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Let’s Wander: Bates Nut Farm

A fairly new tradition that my mom and I have adopted is going to the annual pumpkin patch at Bates Nut Farm each year. Bates Nut Farm, if you’re not familiar with it, is a 100-acre ranch hidden away within Valley Center, CA. The farm itself has been around for 90 years, and is open year-round to visitors. They have a farm zoo where you can feed all kinds of animals from goats (my personal fave) to donkeys, geese, pigs,...

9 Affordable Summer Faves

Hey there, long time no post! After an impromptu hiatus from posting on here, I decided that it was time to get back into the swing of things and resurrect my poor blog. I have spent the last month planning some blog posts, and I decided that I would start off my return to this site with a post filled with my summer faves and essentials. What makes this even better is that everything in this post can be bought...

Let’s Wander: The Carlsbad Flower Fields

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A little over a week ago, I took a quick trip down to Carlsbad, CA to go visit the famous flower fields there, and I was not disappointed. Right now their ranunculus flowers are blooming like crazy, and it’s truly a gorgeous sight to see. It costs about $15 to get into the fields, but I would say that’s a rational price to pay given how cool the experience is. Yellow is my favorite color, and seeing it so vibrantly...

My Anxiety

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Upon watching Lady Gaga and Prince William’s video for the Heads Together #oktosay campaign, I got inspired to go ahead and talk about my own anxiety – with the hope of encouraging others that it’s okay to do the same. While I have never been officially diagnosed, my experience with panic attacks and an all-consuming feeling of worry and nerves to the point of physical illness, I have been able to deduce that I do, indeed, struggle with anxiety. I have...

Strawberry Jam-Filled Easter Cupcakes

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So this year for Easter, I decided to take the liberty of baking the dessert for our family’s annual Sunday gathering. I knew that I wanted to do cupcakes as soon as I came across this adorable Wilton Easter baking cups and picks set. The cute picks and baking liners were inexpensive and festive enough that I couldn’t resist buying them. I also came up with the idea of making strawberry cupcakes once I found a box of Pillsbury’s Moist...