This Ikea camera looks like a lot of fun!
*image source: Ikea
Someone once told me this: At the circus, a baby elephant is chained around its leg and the other end of the chain is tied to a metal stake on the ground. The chain and peg are strong enough for the baby elephant. As the baby elephant grows bigger and becomes an adult, it still believes that a simple chain and peg can stop him from running. Even though, the truth is, the elephant is strong enough to break and run free from the chain.
This story taught me a lot – how we chain ourselves to our parent’s believes, our own believes, and even other people’s believes. I recently read a book of an author’s memoir about an Italy road trip he did. It fascinated me! But someone said to me, “Don’t even think about it, you have a kid now and there’s no way you can do such a thing.” Now, I can either believe in what that person said and give up the thought or I can believe in myself that, even with a kid, I can do it.
The story is also a great reminder to myself, as a parent, that what I believe in doesn’t necessarily has to be my daughter’s. Other than teaching her right or wrong, I do my best to let her explore and experience life the way she wants. I wish she can always stay true to herself as she’s growing up.
Have a happy weekend!
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I recently bought a Mini Six from Empire Mayonnaise Co. and I’ve been addicted since. The White Truffle is great with smoked salmon (see above first two images) and I like Black Garlic with my fried egg sandwich. *Available at Empire Mayonnaise Co.
“I totally abide by the cliche that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When I actually take the time to fully enjoy it, it’s my favorite part of the day. I’ll go for weeks eating the same thing that seems to switch as the seasons do. I just switched from oatmeal to muesli with fresh fruit, honey and greek yogurt. Summers I often turn to fresh smoothies. But a good piece of toast and a fried egg never fails me. Regardless, when I make a point to enjoy a bit of quiet time in the morning, I feel happier, more clear-minded and calm over the course of my day.”
Erin Hiemstra is a new media strategist freelancer for small businesses and creatives.
La Moderna Bakery
8035 1/2 S Norwalk Blvd
Whittier, CA 90670
1630 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
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1466 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Los Cinco Puntos
3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90063
I spent the past few weeks driving around L.A. and taste tested many tamales. I’m not an expert, but these are my top picks base on taste and service.