new job at eBay.
It's hard to believe we got everything to fit. We had 4 pieces of luggage (small to medium), 2 backpacks (1 for my son's schoolwork & 1 filled with wires & connectors for the Xbox & 3 laptops), 2 pillows, Lily's playpen, 2 carrying bags for Lily and 1 tote filled with stuff I couldn't fit anywhere else.
My son sat behind me playing Minecraft on his computer and Lily sat on my lap for the 6 hour trip.
We stayed at the Residence Inn in Fremont in the Penthouse Suite from Tuesday through Sunday.
The room was okay but the Internet didn't work (they were nice enough to deduct $30 from our bill). The toilets in both bathrooms were really old and didn't work correctly. The hotel is a little outdated and I don't recommend staying at this location.
On Friday we decided that my son and I would to stay another week up north but we changed hotels to be closer to eBay in San Jose.
The newly renovated Staybridge Suites in San Jose is only 1 mile from eBay. The staff was friendly and laundry is FREE.

They had just finished renovating the 2 bedroom suite we checked into. We were the first guests to stay in room 2323 :)
The room had a good feel to it and the decor was pleasant. The kitchen was a bit small and the 3 TVs were tube TVs, however, they are replacing them in June with flat screens.
The bedroom my husband and I were in had a king size bed that was very warm and comfy.
Our room had a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a tub & shower.
My son's bedroom had 2 full size beds and a bathroom with tub & shower as well.

On Tuesday May 22nd, my mom came to visit us for a few days. She took a flight into SFO Airport and arrived after my husband got off work so we picked her up and ate dinner at McCormick and Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco’s historic Ghirardelli Square.
My mom stayed and drove home with us on Saturday May 26th.

My son and I will be travelling to San Jose for the next year to be with Daddy. Most likely we will be staying for months at a time.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream

I was in Planet Beauty a few days ago and they had Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream nail polish. I have been debating whether or not I should get it; I wasn't crazy about the textured look when it dries. But Planet Beauty gave me 20% I had to get it :)
On Mother's Day, I painted my mom's nails with Mermaid's Dream. It is a beautiful sea-foam glitter. Although it has a textured look to it when it dries, I really love color and it's metallic.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Great Mother's Day!

Today is Mother's Day and my wonderful son got me a card that reads "I'm Lucky to Be Your Son" (so sweet) and he also picked out OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air nail polish from the Muppets Collection for me :)

"I" feel so lucky to have such a loving and thoughtful son.
My mom also gave me wonderful Mother's Day presents. She made me a beautiful silver pendant with Agate and she bought me Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance (GaGa blackened fuchsia glitter) & Boom Boom Bow (glamorous gold gleam glitter with 24K Gold Dust) nail polish. I have the best mom :)
We ate brunch at the Watermarc Restaurant in Laguna Beach and then we went to Nordstrom at the Irvine Spectrum. My mom and I both bought MAC Brow Set in clear. Mother's Day was great! 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My First Franken Nail Polish | Moonlight Sonata

Over six months ago I decided that I wanted to try my hand at mixing my own nail color, so I emptied out my bottle of PeaceKeeper Paint Me Luminous (Frosty white base with iridescent multi-color glitter).

I did leave less than 1/3 of Paint Me Luminous in the bottle. I started with adding black, purple and white nail polish of various brands. I also added Pure Ice Cheatin (purple/magenta/blue glitter) and plenty of coarse grade Spectraflair 1500-35.

Unfortunately, I didn't write anything down so I don't remember the exact nail polishes or amounts that I used for my experiment.
The result is a holographic greyed-out dusty purple with iridescent shimmer. I love it!
I tried to take a macro shot but this polish is so hard to capture and I really need a new camera. I used a Canon G11. Sorry it's blurry.

I named it Moonlight Sonata after music by Ludwig van Beethoven.

I was inspired by my son; he was learning how to play Moonlight Sonata on the piano while I created this nail polish.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Editors' Picks of The Day | Bloggers

It was a very nice surprise this morning to find out I was voted Editors' Picks of The Day on!
KimberlyK - Find me on

Thank you =^.^=

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Ryan Sheckler's Skate For A Cause

We went to etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest for the Cinco De Mayo 3rd annual Ryan Sheckler's Skate For A Cause for Autism Speaks.
It's nice to see local retailers here to support a great cause.
Love Casey's Cupcakes...They have the best coconut cupcakes :)
A couple of cool skateboards that will be auctioned for the cause.
My son and I thought the wood one was really interesting.
Some of the top pros and ams will compete to raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks. This event will fund a 10 stop tour providing FREE skate clinics for children with autism. The ultimate goal is to empower the community to "Be The Change"!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Tokidoki x Hello Kitty = LOVE

I have been wanting a new wallet for a few months. The zipper on my leather wallet by Nordstrom has been broken for a while. I have been searching for a wallet at every store that carries them. I found a Tokidoki x Hello Kitty wallet at South Coast Plaza in Sanrio a month ago but it was $65.00. I couldn't justify spending that much for a Hello Kitty I passed on purchasing it.

However last week we went to South Coast Plaza and while my husband and son were in the LEGO store I went into Sanrio. The wallet was still there and it was 30% off, I had to get it of course. I love it!

The two main reasons why this wallet is perfect for me: it's Tokidoki and it has 18 card inserts. I found it extremely difficult to find a wallet with a lot of card inserts that I like and that I will spend money on.
Tokidoki x Hello Kitty Long Wallet: Best Friends
Tokidoki by Hello Kitty
The wallet measures 4.5" x 1.5" x 8" and it has 18 card inserts, 1 zipper pocket (with 1 divider), 2 bill pockets and 1 pocket on the outside. Made from PVC enamel.