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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Savvy Savvings: Closet Tweak Party

About two times a year I go through a stage where I need change and therefore declare, "Everything must go!" I used this philosophy especially when it came to my closet and getting rid of tons of clothes, most of which were recent additions. It may seem like an excellent 'cleansing' experience, but my compulsive habit was getting to be expensive and just compulsive.

So, this Savvy Savvings is dedicated to an alternative way of attaining change, but by honoring thou’s Big Greens- money and the environment.

Problem: Sometimes we get stuck on what tops, bottoms or accessories go together in our existing wardrobe, probably because it's convenient and laziness- both of which add up to a mind block.

Solution: Closet Tweak Party!! Invite your best friends over (the ones that are fashion forward and will tell you the truth) and have a "Closet Tweak" party. Essentially, you buy the beverages, pull out all of your clothes and in exchange for cocktails, have your friends help you put together new outfits with your existing clothes and accessories (be sure to wear your best underwear and bra for the evening because you will be trying on lots of clothes!). Not only will you become reacquainted with what's in your closet, but you will have a fresh outlook and new ensembles to strut! Who knew that blouse could be coordinated into 5 other outfits!! Some wardrobe items may fall victim and banished to the 'Don't Ever Wear That Again or Be Seen in Public with Me and Donate That Now' pile, but others might just need a little TLC for some 'Mending’s or Alterations'. A new organized closet and all it cost was a few mixed up drinks and time with your besties (who may have scored a few items from your closet too)! As well, you did right by the planet and used what you had.

Bravo- Savvy Savvings!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monterey Bay Aquarium

I just got back from an amazing weekend getaway to Monterey, California. There was so much to do in this fabulous town, but one of the biggest "do not miss" spots is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Located right on the ocean in the famous Cannery Row, the aquarium is truly sublime. From the Jellyfish, sharks, penguins to the seahorses- you can see an abundant amount of creatures from the deep big blue ocean.

They had great and perfectly orchestrated feedings where you can see the fish and animals go wild in their habitat for a bit a squid pieces and sardines. The presentations were truly informative and well worth the watch. The museum had loads of information and opportunities to get hands on with learning about all different types of species. They also had knowledgeable staff that were strategically located within each exhibit, so you could ask as many questions as your heart desired.
The Jellies were mesmerizing to watch, they just floated through the water with ease and grace. They came in all shapes, colors and sizes too! I never knew some grew to be bigger than humans or could be as small as a pin head! They were truly beautiful to observe.

The Seahorses were my favorite. To be able to see these amazing little fellows was pure magic. They looked liked something that came straight put of a fairytale book. Did you know that the males have the babies? Talk about defying gender rules! They also mate for life!! A lady seahorse has some pretty great perks!

The Monterey By Aquarium is a wonderful place to bring your kiddos- it'll be sure to entertain for hours! There are great little spots all over to bring a picnic and sit outside or inside for a snack or lunch. There are also a lot of photo ops- so if you need a great family portrait or that Christmas card photo- the aquarium has lots of places to snap a great shot. A quick tip- bring or rent bikes. The parking can be tricky and rolling in on two wheels is not only cheaper but also much easier to land for the day.

This aquarium gets 5 Gold Starfish in my book!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

She's Powered by Sprinkles, Peace and Bike Grease!

I just picked up a copy of this month's Sacramento Magazine featuring "The 2012 Best of Sacramento." ( As a new resident of Sacramento, I enjoy reading about the winners of these kind of community contests because it makes me feel like I'm in the know on the hot spots that this town offers. As I was thumbing through, I stumbled upon the page featuring "Best Creamy Treat" which went to Rachel Sprinkle-Strong for her POPCYCLE CREAMERY. I was thrilled because I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel back in September when her popsicle stand on wheels was parked in front of the Ella K. McClatchy Library for the Sacramento Old City Association Home Tour which featured seven homes in the Poverty Ridge Neighborhood. I tried the diary free Coconut Curry pop and it was delightful. Though the flavors may seem like an odd combination for a sweet treat, it was a brilliant pairing and truly delicious. When I checked out the Popcycle Creamery's website,, and read through the other flavor offerings, I was definitely intrigued by the Brown Butter Brickle, Strawberry Candied Jalapeno and the Track 7 Soulman Stout flavors, amongst a plethora of others . I can't wait to run into the Popcycle lady again and try another flavor. I did read that she makes special flavors upon request, which sounds like a great way to make any party, wedding, or big event more special. Bravo to Rachel and her sweet treats for her win and my complements to the chef!