Five Things Friday: Nutella Beignets please

Five Things Friday is a post where I share five things that either made my week, what I am thinking about, or would like to share with all of you!

Muse Catalog

I added a new section on my blog called “Muse Catalog” where I share a quote or a short story each Monday. I have a collection of quotes and short stories in my notebook I keep in my notebook and I thought it would be nice to find an outlet to share. If you have a short story or quote you’d like me to feature — let me know!

Reporting False News on Facebook

I am for people expressing their own opinions on Facebook or other social media. I do read them with an open mind. However, I am not for the spread of false information. I would like to assume you came across a fact on your newsfeed and this fact framed and fueled your personal beliefs. From there, you shared it. Just to let you know, I did a fact check on your post and it was false so I flagged it on Facebook as false news. I felt better after doing this, I really did. I felt I can help make the Internet a better place and sleep better at night. With that being said, I urge other people to also do the same.

Little Free Libraries

I am decluttering my books. Instead of donating to Good Will, I will instead place them in Little Free Libraries around the neighborhood. They can head over to forever homes or they can be rehomed over and over again.

I wonder what is the minimum income for one to have the life they portray on Instagram?

Coffee Conversations

This is a fun topic for Friendly Photo Friday because it featured my favorite thing, coffee! I still take photos on my food and drink when I go out to eat. Anyways here are some photos of coffees — usually paired with the food I ate from my recent travels.

#weekendcoffeeshare: For the sake of Instagram likes

The headline, “Toxic lake in Russia’s Siberia becomes selfie sensation“, grabbed my attention. The”lake” is an alluring color, however, it is not a lake at all. It is actually a man-made dumping area for a local power plant. Touching or ingesting the water can lead to either allergic reactions or chemical burns.  Ugh…all for the sake of a photo and some likes.


I foresee a documentary on the dangers of Instagram obsession. It will follow five random influencers at varying levels of fame ranging from aspiring, emerging, to minor celebrity. These five random influences share their consequences after working so hard with so little return. One filed for bankruptcy, one got divorced, one moved back to live with their parents, one decided to get a job, and one died by falling 35 feet along the waterfall while taking a selfie. I do foresee a documentary…unless Black Mirror catches up.

I am done with ranting. Aside from that, what have I been up to?

  • New job – My new job allows better work-life balance. It’s stable, plus I drive significantly less.
  • Schoolwork – With my new job, it has allowed me more time to do school work. I usually do my readings during my commute to and from work. I have about six more months left until graduate school.
  • House remodeling – We finally bit the bullet to go forward with the house remodeling. The beginning stages of financing and permits happened around the same time I started my new job. I felt really overwhelmed because it was transition after transition after transition — I kept asking “when is it going to end?” Follow our home remodel journey on my Instagram stories!
  • Beating the heat – It’s officially summer in LA. It’s been 90+ degrees (32+ C). Bring on the fan, sparkling water, and iced coffees!

Weekend Coffee Share: Here’s a Lemoncocco

At my house you will usually find a limited selection of beverages: water, coffee (available in hot and cold), teas (hot and cold), or some citrus beverage because we have an abundant amount of oranges and lemons in my yard. Once in a while, you’ll find beer or wine and very seldom you will find carbonated beverages or other specialty drinks.


If we were having coffee, I would also offer a Lemoncocco and DRY sparkling soda. I picked these up yesterday when I was wandering through Gelson’s searching for an indoor plant for our house. I never had Lemoncocco before today and this Italian beverage is not overly sweet. Don’t be surprise if this will end up being a regular in my house. My favorite soft drink is DRY sparkling but I don’t find it in a lot of markets. I guess that is good thing. It’s not sweet and I love the unusual flavors it comes in like lavender, rhubarb, and watermelon.

What else is up?

New face. Yes, this blog has a new layout as of yesterday. I like it a lot. I hope I stick to this one for a while.

Let it go. As of lately, I have been decluttering according to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (and here’s a summary)Ever since we moved into our house two years ago, we have not unpacked every box. But it did not stop by from buying things for our house too. Also, we had a housemate who occupied our spare room for almost two years. When she moved out, she left a lot of her stuff at our house which created more clutter. And we have stuff from the previous owners. I decided to put Marie Kondo’s tips into execution. When I see something, I ask myself, “does it bring meaning, does it bring joy?” If not, I’ll either I trash it or send it to donations.

It’s certainly a more aggressive way to declutter but I feel so much better. My husband likes to hold on to things even way after it serves its use on the otherhand. Today for examples, my husband wanted to get rid of our pub table and replace it with more shelves for our pantry. I am all for it, but I was not for relocating the pub table into the laundry room. Besides where would the two chairs go? I told him the pub table will not have any purpose in the laundry room. Sure there is room for the pub table, but wouldn’t a drying rack make more sense? Also wouldn’t the pub table be sad? The pub table spent its first several years as the main dining table to serve me and then my boyfriend-now-husband. It spent its years in the kitchen/dining room as the center of the home. It’s still being used to hold cookbooks and meal prep and eat breakfast, but now we have a regular dining table in the dining room. The pub table would be sad staying in the laundry room with no purpose other than to hold junk.

This pub table was purchased 10 years ago and I got it from IKEA for less than 90 dollars. That being said, I would not be sad if this were to go to the donation bin. Thank you for your years of service pub table and chairs for giving us a comfortable place to eat, otherwise we’d be eating around the coffee table sitting on the floor.

What’s up for this week?

For the blog, stay tuned for a few photos from my recent hikes. I even have one taken with a 360-camera. I’ll see if I can post that. Also, my first guest post spot!

For life, I have PTO this Friday. It’s been an unusually busy summer for me work-wise. According to my calendar, it should be fairly calm this week. I hope.

Julie Weekend Coffee Share

Credit: The Smushed Peach

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Weekend Coffee Share: Instagram


No coffee today. I think today is a good day to have a pineapple cider :-).

After thinking this through, I finally got around to making an Instagram for my blog. I had my reasons to not having a separate Instagram account — I thought my personal account was enough. The truth is, I don’t really update my personal account and I felt my personal account should be for covering the candid things in my life and I want to continue to keep it less curated. My blog account should be more like an extension of the blog and promote my posts. I felt incorporating my blog content to my personal account would be awkward disruptive to my feed.

I have some friends who post on Instagram of pictures of their family, kids, dinner with friends, selfies with their make-up for the day, outings, and the next thing you know they post photos about their upcoming sale, inspiring quotes about living and breathing organic food, and reposts. The change in posting behavior can confuse your personal brand. If you need to sell your organic oils and reach your followers via Instagram, then make a brand new, separate account instead.

There you have it, if you want an extension of this blog, check out @inthewildla. If you want to get to know me and follow me in real-time, then check out @itsjuliebear.

Do you keep separate social media accounts for your blog? If so (or not), then why.


Julie Weekend Coffee Share

Credit: The Smushed Peach

Interested in participating in the Weekend Coffee Share yourself? Come on over to Nerd in the Brain for more details! Check out the link party page or this wordpress tag for inspiration.