Happy Friday! Another week of summer done. This one has been busy. We've had Great America time, haunted houses in Scarlett's room, lots of purging of books and magazines, pool time, playground play sessions with neighbor friends. I'm ready for a nap! Here's what I've been up to...

Reading - I just started The Island of Dr. Libris. It's by the same author that wrote the Mr. Lemoncello series. 

Watching - I started watching The Goldbergs while I was on the plane home from Finland and it's totally entertaining. I'm still in season one, but I can see me bingeing for quite a while on this one. 

Anticipating - We're moving! It's been such a crazy time round here but we have our move booked for the second week of July [so soon!] and we're heading almost two hours north to Sacramento! I'm excited about settling in to a new place, even though moving is the worst... Stay tuned for all kinds of new adventures in our new place! 

Listening To - Lately, all I've been able to really listen to is the sound of the girls playing rambunctiously in the next room. I can barely recall what the sound of silence is like. 

Working On - I'm still working on simplifying around here. I finally parted with a ton of my old books - it was hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be. I'm even downsizing my magazine collection. I'm only keeping Domino, ReadyMade, Jane, HGTV and Bust. I know that still sounds like a lot, but I actually have empty bookshelves which is something I haven't had since we've had bookshelves. Small victories! 

Enjoy your weekend! I hope you have something amazing planned! 

love & cupcakes, 


camp cupcake - an update!

Here are some pictures of our Camp Cupcake adventures so far this summer. The cousins are off to Disneyland tomorrow morning so we won't see them until the middle of next week. It's going to feel weird [and quiet!] around here for a few days without them. And since we're looking at another move in the very near future, our time with them is dwindling fast! I guess we have to soak up these crazy days together while they last...

Summertime isn't my favorite time of the year by a long shot but these girls definitely brighten each day until winter comes along. 

love & cupcakes, 


our trip to finland - part four!

We couldn't let our Finland trip end without a trip to the local mall to hunt down a few souvenirs. The shopping area we hit up wasn't very large, but we had a blast checking out the shops and of course, grabbing some more gelato! 

We had to stop by the Moomin cafe so Scarlett could have a snack with her little Moomin friends while Nick and I had another cappuccino. 

There was an awesome toy store that Scarlett loved and she met a lovely fairy that drew her a picture with some magic pens that we ended up buying. 

And if we find a gelato stand, we're probably stopping for something sweet. So much yummy gelato in Helsinki! 

My favorite part of the trip was visiting Bad, Bad Boy. I thought it was hilarious and Scarlett had so much fun running through the "stream" even though it was raining. 

We ended our time in Helsinki with dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Not the best meal we've had while we were there but I think we might be a bit spoiled living in California and having amazing Mexican food anytime we want. But they tried. And their menu was beautiful! 

That ends our trip to Finland. We headed home the next morning and had a brief layover in Munich. The airport there is AMAZING! It was so pretty and wonderful. I could've spent a lot longer there - especially because I was headed to a ten hour flight after leaving there. 

Nick fit right in at the Munich airport. 

We had such an amazing trip... I definitely recommend heading to Helsinki if you ever get the chance. It's beautiful!

love & cupcakes,