• looking out at mountains
    Los Angeles

    Have You Heard of Golden Valley Ranch Open Space?

         Golden Valley Ranch Open Space is a large open area that you can hike in Santa Clarita, California.  I found it on Google Maps one day and it looked amazing because of all of the green fields and hills.  Me and my husband visited it one time last spring, thinking it would be green but all the grass was already brown.  Ever since then, I have been wanting to return during winter.  In California, in winter it normally rains a lot and everything gets super vibrant.  We went back this past weekend because we have been getting so much rain lately.  As you can see, the hills are…

  • Urban Lights
    Los Angeles

    Visiting LACMA, Art Museum

              After finally having visited LACMA, I can say that it’s a fun museum.  I’m not super into art museums, I never really have been.  It’s probably because I didn’t really visit them a lot growing up.  I went to tons of science museums, zoos, and aquariums.  I’m just not that into art.  Anyway, I did really enjoy this museum.  There are some fun sculptures like “Urban Lights” and “Levitated Mass.”  Both of those you can actually visit for free, without having to enter the museum.  There are also a lot of famous pieces, including many from Picasso.  I don’t think I have ever seen his…

  • Bridge
    Los Angeles,  Outfits

    Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena

              I’ve driven past this bridge several times and have never gotten the chance to stop until today.  It’s the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, CA.  This bridge really stands out because of the architecture and it’s height.  It’s really tall.  When it was build in 1913, it was the tallest concrete bridge in the world.  I didn’t realize that and I think that is so interesting.  It’s age was also a bit surprising to me as well.  The bridge is in such good shape I thought it was a bit newer.  If you want to read more about the history of the bridge you can…

  • Disney
    Lifestyle,  Los Angeles,  Travel

    The Best Parts of 2022: What I’m Thankful For

              This post is an updated version of this post from 2020.  I don’t have many resolutions this year because I just have a few big ones so I wanted to reflect on all of the great things that happened in 2021.  I will quickly mention my resolutions in case anyone is curious.  I want to go to Japan, buy a house, and start my own business.  I don’t know how realistic two of those things are so I’m kind of nervous to put them out there.  Now, onto the 2021 recap.  This list was actually really hard to narrow down because I did a lot…

  • gingerbread house
    Holidays,  Lifestyle

    Another Gingerbread House

              I made a gingerbread house from scratch this year.  The only other time I’ve done it was in 2020.  I most likely wouldn’t be blogging about it but I don’t have any other blog posts planned at the moment.  Making gingerbread houses is super fun because it’s almost like playing architect, but with cookies.  When I was younger there was a brief period of time where I wanted to be an architect as my profession.  It’s something that I am still interested in, to some degree.  I’m not saying that gingerbread houses are anything like real houses, it’s just fun to design.      …

  • Red Rock Canyon
    Los Angeles

    Red Rock Canyon Park, Malibu

              Red Rock Canyon Park is a nice park, tucked away in the mountains in Malibu.  I didn’t know it was there for several years, but recently discovered it on Google Maps.  I’m always looking for new places to hike.  What I really like about this park is the color of the rocks and how it feels out of place.  It feels kind of like you are in Utah or something.  There are so many parks around the world with the name Red Rock Canyon so I’m going to show you exactly where it is.  A lot of parks in Malibu are hard to find.  It’s…

  • Disneyland
    Holidays,  Los Angeles,  Travel

    Disney California Adventure for My Birthday

     T-SHIRT: Designed myself  |  JEANS: H&M  |  CARDIGAN: Nordstrom Rack  |  SNEAKERS: Puma  |  FANNY PACK: Primark  |   HAIR BOW: Nordstrom Rack            I finally visited Disney California Adventure recently.  I’ve been wanting to go for so long.  Every time I have been to Disneyland in the past I went to the park with the castle.  I was there last week to have a late birthday celebration.  I decided not to go on my actual birthday because it fell on a Saturday and I was afraid that day would be super crowded.  Also the price was $40 more than the day we went, per person.…

  • Glacier National Park

    A Rainy Day in Glacier National Park

              This is the last post from my trip to the U.S. and Canadian Rockies.  My previous posts were from Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Banff, Waterton Lakes, and Kootenay National Parks.  They are linked, if you want to check them out.  Glacier is the park that we had the worst luck with.  The weather was just pretty bad.  It was chilly, rainy, and foggy.  There were very few breaks in the rain that allowed me to even get out of the car and take photos. Of course, we stopped at all of the pull-offs to look out but I didn’t want to get my camera wet so…

  • Van Gogh Painting
    Holidays,  Los Angeles

    My Birthday at the Getty Center

              The Getty Center is an art museum that I have been wanting to visit.  It’s different from the Getty Villa, which is the same company but a different museum.  I decided to go on my 34th birthday.  I had planned to go to Disneyland but the price was insane for that day and it was going to be very crowded because it’s so close to Halloween.  I’m still going to go to celebrate my birthday, but in a few weeks.  Anyway, I decided to go to the Getty Center as a back up because it’s just something fun that I have been wanting to do.…

  • waterton lakes
    Travel,  Travel Guide

    You Need to Visit Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

              If Waterton Lakes wasn’t on your “must see” list before, it really should be.  It’s a National Park located in Alberta, Canada.  It’s just north of the American Glacier National Park.  You can actually go over the border from inside the parks sometimes.  The border crossing isn’t always open though.  This park is amazing. It’s a massive lake/lakes, surrounded by mountains.  The lake looks so much like a fjord, but I don’t think it counts as one because it’s fresh water.             We were there for one day, which is enough time to really get a feel for the park,…