{book report} the husband’s secret & the life list


The Husband's Secret_Liane Moriarty

The Husband’s Secret

Synopsis – Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive.

Another book I loved by this author. This is the third book I’ve read from Moriarty, and she has a way of talking about big social topics within an approachable set of characters. Her books are always entertaining and it makes you think even after the book has ended. This is why I love her books. I listened to the audiobook and this has made the book so much better. The reader’s accent, the conversation, the tone and etc…..makes everything come alive.

I didn’t know the “secret” until it was revealed, but then, I wasn’t really trying hard to think about it, I was just letting the story flow as each chapter comes and once the secret was told, I thought “oh yeah, I could have put the stories together and figured it out”.

Favorite quote –> “None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have, and maybe should have, taken. It’s probably just as well”.

Audiobook (5 stars)




The Life List_

The Life List: A Novel

Synopsis:  One woman sets out to complete her old list of childhood goals, and finds that her lifelong dreams lead her down a path she never expects. To obtain her inheritance, Brett must complete the remaining ten items on her list of life goals that she wrote as a teenager – within a year!

I enjoyed this book but thought it was a few chapters too long. The concept of having a life list is great, but bucket lists are usually made in our adult years, so it’s interesting to read about someone forced to complete a bucket list that was made during their childhood. A few items on the life list seemed unrealistic to me and there were a few times when I thought she had met “the one”, I ended up being wrong and disappointed.

Overall, I enjoyed the story about the decisions we make in life, our search for happiness, and what really matters in the end.

Kindle (3.5 stars)

{week in the life/ aug 15} monday

This week, I am participating in the life documenting process called Week In The Life. You can do this any way you want and it looks different for everybody.  This is my first time doing this so I just did what came easy to me and what I can do with the time I have.

Here’s the steps I took to complete this day:

  1. Taking a ton on pictures using my Iphone 6 camera throughout the day. I used timer cam app, for pictures where I wanted to be in it. It’s important to at least have some pictures of me in it.
  2. Using the Project Life App to create  layouts below. I did this at the end of the day, right before bed. It’s so easy. I might print them in 12×12 size pages in the future, but for now, I’m using this blog post as my way to document so I’m consider this day done.
  3. I saved the finished layout on my phone, emailed them to myself and added the text thru Picasa. You can add text directly in the app, but I knew that my layouts would be text heavy and  find it easier to type using a keyboard.

I didn’t do this in the past because I thought it would be a lot of work and putting it together would be time consuming, but I found a way that works for me, which is doing all digital.

You can take 1 or 50 pictures all day, it doesn’t matter, you do it your own way. Taking the pictures helps me tell the story afterwards, so for example on this day, I took 70+ pictures but used/kept only a quarter of it.

I’m 5 days in (it’s Friday, that I’m typing this post) and I am glad that I’m doing it, there are stories I’ve included that I know will be forgotten in the future, and I’m glad I have these moments captures.

Years from now, my little one will be a big kid, I might not be working at the same place or doing the same thing and etc., glad to have my life.right.now. documented.

****Because my blog is public, I’ve excluded a few layouts for privacy sake.


****typo on the bottom left picture above – Had to switch cars

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  • Hubby picks up H at day care while I workout after work.
  • They both swim when they get home and hubby gives H a bath afterwards
  • I get home around 7pm, both of them are lounging in the living room. Hubby is doing work on his spear fishing website and H is watching Mickey Mouse clubhouse.

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“Your rhythm might be photos just a few times throughout the day. Your rhythm might be more in the morning and less in the evening or vice versa. This project isn’t meant to be photos of every single moment of your life over the course of the week. Remember that you are telling the story of one week in your life that includes a whole lot of little moments along the way. Those seven days come together to tell one bigger story of what your life is like right now. Stretching it out over seven days allows you to capture bits and pieces here and there and miss some things along the way and still tell a fairly complete story.”  —- from Ali Edwards Blog


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    I’m currently in the middle of a fitness challenge called #aug15challenge, where we post our workouts everyday in a secret group we created on Facebook. It’s just for a couple of my close girlfriends, trying to keep each other motivated and hold each other accountable. Today is Day 19, and I’ve missed 1 […]

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{recipe} salmon cakes


I am trying to clean out our pantry and incorporating at least one pantry item when I’m doing menu planning for the week. I bought these canned pink salmon from Costco because I saw a few salmon cakes recipes (Paleo & Whole 30) that I wanted to try.  Well,  I tried one recipe, the one […]

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I am a visual person, and I love capturing things, places and people that makes me happy.  I love posting my pictures on Instagram, and have completely ditched Facebook for most part. I also love that I can catalogue pictures that are alike by using a hashtag. Sometimes, seeing the whole series of pictures creates […]

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{weekend wandering} – sup & brunch with the girls

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Last weekend, my girlfriends and I met at Huntington Beach to spend the morning together doing Stand Up Paddle and brunch afterwards. We were celebrating the July & August birthdays (Stef & Agnes) and it has become tradition amongst us girls to do some fun activity then brunch afterwards. We met around 11am along Pacific […]

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{family meals} 7/26/15

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  The heat is back, so I tried to make dinner without using the oven. I did use our toaster oven (we have a mini size) a few times. I had leftover Rotisserie chicken from the weekend that I shredded and mixed with our favorite BBQ sauce below. I used the chicken BBQ meat to […]

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paint nite with the girls


I’ve seen these fun paint and wine events for awhile now and I’ve always wanted to try it. A quick group text among my girlfriends and we made it happen. We got news that my friend E was flying down from San Francisco and she wanted to celebrate her birthday doing Paint Nite. The event […]

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{recipe} lemon blueberry bread


  We had plenty of rain this past weekend so I took advantage of us being forced indoors to do some baking. I also had plenty of babysitters since my mom and brothers stayed over, so I went thru my list of recipes to make and picked one that looked good at the moment. I […]

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{family meals} – 7/19/15


Last week’s family meals had lot of greens. However, it was just my toddler and I at the table for most of the days,  as the hubby was travelling at the end of the week. We hosted my mom and brothers this weekend. We had plans to go the beach and had our picnic food […]

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