thrifted things

thrifted DSC_4075 I don’t make it out to the thrift store that often these days, and when I have been able to, it’s usually a bust. Nothing good. This time was a nice surprise since I came home with a way-too big for me dress and some Levi’s 501s. The dress was $3 and the jeans $5, so I’m pretty proud of my loot. The dress wasn’t cute at all, so I turned it into a shirt, with plenty of fabric left over to turn into something else. Have you thrifted anything good lately?



diy: tiny house from a box

tiny house from a box Tiny House From a Box

Tiny House Template
Cereal box (we used a box from a bakery, but a doughnut or cereal box would work too)

tiny slotted house from a box Directions: Using the template, cut out all the necessary pieces from your box. Accordion fold the piece for the stairs, and decorate the house any way you would like. Put the house together, and there you go!

tiny slotted house from a box tiny slotted house from a box tiny slotted house from a box tiny slotted house from a box tiny slotted house from a box It’s a small house, and a cereal box would do just as well to make it. If you do one with a pink doughnut box, I think that would be really cute too. The girls and I are having fun repurposing boxes into toys. They want to make another tiny house with our Trader Joe’s cereal box, but after that, we want to try a castle. If you want to make a larger dollhouse from a box, don’t forget this one!




enjoying our first homegrown pomegranates

pomegranate tree pomegranate tree pomegranate tree pomegranate tree pomegranate tree We finally got to enjoy our first homegrown pomegranates! We only had two, but there are three more that will be ready in a few weeks. Hopefully, as the tree matures, we will get to enjoy many more.

It was planted two years ago in this large container,  but Ben has plans to transfer it into the ground in the next few months. The variety we have is a Parfianka and its seeds are supposedly a bit softer than the traditional supermarket variety, Wonderful.

At Ben’s most recent California Rare Fruit Growers Association meeting, they discussed pomegranates. He’s been taking the girls with him to his last couple meetings because they like sitting and listening to the talks (they bring their own things to work on because they eventually zone out). They had these pomegranate de-seeders available for purchase, but they sold out, so Ben ordered it from Amazon (this is the one).

We aren’t typically kitchen gadget people, but this works pretty well. You halve it, score it five times on each rim, put a half pomegranate on top of the gadget at a time, pound with a spoon, and all the seeds come out. For these beginners, it took closer to 120 seconds, as opposed to the 60 seconds advertised, but it is still the fastest we have ever been able to take apart a pomegranate. We love pomegranates, but the only draw back is how tedious they can be to get their fruit. What are your tips in de-seeding a pomegranate?



yummy snow monster

33 birthday birthday things birthday things birthday things birthday things birthday things birthday things Though I’m married to a dietitian, who is excellent at practicing what he preaches, he so sweet to indulge my sweet tooth desires. It’s all about moderation, right?! Well, one of my birthday requests was to try the dessert place Snow Monster in Orange County, so we made the trek out to Westminster (there is also one in Huntington Beach). My friend had shared a picture on instagram of this place a few weeks back, and it looked so good! I immediately texted Ben the picture and added it to my birthday request.

We ordered the taro and green tea shaved ice in a large (with strawberries and mochi as sides), and a pistachio macaron ice cream sandwich with Thai tea ice cream. Oh goodness, they were all so yummy. The girls loved the taro shaved ice, but they weren’t quite as fond of the green tea and said it looked like boogers. HA! True couldn’t have the macaron because she’s allergic, but the other girls loved that too. Heck, even Ben liked the shaved ice, and he rarely gets wowed by desserts. My favorite was the macaron ice cream sandwich; that was bomb diggity bomb. One of the coolest things to them were the plastic spoons that changed color when dipped in the cold desserts. The girls were all, “Oooooh! Magic!!!”

I’d like to go back and try some other flavors, so maybe we will just have to plan more trips to Orange County soon. If you find yourself in the area, I highly recommend a stop to try it!



loving: treehouse kid & craft

treehousekid&craft The girls have been working on their Christmas wish lists and I’ve been spending time looking things up online (or trying to figure out how to make some of their requests). Treehouse Kid & Craft has always been one of my fave shops for a few years now, and I can always count on that shop to have items I know my girls would love. All things in the shop definitely encourage imagination and creativity. This les coquettes doll is the cutest “baby” I’ve seen in awhile, True would love this easy weaver, and Brave wanted a craft kit like this squirrel kit or superhero mask kit. Soul’s asking for a castle, so this block set or this pop-to-play one would fit the bill (or I’m thinking of making her a large one in the slot style like the cardboard dollhouse). Glow loves blocks and animals, so I think blabla dolls are always adorable or this set of balancing blocks. I also like this Lottie Doll and how she has a childlike body; it’s refreshing from all the princess and Barbie dolls out there. Also, I’m so honored that they have my book, Let’s Sew Together, in stock too!

Kristen, the shop owner, and I have communicated back and forth online for a few years now, and I’ve always been so inspired by her. Besides her online presence, she has a brick and mortar located in Athens, Georgia. Besides being able to shop in person, they also host a lot of creative classes for kids and adults. It really is great to see another woman pursuing her dreams and creating a wonderful space for others to enjoy too!

Have you started your Christmas shopping? I officially started mine last week, and did a little bit more today. I always like to be done before December, so once True and Brave finalize their lists, and Ben and I discuss everything, I hope to get everything squared away (and under the tree) as soon as possible!




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