Last Sunday I had a nice morning/afternoon with Dani. We went to brunch at Early Toast followed by some shopping at Ulta and Old Navy as well as a few other errands. In the evening we went to FPU at church.

On Wednesday I bought my ticket to the very first ever Sacramento WordCamp. The tickets sold out within two hours, but to be fair there weren’t a whole lot of tickets available because they are hosting it at The Art Institute and space is limited. Still, I’m excited to see how it goes and hopefully it will become an annual event.

Yesterday I got my hair colored for fall, and I went with Joshua to his 10 year high school reunion.

At @joshua300td's 10 year high school reunion! #pondo05reunion

Overall it was nice and we knew a couple of people there, but it was definitely a reminder that in 10 years some things just don’t change, hah.

Throughout the week I put the finishing touches on the laundry room, so I plan on putting up the reveal post tomorrow at the earliest. It’s looking good!


This week I worked on a Facebook ad and eBlast for Mikuni, some design edits on another project, specs for Plum, and some portfolio pieces and social media cover photos for Three29.

Photoshoot day at #three29 with @fiscusphoto and @decabet

We also had a photoshoot at the office since we are nominated for a Best Places to Work Award, and they needed some pictures of the office. I’m also using the photos from it to redesign the Facbook and Twitter cover photos for Three29, so hopefully those will go up sometime this week.


  • I put together my very first Reader Survey on SurveyMonkey as a way to find out who is reading my blog, what they get out of it, and what I can do to make my blog better for them. If you haven’t taken it, please do and help me build a better blog! I’ll be sharing the results probably at the end of the month in the form of a pretty infographic.
  • Trying a new plugin called WP Security Audit Log as an alternative to Stream, and so far I like it way better. One of the things I liked about Stream was they had a dashboard widget, but they got rid of that in version 3 of their plugin; WP Security Audit Log has this feature plus more.
  • I’ve been using Mint for analytics on my site long before I started using Google Analytics, and since Mint does a couple things that Google Analytics doesn’t do, I transferred it over from LovelyGeek.net to here since this blog has way more visitors.
  • Published this week’s finds over at the Three29 blog.
My (first-ever) annual blog reader survey

Through social media I’ve been able to gage who some of my readers are, but since I am planning on a new blog I’d like to know a little more about you! As a professional web designer, the research process is super important as it determines the direction of the design, so I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t do this part for my own site!

Would you please take my 2015 Reader Survey? Answers are anonymous, so please be completely honest!

Take the survey now »

Thank you so much for helping me out. I hope to make the new Lovely Geek blog the best it can be!



Last Sunday I went bridesmaid dress shopping with for my friend Danielle’s wedding. Dani, Brittany (Danielle’s sister), and I are all bridesmaids, or I should I say I’m a bridesmaid, they are maid and matron of honor.

We all got to choose whatever dress we wanted; it just had to be a long dress and in the color Danielle wanted, which was wine. After trying on several dresses in different styles, we finally decided on these two:

Dani's Bridesmaid Dress

The dress Dani will be wearing.

My Bridesmaid Dress

The dress Brittany and I will be wearing.

I love that Brittany and I (the bigs sisters of the Danielles) both chose the same dress. The rest of her bridal party is in Reno, so it will be interesting to see which dresses they choose.

Sunday was also Mr. Big’s second birthday.

Happy 2nd birthday to my weenie @mrbigthedoxie! #mrbig #dachshund #doxie #weenie #weeniewithaweenie

Dani got him a Death Star toy. My present to him was a teepee from Pipolli which he got early in August.

A couple of other things that happened this week:

  • Sunday we went to Mel’s for dinner with friends after our Dave Ramsey class
  • Monday night we had a big family dinner to celebrate Bobby’s Sheriff Academy graduation
  • Continued working on the laundry room

Not too busy of a week but still a good one!


I did a poster for Breast Cancer Awareness month and corresponding Facebook ads, put together a research survey on SurveyMonkey for a client, presented a design to a client, and went to a meeting for a new client project. I did some internal stuff too as well as working on my weekly blog post.


Since it was the end of the month I got my Beauty Bag and Favorites posted. I also did my second week of Friday Finds in Web Design over at the Three29 blog.

My Favorite Things: A Blog Linkup


Because of my PCOS and the fact I am regularly taking an antibiotic to help with my acne, it’s important for me to have good bacteria to balance things out and keep my gut healthy. Not only do I take a probiotic, but I’ve recently been incorporating kombucha as a regular beverage into my diet as well. I love it because it comes in a wide variety of flavors and it satisifies that sweet beverage craving I’d get when wanting a soda. My favorites are the Raw & Organic Live Kombucha Culture Cola and GT’s Kombucha (Strawberry Syrenity and Cosmic Cranberry).

The Longest Ride

Call me a sap, but I love me a good Nicholas Sparks movie. During the last week of July Joshua was out of town for training, so I had a few nights to myself to watch whatever I wanted and The Longest Ride was one of those movies. Some of the plot lines hit home, which made the movie relatable and enjoyable, plus it’s Nicholas Sparks so it’s always a good love story. And of course I bought a couple tracks off the soundtrack which I’ve been listening to nonstop for the last couple of months.

Jaclyn Hill

I first heard of Jaclyn Hill when looking at make-up vanities on Pinterest. Her make-up room kept popping up with captions about people coveted her setup, so eventually I Googled her to see who she was. Turns out she’s a professional make-up artist that does tutorials on YouTube. I started watching her tutorials here and there and began learning a lot a great tips, such as how to fill in/sculpt my eyebrows. Her eyeshadow looks are a little too bold at times for my liking, so I’m never really trying to copy an entire look; I mainly watch her videos for tips and techniques. I love her and she’s one of my favorite YouTubers!
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My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!

  1. Fresh Sugar Lip Polish – I was in the market for a good lip scrub, and this was the one I sampled and went home with from Sephora. I knew it was the one for me because I put it on, walked around the store and it dissolved onto my lips leaving it smooth, exfoliated, and moisturized. It’s super yummy too! It reminds me of Lip Smackers Lunar Lime as far as flavor goes. I will usually put this on first before I get ready and by the time I go through my entire makeup routine and get to my lips this scrub has dissolved giving me the perfect smooth base to put lipstick on. And you only need a tiny bit. Definitely will repurchase in the future.
  2. MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30 – When I went to get color matched for the Pro Longwear foundation the gal who helped me sent me home with a sample of this in Neutralize. I really like how it evens out my skin tone and sets up a good base for putting on foundation. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it can sometimes make my skin look dry and crusty depending upon the moisturizer I use. I purchased a full bottle after I finished my sample, but I am not 100% sure I will repurchase.
  3. LUSH Ultrabalm – I got this to be a replacement for vaseline since I wanted something that actually worked and was better for you. I picked this up in August, and I absolutely love it. I primarily use it for my lips, but I also use it on any dry or irritated patches of skin. It’s a little on the oily side, especially when the room temperature is warm, so I keep it at home as opposed to throwing it in my purse otherwise it can get a bit messy. Aside from that, love and will repurchase.
  4. MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation – Having oily skin it’s very challenging to find a foundation that won’t slide off within a few hours. This foundation came highly recommended by my account manager Kara who also happens to be a Raiderette and has to perform in full makeup. Needless to say if her makeup can last all day through sweat and oil then this foundation can go the distance. Well I can say it definitely does! I only had to blot my face once throughout the day, and it was towards the end of the day. The only thing is it’s on the heavy side, so wearing it every single day is probably not the best idea if you don’t have to. I tend to wear it only two or three times a week, and I usually will use my Clarisonic that evening when washing my face.
  5. The Honest Company Deodorant – I started to feel like my usual deodorant stopped working, so I decided to switch things up for something more natural. I picked out this one from The Honest Company during a trip to Whole Foods, and I really like it so far. Its got all natural ingredients, and I like that it’s in a spray as opposed to a stick. I don’t get any residue on my clothes, it smells good, and it doesn’t irritate my skin.