Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy 99 or 100 years to my Grandma!

Not sure how old she is and she doesn't even know either! Anyways, Happy Birthday to my Po Po. What joy she brings to us every year! :)

Can you find the Ceej in the picture?

A Dip with No Name

We love chips and dip in our household! :) We usually have some type of hummus or salsa somewhere in the fridge. We didn't have any dip in our house today so I decided to make one. At first it was something like a spinach dip, then it turned into something else as I got carried away. Please help me out with naming this dip!

8 oz. light sour cream
1/2 cup defrosted spinach
1/4 fresh lemon juice
1/2 mashed avocado
1/2 cup imitation crab
1/4 cup of orange sauce from La Victoria's
Dash of Pepper
Dash of dried dill
Dash of paprika
couple chopped mint leaves

Friday, March 20, 2009

Babies can wear leg warmers

Yes, its cute on babies! Not too cute on adults though.

Today I made my second pair of baby leg warmers (aka Baby Legs). I could never justify paying $12+ for one pair so I made my own. I saw a DIY tutorial here. It only cost me $1.97 for the socks and about 5 minutes of picture taking to get a decent picture of the Ceej in them. He's too active to even get one good shot of him nowadays. Growing up too fast!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring time means babies!

I love Spring time! The weather becomes nice and breezy. The fruit selection gets better. And babies are poppin' out! I'm excited to have more of Ceej's friends coming out to play! :) Here are the first of many hand sewn gifts for friends to enjoy!

Burp Clothes. Every baby needs these. They spit up all over the place, esp. in the first 3 months. This one time I found spit up in my hair. Gross.

This laundry bag makes me happy. Its so bright and cheery. It makes me want to do laundry!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Let's pardy like da Iyish!

I'm not a fan of corn beef or cabbage really. In fact, I've never even attempted to do anything special for St. Patrick's day because as we all know, I'm not Irish. But this year was different. Thomas mentioned to me that he really likes corn beef so I found a recipe online for Creamy Corn Beef Casserole. I tweaked the recipe a little to my liking and it turned out great!

Just to warn you all, a can of corn beef hash has 24 grams of fat per serving! Talk about heart attack food! Good thing St. Patrick's Day is only once a year!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ching Baby 3

My dad frequently likes to number things. Currently he has a handful of laptops which are labeled Ching 1,2,3,4, etc. He also has Canon cameras that are also labeled Ching 1,2,3,4, etc. He also has these vacuum water canisters that are labeled Ching 1,2,3,4,etc. So, this is Ching baby 3. Welcome to the world Isaiah Emmanuel Yeung. Born 6 weeks early at a little over 5 pounds on March 1st, 2009. He's a little peanut but will grow to be bigger than his sister Miriya very soon. This is the 3rd grand child in our family in 20 months!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Got the sniffles? Wipe them in style!

In Hong Kong, everyone carries little packets of tissues because there's always a shortage of TP in the public bathrooms. Or people are using it to cover the bottom half of their faces because of the overly polluted air. Or to just blow their nose in them. Or to wipe tears from their faces and sauce off thier fingers. You get the point.

Now they can wipe in style! I plan to mail a few back to my family in Hong Kong. Got the awesome and easy tutorial from Skip to My Lou. What great gifts they will be! I made 5 in less than an hour. Sweet! :)

The Ceej and his Stroller Cozy

Its a common fact that baby items can be expensive. I'm really frugal when it comes to baby things. For one thing they grow out of everything very quickly and secondly, if you can get it cheaper than that's even better! I searched high and low for an adequate stroller cozy that would fit in his Joovy Kooper (btw, which I LOVE and so glad we invested in it!). Nothing seemed to be a good design. Some seemed to bulky and almost hid the baby like the Bundle Me by JJ Cole. Then I looked at WAHM design at Etsy and she came up with this. After looking at that, I thought I could make an even better design for a under $10!

My design has fleece in the inside, serged vertical slots to put the stroller harness through, canvas backing so the blanket does not budge while we're in transit, and velcro on the side for exit and entry. I also added Spiderman decorative fabric which made it fun and attractive to the eye. I've had a few moms compliment me and encourage me to try to make more and sell them. Thanks for the encouragement but I'm not sure if I want my off time to be spent laboring in production. I'll make them when I feel like it.

I'm pretty proud of myself for this one.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Quick trip to the Motherland

The Motherland...Hong Kong it is! I never thought of going to Hong Kong so soon but it happened. Not really in the way I wanted it to go but yeah, the passing of my Grandma made this trip very oh so bittersweet. Good to see family, sad to see my mama go, and difficult to leave the Ceej and hubs alone. Anyways, not many pics were taken but here are a few to look at.

Breakfast on the streets. That's the way I like it!

Desserts at the MTR (train) station. Wish we had that at our local BART station.

Everyone must wear a SARS mask prior to entering the hospital. It's a little insane but I guess it makes them feel safer.

I did see an American celebrity.

I love this picture. Mixing the old and the new of Hong Kong. You see things like this everywhere.

Last but not least, here's a picture of me with some potted plants somewhere near Central Station. And those are my new glasses that I am wearing.

I am a fabric junky!

I do have a lot of fabric laying around. Its from all those half done projects that I've worked on over the past 2 years. Every time I go to the fabric store I "oooo" and "ahhh" over the texture, color, and just the way certain fabric makes me feel. I never knew what to do with them when I got home. After browsing through Sew, Mama, Sew!'s Fat Quarter Projects, I felt inspired to make something. So, here it is...finally gonna replace all those dingy towels we've been using for cloth napkins. Please come over and enjoy them with me.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Going "light" green is not THAT hard. What about TP?

If my son gets wiped with reusable wipes then should I too? That's been a thought of mine for a while. After reading here that EACH individual uses about 24 rolls of toilet paper a year, it made me take a double look at my use. That means since I am about to be 28, I've used at least 672 rolls of TP! Geez, that's prob equivalent to more than 50 trees!

I've already made a few other switches to reduce my consumption of disposable goods. First that went bye bye is CJ's disposable diapers. I'm not on full time cloth diapering with him yet but I'd say that 75% of the time he's at home he uses them. Another thing that went is paper napkins- we just use random towels laying around the house to wipe our mouths and hands. They aren't pretty ones but I'm working on getting some nice cloth napkins. Next to go is maybe toilet paper.

What do you guys think? Should I consider switching to reusable wipes? At least there are cute ones available now sold on Etsy or Wallypop. I could make them too.
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You can read more about reusable toilet paper here. Look, it doesnt look too bad huh. One side is for dry wipes, other is in warmer so at least for your #2's, its nice and warm and comfy on your behind. See, your normal toilet paper can't do that! After you are done wiping, then put the dirty wipes in the wet bag where they will be collected til washing day.