Posted in Family, Life, Relationships, Review, travel, Wedding

2017 in Review

A brief year in review…

January 2017 was a stressful month for us as we were getting ready for our February wedding.  I remember the calls, appointments, dress try-ons, tastings, dance lessons, etc… there was always something to do or plan.

Our wedding on February 4, 2017 went off without a hitch.  It was such a wonderful day and it seemed to be a fun time had by all!  We had a mini-moon to Santa Barbara right after our wedding for a couple of days.

We celebrated Ross’ bday in Mammoth with a group of friends.  It had been years since both of us had snowboarded, but it was a great time for all and no one broke anything!  Such a fun time and group of people!!

Ross and I dabbled in skateboarding and ukulele.  We got some awesome Carver skateboards that’s supposed to simulate surfing on land — Ross is a natural and has enjoyed skateboarding with me while I take a walk around the neighborhood.  The ukulele has been a musical love of mine for a while and I finally pulled the trigger to get more into it.  My piano and violin background have helped in picking it up… the uke is such a happy and portable instrument!

We took our main honeymoon at the end of April to South Africa and the Maldives. Check out our itinerary here!

After we got back from our honeymoon, both Ross and I were extremely drained.  We weren’t sure if it was from the jet lag or work (this had not happened to us before and we had made multiple international flights before!).  Little did we know that time of conception may have been somewhere around mid-May 2017!

And the biggest news of 2017 — our pregnancy!

We had a fun trip to Seattle in July (The Mini was 8 weeks!) to wine taste (this trip was booked before we found out about the pregnancy), watch a concert (Train and some others), stay in a yurt, and SUP the waterways of Washington!

Our last big trip of the year –> the Azores!  We traveled when I was 16 and 17 weeks pregnant, which was a good time!  It was the last time I would surf for this pregnancy as my belly was starting to get in the way of laying on my stomach for a paddle.

We started looking at a small house remodel by adding an accessory dwelling unit to our first floor with a separate entrance.  We made plans with the architect and interior decorator, however, once we got our permits submitted to the city…. we discovered they wanted a lofty fee for an accessory dwelling unit that wasn’t mandated by state law.  We’re hoping this fee gets amended or better yet dropped as we have our permits for a year.  So time will tell!

NYE was a busy day!  I worked from 7a-5:30p and then went out to a nice 7p dinner with my bear at our first date spot Cucina Enoteca.  We got home around 9ish and tried to stay up but we passed out on the couch from then until midnight!  Thank goodness for DVR bc we could rewind the NY ball drop and watch it and celebrate!  We opted for a new year tradition: planting one tree/plant (indoor or outdoor) each year!  This year we planted three indoor palms (chamaedorea costaricana, howea forsteriana, chambeyronia macro) and one outdoor palm (from our wedding: the blue green palm — butia capitata blue).

Happy New Year!!

Posted in Cars, Family, Life, surfing, travel

Sprinter van conversions

I’ve been thinking of traveling the US via van for several years now.  I thought it would be awesome to get one for my 40th bday.  Well, that’s almost 2 years from now.  Then, I thought it would be a great idea to pull the trigger and purchase a van when we have our little one.  Well, that time is quickly approaching as I’m in the 2nd trimester of the pregnancy.  So, like with everything else I do…. there’s a ton of research!


Which size to get?


Who to go with?


My YouTube channel on Sprinter Vans

Awesome YouTuber for getting onboard with the van life: Hobo Ahle

Here’s what I’m leaning towards right now:

Sportsmobile seems to have an awesome option of the pop up top that could be an additional sleep area when we grow our family.  That’s really the huge reason why we’re leaning towards Sportsmobile.  We actually went to check out and do a factory tour of Outside Van and they were incredible!!  If I hadn’t have found out about the popup top on the Sportsmobile, OSV would’ve definitely been our top pick.


Posted in Family, Kids, Life, Relationships, travel, Wedding

Our wedding – Feb 4, 2017

The best day ever.

Our AppyCouple wedding website

Our Wedding Pinterest Board

Our Honeyfund


Our Wedding Day
Bridal Veil: Mia Bella Couture
Bridesmaids: Vow to Be Chic
Cake: VG Donuts
DJ: Elite British DJ (Mick)
Rings: Brilliant Diamonds – Tacori (Ariel)
Wedding Planner: I do weddings (Melissa)
First Dance choreography:  Wedding Dance San Diego (Liz O’Grady)
Photo: True Photography (Billy)
Video: Campbellicious (KC)

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Posted in Gadgets, Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

Apple watch vs Pebble 2

I got the first apple watch when it came out and will be using that version to compare to the new Pebble 2.

CNET comparison bt apple watch 2, samsung gear s3, fitbit, android wear, garmin, pebble

First off, I was very happy with my Apple watch 1.  There’s a lot of great notifications for it and it’s user friendly.  One thing I did not like about the watch is that the notifications would go directly to the watch without warning me on the iphone despite my ringer being on.  

The main reason why I decided to look for a watch outside of my stellar apple watch is because the battery life on the apple watch is incredibly low.  I can only go one day between charges.  Sometimes, I’m at work for more than 24 hours so it becomes more cumbersome on the logistics.  Sure, I could bring my charger and charge it… but that takes time, effort, and extra cords since it doesn’t have a lightning charger.  So, enter the Pebble 2…a Kickstarter project!

Ars Technica Reviews: Pebble 2 vs. Apple Watch 2

Wareable Pebble 2 review vs. Wareable Apple Watch review

CNET review: new apple watch 2 vs. CNET review: pebble 2

My overall thoughts and winners comparing Apple watch 1 to Pebble 2:

  • Battery life: Pebble 2
  • HR workout tracking: Apple watch 1
  • Apps: Apple Watch 1
  • Waterproof: Pebble 2
  • HR, sleep, steps, calories, distance tracking throughout day: Pebble 2
  • Cost: Pebble 2
  • Phone required: both
Posted in Life, Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

Inflatable SUP

Thanks to my wonderful fiancé, I’m spending more and more time on the water! The calming and relaxing effects are pretty amazing as well as the vitamin D and sunshine!

I love my big surfboard (8’4″) and just floating on the water. An idea occurred to me to get a big raft. But that’s cumbersome. So, then I thought about practicing my turns and paddling strength in the pool. But what about a lounging island or floating flamingo? Boom: the inflatable SUP seemed like a perfect blend of relaxing raft and ocean cruising in an easy to handle, fold-up, easy-storage, and hide-away apparatus. 

But which one do I get?

The decision was tough, but I love comparative graphs the Outdoor Gear Lab provides. And with an honest breakdown like that and comparing the different inflatable SUP brands… My decision was made. Plus, I love supporting local!

Posted in Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

My favorite surf places

I’m lucky to live in a place that promotes my newbie surf adventure. Albeit, I’m not a water baby… waves that are over my head and currents that pull me under are definitely scary.  But, I used to love boogie boarding as a kid and being on the water is nature’s meditative sanctuary.

Surfline: Southern California

WannaSurf: San Diego County

Surfline PDF for San Diego

Learning to Surf: My newbie thoughts


Some of my favorite places in the Southern California area:

La Jolla Shores, CA

Magic Seaweed: LJ Shores

Scripps oceanography Cam: Pier and LJ Shores

La Jolla Shores Live HD Surf Cam. Check out more Surf Cams at


Swami’s Live HD Surf Cam. Check out more Surf Cams at
Scripps Live HD Surf Cam. Check out more Surf Cams at


Posted in Life, Relationships, travel

Good moral character shouldn’t be hard to find. #morals #character #charity #donations

What is character?

List of character traits

I recently donated to someone’s fund to help rebuild the lives and shelters of people less fortunate.

After my generous donation, there was no ‘thank you’ or even acknowledgement.  In fact, what I received was a ‘why did you waste your money?’, I’m just going to surf.  I was so shocked I had to ask why someone would say that?  They replied, ‘because I’m selfish.’

I post this as a lesson learned: Be careful who you give your time, efforts, and heart.

Never would I have thought this could happen.  My naivete prevails; yet, I want to believe there is an inherent good in people.  My mindset may be biased as I’m in healthcare and people are helping ALL THE TIME, genuinely (not to just do something for vacation).

It saddens me that one could:

  1. Take money from friends and family so selfishly
  2. Be so upfront and acknowledge that it was for selfish reasons
  3. Pretend to help but really just ride the cash of these donations