April and Most of May: A Month in Moments

What a great couple of months I’ve been having! It’s been summer-y here in the Bay Area since February. I don’t know about you, but it feels like I overbook myself every summer. Maybe it’s the extra hours of daylight, maybe I just notice it more in the summer.

This April was great! I celebrated my birthday at the beginning of the month and got an awesome new camera. I’m still getting used to it, but I’m having a lot of fun. Most of the photos in this post were taken on the new camera.

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My mom always gets special balloons for every birthday. This year, she got me this adorable elephant and this music note.

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My sister had a “backyard-warming” party of sorts on a beautiful sunny day in San Francisco. She has been working on this backyard for a while, and I think it turned out amazing. The space is so comfortable and practical, but also totally modern and bright. The babies were mostly just interested in all the cameras around, as you can see.

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My mom also recently purchased the exact same camera I was gifted, so we took the opportunity to take them out for a spin on Memorial Day weekend. We took some photos of the charming houses in Willow Glen. Unfortunately, it was pretty bright out, so the photos didn’t turn out fantastic. Still not bad for a first try at all. Next time I’ll be sure to look for a more overcast day, or go out earlier in the day.

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We finished our expedition with lunch and frozen yogurt. I have never been to the new Stumpy’s in Willow Glen, and they have gluten free hamburger buns, so we stopped there for some burgers, fries and tots.

All in all, the last couple of months have been great. I’m so excited to keep exploring my new camera. Are any of you guys new at photography? Any tips from some more seasoned pros?

A Few of my Favorite Things: The Pizza Edition

Guys! Life is crazy! But I’m back now. Pizza is king. For this edition of my Etsy Round-Up I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite pizza related things.

Pizza phone case

This pizza phone case from TheSmallPrintCases is totally adorable and available for most iPhone and Galaxy models.

pizza temp tattoos

These temporary tattoos are so adorable! I really want to get them to use with my nephew.

pizza is power

This print is a perfect combination of two of my favorite things – Parks and Recreation and Pizza.

Pizza pillow

This handmade pizza pillow from ComfortFoodCreations is totally cute, and customizable! You can have it made with your favorite toppings.

pizza and beer cufflinks

Ok, so these cufflinks would make the cutest gift for the formal pizza lover.

stop crying pizza print

The advice here is super solid. Pizza makes everything better!

pizza amore print

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! This instant download is the perfect addition to any gallery wall.

pizza necklace

This pizza necklace is totally adorable. I actually own this, and I get so many compliments on it. See, pizza makes everyone happy!

pizza embroidery

This embroidery is the perfect combo of sassy and sweet, with just the right amount of pizza.

Pie-less Pi Day

This year for Pi Day, my good friend Kristan came over. We made a delicious quinoa salad, drank some wine and watched a bunch of One Direction music videos. I’m currently obsessed with the song Night Changes, by the way.

Ok, now that swoon time is over, let’s talk about this salad. I found this recipe for a Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry and Quinoa Chopped Salad from Gimme Some Oven on Pinterest a few months ago and have been dying to try it.

This recipe is vegan, gluten free, delicious and super simple to make. If I had it to do over again, I’d probably buy pre-shaved brussels sprouts to cut down on the prep time. Also, I’m not a huge fan of completely raw brussels sprouts, so I added the final step of sauteing the sprouts and combining all the ingredients together in the warm pan. I think this helped the flavors come together faster too. Look how beautiful it is too.

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It was such a quick, healthy, easy meal, and I’ve got leftovers to eat for lunch. I’d call that a win-win situation.