I feel like this is a blog post that I need to write. Some people have the misconception that everything great in my life comes so easily! I try my best to show my normal/not so glamorous side on my Instagram stories hah.  My Instagram post from earlier this morning really inspired me. For those of you who don’t know, I grew up in a Vietnamese household where success wasn’t an option. My mother had me at the young age of 16 and sacrificed her youth to take care of me. She always expected the best from me so it was a pretty strict household. I wasn’t allowed to really have sleepovers, go hang out with friends, or really do anything outside haha. It was always “come to work with me,” “why do you hang out with your friends so much” and “why did you get a B?!” Lord, it was so hard pleasing my family! Don’t get me wrong… I was spoiled, had nice clothes and toy, I was given everything I wanted, and more! But as a kid, all I wanted was to like boys (totally unacceptable), go hang out with friends, and have sleepovers! This really pushed me to finish school early and move out. I felt really restricted so this pushed me to finish school early. Plus, my mother and I just got along way better when we weren’t living together.

With that being said, I finished high school early and graduated in three years. My counselor really objected against it and said that I was going to regret it later in life. Even on the day of my graduation he handed me my diploma and shook his head at me! Flash forward almost 10 years later and I can honestly say it was the BEST decision of my life. In college, I struggled the first semester figuring out what I wanted to do. I made the mistake of just doing General Education and not having a plan in college. I really just wanted the independence and to get out of the house. After some discussion with my best friend Kim, we decided we wanted to take on Speech-Pathology. My college years were rather interesting to say the least haha… I met a man twice my age and we dated for nearly three years. He was patient, successful, and caring.  People always asked me “how do you date someone so much older?” or “does the age difference bother you?”  I’m not going to lie… The age thing was so weird the first two weeks but we were crazy about each other so I didn’t really care. I moved in with him after about two month of dating and things were going great! We never fought, we went to nice places, and he was just the calm and zen influence I needed at the time. But that never stopped me from working. I worked six days a week to pay off school each semester and never asked him to pay for anything. He understood that and respected me for it. Something about saying “I was able to pay off college on my own” felt so freaking good! We were so crazy each other but towards the end I had my doubts and eventually things just sizzled out and we decided we didn’t have much in common anymore. I’m a pretty intense individual and I needed someone who understood me. He was just so zen, it didn’t mesh well with me anymore.

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Holaaaa! So when I make pork chops, I usually have no clue what i’m doing… I just know that when I make them this specific way, they never fail to come out juicy and delicious! When Mike and I first started dating, I wanted to impress him so I made a pork chop with spicy cream sauce and asparagus and purple mashed potatoes. It was just one of those meals that was so memorable and so delicious. I wanted to show him I was wifey material and yah know what? It freakin worked! For this recipe, I rummaged through the fridge and had left over peas, mushrooms, and some heavy cream so let me tell you what I whipped up!

As far as ingredients go, I don’t always use the same seasoning and ingredients! I kinda just pick the ones I have in my pantry that day and it either work or it doesn’t… I’m going to say it usually works like 90% of the time haha. So I hope you enjoy this one!


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Hey hey y’all! It’s Monday afternoon, I’ve now responded to about thirty emails and still in the process of planning Lemon Life Social’s Blogger Bazaar. If you guys follow me on Instagram and then you know how tedious and stressful it is! I really do feel like i’m planning a wedding in like 50 days. This event is going to be huge and I’m so excited to see how it turns out… It is stressing me the f*** out though. When i’m stressed, I turn to either baking/cooking as a form of therapy. That’s why I now have a huge loaf of warm banana bread in my kitchen.

 

In the midsts of my email frenzy, I decided to take a break and what did I do? Make banana bread because my bananas we’re about to go bad (FYI, it is best to consume bananas when they are overly ripe! AKA: HAS TONS OF SPOTS ON THEM!  Spotted bananas are so rich in antioxidants that they have been linked to cancer prevention. Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), which functions to destroy tumors, is linked to those brown dots. SOOOOOO brown bananas are actually freaking amazing for you!

This recipe was so easy and it took me less than ten minutes to prep everything and it took a total of about an hour to bake and prepare so I hope you enjoy it! Next time you see your overly ripe bananas sitting on the counter, DON’T throw it out! Make banana bread with it instead…


Ingredients

 

3 ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more if you’d like mwahaha)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/3 cup of melted butter
1 TSP of cinnamon
1 TSP of Baking Soda
1 TSP of vanilla extract
1 whisked egg
Dash of nutmeg
Pinch of salt

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So we meet again y’all… I’ve been trying to cook everyday since Mike’s been home and this morning I woke up craving something citrusy. Is it weird that the first thing that comes to mind in the morning is what I’m going to be having for dinner? Then my mind starts wandering to lunch and breakfast. It’s really weird how it goes all backwards like that. Anyway, just know that majority of my thoughts throughout the day consist of “What kind of coffee am I getting today?” “What am I eating for a snack?” and “Should I have another latte? If so should it be hot or iced?” My mind is always thinking about FOOD!

After laying in bed for about two hours and procrastinating this morning, I decided to get up, clean, walk Kirra and did a little bit of food foraging to see what I could make for lunch. I probably had like 500 other things that I should have been doing instead but I decided I wanted to cook instead so cook I did. I saw lemons, risotto, salmon, and peas. That’s when the brilliant idea of a risotto with salmon came into play! I found some random herbs that I had in the fridge that I wanted to throw in so here comes the fun part. I probably used way too many unnecessary dishes but Mike was sweet enough to come home and clean up after me. We have this unspoken rule of one person cooking and the other doing the dishes and this system has seemed to work out very well for us the past few years. Any who! You’re here for the recipe so I won’t chit chat too much!

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Hi guys! Have I mentioned that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day? Funny thing though… rarely do I ever eat breakfast. That is why I love “brunch” so much! Something about eating breakfast on a weekend that is just so freaking glorious. Before Mike left for all his training, I would cook all the time. But since he’s been gone, I hate doing dishes so I avoid cooking at all cost.

But now that he’s back, were trying to avoid going out so much so i’m going to start being a good fiancé and start cooking more! So I woke up this morning with the craziest craving for Avocado toast. I love A V O C A D O S so much and sorry but I don’t trust anyone that doesn’t love avocados. With that being said, can you guess what recipe i’m going to share with you today? Hehe AVOCADO TOAST OF COURSE! It’s so simple, it takes me less than ten minutes to put together and my man freaking loves it.

 

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Hey ya’ll! Festival season is amongst us and I couldn’t be anymore stoked about it! I unfortunately will not make it to Coachella this year because Mike will be away till May (again). BUT you can bet your socks that we’ll be at another music festival when he gets back. We went to our first music festival together and been to every single one together since! It’s one of our favorite things together and how we really bonded when we first started dating. Going to a music fest without him just wouldn’t be the same. So, instead of going to Coachella together, he decided to shoot these outfits for me so it’s the same thing (kinda… not really…). Anywhoooo, we had a blast shooting these looks so I hope you enjoy them!

Look #1

This was probably my favorite look we did! I absolutely loved my River Island jacket! I want to wear it everywhere! It’s so soft and it comes in a variety of colors. I picked the bright red one because I thought it would stand out well in the crowd! You can find it HERE!

 

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Hi guys! Iwanted to go on here today to talk to you guys a little about my new go-to product. If you’re like me, you HAVE to have your daily coffee first thing in the morning. However, if you’re not an avid coffee drinker and you’re still looking for that boost of energy (sans coffee) you have to try Hackamore’s Energy drink. I’ve been drinking it about 3-4 days a week for the past month and I really really love it. Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE my morning lattes but there are days where I need an extra boost of energy without gulping down an entire cup of coffee. This is the PERFECT substitute for those days!

 

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Hi guys! Finally! I’ve been working on this portion of my San Diego guide for almost an entire year now. I’ve been to tons of restaurants and cafes and I’ve gathered for you some (this is obviously a guide that is a work-in-progress) of my FAVORITE places to go to! *please note, this is all based on my opinion and not a sponsored post* So glad that I can finally share with you guys all the places I go to get all my munchies!

Café Gratitude (Vegan/American)

  • Vegan Nachos  are hands down my favorite. I went an entire week where all I thought about were the nachos.
  • The enchiladas are so yummy!
  • Casual
  • Key lime pie
  • Iced matcha latte

 

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Hey guys! I’ve been looking forward to sharing this post with you guys! Last week, I was invited to go to Spa Kingston for a Valentine’s Day body treatment and facial. Let me tell you… It was seriously AMAZING. No, this is not sponsored. This is 100% my honest opinion about my little spa day experience.



Spa Kingston
is located in Bankers Hill, San Diego. They are a day-spa specializing in everything from body treatments, facials, to body-hair removal. The atmosphere of the spa is very relaxing and dare I say it? “Instagram Worthy!” I was instantly drawn to all the crystals that adorned the spa and the big white flower wall that’s located in the waiting area. Spa Kingston is basically spa GOALS.

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