{summer bucket list} / visit the aquarium

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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 […]

{recipe} quinoa vegetable muffins

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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 […]

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 […]

{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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

pool is open for the summer

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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, […]

{recipe} grain free chocolate granola

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One of my favorite snacks in the afternoon is greek yogurt with nuts, fruits or granola. I’m also trying to add different variety of greek yogurt, and using plain yogurt instead of the flavored ones. I find that a little hint of honey goes a long way. Recently, I made a grain free granola. I’m […]

happy sunday – in this crazy life

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  This weekend, we are celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary. I still love the lyrics to our first dance, which was “Everything” by Michael Buble. A lot of it still holds true to this day, and no matter how crazy life gets,  I am glad I found a partner in my husband who is there to get […]