Celebrating my god daughter’s birthday

We recently celebrated my god daughter’s birthday with a carnival theme birthday party. The party took about four months to plan. I thought I’d share some tips on how to create a carnival birthday party at an affordable price.

Use Your Resources: Ask friends who specialize in certain tasks to help you. We were fortunate to have a friend who makes amazing cakes. She made this cake for Evelyn.

Look For The Best Deals: For San Diegans, we found the best deals on jumpers and rentals at Brian’s Jumper Service. The company also delivers and offers discounts if you join its Birthday Club.


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The best summer

“Do you remember the best summer of your life?” read the first line of Marjorie Hart’s book, Summer at Tiffany.

“Do you?” asked Marjorie who sat next to me at a recent fundraiser. Marjorie, the author of the best seller, wrote about the best summer of her life that took place when she worked at the loved jewelry store years ago.

I asked myself her question and I do.

It involved 110 degrees of heat, 40 percent humidity, axes, hammers, a ton of sweat and an ambitious belief that a few people could make a difference in a city torn by one hurricane and millions of turned backs.

It was, by every definition, the very best summer of my life.

And I remember it well.

It began shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the greater Gulf Coast area. I hopped on the trolley at SDSU and met fellow student Adam who was recruiting volunteers to join him in a summer volunteer trip in New Orleans.

It took a 20-minute discussion with Adam and about an hour of internal pondering to convince me to join him in his efforts. Within weeks, I landed in New Orleans.

My first week in “Nawleans,” as we so lovingly called the city, was filled with gutting homes, tutoring kids and packing food boxes in the area that was comparable to a third-world country—only the area existed in the U.S.

I remember the passion that emerged from my peers and the equal amounts of frustration and concern. I remember how I felt landing back home in San Diego too. I remember the tears that filled my eyes and the guilt that overcame my heart for leaving so many behind.

I remember other moments too. I remember the feeling of strength after knocking down walls in a ready-to-rebuild home. I remember the names of each child we worked with and I remember the stories, dances and laughs.

I had never worked so hard in my life.

It’s been years since that summer in New Orleans that ultimately kicked off the treasured College Students for New Orleans, but the fervent feelings remain because the necessity of assistance and the camaraderie built remain. The memories are so fierce they’ve been documented in a number of stories.

So yes, I remember the best summer of my life, Marjorie.

I remember my first time at Tiffany too.


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San Diego wedding vendor recommendations

Four months ago, I married the man of my dreams in the wedding of my dreams. Of course, our family and friends made the joyful celebration a million times more special.

I spent about eight months planning our wedding and in the process diligently researched every vendor we hired to help us make the day happen. The majority of the vendors were amazing and I wanted to take the time to acknowledge the work they put into our special day.
For any San Diego brides-to-bes, I’d definitely recommend the following people and companies:


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