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…

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…

Visiting “The Last Bookstore”

When it comes to Downtown Los Angeles, I lean more toward the “leave-it” side than “love it”. However, there are a few gems tucked away in the old architecture of Downtown, one of which is The Last Bookstore. Despite being located on the prominent corner of Spring and 5th, The Last Bookstore can be hard…

How to Train Your Cat

The complicated answer is: it depends. As any experienced cat owner will tell you, a cat will do what he wants when he wants. That said, there are ways to motivate cats to get them to, somewhat consistently, do what you ask. We have two very different cats. Sebastian is a very large, one-year old…

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…

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…