About me

Welcome to my nest! I’m Chenoa, the host of Little Dove’s Bird Nest. I’d love for you to learn a little more about me. The first thing you need to know is that Chenoa means “little dove”. I hope that explains a lot. I’m a 30-something professional who was seeking a creative outlet. Food lover, aspirational crafter, and new homeowner, this blog will tell you a little about me and hopefully provide you with some tips for a yummier, healthier, craftier life. Right now I’m just trying to create a meaningful life and beautiful home for myself, my cat (Maserati), and my friends and family.


I’m a transplant. Never in my life did I picture myself moving to Florida…and enjoying it. I am a Southern California girl through and through and – from my love of hearing Spanish on a daily basis to my weekly cravings for Asian food and my relative comfort driving on an eight-lane freeway – Florida has been quite a change.

I’m a bit of a cat lady. Moving across the country all by myself was difficult, and it took about 10 months to realize it would be nice to have someone to come home to. My cat, Maserati (Mazzi for short) is the most precious little kitty I’ve ever seen. When I picked her up at the shelter and she started purring I knew she was the cat for me. I admit, now I’ve become a bit of a cat lady, sending Snap Chats to my sister, friends, and boyfriend (all of whom have actual human children), on the regular. I just can’t help it!

I’m a student at heart. I love to learn, which is why I am learning to blog, make my way through the kitchen, and tackle the Silhouette. However, that means that I am doing just that…still learning to do all of these things. So thank you for joining me on my journey as I make some more confessions.

I’m no expert in the kitchen. I’m an at-home chef (cook is probably more accurate) who has learned to cook mostly from watching The Food Network and asking for cookbooks for my birthday. I’ve picked up a few things here and there and have become quite capable in the kitchen – but not without failures! However, being willing to experiment, trust my instincts, and using the knowledge I have usually results in a pretty tasty meal. I love my slow cooker and I just got an Instant Pot, so look out for some posts on using my new kitchen tool!

I’m not artistic. I have never been able to draw or paint, but I do enjoy being crafty and creative. I was all over the adult coloring books when they first came out – I could be artistic without having any skill! I think that’s why I was drawn to the Silhouette. The craft bug bit me and I splurged on the Cameo 3 last year even though I knew nothing much about it. Over the last six months I’ve still only just touched the surface of what the machine can do (and what I hope to make with it!) and now I also have the Silhouette Mint, which I am excited to learn more about. That said, there will be multiple posts chronicling my crafting adventures.

I’m an academic. Surprising as it may be, I have a PhD in education policy from the University of California, Irvine. In fact – that’s how I pay my bills! I work as a research faculty member analyzing education policy at a leading research university. I run statistics and write analytical reports and articles in my 9-5. Hence, I have a need to be creative and experimental in the kitchen and craft corner.

I love and value education. As may be evident from my point(s) above, I think education is of the upmost importance, which is why you likely aren’t surprised to hear that I have two master’s degrees, one in education and one in school counseling, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Be forewarned: from time to time I might blog about something education-related.