Happy 1st Birthday Tabi! Yesterday was her official birthday, and I’m SO happy to say the birthday party is over. This weekend was a crazy one for our family. We celebrated Thanksgiving, Lila’s 3rd birthday at Chuck E Cheese on Friday, Tabi’s First Birthday on Saturday, and then the whole fam got sick with the stomach bug on Sunday. Even lil Tabi! Whew. I want to say that I had the 24 hour bug because I’m pretty much over whatever it is that I caught, but my girls are still under the weather. Hoping they recover quickly so we can enjoy this beautiful weather we’ve been having here lately.

I don’t have any pictures to show (yet) from her birthday party. Though I did want to share my photos + my experience with the Los Angeles Flower Mart. I didn’t have a theme for her birthday party, but I incorporated flowers here and there as part of the decorations. I was on a mission to get a good deal on flowers for centerpieces to spruce up the tables. I drove to downtown LA on Black Friday and the freeways were absolutely CLEAR! I got there in record time!

So for those of you who have never been to the LA Flower Mart and are considering going, it’s not as daunting as it seems. There is plenty of street parking, but it’s by the hour…$3 to be exact. The meters take credit cards, so there is no need to scrounge for coins. If you don’t want to use your CC, they only take quarters! If you are planning on spending more than an hour looking around, you will probably want to park at a lot. For non trade/florists, they open up at 8am. It is $2 admission. It’s highly recommended that you bring some kind of rolling cart if you are planning on buying a lot of flowers. I brought this cart and stuck a Home Depot bucket inside so that right before I was ready to leave, I asked one of the florists to give me some water for my flowers.

I had about 30+ mason jars that I wanted to fill. I had my heart set on peonies because that is my favorite flower! I had them in my wedding bouquet too. Managed to find a pic of my bouquet…ahh memories 🙂

I looked through every florist vendor in the warehouse before actually committing to buy. Many of their prices are the same esp when they are for the popular flowers like roses, daisies, hydrangeas, etc. In addition to peonies, I wanted these small white wildflowers (don’t know the name) and yellow billy-balls. Love how cute they are! The white flowers were not as easy to find. Maybe one out of three vendors had them, and they were sparse. Prices varied, so I made sure to look around to see who had them for the cheapest. As for billy-balls, I only found one vendor that carried them! Can you believe it? Maybe I just didn’t look hard enough.

Here are the flowers I’m talking about…

Yellow Billy Ball

100 Layer cake

(The pink flowers on the left but in white)

Mellano’s had the biggest selection of flowers, and they were super organized. They kept all their flowers in a separate temperature regulated room which felt like I was in a freezer! Pale pink peonies were 1.71/stem. The small white flowers were 2.75 a whole bunch (yay!). Billy balls were $5 a bunch, and to call it a bunch was exaggerating. I left with $65 worth of flowers, and 50% of them were peonies. Hydrangeas would have been the cheapest and more bang for your buck route because most florists were selling them for $6 a bunch.

Here are some of my flower mart pics~

Honestly, the LA Flower Mart has great deals, and you can’t beat their selection. I’m kinda itching to make a drive out there again before Christmas to decorate my house with Mellano’s fresh wreaths and garlands. I’m hosting my family’s Christmas party this year, and I’m excited to get the house decorated. Not gonna stress about presents this year. All the kids are getting Gap clothes…and I’m doing it all ONLINE! 🙂

Anyhoo, can’t wait to show you all pics of the birthday party!

~lil sis

So many things…where to start.

Lil sis just threw her 2nd daughter’s 1st b-day party. 1st birthdays are a big deal in our culture (remember Lila‘s). It takes months of thought and prep and if you are like lil sis, no detail gets forgotten. There were many conversations between her and I where we wondered…”What’s wrong with me/you?” (referring to lil sis). haha! I know she has tons of pictures so you’ll have to wait for her posts. As much as I wanted to bring my camera, to take pictures of the event and try to get our 1st family picture (can you believe? we do NOT have 1 family picture with the five of us. sad, I tell ya!), it has been a struggle to pack light for outings, and I was not able to justify bringing another bag for the camera. ugh! Not to worry…lil sis just gifted me a photo session for the fam!

I did it. I finally moved my baby girl to her room. It was a sad day. A. Very. Sad. Day. And it def has been a struggle. Not to mention, she has a bit of a cold so as much as I want to scoop her up and bring her into my bed, I stop myself b/c it would break my heart to start all over.

I still feel like I am adjusting to this new role of mine, despite it being almost 3 months. I almost feel like life is moving fast and I’m trying to keep up with it all. I cannot believe that the twins are half way done with Kinder and I have yet to volunteer one day (can you detect the guilt?). I cannot believe that my baby is almost 3 months! I cannot believe I have not crafted in so long! haha!

Things I am sooo looking forward to:

1. to have some kind of schedule back in my life. It’s very OCD, I know…but I’m a planner and I like things to be organized. All this craziness (mainly in the evenings when I become a single parent to the twins and infant) is messing up my mojo 🙂

2. to be able to muster up enough energy to hit the gym! I am SO missing my cardio kick boxing classes. Choice: use the remainder of whatever energy I have to work out or rest? So hard to choose.

3. sleep. sigh…

So during late night feedings, I am glued to my phone and I came across these stickers. Must have for new mommies!

image via Sticky Bellies

Sticky Bellies sell these stickers that you can peel on and off for your baby’s monthly pictures. Such a cute idea!

So that’s what’s been going on in my life. I took on a custom order while lil sis was prepping for the bday party. But it turns out that I actually need a bit more me time before I start making things for the shop. So this one will probably be it for me until I return some time next year.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have SO MUCH to be thankful for and I am so glad I get to share my thoughts here with you. And if you’ve gotten to this point and read all my ramblings, thank you 🙂

big sis

I’m incorporating a chalkboard into Tabi’s birthday party, and I wanted to make some chalkboard tags to go with it for the kids’ goody bags. A new friend of mine was sooooooo generous to let me borrow her Cricut, and I am HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE with this machine! (BIG THANK YOU IF YOU’RE READING THIS E!) It can do everything. Really! Remember my post last year about how to make scalloped paper? Well forget that if you have a Cricut! Although they cost a couple hundred, I truly think it’s worth it especially if you like to craft. I can totally see me using this when my kids are in school, and I need to make gifts, cards, or things for school. I’m hinting towards the hubs that I want this for my Christmas present. Too bad you can’t use a Joanns coupon on Cricut machines or their cartridges. I’ve seen great deals on cartridges on Craigslist. Not sure I would trust buying a Cricut machine through CList, but I have seen some go for decent prices.

Cricut in action –

I used the tag function and cut 12×12 cardstock to 4 1/4″ tall tags.

Perfectly cut tags!

I spray painted the backs of the tags yesterday with Krylon Chalkboard Spray Paint. I didn’t get to take a picture of that, but here is the back sides of the tag. After the tags dried, I flipped them over to spray paint the other side.

Waiting for the last side to dry. I only sprayed each side once.

And here is the final product –

It’s a super easy project, and it can be a fun activity for your kids to draw with chalk INSIDE the house versus giving them chalk to draw on the sidewalk. I spray painted a piece of cardstock for my toddler, and she’s been having fun with drawing on her new chalkboard. It lasted about 10 minutes, but hey it’s something new for her and reusable which is always a plus!

-lil sis

My grandma past several years ago, but my memories of her will live on forever! She was a second mom to me and big sis. She practically raised us while my mom was working full time as a single parent.

As I’m parenting my daughters, I often think of my grandma. She was such a gentle soul and so nurturing without trying. I think it was all through her love of feeding us. I still remember her sleeping with this smelly fermented paste that’s meant to be mixed in soup. Sounds super gross, but she told me she needed to keep it warm. What best place is there other than her bed where she slept on a heated mattress. That’s dedication! She was such a great cook, and I’m so upset I never learned her recipes. 😦

I came across this plant the other day at Lowes, and the flowers were barely blooming. I got so excited because I recognized it instantly. It was one my grandma planted on our front porch. She had it hanging in various places, and it was the prettiest plant. She’s called HOYA!

via elkorose

Aren’t they so beautiful? They’re star shaped flowers all clustered together. They have a slight fuzz to the petals, and I’ve only seen them in white and pink. However, some flowers can be yellow, green, purple, or brown. They even have a scent to them. I briefly read up on caring for Hoya plants, and it seems fairly easy. They’ll bloom regularly without fertilizing or caring for them. Hmmm…my kind of plant! You can grow them indoors or outdoors, but they do need to be in 40-60% shade.

After the birthday party is over and I finish updating my resume (sadly, it is that time), I hope I can squeeze in some time to bring some Hoya love to my patio.

~lil sis

That’s what I’ve been up to! I’ve never procrastinated this much on planning a birthday party or any kind of event for that matter. I usually give myself a couple months to plan things out. I just looked at the calendar today and realized I have two weeks left before Tabi’s birthday party. I’m in serious party mode now!!!

I’m almost done with the backdrop! I don’t know what it looks like on the PVC piping because I have yet to figure out a way to hang it. I gave that job to hubby to do this wknd in the midst of his busy work schedule. This is going to be his third straight wknd working from home! I can’t complain because he doesn’t complain. I already gave myself a nasty glue gun burn on my finger, and I decided to wear my gardening gloves while I work now. Why didn’t I think of that before? I’ve gone through 2 packs of glue sticks and am halfway done with all my gluing projects.

I’ve been scouring Craigslist for some mason jars the past several weeks. I haven’t had any luck until this week! I got 20 for $7. I was totally ready to make daily trips to Michaels with my 50% coupon to buy the darn jars! Yay for Craigslist! I wasn’t going to have any centerpieces, but the tables seemed so sad without anything. I needed something to spruce up the dark decor.

ahhh and Photoshop. I wish the hubs could just take a week off so I can take a Photoshop 101 crash course. I can only learn so much through the internet.

I’m trying to remember to take pictures along the way. Just wanted to post about what I’ve been up to since big sis and I have been a little MIA lately. Tutorials + pics coming soon…perhaps on our new blog! That’s something else we’re working on. 🙂

-lil sis

 

image via the purl bee

I have been wanting to knit this lil number up ever since I saw it. Isn’t it beautiful? Although I have never heard of the herringbone stitch, it doesn’t seem too hard. I may have to watch a few youtube videos on the stitch but it definitely seems doable. Here’s the tutorial if you’re interested in tackling the project with me. Now, if only I could get to my yarn shop…

The baby is now a lil over 7 weeks old; I was eagerly waiting for this week as they say that babies seems to settle around the 2-3 month mark. We have our ups and downs (and by ups and downs, I mean the length of time she is asleep at night. haha!) but I am fortunate that she is no longer waking every 1.5 hours! woo hoo!

Things I love at the moment:

1. LOVE that I can be home with the baby. alone.

2. love how my twins LOVE school. from the minute I (we) pick them up from school, they tell me about their day, who they played with, who stepped on dog poop (yes, dog poop! and my son was lucky enough to get it all over both shoes!), who got a sad face for misbehaving, who cries (thank goodness neither of them do)

3. love how we live so close to school that we can walk and I don’t have to make the baby scream and cry in her car seat (so far, she’s not a fan of her seat)

4. love the cool weather. downside: both kids have already gotten sick and still recovering

5. love that Christmas is nearing!!! Although can you believe that this year is almost over?!

Thanks for listening to random thoughts from a tired mom…

big sis

So I’ve been on the hunt to find a tutorial on how to make a PVC Piping Backdrop. I heard it’s fairly simple, and you don’t need any crazy tools to build one. I’ve asked hubby (nicely) to make this for me this weekend even though he caught my nasty cold, so I’m super excited to take some step by step photos as I can’t seem to find a tutorial on the web that includes pictures. So far, I like the one from Wedding Bee.

I keep telling myself it’s worth it to make this backdrop for Tabi’s birthday party. I can always use it for years to come, right?

Wish us luck!

-lil sis

Hope the birthday girl likes her dollie! Thanks MBoyd!!

lil sis

These two dollies are ready to get to their new home! Thanks dtully for supporting us yet again!! It means a lot 🙂

lil sis

this Friday, the 21st! Get your custom doll before then to save yourself shipping costs.

I’m working on five custom orders right now and am recovering from bronchitis. NOT FUN! It’s been crazy cooped up at home. We missed three days of school now. I’ve had to come up with activities for Lila because she’s been getting antsy just staying at home. So far, we’ve done the following:

-Carved our pumpkin

-Made sock puppets

-Built a couple forts around the house with blankets

-Made cookies and topped them with sprinkles

-Played w/ play-dough multiple times

-Danced around the house to music

-Played chase while crawling on our knees

-Gave her a bath one too many times

-Made a bunch of origami cranes and hid them around the house (she had tons of fun with this one)

what else!??? I’m running out of ideas!

-lil sis

 

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