Little Explorer, San Francisco / Green Chile Kitchen

12/19/2014 — 2 Comments

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A little earlier in the Fall when it was still warm, Søren and I packed up and went to San Francisco for a little play date at Golden Gate Park children’s playground. It was a good little adventure with just he and I and I wanted to share it before we get into winter. After the play date we went with our friends to a place called Green Chile Kitchen. While they do serve lots of delicious food, the real praises we’d heard prior were about the home made ice cream and pie. So naturally, we ordered just that. Søren snuck my lime, drank half of my watermelon aguas frescas, and inhaled the ice cream. I was happy to share with him since it was a very rare post lunch dessert.

Green Chile Kitchen
1801 McAllister Street
San Francisco, California 94115
www.greenchilekitchen.com

Do you ever eat dessert after lunch? Did your parents ever let you have something sweet mid-day or were they strict about food? If you have little ones, do you allow them to have sweets?

Photo Tips / Festive Photo Overlays

12/18/2014 — 3 Comments

I’m excited to partner again with HP Sprout to bring you these festive photoshop brushes so you can add some fun to your holiday photos. Ideally these photo overlays would be placed on a photo of someone in front of a plain or very simple background, but I added them to one of myself as an example and they worked out just fine.

1. Download the brush presets by clicking here.
2. To install you will need to load them via your brush preset manager in Photoshop.
3. Open your favorite photo.
4. Select the brush you’d like, size, and have fun!

Brushes are compatible with Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and possibly other versions.

The Sprout was a big help during my creative process to make these holiday brush presets. I simply copied a photo of myself from my website, then used the stylus to draw the overlays on in Sprout Workspace Create mode. I feel like since it has so many extra capabilities, the Sprout pushes me to think outside of the box a little bit. My last project with the Sprout was these free printable gift tags.

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This #CIY post was created in partnership with #SproutByHP. To learn more about Sprout by HP, please visit their website, www.sprout.com. Thank you for supporting the brands that make life here at Team Wiking a little sweeter.

Holiday Photo Overlays

52 Weeks / Week 50, Dear Santa

12/17/2014 — 5 Comments

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I can’t believe how quickly this month is going by. Thanksgiving seems like it was last weekend. We are so behind with our advent calendar, it’s a little embarrassing. We don’t normally write an official letter to Santa, but these were too cute not to. Søren talked about all of the colors he was using, just after he filled in the circle for nice. Aiden was more honest (ha!) with his letter and assured me that he would buy the 100 cookies with his own money. I have to admit, it is a pretty compelling bribe.

Did you ever write letters to Santa as a child?

Travel Light / 10 Days in Napa, California

12/16/2014 — 2 Comments

Pack for 10 Days in Napa, California - Shopping list and outfits!

1. Wide-Brim Hat / 2. Dark LIpstick / 3. Nice Earrings / 4. Versatile Scarf / 5. Envelope Clutch (similar) / 6. Neutral Tank (similar) / 7. Breton Striped Top (similar) / 8. Chambray Shirt / 9. Nice Blouse (similar) / 10. White Button-Down (similar) / 11. Marled Turtleneck / 12. A-Line Skirt (similar) / 13. Coated Denim (similar) / 14. Dark Jeans / 15. Pleated Skirt / 16. Thick Coat / 17. Strappy Heels (also) / 18. Printed Flats / 19. Ankle Boots / 20. Weekender Bag

Since we just returned from Napa, I thought I would share a bit about what I’d pack if our getaway were longer. I packed some similar items to these, namely the Boden turtleneck, a wide brim hat, and the chambray button down. If our trip were longer though, my outfits might have looked something more like these:

Day 1 Arrive
Day 2 Holiday Party

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Day 3 Wine Tasting
Day 4 Shopping Downtown
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Day 5 Road Trip to the Coast
Day 6 Tasting at Trinitas
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Day 7 Holiday Party #2
Day 8 Oxbow Public Market
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Day 9 Wine Train Adventure
Day 10 Depart
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Napa Sunset

Have you been to Napa? What would you pack for 10 days in wine country?

Napa / Hiking the Vineyards

12/15/2014 — 3 Comments

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One of our favorite parts of our stay in Napa was being able to hike around the vineyards at our resort. Nature is one of our favorite places to be, with very few exceptions. There are clear trails with an informational sign marking each block of grapes. It was a nice way to wind down around sunset and the views weren’t too shabby either.

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