Thursday, January 22, 2015

Around here

It sure is getting extra cold and raining. That is something I am not so fond of about winter. Cold weather and rain combination makes it soooo difficult to get out of bed and head to the place called "work". I miss sunshine and sunny days. Rainy day only makes me feel groggy and extra lazy.
 photo a3_zps7wg3imki.jpg
Let's decorate! After taking down all the Christmas decorations, I realized how empty our house looked. I have always struggle when it comes to organizing my daughter's toys and stuffed animals. They are literally everywhere! So might as well use them as home décor, why not??
 photo a2_zpski0qo9re.jpg
Gotta love horse!
 photo a1_zpsrx5givzw.jpg
Something to remind myself everyday - "follow your heart"
 photo a4_zps4ovd8aoc.jpg
Someone is always in the same spot.
 photo a5_zps1vl55ft8.jpg
Surprisingly, my garden is not dead..just yet. The only patch of green remaining in my backyard are some wild flowers and herbs. I only hope they will thrive and make it through Spring so I don't have to start from zero again. These while little flowers smell exactly like honey. So sweet! I was thoroughly enjoyed growing those wild flowers last year.
   photo a9_zpsi3x7mtry.jpg
Parsley and rosemary
 photo a6_zpss9en3yk5.jpg
 photo a7_zpsvqbpk0fp.jpg
 photo a8_zpspemmg4ca.jpg

Friday, January 16, 2015

Party time!

Our little one recently turned 6! Time flies. I know I say this every year but parents know how fast time escapes us while we are busy trying to manage things in life. Every year when her birthday rolls around, I look at her and feel amazed how much she has grown.

I have always appreciated the idea of low-key, yet intimate and memorable birthday party with family members. It takes a lot of effort to prep the house and clean up work afterwards but hey it is just once a year, we can manage it (although my husband and I crashed after everyone left and slept like a rock that night...zzzzz).

Birthday brunch idea lit up in my crazy little head, I thought that sounded yummy and fun. Who would turn down the eggs, sausages, bacon, pancakes, orange juice and fruits by the way?? Those items are definitely the crowd pleaser. I whipped up my fluffy pancakes, they were quite a hit.

 photo fb7_zpsba4d1437.jpg
{I love the bright and happy yellow color, can you tell?!}
 photo fb5_zps4a84b451.jpg
{First let mommy take a selfie}
 photo fb13_zpsb5a3a6ca.jpg
Different shades of pink  photo fb3_zpse8712199.jpg
Handmade name tags  photo fb1_zps57e96516.jpg  photo fb4_zps530425e5.jpg
Table decoration  photo fb9_zps4fa57ddb.jpg
Drink and pancake station  photo fb12_zps5aa49b80.jpg
Highlight of the party - Food!!  photo fb8_zps506ffb2d.jpg
Elsa cake, of course  photo fb10_zps5c301f3b.jpg  photo fb11_zpsf2516295.jpg
More table décor

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Destress and ride a horse

One of my top goals in 2014 was to take a horseback riding lesson but of course that didn't happen. Therefore the first thing I did when the year 2015 began, I signed us up for the formal lessons and I was glad I did.

 photo o10_zps06e042b2.jpg

We went to the Equestrian Center which I recently discovered online. They have the MOST beautiful, healthiest, happiest horses I have ever seen. I know I sound like a crazy horse lady at this point but I LOVE these animals. They are big, strong yet very gentle, smart, curious and playful. The more I get to know them, the more I love them. Seriously, I would pay just to pet them. It is my way to destress and smile. Sound crazy I know!!

The lesson actually was interesting and informative. We took the fundamental class which taught us from brushing/grooming the horse, cleaning horse hoof, putting on the saddle and tack and general safety information. (Luckily, we didn't have to scoop poops..Eeeek!) Each of us got the private one on one lesson which was really nice. I got to ride a beautiful female white Arabian horse named "Sundae" (in the pic above). She was so fluffy for a horse. I felt a lot more confident now after being on approximately 5 different horses on trail ride after trail ride. I finally learned to take control of the horse instead of letting the horse does whatever it wants. And did I say trotting was so much fun, bouncy but fun! I am really looking forward to the next lesson. I am hoping to finish the four 75 min lessons after completing with these first fundamental lessons. My daughter's love for horse has continued to grow because of this crazy mama as well. Heeha!!!!

 photo o5_zps6a31ba32.jpg  photo o7_zps7703d821.jpg  photo o6_zps35bd1894.jpg  photo o9_zps9dda8831.jpg  photo o8_zpsbf072889.jpg

Friday, January 2, 2015

Back to sewing

I almost forgot about the new hobby I started last year which surprisingly turned to be something I actually enjoyed. Sewing that was. For several months last year, I had not touched the sewing machine due to the lack of time. Before I completely forgot how to thread the machine and the whole sewing lessons, I might as well do something. My interest in home décor was at its peak during the last quarter of the year. I love those accent pillows but some are just ridiculous expensive. If I could sew dresses and skirts then why couldn't I sew the simple pillowcases? The next day I headed to JoAnn and bought some pillows and fabric home with me and started sewing that night. I just loved the end result. It is incredibly easy and more reasonably priced (as long as the fabric for home improvement is on sale, they can get pricey). With the pillows that I have, I can sew and make new pillowcases as many as my heart desires. I would like to get back to do some more sewing in 2015 but will see how well I can stick with that goal .  photo w1_zpse5de429d.jpg  photo w2_zps727d1ace.jpg  photo w3_zpsa5e4c38d.jpg  photo a9_zps6d485d4f.jpg