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December 2017

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Close of Another (Short) Era

This year has been incredibly wonderful to say the least. Prosperous, even, as my Auntie C had put it in the a holiday card. This year has been filled with many stresses, but enjoyable still. So many moving parts with our lives. So many significant events in 2017… (maybe one day I’ll tell you) and tons of hosting large parties this year. I enjoy the planning process and putting everything together in the background, and it has been such a joy to share my visions with others. Although I wouldn’t say it’s pay-me event planner status, I’ve been pretty impressed with my developing amateur skills. Hopefully with each passing party, it will get more focused and fluent. Less sweaty, hopefully, at the very least. More pictures, definitely.

As I look forward to the coming year, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for what is to come. Although most of the advice throughout my life has been variances of “be careful” and “you don’t know what you’re getting into”, I realized that life is really taken one step at a time, one minute at a time, one breath at a time. So far, it’s been much easier this way, less worrying about what I cannot control. I would say 2017 was mostly spent learning to let go. Still definitely a work in progress, I am only human, but it has been helping to be in my current state, to feel helpless, to feel frustrated at the lack of mobility and restrictions, and also to learn to let go of it, and realize the beautiful (and thoroughly amazing) process that is happening. Sort of like driving a Prius and sitting in traffic.

Some part of me is somewhat skeptical. I keep running through my mind that maybe my wishes won’t come true in the end, but I think about the journey that I’ve embarked on, and all the people that have come into my life to stay now, and I know it won’t be for naught. This year has taught me about how much community I have, how much loving family, and how not alone I am. There will always be people to celebrate with you, to laugh with you, to cry with you, and mostly, to love you. So although this “era” was short and sweet this year, it was a full year to fully enjoy and relish in all the good things that have happened, and this year I’ve never felt more loved.

If your year didn’t go as well, please remember, not everyone’s journey is roses and peaches. Sometimes you have to live for 30 years in darkness before you see the light. And feel it. Truly feel it, no matter what comes. Don’t give up on yourself. And as everyone keeps telling you, it’s true. It’s all in your head. Be grateful for all the wins, no matter how small. Take a moment to breathe every day.

Best of luck.

0 In Maker

#WIP – Basket Weave Baby Blanket (Crochet)

I don’t think I’ve ever estimated how many balls I need for a blanket properly… This is 2′ or 24″ wide. But that’s the last of my four balls of grey The Baby Wool (100% baby alpaca). J let me finish my project instead of making me unravel it, so I got to order 3 more in the mail based on WAK’s Skein Converter. In order to make the $60USD for free shipping deal, I added another color skein of baby alpaca and 3 balls of The Pima Cotton. 😍 And now we wait for my happy yarn mail from WAK…

Oh, P.S. I ordered a bunch of skeins from DROP Yarns also via Nordic Mart… SO MUCH YARN. ☺️ So happy. Will post pictures of the haul when it arrives…


If you want to learn this technique,  please check out Bella Coco on YouTube! I added a third row to make it more even to my eyes, but after you learn it, super easy to design how you want it! I used a Clover soft touch crochet hook in 5.00mm or US size H to make this pattern on The Baby Wool from We Are Knitters.

0 In Food

feel good food plan – from healthyish

The Feel Good Food Plan from healthyish of 2018 begins January 2!

At the beginning of the year, every one and his mom usually embarks on their new year resolutions, and general attempt at getting into good habits. I thought this plan was well thought out and includes shopping lists, and wonderfully (pictured) recipes. I might give this one a go this year since I cannot join on the church-wide fast.

So you want to feel amazing this year? Forget the detox. The Feel Good Food Plan is a mind-body-belly strategy for getting the most out of 2018. It’s not about counting calories or cutting out foods. It’s about finding joy in healthy cooking through whole foods, simple techniques, and tons of flavor. Starting on January 2, we’re cooking five just-so-happen-to-be healthy dinners each week for two weeks. We’re mastering lunch prep once and for all. We’re getting out of our breakfastruts. We’re getting all kinds of inspired. And we’re eating dessert. Obviously!

All the recipes are dishes we’d cook any time of year. The dinners are made to be cooked in under an hour, with ten or fewer ingredients that are easy to find in the grocery store. We left out preservatives and refined sugars, and many of these recipes are already gluten-free and Whole-30 friendly. Some, like this broccoli and tofu and these cashew noodles, are naturally vegan. If you want to know how to adapt a recipe, leave us a comment on Instagram or email us at healthyish@condenast.com and we’ll try to help. Above all, this plan is flexible. You can cook the recipes straight through or work them into your regular cooking routine.

Want in? First off, make sure you’re signed up for the Healthyish newsletter before January 2, so you always know what to cook each night, and follow us on Instagram, where we’ll be giving away free stuff and sharing extra tips for mastering the Feel Good Food Plan (and life) in 2018.

Source: https://www.bonappetit.com/story/feel-good-food-plan-welcome

Don’t forget to get a copy of their PDF plan in case it’s not available later in the year… Because anytime is a good time to start good habits!

0 In Maker

We Are Knitters

Scroll through the gallery to see the beautiful skeins! 

Christmas Sale at We Are Knitters meant a mini yarn haul!

I purchased a gift card for 20% off, then turned around and used it for 10 balls of the meriwool (100% superwash merino wool) and 5 of the baby wool (100% alpaca). Ahh, so soft and beautiful! This is the stuff yarn dreams are made of. Well, mine anyway. I have projects lined up for these babies and will post up my WIP (work in progress) soon…

Use code MGMEMHJ0Z for $12 off your next purchase at WAK.

0 In Life

Kate Somerville – Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream

I was lucky enough to receive this pot of gold as one of my gifts this year. I wanted to write a review on it since I don’t really keep up with conventional skincare anymore. (I still make my own skincare products, sans face wash.)

The packaging feels a bit luxurious and I thought the soft purple translucent container was beautiful. The dispenser is unique, you push down to have product released into the bowl. For me, it actually put too much product on, but I can definitely appreciate the sanitary nature of not dipping your fingers into a tub.

The moisturizer didn’t feel as light as other reviewers had stated, it was more of a creamy texture, in line with the name of the product. This was great though considering it is winter time and my skin has been mauled by the dry patchiness of the brisk chilly winter season. Despite my hopes for a one-night-wonder, it still left my skin a bit patchy this morning, but interestingly enough, glowing in the other regions of my face. My face doesn’t feel as dry as it did a few nights ago, and I’d imagine with continual use that there will be a much more significant improvement. I appreciate that the product was chosen for me with sensitive skin and more natural ingredients. Good pick!

As far as it becoming a staple in my regime… I think I still prefer my all natural homemade products, but will definitely be using this until it’s gone. Savoring, even. Thanks, L!

0 In Maker

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

This Christmas season I made most of my close families custom Christmas ornaments.

Ribbon, snow, and acrylic craft ornament obtained at Michael’s. Snow inside can be found at the train and small figurines section. (They also carry glass craft ornaments but usually the glass ones go quick. If you can stand to wait, you want to go about early December for the best deals/coupons.) The red glossy vinyl sticker was custom printed/cut from a Cricut with Magnolia Sky font (free). Lastly, I used Contact Paper as transfer paper. Easy peasy!

The first few ornaments I made were a little bit crooked because the ornament has a round surface, so don’t forget it when you make one of your own. 👍

Enjoy!

0 In Food

Homemade Pizza

Pizza is a heavy rotation in the month also, and recently we have been experimenting with homemade doughs. Today we changed from all purpose to bread flour… Still perfecting the recipe for you guys. But here’s a picture of our latest creation!

Nitrate free pepperoni, red onions, white button mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce. I tried to put pineapple on it but was quickly vetoed… It was cooked in a Lodge cast iron pizza pan traditional oven this time, as opposed to the non stick pizza pan for the Breville, and we made the crust much thicker than our usual pizza. Recipe is definitely getting there…

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NordVPN

If you are looking for a VPN service to search the internet more securely and do things in general on the world wide web, NordVPN is having a 3 year deal right now for $99.00USD which comes out to be $2.75/month. Use code 3ydeal to get it at check-out!

This is a super great service to use especially if you’re on public WiFi a lot. They offer downloads that are browser specific or you can secure your whole computer. 6 total running applications of it at one time allowed.

Lifehacker has a great post on why a VPN is talk of the town of late.

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Home Study YogaGlo & Meditation with Headspace

Update: Headspace is having a sale on 40% off on their annual subscription totaling $58USD for the year. Click here for details!

That’s probably not a whole lot of days… But to be fair, it’s a new app for me. And I love it. It’s called Headspace. It’s a meditation program geared towards not only teaching you how to meditate, but also to help you maintain the habit. If you get through all their Basics and want more, you can subscribe to their packages, currently (USD) $12.99 monthly rate, $7.99/month annual rate, and $399.99 lifetime. This is definitely an interesting concept to subscribe to something like this (at least from my POV), and you can also subscribe through their app on iOS or Android thereby (possibly?) applying store (iTunes or Google Play) credit. I’m still getting through all their Basics series so will keep you posted if a subscription is in my future… A major draw for me is the integration with HealthKit and Apple Watch. What’s the point of doing stuff if it’s not documented?!

The other service I signed up for was yoga home study with YogaGlo. (They also have meditation classes which I’ve assigned myself.) This one is pretty straight forward, $18.99/month for unlimited yoga. That’s not too bad considering one class at a studio can run you about $20-$25. They have a pretty extensive collection of different classes geared towards all levels and practices, even including specialized yoga such as prenatal/postnatal. I actually did subscribe to them briefly back in 2011 or so, and they have since come a really long way. They have great app integration on all the major platforms, as opposed to other home study yoga classes which use a browser. (I personally found browsers really limited and prefer using apps. Apps hold your place and settings better than a browser.) They also offer sequence classes over a few weeks and calendar reminders for you to get your butt on your mat.

Woohoo!

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Accidental Pork Stew

J accidentally got chicken juice on the extra tomatoes so we decided to Crock Pot the leftover ingredients which turned into pork stew! We used mostly what we had in the fridge and pantry to make it. Turned out pretty good!

Pork shoulder, tomatoes, diced tomato can, onions, garlic, white wine, turkey broth, small yellow potatoes. Over rice, because, I am Asian and that’s what I eat. …Also because I didn’t have bread of any kind.