Friday, December 25, 2015

Be merry this Christmas!




We are truly, truly happy for all the things that we have been blessed with this year.


(Yes, that's us the first day Target showcased their Star Wars merchandise this summer)


We are just filled with gratitude that the boys are healthy and happy.

Anything else is, really, a total bonus.







Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Amazing backsplash tiles+tile decals


Am I really the last person on earth to find out about these handsome backsplash tiles over at, believe it or not, Home Depot or Lowe's...?

I totally love these looks:


(Found at Home Depot)




(Both found at Lowe's)


And then of course, there are these easy and gorgeous tile decals...

Just peel and stick and your kitchen (I'm sure I could use these in bathrooms as well?) would totally feel like a new space!






(Above images are from an Etsy seller Bleucoin; they're probably totally photoshopped, but you get the general idea, right? ;-)


Speaking of Etsy... What does Etsy not offer...

I did a little more search and found this shop that has really beautiful wall decals:




(Above images from HappyValleyGoods)



Aren't they the best?!


Monday, December 21, 2015

Electric toothbrushes in place of goodie bags


For Collin's birthday last year, these are what I sent along to his kindergarten class:


(The "tags" read: "Thank you for being my friend!")

Surprisingly, Collin didn't seem to mind the idea and all his classmates actually loved them.








Sunday, December 20, 2015

Activities for boys?




Have you heard of this cool mommy blog entitled "All for the Boys" yet?

If not, I'm strongly nudge you to hop on over immediately to explore. ;-)

Allison, a mom of two boys, has amassed quite a collection of crafts and activities over the years, and has graciously been sharing her ideas, tips, inspirations, printables, product reviews...just the entire treasure trove on the World Wide Web. (How generous is this fabulous mom?! :-)







I can't say enough what a great f you have hands-on children who love creativity and play (OK, that would be ALL children out there ;-), this is the one blog you should be keeping track of on a daily basis.

My little guys love all things science, so you know that I was one happy woman when I first found out about Allison's blog!

That's all for today. :^)


(All images from All for the Boys)




Friday, December 18, 2015

Growing up too fast...


Collin turns 7 today.




I just can't believe it.








Thursday, December 17, 2015

Best, easiest chocolate chip cookies ever


When I recently found out about this amazing food blog Pinch of Yum, I immediately knew that I had totally been missing out on some really great stuff all these years...


I mean, I did think I had found some of the best cookie recipes out there, but this one by Lindsay really tops them all.

There is no need to refrigerate the dough for hours, and I sometimes don't even use the electric mixer and the cookies come out just fine. (Insert: "Where have you been all my life?!?!?!")

Basically, this is my go-to recipe when I'm baking with the boys.

And trust me, if I can whip these amazing chewy chocolate chips up in 30 minutes, anyone can.

(Although, I have to say, my cookies kinda look nothing like Lindsay's, they come out pretty fantastic every single time!)

Now, hop on over to Pinch of Yum for the secret to best, softest chocolate chip cookies!

(First image from Pinch of Yum)

PS) Yes, I, too, do own a fancy DSLR camera but hardly use it because I'm just...totally lazy. (At least I'm honest...? ;-)








How to speed read




If you're nerdy like I am, here is a skill you can test and obtain through practice.

I'm sure you've heard this before but the key is to not read aloud in your head (yes, somehow unlearn that subvocalization!) but quickly skim through text without "going back" to what you've just read.

You're welcome. :-)



(Image taken from this good read over at lifehacker)


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

We like stripes...


Like, a lot...





...Or a little too much...





(That's us in Maui, by the way... When Aaron was so small!)


(The boys got to see Disneyland at last this summer!)


(Again, this is the best RC toy we found.)

(Remember this post? ;-)

I don't know how this is so...

What do you dress your boys in?! Where do you shop?








Boys love stuffed animals, too


I never even knew we had so many!


:^)






Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Best Ben & Jerry flavor for coffee drinkers


If you like coffe AND ice cream but haven't tried this yet... I dare say you're missing out.


It's also good to have on hand when you're trying to get a bunch of stuff done past midnight -- which is my life EVEY DAY -- but don't have the time to make a cup of latte... This flavor really gives you the biggest caffeine buzz!







Sunday, December 13, 2015

Strolling around Manhattan


This picture of the boys taken this summer is cracking me up right now.

What can I say, the Superman totally had a big lunch...


Yes, you may laugh. :^)





Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Jeff Bridges knows how to love a woman+genius parenting tip from his mom


Sung and I love anything with Jeff Bridges in it because he is such a great actor (one of the best, for sure).

But boy, can I just say that this recent article (featuring this Oprah's Master Class episode) about Jeff Bridges' love story totally made my heart swell?



How adorable is the story of their fateful first meeting and how sweet is it that they've been married for 38 years now!

Listen to him talk about his thoughts on marriage...



...And if you should watch one more worthy Youtube video today, I'm also loving his stories about his mom and how she gave him the greatest gift that a mom could give her child -- time together every. single. day.



I mean, I strive to spend quality time with each of my children on a daily basis, but I have to admit, our time spent together isn't always necessarily quality time.

On most days, I'm good about staying away from my laptop or my phone whenever my children are around (I go by my self-imposed "no-phone-while-the-boys-are-awake" policy), but I'm also cooking in the kitchen or cleaning up some kind of mess somewhere (which, if you think about it, could all get done while the boys are at school if I spent my morning hours wisely -- basically, if I worked less during the day and got much more done at night) if I'm not chauffering them around to different things after school...

Well, I did resort to getting the boys to do food prep with me and they seem to not mind the "chores"...they're excellent garlic peelers and scoopers of all grainy things now. Oh, and to my and everyone's surprise, the Aaron Man can get some serious dishwashing done by himself!


(By the way, if you haven't checked it out yet... Isn't his official website pretty cool! ;-)





Sunday, December 6, 2015

Thank you for getting along


Collin and Aaron, you guys are truly the best.


Thank you for being such happy guys.



Thank you for all your love.





Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The best blueberry cake ever


This delightful blueberry cake recipe is Sung's absolute favorite and I'm so glad that I'm actually pretty good at making it. (No humility today. Haha.)

It is is our favorite because it's so moist yet crusty on top and bottom at the same time, is not too sweet, and has just the right amount of tartness.

(OK, I realize I forgot to dust the top with powdered sugar... Sorry!)

We bake it almost once a month now and even though it's perfect as it is, Sung and the boys usually warm up a slice and eat it with ice cream or this amazing whipped cream (their skinny version -- the pink tub --- is just as good).


Yum!


A little tip from me: Since I’ve baked it several times already, I got to experiment a bit... Sung likes the bottom of this cake to be a tiny more crusty(?), so I tried dusting the bottom of the baking pan with 2 1/2 t of flour (instead of 1 t) and it came out so nice! I've also used mixed berries and they're just as delectable.

Do check out Simply Recipes by Elise Bauer, it's my go-to website for everything yummy and lovely! :-)



Friday, November 27, 2015

MCMC Fragrances - Monoi de Tiare



I stumbled upon MCMC Fragrances through this lovely interview back in spring and when I saw that my neighborhood Anthropologie store them, I went right ahead and bought this scent just to try it out...


...and to my pleasant surprise, it has been my most favorite scent all year.

I was never a big perfume person, so I always used to only wear very subtle, eau de toilette scents (this, this, and this -- yes, only these three), but Monoi de Tiare is now a true winner for me.

A big thank-you to Joanna! (Yes, I've been following her fabulous lifestyle blog since 2007! :^).



(Top image from Anthropologie)