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My Husband’s 30th Birthday – Cake Pops, Fried Fish, and the Dodgers; Oh My!

Hola! Remember a week or so ago when I posted a freebie printable love note card? I said to keep your eyes peeled for pics of my hubby’s birthday. And ta-da! You’ll find them here :)

On Jose’s actual birthday, we had dinner at a local Brazilian barbecue restaurant with his mom, brother, and one of our family friends. Can you believe she’s in her 90s? She’s the sweetest lady! And she puts me to shame; she exercises every. single. day. I guess that’s why she’s lived such a long life!

Dinner with the family at a local churrascaria

Jose’s brother, Jose, me, our family friend, and Jose’s mom

Anyway, the Brazilian barbecue was amazing! The restaurants are called churrascarias and they serve you tons of meat. It was the most perfect place for celebrating my husband’s birthday!

The night after his birthday, we went to a Dodgers baseball game. We’re huge Dodgers fans but that game was a special one. They were having a giveaway: a Vin Scully bobble head! Vin has been the announcer for the Dodgers for 63 seasons. Sixty three! So we were really excited to get this awesome souvenir. (The Dodgers ended up losing the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks though. Sad face…)

Rainbow at Dodger Stadium

Such a beautiful night for a baseball game!

Vin Scully Bobblehead at Dodgers Stadium

So excited to have this! What a great collectable!

We finished up our celebrations by having lunch with our parents and siblings. We started an annual tradition maybe about 3 or 4 years ago. Every year, we go to the fish markets in San Pedro, CA. Jose LOVES it. You order fish (or shellfish; there’s a HUGE variety) and they’ll cook it for you right there.

Jose & his mom picking out our fishy lunch

Told ya that you pick out your own fish! Stinky!!

Our fried fish lunch at the San Pedro Fish Markets

Yummy! Deep fried tilapia!

Jose and his cake pops - The Big 30!

I made cake pops and favor tags for him! It was my first time making the pops and everyone loved them! My dad & Jose’s mom both said I should start selling them. Oy! Flattered but I’ll just keep making them for fun :)

Bridge Near San Pedro

We had a blast and can’t wait to go again next year for the big 3-1!

Thanks for lookin’ at the pics! Keep your eyes peeled for another post on cake pops. I think I’ve fallen in love with making (and eating) them!



Renegade Craft Fair – Los Angeles 2012

I absolutely LOVE going to craft fairs, don’t you? They’re not only a great place to shop, but I feel inspired every time I attend! It’s so great to be surrounded by such creative artists and it’s even greater to support the handmade movement.

A girlfriend of mine and I decided to make a day trip to Los Angeles to not only visit Renegade, but to check out a few other gems. First, we made our way to the Fashion District in Downtown LA. There were SO many things to take in! We stopped in several jewelry supply shops and fabric shops and I may or may not have spent a little more money than I expected to… :)

Lots of beautiful lace!

Strands of pearls & beads

How cute is this teeny sewing machine charm?? Loved it!

I wanted to live in this warehouse sized fabric shop! I loved it!

These are some of the fabrics I took home with me. I can’t wait to make some cute stuff with this cute, cute, cute fabric!

After spending several hours wandering from shop to shop in the Fashion District, we made our way to the Los Angeles State Historic Park to check out Renegade. These are a few of the items I loved:

Terrarium Shop

Terrariums from the Terrarium Shop

Mario Coasters from 1337motif

Mario Coasters from 1337motif – My husband fell in love with these when I showed him this picture!

Light Fixtures by Heirloom

Light Fixtures by Heirloom

Eat Your Heart Out by Folded Pigs

“Eat Your Heart Out” plate by Folded Pigs

And lastly, my friend’s shop, We Love Citrus. She has the cutest supplies!

We Love Citrus

The We Love Citrus table. Cute stuff!!

We Love Citrus

Ana & me in front of her oh-so-cute table

We Love Citrus Lids

I purchased some of her cute mason jar lids and enjoyed some iced kombucha tea the next morning. I’m sipping on my tea in style now!

I also purchased some yummy pickled garlic from Lemon Bird. They had two different kinds: pickled green garlic and pickled blue garlic. I sampled both and couldn’t decide which I liked more. So I bought both! Yum!

Lemon Bird Pickled Garlic

Lemon Bird Pickled Garlic

After our day of shopping was done, we met up with my husband to have dinner at one of his favorite restaurants: Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles. If you haven’t tried it, you need to make your way to Southern California and try it ASAP! Some good quality time on a treadmill is needed afterward but it’s sooo delicious!

Roscoe's in Long Beach, CA

Roscoe’s in Long Beach, CA

Our Food

I ordered the Carol C. Special – chicken breast with a waffle… and their mac & cheese is to DIE for!

Whew! What a long and fun day! I can’t wait till the fall so we can head out to more craft fairs! Until then, I’ll stay inspired by all that I’ve seen this weekend and I’ll keep crafting!