Happy Birthday Boba!

Today our Boba girl, @nowservingboba, turns 1 year old! We are so happy to have her in our lives and can't wait for what new adventures are ahead of us. 

To celebrate I wanted to lift her up with balloons, but sadly learned that I would need at least 800 balloons. I still wanted to take pictures of her with balloons though. So Grant gave in to my crazy idea and we ended up heading to Sacramento in a Fiat with a helium tank and balloons. We ended up only filling 33 balloons and found a cool wall in Sacramento behind BloodSource Midtown to take some fun photos. I started a hashtag, #dahhappywall, so all the fun walls I find can be easy to find. I hope you enjoy the pictures! 

We stopped by Gunther's Ice Cream Shop on the way out and it was a great way to end our adventure. We had their fruit freeze with vanilla ice cream in the middle and it was excellent. I hope we can make it back to Gunther's and to explore Sacramento more. 

Happy 1/2 Birthday Boba!

I can't believe Boba is already 6 months old. She is growing up so fast and has really changed our lives for the better. I love her so much and can't wait for our next adventures. 


If you have seen my Instagram, you must know that I love taking shoe shots. Now since I have Boba, when I take a shoe shot she is also down there. I started a hashtag, #dahxnowservingboba, to keep track of all these photos as some will be on my account and some will be on hers. I have a big shoe obsession and have many shoes that I don't wear much or at all, so I think this little project will encourage me to wear those shoes. I don't really have any other plans for this hashtag. I just thought it would be fun. Feel free to follow along to get the view from where I stand! Thanks!

Golden Birthday Boba Party

I haven't had time to do much other than work, so my birthday kind of snuck up on me. I love throwing parties though and still wanted to do something, so I decided to organize a party last minute. I decided to have a make your own boba tea party in the park for my birthday. I wanted to give my friends a chance to meet our new pup, Boba, while drinking boba! I decided to have it on Labor Day weekend since I figured the Golden Gate Park would be nice and empty and it would give those who didn't have a plan that day something fun to do.

In order to make this happen, I ordered tea from my favorite boba place, Boba Guys. They have a tea company called Tea People. I ordered way too many flavors, but I loved all of them. I brewed the tea as described on the bag. I made simple syrup to add to the tea. I premixed the tea with simple syrup and Strauss half and bottled them up. Luckily we had a bunch of bottles from when Grant got into home brewing beer. In addition to the premixed milk tea, I also wanted to offer plain tea without syrup or milk for those that wanted to do the proportions themselves, which I think worked out really well and was good for those that didn't want half and half and wanted almond milk instead. After bottling up the milk tea and tea, I used a gold paint pen to label them.


For the boba balls, I found a recipe on how to cook boba perfectly and followed her recommendation of where to get real boba. I ordered them from Nuts.com. It actually came a lot faster than I anticipated, which was awesome. I followed her instructions step by step and they came out great. 

The boba tea bar consisted of milk tea, tea, boba, half and half, almond milk, and extra simple syrup. I bought boba cups and straws from Amazon and some gold decorations from Shop Sweet Lulu. I was running late to setup, but everything came together. Here's the only shot I had of the party itself. Fun times were had though. You can't go wrong having a party at Golden Gate Park. I haven't decided what I'll do for my 30th birthday party next year, but I'm excited to start thinking of ideas. Let me know if you have any questions about my golden birthday boba party!

Golden Birthday

This year was my golden birthday, where your birthday and age match. I've also heard it's called a jubilee birthday. This year at 9:29am on August 29th, I turned 29! I have entered the last year of my twenties. 28 was a great year. Some highlights included going to Portland, new parts of Europe, working in D.C. at the White House, and finally getting a puppy. It was a great year, but I'm hoping 29 will be even better! I'm hoping to continue doing creative projects and making Design + Happiness a real brand. I want to create a more cohesive stationary line and even dabble in some kids clothes. If you have any advice or know anyone I should talk to and pick their brains, please let me know. I am feeling inspired to do bigger things this year! Here's to 29!

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