Author: nicole

Ash No, Founder of SF Rugs: Turning A Little Bit Of Nothing Into Awesome Sauce

It’s Monday and I’m already feeling drained and overwhelmed for the week ahead. But it’s important to put my mind and heart at ease, knowing that running your own business takes time and many many attempts to get it right. Nothing great was built over night. And these are just some lessons I’ve learned from Ash No, Founder of SF Rugs. She’s an incredible woman with great tenacity, inventiveness and resourcefulness. All the makings of a good entrepreneur. She got her start in entrepreneurship by selling candy and cd’s in high school. Since then she has started 5-10 companies. It is my pleasure to share my interview with her. A side note: I’m thrilled and honored to know that she and I share the same love for HBO’s “Silicon Valley”. When did you start your first company and what was it? My first “business” was in high school. I sold candy and CDs in high school and had two part time jobs. I didn’t care at all for high school. It was never a priority …

Things You Can Do When You’re Feeling Uninspired

Switching gears and starting a new blog post topic relating to creativity. These are my current thoughts and whether you disagree or not, i’d love to hear your thoughts as well. One thing that recently dawned on me is that I tend to have ideas and tend to do things when I’m inspired. It hits me in the middle of the night or sometimes during the day. Some of my best decisions or work come from being inspired by an idea, something or someone (And I make the time to put it into action.) Sometimes its from new music that I’ve recently heard or by something that visually pops up on my social media feed. But if its not readily available, it needs to be sought out. So that’s where I found myself recently. I needed to seek out inspiration. Whats interesting is that inspiration doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Nor do you have to go far to find it. It might just be about doing something different. Something that might be …

Where To Take Your Little Ones Adventuring On Big Island, Hawaii!

Often when we travel with O, it’s difficult to leave the hotel. Road trips and any other type of exploration are limited by child friendly food options, and the ability to travel from point A to point B while avoiding a meltdown. Last year, we went to Kauai and spent the whole time at the resort. This year, we decided to try and explore a lit bit more of Big Island, and had an amazing time! This is a step by step playbook for our day. Preparation/Journey There To prepare for the trip, we packed lots of snacks for O as well as ample fluids (juice, water, etc.) so he wouldn’t be hangry (hungry + angry) along the road trip. My husband looked at the maps ahead of time. We were staying on the Fairmont Orchid, and we wanted to visit Hilo and the volcanoes, which is roughly 2 hours away. How can we get our toddler to the volcanoes without a melt down and still maintain his interest? We planned several stops along the …

My Top 10 Reason’s To Love The Fairmont Orchid

Aloha! Here’s our second post of our Hawaii vacation series. This post is about our hotel accommodations at the Fairmont Orchid Resort.  We really couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay while we were in Hawaii for obvious reasons. So lets get into it! Plus at the end I’ll be sharing how you can score yourself the best deal to stay at the Fairmont Orchid! 1. The Room View The room we stayed at during our stay at the Fairmont Orchid was ‘exquisite’. We stayed in a suite which had a ‘sweeping’ view of the golf course from your lanai and a peak of the Pacific Ocean on our left. The suite had a separate parlor area divided from the main bed room with french doors, a sofa that can turn into a sleeper couch and a dresser with a fridge (no freezer). The bedroom had a powder room/office, which leads to the bathroom, garnished with marble counters and completely marble shower. Gorgeous! Now that as I’m writing this, I should have just done a …

The Perfect Weekender Bag For Our Hawaii Getaway – The Catalina

Aloha! Starting my extensive blogging about our recent family trip to Hawaii (Big Island) with one of my least favorite topics  – packing. Fortunately I was saved by Lo & Son’s Catalina weekender bag, which almost made me forget we had to bring 4 large suitcases full of my son’s necessities (including a car seat). I was originally going to use the Catalina weekender bag to pack all of my clothes and belongings, but found an even better use for it during our trip. First I used it as my airplane carry-on with things we needed to bring for our 6 hour plane ride. I packed: Bottles for juice, water and milk Extra change of clothes for the kiddo Wipes Snacks Jackets for both of us My smaller purse Ipad, charger I could have fit my lap top and camera in there as well, but I decided why torture myself? It was the perfect bag for our getaway.  Once we got there, I basically turned it into a beach, pool and road trip bag. After …

I Found My Soul (And Strength) On A Bike At Soul Cycle San Mateo

This isn’t going to be a long post. I just wanted to let it be known (mostly for myself to look back on this day), that I tried in-door cycling for the first time in my entire life at the brand spanking new Soul Cycle in San Mateo. And I wasn’t alone. 50 something of us packed into that nicely air- conditioned room full of yellow bikes and we ‘rode as one’ to Bey. It started with an invite to be introduced to Soul Cycle. And basically inviting everyone and anyone I knew. It was my first time organizing anything fitness related, because as my husband will tell you, exercising is not on my list of priorities. I thought i’d be lucky if 5 people signed up with me. That 5 turned out to be 10 times more than I had expected. How did that happen? Well I could not have done it without the help of Katherine Chen, (a.k.a @poosekat on instagram) who I had the pleasure of meeting through Jennifer Yco and her …

Taryn Kutches: Co-Founder Of Parker Design Reinventing The Woman’s Backpack

A couple of nights ago, guest editor Taryn Kutches did us all a favor and shared her 10 must haves for pumping while on the go. We hope it streamlined some planning for those of you in the beautiful trenches of nursing. Tonight, I wanted to share her story with you. I’ve featured a few female entrepreneurs who left a career to pursue another, but this one is still doing both and raising a daughter. Taryn is from Norton Shores, MI, a small beach town on the west side of the state, where she lives with her husband Pete, a four-legged son Tahoe, and their daughter Parker. During the week she does the 40 hour grind as a sales engineer in the automotive industry. When she’s not at her day job, she’s sleeping, keeping up with her daughter and working hard on her passion project: Parker Design, of which she is co-founder of. What is Parker Design? A fashion brand hoping to re-think women’s fashion and positively changing the world at the same time. They’re beginning with …

10 Must Have’s for Pumping while Traveling

Trying something new today! Tonight on the blog is guest editor, Taryn Kutches, co-founder of Parker Design, sharing her tips on pumping while traveling. A must read if you’re a new mom returning to work from maternity, travel for work or just want to get away for the weekend. I know a lot of you just entering that stage of returning to work, so I thought this might be helpful. I for one felt the struggle the first year of nursing with my son, so it turned out pumping became a regular part of my life, as it is for many of you. These tips will be life-savers, trust me! So here’s Taryn!: Are you nervous about keeping up nursing while you are away from your little one for a few days? Don’t worry, I’ve been there too. I was determined to nurse my little girl for a year. After weeks of struggles in the beginning, we finally got the hang of it and we ended up making it to our goal, but boy did I ever under estimate …

The 10 Ways Why I’m Rocking Motherhood Challenge

It’s mid-week through May (where has 2017 gone??) and mother’s day has come and gone. To be honest, although it was a pretty big deal all over social media, it felt much like any other day. It was business like usual. But really, I was fine with that because I’m reminded everyday, like every mom out there, just what motherhood is all about. And don’t let the title of this post fool you into thinking that I’ve got it all figured out. It was actually the title of a challenge with the hashtag #rockingmotherhood circulating through social media, encouraging moms to share ways they’re rocking motherhood.  I was tagged by a new mom friend I met over Instagram @presentfullmama, who happens to also be a therapist. So I thought, sure, why not? At least I’ll finally have another parenting blog post! It was actually harder to come up with 10 things than I thought! Which is typical for me, since I tend to put myself down about things, but it was a much needed exercise. Get ready for some …

Outfit Post: Minimalist Vibes With Lo & Sons

Photography By: Anthony Hudson Minimalism has got to be my favorite fashion trend. It’s simple, easy and stands the test of time. I’m not a huge fan of color, so I’m quite happy in my black, whites and neutrals. I recently got a Lo & Sons Waverley cross body bag which practically goes with me everywhere and is so easy to pair with any outfit. Whether its running errands, going out with family or out on a shoot, its the perfect bag for my minimalistic tendencies and essentials. Don’t be deceived by its small size, this compact little bag can carry a surprising amount and can be worn 4 ways which is a really smart idea for people (including moms) on the go. First as a wristlet. As A Shoulder Bag. As a crossbody. Or even as a hands free belt. This cute little bag is one of my favorites to take around! Very easy to switch from one style to another. From one purpose to another. How would you style it?   Disclaimer: This was …