Museum of Ice Cream

We finally were able to go to the Museum of Ice Cream here in LA after purchasing tickets back in April! They’ve sold out in every city they’ve been in so I feel lucky we were able to get tickets. It was very visually appealing and had tons of cool art. I kind of thought it would be more like a museum, as in educational, it was more like an exhibition which was still very interesting. We did get to sample some pretty good ice cream and thought the museum was well run.

museum of ice cream LA

museum of ice cream LA

museum of ice cream LA

museum of ice cream LA

museum of ice cream LA

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museum of ice cream LA

The Perfect Day

What would your perfect day look like? Mine would definitely involve family, food and relaxing! Here’s what I would potentially plan:

8 am – wake up! Luckily for me, the kids usually get up around 8 to 8:30, I usually get up a little earlier so I can be ready for the day before they get up. Tessa also hasn’t really slept through the night since our Utah/Idaho trip 3 months ago so I would be thrilled if we all slept until 8!

8:30 – gym!  Dave and I have always enjoyed working out together (cycling, running, indoor soccer, lifting weights, circuit training, etc.) and usually don’t get to anymore besides Saturdays.

Beach – now that we’re close to the ocean again, any perfect day would definitely include playing and relaxing at the beach. I would also love some authentic hole in the wall Mexican restaurant to get take out to eat at the beach 🙂

 perfect day proverb band

perfect day proverb band

2 pm – this has been nap time for the last basically 5 years! Tessa recently stopped napping so now I would use this time for errands, shopping, or maybe a baseball game!

5:30 pm-dinner and dessert – I would probably pick Mexican or Thai food followed by dessert at Salt & Straw or Donut Friend. After driving back we’d go for a nice long walk in our neighborhood with Bruce to enjoy the sunset.

perfect day proverb band

perfect day proverb band salt and straw

8 pm- bedtime for the kids and Dave and I (and Bruce!) watch a movie, Netflix, catch up on our TV shows or read while listening to music.

10 pm- my bedtime! I love my sleep and enjoy being well rested every morning.

These are my favorite beach items and I have my favorite work out clothes on a later post. These photos are some things I would wear on a perfect day, a comfortable outfit for sunny CA.

Pocket T Shirt (old from gap) // Skirt from Target in store //  Sandals (they’re cork and SO comfortable!) // gold bracelets c/o Proverb Band (minimal and perfect, also promoting values I love: love and peace)

perfect day proverb band

perfect day proverb band

perfect day proverb band

FOUND! My new best Donut Friend (Los Angeles)

I love donuts but not all donuts. I’m particular with the taste, texture, flavor and toppings of donuts so a regular store bought or gas station donut doesn’t do it for me. I’m more into gourmet donuts if I’m going to consume that many calories. We’ve had a lot of delicious donuts in the various cities we’ve lived in or travelled to like Voodoo Donut and Blue Star Donut in Portland, Round Rock Donut outside of Austin, Gourdoughs’ in Austin and recently The Donut Man (LA). This last weekend we drove out to Highland Park (which is near Pasadena) based on a few recommendations to try Donut Friend. It is absolutely amazing and here’s why Donut Friend is my new top donut:

  • Taste – the dough was delicious and soft with a nice consistency.
  • Flavors – they have so many types of donuts, plus you can create your own with various fillings and toppings! Donut Friend was started by a music producer and a lot of the flavors are puns on band names. Check out their amazing menu!
  • Texture – the donuts were the perfect amount of dense and light. I also loved that the glaze wasn’t overly sweet or sticky. Like you could eat a donut and it wouldn’t leave glaze all over your fingers.
  • Unique – they have a lot of donut ‘sandwiches’ for example, a glaze donut cut in half with a cream or custard layer and then topped with glaze (vanilla, lemon, strawberry) or chocolate and then toppings.
  • Happiness – we had heard a lot about Donut Friend and read tons of positive reviews. The shop is small but everyone was so happy and the employees with fast and friendly. They also have an option to buy online and pick up later. This is especially key for me because nothings more disappointing than driving an hour to have your favorite donut sold out, ha, ha! So in the afternoon I bought online two apple fritters to pick up in the evening.

In addition to the apple fritter (which is called “Fritter Seems Forever”!) I also tried the Strawberry Lab which is a glaze donut cut in half, a layer of whipped cream and sliced strawberries, similar to a strawberry shortcake but with a delicious donut. Dave and the kids tried a few kinds including a peanut butter and jelly donut, butterfinger and some custard filled donuts. They also have a donut sundae called “Taking back Sundae” that I need to try!

strawberrylab donut friend LA

Donut Friend LA

donut friend apple fritter

Here is an interview with Mark Trombino, the former pop punk producer and founder of Donut Friend.

mark trombino donut friend

Our favorite LA things so far

We’re bit by bit getting settled in and unpacking on rental home in CA. While we miss Austin, we are enjoying the great weather and looking forward to exploring another new city. Some of our favorite family things we’ve done so far:

Hike the Hollywood sign – There are lots of trail heads and we picked one based on Google searches that said this trail was good for strollers. The 2 small dirt lots that are usually available were closed because it was a holiday but, the trail was dirt or asphalt and great for our double jogging stroller. It’s a great hike with views you can’t beat! It’s on the opposite side of the city but if it were closer we’d probably go more.

hike hollywood sign

Georgetown Cupcake – We loved Georgetown Cupcake when we lived in DC and Virginia and happy to be reunited here in LA with our favorite cupcake place. They have classics, everyday flavors  (like vanilla squared), daily flavors and seasonal flavors – I finally got to try their peppermint cupcakes!

Georgetown cupcake

Georgetown cupcake

Tacos – there are so many great taco places, our 2 favorites so far are Guisados (downtown and Santa Monica) and a local place Taqueria Mora. We like simple street tacos, basic sides like rice and beans and carne asada fries 🙂 We’re looking forward to trying more tacos!

tacos

Salt and Straw – we first tried this in Portland and it’s my favorite ice cream so we were excited that they have a location in LA. Last summer I tried their Rocky Road and it was seriously the best rocky road I’ve ever had. Last week I tried Lemon Meringue Pie and it was also amazing.

salt and straw LA

Any suggestions of LA things or in the Chino Hills area?

 

2016: the year of unpredictability

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After we got married, ten years ago, we would often play the game, “where will we be in 10 years?”- the future seemed so far away and we were open to any travel and education opportunities life offered us. Well here we are 10 years later and on our 10th anniversary we woke up in an AirBnB in Austin, TX and drove to the title company to sign closing papers for our current house! We would’ve never guessed we would live in Texas, and we would’ve never guessed how much we would love Texas. Even though it’ll only be about 6 months, we have loved our community in Cedar Park and the city of Austin. We survived a Texas summer, enjoyed the plethora of splash pads and parks, ate more than our weight in brisket and Blue Bell ice cream and made some great friends in our ward. We experienced Brent’s first soccer game and first preschool. We full intended on staying in Austin until our kids graduated from high school…until…

Dave was offered an awesome position as an HR regional manager in Los Angeles. Los Angeles! Southern CA was always in the back of our minds but we didn’t think it would happen for years, like when we were old enough to retire. This amazing opportunity fell in our laps through some amazing people we have met and we would’ve never been connected to this new job if we hadn’t moved to Cedar Park. Funny what the Lord and life has in store for you. It’s a great career move for Dave and I’m extremely proud he was offered this position!

We now face another unknown. Although San Diego isn’t far from LA, I’ve only been there a handful of times (because traffic!) and we don’t know much about the suburbs in the area. Once again we’ve been able to connect with people who know the area where we can start the house hunt all over again (except this time we’re going to rent!). The day we found out he was offered the position we needed a rolling pin for a dessert. We found it in a cupboard, still in bubble wrap!!! That along with the boxes we still haven’t unpacked have left us one step ahead of the game ha, ha!

So in a few months, we will say goodbye to another home. A city we’ve enjoyed and really haven’t had too much time to explore. We will miss the Texan hospitality and the awesome people we have met here. We are excited for the future even if it means packing up everything again.