Family Trip to LAFC!

I recently scored tickets to LAFC as a Yelp Elite Perk. While we were there, a Verizon rep upgraded our tickets and we were able to get on-field access (I knowwwwwww…..crazy, right?)

After an experience of a lifetime and being this close to the players (we weren’t allowed to interact with them but that was fine by us), here are are some amazing photos from our weekend!

The black and white photos are courtesy of hubby, @caliwinter.

Football stadium sign
It was rather cold in the stadium. Fleece blanket, $30.

To purchase, click here.

When we were allowed on-field access before and after the game, we enjoyed the seats. Bear, particularly, loved the popcorn.
Pre- and post-game field access passes courtesy of Verizon Wireless.


How one can tell they have a small boy? LOL
After the game, we were allowed to do penalty kicks! Bear made his on the first shot!
A winning smile after making his goal!
And of course, the obligatory couple selfie pic. 🙂

I just love the excitement and energy a LAFC game brings! If you’re in the L.A. area, I highly recommend going to one!

A shout-out to Yelp Elite Perks and Verizon for their awesome customer service.

To purchase a LAFC game ticket, click here.


Our Trip to the L.A. Zoo!

For my birthday, we went to the L.A. Zoo. I haven’t been to the zoo in a very long time and it was my first visit to the L.A. Zoo since I moved to L.A. some 10 years back.

The zoo was much bigger than I thought it was going to be. In fact, it was so big, we didn’t have time to fully experience all of the exhibits. Next time, we’ll leave earlier and have more time to plan our day.

All in all, it was an amazing experience. We went on a weekday (which was on my birthday), so it wasn’t too crowded. As always, I recommend visiting exhibits, theme parks, and the like during a weekday if you can. There are a ton of less crowds but also you’ll have a better experience and not so crowded.


Bear was told to put his hand out and we thought they were going to photoshop some image. Turns out they didn’t. WTH, yo?
I bought a popcorn bag and Bear was gracious enough to give me a single popcorn. 
We all fed a giraffe. That was super dope. 
Kodak Portra 400 on Asahi Pentax 6x7 with 135mm
Hub-hubs took a nice photo of me with my Jody Watley earrings. (No, she doesn’t have a brand but I call them that.)

For more pics, click on the slideshow:

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He’s the Best Father I Know

You never really know how your partner will be as a father until he is one. The same can be said for mothers; you just don’t know until you’re 100% responsible for a little human.

I knew Maks was going to be a great father because of how big his heart is. He’s super generous with his time and energy. He loves to give people benefit of the doubt even though he would know sometimes they don’t deserve it.

He’s just a nice dude.


Several years ago, a mentor I’d worked with mentioned how she and her husband celebrated 25 years of marriage. At the time I was a brand-new newlywed, only been married a few months. She said the real test of time in marriage is when you still like the person you married.

I agree. You can love someone but not really want to spend any time with that person. I truly like Maks. He’s a great person and he always encourages my dreams, no matter what they are. He’s an amazing photographer and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Happy Father’s Day, bae. xoxoxo


Family Vlog – Going to the Tram!

Last week, we went on a family vacation to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in my hometown. Maks and I were there before as an unmarried couple with no children, so it was nice to go there with Bear. It was also our first time going there when it snowed.


Going up the tram was crazy. There are five towers and each time we passed a tower, we did a little dip. That dip was noticeable.


Obligatory family photo. And yes, I’m bundled up like a snow bunny. I had on about five layers. I don’t do cold, y’all.


(Photos courtesy of my husband, Maksim Ksenjak @caliwinter)

There were quite a few fallen trees. It was crazy to see the history within those trees.


Hubby caught me vlogging. And yes, I finally did put up a recent vlog of this!


I took this pic and hubby edited it. One of my favorites!


Always gotta a take a pic of hubby in action!

And of course our standard Bae photo:


And another family photo:

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Gosh, I’ve had a lot of fun, even though navigating through the snow was tricky at times. I’m really glad Bear had a legitimate snow experience and not the artificial snow. Can’t wait to go back next year!

For information to go to the Tram, please click here.

Blussian Christmas traditions – New Ornaments

It seems every year we do the same thing just a bit differently. But I love that about our little family – taking something new and putting our own spin on it.

As I’ve explained in the past, we celebrate Christmas pretty much starting from Saint Nick’s until the Orthodox Christmas and New Year in January. We typically have our tree and decor up until February, though I’ve started decorating on November 1st. Yeah, three months of Christmas. I don’t see the problem with that. Fight me.

This year, we collected a few more ornaments for the tree. I keep thinking we have plenty of ornaments and well, no, we never do. I still see a whole lot of green on our tree. But it’s a yearly process so I’m content with it being a marathon and not a sprint.

So, this will be a post broken down in a few parts. Let’s begin with the ornaments!

I just love Target. I was never a Target fan growing up but becoming a mother made it my second-favorite store:


The truck was $3.00 and R2-D2 was $8.00. See them at your local Target.

Next up was Disney:


I was not impressed how I was so careful in making sure Lightning McQueen wouldn’t get broken, only to see he did! Bah humbug!


It seemed Sushi wasn’t amused by Princess Tiana. She will deal.

Both ornaments were on sale for $10.00 each at the Disney Store.


Earlier this year, we went to a Pysanka festival here in L.A., where I picked up these Ukrainian ornaments. In hindsight, we should’ve picked up a few more since they didn’t cost very much. Now I know what to do next year!


This pretty much explains my weakness. #fatgirlproblems. I picked these up at Dylan’s Candy Bar at the Grove. And they’re squishy! $8.00 each.

Of course, Bear had fun picking out the tree for the first time this year:


And it’s so gorgeous! We really love the tree this year:


We also had a few lights from Costco that were OMG, so amazing. We’re going to pick up a few more strands.

And of course, my men had fun:



What are your Christmas traditions?