A Place I Live: Center Street Anaheim

I met Natalie from The Sunshine Grove at work. She and her husband are garden, beauty, and life hackers/DIYers. They did demos on container gardening, beauty from the kitchen, and jam cocktails!

Natalie lives a vintage, mid-century lifestyle and if I would only work harder, I would do my hair and dress like it too. One day…

She also lives near my area and her blog showcases her neighborhood through “A Place I Live.” I cannot wait to go to the Anaheim Coves for a walk or hit some buckets at Island Golf Center!

With that said, I decided to show you a bit of my new neighborhood. I live at the edge of 3 cities – cross a street and you’re somewhere else. That’s the suburbs for ya!

Anaheim is the home of Disneyland, just a few blocks away, but downtown Anaheim is being revived in a big way. The Packing District opened up earlier this summer – it’s an old orange packing house made into a fancy food court a la The Ferry Building.

Just one road down and across the street is Center Street Promenade.

The Yoga Mat is there. I’m obsessed – one of their instructors Louise is actually a friend of my co-worker/yogi friend! What a coincidence!

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I’m obsessed with Ink & Bean for their simple menu and decor.

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I sat outdoors to read Sexy by Nature. There’s also a free library in an Airstream trailer!

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Next door is a fancy but pricey cheese shop.

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There’s a trio of men’s shops on the other side of Ink & Bean, including Barbeer – get your hair cut and a drink.

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But I mostly lounging around waiting for Home Eco:Nomics to open. The store is small but mighty.

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I ended up buying jewelry. Earrings and now rings?!  The ring says, “I promise to look on the bright side” from Whitney Howard Designs.

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Finally, I stopped by Healthy Junk, a vegan restaurant in their “Good Food” food court, for watermelon juice.

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What a great way to start the day!

I even visited my family, cleaned my car, and am about to shower for the evening!

Treat Yourself Tuesday: For My Mind & Body

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It was your Monday, but it was my Saturday.

I woke up at 6:30 to some rain that quickly subsided.

I laid around and made a list of to-dos.

First up, run errands and finally eat a homemade egg & cheese sammie and PopCorners. Oh my gosh, this is the best flavor!

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I had coupons for nail polish so I treated myself. :)
IMG_3154*I tried the Revlon one also, but I may need to trade out the color…

I love the $1.99 Sinful Shine Gel Tech in Royal Flush.

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It was so sweltering hot by the afternoon.

Baron found shade.

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…and I found my way to yoga. I treated myself to 20 days for $20. :)

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I’m currently obsessed with this area!

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I was super early so I stopped by Healthy Junk for an unsweetened hibiscus berry iced tea.

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The room is actually pretty small but intimate.

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The practice was sweaty and left me feeling strong and bendy. Mind you, I was sore from yesterday!

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I even killed it with wheel pose. I didn’t even need to warm up with bridge pose!

*Goal: to get one leg up!

I was starving by the time yoga was finished so I ate Trader Joe’s garden veggie lasagna with some chicken.

I also made Fitnessista’s PB&J amazeballs and made one with s’mores goodies that turned out really good!

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My attempt at watching “The Great Dictator,” recommended by our sound guy Eric the Entertainer, semi-failed because though it’s good, I couldn’t focus!


*Instead I watched “MasterChef.”

If I had a motto, this would be it.

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My treats for today:

  • AM yoga
  • Grab some coffee
  • Stop by Home Eco:Nomics, which I’ve peeked into but haven’t had a chance to go into
  • Car wash
  • Dinner with co-workers :)

How are you treating yourself?

MIMM: Ink & Bean, The Yoga Mat & Luau Sunday

Selfie Sunday: Sexy Playa Face

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I went out with other Julie to Zengo in Santa Monica for her birthday/DineLA. It was all you can order small plates. So much food and yes, food guilt, which I got over today after getting a great e-mail concerning this exact topic(!) from Neghar Fonooni - subscribe to her newsletter!

Mojito, noodles, sashimi, guac, & ceviche and more!

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Despite being super full, Julie still wanted to stop by the infamous DK’s Donuts. I bought her some cronuts & waffle and happily resisted.

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I started my morning by going to the most MARVELOUS coffee shop ever, Ink & Bean Coffee Saloon & Wordshop.

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This whole area is MARVELOUS. I took a class at the beautifully decorated The Yoga Mat. The class was sweaty, challenging and I felt so strong!

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My boss was sick so we had a MARVELOUS, stress-free day at work.

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Greggy started his new cake.

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I sent a text to my co-workers to dress for a luau. We didn’t have food but we had leis and coconut bras!

The Dollar Tree has the best things!

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Evan!

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Blackmarket Bakery gave us fun tattoos that said “Bite Me” so we all donned them.

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We even got Cade, Evan’s brother, to join in! We returned him to his department with tats and a light up flamingo necklace, which I told him would prevent him from getting hit by a car.

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MARVELOUS things to look forward to:

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