5 Reasons To Visit Sun Bum’s West Coast Office & Concept Store and Beach Combo Giveaway!
I could be one of the luckiest people in the world – I live right in the middle of a surf town – Encinitas, California.
If you have never heard of our town let me share a couple of facts with you – the main artery is the Coast Highway 101. Taking this iconic and scenic route is a favorite of Jason and I’s, and also a wonderful place to truly take in the wonder and true “vibe” of this surf town. With a population of almost 60,000 people, almost someone you encounter knows a mermaid or two.
My favorite thing about my town is the diversity I encounter and see daily. This is a town where you can not judge a book by its cover and if you do, then you are the naive one. Everyone here is friendly and there is no judgement for cutting out of the office at 3PM to hit the waves. This is a town that embraces beachy waves – in the sand or on a head of hair.
Taking all this into account it is no wonder that Sun Bum chose Encinitas as the location for its West Coast offices and Concept Store. Being that it was a mere couple miles down the 101, I decided it was time to support this newest addition to our town.
Here are my 5 reasons you have to stop in next time you are in Encinitas!
Avery Elle Alphabet Stamp Set and Ink Review and Giveaway
As regular readers can attest, I love to not only send but receive a handmade card. About 6 years ago, I decided that I wanted to have a gathering for my birthday (for those keeping track it was my 35th birthday). I decided that I could have purchased invitations but decided that a handmade invite would be a good way to go.
The handmade cards had a floral theme and by making the cards myself, it was ensuring that the people I invited were truly the people I cared about. The important thing to know about me is that I am very careful and sensitive to the who I send my handmade items to. I spend time, money and love in each project so I tend to share them with the people I know will appreciate the effort involved.
When I was at the Craft and Hobby Show I came across a stamp company called Avery Elle, that also happens to be headquartered in my hometown, San Diego. When I saw the stamps displayed I knew that I had to share with you all, my new find.
Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of Sauce Goddess. This post may have affiliate links but this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.
Sauce Goddess: Salted Caramel Corn Review and Giveaway
We are approaching one of my food related favorite times of the year.This is because this is when caramel popcorn become abundant in stores, online and most importantly, in my life. I love the tins that the popcorn’s comes in this time of year and have begun amassing a collection of these additional storage spaces.
I have long thought it would be great to twist the caramel with spices and create a more savory popcorn. I am happy to say that I am not alone in my wishes and have come upon that savory caramel popcorn that my taste buds desire – Sauce Goddess Salted Caramel Corn.
Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of Perfect Bar. This post may have affiliate links but this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.
Perfect Bar Review and Giveaway
I am a San Diego girl – I was raised here and I love it here, when I have moved I have always ended back here. An extension to my love of San Diego is I love to support San Diego based businesses like Perfect Bar.
Perfect Bar had its start in the family. As the children of a health and fitness man, Dr. Bud Keith’s children would sell Perfect Bar’s in the same manner as lemonade stands. The children had big dreams – to share this recipe with more than just family and friends. After their father got sick, and having 13 children to provide for, the eldest siblings got together and turned their bars into a real company. Unfortunately, their father passed, but taking those lessons and words and making them into action is what the goal of the children are now. The siblings know that it is not just one thing that goes into a “Perfect Bar”, but a compilation of many things.
Perfect Bar are Non-GMO and not only do they verify prior to making the bars, but they also test the finished product. The Perfect Bar is always gluten-free and contains over 20 organic super foods (such as kale, spinach, alfalfa and celery to name a few). Using organic honey as a sweetener, the complete carbohydrate helps maintain energy levels. These are different bars as they are refrigerator stable for 9 months due to the natural preservatives in honey.The low glycemic flavors use organic dates as sweeteners, and NEVER use refined sugars.
Let me start by saying that the products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge courtesy of Charlie’s Classic Cooking, but this in no way influences the review to follow.
Charlie’s Classic Cooking Review and Giveaway
We have busy days around here – Jason works 10 hours a day and I work 12+ hours on this blog each day. Between him and I, the idea of having to cook after a long day is a little more than exhausting. Most days we gravitate towards the easiest thing to cook, which is usually chicken. I can tell you from experience that chicken does get tiresome, there are only so many ways to cook it.
It is no secret that as a blogger I get some unique opportunities for not only review but events and experiences. Jason and I have talked for a while about the concept of food being pre-made and put in the refrigerator for heating when we are ready. There has been a hesitation in us, that was until I had the opportunity to finally try this method of meals. I was lucky enough to get 4 days, which was the equivalent of 16 meals, from Charlie’s Classic Cooking in Escondido.
What is Charlie’s Classic Cooking? Charlie’s Classic Cooking is the catering company run by Charles “Charlie” Heineke in Escondido, California. Chef Charlie is a native San Diegan is passionate about food and shopping local markets for the freshest sustainable fields. Chef Charlie started his career as a dishwasher, and he quickly moved up to line cook – while completing his education in food service production and then later in food service management. During his 15 years as a chef of Mission Bay Hospital he developed dietary programs tat met the demands of patients, staff and visitors. Implementing his 25 years of experience gives Chef Charlie a unique over others. Click here to read more about Chef Charlie!
Charlies Classic Cooking offers Meal Plans (full meals delivered to your door), Cooking Classes (this is for friends and family to learn to cook), Cooking Club (this is for YOU to learn different cooking techniques), Catering (offers a variety of catering options) and Kitchen Rentals (a certified fully stocked commercial kitchen is available for rental/use).
I have been a fan of Suzy’s Zoo since I was a child. I remember coloring pictures from the coloring books and loving how happy the characters always looked. To this day I collect Suzy Zoo items for my collection which ranges from plush, stickers, note cards and books. This is a collection that is almost 30 years in the making and it is a labor of love for me.
A couple years ago Jason and I heard that there was a gallery of original work and new work at Sharp Mary Birch in San Diego: The Suzy’s Zoo Gallery at Sharp Mary Birch. We made plans to make a trek down there but reality always got in the way and it became a wish to see. Flash forward to almost 3 years later and my 40th birthday and we finally made the trek down. We had called ahead to make sure that the gallery was still there and we were told by 2 separate people that it was not longer there. I am not going to lie, I was disappointed and in a effort to curb that disappointment Jason suggested we check anyway, in case the person on the phone did not know what we were talking about. We drove to the drop off/pickup so that I could run in and ask and before I was able to get out of my car I saw the gallery. I was thrilled and immediately parked and went in.