Thursday, February 13, 2014

Living in Alaska: Picking Wild Blueberries

In August of last year we spent every weekend exploring the surrounding mountains and picking wild blueberries. Most times our buckets weren't very full of berries. Mostly we enjoyed spending time together in the beautiful outdoors of Alaska.

We drove to Anchorage from the Lower 48 last summer and have really enjoyed our time here. The kids spent their time throwing rocks into the creek and playing with sticks in the dirt last summer. I will definitely miss the mountains, ocean, and all of the in-your-face natural surrounding if we end up leaving in a few months.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wish List: Mortar and Pestle

Lao Earthernware Mortar and Pestle

Modern Mortar and Pestle

Growing up in my mother's home, she used the Lao style mortar and pestle to ground spices and make Hmong pepper sauce to accompany our family meals. Now as I raise my own family, I have long sensed a vacancy in my kitchen cabinets of this hand tool. My cooking doesn't resemble that of my mother's as much, so I have been on the lookout for a smaller version that would fit my needs. The modern version is a pretty alternative for an affordable price. It is definitely on my wish list this year.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bright orange and patterned jeans

Photobombed by the kiddos

jean leggings: Gap
top: Ann Taylor
shoes: Nine West (last year)
necklace: Jcrew

I went to the mall recently with my two youngest ones, and like typical mall trips with a young children it was stressful yet somehow manageable. That day my kids were fidgety and hungry, asking every minute when we were going to the mall play area. But I needed a dress for an upcoming occasion so I wrestled the double stroller into the fitting room to try on some clothes. I tried on a dress while my kids were climbing on the bench. I quickly realized that the top of the dress was too small and too tight. I began to pull it off when I couldn't tug it any further off my body. I could already feel myself starting to panic with sweat beads forming on my forehead and my body temperature rising. There I was--bent over with my arms out over my head and a too-tight dress half off my body when I desperately asked my 3-year old to help me pull the dress off. All I have to say is, thank goodness for mall trips with young children!

Friday, April 12, 2013

April (Snow) Showers

sweater - thrifted
leggings - Uniqlo
boots - Express (old) 

I've been wanting to wear these short boots for a while. But I couldn't figure out how to wear them without making me look even shorter than I already am. Then I stumbled upon this blog and was impressed with Tieka's amazing collection of short boots. I really like how she rolls up her pants with her boots. Since she's about the same height as I am, I decided to give it a try. I think I like it! 

In other news, it really sucks that winter hasn't decided to go away yet. I found it very appropriate to wear this ultra-warm vintage sweater. Hopefully it's the last time I wear it this spring!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I like big bags and I cannot lie...

Duluth Pack - Leather Market Tote

BAGGU - Leather bag M in Cobalt

Herschel Supply Co. - Strand duffle

It's no secret that I have an unhealthy obsession with large bags. This trio has been on my mind lately. My favorite has to be the leather market tote. In my opinion, there's no other comparison out there for price and size. And let's not forget Duluth Pack's lifetime warranty on all their products.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Smoothie Uni-brow and an update

Smoothie uni-brow

It's been a while since I've blogged. And of course, there is no particular reason and many reasons at the same time for the unexpected break. The biggest reason is probably that my laptop stopped working a few months ago. Thankfully all my files were intact and transferred over to my new laptop just fine. The other big reason is because I was going through a particularly trying time in school (internship interviews and match day). Again, thankfully I successfully matched to an internship and will be moving out-of-state this summer!

My oldest drew a picture of me the other day wearing my black winter coat, big brown boots, and grey sweatpants. It dawned on me that I have been in hibernation for a while (Darn it long winter!). So with the upcoming cross-country move and my new position as an intern, I hope to document new family adventures and my personal wardrobe upgrade from mommy sweatpants to professional-looking attire. Needless to say, I'm excited for the new changes!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

DIY Wall Decor: Yarn Wrapped Branches

Yarn wrapped branch

We got a real tree this year for Christmas and had extra branches left over from the trimmings. My husband and daughter took all the pine needles off and we used those as a part of our table centerpiece. I really didn't want to throw out the branches and loved the idea of using them as wall decor. I wanted to add some color and came up with the simple idea of wrapping yarn around the branches. I realize that it's not actually an original idea, but I love how it turned out and that we can keep a memento of our Christmas tree all year round. This DIY is really simple, my daughter even helped me with this project. 

DIY Wall Decor: Yarn Wrapped Branches

Materials needed:

1. branches
2. scissors
3. yarn

Step One:

Using the yarn, tie a knot on the branch.

Step Two:

Tightly wrap the yarn around the branch. When the yarn is wrapped the length that you want, tie a knot at the end. Cut any loose ends of yarn from the knot.

Step Three:

Repeat steps one and two on several different areas on the branch, and you're done!

My daughter helping me in her jammies

Yarn wrapped branch

A smaller branch using rainbow colored yarn

Yarn wrapped branch with tissue paper flowers         

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