{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 going to The Living Desert in the spring time because the weather is perfect. The animals are awake and active (unlike when we visited in the summer, most of the animals were seeking shelter in the shade or indoors).

One of my favorite places to visit in the zoo is the cactus garden. I find succulents very beautiful. There are so many varieties in this garden and it was cool to see them all in one place. I did speak with my little guy to make sure he stays in the walking path and not to jump around because the cactus are sharp. He was happy to run around and play in the kids area once we were done in the garden. I love the cactus themed playground.

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Tall cactus plants everywhere.

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My first time being up close to a Cholla cactus.

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All different varieties on display. I wish I had enough space in my garden to have a cactus garden.

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Then it was playtime at the Gecko Gulch Kids Playground.

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There was a station for sand & water play and slides.

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This cool cactus slide was our favorite.

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Giant spider web.

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{book report} girl, wash your face

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis (5/5)

“With wry wit and hard-earned wisdom, popular online personality and founder of founder Rachel Hollis helps readers break free from the lies keeping them from the joy-filled and exuberant life they are meant to have.”

“Friends, it’s not about the goal or the dream you have. It’s about who you become on your way to that goal.”


I’ve followed Rachel’s work for sometime now so I knew this book was coming out. I’ve always liked the content that she put out and knew I wanted to read her new book.

This is one of those books that made me think about my life and the things I do every day. I found this as a highly entertaining read, yet there were some uncomfortable chapters. She sounds like an older sister I never had, giving me tough love while also making me laugh.

The book is broken into chapters by lie,  as in the lies we believe in about ourselves. The format is easy to read in bits and pieces, if that’s all you have time for. I think it’s a powerful read and I would recommend it to my girlfriends. She talks about the struggles women face daily and the steps we can take to make a positive, lasting difference. I appreciate her sharing her personal stories, which at times were tough to read.

Her message of self worth, power, and strength gave me inspiration and this book will be one I’ll be returning to repeatedly.

I bought this book (which is rare these days because I always get library books) and I’m excited to re-read it in the future. She continues to inspire me.

Favorite Quotes:

“Our words have power, but our actions shape our lives.”

“Know this one great truth: you are in control of your own life. You get one and only one chance to live, and life is passing you by. Stop beating yourself up, and dang it, stop letting others ndo it too. Stop accepting less than you deserve. Stop buying things you can’t afford to impress people you don’t even really like. Stop eating your feelings instead of working through them. Stop buying your kids’ love with food, or toys, or friendship because it’s easier than parenting. Stop abusing your body and your mind. Stop! Just get off the never-ending track.”

“You, and only you, are ultimately responsible for who you become and how happy you are.”

“Your dream is worth fighting for, and while you’re not in control of what life throws at you, you are in control of the fight.”

“Nothing that lasts is accomplished quickly. Nobody’s entire legacy is based on a single moment, but rather the collection of one’s experiences. If you’re lucky, your legacy will be a lifetime in the making.”

“You must choose to be happy, grateful, and fulfilled. If you make that choice every single day, regardless of where you are or what’s happening, you will be happy.”

“What if the hard stuff, the amazing stuff, the love, the joy, the hope, the fear, the weird stuff, the funny stuff, the stuff that takes you so low you’re lying on the floor crying and thinking, How did I get here? . . . What if none of it is happening to you? What if all of it is happening for you?”

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{book report} before the fall

         Before the Fall by Noah Hawley (4.5/5)   “This book is about  a small plane crashing with two fancy business moguls on it. Also in attendance were their families and a down-on-his-luck painter. Only the painter and a four-year-old boy survive. The narrative winds back and surges forward in order to […]

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{weekend wandering} santa monica farmers market

  One of my favorite things in the summer are all the seasonal food found in the farmers market. In the summer, we do a lot of overnight stays and road trips around Southern California. Whenever we are out of town on the weekends, I try to search for info on the local farmer’s market. […]

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