Monthly Archives: February 2014

Cheers Friday

February 28, 2014

LIFESTYLE / TMI / Uncategorized

Hope your week has been incredible! We’re all expecting much needed rain in SoCal but it’s been looking like this!

IMG_2650Here are some toppers from the week…

1. Oh I’m going to make this trip to San Diego this weekend! I’m ready now! There is some great friend time ahead. I just have to take it easy and try not to kill myself seeing every person I miss from living there! 

2.. I did a little guest post/intro on the very kind, lovely and majorly organized Jade and Oak today. Please check it out! Her pugs are amazing and enviable. There will be a group giveaway on the blog this coming Tuesday.

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3. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’ve picked up this new Rifle Paper Co. pad this week and It’s changed my life! You can find a similar one online here. I purchased this one (and another as a gift) at the store. Trust me, there may be one little thing on this list in the photo but this thing is packed now!

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4. It’s warm enough for smoothies in LA and this was my fave of the week: bleuberrry, banana, greek yogurt and chia seed. Fun drinks make up a bit for the cocktails I miss sometimes. 🙂Blueberry banana greek yogurt smoothie

5. On one of the morning walks this week I was in SUCH an energetic and great mood. I was nonstop talking and pointing. “Look, 4 birds!” Chris looks up, half asleep and says flatly, “five birds.” Awkward. What’s wrong with me!? I’ve got to get better at counting if I’m going to be a mom.

 
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Hey, have a great weekend. I want to know what you’re doing! Leave me a comment so I can get to know you! 

The Monthly Female NORMAL

February 27, 2014

ROMANCE / Uncategorized

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Early on in our relationship my boyfriend (now husband) and I were talking one morning. It was one of those PMS mornings where I was feeling moody. I probably started into some whiney monologue. Since it was the first time he’d seen me like this, his face showed confusion and concern. 

I stopped whatever I was talking about and flipped a switch, “Hey, I’m moody. It’s near my special time of the month. This is NORMAL.” 

He was silent for pretty much the rest of the day.

Flash forward (weeks or months). The next time I was a little grouchy, he interrupted me and asked timidly, “Is it your NORMAL time?”

“WHAAAT?!!!!!!!” 

Then he recalls the time when I explained my monthly moodiness. It sounds like this: “THIS IS NORMAL,” in a dragon breathing, monster voice like from Ghost Busters or something. I had red glowing eyes and my head was spinning in his recollection. 

I’m so thankful to have someone who will make fun of me when I’m being annoying. 

Do you have a code for that time? My mom, sister and I used the Korean word for it, growing up, so it was a secret from my dad.  

 

Linking up with The Grits Blog, Eat, Drink & Be Mary for the Little Friday link up! 

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Also linking up for Thankful Thursdays with Alisia of Boarding Together.

 

Maid Culture & Chore Makeover

February 26, 2014

MONEY / Uncategorized

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I’m still getting the hang of being a stay-at-home-wife. (I know, WAH). I want to be good at it and not burn out or get desperate-y. When I was working like a madwoman, Saturdays (let’s be honest, many Friday nights too with a glass of wine and cleaning gloves on) were the day/night for massive cleaning while 800 loads of laundry were going….sheets, dog beds etc.

There were periods where I worked (and did not work) and DID have maid service.

If you are not from or do not live in California, please know that here, especially in Southern California, it is perfectly socially acceptable to have a maid. You’re not a snobby or lazy person here. You’re basically celebrated because you know the value of your time: more time surfing and tanning, less time scrubbing and polishing. I know people who do not make necessarily “tons” of money but they have “people.” I’m saying this because where my family is from in Pennsylvania, I don’t remember being raised with the idea of maids being “normal.” On the other hand, my mother grew up in Korea and she had a live-in maid all of her life. Anyhow.

When I shared/rented a 4 bedroom house by the beach with a roommate it cost us $100 and we did it every 2 weeks. When I owned a 2 bedroom condo it cost $75 per time (I did it like once every 2 months). The more often/regular you are, the less it costs. Personally I see HUGE value in having a cleaning service…unless I’m not working and have plenty of time to save the money by doing it myself.

P.S.I hope to hire someone and spoil myself after the baby is born in June for a little house help…at least until I transition a bit. 

So what I’ve been doing for the last year or so hasn’t been working for me. What I have been doing is going manic on Mondays, cleaning the house from top to bottom while the 10,000 loads of laundry go.

This week, I decided to do the downstairs on Monday and the upstairs on Tuesday. This still works for my brain because I can be in an area and see cleanliness all around me. Breaking up the cleaning further is my next attempt but I’m not sure how I’m going to tackle this! 

After the baby, 4-6 hours of straight cleaning is NOT going to be realistic. 🙂 Please share some of your domestic charms with me!!! 

Sidenote: Does anyone have an air filter that is reasonably priced and works well?

 

Discovering Your Blog Layout Style

February 25, 2014

Blog Land / Uncategorized

Hey, thanks for all the really nice support yesterday! I feel a lot less like a freaky weirdo. 

So after a year of blogging there have been many transformations: writing style wise, photography wise, content and layout. I wish I could pick one layout and just stick with it forever. I am a tortured re-designer, constantly learning how to code little things in css or making layouts/effects in GIMP (free version of Photoshop available online). I am constantly reading other blogs and gaining inspiration while figuring out what layout/design is a reflection of my work. As my work sorta changed, so did its face. 

You can see today’s layout. let me show you the progression of the blog. WARNING: it starts out embarrassingly primitive.

  • Some of the first headers. I made these on Powerpoint! I know, you’re super impressed and want to know how I did these. I’m shrinking as I post them. 

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  • One of the first layouts. A purchased theme that I tweaked and customized a bit. This is from before I knew how to take a screen shot! (Shift + command + 3 on a MAC). Oh the purity. I remember learning how to install and modify widgets. Those precious early days of frustration. 🙂

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  • An early profile picture taken on our couch by Chris with a little Sony point and shoot. I kind of fixed my hair. I thought putting on a bit of liquid foundation here made it very professional. I may or may NOT be wearing pants here. 

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  • I hired a website designer to help! She creates this logo from a few concepts I have. I photograph and email a pen and ink drawing of how I want the logo and menu to be set up. She does a really good job.
  • My friend and celebrity photographer/stylist Jen Kleiner takes more professional photos of me for this headhsot to match the new look of the site. 
  • This is a screen shot taken while some kinks were being worked out-BY ME, after the web designer had done what I asked. I am a constant tinkerer. It can be challenging trying to convey to someone the image that you want to portray online.  I was frustrated every time I had to ask the web designer to move a space here or change the font size there-it would take days and if I knew what to do it could have taken seconds. The impatience really motivated me to learn skills that would allow me to translate my ideas myself. I was eventually able to make small adjustments and then I took on bigger challenges as I got more confident. 

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  • Here is the layout as of about 2 weeks ago. You can see some more changes…then I started a few more little changes. I wanted a more minimalist look from the start but didn’t know how to get there. I slowly transitioned into it. Finally, I bought a decent camera, learned how to edit a bit, then learned how to put text on photos and do layouts.

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 …and you get what you see today. I wanted less with the layout/background so I would be motivated to take better photos and have the focus on that.

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I totally recommend wordpress.org as a platform to set up a website. I’m happy that I used it from the start. It’s very easy to learn and use. There is a tutorial for everything and using little drag and drop widgets is the easiest way to personalize your site. Once you get comfortable with that, you can start cutting, pasting and tweaking code to do even cooler things like make buttons that lighten when you hover etc. I borrowed SO many great little widgets and looks along the way and I still do all the time! 

The best advice I could give to someone starting out with a website is to just get started and do so inexpensively. Unless you can definitively look at an existing site and say, “Yes, build me a site JUST like his/hers,” or “I completely trust your vision as a designer to make something perfect for me.”

Build your content. As you develop as a cyber-being, see tons of other cyber beings and find out who you are on the internet, look to hire a professional who you can work closely with in translating your vision. Find someone who has a portfolio full of the types of looks that say “you.” Along the way, learn how to make adjustments to your existing site-this will save you $$ as designers may charge for any changes after a certain point after the main design is complete.

You can check out more blogging topics by clicking on the “Blog Land” button at the bottom of the page. Share some blog layout horror stories  lessons below if you would. 

Linking up with Glossy Blonde and Karly Kim today. 

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Meltdown Confessional/Cures

February 24, 2014

BABY / HAPPINESS / Uncategorized

I hope you had a lovely weekend! I did too but it started off crummy for me! I was planning on going to San Diego on Friday but at the last minute, changed my plans! There are lots of really amazing things about being pregnant and I’ll write about those things more later. The thing that has been most challenging is my change in energy level-especially the social energy kind. 

I had mistakenly thought a dinner party on Friday night in San Diego (2.5 hours away from our home in LA) was for ladies only and I found out at the last minute that it was for couples. OOPS! Normally that would be no problem: I would just go by myself anyway or Chris could adjust his schedule and go with me.

Because of the last minute realization, Chris’ workload, no nearby established dog sitter (we’re new to town), LA Friday traffic, a few hours to try to coordinate this new scenario and my overwhelm of trying to make it all happen, blah blah…

I had a full-blown, the world is ending, melt down.

Crying, calling Chris at work, staring, tissue balling and sobbing. This meltdown pretty much wiped me out for the rest of the day weekend (crazy, right). I cancelled my lunch plans with a couple of girlfriends and canceled the dinner party as well. It was too much for me to consume at the last minute. This is the second time this sort of thing has happened during pregnancy!

I felt SO sad because I miss my friends in San Diego terribly and I had been wildly anticipating this trip. I also felt like I had let people down and then embarrassed for not being “myself,” the person who was up for anything with boundless energy, amicability and flexibiity. They were all very understanding and I am going to try this again next week!

So how did I flip this around? Well, I called up Jen for an emergency lunch date: an all you can eat Indian buffet on Melrose. We worked on some programming/design for her website. Nothing cures disappointment for me like an OCD project. It’s better than ice cream or donuts. 

Chris took me to this awesome hike/path on Saturday and I got to “jog” for the second time this week. It’s slow and plodding but it is AWESOME. Running has always made me so happy. I wanted Chris to take photos so I could have “proof” and memories of being pregnant, active and lovin’ it.

IMG_3695Running with this little bowling ball gives me a funny gait but it’s cute and I like it! I went slow and took lots of breaks. It was glorious.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThen I made some chocolate chip, walnut banana bread (the one I’ve had pegged on Pinterest). I got/modified the recipe via Pam of A Little Glitter, via I Heart Naptime aaaaaaand it’s killer. It made 2 loaves: one for us and one for Chris’ parents. 

IMG_3727We tied up the weekend with a family birthday party for Chris’ stepmom at a fun Mexican restaurant. It was so great hanging out with family. THENNNNN I took a 2 hour nap. Happy or Else, right?

Thank you for all the great comments on my site updates and photos! They make me the happiest! XO

What do you do to turn around when you’re sad?

The Friday High 5

February 21, 2014

TMI

It’s a wonderful Friday! Here are some highlights from the week. I’m going to spend some time with girlfriends this weekend in San Diego! I miss the girls and SD so much! 

1. This beef bowl. This is the kind of stuff I order now at sushi restaurants! I miss yellowtail but this was great.

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2. This weather is sensational. I love living so close to the beach.

IMG_36493. Have you checkedout out the $100 Madewell giveaway

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4. Jen from Intuitive Artists took some really cool new photos for the site. I’m trying to improve the visual experience here. These carpets were amazing. I want all of them. Here are some more on the About page. IMG_1968

5. I bought a really cool brush pen and learned how to scan and clean up/color hand written text this week! I love personalized anything so this is awesome. Thank you, Jessica from Coco and Mingo for the inspiration and pen recommendation!

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Linking up with the Lauren Elizabeth crowd! Please let me know who you are! 
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Also linking up with The Diary of a Real Housewife and Follow the Ruels!

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