Let’s Roll to The Rink

The weather is perfect, and the weekends have booked with pumpkin patch visits, checking out apple orchards, basketball games, sports camps, and also a load of birthday parties!! This past weekend, my boys had a jam packed day of basketball games, and birthday parties. Something I’ve mentally prepping myself for about 2 weeks. I told my husband, we’d have to tag team this pas weekend, because I knew I was going to burn on halfway through. Luckily, we made it work out!

The first birthday party of the day was a roller skating rink here in Sacramento. Folks, I haven’t been at the Roller Skating Rink, since I was 9! So this was totally, excited to be attending this party with my son. I came in walking in my Toms, and had an extra pair of socks waiting in the car. As nervous as I was to have my son possibly back out of roller skating, he surprisingly was down to participate. ONLY with the exception that mommy does it with him. (I was soooo happy he needed me!!) I ran off back to the parking-lot and got my socks!

| The Rink |

Address:

2900 Bradshaw Rd.

Sacramento, CA 95827

| YELP |

Roller skating is definitely a dying activity, but I’m so happy theres a few locations like these in Sacramento. The kids had these PVC Pipe trainers, that support the child with roller-skating — which was totally cool. And having the classic roller skates on, definietly brought me back to my childhood. To enjoy a classic activity, that was honestly already old when I was a kids, is certainly a homerun in activity experiences with my kids.

For those of you local in the Sacramento area, The Rink, currently has a Groupon going on! An offer of roller-skating with skate rentals for two or four (up to 53% OFF!!) That’s a weekend activity right there to get the children out of the house!  Groupon offers:

Admission and Skate Rental for 4 = $16 ($34 Offer, ends 10/16!)

Skate Package for 2: Includes Admission, Skate Rental, 2 Slices of Pizza, and 2 Small Drinks = $12 ($25 Deal!)

Purchase the Groupon Offer HERE! | Groupon |

Airbnb Getaway

I’ve been itching for an Airbnb trip for about 2 months now. My last visit to San Francisco was in January. So visiting San Francisco last weekend for a little rest & recreation with my husband is definietly needed. It was also my husband’s 31st birthday, so having a nice getaway together was absolutely well deserved.

For new readers to my blog, welcome! Once a month for business my husband stays in SF for a couple days at an Airbnb. Working remotely from Sacramento, he gets the chance to meet with his team, and be in the office. If schedule’s work out between him, the kids, and myself, we can usually squeeze in some mommy daddy time during his visit. This past weekend….We made it work. I’ve made the executive decision to skip out on one of my sons basketball games, including missing out on pictures!! (Yes! I know, bad mom!) BUT, am I really a bad mom?! A little weekend –parents only– getaway never really hurt anyone. Plus, I keep devote all my time to children here in Sacramento. So….Missing his game, and pictures. Not a huge biggie to me.

Every time my husband stays in San Francisco, he always at an Airbnb in one of our favorite “dream neighborhoods,”Potrero Hill. Potrero Hill is a residential neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It’s actually our dream neighborhoods if ever we return back to the Bay Area. It is known for its views of the San Francisco Bay and city skyline (right along 18th-20th St. CHECK it out!!!), and its very close proximity to many destination spots, and its sunny skies.

We’ve been using Airbnb for about 4 years now, and haven’t really turned back to hotels during vacations/mini-getaways.

UNLESS we get to stay for FREE using our Points we receive from our Chase Sapphire card. ;P

We do occasionally stay at a boutique hotel, which we did last February for our 16year anniversary – which we spent in Santa Cruz.

You can read more about our Santa Cruz weekend HERE at Hotel Paradox.

Overall, our getaways are usually at an Airbnb.

FUN FACT:

Running our own Airbnb is definietly a goal within the next few years!!!

Soooooo please stay tuned to watch me turn from an Airbnb renter, to host!!!!!

Our visits to San Francisco have been way more frequent than ever! Even while we were living in the Tri-city, we rarely came into San Francisco. So it’s just funny how life works in mysterious ways as we’ve moved to Sacramento, and now visit every month or so, and stay at a fabulous Airbnb for a few days to live like locals.

You can check out a video of one of our last visits with the kids in San Francisco. I made a separate YouTube Channel away from my TiffanysTidings channel to hopefully share more traveling adventures!

Click the icon below to watch!

The pictures shown within the post were taken at my last visit (in January) prior to this past weekends.

I’ll post more of my most recent visit next, so keep a look out for that, but please enjoy the pictures of this lovely Airbnb!!

If you like the Airbnb you see in this post check them out HERE!

It’s a Classic Victorian apartment in sunny Potrero Hill! As I mentioned earlier, Potrero Hill is my husband’s and mine’s FAVORITE neighborhood. The host Bethany, is originally from Seattle, and love’s the outdoors, traveling, reading, eating, meeting new people, and playing games, especially Settlers of Catan (Who doesn’t love Settler’s of Catan?!?!?! Junior version is also dope as well!!!)

 

Bethany’s Airbnb is again, in the sunny and quiet Potrero Hill, 1 bedroom/1 bathroom lower unit in a 1900s Victorian house. Great central Potrero Hill location, close to The Mission, Dogpatch, SOMA and walking distance to many tech companies (close to my husbands work, which is why he booked it!) Shuttle stops and Caltrain are near, plus, easy access to 280 and 101 freeways for those commuting down the Peninsula. Whole Foods is around the corner along with many great neighborhood restaurant options and local businesses so a car is not necessary when we stayed.

The place was so perfect for us! It’s a beautiful house in a great location. It’s so lovely, comfortable, and a well-appointed space. Bethany replied instantly to every communication and was very responsive to any request or question – KUDOS to being such a great Airbnb host. Loved how private and light-filled the apt was.

I love gathering home decor inspiration from all the Airbnb’s I stay at!! Can’t wait to host!!!!!

 

HellaSketchy Sacramento

I’d like to consider myself an artist. An artist who loves to create, build, paint, and repurpose. Last weekend, I attended an interactive studio experience hosted by David Garibaldi and Kuretake Zig. David Garibaldi happens to be one of my favorite artists of urban art!! Now, he’s considered a performance painter, but back in art school in San Francisco, I would buy his prints from the Burlington Coat Factory in SoMa.

Back when I was a broke art student, making my way through school, raising my newborn at the time, but had a great appreciation for urban art. When I noticed some of his prints were sold at a department store at an affordable price…I was all over it.

Prints from his “Rhythm & Hue” show such as “Mr. Brass,” “DJ Jewel,” “Lola Beats,” “Movin’ Strings,” “The Get Down,” “Urban Tunes,” and my husband’s favorite “Lounge Smoke,” I’d purchase these prints, take them on Muni,  bus over to USF, and place them in my husbands apartment. Sometimes I’d have two prints in my hands on the bus! And When I say prints, they were printed on wood, the size of 30″x45″.

David Garibaldi’s work I’ve purchased reminds me of the early chapter of adulthood for me. His artwork spoke to me as I loved the movement of the jazzy feels and urban tone it gave off. Being 21 in 2007, and buying his art with my BART/Gas money was totally justifiable. It spoke to me, and meant a whole lot to me.

When moving to Sacramento back in 2016, it totally slipped my mind that David Garibaldi was from the same city. I actually was at a brewery during my son’s little league uniform pick-up, and spotted David on the cover of Sacramento Magazine. A fellow mom said “You’re a fan? You can probably spot him around downtown because his studio there.”

After that…….I was hooked. I was in the same city as my favorite artist! I could possibly run into him at Temple or along J St!!!

After noticing an IG post from David, and other people of Sacramento accounts, he was promoting an event called HellaSketchy. Hosted at his downtown studio, along with Kuretake ZIG a Japanese Arts & Crafts product manufacturer, HellaSketchy was an open to all ages free event to come and create with David and Kuretake.

The family and I strolled in just around noon, and was surprised to rolled up garage door open to David’s War On Walls Studio. With ample supplies from ink, markers, and dual tip pens, the walls were your canvas. Allowing access to create, and be inspired by David, and the rest of the Sacramento community, you were allowed to let your creative juices flow.

Music was playing, supplies were at your fingertips, and David was at arms reach. My youngest son Tristan was my wing man as I was getting the butterflies to even speak to David alone. (When you have kids, it totally breaks the ice!) Gawd, I’m such an introvert…I needed my 6 year old son to be my wing man.

When in an environment with no limits, no rules, and guidelines, it’s easy to express yourself. HellaSketchy achieved just that! My boys were free to doodle on the walls. Witness other artists and people of the community doing the same thing they were doing.

 

There were so many amazing talent and creative minds who showed up. One comment I read on Kuretake Zig‘s IG was:

“What happenes when you put a bunch of creative minds with talented souls in a room filled with great markers and blank paper? AWESOMENESS! Now thats art!!!”

You can follow Kuretake ZIG on Instagram

@kuretakezig_usa

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

THANKS20

Check out Noelle’s BLOG:

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

@noellewalshjewelry

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!

Weekend Thrift Store Haul

After 5 days of working, my Friday’s usually are made up of a “quick,” stop to my local thrift store. When I say quick, I mean I have about an hour and half to myself between getting off work, and picking up my kindergartener from school. Last Friday, I decided to check out a Goodwill in West Sacramento. This location was a little bit in the “hood,” but having a mod podge of retailers and restaurants next door such as a Mexican taqueria, an ‘I Love Teriyaki,’ spot, and the DollarTree, I felt, just a tad — safe.

As I walked into the thrift store, I knew the exact items I was looking for. Brass, vases, candlesticks. Seriously, thats all I look for. Candlesticks have definitely been an obsession of mine for the past couple of months, and vases have just started to love due to the fact of Spring, and having fresh florals in the home as decorative piece is always nice.

I was able to score an IKEA vase called the SOCKERART (Retailing at $9.99), and purchased it for $3.19!!!

I also got a cool vintage syrup dispenser for $0.69!! It was mission the lid, but I really liked the clear vintage look, along with the size, approximately being 4″ tall.

After I had rinsed all my kitchenware, I took a moment in researching some info on my tiny syrup dispenser. It had so happen that my nice vintage cut glass creamer or syrup dispenser was from the early 1900’s, and can run for about $25. (WHAAAH?) Now, of course, you’d think:  “Tiffany, why aren’t you reselling these pieces?” See, if I wanted to make a profit out of my finds, I honestly, would have already done it. But……My focus are on my blog, and making my own personal brand (through TiffanysTidings.) 

One more item I scored at the thrift store was a brand new unopened Dixit board game. I so excited when I spotted Dixit. To sum it fairly quickly, it’s the visual version of Apples To Apples. This card game was introduced to my family as a gift from my sister-in-law. With cards with pictures, you shape the stories it tells…. Dixit is perfect for adults, children, family and friends. Anyone with whom you share a love for stories.

Curious about Dixit? Read more about the game HERE.

DIXIT

A picture if worth a thousand words!

I got the board game for $4.19! And Amazon has it for $24.97!!! (Heeyoo!!)

After my awesome scores from Friday, I ended up finding some down time on a Sunday afternoon. Leaving the husband and kids behind at home, mommy was able to get some THRIFT time. I went to a different Goodwill in Sacramento, which happens to be my go-to thrift store. Here is where I landed the motherload!!!

I scored more candle sticks, gold picture frames, a cool UrbanOutfitters inspired (vintage) mug for $0.24, and a great condition LIFE board game!!! The family and I have been really into board games/card games lately, so any way purchasing them at a discounted price helps, and checking the thrift store for board games is THUMBS UP by this mama!!

If you’re a fan of thrifting and enjoy my thrift store hauls, be sure to check out my THRIFTING Page of my blog! It’s the one place of my blog where all my thrift store posts are at!!

I honestly can’t wait for the weekend! More thrifting, more savings!

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!

The Banyan Tree

It’s been a year since we’ve moved to Sacramento, and with many of the amazing things that make Sacramento has to offer, one this that Sacramento is very proud of is their local businesses (and also how affordable it is, compared to the San Francisco Bay Area.) I started coloring my hair late of 2015, and was always paying around $200 dollars for a color and cut. With mid-length hair, and going to multiple East Bay Hair Salons, every time I could come in during 2015- early 2016, the prices would rise significantly, and the customer service was never genuinely there.

I first found The Banyan Tree through the “Visit Sacramento” Instagram accounts. Having moved from the Bay Area, I had faith in finding the right hair salon within Midtown. Midtown Sacramento  is a historical district and neighborhood just east of Downtown Sacramento, from the Sutter District to the Handle District, Midtown provides an eclectic mix of boutiques, bars, galleries and restaurants, which is why I had faith in finding the perfect salon for me. Midtown’s unique charm and spirit always leaves you in a place of discovery. Midtown’s boundaries are from 16th – 29th, B – W street, conveniently located near the Capitol and accessible from major freeways.

The Banyan Tree

Address:

2311 S St.

Sacramento, CA 95816

(Midtown)

 

Kristina Fong is my stylist and I can’t thank her enough for color-correcting my lion-esque hair with a 7 month grown out balayage!!! She’s so chill, easy to talk to, and definitely will put you at ease, as you get your hair beatified. Times at other salons I’ve been to, hair colorists wouldn’t even talk much to me, and just color and leave me be. Kristina can actually hold down a conversation, and makes your experience at the Banyan Tree totally worth-while.

Follow Kristina Fong here on Instagram!!!

Below was my first color correction appointment, last October in 2016.

The Banyan Tree is a family owned and operated hair salon, that has a ongoing emphasis on love, respect, creativity, and professionalism.

The Banyan Tree is a Davines exclusive salon. Davines hair products are made with high grade, natural ingredients, created in an environmentally sustainable manner.

You can read more about The Banyan Tree HERE.

I get compliments regularly on my cuts, strangers, friends, all notice the perfect lines and stop to say so. I can’t tell you how great it is to have that I have extreme high faith with my stylist, just talk with them and let them do what they do, you will never look better! I look forward to my future cuts and color appointments forever at The Banyan Tree.

 

Sacramento Railway Station

Last month, the boys and I took Amtrak for the first time! For those international readers, Amtrak is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service in the adjoining United States. Whether traveling around Northern California for business or pleasure, the boys and I wanted to skip the traffic and parking hassles and take the train!! Amtrak Capitol Corridor provides convenient, frequent and affordable daily service between the Sacramento region and the Bay Area, which is where we were heading (Fremont, CA | East Bay)

The travel plan was to take Lyft from our home leaving our car, to drop the boys and I to the Sacramento Valley Station. The station is only a freeway exit away from our neighborhood for the cost of our Lyft was only ($7).  Next, the boys and I waited just a few minutes until it was ready to board. Our trip to the Bay Area, is always to visit mama & papa. Our visits back to the Bay tend to be every 3 weeks or so, traveling by car. This time, we wanted to take train, since daddy was in San Francisco for business having his car. I would drop off the boys to my parents, then take BART to San Francisco, to meet with my husband and have a small weekend getaway.

For you married couples out there with young children, this is how my husband and I get our date nights every month.

I had already printed out the ticket for Amtrak, which the boys fought over plenty of times while walking through the terminal. Over and over again, one boy wanted to hold the ticket, because they wanted to meet the conductor. For families with kids, taking the train can be both an exciting and affordable way to travel. It may not be the fastest way to get to your destination, but it’s perhaps the most comfortable and least stressful when you are traveling with children. Both my boys are a good age where they are able to sit still, and play on their own. But if you have young ones that may need a little more attention here are some tips to smooth your journey:

  • Take snacks & games
  • Arrive early
  • Bring a stroller

Snacks, games, action figures, coloring books are a staple. Every parent with whatever aged child boarding Amtrak will definietly need this. I too, needed snacks and water to survive the 2.5hr ride.

Arriving early, allows you the parent to relax, and not rush. The station may have long walkways/passageways for passengers to walk – to reach the train platform. Arriving early gives you that extra time walking with your children, and setting up your stroller, if needed to do so. This gives you time to explore the station with your children, and get familiar with any public restrooms, or possibly grab a coffee and snacks from the station’s cafe or vending machine.

We arrived at your station about 30 minutes ahead of time so we can get settled. As for me, 1 parent, with 2 children, I do get a little bit of travel anxiety, so arriving early, helped me cool down, and figure things out following the train stations signage. Before leaving for the station, make sure to download Amtrak’s app for iPhone and Android phones and check your train’s status. If your kids are really curious, you can even access our live train map and track where your train is. It’s pretty cool, I have to admit.

Amtrak was such a amazing experience. The boys sat together and played quietly with their action figures, and puzzle books, as mommy sat across the aisle reading my book, and listening to music. I look forward to our future rides to and from Sacramento to the Bay Area.

 

Have you traveled taking Amtrak?! If so, comment below! How was your experience? Where did you travel to?

 

 

Nugget Market

Since my move to Sacramento, there has been a change in grocery store retailers. We were so used to Safeway, Luckys, and Raley’s back in the Bay Are, but here in Sacramento, they offer Bel Air, which is part of the Raley’s Family Fine Stores (Raleys Bel Air Nob Hill Foods.) One other new grocery market I noticed in the Sacramento area was Nugget Market.

Nuggget Markets is a family-owned and – operated company dedicated to providing guests an extraordinary grocery experience. Founded in 1926 by Mack and William Stille, Nugget Markets has been committed to providing an extensive selection of quality products.

My local Nugget Market, West Sacramento, CA.

Address:

Nugget Market

2000 Town Center Plaza

West Sacramento, CA 95691

Nugget Markets has nine locations in and around Sacramento Valley as well as three locations in Marin County, and has recently joined the Sonoma Valley community by acquiring Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market.

Nugget Market is clean, consists of a friendly staff and always have the best and freshest products!  Yes, you pay a bit more then the average grocery store like Safeway, but the can definitely taste the difference!

What I purchased…..

So I wasn’t able to do a full on grocery run. Due to paying a bit more then the average grocery store, Nugget’s prices were very steep. What you see in the above picture is about $70 dollars worth of groceries. (Yikes! I know!) BUT you CAN definitely taste the difference! We’ve already ate all our pears, oranges, half way through our granola and finished our wheatbread loaf!!

My Nugget Market Grocery Haul:

  • 6 Organic Pears
  • 4 Organic Oranges
  • Bunch of Bananas
  • 1 Wheat Loaf
  • Old SoulCo. Beans Brazil Fazenda Alta Vista (Milk Chocolate Pean Citrus)
  • 1 Bottle Of Terra Doro Zinfandel Red Wine
  • Sweet Home Farm Granola
  • Bear Naked Vanilla Almond Granola
  • Cascadian Farm Organic Honey Almond & Chia Granola
  • Tate’s Bake Shop White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Overall, Nugget Market is absolutely a place to check out for groceries. Their prices aren’t necessarily cheap, but they ARE very reasonable…less expensive than Whole Foods…but more expensive than Safeway.The high quality of ingredients is very well rounded; cheeses, beer, wine, produce, pastas, baking supplies.

There is something for everyone!

To my future visits Nugget Market, focus on all artisanal.

Enjoy!

Oak Park and the New Triangle District


A few weekends ago the family and I took a trip to Oak Park in Sacramento. I wanted to do a little bit of exploring, as well as Christmas shopping, and hopefully stumbling upon a coffee shop. Oak Park is informally bounded by (US Route 50) to the North, Stockton Blvd. to the East (CA 99). It is situated within the city limits and provides easy access to the ever growing/changing Downtown Sacramento. The streets intersect with avenues and there is one main street that runs through all of Oak Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Read more on Oak Park (OPBA Triangle District HERE)

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Oak Park, has recently opened up Display California. Set in a 850 square ft storefront in Oak Park’s newly developed Triangle District, DISPLAY is a revolving pop up concept that connects retail with community to create amazing experiences again and again.

A West Coast Inspired Pop Up Shop Curated By Unseen Heroes.

Display California

(Oak Park)

3444 Broadway

Sacramento, CA 95817

You can see more about Display California on IG HERE.

This revolving pop-up shop means every four to eight weeks, DISPLAY will completely change to create another retail experience – from installation and store design to merchandise and daily happenings – all with the intentions of exposing the possibilities that can happen when we all build together.

Reimagine retail… I seriously love this.

See that right there?! Display’s mission is about bringing in the community! This pop-up shop isn’t the biggest space, but it has a goal, and with their revolving concept, it brings in the community to keep coming in, and supporting local artists!

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I love love love love love Sacramento.

You know when they say it’s the little things in life? Well, this is it. This newly developed triangle district brings in art, and culture to the community. A small community within a big city, I absolutely love it!

Stay tuned as I explore more within Sacramento. Every weekend I aim to take my family out and about within the Sacramento area and discover more local shops, local businesses, eateries, and much much more!