West Coast Trip: 24 Hours in SLO

Ahh San Luis Obispo, I love you! After Toree and I trekked through Big Sur, we stopped to stay the night in SLO. I'd been dying to stay at the Madonna Inn for years, and wasn't about to pass up the chance since this was on our way to LA.  My biggest regret is that we didn't spend more …

Two Years Married

Wow - I blinked and another year has gone by! I've been feeling super nostalgic this week. Facebook reminded the other day that 10 years ago we went to prom together! I miss those days when we were still learning about each other and everything was new and exciting, but I wouldn't trade our …

What Can Designers Learn from Juicero?

By now you’ve probably seen Bloomberg’s report on the Juicero, which ousts the $400 (initially $700) wifi-enabled juicer by showing that folks can simply “squeeze the Juicero bags with your bare hands”. I can’t help but find the whole story and response hilario…

West Coast Trip: Big Sur

I'm back! So sorry for the long disappearance - I've been busy teaching Skillpop classes, attending conferences, and even helping organize FusionConf (a local design conference here in Charlotte!). I've also been busy planning my return trip to the west coast in August. I'll be heading out t…

West Coast Trip: Monterey

After a visit to see friends and tour San Francisco, Toree and I rented a car and started our way down the California coast. Our next stop was Monterey, which let me tell you is pure magic ya'll. We saw so many wild otters, seals, dolphins, and birds that I thought my heart was going to expl…

West Coast Trip: San Francisco

Alternate title: Baes in the Bay San Francisco! Somehow I grew up in California and never made it to San Francisco. After our trek from Seattle to Portland, Toree and I said goodbye to our sweet friends and hopped on a plane to SF. This was the only part of the trip we didn't actually drive…

Happy Birthday Eric!

Today my husband turns 30! I don't talk about him enough on this space, but I couldn't be more grateful to have this guy around. He's the true yin to my yang - always calming me down when I'm stressed, supporting all my endeavors and attending the events I put on (and if you know me, that's …

West Coast Trip: Portland

I realized I'm going to need to pick up the pace on these travel posts if I'm ever going to get through all my photos from 2016! Continuing on our west coast summer girl's trip, we hit Portland, OR. Portland was super hot when we arrived (almost 100 degrees), we were feeling super poor afte…

West Coast Trip: Cannon Beach

One of our must-stops on our road trip down the west coast was Cannon Beach in Oregon. We'd all seen it in movies or tv shows, so after a quick stop in Astoria, we drove down to check out this magical beach for ourselves.  I was so excited when we pulled up that I immediately started r…

2017 Resolutions

I know we're already halfway through January, but better late than never right? Every year I set some resolutions. It's a way for me to keep myself accountable for the goals I set. Last year I opted to set a one-word resolution. I thought this was a great way to go about shifting all aspect…