Margot’s 10th Birthday Party!

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Happy birthday, little Margot! The Little One wanted her to have a circus themed birthday party and dress her up like a lion. So I took a piece of elastic and tied a bunch of tan yarn around it, then split apart each strand of yarn to create the mane. Then the Little One and I made her a birthday sign, party hats, and blew up a bunch of balloons! Later, after everyone came home, we gave her peanut butter cups and sang her Happy Birthday!! It was crazy fun!

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Oh Margot, you are such a wonderful dog. You’ve been with us for 10 years! We love how you bring us so much joy and laughter every day. You are such a sweet, clumsy, and kind companion. You snore so loud, snort in our faces, eat silly things you shouldn’t, but we especially love your stinky cuddles. You are the best dog in the whole world. We love you!!!!!! Happy birthday, Margot!

Sunshine on a Stick

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I made a little wall hanging for our very best friends in our neighborhood. I call it, Sunshine on a Stick, for all of the sunshine they brought into our lives here in Maryland. We are moving away soon, and I cannot thank them enough for being such wonderful friends to our family and sharing our days together, watching our kids grow up side by side. I love you guys!

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We are in the midst of chaos right now. We sold our house, we’re trying to move, life is crazy, but I got to get my craft on to get control over my life. My daily slogan is, Craft Your Own Happiness, and that’s what I’m doing right now. I’m making a little present for some friends and here’s a preview of these little lovlies. They are made from air-dry clay, acrylic paint, cardstock for some of the feathers and wings, and pink paperclips for the flamingo legs. Basically, anything I had lying around the house. They’re almost ready for their debut. It feels so good to make. :)

Sequined Fish for Father’s Day

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The little one and I got started on some Father’s Day presents early. We made some cute little sequined fish for Daddy. I used some air-dry clay and squished together a big fish shape. Then the little one smashed sequins into the clay. Then she topped it off with a googly-eye. We waited about 3 days for them to dry, then painted them with acrylic paints. They turned out so cute!

Toilet Paper Roll Cactus DIY

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Whenever my mom comes to visit us, she always asks, “why do you have toilet paper rolls all over your house?” Well, today, I have the answer! The little one and I made some cacti out of a bunch of toilet paper rolls. They were so easy and fun to make. They took very little time. Even with the painting and drying, it was still a quick project (if you have a bunch of toilet paper rolls handy).

All we used were toilet paper rolls, scissors, various green acrylic paint, black acrylic paint, and craft pom poms. I just cut the toilet paper rolls using scissors. From left to right: I cut a slightly curved line more than halfway down the roll. Then I cut a vertical line right next to it and removed the leftover triangle. Then I cut a second vertical line about a few centimeters from the last line and near the top of the tube, I made a sharp curve.

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From left to right: Starting from the other side of the tube, I repeated the above pattern. The first picture on the bottom left is the view from the back after I finished cutting. Then I made a horizontal cut near the bottom to cut off the back excess (second picture). Then I bent the little arms out towards the front.

At the end, I curved top of the body and both arms. Ta~da!

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Then we roughly painted them different shades of green. Once dry, we roughly painted on the lines using black paint and a super skinny paintbrush. Then, we used hot glue to glue on the little pom poms.

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IMG_4158Here they are in all their glory! My little one said, “Mommy, making and coloring cactuses from toilet paper rolls makes me happy.” Love my girl.

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Homemade Mixed Fruits Tapioca Drink

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Out in the Los Angeles area there is a place called Phoenix Food Boutique. They have a super delicious drink called the Mixed Fruits Tapioca. It is super creamy, coconutty, fruity, full of mini tapioca pearls, and ice. OMG. It is one of my most favorite drinks ever. I live clear across the country, and I really wanted one. So… I made my own…

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It’s best to spend 2 days on this project or devote a whole day to prep, cool, then drink.

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon
  • Honeydew
  • Mango
  • coconut milk in the can (I got mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • coconut beverage (Trader Joe’s)
  • regular milk
  • tapioca pearls
  • sugar
  • crushed ice

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I diced the watermelon, honeydew, and mango into teeny tiny pieces (small enough that they can go through a bubble tea straw).

For the coconut milk, I boiled 2 cups of the coconut beverage, and added 1/2 cup of sugar. Then I reduced the heat, and added 1 can of coconut milk, and 1 cup of regular milk. I let it cool. It is best to serve it a little warm. The coconut milk has a cream layer that hardens when it cools. So it is best to pour slightly warm milk over crushed ice when serving.

For the tapioca pearls, I placed 1/2 cup of pearls into boiling water. I stirred until they became translucent (about 7 minutes). Then I poured out the boiling water, added cold water, and let them soak until serving.

To serve: I added a few spoonfuls of tapioca pearls to large cup, then added a few spoonfuls of crushed ice. Then, I poured slightly warm coconut milk mixture about 3/4 of the way. Then, I topped the cup off with spoonfuls of the chopped fruit. It was heavenly.

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Oh Yeah!

Homemade Poke Bowl

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So I’ve become a recent convert to the whole raw fish thing. My parents are Japanese and I’ve grown up with sushi in my home my whole life, but I never really liked it. It was something about the texture of it. However, I’ve had a few poke bowls lately, and they are the bomb. Totally fresh, delicious, and with chopped up pieces of sashimi so that I don’t really have to deal with the whole texture thing.

But, we haven’t been able to locate a poke bowl place anywhere near our home. So, I decided I’d try to make one. It was unbelievably simple and easy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of tuna and salmon sashimi (make sure it is Sushi-Grade raw fish – I found mine at a local H-mart)
  • 2 TBSP soy sauce
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp┬ámaple syrup
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1/4 of an onion, very thinly sliced
  • steamed white rice

Directions for sauce:

  • mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, maple syrup, ginger, and onion in a bowl.
  • add in the tuna and salmon sashimi
  • mix and marinate for 10-20 minutes

Serve mixture over steamed rice. You can add avocado, thinly sliced cucumber, seaweed salad, sesame seeds, and/or edamame on top. Enjoy!

Mini Dollhouse Spoons

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I have a set of acrylic spoons from Sabre, a French Flatware company. I bought some teaspoons and some demi-tasse spoons as a Mommy&Me kind of thing. The whole family loves to eat yogurt, ice cream, and all other yummies using the spoons. We made some teeny-tiny little spoons using some Shrinky-Dink paper and permanent markers.

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I just cut out a spoon shape and used the permanent markers to decorate them to look like our sets. Then we put them in the toaster oven for a few minutes, and then they shrank into teeny-tiny little spoons! Haha! We love Shrinky-Dinks in our house. We make all kinds of little charms and trinkets all the time, but this one was just too cute! The dolls have their own Sabre spoons!

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Sherwood Gardens

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The little one and I went u to see the tulips at Sherwood Gardens in Baltimore, Maryland with some friends. The sun was shining, the day was warm, and the tulips were bright and as happy as we were. We all soaked up the sun while sharing a picnic. The kids all ran around and pretended to do cartwheels in the green grass. It was a lovely day.

Crayon Dog

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I found this long wooden dog at my local 2nd hand store for $1 a few years ago. I’ve been meaning to fix it up for a long time. But now that that little one is really into coloring pictures with crayons like mad, I had no time to waste. So, I sanded it down to remove the varnish and the painted on face and I used acrylic paints to paint the two sides hot pink and the middle yellow. Then I used Mod Podge to glue on some starry scrapbook paper for ears. I used a super fine tip permanent marker to draw on a simple face and filled up all the holes with some new crayons! It holds 64 crayons! Color on!