CHA 2012 Weekend of Fun!

Several weeks ago, I had the fun opportunity to attend CHA- the mecca for all things creative!

This show was held in Anaheim, CA (close to my old stomping grounds) and I was thrilled to have the chance to go back “home.”

I took Mason with me- not because he is my favorite kid (though I can say he is the best baby I’ve ever had!) but I took him because he was free, he is still nursing,  and my fabulous Mother-In-Law wanted to spend some time with him. It was his first flight, and my first flight alone with a baby. I might have had a {minor} anxiety attack that lasted the entire 2 weeks before the trip, but everything went great and the trip was stinkin’ fun.

I mean, what is not fun about a trip to Disneyland with some fun bloggers for Tauni’s birthday?

(From left to right), Mique from 30 Handmade Days, ME, Jen from Tatertots & Jell-o, Marie from Make & Takes, Kami from No Biggie, Heather from Dollar Store Crafts, Lara from Less Cake More Frosting, Heather from Whipperberry & Tauni from the Snap Conference!

And just to prove how badly I give in to peer pressure, this is the picture of our group on Tower of Terror- the only ride at California Adventure I said I would never go on.

Here, let me blow it up. (Sorry for the blur!)

Can you see me- the one in the middle row not opening my eyes and screaming out of sheer fright? (Actually both Mique and I  were pretty freaked out, so it was nice to have another wimp person with a fear of heights & drops with me. )

{And do you see crazy Lara? Raising her hands like this ride was fun or something?}

I’m more of a Soarin’ Over California type of gal. I’ve never come close to peeing my pants on that one.

It was simply AMAZING seeing all the creative booths and fun new products out there. Here are just a few of my favorite finds:

(Product links and descriptions at the end of this post)

Of course the weekend wouldn’t have been the same without some socializing. And sitting. {and eating!}

I’m kind of spacing out in this picture, but whatever. It was a long day and I was so tired!

But I made some new friends and met up with old buddies!

(Left to Right) Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous, ME, Heather from Whipperberry, Kristyn from Lil’ Luna and Jamielyn from I Heart Naptime.

We had waayyy too much fun at Red Robin. It was fun seeing Julie, who decided to hang out and not eat with us- supposedly the Slurpie she had on the way over was enough to fill her up- whatever!

Mason was a doll, smiling at everyone there…

… and then he got grumpy…

…so it was time for us to call it a day.

I had a blast and I can’t wait to go to CHA next year.

I’ll be better prepared and know more of what to expect.

And it is going to be so fun.

Links: (Top to Bottom, Left to Right)

Flower tissue paper wall from GCD Studios
Pinwheel display from Silhouette
Monogram Wall from GCD Studios
Wall of paint from I Love to Create
Wall of Mod Podge from Plaid
The GCD Studios booth.
Polkadots were everywhere!
Washi tape from Elmers
Ruffled Paper from the Dear Lizzy line by Elizabeth Kartchner and American Crafts.
The Westcott Scissor Mouse
Rotary cutter by The Grace Company
Amy’s new Mod Podge book

About Stephanie

Wife, mom of 5, preschool teacher, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.


  1. CHA AND Disney with a crazy bunch of bloggers? Who could dream of a better trip?
    Then you add in that gorgeous smiling armful of fun and allowing him to spend time with his Grandma…
    I am so jealous right now!

    Thank you for sharing.


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