5 Things Friday: Updates & TV Shows


5 scenes from the week

1. I love happy hours.

I met up with some girls at 55 Tavern + Bowl on Monday for a beer and this amazing Paleo burger with a plantain bun.

We made an impromptu walk over to the new Nails by Priscilla for pedis.


2. Work is keeping me super busy. But hey, I am getting paid an extra 9 hours this week!

2 after school training sessions

IMG_4908I also volunteered to chaperone a middle school dance and boy, it was awkward.

Somehow I got roped into a cross country meet tomorrow morning…

Before I head to a new hire orientation. At least there’s happy hour with co-workers afterwards…

3. I am not nor have I ever been gluten intolerant. Thank goodness ’cause I love my bread.

I attempted to go to Savor Santa Ana after the above training. It was packed though so I stopped by Crave for this BLTA and the A (for avocado) is essential and essentially California.



5. I finally bought an iPad! I got the first iPad Air now that its price dropped, which also means the refurbished ones are cheaper too!

5 TV shows

1. “Being Mary Jane”

Gabrielle Union and Morris Chestnut were staple actors in black romantic comedies from the 90s-2000s. Anything they do, I’ll watch even to this day. This show is dramatic and is some sort of first for BET. I can’t wait for the next season. How does she still look so young after so long?

2. “Accidentally on Purpose”

Jenna Elfman is back too! I didn’t like her in “Dharma and Greg” but love her in this show. Maybe I’m yearning for TV shows from my childhood… It’s simple and comedic.

3. “About A Boy”

When I saw David Walton on the cover for this show, I had to watch it. I always see him here or there (“New Girl”) but never for extended periods of time. Minnie Driver is also on the show.

4. “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix

For some, “Dawson’s Creek” was vital to their childhood or teenage years. I didn’t like it then and I’ve only attempted to watch a few episodes now. However, we all agree that our love for the “Gilmore Girls” runs deep. I will be watching all the seasons again and wishing to visit New England one day.

5. “Supernatural”

I was supposed to sleep one night when I put this on. I got so engrossed in it that I couldn’t sleep. First off, Dean (from Gilmore Girls) is in it and Jensen Ackles… well, he’s hot. I’m shocked because I don’t typically like sci-fi.

WIAW: Artisanal LA Fall Show

I’ve been deathly sick. I tried to wake up and work out on Saturday, but after a few jump squats, my head was too congested to go on.

I picked up some homeopathic medicine and dollar coconut water (plus clearance bin $1 popcorn for when I feel better).


I headed to Artisanal LA‘s Fall Show. The drive while sick sucked, but I got out of the house and walked around for about 3 hours – good enough activity for being so sick.

IMG_4844Free tote bag!

IMG_4845What’s that? A giant chair?

IMG_4846The Donut Snob was there. I didn’t get any because honestly, they don’t measure up to the freshness of Sidecar.

IMG_4813I did try one of these quarter cupcakes from Cupcake Kissis. Perfect size!

IMG_4847Started off the morning with an Americano from Copa Vida.

IMG_4856Visited the goats from Drake Family Farms. Soledad also had their goats there too!

IMG_4848One of my favorites were vegan cookie dough makers, Conscious Cookies.

IMG_4823I drank so many different cold brew coffees, some Health Ade and Califia Farms‘ watermelon fresca.

IMG_4858So many loose leaf teas from World Flavorz.

IMG_4829There was also a lot of jerky, including Banzai’s bacon jerky.

IMG_4825Another favorite: K&V Bake. They make their own jam, bread, cinnamon rolls, caramels, drinks, and labels! I bought a slice of olive oil brioche with pear/saffron/white wine jam. I’ve never heard so many ohs and ahs over a slice of toast.

IMG_4841And how could I resist avocado fudge Buddy Pops?

IMG_4849 There was only one purveyor of nut butter but it was a good one! Spread the Love PB makes pumpkin nut butter with real pumpkin seeds. I chose the cacao version though.

IMG_4855Other favorites that are unpictured:

  • wilderess – I bought their lavender lemon lip balm and their candles smelled amazing too! Maybe next time!
  • RAWnutMILK with their varieties of delicious almond milks!
  • Bond Bars – fun, fancy chocolate flavors like s’mores, peanut butter pretzel and cookies & cream!
  • Stowaway Ginger Beer
  • Piece By Paz candles, especially Spumpkin!

On my way home from LA, I stopped by Lazy Acres, my favorite grocery in the area.

IMG_4850 Have you gone to a food show? If so, which one and how was it?

Treat Yourself Tuesday: My Fall Mantel (Finally)


1. Ice cream from one of my favorites, Andrew’s Ice Cream. It was opened by a grandfather who wanted local ice cream for his grandson.


Half Horchata and half salted caramel apple with real apples!


2. Jonathan Adler-esque ceramic elephant. Every time I think of white animal objects, I think of John & Sherry of Young House Love.


3. Spaghetti squash. I picked one up while getting some decorative pumpkins.


With some spaghetti sauce.


4. Final product for now.

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5. Not so much a treat, but hey, I’m going to get better at drawing this year or at least better at copying pictures from the internet.