Happy Holidays!


I usually love the holiday season – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s..I love it all! TBH, this year the holidays went by too fast with all the things on our plate this year. I did not the feel the Christmas spirit AT ALL. 🙁

But it’s ok! It’s within good reason. Regardless of whether I feel the spirit of the holidays this year or not, I’m still so happy, grateful, and blessed to be able to have my husband, my family, and my friends this holiday season. 




The blog and all my channels will be going dark for about a week and a half (but make sure to follow me on Instagram if you want to see all the craziness that will ensue during that time while we move our restaurant!).

I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and blessed New Year! Wherever you are at this moment in your journey, revel in it and enjoy it. <3


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Finish Off Strong Part 2 – It’s OK to Rest

I know I’ve been talking about all the goal setting and getting more done before 2017 is over. This might sound contradictory to what I’ve been discussing in my previous posts but don’t forget, it’s okay to rest!

Entrepreneur or not, we always put too much on our plate. Beginning of the year, middle, or end it’s always the case. We fill our schedules to the brim, pack our to do lists with a million tasks, and don’t have time to recharge or relax. Take it from me, this leads to major burn out and more often than not, a melt down!

For me, it’s all about boundaries. The more balanced my life and the more boundaries I set the more motivated I am to work when I “clock in.” Plus, I’m at maximum productivity since I’m well rested! Whenever Charlie and I went on vacation this past year it was so stressful before we left, *queue meltdown here* but while we were gone we were able to rest. Some of our best ideas happened while we were away. We were inspired while we were gone so we were so excited to come back to work and kick some work ass!

This year is a little different from the others. I usually wind down during the holidays (as most do during this time of year). But with all the big things we’re preparing for in the beginning of 2018 and all the traveling we did this year now is not the time to rest. I had plenty of that on all my trips. But if your season is different than mine, go rest! Don’t feel guilty about it – enjoy time with your friends, family, and loved ones. Enjoy time with yourself. That is, after all, why we do what we do.

Look at these cute pups relaxing in the sun! Emulate their vibes

I’m lightening up on the blog posts through the end of the year. I’ve got 1 more on Friday and then the blog is going to be quiet until after the New Year. I’ve decided that I’ve got my plate extremely full with Ninong’s through January so I decided to be real with myself and take a much-needed break from the blogs for now. But don’t worry, I’ll still be active on my Instagram and Twitter accounts in case you want to follow along as we prepare for our Grand Opening Party! I have every intention to start kicking some blogging butt in January after the dust settles (pun intended?) at Ninong’s new place.


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Unique LA 2017 Holiday Market

Unique LA’s 2017 Holiday Market is officially upon us. Every year I do this show I find another way to challenge myself.

First couple years was just CO Creative Cartel, then Ninong’s joins the scene with a table, then Ninong’s gets a booth. Last year was the first year where I feel that both my businesses really kind of got its sweet spot of where it belongs at Unique LA. But I’m crazy and decided to push the envelope all while testing my sanity lol!

This year, CO Creative Cartel is still sticking to my custom table scape that I’ve had the last 2 shows. It has worked really well for us in the past, and our goal is to sell of our inventory as CO Creative Cartel is pivoting directions. Ninong’s, on the other hand, is going out on a limb. This year, we’re going to prepare food onsite. EEP! We’re going to be selling our Pork Belly Sliders, Ensaymada Grilled Cheese, Iced Barako Coffee, Ube Milk Tea, Mango Juice, Calamansi Juice, and 2 of our signature pancakes – Ube and Buko! We’re also going to be selling pastries as we usually do, so I feel like this show is going to be extremely hectic.

If you’re in SoCal come see both CO Creative Cartel and Ninong’s at the Unique LA 2017 Holiday Market this weekend 12/2/17-12/3/17 at the California Market Center!


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