Another Sleepy Saturday: 3 Things

20 Feb

I’m sleepy partly because I fell asleep before 9PM last night and then woke up at 3AM super hungry! I ate some leftover Thai food and proceeded to watch some “Fresh Off the Boat” on Hulu for a while, then went back to sleep around 5:30AM. Feeling quite disoriented, here are my 3 things I’m obsessed with this week:

1. Fresh Off the Boat

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Of course this is going to be in this post! Not sure what I would have done when I woke up this morning if Hulu didn’t have new episodes of this show. Probably watched something else, but I love this show! Since I’m mostly Asian and there really isn’t much Asian representation on television that isn’t horribly stereotyped, this show is refreshing…and relatable for me, even though I’m not Taiwanese. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you must. Also, Tim Heidecker (from “Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job!”) had a cameo as the main character, Eddie Huang’s teacher in one of the episodes I watched last night about a mix tape. I’ll probably watch that one again with the kids.

2. Chirashi Bowls

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This particular Chirashi bowl was from I Love Sushi on Victoria Blvd in Ventura, CA, across the street from the Courthouse. I was on lunch from Jury Duty. If you’ve never had a Chirashi bowl, get one!

3. This GIF:

 

Sleepy Saturday: 3 Things

13 Feb

Today for whatever reason, I was (am) very, very sleepy. No matter, some things must go on, like the 3 Things blog post! Here are 3 things I’m loving this week

1. My New Glasses!

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They are Penguin brand, red, and fantastic! The first pair of glasses I’ve ever put on and was like, OMG I LOVE THEM. So, I’m pretty happy! If you need a good Optometrist and are in the Ventura County (or even LA county) area, check out Dr. Rogers, he is the best!

2. Scrunchies

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That’s right, I love them. Truth be told, I never really fell out of love with them. With the resurgence of all things 90’s, these babies are back and better than ever! They are so comfy and easy on the hair follicles! I will be making a line of scrunchies for my shop at Heavenly Skull!

3. This DIY Behind the Sofa Table

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I’ve been looking up ways to make small spaces more livable and this idea kept popping up. I want to make one!

 

Saturday Series: 3 Things

6 Feb

Hi everyone! Thanks for checking back in with me on my newest Saturday blog, 3 Things! Here are 3 Things I’m obsessed with this week:

1. My “Paz y Amor” Shirt from ShopMiVida.com
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Translating from Spanish to English as “Peace and Love,” it’s something we all could use more of. The style of this shirt along with the very cool papel picado inspired graphics of the shirt fit my style perfectly. You must follow their instagram @shopmivida since they post beautiful pics and flash sales there.

2. My Diet is Better Than YoursScreen shot 2016-02-06 at 4.55.07 PM.pngThis show with no other than Insanity’s Shaun T as the host, is really addicting (we’ve been binge watching it on Hulu anytime we get a chance) and extremely informative. With different contestants all wanting to find the best plan for themselves to lose weight, and several different trainers touting their plans as the best, it is a competition for all. My personal favorite has been The Wild Diet, which reminded me that I was doing the Ketogenic diet for a while, then got derailed because some personal issues that I’m not dealing with anymore. I remembered that it was working really well for me, and it was easy for me. So I’m back on it! I’m feeling great and not craving so many unhealthy things. More on that later!

3. Peppermint Tea
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Organic Peppermint tea of course! This hot drink is great for the digestive system and has a calming, soothing effect that is perfect for bedtime. I also drink it at work after eating a snack or when things get hectic, to soothe my mind. In addition to the taste being minty and refreshing, inhaling the fresh, peppermint scent is instant aromatherapy. If you haven’t tried drinking peppermint tea on a regular basis, I highly recommend it!

New Saturday Blog Series: 3 Things

30 Jan

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’m back! Once again, life got derailed, but did it really get derailed? Isn’t that a huge part of life? Isn’t that how we grow and learn? Like a phoenix rises through the ashes, we transform many times throughout life if we allow ourselves to. I am currently learning how to let go, not be bitter or angry about this part of life, and embrace all of its many marvelous benefits.

All that being said, it’s time I start posting here again! A weekly blog I’ve been wanting to do for a while is “3 Things.” It’s any 3 things I choose that week that I am obsessed with or have discovered and want to share with the world. Here are my “3 Things” this week:

1.”Modern Man” by Arcade Fire

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I know it’s not a new Arcade Fire song, but I have not been able to stop listening to it. It has been on loop, as the entire album “Suburbs” has been. While I have heard the album before, this week in particular, it’s like I’ve rediscovered it all over again. It speaks to me on a completely different level that it never could have before going through this current molting process.

2. Pitted Dates with Dry Roasted Salted Almonds

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Seriously, this was an accidental discovery at work. I had a separate bag of pitted dates and a separate bag of dry roasted salted almonds. They were both almost empty and I didn’t want to have two half empty bags on my desk, so I combined the two. What happened next was a party in my mouth. Seriously, the way Remy in Rattatouille got when he combined two different foods that went together, and the fireworks were bursting in his mind? That’s what happened. The warm sweetness of the dates paired perfectly with the nutty, salty almonds. The best ratio was about 3-4 almonds per date eaten at the same time. Seriously, try it and tell me how you like it!

3. Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential by Caroline Myss

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I was a bit skeptical, as I try to always be when it comes to spiritual reads, but the more I read on, the more eye opening this book was and continues to be. I borrowed it from the library, but I need to buy my own copy because I need to write in and all over this book. Remember that whole molting, rising out of the ashes thing I was talking about? This book truly has had a huge part in opening my mind and awakening all the parts of me that needed to be at this time of my life. Whatever stage you are in your life, I encourage you to pick up this book. I’m not being paid to promote this at all, just as an FYI. It has truly touched me and allowed me to open my mind and heart where I felt lost and angry.

Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading my first “3 Things” post. If you decide to check out any of the 3 things I post about, I’d love to hear feedback. If you have things that you recommend, please share! I’d love to hear about it!

 

Meeting Jasmine Becket-Griffith at Wonderground Gallery!

15 Jul FEATURED

I got to check off one exciting thing from my bucket list this past Saturday. One of my favorite living artists, Jasmine Becket-Griffith was not only showing her work at the Wonderground Gallery at Downtown Disney, but she completely TOOK OVER the entire gallery! She was there in person, and I finally got to meet her! She was also doing live painting, which I unfortunately wasn’t able to stay and watch, but I did get to see one of her paintings as it was in progress, and got to see how she works and what her underpainting looks like. This was such an amazing experience. She was so nice and down to earth. She had a line outside with other fans waiting to meet her, but we did get to talk a little bit about art and her process. I would have loved to have stayed there longer and just “talked shop” with her!

Do I look super excited in this picture? Well I was!
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Check out more pictures I took at the gallery HERE.

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When I met her, Carlos didn’t take a picture like I thought he would. He said that it was such a big moment for me, that a photo would not do it justice. He took this video instead:

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You can’t really hear much, but this truly was a significant moment for me and my art journey.

I walked away so inspired, so be ready for some new art from me very soon!

My 10-Day Transformation and Journey

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Like many moms out there, life gets hectic and I put myself on the backburner for years. With 3 kids (teenager, preteen, and toddler) and a husband to worry about, it’s easy for me to get lost in the shuffle. When the opportunity came to try Purium’s now famed 10-Day Transformation, I thought to myself, why not? Sure, it’s going to be hard. Sure, I’ll have to think about myself first for a change in order to  make this work. Sure, I’m afraid of the requirements (no meat, no dairy, no coffee, no chocolate for 10 whole days!), but let’s do it! It couldn’t have come at a better time. While I buy mostly organic foods and try to keep junk food at a minimum, I was at a transitional stage in my life and career, so I had been eating worse, drinking too much coffee, and drinking more alchohol than normal, to take the edge off a stressful week. All those factors building up had me feeling terrible. I was tired, but couldn’t sleep well at night. I had reached 159 lbs, which for me is danger territory. I was getting regular migraines, and none of my clothes fit right. My skin and hair were clearly not healthy.

In the above photos you can see the before and after from Day 1 to Day 10. I don’t have a lot of weight to lose. The weight I mostly have is that stubborn last 20 lbs after having a baby. Frustrated after not having been able to lose it for years now, this program really did work for me. I lost 5lbs in total. But what’s even better is that it retrained my eating habits, my skin and hair were significantly improved (I got several comments on it throughout the journey and after the 10-Days were over), and even though I only lost 5 lbs, people would ask me if I had lost weight. That was pretty nice! I had more energy after the 2nd day, and didn’t need the coffee anymore.

Let’s start the journey (Final Results at the end of the post):

Starting Weight: 159 lbs

Waist Measurement: 34.25″

Neck Measurement: 13″

Hip Measurement: 138.25″

DAY 1:
Weight: 159 lbs

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I’ll be honest, I was pretty grumpy this day. It was the first day without any of my vices. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of the Shake, though. It’s delicious!

DAY 2:
Weight: 157 lbs

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This was probably the hardest day. I had little energy and was really craving all my vices. I didn’t hit the 3PM crash though, but did go to bed early and slept well.

DAY 3:
Weight: 155 lbs

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By Day 3 I could really start feeling the positive effects of the transformation. I had more energy, and did not crave coffee or sugar. I also felt less bloated and looked less bloated in the face, where I can usually see water weight right away when I’m not taking care of myself the way I’m supposed to.

DAY 4:
Weight: 155 lbs

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This was a busy day with the kids and work! Took a picture taking a break from it all. Got through it without coffee and still had energy the whole day. Slept well.

DAY 5:
Weight: 155 lbs

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Forgot to take a picture of myself because I worked at a school carnival and was getting ready for that. As a placeholder, here’s a pic I snapped really quickly of my son and husband at the carnival. My energy was great, but I did crave pizza later because they ate it in front of me! I went to sleep early and slept really well. No cravings for alcohol, which is a big one since it was Friday night.

DAY 6:
Weight: 155 lbs

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Today was the first day I worked out during the transformation. Running was much easier without excess water weight or bloat to keep me down! I felt great on Day 6 and was also excited that I was past the halfway point. My acid reflux was gone, as was a strong feeling of depression that is usually present.

Day 6 was hard because I had a wedding to go to. My family is (mostly) Filipino and we love to eat. I had to explain to family members who were trying to get me to eat (which isn’t normally very hard at all) why I didn’t have a plate of food in front of me. I made it through, and I felt proud of myself for not giving in. Ended my night with some kombucha and Purium Cherry Apothe.

DAY 7:
Weight: 154

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Day 7 was spent working out, resting, and napping, because that’s what Sundays are for. I actually lost weight even though I had gone to the wedding the day before. SCORE!

DAY 8:
Weight: 155

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Day 8, was GREAT! Got in a great workout (the picture above is post workout) and felt like I had energy for days! Technically I gained a pound today, but I went to the gym instead and lost that pound the next day.

DAY 9:
Weight: 154

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I finally felt completely used to the eating schedule and feeling wonderful. I wasn’t craving one of my vices on Day 9!

DAY 10:
Weight: 154

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The last day of my detox was a proud day. I felt awesome and was so happy that I went through it! I made it! 5 lbs down, but the other side effects from this lifestyle change were even better. I highly recommend this program and product to anyone who wants to jumpstart a healthy lifestyle!

FINAL RESULTS:

Ending Weight: 154 lbs

Waist Measurement: 31″

Neck Measurement: 12.5″

Hip Measurement: 136.5″

Ready to start? Go to: http://superfoods4transformation.com

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10 Day Transformation: Day 1

11 May

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Hi everyone, I just started this transformation detox/cleanse today. So far, so good. A little rough, a little grumpiness, but I actually do feel pretty good. More on this later. Please LIKE this page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/Superfoods4transformation