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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Japan Candy Box Review + Giveaway


Hey everyone!

It's been a while since I have done a giveaway with Japan Candy Box. Here's my unboxing review!!

I have worked with Japan Candy Box countless times and truly love their subscription box. Every month, you can receive yummy Japanese snacks and candy right to your door for $18.20 with free international shipping. It's such a fun surprise and I love to share them with my friends.

I also appreciate the 1-2 DIY based treats they send-- they tend to be my favorite since I'm an artist and enjoy making things!

Here is the review. Enjoy and make sure to enter our international giveaway below for a chance to win next month's Japan Candy Box for free! :) Good Luck!


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Cheers,
Dana

Monday, June 19, 2017

Huntington Library Gardens

Hi everyone,

I had the pleasure of exploring Huntington Library with my friend and we had so much fun! It is definitely an all day adventure and it was also very hot, but so beautiful. I just love plants. Plants are so special. The colors and the textures.. the patterns they create are so unreal. Some are so symmetrical and others just look so strange and out of this world. I can spend all day looking at different plants (well I did here actually).

Huntington Library was really cool. They have a wide array of gardens from Chinese, Japanese, and Desert themed ones. They also had many many libraries/museums/exhibits as well. Here are some lovely pictures I took. We spent the most time in the desert; I really adore succulents.
















I started to recently think about how many places I have yet to visit locally, whether it's in the city that I live in right now or even the state. Then I thought about how we all talk about wanting to travel abroad, leave your country to explore somewhere else. Yet, there is so much I have yet to explore locally and even nationally in the U.S. I hope to explore as much as I can while I'm here in California for one last summer. :) Whether it's down the street or across an ocean, it's still an adventure. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

San Gabriel Mountains Hike

Hi everyone,

My friend and I recently ventured on a 10 mile hike, got lost, got burnt, but still had a good time. We sadly took the wrong turn on San Merill trail when we were hoping to go see Inspiration Point (another adventure another time!). I still got some lovely photos and fresh air in!








This was a great a hike even though we went on the wrong trail and didn't make it to our destination. It speaks volumes about how the journey is more important than the finish line in so many ways. It was also a good lesson on packing sunblock and more water for longer hikes in brutal humid heat too. 

It was nice to see all the lovely colors of the wildflowers blooming along the pathway and say hello to some butterflies along the way. Next month, we plan on returning and hopefully making our way up successfully. On a happy note, we had some amazing sandwiches after the long hike. This sign was happily standing outside the cafe's shop. Thought it was worth sharing. :)


Until next time.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Death Valley Travels

Hello everyone,

I recently got to go on a weekend adventure through Death Valley National Park.
It was so beautiful and of course, hot. Since we only really had one full day at the park, we checked out popular points we were interested in that were all fairly close together. It was perfect to just stop by all the points in order and then head home.




The overall drive through the park itself is stunning and checking out some of the popular stops along the way is easy since the roads/places are labeled and paved (for the most part).

If you plan to visit it soon, make sure to bring a hat, sunglasses, lots of drinking water, sunblock, snacks, and phone chargers for the car!

The entrance fee is $25 for a 7 day pass. They don't have anything for a shorter duration of time. I wasn't expecting a paved road/high accessibility to all of these places we wanted to check out, but they have them. Major stops all of restrooms too.

We drove in and started with Zabriskie Point in the evening. We got to see the sunset here and it doesn't take long to explore this one unless you go off hiking.


Since we got there in the evening, we went to our hotel to sleep early and wake up at 2:30AM to go see the stars. I know, it sounds so early but it was SO worth it. We drove into the park, heading past Zabriskie Point to Dante's View and saw the most stars I have ever seen. Since it's far away from any major city lights, we even saw the milky way. It was beautiful. I never knew how many stars were really in our night sky. I highly recommend you do this if you can! 

After seeing the night sky, we parked at Dante's View and took a 30-45 minute nap in the car. During this time, the moon came out and the stars were all gone. We were woken up by little bats that were fluttering around our car. From the parking area, there is a clear route to hike up the mountain. It's not a hard hike but I would still categorize it as easy-intermediate because it's very rocky. Once we got up here, we got to see the sunrise. It was really stunning because one side looked like this below...




While the other side looked like this:




It was pretty seeing the sun lightening up this side of the valley too. 

After that, we went back to our hotel to eat breakfast and checkout. Then we headed back into the park and stopped by a few places that were all near one another.


This isn't the best picture of it, but it's called Artist's Drive. This is it from the parking lot. You can step out and walk through it to see shades of pink, green, etc. that are colors from the oxidation of different metals. We didn't really see too many vibrant colors but read that in afternoon sunlight, it looks different. It wasn't our favorite but I have seen lovely pictures of it online.


After that, we checked out Devil's Golf Course. This was absolutely stunning to me because of the repetition of mineral chunks (salt) from the remains of Badwater Basin before it dissolved. I guess this is the prettiest salt pan I have ever seen. There were so many little details and there were endless amounts of these "rocks" everywhere. The road to drive in however was the only non-paced road we drove on. It wasn't long but there was a lot of gravel.


After that, we checked out Badwater Basin. It was SO hot at this point in the middle of the afternoon. I felt my legs literally baking under the sun. All the white you see below is a dried up lake of salt that existed 2,000 years ago. 



Due to our time limit, we headed back home after that. The drive out was just as beautiful. So glad that I got to go with my person. :) Enjoy.

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