You’re not made of Teflon

A month ago, my husband assigned a task to his brothers to come up with a budget based on the income they have if they were to live on their own. If they failed to deliver on this assignment, they would get the boot. It was the simplest assignment ever. It was an assignment I did in high school economics. My husband’s thought process was if they make a budget, they could see how much it would cost to live somewhere and from there it could push them to get better jobs to get them to move out.

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Celebrating longer, darker nights at Descanso Gardens

Last year, we went to the Enchanted Forest in Descanso Gardens. Each year from November to early January, they transform the place into something magical — well…the credit all goes to lighting effects. It is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. I thought this would something we would every year, but unfortunately it just did not work with our schedule.

As promised from an earlier Friday Photo post, here are some pictures! Reviewing these photo again, they’re not quite like Christmas, but more like taking advantage of longer, darker evenings.





Enchanted: Forest of Light

Last December I went to Descanso Gardens’ Enchanted: Forest of Light¬†in La Canada. At night, the ever-changing colored lights blanket the trees and the sprinkling chandeliers make the garden magical — and not in a cheesy way. This event quickly became one of my things to so during the holiday season. I can’t wait until it re-opens next month!

Below is just one part of the garden. Because I love Enchanted so much, I am going share these photos in pieces.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Glow

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This was in the Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle– it’s such a unique place! ¬†I don’t even know what I was doing in this photo. It’s likely I was taking a photo from my smart phone. Thank you, husband, for taking this photo!

A year ago my husband, my brother-in-law, and I went to Seattle to visit family. My husband’s cousin got married on a Wednesday that week and we got invited but said, “nope, can’t make it to your Wednesday wedding, but we’ll come over on Friday night.”

This trip was less than 36-hours! What did we do in this ridiculously short period of time? Well…we arrived to Seattle from LA on Friday night at 11 PM and had a late night dinner and went to bed even later. Then we spent most of our Saturday exploring the touristy parts of Seattle and went to bed at 3 am. I thought to myself, “when I was the last I went to bed at 3 AM two night in a row?” Well, never. Then on Sunday morning we took a plane ride back home. Phew.

Say what? No Weekly Photo Challenge this week? Well the Photo Fridays must go on. It’s been another busy week of long work hours. Writing on ths blog has always been a joy¬†and center no matter what time of day it is.

Coming this Monday, I got a new feature where I’ll be featuring bloggers who work full time jobs like me for Motivation Monday. If you’re interested in being featured in my blog interview, let me know!


Take a break at the Huntington Library

Collage is defined as:

a piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric onto a backing,

the art of making collages, and

a combination or collection of various things

For this post, I’ll apply the definition with the last point: “a combination or collection of various things.”

I’ll feature the Huntington Library and Garden at Sierra Madre. It’s one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. Actually Huntington Library hits my Top Ten places in Los Angeles.

The campus is huge and each time I go, I don’t go through everything because there’s so much to see! I enjoy taking this visit in chunks, but then again I am local and I do come back again. If you are in Los Angeles for a visit, go see as much as you can from the Huntington Library and take a break at the Rose Garden Tea Room for some tea and sandwiches.


I took this photo back in I believe 2013. It’s interesting the way the leaves of this deciduous tree is placed against the bamboo.


A cactus collection in the desert garden.

I’ve got quite a photo collection from Huntington Library. Stay tuned for more photos in future photos!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage