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!


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


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


Next door is a fancy but pricey cheese shop.


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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.


It was so sweltering hot by the afternoon.

Baron found shade.


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


I’m currently obsessed with this area!


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


The room is actually pretty small but intimate.


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


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!


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.


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

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!


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


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!


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


Greggy started his new cake.


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!




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


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.


MARVELOUS things to look forward to: