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A Night of Fashion & Fun at Wysh Boutique for Elite Networking!

A Night of Fashion and Fun 8.23.16

I’m excited to be a part of the festivities for Elite Networking Group at Wysh Boutique in Carlsbad tonight!  I’ll be talking about my love for fashion & music, how I got started in blogging and how I incorporate it with my loving family and career.  I’ll also be putting together some of my favorite looks from Wysh Boutique!

I’ve been a part of the Elite Networking Group for over a year, and it’s a wonderful network for women who want to grow their businesses with quality referrals.  We meet monthly through events hosted by founder and The Pulse producer & host Cindy Matalucci.

Thank you Cindy for having me and I’m excited for this great night of fashion and fun!

Mighty Minis at The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum!

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My sister and I always try to take our kids out to do something fun and out-of-the-ordinary in our beautiful city of San Diego.  Every morning before work, I watch the KUSI Morning News for any hot topics, especially traffic and weather before I head out and drop off Dominic at school.  One Friday morning, I saw a news segment about The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum in Carlsbad.  Since I knew my niece Mei-Lin was going to spend the weekend, I planned a whole day around visiting the museum!  After having breakfast, we headed up to Carlsbad to check out all of the many mini machines, engines and models on display.

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Craftsman Museum Collage 1Because we were a bit late for the second of the machine shop/engine run demos (they run at 10am, noon and 2pm), the kids were given a scavenger hunt to help them really get to know what the museum has to offer.  The great thing about the scavenger hunt, was that it took us to every part of the museum, allowing us to dig into each of the displays because you just couldn’t find what you needed unless you looked at everything.  Both Mei-Lin and Dominic really got into it (and I think the clipboards made it feel official)!  We had a great time, and I took plenty of pictures, including a video of some of the mini-engines.  Cheers and have a great weekend!

The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday through Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM 

Machine Shop/Engine Run Demos at 10 AM, Noon and 2 PM each day. 

(Shoes required in machine shop)

3190 Lionshead Avenue

Carlsbad, CA 92010

Phone: 760-727-9492


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One of my favorites from the miniature houses section.  The detail is incredible.

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Check out these mini-guns.  I would love to see a demo to see how they look and sound!

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Who remembers the Erector Set?  I had one when I was little!

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London’s Tower Bridge made of match sticks!

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Even though the scale is supposed to be smaller than the real thing, the spaciousness of the museum made some of the displays feel larger than life!

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After turning in their scavenger hunt questionnaires, they received a little prize of a 3D printed simple machine.  Note: they both got all the answers right (I helped only a little bit).

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Before the final demo of the day, the kids and played games and read books & magazines until the next tour of the machine shop was ready to begin.

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In the shop, we got to see the “Do Nothing Machine”.  It is literally a mechanism that runs to do…nothing!

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Dave Belt, the shop craftsman, gave several demonstrations of engines and simple machines.  In addition to the live demo by Dave, they also run the machines right outside of the shop.  I took a video below.

Absolutely Fabulous: The 2014 San Diego County Fair

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It’s that time of year again for The San Diego County Fair, and this year’s theme was called “The Fab Fair” featuring all things Beatles.  Of course that made me happy because it meant lots of British references, and I’m all about anything that brings me closer to the UK!  It took two days with my family and one day with a friend/co-worker to get through the San Diego Fair this year.  As it happens every year, we were able to partake in the sights, sounds, rides, games and of course the fab food.  Next year, I’m going to take my family on a Tuesday to take advantage of “Taste of the Fair”, where some food vendors offer a sample portion of one of their menu items for just $2, which is worth the price of admission itself!  I spent just $10 on food that day and was able to sample five different items.  I hope the pictures speak for themselves of what a great time we had at this year’s fair.  The San Diego County Fair is open until July 6th, 2014, which gives you just a few more days to enjoy one of San Diego’s finest traditions, including the 4th of July!

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Inside “The Fab Fair Experience”.  It was a wonderful, musical feast for all of the senses.

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This was an awesome interactive display of Abbey Road!

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Old school records, speakers and a display on how records are made.  So nice to give the younger generation a wonderful musical education!

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“A Hard Day’s Night” is one of my favorite Beatles albums.

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One day, we will take Dominic to England to experience everything my husband and I have.  I know he’ll love it! (Crossbody purse by Bagjunki)

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Food and fun await!

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My boys at The Transformers display through Chevrolet.  Bumblebee has always been my favorite.

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My hubby is so happy to know our boy is growing up a daredevil and will ride pretty much anything with him!

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Dominic said, “Dada, help me kill zombies!”

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Our little snake charmer!

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Prizes we won each other: Deon won Dominic the minion, Dominic won me the donut, and I won the “Coon-munk” for Deon (we didn’t know what to call that cute cross between a raccoon and chipmunk)!

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Dominic was ready to try some awesome fair food…

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But none of us were brave enough to try the Triple Decker Krispy Kreme burger!

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My first two dishes of the day: Deep Fried Cream Cheese with sweet chilli sauce and a Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese Melt.  The deep fried cream cheese was fantastic and everything I hoped it would be, but the pulled pork sandwich left much to be desired.  Oh how I wanted it to be good!

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Next on the menu: Deep Fried Birthday Cake and the Spaghetti & Meatball Sandwich.  The spaghetti sandwich was quite good.  I think I was hoping the deep fried birthday cake was a cake pop dipped in batter and deep fried…hmmm, maybe a new recipe I should try out?


Weekend in Pictures: Easter 2014

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I’m putting together a post about our Record Store Day adventures from this past Saturday, which will be posted later this week (I’m so very excited to share my vinyl treasures with all of you).  In the meantime, here are some Easter pictures, both from our family get together on Easter, and a few of my niece’s Easter outfit.  Honorable mention goes to one of my cousins who made those “Peep Pops” in that top picture (don’t know who made them).  Hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Easter weekend!

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Getting ready for the egg hunt!

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Mei-Lin used The Beatles bag I got for her from Record Store Day to collect her egg hunting treasures.

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Dominic paused for just a bit before grabbing more eggs (wearing H&M shirt & sneakers, Zara hat).

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Quite the haul!

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Mei Easter Outfit CollageMei-Lin’s Easter outfit for her picture with the Easter Bunny.  I’m telling you, she’s a natural for a future blogger!

(All pictures of Mei-Lin were taken or provided by Rholnna Jiao.)

A F.A.V. Event (fashion art vino & beer) at emma jane’s La Jolla Store Tonight!

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Make the most of the middle of your week!  emma jane would like to extend an invitation to Any Second Now readers to a fashionably fun evening.  They will be hosting a F.A.V. Event (fashion art vino & beer) tonight (October 23rd) from 7-10 p.m. at their La Jolla store location.  Enjoy fashion, art, local craft beer and wine tastings to beats by DJ Seth Collins. Live paintings and pieces by will be on display by featured artists Annie Hardy, Rob Piper and Alex Avila.