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 […]

Red roses blooming

Why I love deadheading flowers

Our summer days in the Central Valley are blisteringly hot; it feels like walking on coals whenever I venture out into my parents’ rock garden in nothing but a ratty pair of Old Navy sandals mid-afternoon. But early mornings — a few hours after dawn […]

Cross stitched gnome

Leaning into the grandmacore life

I recently watched a Vogue video with Alexa Chung talking about quietly slipping into the Met Gala last minute in a modest Christian Siriano gown and no longer needing to be the person who creates the loudest noise. In the winter years of my 20s, […]

Dog in bowtie with birthday hat askew on chin

How I threw my dog a wag-worthy birthday party

In the past year or so, I went from being a person deeply afraid of dogs to someone who takes three dogs out to do their business twice a day — to be fair, I *did* get chased down by two unleashed geriatric pugs at […]