Living free because Jesus Christ chose me. Wife to Anthony, mom to Samuel. Love reading, blogging, crafting & cooking! Sac State MA alumni, passionate about life.


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Entries in Jodi Ink (11)


All paths lead to the Bay Area

Anthony and I stayed in the East Bay over the weekend at our friends' home. Their house is on a steep hill that overlooks San Francisco and downtown Oakland. These friends opened their home to us and even call us family.

As I penned this post, I could hear a river. That's what our friends call the massive freeway that can be seen and heard from their gigantic, living room window.

These friends are the parents of Andy and Jessica (Polish and Pout). Saturday, Jessica and I got the opportunity to meet up with a few other bloggers for lunch at a local diner.

As soon as we arrived at the diner, I knew we would have fun. My real life friends were going to meet my blogging friends. Worlds were colliding. We ordered our brunch/lunch. As we dined on turkey sandwiches, breakfast paninis, and quiche, we realized how interconnected we were.

Casey lives down the street from where we are staying. Joyce's sister and brother went to school with Andy. Casey just moved to the Bay Area from Raleigh, North Carolina. Joyce met Casey at a park in the Bay Area. Jodi and I met because of our blogs. Jessica and I met at church many, many years ago. As we talked, I saw something amazing.

Jessica, is a professional makeup artist. Her love of cosmetology and fashion matches my love of food and sugar. The conversation digressed to what everyone's age is. All 5 women are between 28 and 32. Preventing wrinkles and taking proper care of our skin is important.

I watched Jessica shine as she educated us in the beauty trio: moisturizing, exfoliating, and sun-protecting. A big cheesy smile overtook my face as I heard Jessica explain what steps to take to help maintain your skin. My blogging friends were getting a taste of her passion for teaching you how to take care of your face and hands. The other ladies were soaking in her knowledge (as I have over many conversations).

We left the table with full stomaches and a sense of awe that we all came from different towns, but somehow our paths have intersected.

I'm grateful for the chance to meet such amazing people and call them friends.


Calm in the Midst of a Storm

Saturday I had the pleasure of spending the day with Jodi. Any time spent with Jodi is a breath of fresh air and we had a wonderful time together. As we walked around a little town by her house, we went into a store that you could walk all the way through to an alley. When we came out the back of the store, I looked up and snapped this picture:

Something you can't tell from the picture is that the clouds were moving so quickly, I could barely get my camera to focus. 

For some reason, I kept thinking about those clouds. The picture looks like a beautifully sunny day and it was, but I kept thinking about these lyrics:

When the storm is raging all around me

You are the peace that calms my troubled sea

And when the cares of this world darken my day

You are the light that shines and shows me the way

Oh, the beauty of Your majesty

On the cross You showed Your love for me! (-Leeland, Beautiful Lord)

I remembered the story in the Bible of Jesus sleeping on a boat when a storm was raging above deck. 

One day he and his disciples got in a boat. "Let's cross the lake," he said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing, and he fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: "Master, Master, we're going to drown!"

Getting to his feet, he told the wind, "Silence!" and the waves, "Quiet down!" They did it. The lake became smooth as glass.

Then he said to his disciples, "Why can't you trust me?"

They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering, "Who is this, anyway? He calls out to the winds and sea, and they do what he tells them!" (Luke 8:22-25, Message Version)

I'm learning each day to trust Jesus more. I'm so grateful for taking a picture and thinking about it all weekend long. When I get down or upset that life isn't going the way I thought or things don't happen in the timeframe I think they should, I know that Jesus is there to calm the storm. And I want him to say, "You did a great job trusting me through that time Malisa!"


Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild

Last Saturday, I had planned to meet Jodi for a day of thrifting. Sadly, we weren't able to meet up. Instead of moping around because I didn't get to see her, I took the advice of a Twitter friend, Rebecca and visited the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild.

The Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild (SMQG) meets once a month. Every other meeting is at Sew Fun Fabrics in Folsom. The other months they are a "travelling" group. I learned that quilters are often travellers and will drive great distances to find good quilt shops!

Upon Rebecca's request, I live-tweeted the meeting. I have never tweeted anything live before and I gained a HUGE respect for anyone that can do so. People talk a lot faster than I can compose a tweet!

The SMQG is led by Jenniffier and they are in the process of becoming a more formal group. The meeting was a lot of fun. My personal favorite part was the show and tell. During this part of the meeting, each lady got to show what they had been working on. I was in awe and shock, truthfully, when I saw all of the projects the members had created. Their creations are amazing.

Jenniffier showed her embroidery 101 blocks and of course I loved the block with the pennant!

The SMQG is working on a Bubble Quilt and Debbie showed her block. She had a few other projects that were incredible. I loved one she's making for "herself" (secret present for a friend) and it's a music-themed quilt. 


Spider quilt by Nancy. This was actually her "smaller" quilt. I just sat there thinking, smaller?? This is humongous. 

Golden threads, the quilter's ruler, you sew over the paper and then take it off. It's great for quilting a pattern on your fabric.

Coffee inspired quilt by Nancy. I really liked the colors of this quilt.

I showed my bicycle blanket. The ladies were so encouraging and gave me great ideas on how to quilt the top. I'm hoping to take a Free Motion Quilting class from Melody who teaches at Sew Katie Jean. (If you look closely, you'll see Iron Man lego on the arm rest. It's my hubster's)

My favorite thing about Modern Quilting: you don't have to sew straight lines! I really enjoyed the SMQG and hope that I'll be able to make more of their meetings.

What adventures have you been up to lately?

Happily linking with Alicia for:


Friday Favorite Things, Version 2.0

This week I'm joining Rachel for her weekly Friday Favorites & Jeanett for InstaFriday. 

Saturday, with the help of Mandie, I sewed 2 mug rugs for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother's Day. I love how they turned out and our moms did too.

Anthony and I both had Sunday off, so we went to the Mighty Kong Cafe for breakfast. They've just remodeled it and it turned out great! I wore the only item I purchased from our New York trip from the Mint Julep. We visited both of our moms and had a nice day together and with our families. 

When I got home from work on Monday, I realized our yard is full of weeds and bees. 

I decided to host a big birthday giveaway! It has low entries and I love the pillow covers I made. 

Tuesday was my birthday and Anthony and I had a wonderful day off together.

We stopped by Tupelo coffeehouse for our favorite beverages & a little breakfast.

A few months ago, Anthony bought me a cute clutch from Peggy Ann Design and I finally used it. I had the perfect outfit to match the purse. I must say the clutch is just the right size. 

From Tupelo, we drove to visit Jodi and her boys. In the words of Jacob, we brought over our favorite "Chinese" food (Burma Superstar). Jodi surprised me with a lovely birthday cake. Visiting with her and Anthony was one of my favorite parts of the day.

Jacob entertained all 3 of us adults with ease, even while playing the iPad. Anthony lovingly nicknamed him, Little Josh Ink.

We then went in to the City (San Francisco) and went to Blue Bottle Coffee at the Ferry Building. This is the third Blue Bottle we've visited. Anthony blogged about the Mint Plaza and Rockefeller Plaza locations. 

We headed to a great parking lot by AT&T Park that my dad recommended. But first, we stopped by Safeway and picked up some snacks for the game. All of these were only $8!

We had great seats and the tickets were very reasonably priced. Yeah! We got to the park early and were able to watch both teams warm up.

Anthony and I enjoyed the game. And we realized it was the first game we'd ever been to by ourselves. Every other game, we've attended with family and friends!

I enjoyed Cracker Jacks and Anthony sunflower seeds. We also ate LOTS of other food too!

Sadly, the Giants lost. But I didn't care. I had a memorable birthday!

Wednesday, Anthony insisted that I try on a pair of TOMS shoes

He bought me my first pair as a birthday gift! I proudly wore them to dinner with my parents at The Porch

Thursday, after going to two different Target stores we found e.l.f. cosmetics!

I spent $43 on makeup, hair accessories, and skin care to update my Summer Beauty regimen. Thank you Jessica (Polish and Pout) for your suggestions. I got some major bargains!

We also had s'mores in our backyard with Jesse, however due to windy conditions no photographs were taken. 

What were your favorite things this week? What have you been up to? 

Linking up with Jeanette & Rachel:

friday favorite things | finding joylife rearranged


Why I Blog

I have a feeling this will be an ongoing series. But for today, I wanted to share one reason that I blog:

Sharing parts of my life online has helped others get to know me and vice versa. 

Writing helped me meet Jodi. I don't know how I would have ever met her if it had not been for our blogs. 

Last week we got to spend the day together in the Bay Area. We laughed about lots of things we have in common and talked about our blogs, families, childhood, etc. Most of all, we just enjoyed the company of a kindred spirit

I'm so happy Anthony snapped this picture of us. We had just met up for lunch in the City and it is the only one we took!

What motivates you to do your hobbies?

Blogging definitely works for me!


Guest Post: Pin-spiration Shoe Painting DIY

I'm so happy to welcome, my friend online and in person, Jodi. I've been stalking, err getting to know her since last July when Anthony sent me an email and said, "I think you'll like this blog." And did I ever! Not just because Jodi is a crafty lady, she was married the same month and almost day we were (happy 6 year anniversary, friend), she was homeschooled, and she is a caring friend. Did I mention, her boys have stolen both Anthony & my hearts? Okay, I'll stop with the gushing, but seriously, welcome back Jodi!

Today she's sharing a fun DIY craft that you paint an item I would have NEVER thought to paint: shoes.

Hey ya'll! That's southern for hello. :) I'm Jodi and I blog over at Life and Oh-La-Dee-Dah. I'm so thrilled to be guest posting for Malisa today and want to thank her for the opportunity. I've posted here before, so you might remember me, but in case you don't, I'm a proud friend of Malisa's in real life (oh how I love blogger friends who become friends in real life!). My family and I are currently Californians who recently moved from the Mid-West who are originally from Florida. Did you get that? Ok so now that we've met, here's a little DIY I did over the weekend.

I'll be honest. I love crafting, but lately my creative mo-jo is slacking a little. So, I did what any self respecting blogger would do. I reviewed my "crafty" Pinterest board and remembered this simple, easy and perfect DIY from A Beautiful Mess blog.

I'm a big fan of simple, easy DIYs that produce something cute. I bought these shoes last year, but wore them to the core and scuffed them a little. You can imagine my thrill when I realized I could just paint and re-make them! All I needed was paint, brushes and I chose to add a little Spring-ish fabric to the tongue of the shoe and make new shoe laces with the same fabric. If you choose to use the fabric option, I used modpodge to adhere it to the shoe and found it glued better when applied to the top and bottom of the fabric.

Now that I've gotten some of my crafty mo-jo back, maybe I'll paint a few other pairs. :)

Thanks again Malisa!


Blogging Meetup

This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a small blogging meet up. As you know by now, Jodi Ink and I have met up IRL (in real life) before. We gathered once again at Cafe Yesterday and formally met Joyce.

(L to R: Joyce, Jodi, & Me)

Joyce blogs at Keeping up with the Moys and lives in the Bay Area. Joyce is such a sweet person and I can't wait to stalk her blog and find out more about her and her family.

I was really looking forward to meeting Claire but she wasn't able to make it this time. I suppose there will just have to be another get together!

After the meet up at Cafe Yesterday, Jodi and I left for her house. Josh and Anthony were at the Ink's homestead entertaining, rather, being entertained by Judah and Jacob. We have been trying to get together since before Christmas and finally, after much prayer, crossing our fingers, and hoping no one would get sick, we enjoyed a lovely evening. 

The men folk picked up Burma Superstar (which we are officially addicted to) and brought it back to the house. They also stopped by Trader Joe's for some root beer and cookie dough. 

After our tasty dinner, we sat around and talked and laughed and ate cookies. Lots of cookies. Feeling right at home, I also did my nails at their kitchen table (I promise, it was after we ate). 

(image completely stolen from Jodi's Instagram feed)

Oh, and Jodi gave me this adorable purse!

Yippee for belated Christmas gifts!

I love that because of the internet, we have met friends who are dear to our hearts and we love being around. It feels like we've known Josh and Jodi for many years, wonder why that is. 

How was your weekend? 

P.S. In the picture of my new purse, you might notice two stacks of tiles, these are not ordinary tiles though! They are handmade coasters. And tomorrow, I'm sharing a giveaway for them. YEAH!


House and Home Guest Post

As soon as I read this post on Jodi's site, I knew I wanted to write a guest post for her. 

The thing is it's taken me a while to pinpoint what makes the Prices' house a home. After talking to a few friends and Anthony (my hubster), I've figured this out:

People actually live here.

When you walk into our house, you won't walk into a home from a magazine or a house that's staged to sell.

To read the rest of our House and Home story, click over to Jodi's blog.


Best of 2011- Step into the World of Yesterday

One of the highlights of this year was meeting my friend Jodi through our blogs and then meeting in person. She was one of the first people to ask me to guest post on her site and I was truly honored. I can't wait for the exciting things we both have planned for our blogs next year!

Step into the World of Yesterday

Today, I have the pleasure of sharing my opinions about Cafe Yesterday, a uniquely different coffee shop, in Berkeley, California. 

Please visit Jodi's blog, Life and Oh-La-Dee-Dah, where I'm guest posting my experience at Cafe Yesterday...


Me and My Blog (and an outfit)

Last week, we had the pleasure of visiting Josh and Jodi (and their ADORABLE boys) and sharing Thanksgiving dinner with them. I still can't believe that we met because of our blogs! Jodi is in to thrifting and finding vintage clothing. She then posts them on her clothing site Token. One of the neatest things is that Jodi uses a large portion of her proceeds to give away to charity. When we met, she let me peruse her closet where all of the clothes are neatly stored, and she gave me a few items. 

Jodi gave me this cute blouse, inspired me to wear the boots, and my no heat curly hair method was something she shared on her site too. Thank you, friend!

On a side note, I found a wonderful site called Finding Joy and Rachel had a great link-up. She thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of You and Your Blog. My blog is my virutal home-away-from-home. A place where I journal my life, so of course I loved this idea. 

The weather in Sacramento has been really weird the past few weeks, hence the backyard fogginess. 

If you have a blog, you should link up too!

you & your blog at finding joy