A quick post before the blog break...
The past week was filled with pretty things, desserts, art collaborations, and pretty parties like this.
Hello Happy Day is now not only photography anymore but is now 'photography and events' and here is our first ever party!
We had a blast, hope the guests did too!
popcorn in paper cones.
macarons and meringues and chicken tea sandwiches
handmade play doh buttons for the kiddos. I made them too!
my tea cup collection was put to good use.
Thanks to the bff and my daughter, couldn't have done it without them!
1. Fall In Love Coffee (pumpkin spice)- I love Pumpkin Spice coffee and the name Fall In Love makes it even better.
2. Belgian chocolates and an Eiffel tower from Paris, France- A friend who recently traveled to Belgium and France brought these back for me (thank you!). An actual Eiffel tower key chain from Paris! I love it so much and I can't wait to see the real thing!
3. Vintage sodas and craft beers- I fell in love with vintage colas and cream sodas when I visited Zweet Station then I found out about Galco's and my new found obsession even got crazier. My favorite is lavender soda, who knew there was such a thing?
How about you? what is your current favorite?
I could feel Summer slowly creeping in.
We had dinner last night at the Marina with our friends and fellow foodies, Angela and Dan.
Restaurant Review of Killer Shrimp coming soon.
We loved watching people in their boats and we can't help but wish that we have our own boat.
Well, one day!
Simpson's giant doughnut bought from Kwik-E-Mart inside Universal Studios.
Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (Universal Studios, City Walk)
We bought an annual pass to Universal Studios. We live 15 minutes away so we went there today after school at 5 pm. We only had two hours to check out rides so we didn't get to do much but we have all year to go back again and again so it's okay. Our last visit was ten years ago. It still amazes me like the first time.
We had dinner at Hard Rock Cafe (more photos will be posted soon) and we had the Simpson's doughnut for dessert.
Tomorrow is all work and no play. I plan to get rid of stuff from our backyard storage and just face the courage to let go of stuff we don't need. I know I've mentioned this many times before and had many failed attempts but I really, really want to get this done... Like, really.
The best cupcakes I've ever had in my life. We used to drive so far just to get cupcakes, little did I know that the best ones are only a few minutes away from our house! I have tried their cupcakes before but it didn't blow my mind but this time it was just crazy good! The frosting was so light and not overtly sweet and these cupcakes are gigantic!
Here, are pictures I took from my son's picture day and pizza party in school.
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And an Alice in Wonderland painting I did for my daughter. She drew it and I painted it. I have not painted in many years! So I apologize for the imperfectness (hehe, is there even such a word? If not then there should be). I used to paint but there are many forms of art that came between us.
I am currently Spring cleaning. It is liberating to let go of stuff we don't need and use. There is still so much to do here, I'm thinking of painting the walls and moving things around.
Sometimes, change can do us good.
I made chocolate chip french toasts.
While eating I made these for my girl's closest friends
Marshmallow sticks. Aren't they so pretty?
Made these rings out of pipe cleaners
I blew balloons then after a dozen, I felt dizzy! Good thing I found a pump and I got to finish blowing up 40 red and white balloons!!! Then impatiently waited for this little guy to wake up...
He finally wakes up. He loved it! The first thing he said? "but pink is for girls Mama"
Then my mr. gave me $$. so romantic right? hehe So I've decided to do a tea party with my girls, so after picking them up from school we went to a parisian bakery.
We bought boxes and boxes of treats!
Then passed by In and out. They had burgers. I didn't eat.
Here are some of what we bought.
Our Valentine tea party!
Not only pretty but so good too!
I finally got to buy Shiseido.
The perfect make-up for Asian skin
We went to Chinatown to eat. We had fried rice, crispy noodles, calamari, fried chicken, broccolli and sweet and sour pork.I ate like I'm not already stuffed.
Waiting at the restaurant for food on Valentine's Day was dreadful. We waited on our table for an hour. Food orders were messed up, the servers were going crazy, they even forgot to put salt on the calamari and didn't do anything about it when we complained and hot tea came when some of us are about to choke. It was chaotic but we completely understand.
Happy Valentines Day! A day late but I hope you had a blast. How was it?
River has a "junk food problem" (translation: what a regular American eats) and I have vowed to change that. So I am absolutely skipping the frozen food aisle, no more fruits swimming in sugary syrup inside plastic cups, artificial juices and Cheetos etc.
I am not a perfect healthy eater myself but I am working on it and I am dragging my whole family in the bandwagon whether they like it or not. I've been researching a lot about the dirty business behind the food industry and America has the worst practices.
It is quite disturbing how these giant companies control the health of the American people. Yes, they are cheap, oh you have no idea. We have been trained to pig out on food that are lacking of nutrients necessary for the body to thrive.
So now, we are buying organic as much as we can and as much as our food budget would allow. I don't understand why organic and all natural food here cost so much but there is no stopping us.
River has a very strong personality (translation: bratty attitude, considering he is the youngest of 4 kids) and would scream and cry whenever he sees something green on his plate. Yes, it drives me crazy. Specially that he even went as far as going on a hunger strike just to make his point.
I have to force myself not to care or at least pretend to.
But now I am slowly reaching victory on this battle. Slowly but surely. If you live in the U.S. and you have been brainwashed into eating food from dirt cheap buffets, eating tasteless perfect shiny apples from the supermarket or soulless clone tomatoes, bland giant chickens and so on. then it's time to wake up!
We are not invincible.
With our terrible eating habits, what are we teaching our children?
If you want to wake up like me then here are some documentaries and books that you must check out.
SKINNY BIT*H (book)
Dying to know the truth (documentary)
Here are some things that made me smile
Mom visited my sister and her family in Vancouver and came home with these French Macarons and other French treats.
The prettiest diffuser I've ever seen. The scent is English Rose.
My ultimate favorite show on my phone!
Finally, Netflix app for Android has arrived!
And more photos from my week...
I hope yours was as beautiful as mine.