Santa was so kind to order my xmas gift a little early this year and I am so sew excited! With all the ideas floating around between the Hubby and myself in regards to reinventing our abode to add more of our…wait for it…FLAVA (lol), it will be nice to have my new handy dandy tool to bring our ideas to life!  Believe it or not, you never forget how to thread a machine…like riding a bike, I tell ya!

Patiently waiting for you, my new friend :)


New Blog Fave: Be Inspired

I love being inpsired by other creative people, even moreso when they are busy parents like myself. I recently stumbled upon the Shim + Sons blog in which designer and crafts extraordinaire AND mother Sally J. Shim shares her projects, ideas and inspiration. I absolutely LOVE everything she’s done and how much thought and “thinking outside of the box” she does. Our boy’s 18th birthday is just around the corner and I will be borrowing some clever ideas from Ms. Shim. Check out her blog and be inspired…

Living Room Inspiration

Like last year, what I want for Xmas is something that our family can enjoy and something for the house. Last year, we transformed half of our garage into a lounge – a place the kids can study, watch TV, play video games, and an extra entertaining space. We covered our walls with fabric, bought a sofa and book case from IKEA, threw a rug on the floor and voila!

This year, we said good-bye to our old sectional sofa which was honestly too big for our living room. It was time to go because I can only stitch up the torn seams so many times. We ended up buying another sectional sofa but one that was sized more appropriately. Now we want to get a flat screen TV for our living room and get rid of our old SONY TV. We can’t decide on many things – size of the TV, mounted on the wall or sitting on the shelf, color of the shelf, size of the shelf, etc. I’m posting some photos for inspiration and I hope the Hubby is reading this one – wink wink! :)









Proud Mommy Moment

It’s another proud mommy moment – our boy and his gf won Homecoming King and Queen last Friday night at our alma mater Mira Mesa High! We were so blessed to be surrounded by our closest friends and family members that night, and to share in the excitement together. I felt goosebumps throughout the coronation. I stood below the bleachers in front of where our group was seated for a better photo op – people next to me were probably raising their eyebrows at the “woman standing by herself yelling and cheering so loudly” – simply put, it’s “a mother’s love”. :) I couldn’t help it – my eyes welled up. All these moments and memories with him from the time he was 10 years old were fast forwarding in my mind and lead to that very moment. When I went back to the bleachers to join our group of friends and family, they all cheered as if I won – it made me feel so touched that they knew just how proud I was as a parent at that very special moment.

“I am so proud of you, Bub. So very very proud.”

Shortly after the victory

Family & Friends (missing Nhu, Nia, Law, Tia, Jacob, Sherm)

So proud

The Queen & King

Random Thoughts Thursday

  • So happy for our boy – he and his gf are nominated for Homecoming King and Queen. The winners will be announced tomorrow at the homecoming game during half-time.
  • Ella and her cousin Addy are officially entered in a costume contest on October 30th at Plaza Bonita – even if they don’t win, it will be a fun experience for them and they get a special gift for participating :)
  • Work was the most hectic yesterday since I started. I was so drained that I fell asleep by 8:30pm. That is SUPER early for me.
  • Excited to move into the new office space next door but sad to leave my friend in the old building.
  • Coffee date with SIL tonight – lots of catching up to do.
  • Hubby’s salisbury stead was delicious yesterday – good work hon!
  • I had the fastest shopping trip to Target yesterday – didn’t think it was possible to be in and out of there in less than 20 minutes.
  • Had fun shopping with son, his gf and Ella this past weekend – it was nice spending time with her and seeing them both with Ella.
  • Happy to see my SIL and BIL who are visiting from SF this weekend and will be here for the homecoming festivities.

Can You Say “Rock Star Parking”?

I’m so excited – I won the t-shirt design contest here at work. The project was to design a shirt for the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk and the theme is “Wild for a Cure”. I didn’t want to use images of animals or monsters, so I decided to use a fun font and play off the words “Wild One”. My competitors all designed for a white t-shirt even though that wasn’t a requirement and all used a four color design. I went with a dark shirt and used bright orange and white as my colors (orange is one of our company colors too). Thought I’d have an edge if I kept the printing costs low. ;) My prize? I get ROCK STAR PARKING for a month! It couldn’t have come at a better time too – one of the employees next door at AT&T was very rude to me last week and made me move my car.

The winning ticket...or should I say t-shirt!

This is How We Roll

For Halloween, I was thinking that Ella could be Minnie Mouse – she already had the ears from our summer trip to Disney, so I was planning to make her costume. Nothing is more fun for me as a mommy than being able to do special things for my kids especially the crafty and creative stuff. THEN, I saw this idea on the web of a sushi costume – brilliant! It was adorable, original and fairly do-able to make myself. I told the Hubby about it, showing him pictures from different DIY moms who made their toddlers a sushi costume for Halloween and he was all for it. After researching the many different ideas on the web and the different materials used, I decided that 1) I wasn’t going to do any sewing but only use my handy dandy glue gun and 2) I am going to use materials that are comfy for Ella and my niece Addy, both 2 years old. Some of the sushi costumes that were out there, although super-cute, looked quite uncomfortable for the little ones – some were made of cardboard, were incredibly huge (and heavy looking) making it hard for them to take a sit-down breather from all the trick-or-treating. I wanted the sushi costume to feel comfortable and light, like they were wearing a pillow back-pack (but on the front side of their bodies), allowing them to maneuver easily as they go trick-or-treating.

I used a white towel material (terry cloth) for the sushi’s “white rice”. I used felt for every thing else. Note: Felt is so easy to work with especially when using a glue gun, and it’s fairly on the inexpensive side. I used batting to stuff the costume elements and give it some dimension. And I purchased plastic head bands (about an inch wide) for the head piece. In total, this costume may have taken me about an hour and a half to two hours, but since I split up the creation in  two days, it’s kind of a guesstimate. In total, I probably spent about $25 (which accounts for TWO costumes).

Putting together the head piece which has the ginger, wasabi and soy sauce.

Close-up of the head piece

Front view of the head piece

My Little California Roll

Random Thoughts…Friday

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared my “random thoughts”…it’s time, so let’s do it.

  • Finally hit my 3 month mark here at work, although it certainly feels like I’ve been here A LOT longer!
  • My friend at work was so sweet to bring me a mini pumpkin to put on my desk – love being surprised by random acts of kindness :)
  • This past Wednesday I picked up my 2 year old from daycare and took my 17 year old to college night at the high school – two things I never thought I’d be doing in the same year, let alone the same day – kids are growing up so fast. :(
  • Loving my 2 new TV shows – I’m a little addicted. Haha.
  • Hubby and I are having a hard time trying to decide on what we’re doing for our son’s 18th birthday – either a fancy event or a super-casual one.
  • 14 y.o. talked to me about the new boy she likes – points for her being honest about it.
  • Half-way done with my holiday shopping – having so much fun shopping!
  • Getting materials to make Ella’s halloween costume this weekend.
  • Love my kids but Fridays are so rough – football games, softball practice, and karate practice all at the same time!
  • Joined a t-shirt design contest at work for the JDRF walk – if I win I get a designated parking spot for a month which is nice because parking at work is really bad.
  • Thank goodness for Pandora.
  • Yawning…time for another cup of coffee! Have a great weekend – TGIF!

Fall FX

Now the last time I was addicted to any prime time TV shows was during the third season of Grey’s Anatomy – my SIL sucked me in and I still DVR the show every week. There are two shows that make my week even more exciting – Sons of Anarchy and Terriers, thanks to my dear ol’ Hubby. Both shows have no parallels to my real life but for some reason I am at the edge of my seat when watching, and even find myself watching past episodes OnDemand…oooh, you know I’m hooked when that happens. My Hubby and I discuss details, storylines, and plots as if we’re detectives trying to solve a crime.

So if you’re looking for some good late night adult TV, I highly recommend these two shows. They are extremely well-written and the actors include a variety of famous and almost-famous faces include Katey Sagal (Peg Bundy from Married with Children) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy).