Support Local Artists

It’s almost Friday ya’ll!! We’ve made through the work week!!! Even if you’re a stay-at-home-mom or student, we’ve all made it!! We all had a week to put in the work we need to tackle through every day life, so Friday being here, we can all take that deep *sigh,* of relief!! In this case, Sacramento folks be on the look out for more fabulous free art out there! Because its #FreeArtFriday!!!!!!

If you’re not familiar with #FreeArtFriday, I did a blog post earlier this week to share my awesome experience. Click on the above link, or link below in the related posts!!!

Given that some of you readers may have read my previous blog post on FreeArtFriday, I’d like to dedicate this blog post to the artist/entrepreneur to whom created the pair of stunning earrings I scored — NoelleWalshJewerly!

Noelle isn’t you’re average entrepreneur, but is a single mother, Jewelry Designer creating modern brass jewelry, made here in Sacramento, California! I’ve met many creative entrepreneurs and there’s something like a mom-trepreneur that has that edge. Especially single mothers — it’s that drive, ambition, and dedication to their business. Their enthusiasm about their craft. I haven’t met Noelle in person just yet, but after being in contact with her a few times via IG, and seeing her online shop, being active within the community, she’s got it down. And I absolutely love that.

The dazzling earrings I scored last #FreeArtFriday were these AMAL* Boho Brass Gingko Drop Earrings

You can purchase them on Noelle’s Etsy shop HERE.

If you want your very own AMAL Brass Drop Earring, you can also receive 20% OFF using the code

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Check out Noelle’s BLOG:

http://hopechesthome.wix.com/noellewalshjewelry
Follow her on INSTAGRAM:

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Please follow Noelle, and support her amazing shop!! Follow her IG as she shares her favorite eats + treats, DIY projects, and puppy pictures too! She’s too cute for words especially her son!

 

Support local artists, you’re helping a parent pay of little league, piano lessons, school tuition. It’s an awesome feeling on both ends.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Free Art Friday Sacramento

Since moving to Sacramento, I’ve noticed a great deal in art appreciation and culture in the Farm to fork capitol. From plenty of museums, new murals around downtown every month, and a wealth of art walks, and art bizarres hosted by local coffee roasters every 2nd Saturday. Talk about a strong community!!

Last Friday I participated in Sacramento’s FreeArtFriday’s scavenger hunt. What is FreeArtFriday’s you may ask?! It is a drop-in, post (via Instagram) with clues and finds, for artists of all mediums and skill levels in Sacramento, tagging @FreeArtFridaySacramento.

Usually, I’m always so busy with the boys schedule (karate, basketball practices, and school functions) to participate in a fun weekday activity – especially when you’re kick starting the weekend. So after being on Instagram at the right time of day while waiting for my son to get out of school, I was able to spot a clue from one of the local artists I’ve been following, that was taking part in the #FreeArtFridaySacramento scavenger hunt!

If you’re curious with what Free Art Friday is all about, here’s the account I follow. Click the photo above and check out all the cool talented artists partaking in the fun!!

So like I saw, I saw the post FreeArtFridaySacramento, as well as one of the dear talented artists posting their clues. Noelle Walsh Jewelry is a returning artist who frequently contributes to the free art fun every Friday! I’ve been eyeing her stuff for such along time, I was so stoked that I actually got my hands on her stuff through the FreeArtFriday scavenger hunt!

Thanks to my tiny photographer (my 6yr old son) for taking my pictures of scoring some awesome jewelry!!

SHOP NoelleWalshJewelry HERE.

Noelle also has a personal blog you can check out HERE.

Does your city do fun things like these scavenger hunts supporting local artists? Comment below at let me know what city and state you live in!

From Stroller To Scooter

I’m happy I’m done with the stroller stage of parenting. It was great while it lasted, the wonderful perks of having a safety seat for your infant/toddler to peacefully nap, and also the wonderful amount of storage for your phone, bottle, and drinks. But let’s face it. The struggle was real when baby wasn’t in the mood to stroll through the mall or downtown. The width of your stroller wasn’t even small enough to move through clothe aisles at the department store, which all even came down to why did you even go out today.

Well, have no fear parents. It get’s easier. As I’ve been out of the stroller game now, for about 2 years, it’s come clear that my boys are growing faster than I’d like. In my last post, I even mentioned that my eldest son (who’s 9) will no longer want to participate in my holiday crafts. Yes, yes, we all know the Holiday Pinteresty crafts are fun to do with our children, but about as they grow older??

This post, I’d like to cover a few issues of parenting, and how to deal with our growing children, and also transitioning out from the stroller to the scooter. Something my boys use on the regular as we explore through our wonderful new city of Sacramento.

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If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I’m happy you’re here! My family and I just recently moved from the San Francisco Bay Area, to sunny (well right now, really chilly) Sacramento! You can check out more details about our big move HERE!

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The family and I love exploring around Sacramento. Moving into a new city, there’s so much to see, and find. But driving to every neighborhood, business plaza, and coffee shop is no fun. Rather, we’d like to walk as we can see the city from a different perspective! However, my kids enjoy taking their razor scooter around. My first son received his first scooter on this 5th birthday, and is how he learned to transition to a 2 wheeler. My second son, was the same. instead of the balance bike (which are more expensive than a scooter) we gave him a scooter, and within a short time, we was on a 2 wheeler 3 months after turning 5.

Before scooters, strollers where the only way of life to get by traveling with baby/toddler.

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Above, 2013 Walnut Creek, CA

Below, 2013 Downtown San Jose, CA

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This December, get a special little someone a scooter!!! It makes a perfect holiday gift for kids ages 18 months and older. It’s fun, plus riding a scooter hones gross and fine motor skills that are useful for learning, sports and other life skills.

The Benefits Of Kick Scooters For Kids

Balance and Direction

Scooters are powered first by a kick but directed using balance. Scooters can help improve coordination with use at any age, but particularly when kids are young and learning how to balance using their weight.

Gross and Fine Motor Skills

Developing gross and fine motor skills enables kids to become more independent, while opening doors to exploration, creativity and learning.

Scooter help develop both sets of motor skills kids need in everyday life. Scooters must be transported to a place of play (often by the kids), and can even be used a as a centerpiece for imaginary play…Going down hills! (steep driveways!)

Pre-Reading Skills

The above benefits are also essential pre-reading skills for very young kids.  Motor skills are essential for a number of other reasons. Kids not only need to hold the books and flip pages, but a good pencil grip later enables them to write words down in order to remember them better. They’ll hone motor skills to brush teeth, type and a number of other things throughout their lives.

Confidence

It usually doesn’t take long for kids to master riding a kick scooter. Like, I mentioned, my kids started being on the scooter at age 5. That’s Pre-Kinder age! When they do, the confidence knowing they can handle it can potentially make them eager to tackle other skills.

Safety

A helmut is require by California law for non-motorized scooters, skateboards and bikes for anyone who is under the age of 18. Through riding scooters, kids can understand a bit more about the importance of protecting their bodies and consequences of not doing so.

(BAD MOM Truth: I don’t carry helmets. The kids usually are with me on the sideway. And I never go anywhere soo busy and over populated with traffic)

Fun

Seriously, kids love the freedom and ease that riding a scooter provides. Bottom line is that kick scooters are fun and also let them ride when walking might be a burden.

See more razor scooting around Sac on my Instagram!

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Sacramento Coffee Roasters

After traveling to cool cities like Seattle, Portland, and Cincinnati, I’ve grown to appreciate coffee in a different light. I’m no coffee connoisseur, but Derrick is. As a family, we’ve visited so many different coffee shops, and coffee roasters, its hard to pick a favorite. There are many ways of reviewing a coffee roaster. From their black coffee alone to lattes, then to their amazing teas. I LOVE coffee shops that welcome families with young children. There are so many different ways for me to categorize all my favorite coffee shops just in Sacramento alone!!!

Usually, when I’m at a new coffee shop, I’ll take a sip off of Derrick’s (who usually get’s it black) I’ll search for the deep rich dark flavors. I try to identify the flavor-notes of the beans, but my tastes buds aren’t as developed as some coffee drinkers. As we’ve settled into Sacramento, there have been many favorite coffee shops checked out so far –just within the past 8 months. Many, are a local franchises within Sacramento, which is a great quality of the city –having variety of different local roasters, that have grown their original roots here.

In this post, I’ll cover two of the most popular coffee shops in Sacramento. I’ll continue to cover more Sacramento coffee roasters in another post, as I have to honor these two shops alone. Now, if you’re a huge coffee advocate, or just enjoy sweet lattes, or just looking to a coffee shop to visit within the Sacramento area, this is a post for you!! I present to you, two of Sacramento’s most popular Coffee Roasters; Temple Coffee & Tea & Insight Coffee Roasters.

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During early January of this year, while searching for homes in Sacramento, Derrick and I would come every weekend to check out Open Houses in the Sacramento/Elk Grove area. After a couple of appointments, we would need a caffeinated boost. One of our very first Sacramento Coffee Roasters visits was at Temple Coffee & Tea. After Yelping, we had arrived at the downtown location, located on 9th St & J.

Temple is totally the kind of coffeeshop I’d plant myself at daily. All of their locations are spacious, clean, modern, and has a robust menu of beverage and pastry offerings, even for the non-coffee drinkers.

 

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Temple Coffee & Tea | Midtown S St. Location

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Follow me on Instagram to see what Temple location I’m currently at here in Sacramento!!

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Another lovely location in Sacramento is the K St. location located in Midtown. This is another location that we love going to because of the high modern wooden ceilings, fancy new coffee equipment, and a floor made entirely of pennies. Yes pennies. All pennies. This is Temple’s newest location –which once we moved to Sacramento, it practically opened up for us! HA! Most weekends, you can find my family walking around Midtown. Usually, we’re checkout out Midtown’s Farmers Market, or daddy is down the block from Temple getting his hair cut. The kids love it, I love it, we love it, the community loves it.

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Their espresso is rich, complex, creamy and delicious,  balanced acidity, with hits of cherries and chocolate undertones.

Vanilla Latte: It was the smoothest coffee I’ve ever tried…. Forget Starbucks! The flavor was so pure and the flavor was creamy but not overwhelming.

This new location opened up recently on the busy intersection of K & 22nd.

Midtown Temple coffee roasters on 22 & K is a must. It has plenty of seating inside and out, and I have always found a place to sit, but it’s always busy.

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The other most popular coffee shop in Sacramento would be Insight Coffee Roasters. One location is located Downtown along 8th &S St.  This location is one of the first original Insight.  The friendly baristas tell me what is awesome at the moment and they have yet to disappoint. This location is one of my dear favorites to Sacramento, because it’s awesome location and layout. Every Saturday morning we’ve gone to this particular Insight location, I ALWAYS receive great vibes from the staff, and also the customers. They are o-so welcoming towards families with children, and usually you’ll see people from all sorts. Young families, friends meeting up, couples reading, and other’s working. Usually, at other coffee shops, such as the modern Temple Coffee & Tea, their locations can be a little “heads-down,” work flow. If you get what I mean.

Insight’s ambiance is chill. A good place to study alone, the seating isn’t the comfiest but it fits the look they’re going for. Very industrial, warm hues, brown accents, and a wonderful glass window to sit on vintage theatre seats to “people watch.” A major major PLUS to me, is Southside Park is just down the street to this Insight location.

The industrial accents takes clues from old factories and industrial spaces. Above, my son sits in what it seems to be an old school wooden/metal seat, or theatre seat.

Insight Coffee Roasters | 1615 16th St., Midtown

The location above, is the 16th St. Location. Maybe, one of the newest locations in Sacramento. Sitting between P & Q Streets, across the way from Fremont Park. Take your children to Insights, grab a coffee, and walk across the street to Fremont Park (which is gated and enclosed), and enjoy the sunlight! This location, is simple, clean, open space, like every other, but provides a little bit more seating for everybody.

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Insight Coffee Roasters | 1014 10th St. Downtown

The next Insight location, I’d like to cover, is one of the latest location’s I’ve visited so far in Sacramento. This is the newest addition for downtown workers seeking caffeine. I love the baristas here.  It’s so low key, warm, and inviting atmosphere where they chat with you and genuinely seem to want to have the conversation.

Being a fan of the Insight’s located at 8th & S Streets since this is one of my go-to stops.

Hipster vibe? Check.
Friendly, cool baristas? Check.

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Have you checked out Sacramento’s coffee scene? If you haven’t you should!!!!!! Being from the Bay Area, I was utterly surprised with the local roasters in Sac. I’m actually happy this move, is making me love Sacramento, more and more, after each coffee shop visit. Sacramento, who knew?!?! I’ve been stuck in this Bay Area bubble way way too long.

Which Sacramento coffee roaster is your favorite between the two? Temple or Insights? Comment below, and tell you your favorite!

Be sure to check my blog for upcoming holiday posts, as well we the second half of my Sacramento Coffee shop reviews!! I promise you, there are more!!!!

Didn’t know I moved to Sacramento? Check out more about my move HERE:

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Sac Urban Art + Yelp Eats

One major appreciation I’ve been enjoying here in Sacramento is the street art! In every city, urban art is what adds to a cities identity and culture. Oakland, New York, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, you name it…It’s everywhere. For me, simple living, lesser crowds and culture has such a huge factor. I guess its the introvert in myself. I find myself exploring downtown Sacramento alone a lot. While the my man is working at home, the boys are at school I’ll tend to drift over to the heart of the city, near the captiol and wander.

Wikipedia describes Urban art as is a style of art that related to cities and city life, often done by artists who live in or have a passion for city life. In that way urban art combines street art and graffiti and is often used to summarize all visual art forms arising in urban areas, being inspired by urban architecture or thematizing urban live style.

Celebrating my 5 months here in Sacramento, I’d like to share a few pieces I’ve happen to take a picture of as I stroll the city. From not being originally from this city, I’m really enjoying it here. Little things like these make me happy. And it isn’t even a lot. It just really

 

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J St. (In between 25th & 26th St.)

 Here’s a Sam Flores mural Derrick and I came across after having lunch at Kru.

EATS: Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine

Derrick loved how the sushi rolls were pretty unique. Using top grade ingredients, the bf couldn’t stop raving about how unique Kru’s sushi was. “Nothing like I ever tasted before..” is a common tip from fellow Yelpers.

Kru’s Address:
2516 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816
(Midtown)

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(Picture taken via Pinterest Saved By Upper Playground)

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J St. & 16th (Corner to P.F Changs)

While waiting for dinner I spotted this piece on a door of what is probably an electrical box. I was telling my hubby, I’d love a piece like this of myself! I guess its the beauty of the woman, and the floral headpiece. I’m a sucker for urban art with whimsical florals and beauty.

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Across from Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, there is a parking-lot primarily filled with graffiti culture. It bleeds around the surrounding buildings from 16th to 17th, and J St. to Jazz Alley, into a garage, where no cars park, but is open to the public. Awesome graffiti art, in formal gallery spaces, definitely strike my fancy whenever we’re waiting for our table downtown.

EATS: When in Sac check out Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar!!!

It’s a local Japanese chain serving sushi, small plates & hot entrees in a stylish space!! 

his restaurant is located right across he auditorium, and there is a public parking lot across the street (with the graffiti!) for $5 flat rate.

They used a good reservation/waiting system. You just need to go to the hostess and they will text you when your table is ready.

Located in downtown Sac, this spot doesn’t look like your average sushi joint.  Spacious, two floors, the ambiance and environment is classy and trendy at the same time.
Mikuni’s Address:
530 J St #150, Sacramento, CA 95814
(Downtown)

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Stay tuned for more posts as I continue to discover more urban art around my new city!! I’m also aiming to share my favorite Sac EATS!! I’m excited to share with you that I’ve become a part of the Yelp Elite Squad for 2016!! Yay!!

I’ve been a little off the grid with my Yelp reviews since 2012 (?) I know, was I living under a rock or something? No. Not really. It was just really competitive to become a Yelp Elite in the Bay. (HA! Seriously.)

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You can check out my personal YELP profile HERE.

LINK:

http://tiffanymac.yelp.com

 

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