Versatile Blogger Award

The Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award:

1.  Thank the person(s) who shared the award with you by linking back to them in your post. 

2.  Pass this award to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know that you included them in your blog post. 

3.  List 7 things about yourself. 

Thank you to Marie Nagle Photography for nominating me for this award! Before your comment I didn’t even know this existed! So thanks, and thanks for reading :)

I’m working a little out-of-order here..

7 things about myself:

1- I LOVE blogging. I am new to the blogging world and now wonder where it has been all my life. I have had more fun in the last few months blogging than thought I ever would! So, thank you WordPress!

2- I work in full time in PR but sometimes do makeup on the weekends because I started to miss the creativity and fun of being a makeup artist.

3- I live in Northern California with my husband and two kitties. We are constantly working on our house since it’s our first home we have owned.

4- If I could do anything in the world it would be travel (and blog about it of course). New dream job = travel blogger/photographer. How cool would that be?

5- I love to cook, but I hate doing the dishes (and if you remember from Triumphs of a Terrible Baker, I cannot bake but sometimes  I wish I could).

6- Versatile is exactly what/who I am! I blog about cooking, makeup artistry, travel, running (I’m training for a half marathon), photography, DIY crafts, and I’m sure the list will keep growing! Next might be Do It Yourself projects around the house!

7- I graduated from California State University, Chico and majored in Communications with a minor in Political Science. I met some of my best friends there and sometimes wish I could go back to simpler times when all I had to focus on was class and fun! Grad school may be in the future, but not just yet.

Nominations:

Here are some blogs I enjoy, maybe you will too!

Just a Little Brit

Homemade Adventure

Kimberly Inspired

A SLO Life

Rachel & Maya 

Once Upon a Recipe

Katie’s Camera Blog

Cee Life’s Photography Blog

Life in the Bogs

Belle On The Boulevard

Mom Loves Photograph 

coolcookstyle

Frugal Feeding 

Savory Simple

Nyrahs on WordPress

Hearst Castle

Photos from our tour of the Hearst Castle. What an amazing site to see. I only hope my photos can do it some justice.

Fall is Here! (sort of)

I have been looking forward to fall for quite some time now. I’d have to say it is one of my favorite seasons. I love the fall colors, the food, the Starbucks drinks,  the holidays, celebrating my birthday in November, and the list goes on and on.

Today is September 28th and October is just around the corner, but I have yet to feel like it is fall at all. Where I live it is in the 90’s right now and feels like it is still the middle of summer. Despite the heat, today was the first day I actually felt like it was starting to turn to fall. This little guy below is the reason. Today my local farmer’s market started selling pumpkins. So far, it is mostly just little pumpkins like this one but hey, it’s a start! I can’t wait to decorate for fall. This weekend we are taking a trip to Apple Hill and I’m hoping to buy some more fall decorations there. Happy Fall everyone!

What is your favorite season?

Cambria Beaches

The Beach is one of my favorite places in the world to spend my time. So basically, I was in heaven while we were in Cambria last weekend. Here are some of my favorite beach photos from our trip.

Caterpillars, Butterflies, and Lizards, Oh My!

There were so many beautiful creatures in Cambria. I was constantly stopping to take their photos. They made pretty good subjects :)

Cambria Flowers

There were beautiful flowers everywhere in Cambria. I tried to capture as many of them as I could. 

These last two are more like weeds, but I thought they were kinda pretty.

Photo of The Week, Week 9 (Hungry Caterpillar)

I just returned from an amazing weekend in Cambria with my husband for our 1st wedding anniversary. I have tons of photos to blog, but this is one of my absolute favorites from the weekend.

Fancy Schmancy

We are off to Cambria for the weekend to celebrate our 1st anniversary. We got engaged over 2 years ago on Pismo Beach so we thought it was only fitting to go stay somewhere nearby to celebrate our anniversary.

While we are there we plan on relaxing, going for long walks on the beach, wine tasting, going to nice dinners and oh yeah….we’re planning on hitting up a little black tie dinner soiree at the HEARST CASTLE! We were randomly invited through a contact at my work and we are now loading up our car with a tuxedo and a fancy schmancy gown. We were invited only yesterday, so to say we were  prepared would be a lie. But, we frantically got everything we needed together and are very much looking forward to an amazing dinner, with THE most amazing view in the area (even if we won’t know a single soul at the dinner). You better believe I’ll be blogging all about it when we get back, but until then, you can catch up on some “Adele” by reading old blog posts while I’m away. These are some of my faves:

Monterey Flowers

Bru-ske-tta

Grillin’

Make Your Own Cake Stands

Steal My Heart Away

I Heart Travel, Part II- Greece

Photo Shoot with Bre!

We’ll be back Monday night!

I Heart Travel, Part IX, New Orleans

Last year for my husband’s 30th birthday I booked a trip for us to go to New Orleans together. He has been a huge Saints fan since he was a little kid and I knew he’d love to see a game at the Super Dome. Later I invited my best friend and her fiance to come along with us. It just so happens that my husband shares the same birthday (day and month, not year) as my best friend. They are similar in a lot of ways and she jokes that I found a male version of her and married him. Their birthday also falls a day after New Years Day so we ended up celebrating both New Years Eve and their birthdays in New Orleans.

We arrived on New Years Eve around 7 or 8 and went straight to our hotel. We got dressed for the celebrations ahead and went down to Bourbon Street and nearby to walk around. There were SO many people out and music was everywhere.  We had a blast walking around with our beverages of choice in hand and listening to all the fun music and taking everything in. It really was an amazing site to see. (All photos taken with a point and shoot or iPhone)

On New Years Day, we decided to eat at a po’ boy restaurant we had seen on the Food Network. Supposedly it was the best po’ boy sandwich in the city.  Our friends decided, hey..lets walk there. It’s only two miles from our hotel. So…we followed. And by followed I mean we blindly followed my best friend’s directions via her iPhone gps. After an hour and a half (2 hours my a#@) of walking through some pretty dangerous and secluded streets and ally ways, we ended up at the po’boy shop only to find out it is closed for the holiday. Yep, we didn’t even call to see if they were open on one of the biggest holidays of the year. This is me, SO sad after our long and dangerous trek for nothing. So, starving at this point, we called a cab and cried all the way back to our hotel and found some food elsewhere.This place didn’t even compare to Parkway Bakery. Same long lines…not even in the same ballpark as far as the food goes..

The next day we took a cab to the restaurant, stood in line for about 30 minutes and had some of the best food we’ve ever eaten..in our lives. Worth it? Hell yes. This is us, incredibly happy that it was finally open and we were able to enjoy it. The next day we walked around the city, ate some great food and met some interesting people.

There were bars and clubs open in the middle of the day and when you walked in you forgot that it was only 1:00pm and not 1:00am on a Saturday night. These people know how to party. We also made sure to sample the delicious beignets (fried doughnut like pastries sprinkled with powdered sugar) from the famous Cafe Du Monde. My husband tired to go get them for us early in the morning one day, but the line was out the door. So, we decided to visit the cafe after a night of walking around the city. It was a wonderful way to end to our evening!

One of the major highlights of the trip was the Saint’s game. My husband has been watching games at that Super Dome since he was a kid and I was so happy we were able to go there in person. The stadium was unlike anything I’d ever seen. The seats were stacked up so high that when I stood up I felt like I could easily fall down the steep rows. It was also a little surreal to be in the dome that so many people stayed during Katrina years before. I was so happy to be there, but felt a great deal of sadness for the people who experienced such tragedy.

The Saint’s lost that game, but we had a great time regardless. We walked from our hotel to the game and the atmosphere leading up to the Super Dome was so exciting. Loud music, live bands, beer sold on the streets, and everyone in black and gold. It was truly an amazing site to see. I look forward to going back some day.

On our last day we went on a swamp tour. Mission- find gators’. Mission unsuccessful. We did see one gator in the water but just for a split second, come to find out we weren’t there in gator season. But, regardless of the mia gators, the tour was amazing. The swamp was actually kind of beautiful in a swampy kinda way. I had never seen anything like that and especially never been on a speedy pontoon boat searching for creatures that could devour me in one bite. Our tour guide used to hunt alligators when he was in high school. In HIGH SCHOOL. This guy was hard-core. I was watching MTV and eating Cheetos in high school… enough said.

Overall, it was a great trip and I can’t wait to go back! Here is a photo of all of us after our tour looking a little “swampy” ourselves. :)

1/2 Marathon Update 2- It’s Getting Close!

I am slowly working my way toward those 13.1 miles and when I say slowly I mean slowwwwlllly. I just hit 8 miles for the first time last weekend and I plan to do 8-9 this weekend. And I am still asking the question, when does this get easy? I ran 3 miles this morning and although it wasn’t excruciating, it was still hard! The first two miles are always the hardest for me and it usually gets easier around mile 3 or 4. But the important thing I need to keep telling myself is that I’m actually doing it. Never in my life did I think I would be able to survive an 8 mile run. And I wasn’t even sore the next day! I’m not going to sugar coat it, those 8 miles weren’t easy, but I felt amazing once I finished..just like I hope I feel after I cross that half-marathon finish line!

I am very late in posting this month’s training schedule, but here it is! In case you don’t remember from last time, x-train means cross train (work out by doing other activities, bike, swim, weight train, etc.).

I just bought a new armband for my iphone so I can listen to music while I run and never be without my phone.  Even though I always run with a partner, I hate the idea of running long distances without my phone in case of emergency. I picked this one up at target for $20. It was one of the only ones I could find that would tighten enough to fit my ridiculously small arm.

After my Four Bridges Half-Marathon in October, I plan on running the Run to Feed the Hungry 10k. I have done the fun Thanksgiving Day run many times, but always did the 5k and had to run/walk it.  I’m looking forward to running the whole 10k with all those people this year! It is always such a fun race and benefits such a great cause!

This is where I would prefer to run everyday. Where is your favorite place to run?