Let’s Roll to The Rink

The weather is perfect, and the weekends have booked with pumpkin patch visits, checking out apple orchards, basketball games, sports camps, and also a load of birthday parties!! This past weekend, my boys had a jam packed day of basketball games, and birthday parties. Something I’ve mentally prepping myself for about 2 weeks. I told my husband, we’d have to tag team this pas weekend, because I knew I was going to burn on halfway through. Luckily, we made it work out!

The first birthday party of the day was a roller skating rink here in Sacramento. Folks, I haven’t been at the Roller Skating Rink, since I was 9! So this was totally, excited to be attending this party with my son. I came in walking in my Toms, and had an extra pair of socks waiting in the car. As nervous as I was to have my son possibly back out of roller skating, he surprisingly was down to participate. ONLY with the exception that mommy does it with him. (I was soooo happy he needed me!!) I ran off back to the parking-lot and got my socks!

| The Rink |

Address:

2900 Bradshaw Rd.

Sacramento, CA 95827

| YELP |

Roller skating is definitely a dying activity, but I’m so happy theres a few locations like these in Sacramento. The kids had these PVC Pipe trainers, that support the child with roller-skating — which was totally cool. And having the classic roller skates on, definietly brought me back to my childhood. To enjoy a classic activity, that was honestly already old when I was a kids, is certainly a homerun in activity experiences with my kids.

For those of you local in the Sacramento area, The Rink, currently has a Groupon going on! An offer of roller-skating with skate rentals for two or four (up to 53% OFF!!) That’s a weekend activity right there to get the children out of the house!  Groupon offers:

Admission and Skate Rental for 4 = $16 ($34 Offer, ends 10/16!)

Skate Package for 2: Includes Admission, Skate Rental, 2 Slices of Pizza, and 2 Small Drinks = $12 ($25 Deal!)

Purchase the Groupon Offer HERE! | Groupon |

To Cute To Scare

As a budget friendly shopper, I love shopping for festive holiday decor AFTER the storm has passed. Come November 1st, I’m ALL OVER Halloween Decor at Target, RiteAid, WalMart, CVS, and other retailers like a fat girl eating cake! 50%-70% off items is a steal! You can get so lucky as to finding bags of candy for $0.40!! Yes girl, yes!!

So last year, I was able able to score a bag of Spider Webs for nearly $0.10! I had no idea how to style with it, but after seeing it be used around the neighborhood on front porches, I thought I could give it a shot, wioth only spending $0.10. What was I going to loose?!

After playing around with the intimidating Halloween pantyhose like decor, I was finally getting used to the friendliness the spider webs were. The cotton, stretch like fabric stretches, and has no pattern for you to follow.

I began stretching it over picture frames around the house, and adding fun decorative spiders. Now, if you’ve been following some of my IG posts, my youngest son get’s really freaked out with spiders. But after his older brother and I spoke to him about how fun it will be to decorate the home for Halloween, he opened up to the idea.

With just a few supplies, such as scissors, and pairing the spiderweb with other Halloween pieces, this project will become so peaceful and tranquil, you’ll honestly loose track of time styling your spooky home!

I simply took scissors and snipped small pieces of the web and stretched it, literally over everything in my home. It totally gave a boost of the Halloween spirit in my home, without really doing much, or buying much.

Have you decorated with spider webs before? It’s honestly, really addicting.

 

October | 90 Day Challenge

October is here, and along with all the fabulous fall festive posts, I’d like to add on to the list! From autumn accessories, frugal fall decor, to curated cozy home decor, I’ve got the posts for you! If you like creating your own style, from thrift store buys, clearance finds, and also secondhand chic items, this is the place to be!

I’ve put all my seasonal posts all into one page of my blog! As we enter October, its a mixture of Halloween galore to Thanksgiving! Don’t get to overwhelmed yet mama! To be honest, I’m just taking it one day at a time! This year, I told myself, “What’s the rush?!” Why do people overly consume themselves to push all Halloween decor our within the first few days of October?! We have all month!!! That’s just me!

Apart from accessorizing the home, I’ve also composed a page of kids crafts and DIY Festive Fun! Don’t miss out mama!! There’s enough time throughout the month of October to celebrate Halloween! I mean, it is on the the last day of the month! And it’s only the 1st!! 30 more day’s until Halloween! No rush, enjoy the month, because we all know the holidays come hitting us real hard, and then if you’re like me, you crumble with stress with family drama, and juggling schedules.

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Which brings me to my #90DayChallenge.

How many times have you given up on yourself? 

How many times have you started and stopped? How many times have you broken a promise to yourself? How many times have your friends, or your partner or your children watched you walk away from your goals? 

This last quarter of the year, I plan to crush it. Literally crush it. Being the best me (wife, mother, friend, co-worker, employee, etc..) I’m going to commit to change over the next 90 days. There is no, “New Years Resolution,” because to be honest with yourself, that does not work!

There is no more long list of reasons, to push these goals off. Kill it for the rest of 2017, so you’ll set up for success come 2018. Come follow along with my #90DayChallenge on my Insta-Stories!!

Bento Box Chicken Taco

By now, we’re  all settled into our school year routines, along with entering Fall sports. With have busy schedules, meal prepping for the family is definietly needed, along side with having school lunches prepped! I would humbly say, I’ve been in the game of preparing school lunches for the past 10 years. Definietly a guru. I’ve learned a lot along the way, attempted Pinterest ideas, some worked, some didn’t work, but at the end of the day, it’s your children who go to school with these lunches, and returning them back home, and you wondering if they finished it all or not.

Well…..I’d love to share one easy idea using Daiso Japan’s Bento Box containers for my kids lunches. Let’s start shall we?

First off, the bento box. A bento is a single-portion take-out or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento holds rice or noodles, fish or meat, with pickled and cooked vegetables, in a box. Being Asian-American, I was raised seeing my parents preparing their lunches for work the evening before. Rice, meat, veggies, all put in a tupperware/bento box like container.

If you’re not sure what Daiso Japan is,  “the Japanese dollar store,” but their cute, “kawaii” designs make everything in their retailer different from the normal dollar general retailer. From stationary, health & beauty, Japanese products, to kitchen & dining. Enter at your own risk, as Daiso may surprise you!!

What You’ll Need From Daiso:

  1. Food Container, with removable lid.
  2. Silicone Muffin Cups (Various sizes)
  3. Utensils
  4. Velcro Belt (Optional)

As a parent who was raised around immigrant parents,  I’ve come around to more of an American-style approach to the bento-box like container. Skipping the entire “PB & J,” route, well…Because I’m Asian (Filipino) naturally, and my kids prefer more of a savory meal at school. Here’s some of the most easiest bento box meals I’ve prepped for my kids.

Chicken Taco Bento Box

Ingredients:
All ingredients can be purchase at any local grocery store. | Links Provided |

  • Tortilla Chip Cups
    Tostito’s Scoops | HERE |
  • Mexican Style Taco Shredded Cheese
    Kraft Mexican Style Taco Shredded Cheese | Or Mexican Four Cheese | HERE |
  • Chopped Lettuce
  • Chopped Tomato
  • Cooked/Chopped Chicken
    For time saver option, purchase a rotisserie chicken and shred!

Directions:

  1. Using Silicone Muffin Cups from Daiso, place ingredients into each cup and place within the bento box.
  2. Add in slice of fruit, and tuck in in between the cups.
  3. Heat chicken in microwave morning of (30-45secs)

SUPER EASY right?! Since the ingredients provide so much, you can serve this meal all week, or for the rest of your children to take to school!! Pack ingredients in small containers/zip lock baggies, and store in fridge. All ready for night-before-prep!! Enjoy

 

Summer Lemonade

This September heat is just not going away!!! Fellow Sacramento residents, including myself, are oh so tired of the heat, that all we’ve been dreaming about the past few months are, wearing socks, sweaters, and enjoying hot coffee all day!!! Now that October is around the corner, Fall Decor is technically, NOW! But I just want to shake off this heat before I get into the full spirit of fall!!

Lately, I’ve been organizing through my photos and stumbled upon this fun summer lemonade craft I did with my son 4 years ago!! I thought, with the crazy heat of summer boiling us down, I thought this sweet citrusy drink would be a perfect post to share for a much needed September heat afternoon drink!!

This is a perfect kitchen summer activity to do with your kids! My son was in first grade when we did this, and he did it all on his own as I watched him go to town!!!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Blender
  • Ice
  • Frozen Lemonade
  • Glass Carafe
  • Water
  • Ice Cubes

Directions:

  1. Open your frozen lemonade and pour into your blender.
  2. Fill your now empty canister with ice, up to the rim and add into blender.
  3. Add water into the empty canister filling it up to the rim, and add to blender.
  4. Blend!!
  5. Blend until its a good frozen/frosty consistency.
  6. Pour into your favorite summer cup with a straw and enjoy!!!

This frozen lemonade slush is perfect for hot summer days, as well as parties! For serving details pour your lemonade slush back into the glass carafe or any glass serving decanter. It’s so handy for serving to guests, and displaying. I love my glass carafe!!! It also plays for holding a bouquet of cheery flowers for a table centerpiece!!

Berkeley | Adventure Playground

Take a quick glance at the photos below (ignoring the title text!) The place may look like a large junkyard. But in this junkyard, kids can have a hammer, saw, and paint like it’s Neverland! Zipline across the yard passing by two boats, and you can pretend to fly like Peter Pan. Gather your kids, be prepared to get dirty, and let your imagination run wild! Welcome to Berekely Marina’s Adventure Playground!

Adventure Playground

Address:

160 University Ave.

Berkeley, CA 94710

 | Yelp | 

Adventure Playground is a 40 year old park, located in heart of the Bay Area, sitting at the edge of the Berkeley Marina. With FREE admission, parents with older kids, have a park open to creative hands, and open to imagination. Written as one of the Top 10 Best Playgrounds in the National Geographic, Adventure Playground has won the heart of many parents and children.

There’s fun in the simple things. A wonderful way to exercise cause and effect with our children. Parents (moms in general) come in your dirty/gym clothes, this isn’t a place to look cute, but to get down and dirty with your kids, grabbing a hammer, nails, and some paint!!

Explore the playground, adding additional details with the wood located in the back. Add on to the already built playground, or find an open space, and create something on your own.

Open during the weekends during the school year, but open all summer months long! Adventure Playground was a destination as my family had our annual summer visit to the Bay Area, while we stayed in San Francisco. My boys (ages 6 & 10), had an excellent time, where we didn’t want to leave. I was so unprepared, not knowing my children wanted to stay hours until closing.

Be Prepared During Your Visit!:

  1. Dirty Clothes/Gym Clothes
  2. Sneakers/Tennis Shoes
  3. Bring Extra Clothes
  4. Baby Wipes
  5. Snacks! Already prepped lunch!
  6. Cooler – Water bottles/Juice Boxes!

My boys loved working with the hammer and saw (mommy – overlooking everything.) NOTE, this isn’t a place for young young children. Seriously, this park is definietly for the older kids. But whatever parenting style you are (helicopter, ghost, no-boundaries) your children will have fun regardless!!

Overall, I can see why this is ranked as one of the Top 10 Outdoor Playgrounds in the nation. You can come knowing that your kids will get dirty and might rip their clothes, and with having two boys, that is the most important thing. Knowing that you’re kids will have FUN!! Adventure Playground in Berkeley  is just another reason why I love the Bay Area so much!!! Wish I had this as a child! My boys are so lucky their mama will always find a time to take them when in town!

 

East Bay Hidden Gem | Alameda Beach

I’ve been getting a little homesick from the Bay. Although, I love my life here in Sacramento, there are days where I’m completely missing the San Francisco Bay breeze blowing through the air. Along, with the beaches! Running everyday was never a problem for me in the Bay Area, because the weather was always good. I ran out of my house most days, and on weekends, I’d drive to the nearest Regional Park or State Beach — which was in Alameda | Crown Memorial State Beach was my beach. It’s like having a beach in the middle of suburbia, something not very common in most places. The entire beach encompasses a number of other beaches. It is also pretty clean as far as I can tell, whenever I came out for a morning run, or with my children.

Where can you find a long stretch of beautiful beach with frequent bathrooms, a gorgeous view of downtown SF, free available parking, and right across San Francisco? Alameda, CA!!! The whole area has a very relaxed vibe, and the water near the whole entire shore is pretty relaxed, without much of a rip tide.

For those not familiar with Alameda, its a city in Alameda County, California, United States. It is located on Alameda Island and Bay Farm Island, and is adjacent to and south of Oakland and east of San Francisco across the San Francisco Bay. Think, old suburbia, on an island, tucked away between Oakland & San Francisco!! Definietly, a hidden gem in the Bay!

Alameda Beach

Crown Memorial State Beach 

Address:

1451 8th St.

Alameda, CA 94501

Crown Memorial State Beach is a state park in the city of Alameda on the shores of San Francisco Bay. It is operated by East Bay Regional Parks District, under a cooperative agreement with the State of California and the City of Alameda. Take your kids, pack your sand pails, and enjoy a good book. Crown Memorial only attracts, good vibes, families, runners, and those just looking to relax and enjoy the SF View. (Can you tell why I miss the Bay soo much?!)

Officespace In My Purse

 

Happy Sunday fellow readers! It’s been awhile since I’ve been on blogging, but it’s always been on my mind! So much has been going on, with the school year, the kids, and also working part time at two jobs! YES TWO!! This mama is back in the game! As some of you know, I’m an Instructional Assistant to a Kindergarten class here in Sacramento! I’m in the same Unified School District with my own children, which is great because, we their off, I’m off! Our vacations are totally in-sync!!

As for my newest job, I work for one of the general hospitals here in Sacramento as an Administrative Assistant!! If you’ve never had a position within the healthcare world, boy oh boy, their interview process wasn’t that rigorous as I thought it would be, but it was the job steps in getting cleared through Human Resources, and the hospital. Very very step heavy, and something I’ve gone through. Anyhow, you’re girl is back into the work world doing two things that make me happy, provide for my family, as well, as keep me in check in life, routine and schedule.

Speaking of schedules, now having 2 jobs now has be driving to and from places like a mad woman. Gym in the early AM, dropping off the kids to school, going to job 1, fitting in groceries, getting my second work-out in, prepping dinner, bringing the children to karate, then going to my second job…Everything has me working from my car. And with that, I need a journal, and a few basic office supplies always on hand.
Here’s a post on basic stationary I keep handy as this mother works 2 jobs, and balances out life as a wife, mother, and employee. Daiso EDITION!!

“The Japanese dollar store,” is known for their cute, “kawaii” designs that make everything in their retailer different from the normal dollar general retailer. From stationary, health & beauty, Japanese products, to kitchen & dining. Enter at your own risk, as Daiso may surprise you!! I’ve been able to avoid Target for the longest time because I’ve shifted my mind-set to Daiso everything. #DaisoHack #AvoidingTarget

From the cutest stationary sets, of normal standard sized envelopes, to the cutest, tiny-itty,-bitty panda printed envelopes you can find!!! So kawaii ya’ll!!!!

High quality pencils, pens, calligraphy pens, markers, colored pencils, to journals, planners, wallets, and office supplies. Majority of things costing $1.50!!! I also scored this cute pencil zipper case ($1.50!) It fits perfectly in my purse which holds my laptop, along with files for work, and other planners I normally hold.

I’m seriously a walking-wanna-be-kindergarten teacher, with office flare. Ok, ok..That was my attempt to be a little funny. But girl, look at that white, and black graph-print pencil case! Does it scream Etsy/UrbanOutfitters inspired?! You would have never known it was from Daiso, it I didn’t mention it! I’m planning to purchase a whole bunch, just cause it’s $1.50!!! HELLO, I see make-up bag, bags to hold my ear-buds, and other cords, and also tampons! YUP. A little TMI, but shoot! For reals ladies!!!

Being a busy working mom on the go, phone-calls, appointments, meetings, all come up to the surface when in my car. So having my little travel friendly office supplies on me in my purse, comes definietly handy, as I can simply, pull over, or while I’m wait

Be Our Guest

Every summer family from out of town come to visit us here Sacramento. With having a guest bedroom to spare for our once-in-awhile, guests I took it up to my inner interior designer to add more decorative details to the room. I took inspiration from my past Airbnb visits from Beverly Hills and San Francisco. A little bit of some high end inspo, with some budget-friendly-smart shopping items.

If you’re a fellow reader, I’m sure you’ll remember the gold table I was crushing over with my 90210 apartment home. It was a CB2 Gold Bistro Table in stationed in the kitchen nook. That week in Los Angeles, I made that table my work table! If new to the blog, you can check that blog post  | HERE |

The above table, can be purchased here at CB2

Watermark Brass Bistro Table ($249)

The patio/ bistro table gives any living space that modern feel perfect to sit one and a laptop, or two, to enjoy a cup of tea or a meal! From the smooth surface, to sleep style, you can sit comfortably anywhere!! Mix match with chic bistro metal seats, or even a wooden chair!! This table in my June Airbnb was my pop-up kitchen nook office. I fell in love with it, onced I arrived in LA, and I still can’t stop thinking about it.

SO! Enough with the drooling. CB2 priced this brass bistro at almost $250! YIKES! A hell-to-the-NO. Here’s what I did in my guest bedroom to create this similar look.

For starters, you always need to start with the big ticket items. For this living space being a guest bedroom, we obviously needed a bed. Now, to be honest, we only get about 4-5 visitors that sleepover during the entire year, so investing in a fancy bed wasn’t needed. The husband and I purchase this simple pullout bed from IKEA. (Not pictured – due to real life problems | My laundry was all over the daybed, which I wasn’t about to fold, to take a picture of. Sorry. Not sorry.)

Here’s the pullout sleeper sofa we purchased from IKEA | HIMMENE |

HIMMENE Sleeper sofa, Lofallet beige

Cost: $449.00

This sofa converts into a spacious bed quickly and easily. When you pull the underframe upwards, it folds down the backseat and creates a Full to almost Queen sized bed.

Now, that we have the main bed situated, everything else was pretty much easy to add. A lot of wall space was needing decor, but also functional items for my guests. Here’s was I’ve added on my walls:

  • Circle Nautical Wooden Frame Mirror | Clearance Find @Target ($11.98)
  • Chalk Sign | Marshall’s ($8)
  • Faux Greenery | Michael’s Craft Store & DIY
  • Wicker Basket Plates | ALL Thrifted ($1-$2 Each)
  • Ornate Brass Decorative Piece | Thrifted ($3)

Creating budget friend living spaces may sound difficult to many, but when you block out the distractions of “high end,” and quite expense items from West Elm to even some Target brands such as Nate Berkins, I can understand blowing your budget may come easy. BUT no fear here!! Tiffany got’s you!!! Keeping an eye out for clearance items, and checking your local thrift store will always have items for you. All you have to do is be open to the hunt!!! I promise you, being fabulously frugal isn’t scary. It’s a wonderful way of saving!!!!

Stay tuned for upcoming posts on inexpensive ideas during vacations and get-aways for the family! I’ve have tons of experience on saving and finding great alternatives that work for the family and of course, your wallet!!

 

 

Summer Floral Crown

How adorable are summer floral crowns? During the summer days at outdoor markets, music festivals, to summer bbqs, there’s always an occasion to wear these dreamy bohemian crowns. Here’s a tutorial I’d love to share, as I made a bohemian flower crown, for the perfect for a summer city wedding. Nothing to fancy, just love, city hall, and a touch of boho.

All the following items can be found at your local craft store. They can also be found at WalMart in the craft department, and also at the DollarTree!! Yes! The DollarTree/Dollar General/99 Cent Store!

What You’ll Need:

  • Floral Tape
  • Scissors
  • Wire Pliers
  • Twine/Decorative Neutral Ribbon
  • Faux Florals
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

  1. Starting with preparing your flowers, start by cutting the flowers down off their stems using your wire pliers. Leave enough length to work with, as we need them to bend around the head.
  2. Flowers should be cut by the neck, and long greenery stems should have a longer length. Repurpose the green leaves from rose’s as well! They are great fillers towards the end of the project!
  3. Arrange all cut pieces to in groups.
    This helps create an easy work method, for easy efficiently, and careful creative selection. I’d place all my florals together, separating the roses large pinks and small white in separate piles.
  4. Once separated, start designing your floral crown. Carefully select different sizes, and place them together.
  5. Place large greenery stems towards the back, which would be against the head, and the small dainty florals, towards the outside.**Having the florals facing outward will look more visually compelling, along with having a strong dynamic look, so while creating your floral crown, also we aware of the weight distribution. Try to avoid compiling heavier rose buds to one side. Regardless, the floral crown will look amazing no matter what!!
  6. Cut, snip, trim as you go. Once you find the grouping you like, start wrapping the floral tape around the access stems. Gather as you go, similar to a french braid.
  7. Continue wrapping the floral tape along with each access stem until you reached the start point.
  8. Tighten, and reenforce for floral tape if needed.
  9. Try on your floral crown, and fix the weight. However it feels, is how it’ll fit for you, or whoever will be wearing it. If it’s comfortable on your head, it’ll definietly be comfortable on another.

And voila!!!  You’re ready to wear your floral crown!! The perfect easy accessory for a music festival, wedding, bridal shower, or photoshoot!!! Secure the floral crown if needed with bobby-pins. Otherwise enjoy your new bohemian style floral crown forever!!