currently / feb 15





going to a Pilates studio twice a week. Hello core muscles, it has been a long time since we’ve worked together.

bringing a  huge salad and Whole30 compliant appetizer to my book club tonight

planning our vacation this summer, accommodations have been booked, we already got H’s passport and just need to book the flights.  Now, to start searching “what to pack when traveling with a toddler for the first time” and “how much diaper to pack when out on sea for 2 weeks” ha!

watching my current favorite show. Laughing while also tearing up during the Parks and Recreation finale this past week

enjoying all the foods that I get to eat while I’m doing Whole30, excited to get more cookbooks from the library this weekend

deciding to have a small gathering, instead of a party, for H’s 2nd birthday next month. Small and intimate for my little man’s 2nd birthday.

spending a lot of time in the kitchen and grocery stores while doing the Whole30. I am still loving it, but hopefully the excitement won’t wear off too soon.

reading Fangirl: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell, this will be the 2nd book I’m reading from this author.

feeling sentimental this month, I go thru phases like this, usually when an event (2nd birthday for H) is coming up and I realize how time is moving so fast.

loving our weekends again at Disneyland, we stopped going for awhile because of the news of the measles outbreak, but we feel comfortable again to go back

signing up with friends for a  dance party & 5K race the weekend of my birthday in April. It’s in the evening and involves glow sticks and DJs, can’t wait to workout and dance the night away

realizing that most of my friends gave up social media during Lent. It is so nice to actually talk to each other and have conversation in person.

considering getting a Chemex, I want to continue drinking black coffee and I heard this brings coffee brewing up to the next level. I have a Kreurig machine and since I’m drinking coffee black now, I can really taste the bitterness of the coffee when brewed from the Kreurig.

{recipe} cabbage & fruit slaw

I am enjoying making and eating all sorts of different dishes while on Whole30. I went into this with the attitude that I am willing to try and make effort to try new food, or it can get boring really fast.

I don’t remember the last time I bought purple cabbage, maybe years? This week, I bought a huge red cabbage and have used it in a few dishes.  I used to cook with radicchio but I also haven’t eaten that for awhile.


I was inspired to make this recipe while perusing Everyday Paleo cookbook. It looked really easy and simple, and the author mentioned in the book that her kids loves it and ask for it often. The first time I made it, I didn’t have shallot so I just excluded it. Even without that ingredient, I was happy with the slaw and have made it the same way ever since. I also use a whole mango and double the recipe every time I make it.

I have included this twice now during my Sunday prep. I chop all the ingredients and store it in a glass container. I eat it throughout the week and put the dressing right before serving.

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I love the crunch in this slaw and our little man loves it too, he will eat the mango and cucumber portion.



Cabbage & Fruit Slaw


  • 4 cups purple cabbage, diced
  • 2 cups cucumber, diced (I remove the seeds)
  • 1 whole mango, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to tasted

– Optional:  1 shallot, minced (I’ve excluded this every time). I’ve also added chopped fuji apple to change things up.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix and serve.

Recipe adapted from Everyday Paleo cookbook.

I am doing Whole 30


I mentioned on this post  how my sugar consumption had become a daily habit. It first started around Halloween last year and lasted until early January this year.  It was just so hard to stop. I have no problems with enjoying sugar on special occasion but eating it daily had wreck havoc on my moods, […]

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pictures from valentine’s day weekend


I had a rare 3 day weekend this past week. I love my job but I hate that the holidays we have off from work are the major holidays only. I can count in one hand our work holidays, sigh! I was already in celebration mood on Friday, we stopped by the donut shop to […]

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weekend wandering: arboretum


I love attending our mommy and me events but I especially love it when we have it outdoors and visit a place we have never been before. We recently met-up at an arboretum and wandered around the place, letting the little ones play, while us moms caught up with each other. I’m kind of embarrassed […]

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{recipe} peanut butter cookies with chocolate hershey kiss


It’s February and I am surrounded by love and romance. Amy’s bridal shower was this past weekend and the celebration was beautiful. What made it extra special was the reunion among all my closest high school friends, a few travelled from San Francisco and Hawaii. Reunited and it felt so good.  We’ve all known each […]

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what I’m reading / january 15


#GIRLBOSS  by Sophia Amoruso / I have never heard of Sophia Amoruso until I read this book. The title was what drew me in. I love the hashtag #girlboss, because I am a girl boss myself. Not in the same capacity as Sophia, but more on a smaller scale. I’ve been a girl boss since […]

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{date night} dinner, bowling and movies


We are determined to have at least one date night every month this year. We have at least one night a month where we have a babysitter , so we are planning ahead so our date nights can happen.  No more spontaneity once you become  parents, ha! This date night was planned and on the […]

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{recipe} brussels sprout salad


What took me so long to post a salad recipe in January?  I mean, are we all detoxing from the sugar rush of last year’s holiday season?  I know I am. I’m still trying to kick the habit of eating sweets every afternoon, even if it’s a mini-size chocolate treat. I find that if I […]

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  enjoying taking mine and Baby H’s weekly portrait, it’s my #project52 this year. A picture of both of us each week for 52 weeks. So far I’ve only taken phone pictures using the timercam app. debating whether to have a birthday party this year for our little man. We had a big celebration last […]

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