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. […]


  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, […]


  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 […]

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Simple Handprint Ornaments

by ilene on December 20, 2013 · 2 comments

in christmas, holidays, tutorial

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, […]


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.   […]