Saturday, December 3, 2016


The holiday season is so inspiring. I am always motivated to DIY décor, decorations, gifts and more. Last year's family photo and Christmas Card (See the BLOG here) was a trip to Candyland. I had the final images printed for the house on canvas from Canvas Print Factory.

I wanted to create a real candy frame for the image and instead of spending a bundle on a framed portrait I decided to use the actual canvas frame. Use you imaginations, you don't have to have a candy themed image to create a fun DIY frame. Consider School photos, kids images, babies, parties and more.

What you need:

Various Candies (Dollar Store Acquisitions = $10)
E600 Glue (Amazon $7.50)

Each piece needs to be applied one at a time and held to the canvas for a little while. I propped up my pieces as I went with other candies. I did a side each day because it takes the E6000 24 hours to fully cure. When it does it has a solid hold so make sure your pieces are in the palaces you want!

I smashed the large lollipops on the counter and used the pieces (2 including the stick) along with sour gumballs, small gumballs, lifesavers, starburst, gingerbread cookies and a candy cane we had leftover from Kaleigh's Frozen themed birthday party.

A fabulous way to make a plain canvas custom!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Cambria Christmas Market

For the last four years our family has visited the Cambria Christmas Market to ignite the Christmas spirit for the season. Last night
we walked away in awe, full of Christmas cheer and inspired for the season. This is a destination for all ages!

There is a market with vendors in a 'Vintage German Style', Food/Drink, A spectacular light display, Santa Visit, Creative photo opportunities,

Amazing Christmas décor for purchase and unique gifts.

Every year they are adding to the market and I have to say the gorgeous shadow boxes/décor installations were my favorite addition.

I am in love with the themed décor rooms in the Nursery area of the display. We always get an ornament when we visit.

This is a MUST VISIT when coming to the Central Coast and if you love Christmas it is worth a trip here just to enjoy the market.

VISIT the WEBISTE for more info on pricing, calendar, buy tickets and more.

Tip: Try the Hot chocolate, it has a hint of cinnamon, available with or without whipped cream. AND get the roasted almonds too! You're Welcome!

Thursday, December 1, 2016


December is here and the countdown to Christmas is ON! There have been many versions of advent calendars over the years. Advent, which derives from the Latin word for coming, has been celebrated since the fourth century (source). As a child I used to receive an advent calendar on December 1st and each day I could open a tiny paper door and locate a chocolate treat as I eagerly anticipated Santa's arrival.

It has evolved since then and in my home it has took its form in Books. We are choosing 24 books that are holiday, Christmas, or winter season related. The books will be placed in a bag and one randomly selected each night to read with my children.  No candy and no wrapping paper (I have seen people with a similar idea but they are wrapping them individually and placing under the tree).  Thinking of the environment we will randomly select each title from a bag and avoid the paper.

I was able to pull 14 books from my daughters library to start us off. We will utilize the local library to borrow and access a few on her kindle, as part of our Prime subscription when we travel to Canada for holiday so we can still have our books on-the-go.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lisa's Gift Guide: 2016

Winter Scene Skirt: Unique Vintage (Reg) (Plus)

I can't even believe it is that time again. Time to deck the halls, cherish your moments with family and friends and celebrate the year behind you. It is a busy time for everyone so each year I like to offer my suggestions for gift giving to make shopping a little easier.

I do the majority of my shopping online and locally via small businesses. Here are my 2016 picks:


To Inspire:

For the writer in your life:

Your Inner Stylist:

Children's Books:

For the unique woman in your life:

EVOLUTION VINTAGE has a wide range of one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces and Vintage Clothing for every occasion (Shop this silver cocktail ring & SJP Collection "Carrie" Pumps -available in several colors and heel heights - White Satin )

PINK SUGAR CRYSTALS - This is a hand made iPhone case with my monogram but you can custom order ANY design and color combinations. She also has a wide range of pre-designed sparkly gifts! 
SJP Collection Shoes! There is literally something for EVERYONE in this collection. It is my personal favorite footwear brand as it is so diverse, modern and classic at the same time. Made in ITALY and a real investment shoe! Shop this BLUE TARTT SHOE

House Of Kat Swank - Chokers, Headdresses, Capelets, headbands and more! All Hand made and comprised primarily of vintage materials. (Styled here with Evolution Rewind Ring)


Got old photo negatives lying around? Scan them into your phone! 
This one is also on my Santa list! 

The "Polaroid" returns in this colorful Fiji Instax mini camera and accessories. Available in several colors. BUY

Sound of the Season: 

We all know and love the traditional classics. 
I always like to select something new each season. This year I chose Rita!


Inspiring words each day of the year from Dr. Wayne Dyer!

Ashley Longshore does the most amazing, unique and one-of-a-kind pop art jeweled paintings available in all sizes!
(Inquire for pricing)

Rhonna Dra
BUY (Use code: EvolutionGifts and save 15%)
Love, Gratitude and Abundance

Obviously it is the thought that counts this and all days. If you are on a budget a hand made item, letter, or piece of art/holiday ornament is more special than any gift you can purchase. Stay tuned for future DIY Holiday Gift Ideas and Step-By-Step guides!
Time is ticking ...... We are just over a month away!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Pink Holiday Style

The holiday season is here! In the US this encompasses Thanksgiving and for people in the rest of the world the halls have all ready been decked and trees ready to be trimmed for Christmas. The holidays to me mean parties, celebrations, dinners, and gatherings of all kinds, sizes and calibers.

Everyone has a certain combination of colors for their interior (and exterior) decor to reflect who they are and I would guess that the same is true for their holiday wardrobe. From casual chic to gown gorgeous you know, through color what says holidays to you.

I personally have a broader scope from the traditional red, green and gold that is typical at this time of year, even beyond silver, blue and white ... what about PINK?

It is a fabulous accent to silver and winter white and in pretty opposition to the seasons traditional fiery red. Pink is not a "traditional" holiday color or even usually part of the fall/winter color pallet but for me it is a beautiful option for holiday dressing! 

Image: Tom Fowler
Image: Tamara Wickstrom

Image: Tamara Wickstrom

Will you have a PINK Holiday Season?

Pink Sequin Nutcracker - $29.95 (Save 15% Use code MERRY15)

Friday, November 18, 2016


Moon and Me: 11/13/16

I have not even had the motivation to take to this digital space to discuss anything since election day. There are really no adequate words to express my disgust and disappointment, not just in the presidential election results but in the entire election cycle and process. It was clear after seeing what the DNC (Democratic National Committee) did to Bernie Sanders we were in trouble as a nation.

Contemplating the impact this presidency will have on my daughters (both bio and step) I really started thinking about women in general. My heart goes out to all others who are also effected, which basically is anyone who isn't a white male. 

After the gut wrenching task of telling my daughter that Donald Trump was elected president, I wrote this on my Facebook: "Kaleigh's first question this morning, Mom who won? I told her. She is expressing how I feel inside on so many levels. We will surround each other in love and hope in my home and beyond. The things no one can buy, no one can rig, cheat, control or steal from us. We will tell our daughter(s) that they do deserve equal pay for equal work even though they won't receive it in this country. We will show them, through word and deed the protection of our environment is a priority and not a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese like the president elect has stated. We will tell her that her body does not belong to the white, privileged, religious hypocrite men in power and her choices are her own. We will celebrate differences instead of mocking the disability community like the president elect has done. She will feel connection to her brothers and sisters of all races. She will practice respecting everyone's choices of beliefs and religion. She will reject the notion that women are sex objects to be grabbed, talked down to, belittled for their physical appearance as the example Mr. Trump has shown her over and over again. She will understand that HE doesn't not speak for her or represent her. But above all she will understand that LOVE does and always will TRUMP hate. In solidarity and love. L

Her reaction to the news.

It reminded me of the importance of Women's issues and the right to choose. Ani DiFranco is a singer/songwriter that I was introduced to by my best friend in University back in the early 2000's. I fell in love with her intelligent lyrics and poetry that resonated with me on several levels and continues to do so today.

During this time I am reminded of a poem of hers that was the title of her 2006 Album 'Reprieve'
I wanted to share it in hopes of inspiring some introspection about your values and what you may be willing to do to stand up for ourselves and our daughters as the Trump mess unravels over the next four years.

"Manhattan is an island
Like the women who are
Surrounded by children in the car
Surrounded by cars
Or Manhattan was a project
That projected the worst of mankind
First one and then the other
Has made its mark on my mind

It's sixty years later near the hypo-center of the a-bomb
I'm standing in the middle of Hiroshima
Watching a twisted old eucalyptus tree wave
One of the very few lives that survived and lives on
Remembering the day it was suddenly thousands of degrees
In the shade

And what all of nature gave birth to
Terror took in a blinding raid
With the kind of pain
It would take cancer so many years just to say
Oh to grow up gagged and blindfolded
A great big mans world in your little girls head
The voice of the great mother drowned out
In the constant honking haunting the accident scene up ahead
Oh to grow up hypnotized and then try to shake yourself awake
Cause you can sense what has been lost
Cause you can sense what is at stake

Yeah it took me a few years to catch on that those days I catch everyone's eye
Correspond with those nights of the month when the moon gleans like an egg in the sky
And men are using a sense they don't even know they have just to watch me walk by
And me, I'm supposed to be sensible, leave my animal outside to cry
But when all of nature conspires to make me her glorious whore
It's cause in my body I hold the secret recipe of precisely what life is for
And the patriarchy that looks to shame me for it is the same one making war
And I've said too much already but I'll tell you something more
To split yourself in two is just the most radical thing you can do
So girl if that shit ain't up to you, then you simply are not free
Cause from the sunlight on my hair to which eggs I grow to term
To the expression that I wear, all I really own is me

I mean to split yourself in two is just the most radical thing you can do
Goddess forbid that little adam should grow so jealous of eve
And in the face of the great farce of the nuclear age
Feminism ain't about equality, it's about reprieve"

Songwriters: Ani Difranco

Reprieve lyrics © A Side Music LLC D/B/A Modern Works Music Publishing

Hear her recite it