3 tips for small kitchen living

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I’ve lived in my apartment for almost two years now and spend a lot of my time in the kitchen, so I thought it was about time to share my top 3 tips for working with a small kitchen space.

If you’re moving out on your own for the first time, moving into a new space, or organizing your existing space don’t feel like you have to organize and buy all the kitchen tools at once. That’s certainly not what I did. You can add on naturally according to your needs and lifestyle.

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5 simple tips for getting dishes

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I love cooking and baking and pretty much everything related to that, EXCEPT doing the dishes. Does anyone love washing dishes? Sometimes it can be relaxing. But more than anything it’s a chore that can’t be ignored.

When I was a kid (and even teenager and young adult), I wasn’t always the best about doing the dishes. My mom was not happy about that. She had to remind me to clear my plate from the table. I would sometimes rather do homework that wasn’t due soon instead of do the dishes. And that was back when I lived in a home with a dishwasher.

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What are you looking forward to this fall?

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I was inspired to write this post after reading this post on In Honor of Design. I’m happy it’s fall, my favorite season, so to celebrate I’m sharing a fall checklist of sorts. It should be fairly easy to get all these things accomplished, and fairly fun too. :)

The ten things I’m excited to do this fall: 

  1. Make apple crisp using my mom’s recipe.
  2. Reorganize my closet and donate clothes to our local Goodwill
  3. Road trip with my guy to Capitola
  4. Walk the family dog who lives at my mom’s house.
  5. Make devil’s food cake (annual tradition)
  6. Make something special for Thanksgiving
  7. Spend quality time with my sister’s kids. (new baby on the way)
  8. Go to a new-to-me restaurant.
  9. Go on a hike. Maybe walk the Santa Monica stairs
  10. Finish reading Walter Cronkite’s biography, Walter Cronkite: A Reporter’s Life

Is there anything you’re looking forward to this season?

Santa Monica: Restaurant guide

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Since moving to Santa Monica, I’ve had a few visitors and people ask me what’s good to eat. There are lots of great places and I haven’t come close to trying all of them, but I do have some favorites that I want to share with you. I though it would be helpful to break it down into neighborhoods or types of meals.

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Easter Sunday in Santa Monica

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Paul and I spent this Easter Sunday in our home city of Santa Monica. It was a nice, relaxing day.

I made buttermilk waffles in the morning with our new waffle maker. I sort of combined this recipe from King Arthur Flour with this recipe from Betty Crocker. We topped them off with fresh whipped cream made the day before and some strawberries.

After washing an overflowing sink of dishes (I had been putting them off), I talked to my mom on the phone for a while and then we took a walk along the beach. When we came back, we made dinner out of leftovers. That’s always a good thing because it means no cooking, just reheating.

Now it’s a little past 5 pm and I’m watching Charmed before heading to work a closing shift with the memories of a lovely day.

Happy birthday to me

I turn 25 on Tuesday. I’m not that excited about it. A few years ago, a few of my friends were turning 25 and they were telling me how they were dreading it and I just did not get it. I told them, “It’s just a birthday, you should be excited.” But one friend was telling me how she hasn’t accomplished everything she thought she would by 25 and it’s weird to be growing up. Now I get it.

But, instead of thinking negative, I’m trying to think positive and be excited about my birthday. I got another year on this earth with some amazing people whom I love very much.

To celebrate, I got myself some presents that I thought I would share with you all here.

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I bought these gifts for myself to inspire me to go out and do great things.

The planner is, of course, so I can plan better. I get one just about every year and this year I splurged on a big, pretty planner.

I don’t have that many pairs of nice jeans. This year, I’ve bought a few pairs of what I consider to be expensive jeans at thrift stores because that way I’m getting good quality for a low price. The problem with that is that they wear out fast because they’re already used when I get them.

Take, for example, the J Brand jeans I bought from Salvation Army for $20 that I absolutely love, but feel slightly embarrased to wear because the hole in the knee just keeps expanding. So, new jeans should make me feel more inclined to leave the apartment. I bought the Madewell jeans last week when there was an extra discount on sale items but it looks like that ended.

I threw away an old pair of running shoes about 6 months ago and I’m just now replacing them. I want to be a runner. Something in me loves running.

The books are by two inspiring women who I hope to learn from. I ordered them as audiobooks last night.

I’ve never listened to an audiobook before. Scratch that. I did listen to a Harry Potter book as an audiobook when I was staying with my brother’s family one time.

Does listening to an audiobook count as reading a book? Very important question. I want to know if I can fulfill my book quota for the year. My older sister and a two of our friends are doing this 2016 book challenge from the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog.

Now that I think about it, I guess I’m ready for 25, and not because of these new gifts I got myself. I’m ready because I have some amazing people at my side and I’ve grown in the past year. It’s time to celebrate that.

Bring it on, February 2nd!

Chill time

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A playlist for when you need to chill out, think about things that don’t really matter and attempt to feel like a cloud.

  1. Nanao Tavito – What Are You Waiting For? What You Waiting For? できたて
  2. thewonderwheel — Corp Accounts 11
  3. Mr Little Jeans — Rescue Song (The Naked & Famous Alt. Remix)
  4. Cosmo’s Midnight — Cosmo’s Midnight – Walk With Me (feat. KUČKA)
  5. Tom Misch — Sunshine
  6. Tkay Maidza — Brontosaurus (ft. Badcop)
  7. Sameblod — Forever
  8. Diablo Pablo — You’ve Gotta Realize
  9. CarlaMorrison — Hoy yo quiero [Previously Unreleased]
  10. Gold Panda — Clarke’s Dream
  11. tashakimiyaki — This Time Tomorrow
  12. Swirlies — Wrong Tube
  13. Saint Marie Records — Sway – Fall

This playlist includes two artists I know in real life, my boyfriend (The Wonder Wheel) and his dad (Diablo Pablo). Be sure to give their tracks a good listen.

Summer 2015 Favorites

Summer 2015 favorites

Favorite movie: Out of all the movies I saw this summer online, on DVD and in person, Ant Man would have to be my favorite. The cast made it good for me. I’m not usually a fan of action movies in general. But if it’s got hotties who are awesome actors like Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and Bobby Cannavale, then I’ll watch it and love it. Side note: Ant Man was actually the only movie I saw in theaters. I enjoyed the others from home because I’m a homebody.

Favorite TV show: Okay, so I watch a lot of TV. I watch too much TV really. I’m trying to cut back and focus on living life. Some shows I watched this summer include East Los High, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Twin Peaks, The X-Files and Switched at Birth.I’m a sucker for teenage soap operas. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite, but I’d have to say I most enjoyed Switched at Birth. I like getting to know the characters and the different dynamics involved. In case you’re wondering, I’m pretty sure I’m a combination of Kathryn and Bay, but more Kathryn than Bay.

Favorite podcast: I listened to five episodes of The Lively Show in one day and I’m sure I’ll listen to more soon. In fact, I started this post last night and had written four in that last sentence, but now I’m up to five. I’m listening to one of the episodes right now. I enjoyed hearing entrepreneur Jess Lively talk with Gretchen Rubin, Caroline Rector, Becky Murphy, Joy Cho and Jessie Artigue.

Favorite music: I like all the music I’ve heard from Courtney Barnett so far. The music is pleasing and the lyrics are beautiful, relatable poetry. They’re even a little silly. My favorite song of hers is Pedestrian at Best.

This blog post was inspired by Diana of the our.city.lights blog who does similar posts, as well as The Lively Show and all the YouTubers who do monthly favorites.