Sunny Warm Weather + Giveaway Winners!

Hi friends!  Sorry if I’ve been MIA lately but it’s been a crazy busy week in sunny California.  Well I can’t complain because I did get to spend part of my day yesterday working outside, that was NICE.  On the first day of my trip out here, I had a blogger meet-up!!  Am I like the queen of blogger meet-ups (and giveaways) or what? The ever sweet Lillian of Unstitched picked me up and we headed to Pasadena to an awesome Thai restaurant called Daisy Mint.  I had my staple Pad Thai and mmm mmmm was it good!  Lillian and I actually have  A LOT in common especially because we’re both Taiwanese!  🙂  We reminisced all the fun things to do in Taiwan, she gave me an Alt Summit recap, we talked about our wonderful mutual blogging friends (Piper, Janie, Brandi, Danni, did your ears itch? ;)), and just talked about how great the blogging community really is!  Thanks so much for taking the time to meet up with me, Lillian!  Next time, we’ll go get some of that bubble tea you raved to me about! 🙂  And if you haven’t checked out her blog, you should, it’s full of beautiful inspirations and sprinkles of her life!  Here we are~

On Tuesday, I went out for dinner with some old friends and we had one of my favorite foods, soup dumplings, or xiao long bao or XLB as some call it.  And then, I had an assortment of frozen yogurt at Yogurtland, have I told you how much I love fro-yo?  If you didn’t know, now you know.  Afterwards, we played a few rounds of Dominion and I learned a new card game called Bang (it’s like the game Mafia, but with cards), pretty fun!  On Wednesday night I hung out with my coworkers in Pasadena and spent a good amount of the time driving around the Rose Bowl and gawking at all the huge mansions over there.

Well I still have a few more days here in sunny California where I’ll be hanging out with family and friends.  I’m pretty sure you know how much I ADORE my nephew, I just can’t wait to pinch his cheeks, I’m SUCH a great aunt!  😉  The weirdest thing about being here is that it is literally 60 degrees warmer here than back home, oh can I just move here now?

And last, but not least… I have a few GIVEAWAY WINNERS to announce!  I know, you’ve all been dying to know, so here goes!!

Giveaway – Gracie Bella Butterfly

The winner of your choice of headband, a pair of earrings, and note card set from Gracie Bella Butterfly is Jill of Cornflake Dreams!


Giveaway – Lemon and Lavender

The winner of 1 “I love you” greeting card folded 3.5×5.0, 10 mini valentines with #1 mini envelopes in strawberry, 25 custom note cards printed on recycled kraft paper with coordinating peacock envelopes from Lemon and Lavender is Somer of Knit-O-Matic!


Giveaway – Eclectic Whatnot

The winner of $25 shop credit to Eclectic Whatnot’s camera strap shop is Jihee from The Soaktree!


Giveaway – Ahoy! Graphics

The winner of $30 credit to the Ahoy! Shop good for any one A La Carte custom design or can be placed towards total purchase is Karen from Believe it and Be Satisfied!

Congrats!! Winners, please send me an email at and I’ll get you in touch with the sponsors! 🙂 And I’d just like to send a huge virtual *bear hug* over to these wonderful sponsors who have offered to give away things for FREE, people, FREE!  They are the best!


  1. January 27, 2011 / 1:51 am

    It was SO awesome meeting up with you, Sandy!! 🙂 We’ll meet up again soon, for sure! We have lots in common – it was so much fun chatting with you. 🙂 Talk again soon!! 😉

  2. January 27, 2011 / 2:26 am

    Aww!! You were in LA again?! Lucky.. I hear its been summer-like there already. I used to go to Daisy Mint- yum!

  3. January 27, 2011 / 3:35 am

    What a cute picture of you guys!! Glad you are having all kinds of fun 🙂

  4. January 27, 2011 / 5:27 am

    yes, you are the queen of blogger meet ups which is so cool! glad you are having a great time in LA!

  5. January 27, 2011 / 6:20 am

    a) YAY!!!! I e-mailed you! So very excited!

    b) I totally miss living in So Cal. Used to live in the Valley for a while then in Thousand Oaks. As for Fro Yo, I miss Pinkberry with an undying passion. I may or may not have dragged my husband out of our way in NYC to get some of my beloved Pinkberry last summer. I wish it would come to Tulsa. I also miss the food and the weather.

  6. January 27, 2011 / 6:54 am

    congrats to all the winners 🙂 enjoy CA!

  7. January 27, 2011 / 7:11 am

    I love blogger meetups! I’ve met so many of my favorite girls in the last few months 🙂

  8. January 27, 2011 / 7:16 am

    What a great picture of you two! Beautiful! Congrats to all of the winners!!

  9. January 27, 2011 / 7:41 am

    Sandy, I’m so thrilled you and Lillian got to meet! I’m just jealous that I couldn’t be there to join the two of you. And isn’t the weather down here fantastic? It’s going to be hard for me to leave when that time comes…

  10. January 27, 2011 / 8:06 am

    You certainly do bring our blogging community together! I don’t know how you do it all.

    certainly amazing!


  11. January 27, 2011 / 8:46 am

    Omg!!!! Yay!!!!! 😀 I’m so excited!!!! Ahhh!!!! What a great start of my day hehe

  12. January 27, 2011 / 8:50 am

    I’m so jealous that you’re in california in that warm weather. Do you have a count on how many blogger friends you’ve met up with yet? Have fun with your nephew today. Spoil him silly!

  13. January 27, 2011 / 9:03 am

    YAHhhh!!!! this just MADE my day! thank you So much! im super excited 🙂 xoxo jcd

    ps thanks for entering in my giveaway too– good luck!

  14. January 27, 2011 / 10:13 am

    Yay for blog get togethers, they are so much fun! I need to meet up with some blog friends soon!

    Congrats to the winners!

  15. January 27, 2011 / 10:41 am

    FUN!!!!! Love Froyo! Congrats to the winners!

  16. January 27, 2011 / 10:55 am

    glad to hear you’re having a great time here! the weather is the best, isn’t it. you’re so lucky to have met up with so many bloggers recently, and you’ve motivated me to try and do the same 🙂

  17. January 27, 2011 / 11:10 am

    Gld your loving LA.
    I would nvr movie from LA. I love it too much!
    I love Pasadena! Especially old town!
    Visit Colorado street if you haven’t already 🙂

    Aww I should be at the next LA blogger meet up!

    Enjoy your vacation!

  18. January 27, 2011 / 11:52 am

    LA is so fun to visit, especially this time of year! I live in San Diego and it’s surprisingly gorgeous in January with very few tourists!

  19. Nani
    January 27, 2011 / 1:02 pm

    wow you have been busy but it also looks like you have been having a great time! cannot wait to see recaps!~

  20. January 27, 2011 / 1:27 pm

    Yuummmmm soup dumplings. Please don’t mention such delicious things when I haven’t had lunch yet! Please please I want more recipes though!
    Wearing It On My Sleeves

  21. January 27, 2011 / 1:40 pm

    you have met so many bloggers!! hope you’re having a lovely trip out there! my parents just got back from LA with LOTS of goodies 😀 eat up!

  22. January 27, 2011 / 3:35 pm

    I love Daisy Mint!! It’s our go-to place actually. Love the decor in there too, very vintage chic.

  23. January 27, 2011 / 3:41 pm

    omg! i had no idea you were in california!
    i wish i didn’t have to work this week so we could meet up >_<

    hope you enjoy yourself out here!!


  24. January 27, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    yay for blog meet-ups! and yay for sunny CA!!!
    have so much fun, dear friend!!! 🙂

  25. January 27, 2011 / 7:17 pm

    Hey, you were pretty close to us! We have been having fabulous weather lately. We actually went down to visit my brother in orange county. We also had a bunch of different Asian cuisines (we don’t have a very good selection or very many where we live). Got my fill of Korean BBQ, Chinese food and chinese pastries.

  26. January 27, 2011 / 10:31 pm

    I am so jealous of all of your meet ups! Have a wonderful rest of your trip!

  27. January 27, 2011 / 11:56 pm

    Such a cute pic of the two of you! Looks like you all had a lot of fun!! 🙂

  28. January 28, 2011 / 2:50 pm

    Ahhhh! Now I’m the jealous one! I met Lillian at Alt and I think she is so nice and precious. I’m sure you guys had a great time together. When will it be your turn to go to TEXAS! It’s like 40 to 50 degrees warmer than KC!

  29. January 29, 2011 / 9:59 am

    lucky!! i would oh-so-love to be in california right now. i am so ready for a vacation from this freezing weather!! savor the rest of your time there! that pad thai is making me hungry… loooove pad thai!

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