Sunday, February 14, 2010

It has been a very, very long time...

I'd like to give this blogging thang another go. I remember it being fun, and now revisiting a long time later, I realize how much I appreciate some of these memories being chronicled in an orderly and kinda cute fashion. Hooray for blogs.

A single post in 2009... 2009 was probably the hardest year of my life.

So many things have changed. So many, many things. I read through this posts with so many emotions going through me... so many thoughts and memories going through my mind. I guess the changes, however big or small, will become apparent in later posts. For now, I'll just leave this with every intention to return, and hopefully return often. Updates of kids... growth, progress, changes, and new hopes.

:) smiley face

Friday, March 13, 2009

it's been a long while.

here is something new .
last month, our oldest learned to ride a bike .
there was trial .
there was error .
and there was victory.

oh. and cake.

Monday, December 22, 2008

We have a winner!

And the winner of the first Hello Jobi giveaway
for an Usborne touchy-feely That's Not My Reindeer book,
chosen by's List Randomizer (there's gotta be an easier way!),
is So Cal Gal!
However, I have no contact information for you. Please e-mail me by Friday with your address or I will have to consult the List Randomizer again!

Check back later for something cool just for mom!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Free! Touchy Feely Reindeer Book!

Sorry, this giveaway is closed!

Let the giveaways begin! Woohoo! I'm excited. Probably more excited than you are. This December, you could win this awesome touchy-feely board book from Usborne Books. The touchy-feely series is one of Usborne's most popular- over 30 to choose from! These books keep little ones occupied for awhile, long enough for church service or car rides in L.A. traffic, in our experience! 10 pages long, 6.5" square. Recommended for ages 9 months and up! A $9.99 value, plus shipped to you absolutely free!

As Usborne puts it: This delightful series of board books is aimed at very young children. The bright pictures, with their patches of different textures, are designed to develop sensory and language awareness. Babies and toddlers will love turning the pages and touching the feely patches.

This giveaway will be short and sweet, giving you real good odds of winning! Winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, book will be shipped to you this Monday December 22nd.

How to win it! Earn entries by:

  • 1 entry for leaving a comment, tellin' us who this little book will be for.

  • 2 entries for posting about our giveaway on your blog, website, or forum, then relinking back to us in the comments section here.

  • 3 entries for being and becoming a blog follower.

Check back next week for something cool just for mom!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

a boho baby clip

I love handmade mom stuffs.
I wanted to share this pic of mini-me in a crocheted poppy flower clip from Boho Baby Designs. Unfortunately for you, the store is empty since Lin, the brains and fingers behind this crafted beauty is takin' an Etsy break. You can, however, still see a gallery of some her stuff at the Boho Mama blog on wordpress or you can see her written creations on her pesronal blog Late Night Lullaby. We've got a few things in common.
Oh, and this flower has a twin. I wear that one.
That's all I wanted to say.
Thanks for the clips, Lin.

So. I got this award.

So. I got this award. No... not that one up there. I just felt like posting it since I thought it was cool and I only dream that one day one of my offspring would even think of being presenting me with one of those. Uh.. that's a different post. (Actually, clicking on it will take you to a knitted burger beanie on a store who's got these #1 mom trophies but they're outta stock to date).
I may not have children who appreciate me (just yet), but I certainly have friends who do! Look what I got! The meaning of this little award is this:
The award is for PROXIMITY and it's explained this way:
"This blog invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."
Kinda spiffy. Thanks!

In the Woods

I felt an urge to spotlight some local hotspots, of the world famous, and almost monumental variety.
Actually, it wasn't my initial intention.
What I really wanted to do was complain... seeking your compassion, or pity, cyber-hugs or handshakes, because I live near the LAX airport. And not just near the airport, but directly in a flightpath zone... my street serves as an arial road map to the brave pilots who whisk in aircrafts full of international visitors and returning locals. And, living near this airport and in this flightpath puts us interneting hopefuls in an interesting predicament. The noise we get used to, but the annoying fact that our computers start operating in the most sluggish pace each time a large plane comes in for landing??? Unbearable!
See? I went and did it anyway. I had decided I wasn't going to complain, but being the weak mortal I am, I fell prey to, well, myself once again.
Now, back to the giant donut which was to the left but now is above you. I was lookin' for a picture of a plane goin' over in my neighborhood, when I stumbled across this awesome photo of Randy's Donuts. It was taken by eyetwist at flickr, and you really should check out the other fabulous photos. The plane was NOT photoshopped in. The angle, the hue... it's fun and quite pleasing, isn't it?
And now onto Randy's. For those of you who eat donuts (yes, I had to say that. My home, my life; they're teaming with vegans and puritists of all kinds), you have to come here at least once in your life. Donuts. Who doesn't like donuts? Randy's is a step above regular donuts. It's worth the drive to get there, and it's pretty central. They sell shirts with donuts on them, too.
Address, info: Randy's Donuts
I love L.A.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Micah's New Shoes

This may be a new feature section on my blog... shoes, particularly for Micah. Anyway, I like to share the awesome steals I get, so here are Micah's new shoes, typically $30-45 a pair, that I scored for just $14, including shipping costs! The style is called "Charlie" and they're made by Pedipeds.

I have a thing for handsome little items for tiny boyish tots, and these are gonna look just awesome. Micah's other shoes, from Livie and Luca, still don't fit! (I get confused with the European sizing).

another watercolor creation, with directions!

I wanted to share this cool princess watercolor Aiyana made the other day and some easy tips to get cool effects with your own kiddos. Aiyana's specialty is drawing princesses, fairies, ballerinas... you get the picture. Then, she loves mixing mediums- crayons, pencils, scrap paper, material, paint, etc. I really like the awesome mix of effects.

Here are the steps she took to create this painting:
  1. She drew the princess lightly in pencil (i like how the legs are doing a little ballerina dancing action)
  2. Then she took a white oil pastel crayon (will also work with a regular white wax crayon) and added designs and details to the dress and hair (see the circles, lines, and ruffles?). This is the cool part.
  3. Then she painted over it with watercolors- lots of colors is always best (we think so!) as you get awesome blended effects you don't get with crayons. that's the point of watercolorin' if you ask me.
  4. Lay to dry (flat! remember, they're WATERcolors: flowy, drippy, messy.) somewhere out of reach of your pillaging toddler whom you have renamed, "Destructor".

The frame was made in a similar fashion, 'cept it involves a bit of cutting, glueing, and constructing. You can use a light cardboard (we used a manila file folder. I got a box of these babies for just $2 and they have been SO useful for so many projects. See the linedancin' cow-people for another example).
  1. Put your dry (or, almost dry if you're as impatient as I am) painting on top of the cardboard and trace around it. Make sure the front side of the "frame" is facedown.
  2. Once you find your ever-missing pair of scissors, stab (or gently snip) a small hole in the middle and cut around the traced lines, leaving 'bout a 1/8 of an inch or more between the line and your cut edge.
  3. Now, for a fancy top. Take your homemade frame piece and place it on top of another piece of cardboard, marking the width where the top of your frame will be (horizontal or vertical?). From here, you can draw any sized fancy top to the frame, but make sure the width of the frame stays the same. Again, the front side should be face-down.
  4. Cut the brilliantly ornamental frame-top out and glue it on top of the frame you made just mere minutes before.
  5. If you want to get more crayon/watercolor effects, do so now. Then paint it all one color so it appears as seamless as possible.
  6. You can add a backing to the frame by using more cardboard, then writing your inscription (if it's a gift) on the back.
Hope you have fun! This project took just 10-20 minutes, depending on how picky your child is about their art. Mine are picky. All of their pencil tops are wore down to a nub and we own a lot of erasers.

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