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A comprehensive list on how I celebrated holidays throughout the year:

  • Glowstick Valentines glowstick_valentines

    These are the valentines that Zoey is bringing for her friends at school this year- glowstick valentines!  Easy, cheap, not sugar and fun for the kids! No joke, it took me about 75 snaps to get one decent photo of Zoey. I used photoshop to add the text: Materials: printed photos, glowsticks and hole punch. It doesn’t ...

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  • Happy Chinese New Year! chinesenewyear_skye4

    Happy Chinese New Year!!  We have hung up our red lanterns, handed out red envelopes and now ready to eat some yummy Chinese food.   This holiday is especially special to us because Skylar was born last year on Chinese new year.  Its one of those holidays that go by the lunar calendar so it came a ...

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  • Merry Christmas!! Screen Shot 2015-11-29 at 2.40.06 PM

    Merry Christmas from my family to yours!! We are especially grateful this year for this new stocking that we get to hang up.  (I  blogged about how I embroidered these with our names last year here) Our Christmas card that we sent out this year:Hope that wherever you are, whatever you are doing, that you have ...

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  • Baby’s First Christmas Keepsake Ornament babykeepsakeornament3

    Since this is Skylar’s very first Christmas, she made a special ornament to commemorate her first year.  I took a clear glass ornament and stamped her little handprint on it with acrylic paint.  After the paint dried, I took off the top and stuffed in the hospital ankle bands that she wore at hospital when ...

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  • Our Family Thankful Tree thankfultree3

    My latest project, is what I call Operation Dethrone The Toddler.  I’ve been trying to teach Zoey to think outside of herself.    I want my child to be kind and compassionate and lets just say, she has never been one to be described as “sweet”.  My kid, as delightful as she can be, can also be one little ...

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  • Happy Valentine’s Day! 2015 valentine

    Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!!!   From me and my loves to you! (easy felt heart garland tutorial here) Hope you all are having a great day and feeling the love! Thanks for reading my blog!!

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  • Some “Bunny” Thinks You are Special Valentine! *Free Printable* bunny_valentine

    Happy Love Week!   This is my favorite time of the year!   I think I post more projects about Valentine’s Day than any other holiday.  I just love LOVE! If you are looking for a last minute easy Valentine idea, here is one I whipped up for Zoey to bring to her classmates: With baby #2 ...

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  • Custom White Frames Made for Our Living Room (and How Jeff and I Tackle Home Improvement Projects Together) whiteframe7

        This might be one of my most favorite projects that I’ve done in awhile.  Now that I am 38 weeks along in my 2nd pregnancy, I’m officially in nesting mode!  I am full term now so baby can be due any day now and of course I left most of the things I’ve wanted to ...

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  • Hand Embroidered Christmas Stockings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! embroidered_stockings6

    Merry Christmas, my friends!!!!! Here are my family’s Christmas stockings hung up and ready to be stuffed with goodies tonight: I bought these white cable knit stockings from Target last year for $14 each but never got a chance to hang them up since we were in San Diego/Vegas last Christmas.  Luckily, I had the foresight to ...

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  • Girly Felt Christmas Ornaments! felt_ornaments1

        I finally finished!!  I thought I was way ahead of the game and started sewing these felt Christmas ornaments for Zoey in OCTOBER but it took so long that I finally finished the last one yesterday. Whew! Just in time for the week of Christmas!  Cutting it a little close. I almost gave up halfway through.  I wanted ...

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  • Gold and Silver Leaf Ornaments foil_ornaments5

      Yesterday, I shared how I had Zoey decorate some Christmas ornaments for our Christmas tree with silver and gold acrylic paint and some tips I had for painting with a toddler.   I bought a bunch of the same ceramic ornaments for myself to decorate, too, because why should the 2 year old have all the ...

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  • Easter Egg Centerpiece glitter_easter_egg2

        Happy (almost) Easter, everyone!! I made this easy centerpiece for the holiday and its been a colorful, fun addition to our dining table.   The wooden box was a Homegoods find.  The rest was from my favorite store- Target!   I was planning on making my own glitter eggs but then I happened to walk by the Easter ...

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  • Happy Valentine’s Day!!! From Zoey heart_tights

     Hi friends! Happy  Valentine’s day from little Zoey!!!  #xoxozozo Our little sweetheart is now 15 months old now!   Look how much she has grown since the last valentine’s day!   And how cute are these heart tights from Target? Scored on clearance for $3.50! Where ever you are, whatever you are doing, we both wish you a sweet, ...

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  • Valentine Lanterns and Garland vdaylanterns1

    I loved the red lanterns we strung across our living room for Chinese New Years so much, I wanted to keep them up awhile longer for Valentine’s Day.  They were just too pretty to take down already!   Plus, the red color was perfect for the romantic holiday.   I wanted to change it up a ...

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  • Strawberry Heart Icecubes heart_icecube1

    This isn’t a novel or brilliant idea, but I thought I’d share another simple way that I am trying to make things fun during this Valentine’s week.  Oh yes, Valentine’s day is a weeklong celebration in our household.  Jeff’s been bringing home some surprise gifts for me the last few days and I’m trying ...

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  • Heart-filled Wall Decor heartwall2

    It’s almost time for my most favorite holiday of the year – Valentine’s Day!  I love February 14th!!   A day full of pink, hearts, chocolate, mushy words, cheesy puns and romantic gifts – what’s not to love?!  Except for Christmas, most holidays come and go and I don’t do much to decorate our home. ...

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  • Red Lanterns for Chinese New Year redlanterns1

      Happy Chinese New Year!!! (Happy regular New Years, for that matter!!!) Gong xi, gong xi! I’m trying really hard to introduce our Chinese heritage to Zoey now that she is a little bit older.  Passing on our culture has been one of our bigger parenting struggles that Jeff and I face raising our daughter, especially since ...

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  • Merry Christmas! From My Family to Yours! xmascard6

      Hi everyone!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!   Jeff, Zoey and I want to wish you a very happy holiday season!  Hope that you are all having fun and making wonderful memories this time of year.   Thank you SO much for reading my blog this past year.  I know there are so many other blogs out there, ...

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  • Simple Handprint Ornaments handprintornament2

    The Christmas tree at my parents’ house still has ornaments hanging on it that my siblings and I made in elementary school.  Somehow they have made it through all these years and it’s so fun to take them out of storage and hang them on the tree year after year.  While I love sparkly, beautiful, ...

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  • Ribbon Christmas Tree Bunting xmasbunting3

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!  Hope you all are enjoying this beautiful season! I especially miss New England this time of year because I have so many beautiful memories of white Christmases, snowy evenings with mugs of hot chocolate and bundling up in scarves and gloves to iceskate on frozen ponds.   ...

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  • Happy Halloween! from Zoey and cousin Rylie halloween2013

    Happy Halloween from Zoey and her cousin Rylie!! We had to show off their Halloween costumes this year, handmade by my talented sister.  It is only fitting that our daughters are cups of bubble tea- a shared obsession of ours – for their first Halloween.   Zoey is a cup of big boba and little 5.5 ...

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  • Happy Mother’s Day! sophie

    This year, Mother’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning for me.  When I became a mom on Halloween, I never thought I could love someone as much as deeply as I loved my child.  I would lay my life down for this kid, who honestly, isn’t capable of doing much more than sleeping, ...

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  • Happy Easter!! Love, Zoey easter_zoey2

    Hello, friends!! Zoey would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter! He is Risen!   Oh, and she turns 5 months old today!

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  • Happy Valentine’s Day! valentines_zoey

    Baby Zoey would like to say “HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, friends!” Baby Zoey sent out a bunch of valentines to some of her best friends this year.  She especially wanted me to make sure that a handful of her baby boy friends all around the country got special cards in the mail: Yesterday, I was sharing how I ...

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  • Little Heart Tushie heart_tush2

    Hehe, how cute is Zoey’s little tush?   I shared how I bought some red velvet hearts from Michaels in my last post.  I saved one to sew onto her onesie.  My sewing machine has been stored away since I gave birth, so I just hand stitched it in place. This baby has the cutest little ...

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  • Heart Attack! heartattack3

    You know why I’ve been having heart attacks lately? Jeff is on a business trip this whole week and I left by myself with a needy, colicky baby. Jeff’s job frequently takes him out of town and its not easy being a single mom on those weeks!  I give mad props to single parents out ...

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  • Happy Chinese New Year! cny1

    Happy Chinese New Year to our Asian friends!!  Zoey got her first red envelope from her grandparents!  Lucky girl!! It took many many shots of this squirming baby to get a semi decent one. Here are a few cute outtakes:   Happy  Year of the Snake to you and your family!!!

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  • A Roundup of Valentine’s Day Projects ediblepaint3

    It’s February!!  One of my favorite months of the year!!  It’s because it’s the month of romance!!  Valentine’s Day has got to be my favorite holidays because its all about L-O-V-E, appreciating our loved ones and being mushy!   A day full of pink things, hearts and chocolate?  Why, its like the holiday was MADE ...

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  • Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours! christmas_2012

    Jeff, baby Zoey and I would like to wish you all a very very Merry Christmas!! Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, I hope you are having a wonderful day!  After driving 450 miles from SF to southern California with our 6 week old newborn and our every crevice of our SUV crammed with baby stuff ...

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  • Zoey’s Halloween Costume (the costume that never was) zoey_bluedevil5

    Hey guys! I’m back!! Stealing a few minutes while Zoey is sleeping to cobble together a post!    I’m sharing today what should have been Zoey’s Halloween costume – a Duke Blue Devil! Costume includes a cape, attachable devil tail and little devil horn hair clips. The sweet baby girl never got to wear the costume I ...

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  • Heart-Shaped Pom Pom Tutorial yarnheart6

    Yesterday, I showed how to make a regular yarn pom pom which is super easy to do. I remember making pom poms in elementary school and adding googly eyes and pipe cleaner antennas to make little martian critters.   If you want to take it one step further, you can also turn them into pom pom ...

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  • I’m Loving: Cadbury Mini Eggs cadburyeggs3

    Happy Spring, everyone!! It seems like people all over the country have been enjoying warm weather the past few days!  (Everyone, except for those of us that live in San Fran!)   I’m so happy its finally spring time!!  One of the things that I look forward to the most this time of year is ...

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  • Painting Dishware with Edible Paint ediblepaint3

    I found this clever idea on How About Orange – decorating dishes with edible paint.  Ingenious! I love it!    I surprised Jeff with these customized dishware for our 1.5 year anniversary dinner last week.  (I can’t believe we’ve been married for a year and a half already! Seems like it was just our wedding ...

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  • QR Code Scavenger Hunt qr1

    I’m about to reveal just how nerdy Jeff and I are.   I may regret this later!  One of the things I made for Jeff (in addition to baking the heart brownies) was set up a QR Code scavenger hunt around our apartment.  I think I’m pretty slow to catch onto new things because until ...

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  • Heart Brownies from Flower Cake Pan heartbrownies1

    I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!  Jeff frequently has to work late unexpectantly, and that was the case for this past Tuesday, so we are celebrating tonight instead.  He’s making his special Valentine’s filet mignon (this will be the 5th year in a row!) and I made some homemade froyo. Hooray for dinner ...

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  • Happy Valentine’s Day! ….from Bailey bailey_valentine2

    My sister’s shiba inu, Bailey, has a special Valentine’s message for you: Bailey is sporting my valentine’s heart garland. Isn’t he the cutest?  What a handsome dog!! Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  May it be filled with lots of love and laughter wherever you are!!

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  • Free Valentine’s Day Card Printables! valentine_pie

    I’m so happy about Valentine’s Day tomorrow!  I’m all for any holiday that celebrates l-o-v-e.  And any chance to send out snail mail to my friends? I’m all in!  Just as much as I love designing and mailing Christmas cards every year, I love making and sending Valentine’s Day cards to my girl friends. Who ...

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  • Valentine’s Bunting bunting6

    {This post is a part of Frugal February, a month-long series where I am challenging myself to not spend any money on projects. I will be using supplies I already have, upcycling old materials and finishing abandoned projects. The hubby is rejoicing. Note: this does not apply to recipes and food posts, since I have ...

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  • Red Velvet Hot Chocolate with Heart Marshmallows or Cream Cheese Whipped Cream redvelvethc1

    I have a great Valentine’s drink for you and your special someone – red velvet hot chocolate!  Jeff and I looooove red velvet cupcakes.  Our wedding cake was a $9 grocery store red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting but it was our favorite ever cake.  Did you know that red velvet cake is just ...

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  • I <3 Heart Sunny Side Up Eggs, Using Cookie Cutters (tutorial) hearteggs1

    {This post is a part of Frugal February, a month-long series where I am challenging myself to not spend any money on projects. I will be using supplies I already have, upcycling old materials and finishing abandoned projects. The hubby is rejoicing. Note: this does not apply to recipes and food posts, since I have ...

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  • Valentine’s Heart Garland (tutorial) heartgarland4

    {This post is a part of Frugal February, a month-long series where I am challenging myself to not spend any money on projects.  I will be using supplies I already have, upcycling old materials and finishing abandoned projects.   The hubby is rejoicing.  Note: this does not apply to recipes and food posts, since I ...

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  • Valentine’s Day Ideas…from Last Year heartpillow_title

    I don’t know about yawl, but I’m super excited about Valentine’s Day this year!  A day devoted to pink frilly things, chocolates, hearts and celebrating all kinds of love – I feel like it’s a holiday made just for me!  I’ve been working on a few Valentine’s projects that don’t break the bank (as part ...

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  • Happy Chinese New Year!! 20120122-163322.jpg

    Guess where we are?! Jeff and I have had the good fortune to be in Asia during Chinese New Year this year and it is really something else. I’ve never celebrated the beginning of the lunar calendar before in Taiwan and the whole country has come alive! It’s so festive! Red lanterns and gold dragons ...

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  • Happy New Year! 2012_2

    Happy New Year!!! We had a great weekend, I hope you did, too! On New Year’s Eve, Jeff’s alma mater U of Illinois happened to be playing in the Kraft Hunger Bowl against UCLA (my home town!) at AT&T park. I donned my orange jersey (Jeff promised he would reciprocate and ...

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  • A New Addition to Our Christmas Ornament Collection sf_ornament1

    Jeff and I collect Christmas ornaments where ever we travel, its kinda our thing. With all our travels in 2011, we’ve accumulated quite a stash from this past year alone! I think it’ll be fun years down the road when we can decorate a Christmas tree full of ornaments that we’ve gathered from our trips ...

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  • Unveiling Our 2011 Christmas Cards! xmas_10

    Ever since I was little, I loved writing and sending Christmas cards!!! I was that weird child in high school that was handing out Christmas cards to my friends, even though I rarely got one in return at that age. In college, I looked forward to writing Christmas cards, it meant putting off studying for ...

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  • Wedding Memory Capsule Christmas Ornament flowerornament5

    I got this idea from my friend Esther’s awesome blog!   She saved and dried some of the flower arrangements from her wedding and encased them in a glass Christmas ornament.  Genius, I say!!  I didn’t have the the forethought to save and dry the flower arrangements from our wedding, but I did have a bunch ...

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  • Yarn Wrapped Letter Christmas Ornament yarn_ornament4

    (Hey guys! I’m on a flight to Taiwan right now!! I can’t wait to see my hubby! I haven’t seen Jeff in over 1.5 weeks, this is the longest we have been apart since we got married!) It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I saw an ornament similar to this at Anthropologie a few ...

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  • Glass Etched Christmas Ornaments glass_ornaments1

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Since we aren’t getting a Christmas tree this year, I’m trying to get creative and decorate our apartment all festively in other ways.  Besides hanging up the stockings that I made, I also put out a few bowls of Christmas ornaments. Since I tend to gravitate towards ...

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  • Our Christmas Stockings stockings2

    The holidays are my FAVORITE time of the year!  I can’t help getting into the Christmas spirit!!  I’m a total sucker for mall decorations, red and green candy and Christmas carols. It gets me giddy with joy!  Jeff and I have a few traditions that we have started: we always fly somewhere and celebrate Christmas ...

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  • Halloween Bark (recipe) halloweenbark11

    Happy Halloween!!!  Guess what, I’m writing this post from….TAIWAN!!!  Jeff found out last week that he had a business trip here, so I jumped at the opportunity to tag along!  Two days later, I am on an airplane and touching down in Taipei. I haven’t been to Taiwan since I was a teenager, so I ...

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  • Cupcake Costume Tutorial costume3

    Hi!!  Yesterday I showed you all our Halloween costumes this year! I am going to be a giant cupcake and Jeff is the pastry chef! Today, I am going to show you how I made my cupcake costume: Tutorial on how to make the silver cupcake liner “tube top”: How to make the frosting top: The outfit was topped ...

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  • My Halloween Costume: A Giant Cupcake!! costume3

    Jeff put me in charge of coming up with our Halloween costumes this year.  Actually, it was more like he sent me an email while he was away on a business trip saying “I forgot to tell you, my office Halloween party is in three days, can you make us costumes? Thanks. Bye!”  Hahaha, typical ...

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  • Happy Valentine’s Day!! vdayshirt_title

    Matchy matchy “his” and “hers” shirts for Valentine’s Day! (made with my new Silhouette machine!) Because I love my husband, I woke him up this morning and forced him into this shirt.  He says his business school classmates haven’t stopped teasing him since I posted about about our matching jammies.   I apparently don’t think he is embarrassed ...

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