Thursday, July 3, 2014

Street Food Tuesday

I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to food. I can appreciate a delicious and well-prepared meal like the rest of them but between the "eat to live" and "live to eat" camps. I'd say I eat to live...until our recent move to the suburbs. While in the city, we took for granted that restaurants with the utmost fresh ingredients were a dime a dozen; that we could eat Thai food from Thai town, Chinese food from Chinatown, Korean food from Koreatown (oh, you get the picture) all within a 5 mile radius. But most of all, we simply miss, trying new food. I know there are plenty of fantastic restaurants in our new area, but the suburbs so heavily spotted with fast food and chain restaurants made us lose hope before we even started...which is why Street Food Tuesday was perfect.

Belly BombZ: Bomb Dust Fries with Parmesan + Garlic & Thyme Fries 

Belly BombZ: Mom's Recipe Wings

It starts with the food. There's a plethora of good eats to choose from and everything sounded delicious. We were thrilled to be trying new fare and leaving much untasted gives us good reason to do it again. There were also numerous dessert trucks to choose from including froyo, baked goods, crepes and shaved snow. But in the end, what takes this experience from good to great is the atmosphere...

It feels like camping but without packing to be in the woods or having to go unshowered. It has the benefits of being outdoors and having to come up with unconventional ways to keep the kids entertained, without ipads and television. You're roughing it just enough to ignore the fact that your kids' hands may not be as clean as they should be or that watermelon juice is dripping down the front of their shirt. It may seem odd at first that you're camped in front of a Home Depot but the group next to you is doing the same thing and there's a camaraderie. 

Mike and I are settling into the area and discovering that the suburbs have a lot more to offer than we gave it credit. And to capture the moment, a picture with all of us in it made possible by this little setup.

If you don't see what I'm talking about it, look again :) I love having a group photo with everyone in it and extra happy that everyone's looking (a rarity when you have young kids)! It was remote controlled and awesome! Thankful to my friend for coming prepared.

In other Ahn-goings, Zane just turned one. We threw him a Superhero-themed, traditional Korean first birthday called a dol. (See Zoe's here.) It's unreal to me how quickly the first year passes and how distinct his personality has become. I'll be sharing pictures in upcoming posts.

p.s. Photo Credit for photos no. 3, 5, and 8 to D.C. Thank you!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

DIY Succulent Place Cards

I was pretty proud of myself that these place cards for a bridal shower included actual living/breathing plants. I have the blackest thumb ever. It's true that succulents are one of the most, if not THE most forgiving plant to work with but *pat* *pat* on my back nonetheless, because there's not much I'm getting right these days. I've got the severest case of "mommy" brain and managed to lose my wallet plus a few of Zoe's prized Frozen paraphernalia, this and this. I guess I'm still doing better than that time I left the car running with the keys in it for 8 hours...or at least that's what the husband said to cheer me up.

I've been crushing on these ribbon banner images and hand-lettered the names of guests on them. Then, in all honesty, I stared at them for a few days wondering how I could display them. 

I spotted this image on Pinterest and figured how hard could it be? Luckily, not at all. I used a gold this time but fell in love with the rose gold that wouldn't have quite worked on the terracotta. So I'm keeping that in mind for another project.

I was very pleasantly surprised to see how many different variations of succulents there were and learned a thing or two about taking care of them. Did you know you could grow an entirely new succulent plant from a stem? It's called propagating and reminded me of how you can put green onions in a glass of water and not have to buy green onions again...for a while at least. 

I managed fairly well without any official gardening tools. I used a teaspoon and Zoe's miniature sand shovel. I'm sure it all could have been less of an ordeal... you can see, it got much messier before it got pretty. I confess, it would have been half as messy if I'd just gotten up to get a normal-sized spoon. The mess spanned a mere 3 by 3 feet portion of my front patio so I'd say it's a pretty low-maintenance, low-mess project all-in-all.

I haven't decided yet which are my favorite. It's hard not to be cute when it's a mini-anything. They made their way to an all white tablescape with orange and green accents.

I definitely gained a bit of courage after working on this project and now we have a blooming strawberry plant growing under mine and Zoe's care. We'll keep you updated on that. Zoe's 4 now and we've been able to work on a lot of projects together. She helped color the instagram signs in the pic below. 

One of my latest posts was of my sweet guy just having been born and I can't believe I'm saying he'll be one next month. The first year goes by so quickly and I'm cherishing my time when these kiddos are little. I'm not going to lie, being a mom is the hardest thing I've ever done and not all moments are cherishable but it's still so amazing.

(Update: We found both of Zoe's Frozen items and someone found and returned my wallet to me.)

Friday, July 5, 2013

I heart: Vintage Floral

I haven't done an "I heart" post since this one over a year ago and just had to do one for vintage floral. I've loved them as long as I can remember and lived through being called old-fashioned and dated before it became more common. Vintage floral print is so popular now it's on everything from clothes to bags and even straws. I kind of agree that they should go on any and everything because it's fun, feminine, light and just plain pretty.

From these lovely decorations... these skirts and dresses...

...our gadgets... cakes...

...and flowers themselves in vintage tins as vases...

...I kind of can't get enough. Can you? I used nuances of vintage floral fabric throughout the decorations for Zoe's 1st Birthday Party here and hope to incorporate more of it into our home decor. I already love when Zoe wears vintage floral. It's just adorable on little girls. 

As you already know if you saw this post, I'm on maternity leave until September. For those of you who have reached out to me for calligraphy projects and I've had to say no, I will be back up and running this fall. Thank you.

Image Source: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | Zoe's Sweater

Friday, June 28, 2013

Zane Is Here!

On Father's Day, we had a baby boy! Zane Micah was born at 8:36pm weighing 8 pounds and 2 ounces, measuring 21 inches long. He was three days past due date but right on time to bless Mike with the best Father's Day gift a dad could receive.

He looks a lot like big sister and she just adores him (so far). I have high hopes for this sibling duo and hope they grow to love and support each other while having each other's backs.

Mike and I are just thrilled to see our family grow. We've forgotten a lot about taking care of a newborn in three years but embrace learning all over again.

And I'm on Maternity Leave!! I can't tell you how much this makes me want to yelp a hardy "WOOT! WOOT!" The first time I was on leave after having Zoe was the first break from work since I was 15. I've always held a job or multiple since I could get a worker's permit and there is nothing better than taking a break and getting paid for it. I'm soaking this time with Zane up and hoping to get a few sewing projects in. I've been addicted to Pinterest and eagerly await for him to be on a predictable schedule so I can squeeze making this, this and this in.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


I've been on a blogging hiatus that's been hard to break. At first I had pretty good reasons not to blog like being sick or stressed or just plain busy but now with a lot of projects underway and fun things to share, I find myself kicking myself that I haven't been more disciplined to write up a post.

My most debilitating quality will be hesitating due to over-thinking and the hiatus has made me over-analyze myself and the blog. What am I about? Am I current? Is the blog still a reflection of me now or burdensome continuation of who I used to be a year ago? Blogging shouldn't be so thought provoking or should it? It should and that's the beauty of it.

It's spring and despite my black thumb, I've accumulated a lovely collection of yellow flowers on my dining table. They make me want to post...even if it is to say, blog or not, I work to make things beautiful in our life; beautiful, creative, and fun. But mostly that when things inspire you this much, they must be shared.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Will you be my Valentine?

This is the first year that Zoe has classmates. And though sending her to school was a small heartbreak and a major adjustment, things are going fantastic! She loves yoga, ballet and gym classes not to mention music and rhythm hour, but most of all her Korean-speaking skills are, let's just say, soon to exceed both mine and Mike's. To say that I'm proud of her is an understatement. She started young when Mike went back to work and I worried, actually, I agonized over it but now she doesn't barely give me a second look before she runs off.

The perks of having a community of her very own peers has far outweighed any downfalls. And the experiences have been overwhelmingly priceless like her very first Christmas show. And now, her first Valentine's Day...

I wanted to do something different for the kids and decided on candy necklaces because it combines the very grown-up idea of gifting jewelry and Valentine's Day.

I get ahead of myself and daydream about the days she'll have an actual Valentine. It makes me a bit excited for her and a bit worried at the same time. Let me just reel myself back into present time and calm down a bit. She's just two-going-on-three after all. For now, I can enjoy these simple moments...

...sprinkling rice krispy treats in her pajamas (when she should be in bed)...

...a heart-shaped treat for dad...

...and a rhombus for mom. (Thanks to Team Umi Zoomi she actually said rhombus.)

...and decorating her first home-made Valentine's Day card.

It's been a fun-filled week of Valentine's Day crafting starting with these mailboxes and all that's left to do is indulge in the candy and lots and lots of love this Love Day 2013.

See what we did Love Day 2012. What are your Valentine's Day 

p.s. I'm linked up here.
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