Brown leaves on tree

Visited a park by my childhood home

This past weekend, I visited Penitencia Creek Park, a quiet, family-friendly park by my childhood home in San Jose. It was a calm Sunday morning, just at the cusp of sunrise. I came hoping to see ducks trodding along the beaten paths and perhaps to […]

Plants on a shelf

I’m decluttering my plant collection

I am, once again, committing to a plant declutter. No, really, I’m going to minimize my collection and stop bringing in plants. I know that this is a refrain I’ve been singing over and over again, but it feels more definitive this time around No. […]

How to plan a staycation

I turned 28 this past week and decided to take time off of work for myself. With the heat wave (and maybe the dread of approaching my third decade of life), I didn’t particularly want to spend too much time away from home. And, now […]

Polyresin gold streaked pumpkins

Picking up Dollar Tree autumn decorations

Mentally, it’s fall for me. I’m listening to Midnights by Taylor Swift. I’m watching Mike Flanagan’s The Midnight Club while curling up next to my stinky dogs. I’m in my favorite yellow crushed velvet accent chair lazily reading a whodunit mystery.  But it’s the end […]

Ficus altissima plant next to gold lamp

Attaching sentimental value to my ficus plants

I’ve been admiring my ficus plants lately and thinking about the ways in which I attach sentimental meaning to my plants. I have mixed feelings about ficus rubber plants because they bring me back to both painful and joyful memories. My houseplant hobby started as […]

Honey & Spice next to monstera leaves

Review: Bolu Babalola’s “Honey & Spice”

It’s been a minute since I’ve picked up a romance novel that’s swept me off my feet. While perusing the library one day, I happened upon Bolu Babalola’s Honey & Spice in the New Fiction section. I’ve always found myself snickering at Babalola’s jokes on […]