That Time Donald Duck Helped America Pay Their Taxes

For those in the United States, it’s tax season…everyone’s favorite time of the year, right? Well, once upon a time, a little angry duck helped everyone pay their taxes a lot quicker. On December 12th, 1941 Walt Disney received a call from the United States government. Walt had already lent his studio’s services for the…

The Outlet Mall Masquerading as an Assyrian Palace

If you’ve ever driven along Interstate 5 through Commerce, just outside Los Angeles, you’ve likely spied a grand ancient looking palace and perhaps wondered “What on earth is that!?” Well, it’s an outlet mall actually. Yes, an outlet mall, known simply as The Citadel. But it wasn’t always that way. The building was actually built…

Find Delicious BBQ Inside this Kitschy Faux Log Cabin of Chris & Pitt’s

My dad has endless stories of growing up in Southern California in the 1950s and 60s. Many of the places in those stories are gone, but some still remain, Chris and Pitt’s Bar-B-Q is one of them. A staple of my dad’s childhood, it was even the location we chose to meet at after my grandmother’s funeral…

Hogsmeade & Holly

Over the weekend Patrick and I visited Universal Studios for a festive day with friends to enjoy the sights, sounds, and sweets of the season in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as the area got the holiday treatment for the first time! For the day my outfit was inspired by one of my favorite…

The Lost Art of Candy Cane Making at Logan’s Candies

In a world of mass produced everything, hand-made goods are becoming unicorns, but in the little town of Ontario, where they still put up various scenes of the life of Jesus in the heart of their downtown during Christmas, Logan’s Candies is like a beacon of glistening sugar. Since 1933 Logan’s Candies has become borderline…

Safe Ways to Display Vintage Halloween Decorations

If you frequent antique malls or flea markets this fall then you’ve probably noticed some vintage Halloween decorations for sale, most of which are made up of paper, or rather card stock or thin cardboard. This rather delicate and disposable nature of decorating for Halloween meant a lot of decorations were easily damaged and often tossed…