Santa Monica Pier

On Saturday we went out exploring as a family and since Nick wasn't able to join Scarlett and I when we went to the Santa Monica Pier a few months ago, we decided to check it out together. The weather was nice and cool with some fluffy clouds floating through here and there but since it was a Saturday, it was still pretty crowded so we didn't spend too long there. We're the kind of people that would rather visit somewhere touristy on a random Tuesday in February when the weather is nasty and there is no one else there instead of braving the crowds to go somewhere when the weather is nice and it's the weekend. 

We grabbed a quick lunch of nachos and a cheese quesadilla and people watched a bit before stopping for the obligatory coffee (for Nick and I) and an ice cream cone (for Scarlett). 

There were street performers who were dancing and playing the drums and electric violin and so many vendors selling fruit and elote and caricatures. I'm sure we'll be back when there are less people there so we can enjoy it without feeling overwhelmed by tourists. 

Have you ever been to the Santa Monica Pier? What was your favorite part?

love & cupcakes, 


Pumpkin Patching at Pa's Pumpkin Patch

A few days before Halloween, Scarlett and I finally made it to the local pumpkin patch. We were running way behind this year, for sure! There were rides and food and pumpkins, of course. Scarlett went on a few rides and jumpers and then she picked out a pumpkin to bring home and paint for Halloween. 

Next year we're definitely going to have to bring Nick with us! 

love & cupcakes, 


This is Halloween! This is Halloween!

Yesterday was our very first Halloween in Long Beach and we had a blast!

We hit up a local Halloween event where they had trick or treating, a costume and a bunch of candy! Nick's costume was a hit and people asked to take pictures with him and even just with his awesome Keyblade! 🤣🤣

After the shopping center event, we went to our church's Fall Fun Festival at a nearby park and made the rounds. Scarlett played a bunch of games, got a TON of candy and they were even showing Hotel Transylvania 3 on the big screen for all the kids. It was a super cute event!

After all of our festival fun it was finally time for some gold old fashioned trick or treating and Scarlett hit up the neighborhood right next to the park. There were so many decorations and kids running around. We knocked on doors until Scarlett's feet hurt too much to go on and then we headed home to watch The Corpse Bride and organize Scarlett's candy haul. 

All in all, a pretty good Halloween. And now, on to planning for next year! Any costume ideas??

love & cupcakes, 


Everyday is a Beach Day

If there's one thing we love the most about living in Long Beach, it absolutely has to be the beaches. The fact that we can decide to go hang at the beach on a Sunday afternoon with little to no pre-planning is priceless. Scarlett loves nothing more than to frolic around in the waves (well, except maybe her iPad) while Nick and I sit on the sand and enjoy the sound of the water and the laughter.  

I'm thinking I might have to start a "Favorite Beaches" series here so Scarlett can list out all of her favorite swimming and playing spots so far. As if I needed another excuse to hit the beach... 😉

love & cupcakes, 


A Little Universal Magic...

We bought tickets for Universal Studios back in August and they came with a second day free to visit before the end of September. We finally used our free day (just before they expired!) and we had a blast

The park wasn't very crowded at all since we went during the week (instead of on a weekend like we did last time) and Scarlett got to go on every single ride that she wanted to - some of them multiple times in a row! There were even some spooky Halloween displays set up because after the park closed for the day, it reopened for Halloween Horror Nights and Scarlett wasn't scared of the displays at all. She even asked when she would be allowed to go to Halloween Horror Nights! She's getting all grown up... 😭

We explored Hogsmeade again and finally got to try The Flight of the Hippogriff. Super fun! 

After we left the park, we saw a violinist on the way back to the parking lot and Scarlett was mesmerized. She just found out that she gets to be in the violin class at her school and she's head over heels for violin right now, so seeing someone playing at Universal's City Walk was a special treat. I even managed to track him down on Spotify so she could listen to him at home and she fell asleep to his music that night. 

We had so much fun! Have you been to Universal Studios before? 

love & cupcakes,