August 30, 2012

summer in review

this is my last post in california. leaving is so bitter sweet as always. i have to say this was the longest summer of my life. in ways, it felt like years and in ways, it felt like it flew by far too fast. isn't that how summers always are though? i had such a blessed summer. i have always seen bloggers do 'year in review' posts around the new years but since i had such a long, full summer, i wanted to look back and remember some of my favorite moments and memories before i take off for new zealand. goodbye summer and goodbye america. till we meet again.

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{my churches women's retreat}

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{my best friend coming to town}

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{baking like crazy}

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{morning walks on balboa island}

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{camping (posts to come)}

surprise send-off

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a few nights ago, my best friend casey planned a surprise send off for me at habana. i was totally clueless and it was a great surprise! the food was yummy and we all had a blast! i'm so blessed to have such wonderful, thoughtful people in my life! i seriously love these girls!

August 29, 2012

life in snapshots

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{my kitchen's windowsill}

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{my friend's dog sylvia is definitely the world cutest dachshund}

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{wonderful pizza from greenleaf gourmet chop shop}

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{sleepover morning after}

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{still sad i missed the oc fair this year}

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{birthday lunch at true foods with a dear friend}

August 28, 2012

farmers market finds

here are a few of my farmers market finds i found after my trip last week. these may be the most beautiful flowers i have ever seen. the second i saw them, i knew they would be perfect for my room. i wish flowers lasted forever

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August 27, 2012

wednesday market

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i love farmers markets because they make for a wonderful combination of organic, locally grown food and beautiful flowers. the farmers market on wednesdays in santa monica is truly one of my favorite things about la. so much so that i've made over an hour and a half long trips just to go there. it is one of the biggest markets i've been to and on top of that, its great for people watching. you can always see chefs buying for their restaurants, florists with bundles of flowers and people with yoga mats grabbing produce after class. we found some yummy treats (post coming tomorrow) but the best part is experience walking around and seeing all the interesting and unusual foods, plants and other goodies. oh how i wish it was closer to home.

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August 26, 2012

we scream for ice cream

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today, i finally tried sprinkles ice cream and it lived up to, even exceeded, my expectations! i want to hug whoever came up with the brilliant idea of mixing my two favorite things: ice cream and sprinkles cupcakes. i had the butter pecan which was good but the red velvet really took the cake (pardon the pun). the shop is absolutely adorable too with thomas jefferson's ice cream recipe decorating the ceiling and a big white window seat for sitting. this ice cream, unlike sweet rose creamery, was definitely worth the trek.

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August 25, 2012

old town san juan

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san juan capistrano, california
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