My Ten-Year Challenge!

 

Here’s a throwback of ME 10 years ago! Wow, I can’t believe ten years have passed already. Last month was my birthday and I felt like the past ten years of my life was all a blur. Now, I a¬†married woman with three children, huge plant lover, blogger/vlogger and 20 lbs. heavier! ūüėČ

 

Alright, let’s talk about, do I have any regrets from my past?

Absolutely! I wish I started my blog a long time ago. My blog is almost 2 years old now. If I started it 10 years ago, I would have been able to talk/write about exciting and crazy topics, as it was happening; such as, dating scene in LA, being in a relationship to marriage, decision to have kids, birth experience etc.

I wish I didn’t get involved in businesses that are not worthy and pyramid schemes I got fooled into joining. Although, if I didn’t make mistakes then I wouldn’t have learned my lesson leading me to the right path. Now, I’m more aware, mature and know what I really want in life. I would love to accomplish more things in this world. Things that matter like helping and inspiring people. It’s the best feeling in the world¬†that I can share my thoughts and experiences with you.

By the way, I’m currently taking pre-nursing classes and also volunteering in a hospital. It’s tough to juggle school, family, blog and hospital shifts, but I will keep doing blog post as much as I can.

 

 

Cheers to many more years of life together!

xoxo, Arianne ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Team Davis at the Echo Park Community Christmas Parade

 

My daughter Scarlett had a Christmas parade today around 10am. We had to wake up early and didn’t have time to get my coffee. This is her first parade ever so we didn’t really know what to expect. The street Sunset boulevard was closed due to the parade all the way to Echo Park Avenue. I feel like we walked miles and miles away. If I only knew that I will be doing some massive cardio exercise today, I definitely would have worn my comfortable tennis shoes. Anyway, there were tons of people, who watched the parade. It was amazing! It was really fun to see the community gathered together to celebrate the holidays.

 

Living in a big city such as Los Angeles, makes me feel like there’s no culture here compare to where I grew up. Los Angeles is a city with millions of people from different parts of the world; different religion, different ethnic backgrounds and different languages. This can make a person feel disconnected from the entire community. However, the parade today made me feel like I’m part of a community now. I’m getting to know other parents and Scarlett’s classmates and teachers. Watch our VLog below to see our adventure for today ūüėČ

 

 

xoxo, Arianne ūüôā

 

 

Earth and Family

         Lake Balboa Park is a wonderful park, perfect for families to camp out for the day. Some amenities include; barbecue grills, playground for kids, biking and hiking trails and one huge lake, where you can go fishing and paddle boats. Where else would you rather be on a perfect Earth-day in Los Angeles?

         As I was taking pictures of my parents, a flash back of my mother and I during the time we were living in the Philippines came back to me.  It was a memory of my mother arguing with our next-door neighbor. She had long straight black hair all the way down to her lower back. Facing the door while yelling at our neighbor. I don’t recall the reason, why they were fighting. But, suddenly it hit me — Life is truly short. She was a strong-minded woman, who fought very hard to keep her family together. Full time school teacher, raising three girls while my father was away working in a different country.  Hard-work, perseverance, sacrifices and pure love are the right words to describe my parent’s attitude in life. And now, they are sitting in a park, taking photographs with their four adorable grand-kids, living in Los Angeles.

            Earth is like a family. It’s the foundation of life — it provides life, shelter, food and ever-lasting reason for us to live.  Hence, there’s no end to what our planet can offer. As much as we need to care for each-other, we need to watch over our planet too. For the reason that, it’s unlikely going to be there forever, same as your family.

Egg Hunt

¬†It’s that time of year again, when little kids hunt for Easter eggs. The Davis family decided to celebrate Easter at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. This place has always been one of my favorite gardens to visit. When there’s a special occasion, Moms¬† have to plan for everything. What clothes are the kids going to wear? Where is the best place to celebrate the occasion? Most mothers are really good at¬†planning ahead. Unfortunately, I am not one of them.

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¬† It was tough for my husband and I to get¬†up this morning. I was not able to get a good night’s sleep because my baby was awake¬†numerous times throughout the¬†night. Paul was out networking as well¬†and¬†he wasn’t in¬†good spirits either.¬†When you have three kids, it takes time to get everybody ready and out the door. There is chaos everywhere, outfits are not ready and mommy has no time to¬†shower. If only I planned ahead and packed everything the night before, then we wouldn’t have been¬†so late for the hunt.

Jackie and Clo

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Finally we arrived at the event! It was¬†a hot summer day in the Arboretum Garden. I must¬†say, I’ve been to¬†nicer¬†Easter Egg Hunts with¬†music, dancing and plenty¬†of treats. There is nothing more disappointing to a kid than empty Easter eggs. But, over all¬† they still had a great time.

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What is it with nature that is so relaxing? Is it the feeling of being away from reality, people, noise, cars and pollution? Or simply, it’s just nice to be “away from chaos.” Arboretum garden or any garden is my way of finding peace, at least for a split second…

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Scarlett Carmina Davis was¬†born in the “year of the Dragon” and her name means red in French. Her¬†emotional Red Dragon spirit¬†is deep inside her core being — ready¬†to blast everyone around¬†her with fire and brimstone. I’ve always wondered how kids decide when to be¬†difficult and when to be nice? Today Scarlett clearly wanted to be¬†argumentative. Kids have this crazy need¬†to demand¬†everything¬†immediately. If they¬†don’t get their way, they will make your day miserable! Scarlett definitely creates¬†drama¬†but she is also alot of fun to be around.¬†paul and peacock1.jpgmommy.jpgI learned some valuable lessons today; First – always be prepared or else disaster will strike. Second – if everyone is not having a good time, move on to the next place. A new location can sometimes lighten everyone’s mood. Lastly – keep calm! Kids follow their parent’s. If they see you handling things in a stressed out and bad manner, they will reciprocate.

It’s time now to leave paradise and¬†I¬†am¬†looking forward to volunteering here soon to learn more about gardening at this marvelous place in the sun.

Forces of Nature

       Spring-time in LA is truly amazing. Flowers are blooming, the beaches are so inviting, and spring dresses are everywhere. Paul decided to have an adventure day, and wanted to go to the beautiful Santa Monica beach. Despite the warning by our neighbor Sean, who mentioned that it will be windy and cold at the beach today, we still went for it.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† The door of our car opened and immediately felt the gushing wind from outside. “Wow! Sean is not kidding around, when he meant it’s going to be windy.”

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¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Destination Annenberg Beach House is a little gem in Santa Monica, we all love. It’s the perfect place for families to go to because of its amenities. They have a swimming pool, playground, super clean restrooms, tables and chairs, restaurant around etc. Parking can be difficult, so the early the better. Luckily, Paul has the parking karma!

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Back on the Beach Cafe is a cute restaurant right next to Annenberg Beach House. Their fries and chicken tenders are good, but nothing special. The kids like them. Their food is a little bit on the pricey side for hotdogs and fries, but it’s because of its location. For the price of this cafe’s food, bringing your own food would be a smarter choice.

image 1¬†¬†¬†¬† As we approached water, Clodagh kept pulling her pants down wanting to potty every 2 seconds. The stage of tantrums is still going for my 3-year-old daughter. Sometimes it makes me wonder, does she really needs to go potty or it’s her way to get attention from mommy and daddy?

image4.jpgimage3¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† While Clodagh is not having an enjoyable time, Jax ‘the baby’ is loving it. He feels finally out of his cage. For the very first time, Jax gets to experience being at the beach – sand, water, warm sunlight on his face and kids everywhere to play with.¬† The same thing for Scarlett – the big beach girl!

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   When you stare at the ocean, do you ever get sunk in its beauty and power? Knowing underneath the dream is a deep risky water-world , and its capability of washing away a whole city. How can something so beautiful so dangerous?

¬†¬†¬† The ultimate goal is to make our kids happy, even though we have to endure the exhausting tantrums and constant demands. My husband and I, have accomplished our duty today of seeing smiles, and tiring them out. In the end of the day, everybody will have a sense of contentment before they go to sleep, while mommy and daddy enjoy each other’s company — drinking wine and watching much needed television.