I am Melissa and I live in sunny Southern California! I love food, photography, art, teaching, writing, gardening, camping, decorating, shopping, financial management, living minimalistically and helping others grow into their best selves. I have two kids, ages 13 and 5, plus two cats, Winter and Lily in my small Mojave Desert apartment. Its an ideal location for us because we are within 2 hours of several mountain ranges, including Mt. Whitney, skiing, beaches, hiking, rivers, lakes, Los Angeles, Missions, Death Valley, Sequoia, Disneyland, and so much more! I am so excited to bring you with us on our travels!