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…

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…

Visiting The Griffith Observatory

In an effort to get me out of the funk I’ve been in lately, my husband suggested we take a day-trip somewhere in Los Angeles. We settled on the Griffith Observatory. While the actual museum inside the observatory is a little small, the views of the LA Basin are spectacular, especially on a really clear…

How to Teach your Cat to Sit

Sebastian, our one-year-old Siamese is…unmotivated. He loves to play rough-n-tumble with his brother Valentino, but shows little interest in toys. He’s also picky with food and treats. So I gave up on the idea of training him quite a while ago. It wasn’t until I dug up an old freebie bag of feline Greenies that Sebastian…

Introducing a Second Cat

The only cat I searched for when I began looking for a “brother” for Sebastian, our 1-year old kitten, was a Russian Blue. I’d had cats my entire life. They were always family cats, though. None were really my own. With the exception of Martin Sheen. A one-year old stray I brought into my parents…

Fun Things for Couples to Do on Rainy Days

Because rain is relatively rare now, in Los Angeles, on the days where we do have precipitation–we panic. By “we” I mean my husband and I and by my “husband and I” I mean: me. My husband, like many other men, would be happy to sit and watch movies or binge watch the latest show. However,…

Do Things Change After Marriage?

This is a question we found ourselves asking our married friends soon after we became engaged. After all, we would justify, we’ve lived together for two years now, been together for five more. How different can it be? Quite. First thing’s first, brace yourself: the change in title. Whether you choose to legally change your…

How Living in the City has Directly Impacted Our Relationship

In this post I will detail how living in Los Angeles has impacted our relationship. My husband and I moved out of our suburban homes and into the larger city to be closer to his job in Glendale, California. In fact, our first apartment ended up being, literally, a block away from the building he…

3 Ways to Split the Housework as a Married Couple

As a modern couple, we struggled when we initially moved out together to really find our roles within our new household. At first, I did the majority of the housework. My husband grew up in a household where the culture reinforced traditional marital roles. His mom did the majority of the cleaning and all of the cooking….

How we found a large apartment in Los Angeles for under $2k

Early last year, I decided I’d had it. I  had enough of being crammed into our 650 sq.ft. one-bedroom apartment. It was our first apartment and it’s charming, cozy space quickly lost its appeal. Not to mention we had an energetic kitten bouncing off the walls as they closed in around us. We had begun…