this is what summer looks like (1)

 “because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing”.


(journaling card for project life from Studio Calico)

We are making great memories this summer. We are definitely feeling the heat and try to find ways to stay cool, like visiting the library during story time, grilling indoors if dad’s not home and it’s too hot for me to be grilling outside. If we want to run outdoors, have to get it done in the early morning. Picnics at the park in the later afternoons. Taking time off work and visiting Disney without baby, just me and  hubby.

Eating giant ice creams to cool down. Wearing our hats and baby aviators. Drinking margaritas during date nights. Eating donuts for breakfast by the pool. Lots of salads to balance out our desserts during the weekends.  Making chia & coconut pudding. Eating al fresco and trying out calamari tacos. Delicious! Bringing baby H to his first BBQ restaurant.

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Visiting the aquarium and spending time by the water. Eating cold sandwiches from Subway for lunch. Visiting grandma and playing with cousin Johan. Making time for girls night, I brought salad and desserts (of course!). Celebrating Amy’s engagement and making custom chocolate bars for her. Celebrating Geraldine’s graduation and making desserts for her party. Dressing up in Maxi dresses. Lounging at the pool and reading my kindle, while puppy keeps me company. Visiting a farm and picking our own strawberries. Hawaiian party at work. Playing on the cold floor because it feels good.

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{currently loving} print art

I am on a mission to hang things on our walls. Besides printing  pictures, I have been collecting print arts that I’ve found online these past few months. I am inspired to build a gallery wall, and have been pinning ideas on how I want it to be arranged.

These are the print arts that I am loving lately, and will be soon displayed in our home. Each one of them means something personal to me, whether it be sentimental, inspirational or just plain awesome. I know for sure all of these will not be displayed together, they will be scattered around the house and I hope to do a follow-up post once they are up.


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{summer bucket list} / visit the aquarium


Our summer bucket list this year involves a lot of planned family time, with a few family road trips together and some wish list of places to visit. Visiting an aquarium was on our list and since our little hula girl/my niece had a performance at the Long Beach aquarium with her dance group, it […]

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{recipe} quinoa vegetable muffins

As baby H transitioned from pureed food to solid foods to regular table foods, the recipes I made in the kitchen also transitioned to make them toddler friendly. I just made little adjustments to make sure that whatever food I prepared for the hubby and I, that I was able to adapt and feed to […]

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Oreo cupcakes

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I tried a new cupcake recipe and I’m glad I found this in time for summer. We have a lot of social events we are looking forward to this summer, which makes me excited to see our friends and family, as well as bake new treats to share. I love experimenting in the kitchen, and […]

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{current favorite}–chop chop salad

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  I have a current favorite salad. I eat this when I don’t get a chance to pack my own lunch, and these days, it has been happening more often. I asked the restaurant for all the ingredients so I can try to replicate it at home. What I find unique about this salad is […]

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currently– {june 2014)

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  celebrating the great weather and enjoying the small moments slowing things down, and being intentional with our time creating my reading nook in our house (picture above) borrowing books from the library and reading instead of watching tv in the evenings looking forward to receiving this hammock for our backyard drinking iced coffee and […]

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simple asian cucumber salad

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I love cucumber and I’m working on finding ways to incorporate them into summer dishes.  Besides a staple in my salads, I’ve also used cucumber weekly to put in my water bottles. Other than that, I don’t really use them any other ways. If there are options for cucumber salads when we are dining out, […]

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Lemonade at Fashion Island, Newport Beach

It’s a rare treat to be able to step out and enjoy my lunch outside of work. Most days, I pack  my lunch and will do a working lunch or take thirty minute break outside of my office. I get really happy when I find a healthy, not too expensive and quick & convenient place […]

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pool is open for the summer


I really want to be consistent with writing on the blog, my way of documenting our summer. Before I would get myself overwhelmed with trying to post all the stuff we were doing because I didn’t have the time to sit down and draft a long post, I still don’t have the time most days, […]

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