book report / dark matter & the knockoff



Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (5 out of 5 stars!!)

I loved this book and finished it in four days. I just could not stop reading. This is easily one of my favorite books this year. I didn’t know anything about this book until it popped up on my Instagram feed, read the quick summary and purchased the book instantly. Not typically a genre I would choose and I’m so glad I found it.

This is a book that will make you ponder about life and stays with you for a long time. The story was fast paced and full of action. I’ve never read a plot like this before and it was very interesting. There is a love story interwoven in the plot, and the romantic in me enjoyed that the most.

“We’re more than the sum total of our choices, that all the paths we might have taken factor somehow into the math of our identity”

“Every moment, every breath, contains a choice. But life is imperfect. We make the wrong choices. So we end up living in a state of perpetual regret, and is there anything worse? I built something that could actually eradicate regret. Let you find worlds where you made the right choice.” Daniela says, “Life doesn’t work that way. You live with your choices and learn. You don’t cheat the system.”





The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza (4 out of 5 stars)

I would describe this book as The Devil Wears Prada meets Silicon Valley. If you are into technology or fashion or blogs or all of the above (that’s me), then you will enjoy this book.
I listened to this book on audio version and I think that added to the humor in the story, because of how each character was read by the narrator. The audio version included many accents, such as British accent for the main character and California valley girl for some of the interns.

This is a fun and lighthearted book even though some of the some story lines/characters were a little cliche. This would be a good vacation read.

“Imogen sometimes wondered if people weren’t letting social media dictate their entire lives. Did they choose to go to one party over another because it would look better on Instagram? Did they decide to read a store just so they could tweet about it? Have we all become so desperate to share everything that we’ve stopped enjoying our lives?”




experiencing 100+ degrees weather this past weekend but it didn’t stop me from hanging our Fall wreath on the front door

having fun at the annual BBQ/picnic for my dad’s association. H took a nap on the picnic blanket in the shade under a tree, that scene reminds me of my childhood summers

playing wrestling with H on our blanket. Heplays wrestling with his dada, and sometimes with me

going to Alyssa’s 5th birthday part at the aquarium where we enjoyed a cool arts & crafts project, painting on a fish and then printing it on a shirt

meeting up with friends (Logan & Talia) for a park playdate. H’s closest friend from daycare moved to another school and they missed each other.

fishing at the park. H and Chris goes to our local park and goes fishing by the lake. H caught 12 fish in an hour. This was their first fishing adventure and H loved it

starting a new book this week = Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice

cooking this chicken lettuce wraps for dinner. It has been added to the regular dinner rotation

planning my trip to New York in October and downloading this app –> (With Love From Kat) to help plan our food adventures

work wardrobe capsule / week 3 (style book app)


Last week, I mentioned that I organized the possible list of outfits on excel. Once I completed the list, I then created the outfit using the Style Book App. I’ve heard of this app before but I felt that I didn’t have any use for it until I started this wardrobe capsule. I’m a visual […]

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{recipe} flourless chocolate zucchini mini muffins


I’ve had this recipe pinned for a long time and I finally decided to make it and now, I’ve made it 3 times for a total of 72 mini muffins. I originally made these muffins for my 3 year old, to give to him for breakfast since we are currently on a breakfast food rut. […]

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work wardrobe capsule / week 2 {listing all the outfits on paper}


I tried doing the capsule wardrobe earlier this year, BUT I didn’t have a laid out plan when I did it, which is where I think I went wrong. I wasn’t organized. Back then, I just cleaned out my closet and kept the pieces I loved, regardless if items mixed and matched. I didn’t think […]

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  baking a giant cookie cake for our pool party, H helped me decorate it with sprinkles. This treat was a hit and it was all gone. using all our bubble toys (bubble gun, bubble machine and etc.) so the kids can have a bubble party in the front patio going to Disneyland for the […]

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{photo diary} / orange county fair


 I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer yet, even though today, it was cold enough that I wore a wool skirt and brought my black tights to work. I kept my summer bucket list on a sticky note this year and posted it on the fridge and the list included “taking H to the […]

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work wardrobe capsule / week 1


  Here you go, first week of my work wardrobe capsule.  I didn’t buy anything new just for this capsule, I wanted to shop my own closet. I wanted to take inventory of what I had, whittle down my wardrobe for the next several months and see how it goes. I got a few compliments […]

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  going on a date night. We are at Fish Grill and enjoyed the fresh seafood offering and then watched the movie Jason Bourne. The movie was action packed and I’m still amaze how good  and fitt Matt Damon looks in this movie. waking up early and going for a run before sunrise. I can […]

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smores pretzel bites


If you are looking for quick summer dessert for the holiday weekend ahead, these smores pretzel bites would be a good bet. We didn’t get a chance to do a bonfire this summer and my fantasy of sitting around the fire and making smores went out the window. Honestly, it was too hot this summer […]

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