IG Summer Concert Series: Huey Lewis & the News


My family and I at the Huey Lewis & the News concert!

On August 7, my parents, brother and I visited the Orange County Fair and saw Huey Lewis and the News. They were on tour to promote their new album, Soulsville. They opened with “The Heart of Rock n’ Roll” and then, along with their backup singers, sang some songs from their new album.


Huey and his amazing backup singers.

One thing that bothered me was Huey’s attitude! He seemed annoyed to have to play all of the hits that made them famous and successful, which I didn’t appreciate. I can understand that he might be tired of playing the same songs for twenty years… but come on. Those songs are what made you famous. Be gracious about it.


See the trumpet player at the top left? He was doing that fist pumo the whole night.

Overall, we had a really good time at the concert. They even did an a Capella portion of their songs. The concert was a gift for my Dad for his birthday, and he had a good time, so that’s all that matters!

Teresa’s Baby Shower: Ready to Pop Theme

When my sister told us this past Christmas she was pregnant, my first thought was BABY SHOWER! OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration, it was probably more like HOORAY! Nevertheless, I couldn’t wait to get planning with my mom for the PERFECT baby shower.

Ready to Pop Invitation

The first thing I did was research baby shower themes. I didn’t want to do the typical pastel themed baby shower, I wanted to do something unique and different. That’s when I came across these Ready to Pop Baby Shower Invitations from CandlesandFavors.com. I loved the saturated colors and since my sister and her husband love movies and movie going, I thought it was perfect. It’s also gender neutral if your guest of honor has chosen not to find out the sex of the baby until the delivery day.

Food/Beverage table

I carried the theme into the decor of the food/beverage table in a few ways. I grabbed some yellow napkins, utensils and red plates from Target and Big Lots! that went along with the theme. I had some red party cups for beverages, which fit in perfectly with the theme. I bought a couple yards of the red and while polka dotted fabric from Joann’s and made a table runner to give it a punch of color. I really wanted red/white stripes, but I couldn’t find any, unfortunately. The fruit arrangement went in a cute red bucket found at Joann’s. I placed condiments for the popcorn bar (more on that in a minute!) in baby jars I covered with red ribbon. All of the food and beverage items were labeled with place cards that I made by mounting yellow scrapbook paper on to an existing place card, and then writing the name of the food on red ink on white index cards. A friend of Teresa’s made the gorgeous diaper cakes that went on each table as a centerpiece. Finally, we added red, white and yellow balloons for a finishing touch.

Tea sandwiches and other appetizers.

I decided to save on money and do a light lunch/appetizers rather than a full on meal. My husband is a caterer, which also helped. He made some tea sandwiches and other appetizers, as well as the fruit arrangement. Thanks to him I also didn’t have to rent any table linens, they all came from our garage.

I also came up with the idea of doing a popcorn bar to add to the light lunch offerings. I had a bowl of regular popcorn and a bowl of kettle corn, with an assortment of toppings in the baby jars with red ribbon glued around them. Condiments included kosher salt; cheddar and nacho cheddar cheese powder; red, white and yellow M&Ms; and chocolate chips. I originally planned on using these favor boxes from CandlesandFavors.com, but unfortunately I didn’t read the description closely enough. So when the boxes arrived I was surprised to find how tiny they were! Instead I went out to Target and got some of those plastic popcorn boxes from the dollar bin. Beverages were simple: water, iced tea, coke and diet coke.

Onesie table

Instead of games, I wanted to focus on activities the ladies could do during the shower, while visiting with Teresa and each other. One of the ideas we came up with was this Onesie decorating table. We supplied iron on designs, stencils and fabric markers and blank onesies and bibs and had each of the ladies decorate them. They really enjoyed it and now Teresa has PLENTY of onesies for baby!

Click each image to make it larger!

I also had a picture frame with a white mat so the guests could sign it with wishes for Mama and baby. This table also had a photo album with baby pictures of Teresa, and some assorted pictures of her husband as a baby.

Picture frame

I made little rosettes for the grandmas and guest of honor. They were really simple, actually! The rosettes came pre-assembled from Michael’s. All I had to do was attach a pin to the back and write the sentiment on a sticker and put it on the front. I also added a ribbon to the Mom-To-Be’s.

Mom-to-Be and future grandma!

After playing ONE game (it wouldn’t be a baby shower without at least one game of baby bingo, right?) and opening presents, we called it a day. My sister had a wonderful time (and got a little teary eyed when she opened the baby quilt I made for the baby) and all of the guests had a good time as well. I loved seeing everything come together and I loved how the theme carried throughout the shower!

Scarlett’s Quilt!

Right after I finished Jason Jr.’s Quilt, I had to begin on another one because my husband’s brother and his wife were expecting a baby! We were going to have a baby shower in June, so I wanted to have it ready by then.

I used the same book as before, Quilts for Baby: Easy As ABC by Ursula Reikes, but a different pattern.

Again, I went to Joann’s again to buy my fabric. I tried to get some better fabric than the last quilt, I felt like the patterns in Jason Jr.’s quilt weren’t bold enough. These were the ones I came up with:


I usually like to use flannels or equivalent for the backing on the quilts, to give it a cozier feel. For this quilt I used thinner batting, so I was able to machine quilt it rather than having to do it by hand, so the process went by a LOT quicker! I still need work on the actual quilting parts, though. They still end up a bit crooked.

The finished product:


Can you spot which of the squares was put on upside down? ๐Ÿ™‚ Despite that error, the mom-to-be loved the quilt and I hope the baby girl will too, once she is old enough!

Jason Jr.’s Quilt

Earlier this year, my husband’s cousin had a baby boy named Jason. I had been wanting to try my hand at quilting for a while, so I decided it was the perfect time to start, so I could make a gift for the baby. My husband bought me a sewing machine that previous January and I was dying to use it, this was the perfect excuse!

I went to JoAnn’s (my favorite craft store) and started in the books section. I ended up buying Quilts for Baby: Easy As ABC by Ursula Reikes. If you know a bit about sewing but nothing about quilting, like me, this is a great book to start with. It tells you everything you’ll need to quilt, and it has lots of simple starter quilts with very clear, easy to understand directions. Apparently the design I chose was one of the harder ones, but it didn’t feel like it with this book.

Fabrics I chose for the quilt.


Piecing together the squares was a bit challenging, as you can see. Not all of my blocks match up perfectly, but that’s something that comes with practice. Improved skill in cutting and sewing straight will correct those types of mistakes.


I thought my sewing machine wouldn’t be able to handle machine quilting the blanket, so I ended up quilting it by hand! You can see here in the picture that I mis-cut the backer for the quilt, so I used some scraps I had to supplement the width.

Finally the quilt is done!

The quilting lines are a bit crooked, but that can be solved by using a quilting frame that I ended up buying after this project was finished. I was pretty satisfied with the outcome, especially for my first quilt, and eager to start the next one. ๐Ÿ™‚

Two posts in one!

This doggie is a killer:

On Mother’s Day, the sibs and I went over to my mom and dad’s house for breakfast. I was dogsitting Chico at the time for Mike’s mom and dad, so I brought him, and Chris brought Lizzy over. After breakfast my dad let Lizzy and Chico out in the backyard to go potty. Chico darted for the bushes and emerged with a field mouse in his mouth. Before my dad could stop him, he ran inside the house and dropped the mouse at my feet. It was still alive and ran under the couch. Pandemonium ensues. We try to get the mouse out from under the couch, but to no avail. He has made his home under there. Eventually we send Chico in to try and scare the guy out, so we can throw him back in the backyard, but instead he catches the guy again and breaks his neck, and leaves him on the carpet and prances away proudly.

Happy mother’s day!

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Road Trip, Part Three!

(Originally, I was going to make a single post about my roadtrip, but it’s so long! I’ll split it up so it’s not so daunting. So this section is Part Three: Pictures.)

So I’m a bit of a dork. I forgot to post the pictures I took of us on that beach in Santa Barbara and also pictures on the way to Davis going over the Golden Gate bridge, but rather than adding it to the post afterwards, I decided to just make another post. So here’s pictures of us on that beach (behind the cut).

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Road Trip, Part Two!

(Originally, I was going to make a single post about my roadtrip, but it’s so long! I’ll split it up so it’s not so daunting. So this section is Part Two: San Francisco.)

UCSC was lovely, but we had to push through and continue on our journey! This time we needed to make the drive from Santa Cruz to San Francisco to say with Mirthala, my sister Teresa’s former roommate and bridesmaid. The drive was about 75.5 mi รขโ‚ฌโ€œ about 1 hour 32 mins, and we got a later start than we anticipated. By the time we got there, around 5:30 PM, Mirthala was on her way to class from work, and wouldn’t be out until around 10PM. Teresa was on her flight to Oakland from Orange County, so Brittani and I decided to walk around the neighborhood. And what a neighborhood it is! Mirthala’s apartment is a block away from the panhandle of Golden Gate Park, and about two blocks from Haight&Ashbury! It was also close to several colleges, namely University of San Francisco. We walked there, but they wouldn’t let us use their bathroom, lol. So we found a Starbucks again and chilled there for a little bit. Eventually as the afternoon wore on, I got a little chilly in my shorts and t-shirt, so we made our way back to the car so I could get a sweatshirt and then we decided to wait for Teresa in the panhandle of Golden Gate Park and read our books.

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Road Trip, Part One!

(Originally, I was going to make a single post about my roadtrip, but it’s so long! I’ll split it up so it’s not so daunting. So this section is Part One: LA to Santa Cruz.)

So far since I’ve graduated college, I’ve set out fulfilling every post-grad stereotype out there: toyed with the idea of going to graduate school, gone on a backpacking trip through Europe (although it wasn’t too successful), and gone on a road trip (which was more successful). Usually it’s a cross-country road trip, but I just went through California and frankly, I think that’s enough! Here are some pictures and summary:

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Comments now functioning.

One thing about upgrading WordPress I hate is that comments never seem to work after I’ve upgraded. that’s because for each theme you need to upload a new comments page. Well I knew all of this, I’m just a lazy sloth and never got around to it. So comments work now, you’re welcome! Now comment and tell me how much you missed me. Also I fixed smilies. It was a simple upload of my old vars.php.
So far this summer has been super busy. I have Greg’s wedding next weekend and all the prep that goes with that. I’ll be really happy when it’s over! Tomorrow is the bride’s Bachelorette party, but since I’m poor I won’t be going with them. They’re going to Disneyland, and with tickets at over $50, plus food, plus souveniers, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were over $100. I just can’t afford that right now unfortunately ๐Ÿ™

Well, my neice’s baby shower is today, so I need to get off of my dead butt and clean up a little bit. Yes, my neice is having a baby. That will make me a great aunt at 21. Help!