Showing posts from 2013

Happy Hostess & Photography

Happy Sunday! Check out former hostess, Christina V., wearing the Sutton Necklace she earned for free with her hostess credits.  She's rockin' it. Her photo submission has also entered her to win a $25 gift card, only for those that Like my Facebook page. Go check it out and add a comment. Enter by December 31, 2013.

Photo taken by in Livermore. 

Here is Christina V. also wearing the Lucia Necklace that is now sold out! The matching Lucia Bracelet is available and on sale. Grab yours before it's gone for good. Also, I have many samples on sale on my Facebook page or email me for the inventory list.

I have considered blogging some of my Outfit of the Days. I know some fashion blogs are really popular that do that. What do you think of my style? Should I do that? I sometimes post outfits on my Instagram account at 'bappletree'. Feel free to take a peek and I'll consider posting Outfit of the Day here. I would appreciate any fee…

Giving Tuesday

There was Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and now the second annual Giving Tuesday. Last month, I donated to the World Food Program USA to help get the Philippines food after the typhoon that killed thousands of people. Today, I helped out the Berkeley Humane Society by placing an order thru their Amazon Wish List for their Dog Program.
“Our Amazon Wish List is filled with supplies that we need to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs in our community. While in our care, our feline and canine friends need attention, love, and enrichment, and of course food and supplies.  The better our supplies, the more complete and wholesome care we can provide the animals. The better their care while at Berkeley Humane, the more adoptable they are. The more adoptable they are, the quicker they find homes. The quicker they find homes, the more lives we can save.”
Bevo, my Boston Terrier, was purchased thru a breeder in the Central Valley in 2008. I was overruled to even consi…

Cyber Monday!

Our Cyber Monday deal! Spend $50 today and get the iKat jewelry roll in Espresso for $5.95 (reg $39). Keep the roll for yourself or as a gift!  
Also, your $50 purchase will earn you $25 Dot Dollars. Spend $100 and get $50 worth of Dot Dollars! You can apply the $25 Dot Dollars to every $50 you spend between January 3rd and 10th of 2014.  On January 3rd, you will receive your promo codes.
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My First Opera

2013 has been a year of a lot of 'firsts.' I have traveled to many different places, had my first Valentine's Day as a single woman, participated in my first race with obstacle courses, have been to more than one 49ers games and Sharks games, first time taking a motorcycle outside the parking lot and going 75 mph from Oakley to Tracy, drove a 4-wheeler, and now my first opera.

I received a Groupon notice for tickets to see The Barber of Seville for half off. I have never been to an opera and remember the advertising agency I was working for, Y&R, had the San Francisco Opera account. Some employees usually get free tickets or discounts but I was never that lucky. I asked Megan, my aspiring actress friend, if she wanted to go and she enthusiastically said yes. I also didn't have to ask her if she wanted to dress up. It was an excuse to have a girls' night and get dressed up.

I decided to wear a white BCBG dress that I haven't worn since my 29th (?) birthday t…

Pistachio & Broccoli Pesto-Crusted Salmon

Taken from Shape Magazine's January/February 2013 issue from Sodium Girl's Limitless Low-Sodium Cookbook by Jessica Goldmab Foung.

Serves: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes
3/4 cup shelled unsalted pistachios  1 garlic clove 2/3 cup broccoli florets, stems trimmed 1 cup fresh basil leaves 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon pine nuts 4 3- to 4-ounce salmon fillets (can be subbed with chicken breasts)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Place pistachios in a food processor and pulse until roughly chopped. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add garlic, broccoli, basil, olive oil, pine nuts, and 1 teaspoon water to food processor and pulse until consistency is a thick and chunky purée. Add more water if necessary. 
3.  Put salmon fillets on prepared baking sheet, skin-side down. Use a spatula to evenly distribute the pesto over the fillets and top each with a quarter of the crushed pistachios. Bake for 10 to 12 min…

I Survived Warrior Dash!

I was so nervous leading up to the event. In my initial post, I mentioned that I am not a runner. I jog and not for very far. I use the motor cross machine, bike and do incline walking at the gym. I do not run. When I jog around the complex while trying to wear out my pup, I sometimes get a sharp pain in my foot and my knee and then I stop. I also thought I was going to fail in fundraising $300 for 'The Princess Package' as one of my clerks calls it.  When you raised $300 for the St. Jude Children Hospital, you have access to private restrooms, showers and are provided food. They also check your belongings for you so you can enjoy the festival post-Dash.

I baked those amazing Cookies and Cream cookies well over a month ago. I brought in donuts to work. I used social media. I tried to get jewelry lovers to help out as well. What really worked was giving folks a sense of urgency to help me raise the money the day before. And I did! Well, mostly thanks to my Papa Bear. Since I w…

Praying for the Philippines

They expected the death toll to reach that number. The Red Cross has ordered that many body bags. It's the same number of the population of the city of Emeryville, where I work. The Philippines have numerous typhoons a year and they predicted this to be worse than the US' Katrina. Hopefully that number is inaccurate. It is currently at 2, 275 according to Katie Couric, as of November 13, 2013 at 6 AM.
Update 11/21/13 at 1:15 PM - National: 3,976 confirmed deaths, 1,598 missing and 18,175 injured, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The video and images are heart breaking. People are left without food, water and shelter. Some even stormed a rice plant in desperation, and some just want to leave the country as nothing is left of their home now. Look around you. Imagine your home left unrecognizable. Where would you go? What would you do? This is a reminder to everyone to prepare for the unexpected. 

Manny Pacquiao, a professional Filipino…

FOR SALE: Wedding Items

The below items were used for one wedding and available for purchase. Pick up may be arranged in Hayward or Emeryville, CA. Or mailed at your expense. Cash upon pick-up or Paypal. For purchase or ask questions, email me
Card Box - $15
This box is in great condition and in the same plastic container when it was originally purchased. Use it to have guests place their greeting cards or as a box to receive marital advice.

Eight 9"-Tall Cylinder Vases - $20 Vases were used once as center pieces for a wedding. In great condition. No chips or cracks. In original box. Width a 8.73 cm. Height - 22.86 cm. Buyer must take all 8.

Twelve 6"-Tall Cylinder Vases - $20 Vases were used once as center pieces for a wedding. In great condition. No chips or cracks. In original box. Diameter a 8.7 cm. Buyer must take all 12.
Twelve 7.5"-Tall Cylinder Vases - $20 Vases were used once as center pieces for a wedding. In great condition. No chips or cracks. In original box. Buyer must take al…