Farewell home tour

We sold our condo

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We’ve officially sold our condo! It was on the market for less than a day before we accepted an offer. I loved our first home together and just had to document it with a farewell home tour.

In the home tour, keep your eyes peeled for our DIY projects and Wayne’s creations:

  • We did our own kitchen backsplash with white subway tiles
  • Shelving system Wayne built in the laundry room (I call it Costco)
  • Pull out drawers Wayne built for all my snacks in the kitchen cabinet
  • The fabulously customized walk-in closet system Wayne assembled
  • Mid-century modern walnut entryway bench & coffee table Wayne built. (He also welded the legs!)

Farewell home tour


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Selling our condo. Goodbye to our first home.

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Yup, we’re selling our condo. Our first home together in Los Angeles.

There were so many magical memories associated with buying our first home several years ago. I remember we got our keys and moved in the week before getting married. (Boy, was that a whirlwind of a week!) Two huge steps to real adulthood–Mortgage & Lifelong Commitment.

We love our home. It’s our favorite place to be–with people we love.

God has really blessed us with this place to call our first home and given us the opportunity to share this space with loved ones. We’ve cooked countless holiday feasts and shared intimate meals, held meetings for groups we serve with, adopted our first dog to bring home, played bed and breakfast for family during our wedding, and even had as many as six people stay in our 2-bedroom condo. Our home was like a retreat for many.

Even though we bought new, over the years we loved having little home improvement projects to really make it our own. We installed our own subway tile in the kitchen (a recap post on that to come), built pull out drawers in the large kitchen cabinet (see photos below), created shelving and a shoe rack in the once empty pantry, and built out a fully customized walk-in master closet. We really love working with our hands and these projects not only represented home improvements, but craftsmanship filled with love and purpose.

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Domestic violence is more widespread than you think. Learn how you can make a difference at the South Bay CPAF Fundraising Event.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Did you know that 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 7 men in the United States and globally experience sexual or domestic violence? It’s unfathomable how high the odds are.

For immigrant women, 1 out of 2 Asian Pacific Islander (API) have been physically, sexually, and/or emotionally abused. And perhaps it’s cultural, but it’s been found that API women are the least likely to report abuse.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this month is dedicated to increasing awareness about domestic violence (DV) and how widespread domestic violence is. DV isn’t limited to physical abuse but can take many forms and describes as sexual, financial, emotional, and psychological harm.

South Bay CPAF Fundraising Event this Saturday (10/14)

As some of you know, I serve on this non-profit group in South Bay LA called the South Bay Advisory Council (SBAC), which is part of the organization Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF). It’s an organization that advocates against family violence and violence against women. They provide a 24-hour in-language hotline and intervention services, emergency shelter programs, transitional housing programs, prevention and community education.

There’s a transitional shelter in the South Bay and SBAC decided to put on an awareness/fundraising event this weekend, Saturday, 10/14. We’re fundraising for the Wellness Scholarship Fund that promotes and encourages self-care for the women at the shelter. 

Learn how you can make a difference

I would love for you to join and learn about issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and how you can make a difference. Tickets are $10 per person, and that includes lunch. There is no obligation to donate when at the luncheon; however, there will be a silent auction and you can get started on early holiday shopping. You can bid on luxury sunglasses, YogaWorks monthly passes, a Trader Joe’s gift basket, Starbucks gift cards, and more!

We’re really trying to establish a greater presence in SB and have more community partners, so please share this with your friends and family who may be interested.


South Bay CPAF Fundraising Event

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time: 11am – 1pm

Location: Brogino’s (2423 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278)

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Join the South Bay Advisory Council (SBAC) CPAF Fundraising Event among community friends and partners, to make a difference in the lives of the domestic violence and sexual assault survivors we serve. We invite you to join in our fundraising efforts to raise money for the Wellness Scholarship Program and other services for clients living in CPAF’s South Bay Transitional Shelter.

The event will include lunch, a silent auction, and an introduction to CPAF’s South Bay Advisory Council presence in the community. Join as we not only celebrate our achievements but also duly recognize the strength and support of our united efforts.


If you aren’t able to make it but would be interested in donating, please follow the instructions below. All donations are tax-deductible.
You can donate via this link – http://nurturingchange.org/donate/. Under the “How would you like to direct this donation” select the “Survivor Wellness Fund – SBAC.” Your donation will help the women at the shelter!

Hope to see your beautiful faces Saturday!

Center for the Pacific Asian Family // nurturingchange.org

Happy Dog Adoption Day, Bentley!

Happy Birthday Dog Adoption Day, Bentley!

We’ve adopted our furkid three years ago, today, through a Wags and Walk’s pop-up event at The Grove. Read that post here. Although we don’t know his actual birthday, Wayne and I like to celebrate on his adoption day. We always look at him and ask, “How old are you, really?!?” Depending on the length of his hair, he can go from looking like a 10-month old puppy to old grandpa with furrowed eyebrows.

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Guilt-free Avocado Vegan Brownie Recipe

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It’s not common to mix vegetables into desserts, but this Guilt-free Avocado Vegan Brownie recipe calls for the green stuff and it tastes divine. The secret ingredients are avocado and coconut oil–and it’s healthy! They provide a rich texture and dose of healthy fats.

However if you want to go the extra mile, these are perfect fresh out of the oven topped with your favorite scoop of vanilla ice cream. I also enjoy packing these in a baggie and enjoying it on the road.

This is my go-to dessert for parties because it’s the healthier version for fudge-y brownies. I love telling everyone they’re not only decadent, but they’re guilt-free and vegan!

Skeptical? You gotta try it to believe it!

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What’s In My Race Pack

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What to bring in your waist race pack

If you take a peek into my purse you’d think I’m part Eagle Scout and Mary Poppins. I may have loads of stuff but they’re all necessary to survive a zombie apocalypse. Sorta.

I like to be prepared.

Packing my day race pack is slightly different. The key difference is my race pack is much smaller. Therefore, when I run a long-distance race I like to pack efficiently with effective items. I’ve been using the same race pack and some of my holy grail products since my first marathon back in 2008. With the Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon in just a few weeks, these are my trusty items I’m packing on the run.

My day RACE pack survival kit

  1. Nathan Marathon Running Belt // I’ve had this light-weight training race pack since 2008 and love it. Although I’m running a long-distance race, I don’t bother wearing packs with water bottles because I know this race is well-supported with water and aid stations. I’ve linked a newer version of this race pack.
  2. Refresh Plus Lubricant Eye Drops // I get dry eyes especially when I wear contacts. These non-preservative drops help my eyes stay hydrated and clear.
  3. Advil // My ankles sometimes get sore as I get to the double-digit miles. This helps with the soreness during my run.
  4. Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense Stick // A MUST for me! I apply this BEFORE the race, between my toes. above my toes, and BEFORE I put on my socks. Without this, my toes tend to rub between each other, chafe, and get blisters. You can apply this in other areas when you get chafing problems. Ever since I discovered this type of product I’ve been blister-free.
  5. Farmacy Honey Savior All-in-One Skin Repair Salve with Echinacea GreenEnvy Honey // Gotta moisturize my lips! This travel-size mighty multi-tasker can also be applied to other parts of your skin to repair dryness. Continue reading

Sephora Skin Superfoods VIB Rouge Event at SmogShoppe

I’m all about that #feedyourskin superfoods life

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As a healthy lifestyle enthusiast I was beaming with joy when I received the invite for Sephora Skin Superfoods VIB Rouge Event at SmogShoppe in Culver City. I used 2,500 of my Sephora points to secure my spot–it was well worth it.

I’m all about that #feedyourskin superfoods life. As you know, the husband and I grow our own greens, eat them, and now I’m thrilled to use ingredients like kale, echinacea, honey, coconut, and argan oil on my skin. Talk about sleep, eat, breathe healthy foods.

Snapchat with Miranda Kerr of KORA Organics

The highlight was meeting with brand founders Miranda Kerr of KORA Organics and Mark Veeder of Farmacy and talking natural skincare and sharing tips. Miranda Kerr even grabbed my phone to Snapchat our moment! Her new skincare line uses the antioxidant noni fruit to smooth, nourish, and brighten skin with a natural glow.

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Those behind Farmacy Beauty are the bee’s knees

This brand fuses age-old botanical wisdom with cutting-edge technologies to create a gentle and natural formulation. Founder, Mark Veeder, is the pioneer plantsman behind the discovery of Echinacea GreenEnvy, the unique ingredient used in their line. Farmacy has a farm out in upstate New York where they cultivate the plant and use bees to pollinate its flowers.

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Never Coast at FlyWheel Cycling Studio (Playa Vista)

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– Why this new FlyWheel cycling studio in Playa Vista is so FLY –

Incorporating indoor cycling into my regimen has really amped up my workout game. Not only am I increasing my endurance but spinning is joint-friendly and perfect for all ages. FlyWheel has really created a new type of workout that allows every rider, regardless of level, to bring out the best in themselves. They incorporate performance tracking technology in an immersive, interactive, and music-driven indoor cycling experience that makes it fabulous, fit, and fun! I always grab my friends to spin at FlyWheel and experience the wonders of group fitness together.

The new Playa Vista location opened up last year and is in a prime location. After a big sweat grab a green juice at the Whole Foods next door, brunch it up with a gourmet burger at Hopdoddy or a poke bowl at Da Kikokiko, a cup of joe at Starbucks, or just walk around the hip outdoor center. Tip: There’s an awesome Farmers Market happenin’ on Saturday mornings and they set up right up in front of FlyWheel!

As a loyal ClassPass member with access to FlyWheel classes, learn how to get $40 off your first month, here. More details at the end of the post.

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Hourglass Cosmetics Yelp Elite Event in Venice

My Holy Grail Hourglass Products & Yelp Elite Event in Venice via It's Jou Life blog https://wp.me/p7RBMP-12HHourglass Yelp Elite Event in Venice via It's Jou Life blog https://wp.me/p7RBMP-12HYelp Elite Event // Hourglass Cosmetics Flagship Store (Abbot Kinney, Venice)

Yesterday I attended a fabulous and fun Yelp Elite Event at the Hourglass Cosmetics Flagship store in Venice and it was the bees knees!

As a long-time fangirl of this brand, I soaked up all their skincare and beauty tips/tricks and learned about new products. VP of Global Artistry and Training Laura Janes rocked the Complexion Master Class–debriefing us about the story of Hourglass, demo-ing why Hourglass reigns supreme (even demonstrating on herself a face of makeup within 10 minutes without a mirror), and showcasing their new products–and I was smitten.

A luxury cosmetics brand that is against animal testing, free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, vegan-friendly, and gluten-free (no, not to eat but for those with gluten skin sensitivity). Best of all? They’re revolutionizing the way we see and use skincare and makeup.

The Ambient Lighting products are incredible. Think of it as an IG filter #IRL. It’ll transform your #selfie game, for serious!

I feasted on an elaborate cheese, fruit, and breadboard. Such a treat. I LOVE the swag bag of a full-size Girl Lip in Believer, travel-size of the Veil Mineral Primer, 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Obsidian. Thanks, Yelp LA and Brittany for another awesome YE event. My skin looks unreal right now!

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My Holy Grail Hourglass Products

If you haven’t tried their products, these are my holy grail Hourglass products:
Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 1 fl oz. // Their best-selling item, selling 1 bottle every minute! I can see why this award-winning, state-of-the-art primer is a staple in many makeup artists’ bags because it extends the wear of foundation for a perfect complexion that lasts; an oil-free and water-resistant primer not only creates a smooth, even canvas for makeup, but also conceals redness, minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles; and provides broad spectrum SPF 15 protection.
HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Palette: Dim light -Incandescent Light -Radiant Light // Glow, baby, glow! I’m a sucker for palettes not only because it’s a value but because these shades are unreal! Their Ambient Lighting Powders utilize Photoluminescent Technology to filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of the complexion. Each of these high-tech, soft-focus finishing powders recreate an exquisitely flattering light source. Easy translation: That lit from within IG filter #IRL. The powders can be applied individually or layered to imbue skin with a multidimensional glow.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Incandescent Electra (BNIB) (Cool Peach color) // I always get compliments on how healthy my skin looks. I owe it all to this product. It’s a natural flush of color that gives my skin look vibrant and glowing. This captivating hybrid blush combines the illuminating effects of Ambient® Strobe Lighting Powder with breathtakingly modern hues to instantly brighten cheeks for seamless, glowing, lit from within color.  INCANDESCENT ELECTRA is a cool peach blush blended with Incandescent Strobe Light for a celestial glow.

 

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Why Hourglass is For the Product-Conscious

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Top Picks for Prenatal Vitamins

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My biggest takeaway from my annual visits with my ob-gyn: The importance for women to take daily multivitamins or prenatal vitamins even before planning to get pregnant. Taking prenatal vitamins before getting pregnant preps your body with a solid foundation of nutrients. Prenatal vitamins consist of a variety of vitamins and minerals that help you and your baby get the nutrients that are essential for healthy development.

Make sure to look for a prenatal vitamin that includes:

    • 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid
    • 400 IU of vitamin D
    • 200 to 300 milligrams (mg) of calcium
    • 70 mg of vitamin C
    • 3 mg of thiamine
    • 2 mg of riboflavin
    • 20 mg of niacin
    • 6 mcg of vitamin B12
    • 10 mg of vitamin E
    • 15 mg of zinc
    • 17 mg of iron
    • 150 micrograms of iodine

My Thoughts

So the diligent (but sometimes forgetful) person that I am, have been taking multivitamins for as long as I can remember and recently shifted to prenatal vitamins the past couple of years. However, not all prenatals are created equal. I’ve tried quite a handful of brands and types and while some hit all the vitamin requirements, they taste terrible and I sometimes intentionally “forget” to take them. Recently the delicious gummy prenatals have stolen my heart but not all gummies contain all the vitamin requirements. This past year at the Natural Products Expo West, I’ve noticed there are now a plethora of companies coming out with prenatal gummies.

My Top Picks for Prenatal Vitamins

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