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savoring and slowing down during the holiday season by being less connected to my phone and internet. I post pictures on social media, but I try not to linger and scroll mindlessly

taking a trip to the mountains to play with snow and experiencing our own version of California winter

planning our holiday season to have more meaningful experiences and less shopping trips

making homemade holiday decorations by creating a pom pom garland.

baking my favorite holiday cookies and decorating a gingerbread house with my little guy

journaling this month because I want to tell stories and document our holiday season in more details. I want to learn how to write so I focus more on the experience and less on the finish product

changing my work schedule to come in earlier and leave earlier, so I can take Orangetheory classes after work. I am on my second month of membership and I am really loving the workouts and how challenging they are (but still doable)

working less this month and making it a goal to take a day off each week

learning to use the Headspace app

what we ate / thanksgiving dinner


Happy Thanksgiving week. I’m excited to spend time with family and friends as we celebrate Thanksgiving day on Thursday.

I’m lucky to have majority of my family and friends nearby. We get to celebrate holidays together, which makes it more special. Hubby and I used to drive all over town to celebrate Thanksgiving at 3 different houses all in one day.  Once H was born, I offered to host Thanksgiving for my family and also move our dinner the day after on Friday. This way, we get to enjoy and relax with both sides of our family, without being rushed on time.

Last year we didn’t have a Turkey (but this year we are ordering one), instead we had salmon and ham as our main entree.



Here are the food I prepared and enjoyed at last year’s Thanksgiving dinner.  Some of the side dishes will be a repeat this year, BUT I like to try new recipes, so there will be new ones as well.

Autumn Chopped Salad 

(I brought this salad at our Friendsgiving and also at my inlaws house. I also made it for the dinner party I hosted. It’s good)



Sweet Potato Casserole (recipe from How Sweet Eats)

I adapted from the original recipe and doubled the topping as well. I made this 3 times for Thanksgiving last year, same parties as above.



Creamy Confetti Corn with Bacon (recipe from Mels Kitchen)



Spinach Artichoke Dip (recipe from Annies Eats)



Baked Salmon with rosemary and dill butter (purchased from Costco)


Honey Glazed Ham (from Costco)



Stuffing and Glazed Carrots (recipe from PB Fingers)




Turkey Bread from Boudin Bakery



Banana Pudding (recipe from Paula Deen)



Here’s our simple table setting, I had set-up for 14 guests (2  long tables).


wardrobe capsule / week 7


I’ve got seven weeks of wearing my wardrobe capsule and it’s clear which items are my favorite and will be carried over to the next capsule. I find myself gravitating towards wearing more dresses because they are so quick and easy to wear but I didn’t include a lot in this capsule, the 4-5 that […]

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{recipe} starbuck’s pumpkin bread


  Whenever I travel, and most recently when I was in New York in October, I go out of my way to visit different coffee shops. I wanted to get coffee from local shops and tried to avoid chain coffee shops like Starbucks. There’s plenty of Starbuck’s at home and I can go anytime if […]

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  adding a touch of Fall season around the house. I bought small orange flowers and cut them down to fit in a blue mason jar. We still have small and large pumpkins all over the house hoping for my toddler’s right hand to heal soon. He likes to jump around and landed on his […]

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  dressing up as a Greek Princess for Halloween. My little guy was a pirate and my husband was Diablo attending the pre-school’s Trunk-Or-Treat event and also their Halloween potluck party. It was quiet a special treat to spend the morning with H and see him interact with his friends and teachers at his new […]

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wardrobe capsule / week 6 – simple accessories


  I love wearing simple and minimalist style of jewelry for every day use.  I save the large statement necklaces for special occasion. I guess you can say my daily accessories are “barely there”, which is what I love. The items below are the jewelry that I’ve been wearing with this wardrobe capsule.  I stopped […]

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{photobook} hawke turns 3


My little guy turned 3 years old in March.  We had his birthday party at our local park in early April.  It was a perfect Spring day, sunny with plenty of breeze.  A lot of our family members  and also a few school friends were able to celebrate with us. He is into school bus right […]

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  going to the Huntington Beach air show. It was our first time and it was a cool event. My brothers and my little man enjoyed watching the jets fly by.  I was there for the beach and food trucks. While everyone was looking up in the sky watching the show, my little guy was […]

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work wardrobe capsule / week 5


Here’s this week’s outfits, we are now in Week 5 of my work wardrobe capsule. A new item that I haven’t worn in awhile is this grey crop pants that I got from Target. I like the look of crop pants on others but always hesitated wearing them myself. When I first tried it on, […]

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