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hippie sunday and natural face masks

Feeling rather hippie today.  I’ve rubbed banana peel on my face, then smothered it in honey.  After an hour I washed that off and slipped some coconut oil all over then proceeded to use a netty pot, take a shot of apple cider vinegar and my daily probiotic.  Oh and I made tofu scramble for breakkie.  Get a couple downward dogs in there, order some Birkenstocks and I will have sealed the deal.  All and all I am sorta loving it.  It could be the relaxed Sunday vibes, but I dig this clean feeling. 

I must say I am really starting to swear by this banana peel honey mask thing I have got going on.  I’ve done this about 5 times now and every time I look at my face covered in this clear goop and think, I look hysterical.  Then when I get ready to go out for the day my face is glowing! I get compliments!  ME, the girl with skin problems until I was 25.  The banana apparently helps with blemishes, not sure how, but I do know honey helps reduce puffy redness and heals blemishes.  I use to slather honey on my face, years ago, before my skin cleared up and I was never sure if I saw a difference, maybe I was missing the banana.  Not sure.  All I do is 1) eat a banana, hey its good for you! 2) keep the peel  3) Rub the inside of the peel on any blemishes or all over if you so please 4) then throw that sucker in the compost bin and 5) grab some honey and rub a layer of that over where the banana goop is.  You really can’t see anything on your face except your face is a little shiny.  Note, DO ties your hair back real good because fly aways land on your honey face and its awful.  Also, if you touch your face you will get honey hands and thats, well lets just say sticky.  

My thoughts on the coconut oil: so far it was a nice feeling to put on, smooth like velvet.  I sorta think I put too much on, but I might rub it off before I go out for the day.  It’s my first day so I can’t real say yay or nay just yet.  I’ll keep this post updated. 

Anyways cheers to a happy hippie sunday!  That is enough for one day of rambles. 

Prickly pears

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Prickly pear.  Thats a one of my favorite words … or things?  I have never tasted one so I can’t say its my favorite thing, but definitely when you are feeling down try saying prickly pear with a furrowed brow.  impossible. Its IS one of my favorite things to see and I do get pretty giddy about that.  At my mom’s house on the walk to the downtown you have to walk by this old nursery and on the back side of it there is this huge mesh of cactus and prickly pear.  This happens to be right before the petting zoo, so you can imagine its a pretty good walk.  Anyways, I’ve been working on a card with a cactus so I feel like I have been really in tune with cactus images.  It’s what I call buying a car theory. When you buy a new car, you buy this car you hadn’t really thought of much, but then all of sudden you see that car EVERYWHERE.  Where was this car before, how come this car is everywhere now huh?  This theory can be applied to pretty much anything.  Once a subject is brought to your mind you see it anywhere.  I also think this applies to people.  You meet someone at a party, then you start to see them everywhere, but before then did you see them everywhere? Were they just another face of the masses?  Or now that you have met you two are in this rubber band of seeing each other.  Anyways, thats what’s happening over here with cactus, cacti, succulents and all things desert like.  So I went and got it out of my system a little.  I’ll post the final product and the source of all this cacti madness when its over.  Hopefully within the next month.

Watercolor cactus

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Cactus drawings

Oh Baby!

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Babies!  I think it has come to that point in my life where we move from everyone getting married, to everyone having babies.  I’m not complaining.  Chubby cheeks are a thing that I like to swoon over.  My sweet friend Kate is expecting in October and since I am sadly missing her baby shower next weekend, I went and delivered her gift and card.  I really couldn’t wrap my head around the whole baby card thing.  I don’t have enough experience in it and find the balance between too cute and too serious daunting.  So I went simple with watercolor lettering.  I was inspired by this post and thought I’d try it out.  It was not as water-colorey as I had hoped, but I was happy with the end result.  Even though I sadly forgot to take a picture of the final product.  Here are some in process to hold you over.

I hope to incorporate more water color in cards.  A mix of home-made with clean lettering is my goal.  We shall see if it pans out.

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Happy new baby Kate and Chris!!

Happy Places

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Not last weekend but the one before there was a whole lot happening.  I took a few days off work to squish faces with lots and lots of people.  I was hoping one of those would be Mickey Mouse.  No joke, Cassie and I hit up Disneyland and it was eeepic.  Say it like a surfer, epic man.  It really was.  I have and always will love that happy little place.  How do they do it!?  No really, how do they make everyone so happy? Cassie and I have discussed this in depth.  It’s part music, part, sunny weather, part everything is clean, part nothing is run down, part sparkle, and a whole lot of tinker bell.  Anyways, it was perfect timing for Cassie and I have to a whole day together one on one before she moves to Guatemala.  I am SO oober happy for her and so oober sad to see her move so far away.  I know I know, I will see her just the same amount, but its knowing that she is only an hour flight away that lets me sleep well at night.  I suppose I will sleep better knowing she is a happy lil camper down there in Central America.

After Disneyland I spent sometime with my half brother and sister in law Joel and Brandy.  Geez they are cute.  Plus he is a clone of my other brother Narayan.  It’s sort of a twilight zone situation when you see them together.   We had a little BBQ, mom and I made a blueberry tart, we played guitar, we hit the beach.  All in all it was a weekend for the books.  Which is why its going here.. this is the books if you didn’t already know.  Oh and I saw Emily and Megan who I have not seen in YEARs.  Boy those girls are gorgeous.  Here are way too many photos for proof of a good weekend.

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Flower Crowns

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Here it is 4th of July again, my 3rd in this great city of SF.  3rd in which we lazed about and kept it pretty low key.  Its a hard one for me to grasp.  On one hand my whole childhood is called and saying, “hullo, the beach is where its at, hot, sandy, salty water and all that watermelon.”  On the other hand, the beaches here are .. meh, foggy or “fogsey” as Kelan said it earlier.  So, we laze about and enjoy the empty city.  You know, take advantage of no line at brunch, no crowd on the street.  Tomorrow we will brunch it up in hopes that the normal hour wait is down to 15 min.   Hot dogs, corn on the cob and a big ol’ pile of green beans are whats on the menu.  

Soooo, since I don’t have any pictures of our cub-razy 4th.  I will flood you with our trip to SB a couple weekends ago.  We went, and discovered it was the Solstice festival, which was pretty rad since I’ve never had the chance to go.  Kelan and I left late Sunday, shared the drive as the other lazed and dozed about.  We ate our backyard bowls on the squirrel stairs, wore flower crowns, drank large amounts of beer, laughed our butts off, ate my favorite thai, watched Maleficent and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  

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I had confetti in my hair for three days.  I’m pretty sure there was confetti in my hair when I went to work on Monday.

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Doesn’t he look adorbs?

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On the drive home we found what I call Pelican city, which is my new favorite stop alongside the 101.  It’s pretty much home to a gabillion pelicans.  They fly in and nussle in next to all their little friends. 

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