February 17, 2018

This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

Thankful we had a good family day at the Date Festival on Friday.

I like most of Justin Timberlake’s new album. I’m not one to swoon over him, but I do think he puts on a good show and makes catchy music.

Gorgeous blue acetate earrings from Dear Soho.

We are starting to get used to Ben’s new work schedule and we are loving having his 4 day weekends every other week. It’s something we prayed for for awhile and it’s been a blessing.

I’m teaching a macrame workshop next Saturday. If you’re interested in hosting your own, just gather your friends, and I’d love to come you! Send an email for details.

Obsessed with these Island Girl Workouts on youtube. I want the DVD. Oh my legs, buns, and abs feel good after.

If purple is your color, get this minimalist linen dress.

I’m curious, for those of you who are still blog readers, what do you want to see more of here? I have some ideas I’ve been brainstorming, but I would love to have your feedback. Do you come here for crafts, life/heart rantings, homeschooling, style? I know my blog reading list has dwindled over the last few years, and instagram is the thing now, but I hate the algorithm change and I miss the community aspect blogging used to be. I’m so appreciative of the time you’ve taken here over the years, it means so much. I’ve been thinking lately, what do I want to do at 49 (the age I’ll be when Glow goes off to college)? With that in mind, I’ve been pondering about what I really want to do with my online presence and the things I am passionate about.

We’ll be enjoying the sunshine here this weekend. Hope you get some of the same wherever you are!


February 10, 2018

This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

In the middle of a website refresh, so don’t mind the wonky bits here and there. It’s still a work in progress, but hopefully once it’s completed, it will be simpler and mobile friendly.

I’d really like some garlic parmesan potato wedges.

Thankful that the second round of the flu stayed confined to True alone, and after a few days of resting, she was back to her normal self.

Brave is so excited to finally start the very last Harry Potter book!

I ought to tap into my Filipino heritage more and make Filipino food (like this lumpia), with a healthy slant of course.

Everlane’s¬†got some new goods and if you’ve been wanting to try some wide leg pants, I highly recommend theirs.

And how darling are these pink heeled mules from the Gap?! It certainly declares spring!

Been reminded this week that God’s plans are perfect. I don’t need to freak out or doubt when things aren’t according to plan (all of last year felt that way for our family), but I can keep trusting because God is God.

Hope you get a restful weekend, friends!


January 27, 2018

This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

Praise God for a doozy of a week of trial, but through them I have certainly felt a sweetness of Christ that I sorely lacked.

Our figs are confused, and while most have dropped their leaves, this warm winter has some figs still blooming and growing.

I highly recommend¬†this video about a panel discussion on “Race & Reconciliation.” Even if you aren’t a believer, it is helpful to deepen our understanding of what our African American neighbors/friends face. There is so much I was ignorant of (and still am), but we all ought to listen well to the stories of others different from us.

Thankful for having a community in which I can be honest and vulnerable. The grace that flows through my accountability group is such a gift.

Chic tassel earrings available on Wovenfolk.

Soul and Glow are doing so well with their 2 an 3 multiplication family. Woot!

Been using this eyebrow gel for about a month now and I’m happy with the results.

I’d love to make these bite size blooming onions! I wonder if I can bake them instead of fry.

My girls would love this wooden pom pom maker.

This week I taught a floral arranging workshop. If you’re interested in hosting a workshop… gather some friends together and I’ll come to you! I miss the community aspects blogging used to be, so I’d like to get to know some of you more personally. With my love for people and making, I wanted to combine it together and continue this creative community in person. If you’re interested in macrame, weaving, floral arranging, making seed bead earrings, or have some other project in mind, contact me for rates!

Happy weekending, folks!


January 20, 2018

This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

My heart was fighting to rejoice through this hard parenting week. This tween stage is serious business and I’m starting to feel the weight of it. I need to be more loving and patient, and learn how to listen well. This is just the beginning for me.

I want a sushi party and make a platter that looks fabulous like this.

Been inspired by white and natural wood palettes lately. But knowing me, I’d put a lot of plants, so then green would be added to that palette.

Earrings added to the etsy shop.

Stock up on goodies for Valentine’s or Easter because Kinoko Kids is having a really good sale right now.

Love the new style of pants that Everlane will be releasing soon.

Thankful for my mom’s delicious cooking! We had such a feast at their house on Wednesday night.

Totally been listening to 90s R&B. Loving Monica, Aaliyah, TLC, Bone Thugs, and Blackstreet.

We planted asparagus this week! Can’t wait to see them shoot up. Have a post coming this week on this.

Beautiful earrings by Eglord. Definitely would love those dangling off my ears.

Hope your weekend is a restful one friends!


January 13, 2018

This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

Thankful for parenting and all the joys and trials that come with it. There’s been an abundance of both this week.

The house is clean and under control, especially the girls’ rooms, and that’s definitely something to be grateful for and celebrate. Soul walks around saying, “It’s clean. Ahhhh!” She’s a neat freak and loves everything in its place like me.

Obsessed with the Ed Sheeran and Beyonce “Perfect” duet. And this Stevie Wonder tribute by the two mentioned and Gary Clark Jr.

Made this Korean Japchae, but with tofu instead. Bomb dot com. So good!

I’m looking for velvet ribbons similar to this and this because my girls love to put bows in their hair, especially True.

Wovenfolk etsy shop updated with a few pairs of large gold tone hoops earrings.

Adorable vintage mules via Ms. Tips.

My BFF got her sis this karaoke microphone and I’m itching to get the girls one. It looks like so much fun and I know the kids would absolutely go nuts for it! This one could even do disco lights!

Excited for an engagement shoot I’m doing on Sunday!

This week I’ve been realizing I’ve been lacking joy, so I’m praying and asking God to help me seek joy in Him.

Happy weekending, friends!


January 6, 2018

This week’s learned, links, and thankfulness…

When we were all sick, I made this Cantonese wonton noodle soup and it was delicious. It hit the right spot. I really want to make this beef noodle soup next.

I’m an auntie and my kids have a cousin! Everyone is excited that my sister had a baby and that he shares a birthday with my dad.

We loved that Ben had Thursday-Friday off this week with his new schedule. It allows for family adventures to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi on a Thursday morning. And the my little Stars Wars geek loved the movie!

I love the simplicity in this home tour.

Tried this hand cream and it’s magic (even for dry, cracked heels).

If you need a wedding planner, I highly recommend Planning Cloud Nine. My friend Nina is top notch in making things run smoothly. She was also my maid of honor, so I know personally how she can help make everything as stress free as possible for the bride. Fill out the contact form and mention “CAKIES” and get $200 off services.

Gorgeous tortoise shell hoop earrings; I may have picked up a pair.

WOVENFOLK had a small update this week.

It’s been a busy week getting back into the swing of things and helping Brave prepare for her first audition for a local theater show. She had part 1 last night, and part 2 of the audition is today. We’ve prepped her that you have to get a lot of NOs before you actually get a yes, so each step is for sure a learning experience for all of us.

Happy first official weekend of 2018!

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