Trust your instincts!

I wanted to write a quick post to remind you about the importance of trusting your instincts and your intuition… I didn’t plan on writing a faith post today, but I went through a situation recently that I felt extremely uneasy about. My instincts were telling me to keep my guard up so I kept asking God for clarity as to why. I had no clear reason to feel the way I was feeling – none of it made any sense! It’s like what was before me seemed perfectly fine, but whatever was hidden from my view wasn’t. And I hadn’t the slightest clue as to what it was that I wasn’t aware of. Have you ever felt like that? Suddenly, God reminded me of a dream a close friend of mine had shared with me years ago (concerning my life…) and that dream was exactly what I was going through then & somehow it was also extravagantly relevant to what I was experiencing all these years later.  My jaw dropped when I recalled her telling me about the dream. The words she used were applicable for my…

How to Make Flan with Only 5 Ingredients

Do you like flan?… I absolutely love it! It’s been my favorite dessert since childhood and I’ve always been so curious about how it’s made. If you don’t know what FLAN is, it’s a sweet & creamy custard that’s made with eggs & milk… and it. is. divine.  I stumbled on this delicious recipe last November when one of my aunts shared it on Facebook. It caught my attention because I was pondering what desserts to make for Thanksgiving… and when I saw this flan, it just made perfect sense! I had never attempted to make flan before so it was long overdue – especially since I’m on a mission to fill my life with all the things I love; and learning how to make it myself is a part of the process that helps me enjoy life even more. The recipe seemed easy enough so I tested it out on Thanksgiving Day and the flan came out PERFECTLY. It was, honestly, the best flan I had ever tasted! You know how some flans are thick and heavy? Or when you’re…

A Complete DIY 1st Birthday & Cake Smash

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we pulled off this DIY 1st Birthday photoshoot and Cake Smash for our littlest princess! For months I planned and prepared for this.  And I, of course, made sure to have as many handmade touches as possible… I designed & sewed the dress, made the flower crown, baked and decorated the birthday cake, made the cake-topper… and envisioned a scene perfect for the littlest princess in our family.  She is, after all, our rainbow baby, and true-life dream come true, but that’s a story for another day. I’ve done a few cake smashes in the past, but none compared to this one!  This was my 1st cake smash as a mom since I never had one for my 2 older kids… AND I planned on photographing it.  The whole process wasn’t easy, and I knew it wasn’t going to be, but I think that’s what made it all the more pleasurable when everything started coming together. Preparation – The Night Before I stayed up most of the night before the actual cake…

Take Your Kids to Work Day – Toddler Tantrums and Reflections.

We participated in “Take your Sons and Daughters to Work Day” this year on April 27th. My kids look forward to this day all year long since they get the opportunity to tag along with their dad to his office in NYC. They get to commute by bus and train… and walk the streets of NY like little bosses. Addi went for the first time 2 years ago, and last year, Zali tagged along with them. This year,  I decided to join them. Two years before, I was pregnant… and then last year, I stayed home with our infant, Kari. Kari’s now a toddler and not attached to my body 24/7 like before so I felt a little empowered (by my bit of freedom) to venture out and explore the city with my tiniest human while my older homeschoolers went to work with their dad. My plan was to travel with my husband and the kids to NYC and then walk them all to Ash’s work office. I would give them hugs & kisses, and then Kari & I would be off to explore the city! It was going to be…

100% Cotton Rounds – Make it Yourself!

Hello to you all! I hope life has been treating you well. It has been a rough few weeks over here and I’m happy to finally get an opportunity to share this Make It Yourself tutorial for Reusable 100% Cotton Rounds. These rounds can be used in countless ways! You can use them to remove makeup, as a facial scrub when coupled with face wash, as a nursing pad, or even as baby wipes. Talk about being versatile! About a month or so ago, my friend, Bertha, from high school, reached out to me. She was curious to know  if I could make her some of these cotton rounds using her infant son’s cloth diaper flats. Bertha is all about living a minimalist lifestyle and she focuses on researching healthy alternatives for every day things we normally use that may pose a risk to our environment and/or our health. Her goal is to reduce waste in whatever ways she can and to inform and encourage others to do the same though consuming less and in turn, living more. She’s amazing! And I admire her for her efforts to change the world with one…

Beginner Sewing Techniques for Kids – Part 2

Are you ready to teach your kid(s) some more Beginner Sewing Techniques? ♥ If you haven’t already read PART ONE, it’s located here.  Last month, I introduced my 8 year old son and 5 year old daughter to sewing. After practicing the techniques I shared about in my previous post (Part 1), both were ready to attempt sewing with a real sewing needle almost immediately after. They weren’t scared at all at the thought of using an actual needle… and honestly, neither was I… not anymore! Finally, I felt confident in their ability to hold the needle properly and to pay attention when practicing their stitches. That was a major goal concerning sewing – getting them comfortable with holding the needle and piercing the fabric with it… without any fear! In fact,  my 5 year old girl and 8 year old boy both blurted out “Wow! This is so much fun!” while doing this new sewing activity… and my mommy ears couldn’t have been happier! That’s what it’s all about, you know? It’s gotta be fun for them. And when…

Princess Belle’s Dress Reveal – A Couture Beauty and the Beast Inspired 1st Birthday Dress

Hey guys and gals! I’ve been busy working on a custom order for a 1st birthday dress. The inspiration? Belle’s gorgeous gown from Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast just so happens to be one of my favorite Disney movies EVER and if you’re around my age or have kids, it’s probably one of yours too! This movie brings back so many beautiful childhood memories whenever I hear “Tale as old as time…” Do you recall the ballroom scene when Belle dances with the Beast? The way her dress sways with each move… isn’t it just perfect? The ballroom, the dress… the storyline… everything!?! This movie is unforgettable and the design of Princess Belle’s gown is spectacular to say the least! I was so excited to have an opportunity to design my version of it. Design Considerations – Movie vs. Real Life When thinking up the design for my Belle inspired dress, I knew I wanted it to exude elegance. It had to be fitting for a young child though so I didn’t want it sweeping the floor…