East Bay Hidden Gem | Alameda Beach

I’ve been getting a little homesick from the Bay. Although, I love my life here in Sacramento, there are days where I’m completely missing the San Francisco Bay breeze blowing through the air. Along, with the beaches! Running everyday was never a problem for me in the Bay Area, because the weather was always good. I ran out of my house most days, and on weekends, I’d drive to the nearest Regional Park or State Beach — which was in Alameda | Crown Memorial State Beach was my beach. It’s like having a beach in the middle of suburbia, something not very common in most places. The entire beach encompasses a number of other beaches. It is also pretty clean as far as I can tell, whenever I came out for a morning run, or with my children.

Where can you find a long stretch of beautiful beach with frequent bathrooms, a gorgeous view of downtown SF, free available parking, and right across San Francisco? Alameda, CA!!! The whole area has a very relaxed vibe, and the water near the whole entire shore is pretty relaxed, without much of a rip tide.

For those not familiar with Alameda, its a city in Alameda County, California, United States. It is located on Alameda Island and Bay Farm Island, and is adjacent to and south of Oakland and east of San Francisco across the San Francisco Bay. Think, old suburbia, on an island, tucked away between Oakland & San Francisco!! Definietly, a hidden gem in the Bay!

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Crown Memorial State Beach 

Address:

1451 8th St.

Alameda, CA 94501

Crown Memorial State Beach is a state park in the city of Alameda on the shores of San Francisco Bay. It is operated by East Bay Regional Parks District, under a cooperative agreement with the State of California and the City of Alameda. Take your kids, pack your sand pails, and enjoy a good book. Crown Memorial only attracts, good vibes, families, runners, and those just looking to relax and enjoy the SF View. (Can you tell why I miss the Bay soo much?!)

Exploring Potrero Hill

All you already khow every time I visit the San Francisco, my husband and I always book in Potrero Hill. The neighborhood feels alive during the day despite being mostly residential, which is WHY WE LOVE IT! There is a steady sidewalk culture of people coming and going. Mama’s pushing strollers, people walking to work down to the Design District (that’s where my husband works!), and other constant foot traffic of people going the the Mission District, DogPatch or Soma. It’s also in between to two hospitals (Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.)

There are just enough amenities that you can walk to right out our door to buy wine, take the kids to a park, or sit at a sidewalk table for lunch. SF locals who have lived in the Castro, Cole Valley, Mission, South of Market, Hayes Valley, and even the Richmond District  — all bustling and vibrant parts of town —but none of them feel as homey as Potrero Hill.

During our weeks stay, the husband went to work, and the kids and I explored the neighborhood. Obviously, this wasn’t our first time here, but the location of the Airbnb was new. A new street, we haven’t been on, and a few other street views we haven’t seen just yet.

One afternoon the boys and I were walking up to an open space to get a better view of the city, and we stumbled upon the ‘Little Free Library,’ bookhouse along the way. This house was so adorable, we actually have one in our neighborhood in Sacramento, its definietly a cool program, especially during the summer. The little library was like a large bird house with a glass door. Just a few selected books are placed in there catering those who enjoy love novels, travel, cook books, business, and also kids books for toddlers, and elementary school aged.

The Aibnb I stayed at, had an amazing selection of San Francisco books as well! One of my favorites was Victoria Smith’s (sfgirlbybay) book! I’ve been following Victoria for years!! I still remember the day’s of reading her blog, getting so inspired to just snap a few shots in San Francisco, and just uploading them to my own desktop as wallpaper!! YES! BEFORE INSTAGRAM!!!

Internationally popular design blogger SF Girl By Bay comes the ultimate love letter to San Francisco. This gorgeously photographed lifestyle guide gives the reader an insider’s tour of the City by the Bay through Victoria Smith’s unique lens. Organized by neighborhood (like Potrero Hill), each chapter features enchanting photos of hidden corners, local color, landmarks, and hot spots!!!

See San Francisco: Through the Lens of SFGirlbyBay

Follow Victoria on her other social platforms, so m u c h eye candy! You’ll love it!!

Blog | HERE |

Instagram | @sfgirlbybay

| Twitter | Pinterest |

By: Victoria Smith (sfgirlbybay)

You can get your copy of ‘See San Francisco..’ on Amazon Prime | HERE |

As my boys and I continued our walk around Potrero Hill we walked toward the Starr King Open Space, along 23rd, and up the hill towards Carolina. Star King Open Space, a lesser known “park,” with a great view! While not technically a park, the area is protected from development and meant to be enjoyed by the entire community, including the wild animals. 

Where it’s located: Near 23rd and Carolina streets in Potrero Hill.

While everyone loves Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park, San Francisco also has over 220 parks and open spaces! If I wasn’t staying in Potrero Hill, I would’ve never found this hidden gem! Thanks to my Airbnb host who provided the cutest tiniest book about Potrero Hill, and all it’s cool happenings!

 

Airbnb With A View

The family and I are back from another awesome San Francisco trip. We were welcomed back to Sacramento earlier this week, with a warm and toasty 100 degree hug!! Yuck! I know! Completely different from the Bay Area breeze! Our San Francisco weeks trip was filled with art, culture, food, city scapes, neighborhood exploring and well, the bay breeze!! We were so excited to have our annual San Francisco Summer trip, because we got to escape the nasty heat in the 916!! After moving to Sacramento from the Bay Area, one thing is certain, the San Francisco Bay Area has  t h e  BEST weather!!!!! The Bay breeze blows throughout the entire Bay Area from Oakland, Walnut Creek, to the Tri-City East Bay.

Visiting the Bay Area is always special to me. Not only am I near my friends and family, but also my birth place. Living in the Bay for 30 years, I’ve been surrounded by multicultural cities, the melting pot of west coast in food, and also you’re just a few hours either direction to the wine country, Tahoe, and Yosemite!

If you’re new to blog, welcome!!! I’m happy you’ve found me!! Just to give my new readers some content, I’m Tiffany, and my family and I constantly visit San Francisco. We’re a family originally from the Bay Area (Born & raised), and now settled in Sacramento! My husband works romotely from home in Sac, but makes this monthly visits back to San Francisco. Soo…..Since, it’s summer, or when schedules work out for the kids and myself, we’ll join along with my husband to SF, and stay in an Airbnb!

Our Airbnb was set comfortably in the middle of Potrero Hill, which is our favorite neighborhood in the entire city to stay at. Walking distance to coffee shops, playgrounds, and many different restaurants. The quite neighborhood also has amazing views of the city from every street! (Some, not even tourists know of!!!!)

Potrero Hill feels like keeping a secret. There are no undiscovered neighborhoods in San Francisco, but residents of the Hill have something special, which is why the family and I consistently keep returning. Perched on the southeast side of the city, it’s on the way to nowhere. It feels isolated from the rest of town, but walking distance west to The Mission, or going the DogPatch on 3rd. Taking walks anywhere perfectly frames the downtown skyline, even the Bay Bridge, and the ships on the bay and the blinking lights of Oakland toward the East.

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Stay tuned for my next upcoming post on kids friendly things to do in Potrero Hill and other spots within the Bay that are FREE!!! Great kid activities for the kids and cost nothing!!!

Liked this post? Well, I have more Airbnb travel posts all on my Family Adventure‘s Page of my blog!

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Since I’ve been making more and more trips back to San Francisco since the move to Sacramento, I just had to create a separate page for my San Francisco trips. You can see it all | HERE |

 

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!!!!!

 

Thriftstore Upcycle: Liquor Decanter

A few days ago, I had went to the grand opening of the newest Goodwill here in Sacramento. With my mental list of thrift store needs, I walked in ready and excited to find what new goodies I can get my hands on. I stumbled upon lots of glassware, and this fabulous liquor decanter for $4, with the topper!! I snagged it, along with other home accessories and went on my way. Now, I’m no huge drinker, I’d love to thrift me a bar cart – but not to display alcoholic beverages, mainly for desserts and sweets when entertaining.  I don’t even use my china cabinet properly for fancy dishes. I had plans to use my newly thrifted liquor decanter for my husbands Listerine.


I got the idea of using a liquor decanter from an Airbnb spot we stayed last summer in San Francisco. It was a cool loft located in Dogpatch. If you’re new to my blog, I go to San Francisco every month, checking in at cool Airbnb spots throughout Potrero Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods. My monthly visits are piggy-backing visits as my husband goes there for business. We always make a thing out of it, as he combines his business trip, extended to a weekend getaway for mommy daddy.

You can see more of our Airbnb Trips on my Instagram HERE.

Using a liquor decanter for Listerine, is one of the most clever things I’ve ever seen. Little details such as using an ornate piece of a bar accessory for simple daily tasks makes the task of mouth washing more pleasurable.

After placing the thrifted liquor decanter and top in the dishwasher, I couldn’t wait to ti take it upstairs to our master bathroom. The clean crystal clear glass looked even more amazing then when I purchased it off the shelf at Goodwill. I took my husbands (Costco size) Listerine and poured it in the decanter. Seeing the beautiful aqua blue – ultraclean mouth wash looked so good in the decanter!

 

Do you know that feeeling when you see something at Z Gallerie or West Elm, and you completely achieved a look such as theirs on your own, and under budget…

This was that. And that feeling rocks!!

Stay tuned for more of my Winter Break Thrift store finds!!! I gathered so many goodies this week, I can’t possibly write a post of them all!

So stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!

Writing On The Wall

As we’re here in San Francisco, the hubby and I love exploring the city in ways we’ve never done before. Besides the typical go to landmarks and touristy hot spots…We like taking a different route. A past visit to San Francisco a few years ago, we took a Art of Tag class hosted by a local San Francisco Art Gallery.

We purchased off one of those off beat companies similar to Groupon and LivingSocial. We arrived to SoMa, was introduced to the art and history of graffiti.

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1AM Art Of Tag (1.0 Class: Covering the history of Graffiti)

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Address:

First Amendment

1000 Howard St.

San Francisco, CA 94103
(SoMa)

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The art of graffiti class covered a quick intro of the history of graffiti and how it changed over time. We took a mural walk tour through the streets of SoMa in San Francisco, and saw landmark pieces and productions followed by a group wall collaboration with your class creating a piece yourself!

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With a swift introductory of the spray paint can, our instructor quickly sketched out letters, for us to fill in.

Further classes will allow hands-on time to discover your own personal style!

This was a condensed class of all their classes and graffiti tours put in one. 1AM hosts classes from:

Art Of Graffiti 1.0

Graffiti Tour: Underground Culture

Street Art

Street Art Tour: Art In Public Spaces

All classed range fro $40-$70

See more 1AM class & tour info HERE.

1am4Getting hands on experience on a public wall, with an experience artist was one of the coolest things. As a “bedroom artist,” myself, I have played around with spray paint….Not just on furniture, but on tiles, wooden slabs, using stencils and lots and lots of tape. I guess I needed that urban street experience to add to hit. Whenever I tried freehanding spray paint, I’d get a little too controlling over the entire process. I’d freak-out when the liquid paint would drip. But thats the point. Some art mediums are all about being messy right?!

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Above and below is Derrick and myself, getting into the world of tag. If I had one artful wish —it would be owning my own studio art space. To goof off, create, in any medium. I’d definitely love to experiment more and more with graffiti.

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Filling in space was my favorite. Maybe because its soo easy, and you don’t have to worry about fading. Something that I can do with color pencils, and acrylic paint, becomes so hard when on spray paint. No joke. Try.

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The little things I noticed with our art of tag teacher, Nate (Nathan Tan) was the classic black sketch book, and definitely the passion he had right along with telling us the history of tag. I loved the casual, informal approach he had to the entire thing, but with the casual form, and mannerisms, the passion was definitely there, and knowledge.

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Here’s the final product of the collaborated wall art of the class. Don’t be fooled by the white sparkle and shine. If, that weren’t there the art piece would have been pretty flat. Thanks to our teacher Nate, for sprucing up the piece. Haha

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What are your kind of out of the box dates you do with your partner? Different forms and experiences to experience a new city, or town you’re visiting. Let me know! I plan to share more experiences of our personal day dates/ date nights with you on my blog!!!

Also, be sure to check out my latest YouTube channel, as the family and I travel to and from Sacramento to San Francisco (Bay Area)! We always try to make every visit fun, and family friendly. But if daddy and I, get the few hours in the day to explore and have a day date or evening, you can count on us on exploring more night time happenings!!!

 

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If this is something you like, check out my channel! See our family travel happenings!

When In SF Explore

We’re back in San Francisco again, and can’t wait to explore!! Speaking of exploring, I want share one of the many go to happening spots for family fun — The Exploratorium!!!  As we settle in for the week of business and pleasure and push into the city, I also want to share my pit stops before entering SF.

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A few visits ago to San Francisco, we were able to experience the Exploratorium at Pier 15, hosted by Google! Being a part of the tech culture, the well distinct company invited us for a company offsite, inviting all families within the Google community. Located along Embarcadero, the Exploratorium isn’t just a museum; it’s an exploration of science that feed your curiosity!!

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Address:

Pier 15

(Embarcadero @ Green St.)

San Francisco, CA 94111

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When is San Francisco:
Landmarks:
If you’re unfamiliar with the San Francisco Bay Area, a one day must see is the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 (880) and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, carries about millions of vehicles a day on its two decks!

Coming from the East Bay, visit Oakland & Emeryville:

Oakland/Emeryville sits on the east end of the Bay Bridge, which has pit stops of the Bay Street shopping center & my favorite the Emeryville Public Market.

The Emeryville Public Market is retail center with an emphasis on casual ethnic eateries, plus stores & services. Offering over 20 unique food retailers representing the diversity of San Francisco Bay Area. Guitar Center & Urban Outfitters too!

Emeryville Public Market

Address:

5959 Shellmound Street.

Emeryville, CA 94608

Public Market has recently been renovated, along with their renovation you’ll spot out a fantastic modern geometric mural, within the Public Marker Food Hall by artist Ollie Glatzer.

Check out the story behind the art HERE.

Twiiter:  @Public_Market

Instagram: @PublicMarketEmeryville

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Bay Street | Emeryville

Address:

5616 Bay Street.

Emeryville, CA 94608

Bay Street has fabulous stores, atmosphere, food and live entertainment.

Retailers include H&M, Sephora, Uniqlo, West Elm, several restaurants and a AMC theatre.

Now let’s talk about the exploratorium.

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First of all, the Exploratorium isn’t just for kids. Yes, it’s perfect for families to check out, but when I was a teenager, and in my early twenties, the Exploratorium was always a perfect date spot while exploring San Francisco. Just a short walk from the ferry building, this new location of the Exploratorium is in a convenient area! The price might seem high, but believe me, it’s more than worth it; you’ll be amazed by the things you learn.

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The Exploratorium holds countless exhibits to the point where it’s almost overwhelming.Time flies by quicker than you can imagine, before you know it 4 hours will have gone by in a flash.

Most exhibits are interactive, engaging both children and adults. You see some people spinning in chairs in one area, blowing bubbles in another, and then playing with magnetic black sand in another.

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It’s a hands-on and informative museum. The Exploratorium is gonna keep you on your toes!

San Francisco is such an amazing place to be! As a born and raised California girl, I cannot be more proud of be able to be raised here, met my forever man of my dreams, have my children at the same hospital I was born in, and go through the pages of life, tech life, and 50s homestyle living! Now, situated in Sacramento, monthly visits back to San Francisco make me love the city more and more, as well as my state!!

Thanks to Airbnb, my family and I are able to rent out homes, by the locals and actually “live there.” Check out my Airbnb post, on our visits from San Francisco to San Diego, this past month!! Click the Airbnb logo!

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Are you a frequent Airbnb traveler? Is Airbnb the latest lifestyle for you? Are you a host? Or just a well journeyed* traveler?

Comment below and share your story!

Birthday Love

Last Friday on my birthday, two of my girlfriends treated me out to a cute little British Tea room in San Francisco, called LoveJoy’s Tea Room. Located right along Church St. in Noe Valley, this is a perfect place for a girls day out! Their scones and sandwiches are delightful. Their cute little tea sandwiches and scones are neatly arranged and displayed on plated tiers, served with delicious butter and jam that add that perfect touch to your toasty fresh scone. Warm scones, tasty tea sandwiches and a bottomless pot of tea await you at LoveJoy’s.

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As we were hosted to our reserved spot, located right at the front bench window, the seats were decorated with a number of various vintage pillows and cushions;I noticed a bouquet of flowers sitting on our table. Instinctively, before enjoying the beautiful bouquet I searched for a card, or any tag. FarmGirlFlowers, of San Francisco is were it was delivered from, and ordered by my younger brother! As I’m tearing up enjoying the beautiful gift arrangement of wildflowers, peonies, pink/lavender calla lilies, roses, and cabbage life blooms – I could only send positive energy and vibes to people all around me. The energy was definitely real. I was completely touched by the beautiful burlap wrapped gift.

To my brother Justin, if you’re reading this. Thank you so much for the special delivery. It really put a huge smile on my face.

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Below, we ordered 3 variations of the Queen’s Tea (Tea Service). It includes your choice of two sandwiches,served with cabbage salad in a caraway cream dressing, organic spring greens, a scone with preserves and devon cream, a crumpet with meyer lemon curd, fresh fruit, a petit four and tea tea biscuit.

 

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Shared between the three of us, we were table to try 6 of their sandwiches, which were: the classic cucumber & cream cheese, chicken-apple-walnut salad, smoked turkey & dijon, cream cheese & green apple, salmon mousse (which I didn’t try- due to sea food allergies), and the Bay shrimp & mayonnaise chicken asparagus. All were absolutely delicious!!

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Our selection of teas were Earl Grey, China Rose Petal and  Passion Fruit. Each of us had out own tea pot served to us, as well as a cute tea cup placed on two saucers, a provided strainer, milk and cream.

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As my friends and I enjoyed our afternoon tea, we discussed upcoming plans for the weekend. Since, I’ve been living and breathing fitness and working out – the girls agreed to join me for a Sunday morning hike. We ended our late afternoon enjoying the sweet treats on chocolate bon bons, and adoring the cute quaint decor of the tea room, we topped it with photos taken at every corner of the tea room, and outside too! Literally, the tea room is filled with tea pots, lace vintage doilies, porcelain figurines, and amazing soft prints and textures complimented with distressed mix matched furniture.

As simple as the my birthday was spent, I couldn’t have spent it any other way! Short, sweet, and surrounded by good vibes, a good atmosphere, a delightful food and tea. It doesn’t take much for me to smile, and its the littlest details that make me swoon.

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Thank you all who wished me a Happy Birthday! Turning 29 definitely as made me realize all you need is love and joy to keep on smiling. I look forward to the new year at a new age, and pushing into my 30s!!!!

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100 Yen Japanese Buys

Earlier this week I visited San Francisco’s Japantown with my family who came to visit from Fresno. Japantown is a neighborhood in the Western Addition district of San Francisco, and is about six square city blocks. It’s a great place to shop, enjoy small boutique shops, small eateries, and just indulge in Japanese culture. Since we came on a weekday, there wasn’t as many tourists as there would be on a weekend. And trust me, this place could be like Disneyland, with all the foot traffic they can get.

We first visited our favorite Japanese store Daiso. Being the from Bay Area, this is a very popular Japanese Dollar Store, also called 100-yen store. I was laughing at my mom and Aunt because, my parents have a huge Daiso just a few minutes away from their house. But their justification was that the SF location was better. Of course, I couldn’t protest against that.

Like always, in every  department store I find myself in the stationary/office accessories aisle. I’m a huge collector of note pads, journals, pencils, colored pens, and anything you could contain and organized those tools in. I’m such a huge impulse buyer on containers, or zip up pencil bags – its pretty ridiculous. If you’re familiar with Daiso, you might already know that they have an extensive selection on stationary articles; and not only that, in Daiso everything is $1.50!!! So I’m definitely in stationary heaven.

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Daiso has every kind of supplies. I love it. I could find almost everything I use, I can buy at Daiso. If you are a huge fan of the DollarTree or 99Cents Store, you’re going to love Daiso. Not only that, they carry many items from home kitchen tools, car supplies, garden tools, to gift wrap boxes, to false lashes!! So if that sounds amazing it is!!! I never ever walk into a CVS or Wallgreens ever, because of the crazy variety that Daiso offers. It’s definitely you’re convenient dollar store!

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I said, I’m a huge fan of stationary office supplies. I seriously geek off on this type of stuff. Especially if its dirt cheap!

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One of my favorite items I always get from Daiso, are these wet cotton bed q-tips. They are individual packed cotton q-tips, that are wet. I find these wet cotton buds really useful when I travel and also at the gym as I’m doing my make up. They help me clean up my cat-eye eye liner look as I do my make-up every morning. Seriously, so helpful.  It beats taking my dry regular qtip and walking from the make-up vanity to the restroom sink.Musubi Maker

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My last and final awesome buy I purchased from Daiso, is the fabulous Musubi Maker. If you’re accustomed to Hawaiian BBQ, this popular snack and lunch food in Hawaii composed of a slice of grilled Spam on top of a block of rice, wrapped together with nori dried seaweed in the tradition of Japanese omusubi.

I’ve purchased a musubi maker before from Japantown,but only preps one serving. This musubi maker can create two!!! This musubi maker helps achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort!! Seriously folks, finding this musubi maker is gold in my eyes. I’ve been struggling with finding the perfect heavy snack to provide for the boys during the baseball practice hour. This mold will help me solve that problem. Stay tuned for me spam musubi tutorial within the next week or two!

So that’s it! My Daiso haul. I typically go to Daiso a few times a month, but always for the same things. Re-stocking in false lashes, getting a few Asian snacks for the boys, or when I have the itch for some new office supplies. What are your favorite items to buy at Daiso? Let me know!!

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Time For Tea

If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Instagram, you would probably know that I am one of the MOH for my friends wedding this upcoming weekend. It is very much a huge compliment to be named one of the right-hand women. My friend evidently had chosen me because she thought of me as being organized, loyal, and reliable enough for her to trust me as her voice of reason. My job: for her to come to me in happy moments and sad.  I know the bride pretty much inside and out. I clearly know when to hold back, and when to chime in.

This past weekend we celebrated the bachelorette party. The brides sister and  also the other MOH, decided to reserve a room at Crown & Crumpet Tea Shop & Cafe in San Francisco. Right in the heart of Japantown along Post St. this tea cafe provides stylish rooms, traditional English tea salon experience, with stylish and sparkling decor.

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Above is the lower main tea area of the cafe. Walk in welcome, reservations can also be made. When we first walked in the afternoon, this place was packed! From young girls with their mothers, to teens, to older adults. To anyone who enjoys little the details, cute ambiance, and just the feeling of feeling like a princess this place is for you!

The bachelorette party was held in a private room, just up the steps from the main level. The room was decorated with vintage china plates nicely arranged on the main wall, titled “Great wall of china.” Sitting 10 ladies, ou afternoon tea began with  our dedicated Trolley Dolly host to look after our party. Served “family style” on silver three tiers with a selection of tea sandwiches and warm savories. Warm fruit scones can be served with strawberry jam, lemon curd, and clotted cream. Delish!!

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I created some festive partea favors for the ladies attending. I was inspired by Roses and Teacups‘ tea bag. Creating a tea bag party favor for guests to go home with a little something. Although you can buy tea bag favors from different places, they are easy to make. Here’s how:

Things You’ll Need:

  • Colored Organza Bags
  • Fake Spring Flowers
  • Tea Packets
  • Tea Candle
  • Chocolates
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pen/Calligraphy Pen

Tea Favors

Instructions:

  1. Purchase your organza bags, tea bags, tea lights, and any other fillers you’d like to fill and style your favor bag with.
  2. Take your washi tape and wrap around each tea light candle.
  3. Using your pen/calligraphy pen, write something such as “Time for tea, with the bride to be!” and date.
  4. Open and fill your organza bags (1Tea Packet, 1Tea Light, 2 chocolates) or anything else you plan on adding.
  5. Cut fake flowers and tape to the top of the tag.
  6. Tie tag around the bags. Style/position fake flowers.

The favors were an extra personal touch to add to our afternoon Bachelorette tea party. Although Crown & Crumpet also provided a nice goodie bag, including my custom organza favor bag was a pleasant addition, as gift from yours truly the Maid Of Honor….

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