{weekend wandering} snow in palm springs

In January, we took a road trip to Palm Springs and rode the aerial tramway to go see and play with snow. There were 3 cars total on this road trip, so it was a big group with my sisters, brothers and kiddos. For my brothers and my little guy, this was their first time […]

{recipe} chocolate & oatmeal mini bites

I try to stock our freezer with healthier treats. You know, for those times when I walk in the door in the evenings and dinner is not ready, and I just need one little snack to tide me over. Not just any snack, but a sweeter snack and eating a fruit will not squash the […]


  having  a surprisingly busy week and month, more than I anticipated or prepared for getting a mani and pedi. When I feel depleted at the end of the week, I always make sure there is something I’m doing to take care of myself and getting my nails done is one of my go to […]


Here’s what we have been up to lately….. We try to spend a few hours over the weekend to visit my sister, brothers and nephew. We are all grieving my mom’s death differently but for me, spending time with family as much as I can feels good. My mom used to live with my sister, […]

{recipe} easy chocolate cake

  I wanted to share this cake recipe that I’ve made a few times already, in time for Valentine’s Day festivities.   This is a semi-homemade recipe because it uses a cake mix, and with the addition of the right ingredients, it transforms into a dense, moist and extra chocolaty cake. It’s the ultimate chocolate […]