Happy Birthday to my Husband, Peabe

Happy, happy birthday to my husband, Peabe. I’m not as good as him when writing about our relationship, which is kinda the opposite from having this blog I guess.  Some things I just keep closer to my heart, for sure.  Just because I don’t mention him too much on here or my social channels, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t mean that he is less important, less admired, or less appreciated. We love him very much.

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Raising Kids to be Socially Conscious

Evie was about 1 year and 9 months when she first saw Black Lives Matter run through downtown Seattle on Black Friday. She was with us in a hotel lobby when we first saw news of the Baton Rouge shooting at 4 years old. It all seems like a little much for a little person to understand, but can you get in front of it all for them?  How can I as a parent keep open lines of communication for her to ask me about it without giving her more than what her little mind can take? There are many reasons that my husband and I support the Black Lives Matter movement.  This is NOT saying we don’t care about ‘All Lives…’ or even ‘Blue Lives…’, but that we understand there is a systemic injustice in the world and right now that has been around for a long time and it’s […]

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5 Things Kids Learn with Tea Parties

Evie’s godmother wanted to take us out to have afternoon tea on a warm Sunday afternoon, and I think I was actually more excited than her.  Of course I would have jumped at the opportunity just thinking about it  and remembering playing tea party as a child. As a 4-year old, Evie has her own tea set and does play tea parties as well.  Her tea set is actually a mismatched set of ultra frilly or super unique cups and saucers that I had collected through garage sales and second hand stores.  I have been collecting this antique set for her since she was born, knowing that one day I would be able to play tea party with her. She sets up her stuffed animals and plays tea party, completely making up the dialog between the friends and answering herself.  (Something she has gotten pretty good at as an only child.) […]

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Celebrating a Rad Dad out in Central California

To celebrate Father’s Day this year, we decided to once again celebrate it out in nature on a camping getaway.  Mother’s Day was pretty amazing and I think my husband, Peabe, was feeling like we could do something similar for his holiday. We spent 2 nights out in Santa Margarita Lake, an area that we had never camped at previously but are somewhat familiar with the area.  His last birthday we took a train out to the central area of California to do some exploring in San Luis Obispo, and he loved it.  We’ve also been around Paso Robles a couple times from everything from RV-ing to wine tasting. A couple friends joined us to really make the whole experience fun and we all had a great time camping, hiking, swimming, beer tasting, and eating through the weekend.  I was also lucky enough to have my brother join us for […]

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Sharing Daddy Daughter Pandesal

In honor of Father’s Day, I thought I would share a special recipe that has a lot of daddy attachment to it.  Last December, Evie had her first trip to the Philippines, and one of her favorite memories there was the freshly baked sweet bread rolls called pandesal.  My dad (her Papa Benny) would make a special trip to his favorite bakery every morning to satisfy Evie’s craving. Once back in the states, Evie was constantly talking about it, she would go to sleep and wake up talking about them.  Being the superhero he always is for her, my husband Peabe (who doesn’t usually bake) decided to try to help her learn how to make them.  He looked up different recipes online and had a good two months just experimenting on different rolls, until he deducted his own winning recipe. Peabe and Evie rolling out some of their first batches. It […]

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Happy Birthday to my Dad

April 12th has always been a date that keeps popping up in my life.  It started off as my dad’s birthday.  Then as I got older, it became the age on my first fake ID.  Once I became of age, I met someone who would become a very good friend and roommate.  This friend, Jennie, also shared the same birthday.  Some of our best friends, Jessie and Grizz, also got married on this day. This year, I will be in Thailand, and scheduled to be washing baby elephants today.  I can’t help but think the universe has me tied to this date somehow. In either case, I wanted to wish the first man in my life a very happy and healthy year.  He’s been retired for some time now, and living most of his life in the Philippines, so I barely get to see him.  We haven’t always gotten along… but […]

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Being an Entrepreneurial Designer, Creative Director, and Blogger, While Also Having a Family: Interview of My Husband, Peabe

Until now, I haven’t said too much about my other half.  Instead of writing about him, I thought I would take the opportunity to interview him.  This designer and illustrator has been blogging for years on the side of regular creative positions within companies, as well as his own project enterprises.  On top of all of that, he makes time to be an amazing partner in life and an equally amazing father. 1. Why don’t we start with telling the readers what you are currently doing in the world as a designer and illustrator. That was a nice intro =). On top of my 9-5 as an Associate Art Director at Pandora, I’ve been really enjoying doing a lot of illustration work as of late. I’ve translated a lot of my current work into pins, prints, patches, & stickers.  The illustration has been a nice and fun escape from the […]

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