Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018 (Limited Edition) On Sale March 23 – $20

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Limited Edition Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018 – only $20 ($100 value)

Calling all natural beauty and skincare lovers! Mark your calendars to grab this year’s Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018 for only $20 on Friday, March 23, 2018. This limited edition bag is available in stores only, while supplies last.

Limited Edition Whole Foods Beauty Bag 2018

Where: Your local US Whole Foods Market store (in stores only)

When: Friday, March 23, 2018

How much: $20 ($100 value)

Valued at $100, the custom bag contains Whole Foods Market’s curated natural beauty favorites from Alba, Dr. Hauschka, evanhealy, Mineral Fusion, Trilogy, Weleda, W3LL People, and more. The products come in a beautiful, organic cotton bag from Piece & Co who empowers skilled artisans to created traditional textiles of exceptional quality. New to the sale and bag this year are the wide array of hair care products found in Whole Body.

I bought the WF Beauty Bag last year and discovered new favorite items that I’ve implemented into my regular skincare regimen. I get a lot of questions on what items are on my skincare shelf and how do I know what brands to use. Honestly, skincare depends on your skin type–I have combo skin most of the year and normal to dry in the winter–so I have a handful of products that I use depending on how my skin is at-the-moment.  And what works for me may not work for you.

That is why I love purchasing bargain beauty bags to try which brands, formulas, and lines work with my skin. As always, I want to share with you my experience with navigating my way in the (sometimes overwhelming and saturated) skincare market and this is one of the ways how!

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Planning an IKEA Kitchen & 15% off IKEA Kitchen Sale

A glimpse into our kitchen’s future

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We created mock-up of our kitchen using IKEA’s online planning tool

When we purchased our home, we knew we wanted to update the kitchen. That said, our second major demo project is to clear out the outdated (very old and possibly original) appliances, vent hood, and cabinets. We looked at a bunch of cabinet inspo on Pinterest and Houzz, but kept coming back to the simplistic and budget-friendly ones at IKEA. To our luck, there’s an IKEA Kitchen Sale going on. We did some pre-planning before making the trek over to our local store. After browsing the kitchen showrooms, we found what worked with us, and we started the process of planning our new kitchen. 

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Demo day part 2 & unpleasant surprise

Demo Day Ready!

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After our first failed demo day, we were itching to start working on the house. We decided our first demo project would be to remove the old carpet since it would be fairly simple and would also make it easier to work on other projects in the house. However we came to find a not-so-pleasant surprise and it set us back a few weeks. More details below.

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It wasn’t difficult but since there was carpet throughout the entire house, it took us several days to cut, remove, and roll up the carpet.

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Top 10 healthy snack dupes to your favorite junk foods

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I’m a serious snacker

Those that know me can attest that I’m a serious snacker. As much as I praise healthy food choices I do crave chips, cookies, and chocolate. Oh, do I LOVE sweets! I’ve come to realize it’s not about denying myself certain foods, but really all about that balanced lifestyle. So instead of cutting them out entirely, I enjoy them in moderation.

Ideal situation? Find healthier alternatives to your favorite junk foods that are made with quality ingredients, high in nutrition, and are just as delicious.

My top 10 healthy food Discoveries from Natural Products Expo West 2017

Driven by the consistent growth of consumers demanding natural, healthy, and eco-conscious products, it’s no surprise that this mega-industry has a plethora of new products emerging every year. Here are my top healthy snack dupes that replace my favorite junk foods.

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Demo Day FAIL!

Where’s The TV Magic?

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According to HGTV, the first thing that happens after getting the keys to a older house is always demo day. After having watched countless hours of home improvement shows, we planned to have demo day the first weekend after we got the keys to our new home. Saturday morning rolls around and we excitedly head to our storage unit to gather our tools to begin our big project. But by the time we finished moving everything around to get to the tools that we packed in the very back of the storage unit, we were both sore, exhausted and ready for a break. After we finally packed everything in to the car, half the day was already over and we hadn’t even seen the house yet. Where’s the TV magic?? Continue reading

We bought a Fixer Upper!

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It’s been a whirlwind with this Fixer Upper

The past few weeks have felt unreal. Not only did we buy a home in our ideal neighborhood, we bought a fixer upper! This is a big deal. We are huge fans of HGTV’s hit-show, Fixer Upper, and we can finally swing a sledgehammer to things and design beautiful and practical rooms. Big thanks to our realtors, Derek Hirano andJohn Capellaro for helping us get this dream of a home.

We really love working with our hands and these projects not only represent home improvements, but craftsmanship filled with love and purpose. For those who don’t know Wayne, his dream is to have a fixer upper home. He’s happiest when working with his hands.

Whether it’s designing the entryway bench or woodworking on the walnut coffee table or out in our community garden tending to the persimmon tree–he builds things and grows food with joy, intention, and purpose.

Over the next few months you better believe we’ll be channeling Chip and Joanna Gaines. One thing we know for sure–we have our work cut out for us. It’s just the beginning. Handling a fixer upper will be a process–it’ll be messy, it’ll take work, we’ll be tired and sore, the dollars will add up quickly, and can get downright frustrating at times. However, we’ll learn a lot and we’ll get to make this home our very own. Ready for this epic of projects!

Welcome home 🙂

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.

Purchase tickets via EventBrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-bay-cpaf-fundraising-event-tickets-36418160699

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!

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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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