Diana Me'chelle

A Trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific!

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Happy Wednesday! I hope that your week is going fabulously šŸ™‚ We have finally fully settled into our new apartment and have officially surrendered the keys to our old apartment so it finally feels like we have one home and one home only. Now that we are fully moved in and unpacked, my love and I decided to do some sightseeing and took a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in downtown Long Beach and it was pretty awesome šŸ™‚

I thought I would share some pictures of some of the exhibits they have šŸ™‚

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It was such an amazing place, I’m really into aquariums and zoos and stuff so I hope you enjoy the pictures šŸ™‚ have you been this aquarium? If not and you’re in the area I definitely recommend checking it out! and if you want a discount, you can get cheaper tickets off of the app goldstar which is what we did šŸ™‚

until next time <3

..diana

** we purchased our tickets and are in no way sponsored**

My Biggest Guilty Pleasure

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Hello Everyone!

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going by well šŸ™‚ We are officially unpacked and settled into our new apartment, we just have to tie up a few loose ends at the old apartment tomorrow and then we won’t ever have to go back to that apartment.. hopefully šŸ™‚

Today I thought it would be fun to talk about my biggest guilty pleasure since there are a few going on right now. I know that may sound weird but they won’t be weird once you know what I’m talking about; and that is trashy reality tv shows. I am obsessed with trashy reality tv.

Shahs of Sunset just started its new season this past Sunday and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is currently on air along with Real World: Go Big or Go Home and my all time fav Vanderpump Rules just ended. Yes these shows are awesome. They just suck you in and make you realize that even if crappy things are going on in life they aren’t nearly as bad as having your whole life shown on the air… or the parts they make available to the public anyway :p

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(pictures via http://www.sidereel.com)

I know that many think that the shows are scripted and maybe they are.. but it doesn’t matter to me because I still think its fun to watch anyway šŸ™‚

Do you like watching trashy reality tv? What’s your guilty pleasure?

until next time <3

..diana

We Have Moved!

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Hello Everyone!

Happy Hump Day! I hope everyone is having a great week! So sorry for the lack of posting last week, as you can see by the title there has been a lot going on šŸ™‚ We got an apartment and have officially moved in as of this morning. We are now residents of Long Beach, CA and so far we are loving it!

Getting an apartment down here has definitely taken a minute and there has definitely been some ups and downs throughout this process. Everything down here seems super chill which is great, but kinda sucky when you want to get things done in a timely manner.

We applied for this apartment over 2 weeks ago but didn’t get notice that we were good to move in until last Friday when technically when we applied we wanted to move in by the 1st. Well clearly that didn’t happen because of all sorts of random things so we scheduled the official move in date for Saturday and boy were we excited.

But then, for the first time ever in my life, I ended up suffering from a panic attack midst traveling back and forth from Santa Monica to Long Beach. We were supposed to meet the person who was supposed to help us move Saturday at noon but I ended up having the episode in the car and because it was my first time ever experiencing it, I didn’t know what was happening so my wife immediately took me to urgent care to get checked out.

I ended up being at urgent care for a few hours and so my wife decided it was best to cancel our mover and focus on my getting better. It was such an awful episode that included puking so much that it basically took over my entire day but by the evening I was starting to feel better.

I’m so grateful that I wasn’t suffering from something else but I definitely don’t ever wish panic attacks on anyone! They are awful!

But after the weekend and such we rescheduled and here I am posting this from my new apartment and we are officially moved in as of this morning šŸ™‚Ā  We are really excited to settle in and then getting to know the area so keep on the lookout for interesting posts about what we come across!

until next time <3

..diana

 

Apartment Update!

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Happy Hump Day! I hope you are having an amazing week! Have you guys experienced some severe allergies this week? They have been killer here in Santa Monica and I feel like death warmed over lol but anyway.. I posted like two weeks ago about being on an apartment hunt and I have an update on it.

I think we have found our perfect apartment. It’s super nice and we are super excited at the possibility of living there. It’s a loft style unit that is brand new and its over 1100 square feet. In comparison to our current apartment at 375 sq.ft. it’s way bigger with tons of closet space, a parking space and an in unit washer dryer which is my dream at the current moment.

We did officially put in our applications this past weekend so now we are just waiting to hear back and make sure everything is good but we were able to pick the unit and everything so there are no surprises to move in. I don’t anticipate any issues but I don’t want to officially say that the apartment is ours until they want us to sign the lease :p

I will definitely be posting pictures when we have officially signed the lease and gotten the keys and all of that but we are anticipating move in on April 1st or 2nd. Everything is moving so fast but we are really excited to start our new adventure šŸ™‚

I’ll update as soon as we hear back!

until next time <3

..diana

Eyes are the Windows of the Soul: I Origins Movie Review

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Happy Hump day! I hope that you are having an awesome week! This week so far has been pretty chill, we are currently waiting to hear back from an apartment we saw this past weekend so I’m definitely crossing my fingers :p

But anyway, I wanted to share my thoughts on a movie that I saw this past weekend as well. Now I know that the movie has been out for a while but it was always something that I had wanted to see when I first saw the previews but never got around to it until now.

So just to briefly go over what it’s about without spilling all the beans, it’s about a PHD student who is really into eyes because no one are alike and he’s trying to basically prove that there is nothing in existence that doesn’t have proof if that makes sense. That’s basically all I’m going to provide about the synopsis because I don’t want to give anything away and I’m really good at that lol.

But anyway, the images of eyes in the movie were so beautiful that my wife and I thought it would be fun to take picture of our eyes and so I wanted to just share those with you. It’s crazy to think that everyone has a unique eye pattern. The color is unique in it’s own way but we are talking more like the actual pattern that your iris has. Super cool šŸ™‚

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photos taken with my iPhone 6s Plus with a macro lens attached

I have hazel eyes (though they change colors from green to brown-the one on the left) and my wife has brown eyes (the one on the right). I think that they came out pretty well and it’s so cool to see how different they really are. The movie was super interesting and fascinating and I would definitely recommend seeing it if you haven’t already. It’s currently on HBO if you are interested.

That being said, do you believe that the eyes are the windows of the soul? I totally do, and I always have.. there’s just something so deep about them for sure šŸ™‚

I’d love to hear your thoughts so please feel free to comment!

until next time <3

..diana

Feeling the Urge to Move!

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Happy Hump Day! I hope your week has been going fabulously šŸ™‚ So I wanted to share a bit about what we’ve (my wife and I) have been feeling the past few months.

If you are new to my blog, my wife and I currently reside in Santa Monica, CA and have been here for a little over 2 years. We moved here from Las Vegas, NV and we have loved every second of living in Santa Monica.

Over the past few months though we have been thinking about moving.. still in California and preferably still in the Los Angeles area but we are also open to perhaps moving to the OC as well.

While we love living in Santa Monica, we have recently been thinking that it would be really nice to have a change, and to find a place that is cheaper than here. If you didn’t know, Santa Monica is considered one of the most expensive places to live in comparison to San Francisco etc. So we are looking at areas that have a significant drop in cost of living or at least housing.

We have found that Long Beach is a really nice area with a real chill vibe, not as touristy, and the cost of housing is significantly cheaper but can I just say that it has been really hard to find our perfect apartment?

Every time we find something we like and call or try and contact the person in charge of the listing it’s already gone, or if it isn’t gone, the person is not very responsive and so then by the time they respond again its not available. I can’t tell you how many times this has happened to us. One time we had an appointment set up to view an apartment and when we get there the rep is like oh we actually rented that unit out… which is fine but dang couldn’t you have called us and told us that before we made the drive down there? (Long Beach is about an hour or so away from Santa Monica if there’s no traffic)

We have been searching on craigslist, trulia, zillow, radpad, rent.com etc and are having a super hard time just getting someone to respond to us or call us back. It’s super disheartening, but we really would love a change so we will definitely keep at it. Sorry I feel like this has totally turned into a rant :/ but hopefully you don’t mind šŸ™‚

Have you had any similar issues while searching for a place? If you have any recommendations as far as websites or apps that might make this process easier please share! I would love any and all kinds of advice.

Of course I’ll keep you posted if anything changes šŸ™‚

until next time <3
..diana

KDrama Review: Oh My Venus!

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Happy Monday! I hope you had an amazing weekend šŸ˜€ I recently finished watching a kdrama and thought I would share my thoughts. I know what you’re thinking.. this drama is technically old because it’s been over for a few months but hey shit happens and I was finally able to finish it and I’m so glad that I was able to!

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For those of you who don’t know or haven’t heard of the korean drama, Oh My Venus is essentially a romantic comedy about a lawyer who ends up meeting a guy that’s a personal trainer and they start working together and she ends up finding out that he’s so much more.(This is very vague because I don’t want to give away any spoilers.. just watch <3)

I really enjoyed watching it and if you have never watched korean aka kdramas before I would definitely recommend this one! It’s really light hearted but keeps you engaged the entire way through. I ended up finishing the series in like 3 days because sleep isn’t real when you get hooked onto a series lol :p

I currently watch all my kdramas through dramafever (my fav) and viki.com. Both are subscription based but I believe that both sites offer free plans as well but of course they contain commercials.

Have you seen this drama? Did you like it? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know in the comments! šŸ™‚

until next time <3
..diana

p.s. I am in no way sponsored by dramafever.com or viki.com I just really enjoy their services and I pay for both šŸ™‚

Top 5 Pet Peeves While Out and About

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Hello Everyone!

How’s everyone’s week been so far? Mine has been good just keeping up to date on my errands and such.. nothing exciting :p but anyway.. today I went out and did some grocery shopping and while I was out and dealing with the occurrences of being out and about, I thought it would be fun to talk about some pet peeves while out and to hear from you guys about your pet peeves as well!

Let’s get on with it šŸ™‚

  1. I can’t stand when people in parking lots wait for a car that may or may not be pulling out. I feel like it’s super inconsiderate and it just creates a huge bottleneck! I mean if you are rolling up as someone is pulling out then by all means take the spot but if the car hasn’t even gotten its shit together to move then I feel like we should move on and find a different spot.
  2. When people are not aware of their surroundings and just place their cart in the middle of the aisle or take up a ton of space in a small space to begin with. I feel like we would all be happier if we just kept an eye as far as who might be around and trying to get by šŸ™‚
  3. When checking out at a grocery store and you have like a ton of stuff but then want to split the items up into like 10 different transactions. I mean I completely understand if its like 1 or 2 different transactions but to do like 5 or 6 I feel like is really inconsiderate! urgh!
  4. When you are at a really big grocery store chain that has a huge parking lot but no return cart areas. There’s a grocery store in my area that has a huge parking lot but the don’t have any return cart areas except the very front of the store, so then people just leave their carts all over the parking lot which is super annoying and they could potentially damage cars. No bueno!
  5. People not using their blinkers while turning. This is not only super annoying it’s against the law! I mean don’t get me wrong I sometimes forget to use my blinker but in general this is super frustrating and I totally get frustrated at myself when I do it.

So there’s my top 5 pet peeves when I’m out and about that just get on my nerves! They don’t always bother me because I’m pretty laid back for the most part but when I experience 3-4 of these in a day within a few hours they definitely wear you down hehe :p

What are you’re pet peeves? I would love to hear about them down below!

until next week<3

..diana

Such a Special Day!

 

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Now I know what you’re thinking.. I know I said that my posts would go up by 7am on Wednesdays but I promise that I have a good reason :p IĀ  experienced something really special today and wanted to be able to share it with you guys so I figured that you would forgive me for posting this tonight instead of this morning.

So onto the good stuff. Today I got to be a witness in my best friend’s wedding! It was such a sweet occasion and I’m really glad that my wife and I were able to be a part of such a special day. Now it wasn’t a fancy wedding or anything, it was done at the courthouse but it was still really nice and special none the less. The judge and staff there were super amazing and I definitely would recommend checking out the Beverly Hills Courthouse in Los Angeles for your courthouse needs, just make sure that they cater to your needs first šŸ™‚

But any who, the ceremony was so cute and quaint and the room it was held in was really nice as well. I should have gotten pictures of the actual room but I forgot :p story of my life lol. I did get a good picture of them at the altar though.. minus my lovely wife’s hands šŸ™‚

IMG_0431I was really so happy to be apart of their day and by this time they should have arrived at their honeymoon destination and I hope they have an amazing time. Events like this make me so happy and grateful that I have also found the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with and I hope that this couple can be as happy as we are <3

Did you have any really cool plans for today?

until next time <3

..diana

 

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Getting Fit! Lose 30 lbs by my 3oth Birthday!

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I thought I would start off my first new post of the year (minus my coming back post) with one of my biggest goals for the new year. I want to lose 30lbs by my 30th birthday (which is in September).

Now I know what you’re thinking.. that’s a really long time away but I thought that if I gave myself enough time that I wouldn’t have any reason not to be able to complete it so yes for the next 7 months or so I’m on a journey to lose 30lbs.

Now, I know technically that its the middle of February and I probably should have started in January but hey at least I’m getting started now šŸ™‚

To give some perspective, I’m 5’3 and weigh approximately 158lbs. I’m hoping that by the end of this journey I’ll be at 130lbs but I’d be super happy at 135lbs too. I have taken a before photo but I’m thinking that I won’t divulge those until the end to show the comparison.

One of the biggest things I have done to get jump started on this whole ordeal is that my wife and I have invested in some sessions with a personal trainer. I’ve so far had 2 sessions and they are going great. The only thing is that I’m feeling really rundown the day after and I’m not sure if it’s because of the actual work out or if it’s because my allergies have been wreaking havoc in my body since it’s gotten warmer or a combination of both.

The other thing that I have started to do is eat healthier and less trashier. So far my wife and I have done pretty well considering we haven’t had fast food in a few weeks when typically we had it at least once a week or more. I’ve gotten more into cooking at home to cook healthier and to try and save that money too šŸ™‚

We are starting to get into the whole meal planning thing too to help us further along this journey. I’m totally excited about where I’ll end up down the line and I’ll definitely keep you posted as far as how it goes and whatnot.

Have you started a better eating/exercising habits? I’d love to hear about them and if you have any tips and tricks that would be awesome as well šŸ™‚ Recipes of all kinds are super appreciated too!

until next time <3

..diana