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Hello 2021! Dusting off this good ole’ blog and hoping to document consistently on here again. A lot of life changes coming up in 2021 (…and what a year 2020 was!!!) and even though my preferred way to document life right now is thru Instagram, I want to write more on here too.

I want to write mostly weekly summary of what we’ve been up to, mostly in pictures and some words. I loved looking back at these types of posts (so glad I have some in my archive).

So here we go…..


baking my first sourdough bread for the year. I hopped on the sourdough hobby when quarantine started in March 2020 and baked my first loaf in April. I baked sourdough cinnamon rolls, used the recipe found at The Clever Carrot site.

making our favorite blueberry cream cheese pie for NYE. It’s the boys favorite

ringing in the New Year with H (who is now 7 years old!!). He wanted to stay up until midnight but fell asleep in the living room by 9pm. It was a quite NYE celebration, just us 3 at home. Usually we are at my parents house with a big party and surrounded by lots of family.

reading You Are Not Alone (Rating it 3.75/5). Psychological thriller. Book No.1

starting a new puzzle while drinking Four Sigmatic mushroom cocoa

making it a goal to spend more time outdoors in 2021 – 300 days to be exact. The boys were looking for geocache and I tagged along for a hike along the river.

meal planning – dinners this week included Eggplant Parmesan, steak and roasted broccoli, salmon burger and homemade fries, quesadilla & plantain chips with all the toppings, pizza & salad

receiving school pictures that were taken right before school winter break. our school district is doing hybrid version, there the class is split with morning/afternoon sessions.

Anyone still reading blogs these days? I used to read a lot but now only read a handful, mostly for recipes, travels and book reviews.

{book review} becoming by michelle obama


Becoming_by Michelle Obama 

Becoming by Michelle Obama


“For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”

I loved this memoir. I read it and then bought the audiobook and listened to it as well. I guess I can say I “read” it twice in a month. I highly recommend the audio version, it’s like Michelle is talking to you.

I love her authenticity and compassion, whether she was sharing her story or calling on us to do better. This was an engaging and moving read, especially the part where she talked about her dad’s passing.

I was inspired by her determination. I was particularly interested on how she handled being a working parent when Barack was just starting in politics. You don’t realize how much you miss the Obamas until you hear her comforting voice.  I highly recommend and worth the read.

Memorable Quotes:

“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”

“Friendships between women, as any woman will tell you, are built of a thousand small kindnesses… swapped back and forth and over again.”

“Time, as far as my father was concerned, was a gift you gave to other people.”

“The choice, as he saw it, was this: You give up or you work for change. “What’s better for us?” Barack called to the people gathered in the room. “Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?”

“When it came to the home-for-dinner dilemma, I installed new boundaries, ones that worked better for me and the girls. We made our schedule and stuck to it. …It went back to my wishes for them to grow up strong and centered and also unaccommodating to any form of old-school patriarchy: I didn’t want them ever to believe that life began when the man of the house arrived home. We didn’t wait for Dad. It was his job now to catch up with us.”

“This may be the fundamental problem with caring a lot about what others think: It can put you on the established path—the my-isn’t-that-impressive path—and keep you there for a long time.”



Becoming by Michelle Obama

{book report} something like happy

Something Like Happy by Eva Woods (4/5)   This book is about Polly, who is 35 years old and is terminally ill. Her doctors have informed her that she only has 100 days left to live. She is determined to make the most of her remaining life and makes it a goal to find happiness […]

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  drinking the passion fruit refresher drink from Starbucks. We drank this all weekend long to stay cool, love that it’s not too sweet. It would be perfect if it came unsweetened though. spending the weekend at Legoland with my sister and nephew. My nephew Jonah wanted to spend his last weekend before school started […]

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{the living desert} cactus garden

Palm Springs is one of our favorites places to visit. We have visited it at least once every year in the last few years. We visited it twice this year already. Depending on the season, we tailor different activities during our visit. Our  little guy loves to wander around zoos, parks and playgrounds. We love […]

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