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I'm happy you are here. Please excuse the mess, I'm in the middle of renovating here on the blog. More fabulousness will be arriving shortly. Stay tuned.

My Whole 30 Adventure: Part 1

Today is Day 15 and I'm officially halfway through my first Whole 30. I'm getting a lot of questions about this whole process so I wanted to share my experience thus far. I'm not one to diet and went into this journey thinking of it as an "experiment." After reading the book and seeing an Continue Reading

Dear 17-year-old MandaVision….


Dear Me, Greetings from 2014, the 27-year-old version. I want to share 13 things I wish I knew about myself, life and the future at 17. Nuggets of so-called wisdom. :) 1. First off, you'll be happy to know that I'm (we're?) living in California. San Diego, specifically and it is marvelous Continue Reading

Whole 30, Shmole 30

Happy Thursday kittens! I've officially begun my first Whole 30. I read the book, It First Starts with Food, last weekend and couldn't wait to get started. I've heard, or rather read, about the experience, the food and the overall lifestyle change. I've been wanting to eat healthier for a Continue Reading

The countdown begins…

It is official! I will be 30 in 999 days and I've got 101 adventures to accomplish. If you haven't already be sure to check out my list. This blog will be where I share all things related to my list from researching, to reviews and of course the completion of an item. I'll admit that I did add in a Continue Reading

One year later….


I can't believe I'm actually here. One year ago today I took the first step and left the snow-covered mountains of Salt Lake City for the 70 plus miles of sand in San Diego. In the last twelve months I have gone from a server and PR intern in San Diego, to a cocktail in Las Vegas, to a festival Continue Reading

Happy Independence Day!

My first 4th of July away from home. It is a bittersweet day and even more bitter because I have to work. The perks of working in the restaurant industry. :) Nonetheless, I work close enough to the San Diego bay that I will be able to see some of the magical San Diego firework action. I hear it is Continue Reading

Happy Girl…Pretty Girl


"I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls." - Audrey Hepburn This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my icons, Audrey Hepburn. I've had this particular sentence in my head all week as I count my blessings. 1. My Rosebud is coming to visit next month! 2. I'm working with someone Continue Reading

Happy 3 Month Anniversary!!

It's official.... I've lived in San Diego for 3 months!! I can't believe it has already been 3 months, yet it seems like longer. So much as happened. 2 parking tickets, loss of a client, self-doubt, brutal homesickness and those are just the "highlights". I've never been more proud of myself than Continue Reading

{Rants & Raves}


I've officially been here for 5 weeks. I've fallen into a groove of going to my internship, then work and exploring in my down time. It is completely surreal to not have everything, and everyone, I know within a twenty-minute radius. Each day is challenge and a new adventure; basically everything I Continue Reading