Friday, November 30

Hey Honey Pecan Bars Get in My Belly

Honey Pecan Bars made by Sweet Lydia's of San Diego by BeckyCharms, desserts, sweets, treats, san diego, farmer's market

Hello?!  Scrumptious, right?! Hey, Honey Pecan Bars, Get in my BELLY!.. AGAIN!

These are just one example of the delectable artisan desserts made with love by Sweet Lydia's of San Diego.  She was professionally trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Visit her weekly at the San Diego Public Market on National Ave.  She is just as sweet as her desserts.. sweeter!  You can also place orders online, plus order for catering with setup. 

Go down and see her or send her a message.. tell her BeckyCharms sent you.  <*wink*>

There is a real community here, in San Diego.  Real people that care.  We care about each other, we care about eating local, we support local and small businesses, and support each other in our endeavors.  You can feel this energy at the Market!  {and no worries, when I make it to New York, I'll bring my energy!}

The Market is open Sundays and Wednesdays 9am-2pm!  You can't miss this place.. the building is like the brightest orange and green ever!  Plus, there is Parking in the Alley!






San Diego Public Market
1735 National Ave.
San Diego, CA 92113
619-233-3901

Sweet Lydia's of San Diego
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Tiny Baker's First Public Random Act of Kindness

Tiny Baker's First Public Random Act of Kindness by BeckyCharms, san diego, public market, farmer's market, kindness, love, children, beckycharms
Tiny Baker sharing kindness with Miss Reyna


Background:

Tiny Baker wanted some paper for coloring.  Then she came to me and said, "I need more supplies and an envelope." {she always knows exactly what she wants, and she's very specific!}  "OK", I said.  After a few minutes she came to me with her envelope and I asked her who if was for, and she said "It's not for you."  LoL.. okay.. "It's for someone I don't know..."

I finished getting ready to leave for the Market, and she asks me, "Can I bring it with me, mama?"  I told her she could bring it into the car but she insists "I want to take it to the Public Market!"  Ooookay.  "I want to give it to someone I don't know."  Ooookay.

So when we arrived at the Market, Tiny Baker grabbed her envelope, complete with a miniature pink clothespin and mini plastic pacifier {the kind for baby showers}..  and we headed in.

Oh, hello!  We were greeted by a super friendly woman, and before I knew it, Tiny Baker was handing over her envelope.  I heard the woman ask, "Is this for me?"  I quickly looked and asked Tiny Baker if this was the person to whom she wanted to give her envelope, and she confidently told me, "Yes."  No hesitation.  No embarrassment.  Just pure kindness and love, straight from her heart.  I mean, this is the kind of stuff I've been teaching and instilling in her since she was born, but when the moment came, the only hesitation was coming from me.  I'm glad I quickly shooed it away!  I've only ever wanted her to shine, and here she was, up to bat..  Home run.  She knocked this one out of the park.  You should have seen their smiles.. Miss Reyna with a giant smile, borderline tears: Tiny Baker thrilled that she was making a stranger Miss Reyna so happy. {that stranger face now has a name.}  That's how meeting new people works, which San Diego Public Market is great at facilitating.

My daughter has taught me so much, and I am so proud of her.  She and I could feel God's love, and see Jesus' kindness.  God's love was shining through her, and she we were beaming.

Tiny Baker loves people, loves kids, loves babies, loves animals.  I can tell that this is the first of many more random acts of love and kindness to come.

She's pretty charming..

That same day, Tiny Baker and I had some more free fun.. look here:



The lesson:
When your kids want to share the purity of heart and express love and kindness to others, let them {under safe, supervised conditions!}.  We can take our cue from them.  

Random acts of kindness come in all shapes, sizes, and packages!  The smallest gestures have the grandest impact.   

The truth is that kindness begins with a "hello"..  try it with someone you don't know.

 



 San Diego Public Market {Farmer's Market}
1735 National Avenue, San Diego, CA
619-233-3901
Sun./Wed. 9am-2pm
{I hear Sunday is really booming
I've only been on Wednesday.}













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Thursday, November 29

hi with love from the Autumn leaves of el Barrio

Fall leaves in San Diego that spell hi from el Barrio Logan, fall, autumn, leaves, san diego, beckycharms

Yesterday was the San Diego Public Market {Farmer's Market} in Barrio Logan, and afterward Tiny Baker and I went for a short walk around the block.  Upon returning to the car, I thought, wouldn't it be fun to spell something out with all of these Fall leaves?  And it was!  hi.

Fall leaves in San Diego in a heart shape from el Barrio Logan, fall, autumn, leaves, san diego, beckycharms

She and I had a great time, sharing the fun and mother-daughter moment.  It was something we had never done before, which made it even more special.  When we were done with our Nature Art, I let her kick all the leaves.  She WE had a blast!  It was fun, free, and easy to do.  We recommend you give it a try.  Now is the perfect time before all the leaves are gone and crunched up into smithereens! 

Fall leaves in San Diego in a heart shape from el Barrio Logan, fall, autumn, leaves, san diego, beckycharms

 ..with Love from..

Pass this joy along..
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Wednesday, November 28

Frozen Hot Chocolate Mixed in a Blender Bottle

frozen hot chocolate with a blender bottle by beckycharms


We've heard of Frozen Hot Chocolate.. I first saw a tin of the mix at BB&Beyond by Seredipity.  {swoon}  I've wanted to visit ever since I saw the movie Serendipity with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale..

But today,

Tuesday, November 27

I love you, and you, and you, and YOU

Love Red Heart by BeckyCharms

Have a happy day full of love..


  • Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?  ~Maurice Freehill
  • Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.                                                  ~Chinese Proverb
  • There are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.  ~James Thurber

  • There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.  ~Edith Wharton 

 I especially like that last quote.. We can be the candle {the source of light} or the mirror that reflects it {spreading and sharing it with everyone}. 

Some of our friends are having a great day, and some are so unhappy, we have no idea the extent of their sadness and suffering.  Why not share the cheer and charm?  Forward them this post, and remind them how much they are loved and thought of by you.  No one is forgotten.
Quotes found at QuoteGarden. Thank you!

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thefind found me



thefind found me.. Thanks, and yay.. !!


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Instacanvas Featured Photo Vote Now for Awesomeness

Instacanvas Featured Photo Contest Please Vote Now for BeckyCharms


Hey, amazing people out there!  Can you HEAR me?  Ok, can you READ me?

I entered a new photo into the Instacanvas Featured Photo.. I don't even know when they pick the winner, hope it's not tomorrow..

If you like/love it, won't you please click it and VOTE NOW..?  !  ?  Please?!

OK, thank you for everything.  You are amazing!

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Monday, November 26

CYBER MONDAY shopping ALL DAY!!

CYBER MONDAY sales and specials

Happy CYBER MONDAY, everyone!  Has everyone recovered from the Thanksgiving holiday?  How about your leftovers?  Have you eaten all you can eat?  

Great!  Now that your tummies feel good and we're back to our regular routine, we can shop and celebrate together.  

The internet is loaded with millions and zillions of super CYBER MONDAY sales and specials.. just for us techie people who know how to login and use the computer.  {I say this because I know a few people who still live in the dark ages, without computers.. YIKES!}

Here are a few of my FAVORITE sites and shops:


And when you get hungry from all that virtual shopping:



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BeckyCharms & Co. pinkDAYS Visual Logo Graphic Design Sample Example

pink DAYS BeckyCharms & Co. Logo Graphic Design Sample Example
{BeckyCharms & Co.}


Simple in nature, bold in expression.. just another fun visual project..  pink DAYS..

Great use for logos, design, visual art, branding, marketing in all my favorite dreamy places: San Diego, New York, San Francisco, Paris, London, and Tokyo. 

This will get added to my amateur Portfolio, titled "The Early Works of BeckyCharms".

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Sunday, November 25

BeckyCharms & Co. Faded Logo Graphic Design Sample Example

BeckyCharms & Co. Faded Logo Graphic Design Sample Example

BeckyCharms & Co. Faded Logo Graphic Design Sample Example

Big B, Big C, little o, period.  I love to have typographical fun.. how about you?  Leave your thoughts and comments.. This was another fun practice with logos, brands, and typography..

Great use for logos, design, visual art, branding, marketing in all my favorite dreamy places: San Diego, New York, San Francisco, Paris, London, and Tokyo.

This will get added to my amateur Portfolio, titled "The Early Works of BeckyCharms" {-smile-}

See another example HERE.
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STOP wasting your LIFE on the internet : Poster Art

Stop wasting your life poster art by BeckyCharms

Feel free to share the message.. I am guilty of this.. every.. day..!!


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Saturday, November 24

{UPDATE} Shop Small Saturday: My Etsy Experience



I am so excited and full of joy, I wanted to share with you..

Below is my previous post regarding today and our opportunity as citizens of the United States and our obligation to our fellow citizens and Small Business Owners to Shop Small {Business}.. 

I want to update you on the experience I just had with Shop Small Saturday and Etsy..

All Etsy shops that accept credit cards {American Express} are eligible to participate in Shop Small Saturday.. sooooooo, those shops that I've been "favoriting" and loving {and coveting} for months and months, I actually had a chance to finally CHECK-OUT!  And that's just what I did.

Usually I love to pick the underdog and the shops that haven't had many, if any, sales, but today, I neither blinked an eye nor batted an eyelash.  I made a beeline for SparrowNestScript!!   

Who?


Today I picked an ornament off of The Giving Tree at church {there's a child's age and toy preference on the back, and the toys get donated locally}.. I picked one for a Journal and Pens.. and I'm so ecstatic to give away one of these amazing journals by Sparrow Nest Script {one that I've loved for so long, that I don't even own myself..} to another person who shares my passion for the written word on paper with pen and ink!

Thank you Shop Small Saturday and American Express for allowing me to shop.. it feels even better that I'm going to share with another person..

Spread the word!  Shop Small Saturday is officially the first Saturday after Thanksgiving!  Remember for next year and mark your calendars.. on your smart phones, on your computer, and on those little pocket calendars that your Aunt Jenny loves to gift you.. 

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"Support your favorite small business.

TODAY, November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support
the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods
across the country.


BeckyCharms & Co. is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th.
 

Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer! Buy anything from my Etsy shop on November 24th and you’ll get a 2nd product FREE!!

Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th
the biggest day of the year for small business.
 

To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com. 

Visit BeckyCharms on Etsy to receive this FREE offer!  Buy any product in my shop and receive an identical one for FREE!  Give to a friend, wrap for a present, or simply feel the luxury of having 2 all to yourself! 



 Buy One Get One FREE

Go, shop now!  Happy ShopSmall Saturday!! {only orders shipping within the United States of America are eligible for this BOGO offer.}  {Foreign countries.. stay tuned for exclusive deals!}

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Shop Small at BeckyCharms & Co. for an exclusive deal!


Support your favorite small business.

TODAY, November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support
the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods
across the country.


BeckyCharms & Co. is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th.
 

Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer! Buy anything from my Etsy shop on November 24th and you’ll get a 2nd product FREE!!

Most importantly, get out there, Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th
the biggest day of the year for small business.
 

To learn more, visit ShopSmall.com. 

Visit BeckyCharms on Etsy to receive this FREE offer!  Buy any product in my shop and receive an identical one for FREE!  Give to a friend, wrap for a present, or simply feel the luxury of having 2 all to yourself! 



 Buy One Get One FREE

Go, shop now!  Happy ShopSmall Saturday!! {only orders shipping within the United States of America are eligible for this BOGO offer.}  {Foreign countries.. stay tuned for exclusive deals!}

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Shop Small in San Diego Saturday 11/24/12



Shop Small Saturday is.. TODAY!  Register your AMEX card and spend $25+ at participating small businesses today and American Express {AMEX} will credit your account $25!  Really?  Yes, I participated last year, and it was true!  I can't wait to shop today.. Shop small, shop local. 

 

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Not sure where to shop?  Find out local Small Businesses near your area:

 

Find ShopSmall Businesses HERE


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Fresh Taste Eat Fresh at Rubio's - Poster Art


More photo editing fun.. people enjoying lunch, chatting, talking, having, fun, making jokes and memories.  The more the merrier.

Fresh Taste at Rubio's.

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Friday, November 23

RuuBiiOoooooos.. Rubio's The Original Location in San Diego : A Review

best fish tacos in San Diego  

Fish Tacos put them on the map.. continued fresh recipes and food keep them there..

best fish tacos in San Diego



Wednesday afternoon {the day before Thanksgiving} and the family was hungry, the discussion began as to what we were going to eat.  We live in Sunny San Diego in Southern California.  Do you have any idea how many eateries and restaurants...

Wednesday, November 21

Roar Tiger Featured on Tiger Pens Blog UK Custom Sharpies

This is a big THANK YOU to the awesome folks at Tiger Pens and Tiger Pens Blog UK for choosing my Custom Sharpie Packs {available on Etsy} to share with their readers.  They think they're pretty cool.. and what do you know, me too. {wink}

The Watermelon Sharpie Pack featured on Tiger Pens Blog UK
 Grab your very own pack here, on Etsy.

I am really glad they {TonyB} reached out from across the lands and sent me an email.. because I had never discovered them on this giant web of coolness.. and now I know about Tiger Pens, and Tiger Pens knows about me!  Totes..!

One of my favorite words I've seen on their blog.. "Penthusiasm".  I love it!  Well, I started following their blog, Liked their FB, and hear their Tweets.  I'm hoping to meet a gazillion people who share this penthusiasm with me..

Tiger Pens.. ROAR!

Cheerio!  and Happy {US} Thanksgiving.. 

Let's go write..right now, write!

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Tuesday, November 20

ONE-BOWL Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 

My favorite recipes include ingredients that are already in my pantry.. Especially for those late night hankerings and urges for baked goods.

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 

I thought I was going to bake some classic banana bread, so I've had these ugly brown bananas in my fridge for days to slow the ripening.  I have heard and read that this is okay to do, but I've never actually done it until now.  Brown bananas turn me off.. to eat, but to bake with, wow.  They are perfect.  I even went to the store just to get sour cream.  

But these muffins popped up in my Google search, and I knew I was going to use.. do you remember?  How many bowls?  3?  2?  Nope!  Just 1 Bowl!

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
EVERYTHING begins with butter.. everything GOOD!

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
Hello, brown bananas..

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
Mashed nanners..

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
Add your suga', Suga'!

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
I brought you flour.

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
My newest favorite kitchen friend.  My Red Melamine Mixing Bowl with rubber nonstick ringed bottom and pour spout from CostPlus World Market.  Thanks, mom!  Just in time for endless Holiday baking..

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 

"Dulces de chocolate, chocolate candy, chocolate candy".. {am I the only one who remembers that video from Spanish class?}



One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
Of course, my spatula comes from Williams Sonoma.. all of them.  They're my favorite. 
They're the best.

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
Mix it, scoop it, bake it brown.

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
The future Mrs. Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin.

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
Baking it, and baking it, and baking it well..

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
Right down the middle.

One Bowl Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins by BeckyCharms 2012 
Heyyyyyy, one's missing!  {oh my!}

This recipe was SOO easy and quick to make.

I followed the recipe {with a few changes}, and baked them for about 24 min.  They were already browning at 20 min., but still gooey in the middle, and 30 min. would have been too long.. so keep an eye after 20 minutes. 

1-Bowl Banana Chocolate Muffins
makes 12 muffins {I used a medium scoop}

Print recipe here, BeckyCharms The Recipes.

Ingredients:
  • 2 very, very ripe bananas, mashed {the riper the better.. once they start to spot, put them in the fridge}
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter, unsalted
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg {room temp.}
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups AP flour
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a large bowl, mash bananas, add melted butter and sugar. Mix well. Add the egg and beat/mix well.
  • Sprinkle in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir until moist.
  • Gently fold in chocolate chips. Be careful not to over mix!
  • Divide amongst muffin tins. {greased/nonstick spray, paper/silicone cups, or nonstick pan}
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden, and toothpick comes out clean

Thanks for the idea, Eat Live Run..

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Monday, November 19

Poster Art Scalloped Flower Face

flower, poster, art, artwork, design, creative, beckycharms, face


Hello!  I was having some fun using a frame app on my iPhone.. am I supposed to take notes of the different edits?  Because I have no idea.. I just go through different ones, and when I like what I see, I save it.

Do you take notes of your edits and filters?

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CYBER MONDAY Shopping ALL WEEK LONG at Kohl's

Look at this latest deal.. good for EVERYONE!!

Cyber Monday shopping at Kohl's, all week long!  FREE SHIPPING, no minimum purchase required.  

18022_11/24-11/27: Everyone saves 20% on Kohls.com (no exclusions) w/ code: CYBER20 + Free Shipping NO Min 
 
Get in some shopping, while avoiding the crowds, plus get FREE SHIPPING! 
Now that's something amazing!

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Saturday, November 17

Rookie, King of Puggles, Puggle VIP, Top Dog

puggle, san diego, beckycharms, photography, Rookie

puggle, san diego, beckycharms, photography, Rookie

puggle, san diego, beckycharms, photography, Rookie

puggle, san diego, beckycharms, photography, Rookie

puggle, san diego, beckycharms, photography, Rookie

I used PhotoStudio on iPhone to edit the photos..

Enjoy!  This little woofers is a stud..

Rookie, King of Puggles, Puggle VIP, Top Dog

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