72 Hours of Bouncing Around Brisbane

Girl on the Brisbane Wheel

A month before I found out I was pregnant 2 years ago,  I decided to go on a well-needed trip for some solo adventures down under. Little did I know this was going to be my last escapade in Australia Read More

Fun Ways to Introduce Culture to Your Toddler

Reading a book from Language Lizard

If there is anything I have learned over the past 30 years it is that culture shapes and influences us from very early on and practically never stops.  From the food you eat to the music you like – culture Read More

10 Things to do in Bali That Feed Your Soul

The beautiful Indonesian island of Bali is known for adventures of many sorts, depending on what side of the world you live on.  If coming from Australia, you are most likely there for the beer bong drinking till 6am and Read More

Top 10 Things I Missed About California

During the first year I moved to Australia,  I started thinking about what I missed from my life back in California. My friends, my family, and my dog..obviously. But what was missing from life that Australia could not fulfil? Australia Read More

8 Ways Being a Stay at Home Mom Turns You Into a Crazy Person

Being a stay at home mom comes with plenty of wonderful perks. You get to spend more time with your loved ones, run a flexible schedule and don’t have annoying coworkers talking about their stupid kale salad. But just like Read More

8 Tricks to Make Your Boring Date Interesting

  Have you ever been on a date where the person was so boring that you would rather be at home watching paint dry? I think we all have, and most of us don’t want to just take off right away, we’re Read More

Getting Ready to Travel? 11 Things you Must Consider Before Picking Your Travel Buddies!

Editors Note: This post was originally published on (11/09/16) and updated on (1/3/19) When it comes to travelling, the possibilities of things going wrong are endless. Losing luggage, food poisoning, missing your flight.. But nothing is worse than having to spend every Read More

I Survived My First Year of Motherhood and This is What I Learned

I find him naked practically half the time. Just butt naked against the wall as he pees on top of the clean diaper he just threw behind him on the newly vacuumed floor. This is my son and he just Read More

8 Struggles All Single Moms Face When Trying to Date

Being a single mom and dating ..Sounds like a blast, right? Let me give you the below scenario… Most people will be done with their dinner and approaching second base on a couch that isn’t covered with toys, while a Read More

To my Son on His First Birthday

Myles, you are turning one year old today and there is just so much I want to tell you. But since you are only one and only understand how to put things in your mouth, I decided to write you Read More

Stop Wasting Time and Go To Panama!

  Panama, a travel destination that always gets overlooked because of Costa Rica. Mr. “Popular”, sitting right next door. But when it came down to having only days to travel, it was the smaller country that won the Central America Read More

10 Ways A Baby Changes Your Life That Nobody Tells You About

Becoming a first-time mom is accompanied by a slew of expected life changes. You’re told you will be milking yourself, constantly checking for smelly diapers, and you know…basically doing everything possible to keep your mini human… well, alive! But did you Read More

19 Reasons Why Living in Sydney is Fun

If you are looking for a fun new place to live, look no further! Sydney is the place to be.

7 Reasons Why You Miss Being Pregnant

Many women go through pregnancy enjoying each glorious waking day.  I, on the other hand, ummmmm yeahhh…not so much? So when I started to miss being pregnant a month postpartum, it clearly caught me and the whole universe by surprise. What Read More

I Put “Pregnant”on my Dating Profile and This is What Happened

Dating while pregnant? Ha! Because random men just love going out with extremely emotional waddling strangers. Uh no… ……Or do they? Back when I was bored and newly pregnant, I decided to do a little experiment when it came to my dating Read More

Driving Away the Fear of Motherhood

I have found myself driving in excess lately. Stuck in traffic on the way to and from work,  taking the long ways – spending hours a day alone, in my car.  Yes, I am physically in the car, but my Read More

9 Struggles Women Face When They Go Through Pregnancy Without a Partner

Awwww,  pregnancy! 40 weeks of pure joy that every woman just raves about, right?  Ha! It’s month after month of crazy side effects, pains, cravings, emotions and ungodly changes to our bodies.  In a perfect world, a very pregnant woman should Read More

The Story of the Pistachio: Chapter 5 – Giving up Love for Love

Oh hello again! Welcome to the next chapter of The Story of the Pistachio. I am back with yet another new discovery on love but with still no tangible finding of love. In this chapter we have a bit of Read More

16 Must Have American Items Every Australian Grocery Store Needs

 After moving back home to America from Aussieland I could not wait to stuff my face with the huge variety of food I missed so much while down under.  Keeping my post –10 Must Have Aussie Items Every American Grocery Read More

10 OMG Thoughts Every ‘Single’ Girl Has When She Discovers She is Pregnant

When I first found out I was going to be a mother, I,  like most woman, uhhhhh freaked the heck out! For someone like me who has been selfishly single for 5 years – only having to worry about myself, Read More

Road Tripping!! California Redwoods, Grants Pass and Portland, Oregon

After 2 months of being home bored OUT OF MY MIND trying to have intellectual conversations with my dogs, I finallllly received an invite for some road tripping adventure!

An American Down Under: 8 Annoying Tasks to do Once You Move Home After Living Abroad

I just moved back to California after living in beautiful Sydney, Australia. Though it has now been 2 months since I arrived back in the land of the US of A, it is safe to say I have done practically Read More

My Open Break Up Letter to Australia

My Dearly Beloved Australia, I cannot believe I am in sitting on the floor of my empty room right now, crying while writing you this letter. We both knew this day would eventually come, I just cannot believe it is Read More

The Top 10 Random Moments From my Time in Australia

After 3 long amazing years in Australia, I cannot believe this day has officially come. Hot Mess is moving back home to California :/ I know I know, I can’t believe I am saying it either! But today I would Read More

10 Struggles Every Girl Faces When Trying to Date Australian Men

What comes to mind when you think of an Australian man… Dreamy blue eyes? Bronze silky skin? Luscious blond hair? Perhaps the accent of an Angel? Yes, I can confirm,  Australian men are just as beautiful as they sound. In fact, they Read More

Welcome to Jamrock: 10 Must-Do’s in Jamaica

Recently I came back from the most unbelievable holiday in Jamaica with my sister. Whether it was laying on a beautiful white sand beach,  legally smoking a mary jane with a bunch of Rastafarian’s,  sipping on a fresh coconut, or witnessing two Read More

The Story of the Pistachio: Chapter 4- “The Ones”

Yup, you guessed it! It is time for this pistachio to write about dating slash love again. But instead of talking about trying to open up like Chapter 1, or my first attempt to in Chapter 2, or the dawn of the assholes like Chapter Read More

An American Down Under: 8 Reasons Living Abroad During the 2016 Presidential Election Sucked!

Having to deal with this 2016 US presidential election while living abroad… Yeah.WOW! That was fun! “Trump or Hilary? Seriously?” – said THE WHOLE WORLD!!! Everyone back home assumed because I am living in Australia that the election couldn’t have possibly affected me.  I Read More

The Story of the Pistachio: Chapter 3 – Swipe Right You Ass Hole

Before every single single person was immediately obtainable, the amount of ghosting, flakes, no shows, and related selfish behaviors never used to be this nasty.

With 50 new matches at our fingertips each month, curiosity of each new possibility increases, while the value of just having one wonderful person decreases.

We are addicted to instant gratification, instant ego stroking, while feeling no repercussions if we negatively affected someone else during the process.

Just like any other type of addict, we are treating others like shit and acting like ass holes without even realizing it.

An American Down Under: 15 MORE Ways Your Life Changes When You Move to Australia

It has now been two whole years since I packed up and moved my life down under from Los Angeles, and holy crap does my life continue to change and adapt to this country.  At 10 months, I wrote on all Read More

The Story of the Pistachio: Chapter 2 – The Bearded Man

It has been 3 months now since I wrote my pistachio story, and I am more than pleased with the amount of positive response it produced from so many different types of “Pistachios.”  I received almost 200 private emails from readers Read More

The Unattainable Girl: The Story of the Pistachio

I have been 100 percent single… ALONE, whatever you want to call it, going on now almost 3 long years.  I would have never thought of myself as being one who would go this long without finding someone to deeply admire. Read More

An American Down Under: 20 Ways Your Life Changes When You Move to Australia

      Within the first 10 months of living down under,  I have been able to compile a reasonable amount of changes that have accompanied my life since my move from Los Angeles. Moving to a different country is going Read More

Making Friends Living Abroad: The Problems, The Struggles, and my (Attempted) Solutions

Welllll Hellloooo 6 months of living in Australia!!  Just saying that out loud doesn’t seem correct, where has the time gone? No, seriously, how has it been 6 months already? I swear it was just yesterday  I was  in my moms house awaiting Read More

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