Hawaii Vlog + Rainbow Minc surprise

Amy Tangerine Hawaii - Sheraton Waikiki
Amy Tangerine Hawaii
Amy + Jack

He was super cuddly when we were at the pool and I thought for a second he might just fall asleep on me like he used to.

I seem to lack the bandwidth to try and put together photos and words for the blog, mainly because I am trying to squeeze in lots of work and cuddle time with Jack before I leave for Australia tomorrow. (So much to do!) And because I already put together this Hawaii video, which does a decent job of summing up our trip. It was the perfect mix of family fun time (Instagrammed #HIamyJCjack) along with teaching a workshop. Hope you enjoy!

The workshop was hosted by SakuraLala | Hawaii stamp set | Minc Foil Applicator

Babymoon part 1 | Thailand

With the baby due in just 4 days and being homebound since August, I've been daydreaming about our July babymoon and realized I never posted the photos. We spent 6 of the 10 nights in Thailand.

Our first stop was Bangkok. It was my 3rd time there and JC's first. The other two times I had been, I stayed in hotels on the river, most recently the Sheraton. As big and loyal fans of Starwood Hotels, we chose the gorgeous St. Regis. It was a 400 baht fare from the airport (about 12.50 USD) and because we were sort of in a daze, JC tried to give the driver 5000 baht (thinking it was 500). Thank goodness for honesty, the driver chuckled a bit and gave back most of the bills. We checked into the amazing room and rested a bit before heading down for an amazing breakfast. Considering we spent 2 nights in the city and didn't stay up long enough for dinner, our 3 buffet breakfasts more than made up for it. Totally random, but any meal where you can have a eggs any way you want it - (just one benedict please) to fresh sashimi to bacon to dragonfruit to freshly bottled juices and the best tea I think I have ever had, is amazing to me. St. Regis Bangkok breakfast St. Regis BangkokWe rested up in the room and then took the train that conveniently had a stop connected to the hotel. We got off at a stop within a block of where we caught a boat to go sightseeing. The Grand Palace and Wat Pho - home of the Reclining Buddha were enough to see considering the heat and crowds. The Grand Palace BangkokJC + Amy in BangkokAfter we probably got ripped off with a taxi ride back to the hotel (at least it was air conditioned) we had some lunch by the pool. We then had The Chinese Tailor pick us up for JC's fitting. If you're in Bangkok for more than a day, you can get custom suits, shirts, and dresses made relatively inexpensively. This was my second time to The Chinese Tailor and I must say their service and quality is amazing - don't let their website fool you. JC ended up having 3 suits and 5 dress shirts made that we had shipped back via DHL. The next day we took the train just a couple stops to Isetan where I enjoyed drooling over the washi tape. Then I met JC at Kinokuniya where we stocked up on some books. washi tape & the chinese tailor BangkokOther highlights included hanging out by the pool, seeing my products with American Crafts at Loft (a must stop for any stationery lover), my manicure and pedicure within walking distance from the hotel, and relaxing in our hotel. Next time we'll try and stay up to visit the night markets and maybe even enjoy a dinner in Bangkok.

Next we were off to Phuket where we stayed at in a private villa at the Amanpuri. It was heaven and easily the most relaxing part of the entire trip. We were pampered and after getting over the initial surprise of them unpacking for us (yes, they did!) we adjusted quite easily to the best service we have ever had.Amanpuri villa Amanpuri villaAmanpuri pool Amanpuri pooloutside our Amanpuri villafood at the Amanpuri Our sightseeing and leaving the resort was limited to the Big Buddha, which is still under construction. On our way up to it we saw elephants and monkeys, and I was able to snap a photo on the way down. view from the Big Buddha Phuketnear the Big Buddha Phuketimage_1Highlights in Phuket included consuming as many mangosteens as possible (this may be my favorite fruit ever), the Thai tea I had each morning - super sweet, but oh so yummy, relaxing and reading by the pool, JC going golfing at Blue Canyon, taking the buggy down to the beach, seeing a couple hermit crabs, having a masseuse come and do a 90 minute massage outside the villa (JC got a 60 minute one), every single meal we had at the villa, and just being completely pampered at the Amanpuri. And yes, we are already dreaming of taking this baby there in a couple years.

Babymoon book

If you're popping over from Ali Edwards' blog, welcome! Now that I am back from the babymoon (a vacation taken by soon-to-be-parents to try and relax a bit before the baby arrives - similar to the idea of a honeymoon for newlyweds), I can theoretically finish up the book I started, which you can read about & see here. But with work and the new house, I really haven't had a chance to sit down and work on it as much as I would have liked to. This is what I have completed so far, and though it only covers half of our first day there, I am ok with it. DSC_1099The cover of the book is a photo of a collage. I added these Wood Grain Goodness Thickers and this cute airplane from Skipping 5.DSC_1100 DSC_1101 DSC_1102 DSC_1103One little thing I love about traveling is JC indulging me in a few silly photos. Another is the gathering of the souvenirs, which I have plenty of in an envelope. Though the book may never actually get finished (although I will try), I will record these memories onto scrapbook pages and also Project Life.

We have a GIVEAWAY of one of the travel kits that will be stocked in our shop tomorrow!amy tangerine travel kit giveawayThe winner will get a choice of either the small camera pouch or the airmail pouch. TO ENTER: Leave a comment with which one you prefer along with a fun travel tid bit. It can be anything from a favorite destination to a tip for traveling with babies (as I am gathering notes). Comments will close in 24 hours and a winner will be announced on this post after 10am on Wednesday, August 7, as we have another fun giveaway tomorrow. GOOD LUCK!

WOW - I am blown away by all the fantastic tips and interesting travel bits you shared. THANK YOU!! 

The winner is #131 - Anissa H. says:

Love these kits! My favorite is the camera pouch.

My tip for traveling with a baby… simple Just Go. Don’t let having a newborn stop you from those spontaneous weekend trips. Just pack them a bag and take off. If you forget something at home, there will probably be a Walmart or Target near your destination. I hear so many new parents say that they can’t just get up and go like they use to, but really YOU CAN!! My husband and I did those little weekend trips while our boys were little and they loved it. They were exposed to new places from the beginning.CONGRATS!

I am having some website issues but will try and get these kits (and others) uploaded to the shop as soon as possible. Thanks!

20120528-110257.jpg20120528-110125.jpgWe're in Pittsburgh enjoying the long weekend with JC's family. Summer has definitely arrived. Lots of grilling, relaxing, gardening, reading, cooking, and me trying to avoid getting anymore bug bites. We got here friday night and sat out on the back porch and I managed to get 15 18 bites. Fifteen Eighteen!! The bugs sure do love me, but I do not share the same affection. I am scratching more than I should and using up a lot of caladryl clear. We took JC's sister and brother to the batting cages and putt putt. I felt like I was in high school again. Jenny got a hole in one and we got ice cream afterwards. And JC and I found our dream home. 20120528-110405.jpg Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend avoiding bug bites, doing things you love and sharing good times with those you love.

5 for Friday

Day 4 of the 30 Day Photo Challenge was favorite color. I usually go with bright selections, like yellow and orange, but decided neutrals are my favorite at the moment. After all, they go with everything.

At CHA, Melissa Stinson and I sat down for an interview for Scrapbook Update.

Yesterday was our coolest, windiest day at the beach and I got JC's sister to jump:

If you're considering quitting your job to follow your passion, here's an inspiring video from Grace Kang, founder of Pink Olive that might just put you over the edge.

MOVE, a video by Rick Mereki has me in awe of how creative people are making their dreams come true. It also has me wondering if I should be taking videos on the D90 instead of the iPod Touch. Maybe it's just about collaborating with other creative folks who travel and film and chase their dreams wildly. In any case, it dropped my jaw and might drop yours as well.

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MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.