May 18, 2015

soundtrack to my life

One reason why movies are so awesome are the soundtracks. Cooking dinner in a silent kitchen in real life--kind of boring. But cooking dinner in a movie with an Italian song in the background--you're a chef and your food tastes amazing. I have legitimately always wished music would play during different scenes of my life, which is why I'm that crazy person who carries her speakers everywhere to play music on outings. This is my go-to playlist that makes me smile.

May 15, 2015

daisy fields forever

^^ Does the grass here ever not look like a Shakespeare sonnet? Everywhere we go there are endless fields of flowers. It's every child's dream for picking posies, and every hipster's dream for making flower crowns. ^^

^^ I love this photo because it is the perfect moment: sunshine, flowers, and playing under the blanket while listening to a little Joao Gilberto. I've decided movie scenes are cooler than real life because 1. They are fake; but 2. There's a soundtrack, which is why I try to take my music speakers everywhere we go so we can have our own soundtrack to life. That might be lame. Okay, it is lame. But we like it. ^^

^^ Birthday surprise to the symphony! If you are a classical music fan, go download Maurice Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite." I had never heard of it and now I can't stop listening. ^^

^^ And birthday cake for breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper, of course. ^^

May 11, 2015

heeeey brothers

I was lucky enough to have both of my brothers visit during April, and at different times so we could spread out the love!

^^ When you're 16 maybe it's not the coolest thing when your sister says "twinnsies!" and takes a pic. ^^

^^ Tide pools down south ^^

^^ This Star Wars fan was in nerd-vana at the Lucas Film building. ^^

^^ Compliment of my year: Someone thought I was this guy's younger sister, despite my brother's shock when learning I turned the old age of 29 last weekend (whoa, you're twenty-NINE?!).^^

May 6, 2015

girls weekend!

I have the best group of gal pals. We have been the best of friends since junior high and are now arranging the marriages of our children so we can all be related. During one of our group texts I asked them to come to SF and seriously ten minutes later plane tickets were bought!!! We really missed Allie, who just had an adorable baby and couldn't come, but I'm totally down with doing this again...hint, hint! We stayed up until 5 am every morning talking like we were 16 again and it was awesome, until my kids woke up at 7 am. I'm in my late 20s but I still think I'm 21, that is until I hang out with 21-year-olds (or act like I'm 21) and then I'm like, "Oh yeah, I'm almost 30." 

April 20, 2015

illustration rejects

I have FINISHED editing my very last book--hooray!!! There were, I swear, a hundred outtakes for each book and lots of illustrations were sadly cut. But I've kept them all and am posting a few of the rejects here. To see more illustrations, head over to my website,

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March 30, 2015

what's a mummsie to do

^^ When your husband goes out of town for a week, you beg your mom to come stay with you, even though she was just here a month ago. And what does she do? She flies all the way out to San Francisco to play and keep you company because she's the best mom in the world. Thank you, Mummsie, for the Japanese Tea Garden, Zazie's, walks to the Bridge, and for staying up all night with me watching Netflix. We miss you already! ^^

March 27, 2015

bermuda buttercups

^^ I do love these Bermuda Buttercups that are making the city happy, and Munchkin loved making a ladybug friend. I feel like we're living in Primavera or some setting of a Grimm fairy tale. ^^

March 26, 2015

so many things to do!

Every day I try to take the girls on an outing because there are so many things to do in this city I don't think we've even scratched the surface. I need to narrow down a bucket list--any suggestions?

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