Spending the Day in Pasadena, California

Pasadena is one of the few Los Angeles County cities that manages to be expansive and populous but also quaint and charming. With its row of restaurants that sort of string off of Colorado Boulevard and “Old Town Pasadena” and its numerous shops, one could likely spend the whole day (and a whole check) in…

How to Effectively Apologize to Your Significant Other

I know I’m not the only person who still feels slightly empty after the off-hand “sorry” that comes after a mistake is made. I noticed this was an issue for me early in my relationship with my husband. I found that a “sorry” was not enough for me. Not to say I did not appreciate…

Mystery Blogger Award

I was recently nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award by my fellow writer at Life By the Pages. It’s exciting and humbling to be unexpectedly nominated by a fellow blogger and I greatly appreciate it! For those who aren’t familiar with the award: The Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers, who have…

Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa

Despite the abundance of spas scattered throughout Southern California, it can be difficult to find one that truly offers an all-day experience. Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona, California offers just such an inclusive experience. One can truly spend all day dipping in and out of its various pools and hot springs as well as enjoy various…

21 Fun Date-Night-In Ideas

Looking for some good ideas for this weekend’s date night “in”? If making edible play-doh or making a volcano (just like 5th grade!) sounds like fun, click the link below for some playful ideas! Click here for your free download!

My Favorite Place

I think many would consider their favorite place to be somewhere distant and exotic. Indeed, this was my first thought as well. Yet truthfully speaking, my favorite place is much closer to…well, it is home. My favorite place is my parents’ home. It is where I grew up and it was the house I moved out of…

Blush

[A poem about social anxiety] Please. They’re sitting in a circle, ‘way most communal meals are taken. All smiling, I’m smiling. My eyes blindly trail their conversation as it wraps its way around the table and makes its path in my direction. As it winds toward me, the girl next to me, bubbly, jumps in….

Why I Prefer Living in the City

While my husband would happily have us scamper off to the country and seclude ourselves in nature, I prefer the smog-infested city. I understand the negative aspects of living in the city, as mentioned: smog; but also, crime, overcrowding, litter, etc. I’m sure the list goes on for most. But despite growing up in the…

The Details that Make a Wedding Special

As mentioned in my post Where to Save and Where to Splurge on a Wedding, there are several areas where you can forego spending a lot of money. Some would argue that one of those areas is the details. However, I would argue to the contrary. It is in the details that you get the…

The Importance of Having Friends in Healthy Relationships

Coming in to a relationship, typically, both parties have their separate group of friends. However, it’s important to have mutual friends, more specifically–couples, who are in healthy relationships. The reasons below detail why it is so important to surround yourself with “good” couples. A good example. This is especially important when you are beginning a…