[EVENT] Dirtybird Campout Festival

On the second weekend of October, Dirtybird Campout, a festival created by Claude VonStroke (a well known EDM artist), was held at Silverado Canyon in Orange County.  This camping festival was far from your usual music fest.  Upon arrival, attendees were assigned one of 4 colors, representing the team they’d be on during the duration…

[EVENT] In This Together Festival – Los Angeles

[Video by Denise Hibbard & Jesse Gleaton] On November 13, 2016, we had the opportunity to attend the In This Together Festival held at Avalon Hollywood.  With an aim in advocating for mental health awareness, the event included a mix of talks, performances, and various vendors. When we arrived, Matt Shepherd was hosting a live…

[PHOTOGRAPHY] Roommate Photoshoot

A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to test out some new studio equipment.  While the equipment is still minimal, it did help in producing some awesome shots.  All of this was shot on a Nikon D7000 with either my 50 mm prime or 18-105 (f/3.5-5.6) lens.  The lighting included two Neewer flash…

[DIY] Easy Lace & Spray Paint Craft

After getting a minor surgery the other day I was on a mission to stay in the house for a couple of days and relax.  I decided this would be the perfect time to get some crafting in!  We moved into our new home just 2 months ago and my decorating has taken the back seat…

[RECIPE] Asian Style Ground Beef Lettuce Wraps

I’m at the tail end of my groceries from the most recent batch and was trying to figure out how to feed myself and Jesse with what we had on hand.  We always use our grass fed ground beef for one of two things: meatballs/burgers or pasta sauce.  Not that those aren’t amazing options, but…

[RECIPE] Paleo Fruit & Nut Grain Free Bread

Living in a house, I often torture myself by watching my roommates eat eggs over toast in the morning, thinking, “Boy, do I miss bread!” Since being put on thyroid medication for hypothyroidism, I’ve maintained a (mostly) paleo lifestyle and noticed my body feeling much better from it!  I still have the occasional butter, but…

[THINGS TO DO] Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens

Located in the heart of the Historic West Adams district of Los Angeles, the Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens sits as a quiet and rejuvenating space for peace and meditation.  Once an Italian Renaissance mansion built and occupied by former winery giant, Secundo Guasti, this historic building now houses the MSIA (Movement of Spiritual Inner…

[THINGS TO DO] Sailboat Racing in Marina Del Rey

I have been very fortunate to enter the world of sailboat racing since moving to Los Angeles.  I’ve only been in two different regattas, but I’ve learned so much both times I went! “It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” — Sir Francis Drake, Sea Captain…

[TRAVEL] Big Bear, CA

Last week I had to travel back up to Big Bear for work.  I spent less than hour in Big Bear City, but made it a point to stop and take some photos along the way.  The first time I ever went to Big Bear was also work related, and I had a chance to…