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Kellis Cookies chocolate

I never thought I’d be so happy to have rain and cold weather, but I am! These last few days have been wet ones – very wet! As much as I do not like to deal with it, California needs its. It makes be very happy to know our water supply is getting replenished.

With the rain comes cold weather and a lot of indoor time. One of my favorite things to make on cold rainy days is hot chocolate – Abuelita (Mexican brand) hot chocolate. I remember my mother making the same Abuelita, which means grandmother in Spanish. As a kid, we were served hot chocolate with a bolillo, a roll. Now as an adult, I get to have hot chocolate with my favorite treat – cookies!!!

Kellis Cookies

Wait, talking about cookies I have to tell you about my favorite cookies – Kelli’s Cookies! Kelli’s Cookies is a local, Roseville CA (Northern California),  small business that has been around for 16 years and is woman owned. I discovered this company a few years ago when I was looking for a nice treat for a few of my co-workers. If you live in the Sacramento area, you must visit Kelli’s Cookies located on Douglas Blvd or the Fountains in Roseville, CA. However, if you’re not a local no worries. Kelli’s delivers nationwide via Amazon!

By the way, did you know that today is National Cookie Day! What? Yeah, I didn’t know until the other day and I decided to tell you about my favorite cookies. Kelli’s Cookies has so many varieties it is difficult to pick just one (can you tell? I bought three!) Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal Raisin, Toffee Fudge, White Chocolate Mocha, Lemon Coconut, Pumpkin Pecan White Chocolate – tried them all and I’ve never been disappointed. They’re so soft and chewy, Oh my gosh, so good!

Kellis Cookies National Cookie Day

So, pick up your favorite cookies, make a nice cup of hot chocolate and enjoy NATIONAL COOKIE DAY!

Golden Gate Park 2013_03

Story Behind Foto: My favorite season is Summer! I love the weather, even though in the valley we get triple digits quite often. However, I thoroughly enjoy waking up to a bright sunny morning. My favorite time during summer is around 10:30am, it is still warm enough outside but not quite hot yet, it feels even better when there’s a slight breeze. My favorite time of the day!

When I lived in Southern California and hear the song below, I would imagine myself driving a convertible down PCH, taking-in the beautiful scenery and watching the sunset. Oh how I miss those beautiful sunsets over the ocean.

Summertime by Sublime, click here.

Hope you enjoy,


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Story Behind Foto: Recently I realized that I tend to focus too much on the future whether it is my career, mom’s health, family or relationship. I am constantly trying to figure out how to make it better, how to improve, or what is in store for me. Long story short, it is a bit exhausting and stressful!

While talking to a friend, I was reminded to “stop and smell the roses,” or in my case, relax a bit and focus on the progress I’ve made. Focus on what I have now! The conversation made me realize that if I continue to focus on what may be I am totally missing out on the NOW. I am thinking this would be a good time in my life to read, “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle.

So, let this be a reminder to us, “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha


Happy Friday! Hope you had a great week and have an even better weekend.

As I mentioned last week, Ryan and I spent time in Tahoe a few weeks ago, here is another foto from our trip.

WinterSunset 2012

Story behind foto: took the foto a few days into our trip after it had been snowing for about two days straight. We decided to put on our snow clothes, layers were necessary, and take a “walk” outside the condo where we stayed. For me it had been at least 4 years since I had seen or touched snow, to say the least I was very excited. We got in touch with our inner child and had a snowball fight; it was so much fun! Once that was over I took foto’s and here is one taken toward the end of our walk.

And if you must know… yes, we made snow angels too.


Happy New Year!!! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season surrounded by family, friends and loved ones.  The beginning of a new year always inspires me to create new memories, to grow as an individual, and to gain wisdom.  Wish you all an awesome 2013!!

Here’s the first Foto Friday of 2013:

Tahoe 2012 A

Story Behind Foto: last month Ryan, my boyfriend, and I took a trip to Tahoe, Calif. During our week stay we explored South Lake Tahoe, however, we did not ski nor snowboard because there was little snow. Because we were unable to do typical snowy weather activities we did a lot of low key type of activities such as going on walks and hanging out in the casinos. Oh, and eating a lot of pizza and locally brewed beer, yum. Moving on, on day two we took a little walk in low 30s degree weather, I understand this may be the norm for some, but for me it was super cold temperature. It was actually really nice, I went off the trail and took some amazing photos this is one of my favorites.

Have you ever been to South Lake Tahoe? If so, tell us about it.

Hope you enjoy and cheers to new beginnings.


Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to participate in a fall tradition – visiting a pumpkin patch. Lemos  farm is located in Half Moon Bay, Calif., not too far from San Francisco. The farm is ideal for little ones because it offers pony rides, it has a mini train that goes on a short ride, and there’s also a hay ride, but we were unable to make because the little ones had a melt-down. Oh, and for those who are a bit older there’s also a haunted house on-site but that was not an option for us. The farm also has goats, chickens, and a little duck pond, which make a fun feeding experience for children.

Like I said, they have a pumpkin patch and they have plenty to choose from. These pumpkins inspired today’s tutorial:

Start off by using an orange nail polish to make a semi wide line through the middle of your nail, start from the mid section to the edge. Then you will follow with two semi wide lines on each side of the middle, start a little lower so you have one tall and two shorter lines.

Then with a dotting tool (or a small fine brush) dip it in a dark color, I am using a forest green, to outline the edge of your pumpkin.

Once the outlines have been defined, add a stem on top of the taller orange line.

Now you should have something similar to this:

I added color to my other two nails without a pumpkin so I would not have naked nails. You can choose to leave then are they are or add color. Depending on how creative you want to get you can also add faces or make them with different colors, totally up to you, let your creativity flow.

Products used:

  • Mad About Mango by Revlon
  • Tough Art to Follow by Finger Paints
  • a small tip dotting tool
  • a medium tip dotting tool

Let me know if you re-create these nails.

Hope you enjoy, CAT

Story behind foto:

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending an event which took place at the California Capitol Building, in Sacramento.  The building serves as a museum and the state’s working area of the government. When visiting the Capitol you can explore the history of the state by browsing around the museum, or overlook the Senate Chamber floor during an actual proceeding.

The building is surrounded by the beautiful Capitol Park made up of gorgeous lawns, flower gardens, trees and memorials. The park measures 40 acres and it spans twelve city blocks – it is HUGE! If you ever visit the area take a walk around the Capitol Park and take-in the beauty that surrounds you.


Story behind foto: As I mentioned last week, I was in San Diego during Labor Day weekend to celebrate my birthday with friends. On Saturday morning, we decided to get a massage, which is starting to become a tradition when we get together. As we drove around the Gaslamp Quarter, we found a little massage spot called Happy Head Foot Reflexology and Massage… Yeah, we thought the same thing. At first, we were a little skeptical, but we decided to be adventurous and try it. We were so amazed by the service, Lynn, the receptionist, was so nice and helpful, and our one hour Asian Style massage was unlike anything we have ever tried. We were definitely “Happy Heads” after our massage.

After our massage, we got to know Lynn a bit and she clued us in on how the name came about and gave us a little “tour” of the place. What added to our experience were all the art pieces throughout the gallery/massage studio. Lynn, as self-proclaimed “massage addict” with a marketing/interior design/retail background decided to put it all together and create this one of a kind place. She now has two locations. If you happen to be in San Diego, go check it out and say “hello” to Lynn.


Story behind foto: I am back! These last few weeks have been quite hectic in my world, but I won’t bore you with the details. Moving on to the fun stuff, here’s a foto I took over Labor Day weekend in San Diego, Calif. where I celebrated my birthday. While I was there I realized I never visited San Diego while living in Southern California, what a shame, it truly is a beauty city.

The foto was taken while on a while on a stroll through Seaport Village, the restaurant is called Edgewater Grill and it sits directly on the water. Something about the building and the setting captured my eye and here you have it.




Griffith ObservatoryStory behind foto: Earlier this month my dad turned a whole 60 years old and we celebrated by taking a day trip to L.A. This foto was taken on one of the terraces at the Griffith Observatory in the Hollywood Hills, adjacent to the Hollywood sign. In this picture I was able to capture a a view of L.A. and a small portion of the observatory as the sun began to set. I must say, aside from the beach, the Griffith Observatory is my favorite place to catch a sunset. Not only is it the ideal place for star gazing, but you also get some gorgeous views from the Hollywood Hills to the entire city of L.A. to the ocean. If you live in Southern California or ever get the chance to visit L.A., catching a sunset and star gazing at the Griffith Observatory is a must!


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