June Favorites

by Ellie Betzen | from scratch, mostly in

So what do you know?  June came and went as swiftly as ever, which perhaps isn't too bad of a thing.  At least for me.  Sure, I may be having some of those "special event blues" because beliieeeeeve me!  This was a crazy and eventful month for us--packed with a blessed and fun-filled VBS at church, flying to Kansas with Selah for the first time, weaning her off the breast just this past week (I'll talk about this on a separate post), and...am I missing something else?  Oh yeah!  Let's not forget Selah's Doljanchi and all the preps that went into it. I think it's safe to say that my body has had enough action for the time being. :) 

July, I'm excited to see what you have in store for us.  But for now, let's welcome July with some of my June favorites, shall we?  I really hope you find my features and recommendations somewhat helpful!

Food Love

1st Birthday Cake from Cake House

cake from Cake House Buena Park

So you know that gigantic cake we ordered for the party, which by the way, was meant to feed 100+ guests?  Well, perhaps 'gigantic' is an understatement because there were at least 10 of us who took a plateful of leftover cake home.  Granted, there were less than 90 people who showed up to the party, but I ended up with at least 14 slices and now there are probably 4 left in the freezer.  Poor me, right?  I told you that I'm the greatest cake fan EVER, and thankfully I've learned to cut back this week and took care of this situation.  Sort of.

Running Elsewhere

Although I can't say that running in humidity is very fun, since the last time I did that I got quite humbled, it was a pretty cool experience to explore a city other than the ones in OC and LA.  More than anything, I loved running in such crisp and clean air, where all I saw was long stretches of greenery ahead!  You don't get that here like you do in the Midwest. 

You all know how much I love fitness.  I mean, the way it makes me feel in the aftermath is almost equivalent to taking happy pills!  Whatever that means, haha.  :) 

I mentioned on my weekly workout schedule that yoga is one of my highlights these days.  In fact, it has been for the past 3-4 months and I am extremely surprised by how much my body craves it!  I tend to go through phases with workouts every year--and although I love barre work with Leah, and still do perform most of the routines I've featured on the blog, I feel like I've found my niche within yoga stretches as well.  It is also motivating when I twist myself in every which way possible, only to realize that I'm now able to do such and such pose like the eight angle (Astavakrasana).  I still have a long way to go, but it's a start!  I also try to be mindful of mentioning how I veer away from its spiritual thinking and philosophy, simply because I don't believe it is in alignment with the Word of God. I believe God's Love, along with His Word, are all we need to have a life changing transformation within our hearts.

Fashion+Beauty Love

Pacifica Vegan Lip Tint


I rarely find beauty products that I love right away, and sometimes it takes me a while to actually start liking them.  I think it's partly because I'm not into beauty and makeup like I am with fitness, as an example. 

While I was running errands at Target, I stumbled upon the Pacifica beauty product section and was immediately drawn to their cutely packaged products, hah!  Since natural lip color is one of the few beauty related things I love, I knew I wanted to try Pacifica's Blood Orange lip tint.  It is so beautiful when it goes on the lips!   Pacifica's lip tint contains avocado and coconut oil as the moisturizing ingredient, and not only is it super hydrating, but the color is that of a naturally blushed set of lips.  It isn't too light or too bright--just perfect for those who prefer the more natural look.  Let me warn you, though...it doesn't feel very smooth and velvety when you're putting it on, but the final result is definitely a winner.  I am looking forward to try more Pacifica products in the future, and fingers crossed that they are just as good as this one!


They say there are two kinds of women.  The bag collector and the shoe fanatic.  Well, although I may not be a fanatic, per se, I have a true penchant for shoes.  Make that Korean shoes (especially).  You know, the kind that they ship over from Korea and sell in little Korean fashion boutiques? 

My mother in law wanted to spoil me, and spoil me she did, by gifting me money to go out and buy something for myself.  So I found this pair in a shoe store located in Arirang, which is in the city of Garden Grove.  It was originally priced over $70 but I got it on sale for $40, woot!  #longlivesales  I love how versatile these are.  They go beautifully with A-line skirts, shorts, and jeans--my kind of shoe.  The best part is that they are extremely comfortable, and whenever I slip into them I feel like I'm wearing house slippers.

Time spent with my favorite humans!

Vacation Bible Summer School (VBS) at church, especially when looking after babies.  Babies are probably my favorite. ;)


Really unexpected gifts like this Trader Joe's gift card, from my dearest friend, Kat!

What are some of your June favorites?

Which beauty products caught your attention immediately?

Bags or Shoes???