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  • Taking Risks to Further Your Business + Some Custom Chalkboard Walls

    Firsts can be intimidating, especially in the realm of your small business. However, trying new things is an integral part of running a small business, and a sign of a successful one at that. We cannot assume growth if the necessary steps toward advancement are never taken. Sure, it’s easy to remain static in your business. I mean, doing what you know and what you’re good at is safe, and when we remain within the confines of this “safe zone” there is hardly any risk of failure. However, there is also no room for growth. That is why it is crucial to continue trying new things, even if they may seem rather daunting at first, because you’ll never know exactly what you’re capable of if you don’t try.

    At the beginning of November I tried something new.

  • Small Business Saturday + Some of My Fave Creatives

    We’ve all heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard about Small Business Saturday? Neither had I, until a couple of years ago—and all thanks to Instagram.

    Instagram is the social media hub of all things small business. You can find a plethora of makers, designers, letterers, photographers, bakers, and all the creatives in between struttin’ their stuff and completely rocking out their entrepreneurial roles.

    Last holiday season I began to notice a trend among the Instagram small business community. Words of “shop small” and “small biz Saturday” littered my feed like gold confetti. I was so enthralled by this concept of shopping small in order to support handmade, as well as the makers behind the product that the majority of my Christmas shopping was done from creatives I found on Instagram.

    When you “shop small” you’re not only receiving handcrafted, quality and unique pieces, you’re also supporting a small business owner so they can then support themselves and their families doing what they love. Small Business Saturday is ultimately about community and showing support for the makers and creatives out there.

    This holiday season I am still invested in the idea of shopping small because

  • Gilmore Goodies Holiday Launch

    This Thanksgiving I have a lot to be thankful for…like the GILMORE GIRLS REVIVAL!


    I started watching Gilmore Girls in high school with my momma and we quickly became obsessed. Maybe it’s because we could relate to the coffee addicted, sarcastic Lorelai, or the bookworm nature of Rory. Maybe it was the baking prowess of the sweet and humble Sookie, or the snarky nature of Emily. The rock n roll, spunky Lane perhaps? Whoever, or whatever it was, Gilmore Girls was the best thing since sliced bread in our books.

    It was our (pre-Netflix) weekly ritual—to sit curled up on the couch together, laughing, crying, and laughing some more. Repeating Lorelai’s witty exchanges to each other, her vocabulary becoming one with our own. It’s not a secret, we speak fluent Gilmore.

    We lived vicariously through these women, imagining a festive, snow-filled Christmas in the quaint, small town of Stars Hollow. Our very own Ms. Patty to learn all the town gossip from. A Kirk to amuse us with his oddities. And of course, having been of high school age while watching this show for the first time, wishing Jess was my boyfriend! (No team Dean or Logan here—sorry, not sorry.)

    Gilmore Girls was an important part of my life, and at such a pivotal time in my adolescent years. It’s one of those shows that has transcended time and, frankly, will never get old. I’ve re-watched the series (thanks Netflix!) I don’t know how many times—and I’m not even a little embarrassed about it.

    Queue another BIG “thanks Netflix!” moment…the Gilmore Girls Revival is set to air the day after Thanksgiving! I seriously can’t think of a better way to spend my post-Thanksgiving, sugar induced comma day than by lounging in pjs, sipping on coffee, munching on leftovers, and watching a reunion of the most epic proportions unfold on my screen. Minus one of my absolute favorites of course: Richard Gilmore, you will be terribly missed. Not gonna to lie, I’m already stocking up on tissues for the part of the episode.

    In celebration of this FANTASTICAL Gilmore moment, the first part of my holiday launch is, of course, Gilmore related!

    The Gilmore Goodies Holiday launch is happening TOMORROW at 6pm PST—just in time for the big Netflix reveal + Christmas shopping for those Gilmore fans out there! What will your favorite product be? Oh, and you probably won’t want to miss a certain launch day surprise… Just sayin’.

    Gilmore Girls—sure, it’s a show, but we all know it’s so much more than that—“It’s a lifestyle. It’s a religion.” Happy watching fellow Gilmoreians!



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  • Fall Traditions // My Favorite Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Festivities

    The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival has become a fall tradition, one that marks the true start of this festive season for me.

    Still in its infancy, this tradition was started only three years ago when my best friend and I decided to head out for a fall adventure. I can’t remember how we discovered the festival—my guess is that some fall spider senses were tingling—but this pumpkin celebration has easily become an October must in our books.

     

  • A Running Cycle // Why I'm Getting Into the One Thing I've Always Dreaded

    As a child I was overweight.

    When all the other kids were running rampant I was usually huddled in a corner somewhere either drawing, reading or watching TV. It's safe to say I lived for rainy day recesses at school. Why? Because, while I did (and still do) truly love these solemn activities, I was mostly just embarrassed.

    Embarrassed because I couldn't run or move as fast as the other kids, and when I tried I often got teased. I quickly learned that to avoid hurt feelings it was safer to just sit inside and build up a wall of hatred against all physical activity. This became an unhealthy cycle—I was teased for being heavy, but too embarrassed and self-conscious to be active...

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