Friday, August 31, 2018

Fluttering for Unravel Cancer Year 5

For the last 4 years, my family and I have been Fluttering with Unravel Pediatric Cancer for Childhood Cancer Awareness.  For 4 years, we drove from house to house every single day of Sept to spread awareness to single families in hopes that they would spread awareness to their friends.  For 4 years, we've had a small event called Fluttering the Community which slowly grew but still only reached less than 100 people.  This year is the year we reformat.  Over the last 2.5 years, I have grown my social media to try reach local people (follow me on Instagram please!)  This year is the year we combine these two passions.



This year, we've decided to do FIVE Fluttering the Community events to celebrate year FIVE!  Come to one, come to all, just please come!  At each event, our partners will be donating a portion of the proceeds of their sales to Unravel.  Our family will be doing what we call a "pop-up" at each place.  We will come for a couple hours, bring some decorations, hang out, and collect any cash donations.

CASH DONATIONS WILL BE MATCHED 200% THIS YEAR!  Sorry I had to shout.  I'm so excited that my husband's employee matching program has increased the amount that they match!  If I donate $1, they will donate $2 making the total $3!  If you have change laying around, please bring it on over and let's make a HUGE impact on finding a cure to cancer!

Are you ready to find out the event dates and times?!

Part 1 -
Sept 8
The Big Boba Theory Elk Grove
~ Pop-up from 1-3pm.
~ The Big Boba Theory will be donating 50% of the proceeds for ALL drinks purchased that day to Unravel Pediatric Cancer.  They will also have a special drink designed for Elayna from Team Elayna.

Elayna Sandeen forever 9


Part 2 -
Sept 15
Boy's Bakery at The Kitchen Table in East Sac
~ Pop-up from 11am-1pm.
~ Boy's Bakery will be donating a portion of the proceeds from all items sold that day to Unravel.  He WILL SELL OUT so get there early please.  He's also making a specialty flavor for the event.  He will only be there until 12pm.
~ The Kitchen Table will also be donating a portion of the proceeds of their sales from the whole day to Unravel!

Part 3 -
Sept 22
Flatland Brewing Elk Grove
~ Pop-up 12pm-2pm.
~ Flatland brewed us a special beer inspired by Unravel's logo of "knowledge is like glitter, it sticks to you."  It is called Not All That Glitters... and is an easy drinking Pilsner with a touch of blood orange juice and edible glitter.  Flatland will be donating $1/beer until they run out of the beer.
~ I'm currently looking for a truck to serve lunch, hopefully that happens.

Jennifer Lynn Kranz forever 6


Part 4 -
Sept 26
Journey to the Dumpling Elk Grove
~ Pop-up 11am-1pm.
~ Journey to the Dumpling will be donating proceeds from 11am-3pm for everyone who comes in with the flier or shows it on their phone.

Part 5 -
Sept 29
Old Town Pizza and Taphouse Elk Grove
~ End of the month PIZZA party from 12pm-2pm!  Old Town Pizza will donate a portion of the proceeds from everyone who shows the flier.


I hope to see you all at one of these events!  I think it will be a fantastic time!  If you cannot attend and would like to donate online (online donations will not be matched), please do so at this link: https://fundraise-2-unravel.everydayhero.com/us/newell-family




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Friday, August 3, 2018

Introducing: Sacramento Body Positivity Collective (SacBoPoCo)

Something has been bubbling inside of me for a long time and I honestly don't know why it's taken me so long to act on it.  They say to "be who you needed as a child."  While I try to integrate that into my everyday life, I feel like I wasn't doing enough.  That changes today.



I'm launching a new project called Sacramento Body Positivity Collective (SacBoPoCo.)   The goal is to create a community that celebrates ALL BODIES.  Inspiration will be for everyone, worldwide, but I hope to have meet ups locally in Sacramento.  I want to create a safe space where people can talk about their body, their insecurities, and also share their wins.

My Why

Being a blogger and being someone in the media puts me in a lot of different places literally.  I go to events and I hope to find another bigger person to relate to.  I look on social media for camaraderie and it feels like all I see are "the beautiful people."  (Yes, I know that all people are beautiful in their own way but mind meld with me for a bit.)  My feed is full of what I call commercial beauty or society approved beauty.  And let me tell you, I love each and every one of my commercially beautiful friends with all my heart.  But it makes me feel so incredibly alone.

Being a fat Asian woman is already hard because of the stereotypes that Asian women should be small, demure, fair skinned, etc... Obviously, I am no Asian stereotype.  But increasingly, the more I look, the more I cannot find people like me.  Plus sized brands don't have Asian models.  Even when they are brands that share social media pictures from customers, I don't see plus sized Asian women.  It is hard to have no one to relate to.

Who is this for?

SacBoPoCo is NOT only for plus sized people.  I just wanted to share with you the feeling that sparked this movement.  And I NEVER want you to feel it for yourself.

At SacBoPoCo, I will be featuring all different people.  People of different sizes, shapes, color, ages, abilities, medical conditions, personal style, etc... And by feature, I mean, I want to share not only their pictures but also glean wisdom from them.  I want to talk about the postpartum body, the breastfeeding body, the dealing with chronic disease body, the life after cancer body, and so much more.

I want to talk to everyone who wants to talk to me.  I want to share stories that will inspire people to love their bodies even though they aren't what society thinks of as "perfect."  I want people to know that it's ok to love yourself in the process of getting to where you want to be.  And mostly, I want people to know that they are not alone.

How can you join?

Easy peasy!  You can follow along with SacBoPoCo on Instagram to see all the inspiration.  You can use #sacbopoco to join the community when you post about your own body positivity.  You can join the conversation in the SacBoPoCo Facebook group.  Again, while meet ups will be local, anyone can join the group for chatting and friendship.  All the online stuff is free.  I'm not sure about the meet ups yet since I'm not sure if I'll need to rent a space.



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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Summerland 2018 at Park Winters Recap (Photo Heavy)


I was lucky enough to be invited to the most dreamy, wonderful event called Summerland at Park Winters on June 28.  Today, I'm writing a recap and sharing some pretty pictures with you.  I had heard of Park Winters before but had never visited.  Do not make the same mistake I made!  This place is nothing short of magical and you need to get over there as soon as you can!  Park Winters is known for being a wedding and event venue but they also have a bed and breakfast as well as a Farm Dinner several times a month.

Summerland was an amazing event filled with gorgeous vignettes all over the property and different events throughout the day.  I'm just going to go through the day chronologically with you because that's how it makes the most sense in my head.  Also, I will be sharing my photos and photos of me.  I will link you to a place to see more photos at the end.


Park Winters is about an hour drive from where I live.  The property is stunning!  Upon walking in from the parking lot, you are transported to a different world of lush green gorgeousness.  I will admit, I walked in the wrong way and missed the sign in table but I found it later.




However, I was a lovely pink tent of flowers and balloons and my feet just took me over there.  Somehow I ended up in the Rose tent first off.  I guess the heart wants what the heart wants.  And while I was there I figured it would be rude to turn down the drinks.






Me and my amazing friend Sadye of Lovely Splendid Happy


Then we wandered over to the pool area to check it out.  We chatted with some friends and hung out a bit.

#Theodoor

Dress from Torrid (hello, please sponsor me, lol.)

It's like they designed this for me!

Then we heard a lovely speech from Rafael Galiano, owner of Park Winters.  He's the most lovely man!  (I was so busy listening to him that I forgot to take a picture of him.)  He said he put together the whole event because following bloggers like Sassy Red Lipstick and Wannabe Fashion Blogger gave him so much joy.  He wanted a place where we could meet, have a great time, and foster relationships.  I could not be more grateful to have been invited especially after hearing the why!  I love building community and making new friends!

I met Sarah Tripp aka Sassy Red Lipstick!!!  Then I fainted!  Not really but almost.

Rafael also told us to explore the property.  Now if there's one thing you need to know about my husband it is that if you tell him there's exploring to be done, he will explore it.




I love Poppy and Oak gift crates!   

Lunch from Nugget Markets

Then we headed into the main building at The Inn at Park Winters which has 4 suites.  There were people staying in the suites so we didn't explore them but we did get to see the lovely downstairs of the bed and breakfast.

Top from Torrid, Shorts from The Pomegranate Boutique

We found a sweet surprise inside The Inn!  Sacramento chocolatier Ginger Elizabeth was inside setting up a display, a flat lay, and a chocolate tasting.



After cooling off at the chocolate tasting, we went to explore the property.

Original Foreman's Quarters

Original Foreman's Quarters inside where they have bouquets from the weddings that they've had.

My new friend Kevin that I met at the Red Barn

The Chicken Palace

My hubby on the seesaw because why not?


Took a moment to enjoy nature

They had so many beautiful artichokes!

We climbed all the way into the Fig Forest and I had to try a fresh fig right off the tree.

When we got back to the main area, we found even more amazing things to experience!

Wine tasting
The Meltdown Ice Cream Truck
Dress from The Pomegranate Boutique 
Cocktail hour with passed appetizers

Then we got to experience a dinner at Park Winters.  I've had several friends tell me about the amazing dinners at Park Winters and I was so excited to try it!  It was everything they said it would be and more!  Every single thing was absolutely delicious!


Watermelon salad

Bread with olive butter

Steelhead Trout
Elderberry dessert 

Then we took a couple parting photos in the Golden Hour light before heading home.  (I will save most of those for my Instagram since this post has SO many pictures in it already.)

Me with Sadye, Ruthie Ridley, and Candice Stubblefield who are just the nicest, loveliest bloggers.
Thank you Suha Musallam for taking this photo!
On the way home, I couldn't help myself.


I cannot explain to you how lucky I feel to be invited to such an amazing event!  Every single detail of this event and Park Winters is literally out of a dream!  I was so overwhelmed by the beauty that I forgot to take pictures of a lot of things.  (If you want to see a lot of really beautiful photos and an amazing recap, check out my friend Katrina's blog post.)

I didn't know where life was going to take me when I switched from DIY blogging to Lifestyle blogging.  I mostly did it because I couldn't manage to create projects anymore but I just loved and missed blogging so much.  I never in my wildest dreams thought it would take me to the most beautiful places I've ever seen and meet the most amazing people!  I'm so grateful and humbled!  



Here is a list of the vendors and their social media handles typed out by the remarkable Katrina.  Used with permission.  

WINE TASTING AND FOOD // Bailarin Cellars Wine Tasting @bailarincellars Berryessa Gap Wine Tasting @berryessagapvineyards Ginger Elizabeth Chocolate Chocolate Tasting@gingerelizabeth Honig Vineyard & Winery Wine Tasting @honigwine Insight Coffee Roasters Coffee @insightcoffee Nugget Markets Lunch Caterer @nuggetmarkets PURE Honey Honey Stand @purehoneyca Sun & Soil Juice Juice Bar @sunandsoiljuice The Melt Down Ice Cream Truck Ice Cream @themeltdownicecreamtruck Turkovich Family Wines Wine Tasting@turkovichwines Wente Vineyard Wine Tasting @wente
POOL PARTY // Dixon Florist Eyeconic Booth @dixonflorist DJ Z Rokk DJ @zrokk Eyeconic Sunglass Bar @shopeyeconic Made In the Shade Tent Rentals Cabana Tents @madeshade_com Standard Party Rentals Arbor, Cabana Furniture @standardpartyrentals The Plant Library Plants @theplantlibrary Tres Fabu Events Cabana Designer @tresfabuevents Wild Flower Linen Linens and Decor @wildflowerlinen
VIGNETTES // Alluring Events Vignette Designer @alluring.events Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals Furniture Rentals @blossomfarmvintagerentals Celebrations Party Rentals Rentals @cprandtents CL Decor Rentals @cldecordesign Debra DeAngelo Tarot Reader @debradeangelo Dixon Florist Florals @dixonflorist FlowerMama Boutonniere Bar @flowermama323 Found Rentals Rentals @foundrentals KMK Design Company Vignette Designer @kmkdesignco La Tavola Fine Linen Linen Rentals @latovolalinen Lemonee on the Hills Gratitude Journals@lemoneeonthehills Nicole Ha Designs Florals @nicolehadesign Paper Heart Patisserie Dessert@paperheartpatisserie Poppy & Oak Vignette Designer @poppyandoakgoods Sacramento City Signs Sign Fabrication @sacramento_city_signs Standard Party Rentals Furniture Rentals@standardpartyrentals Swoonable Rentals @swoonable Tan Weddings and Events Vignette Designer @tanweddingsandevents Tres Fabu Events Cabana Designer @tresfabuevents With Grace & Love Events Vignette Designer @withgraceandloveevents
DINNER// Function45 DJ Lighting @function45dj Celebrations Party Rentals Chair Rentals @cprandtents Dixon Florist Florals @dixonflorist La Tavola Fine Linen Linen Rentals@latovolalinen Theoni Collection Table Settings & Decor @theonicollection
OTHER// 5 Star Limo Transportation www.fivestarls.com Ashley Baumgartner Calligrapher@ashbaumgartner Blackfield Media Videographer @blackfieldmedia Chris Howard Photography Photographer @chrishowardimagery Creative Excursion Glamping Tents @creativeexcursion Crystal Lynn Photographer @crystallynnphotography Giggle and Riot Photobooth@giggleandriot Hannah Muller (Full Belly Farms) Photobooth Backdrop @farmerhands


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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Velocity Island Park Birthday Party

Hi friends!  Happy summer!  Summer is very busy for us!  Along with all the regular summer hustle and bustle, we also have 3 birthdays in our family of 5!  One of the things I've started doing to save my sanity is having the birthday parties outside our home.

I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Velocity Island Park for my son's birthday party and it was a blast!  We hadn't heard of Velocity Island Park before this and I'm so glad we got a chance to check it out.  Now, I can share with you!  (All photos by Fridge Photos.  Thank you Fred and Damian, you're a dream to work with!)




Velocity Island Park located in Woodland is a different kind of water park.  It doesn't have your usual slides or lazy river.  The have different areas where you can do different activities.  There is a cable park where you can wake board.  There is also a restaurant, volleyball courts, beach oasis, cabanas, and more.  We focused on the Aqua Park for our party.



The Aqua Park has a sturdy inflatable play structure over water.  There are slides, swings, jumping pillows, spinning wheels, balance beams and more.  Kids and adults are provided life jackets before getting onto the structure.  Life guards are there for safety, interacting with the kids, and to help them on the structure.



The birthday party includes two 50 minute sessions on the aqua park with a 10 minute break in between.  During that time, we opted to have a light snack for the kids and some water.  We ordered a fruit plate from their Black Pearl restaurant.  It was a great refreshing snack for the kids and they gobbled it up.  The break is also a great time to reapply some sunscreen.


All of the kids had a BLAST on equipment!  A few parents went out to try it and they had a great time too!  It was so fun to see them all out there swinging, playing tag, climbing, going on monkey bars, and having a great time.  Many of the kids said that they wanted to have their birthdays at Velocity Island too.  Even the kids who were apprehensive at first found their own niche within the structure.

After our two sessions on the aqua park, we had lunch in the shaded private cabana.  Three pizzas and three pitchers of drinks were included in the party package.  We opted to order two more pizzas.  The pizza was a big hit!  It is brick oven pizza.  We opted to get pepperoni, cheese, and Hawaiian pizza.  The kids loved the pizza especially after working up an appetite on the equipment.  The park provided the plates, napkins, cups, and even a Sharpie to write names on the cups which was nice so I didn't have to worry about it.




Velocity Island Park offered to store a cake for us but my son wanted cookies instead so we kept them out at the our private cabana.  The party host brought us waters and our sodas during lunch.  It was nice not to have to walk back and forth to the restaurant to get things.  It was also really nice that I didn't have to clean my house before or after a party since we had it at the park.




Overall, we had an AMAZING experience at Velocity Island Park and my kids cannot wait to go back!  We thought Woodland would be far away but it only took us 30 minutes to get there from our house.  I also thought that party guests would not want to drive out there but it was not an issue for us at all.  It's well worth the short drive!  If you are looking for a fun and active party for a summer birthday, I would highly recommend Velocity Island Park!  The kids are still talking about it!



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