Showing posts from June, 2014

Boys Mickey Mouse Room Makeover

One of my goals this summer break was to re-decorate the boys room. They've been bugging for awhile now that they did not want their "crayon room" anymore.

Back in 2011, I had re-decorated the "nursery" and make it into a "big boys" room. Ok, so not really a "big" boys room but no longer the "baby" room. I wanted to have the boys feel like they had "their" room to encourage them to sleep in their own room. We took out the crib and toddler bed and headed to Ikea to pick up "big boy" beds. After asking Jelo several times what kind of theme he wanted for the room,(space, Toy Story, animals, etc), he finally said a "crayon room mommy". So, here's how the 2011 re-decor turned out:
Now my boys have grown out of the crayon phase. I'm learning now that their bedroom decor preferences will probably change a few more times as they grow up. I'm sure they'll come a time when they'll not be able …

A Night Out at Juniper & Ivy

I'm so proud of my cousin Tara

I use her story as an example often when doing college and career counseling. Out of high school, Tara went to California State University Northridge to study Art. Art is a passion and a talent of hers. Succumbing to life's financial pressures, she left CSUN for a technical school to study nursing. Tara's mom, my aunt, encouraged the study of nursing. It was after all, what she believed, a good paying job and pretty much guaranteed job security. Half way through the program, Tara realized she didn't want to do nursing. She didn't like it at all. It wasn't a passion of hers and she couldn't see herself in the career of nursing. This is when she followed her heart and decided to study Culinary Arts. She loves food. She grew up trying all kinds of different kinds of food. The study of culinary arts still allowed her to be in the field of the arts and explore her creativity.

She's now a few years out of culinary school and …

Throwback Thursday: Milkaholic Baby Shower

Baby showers are always so much fun! For today's Throwback Thursday I wanted to re-post (from my previous blog) a baby shower I helped host in honor by my sis-in-law back in 2012. I hope you enjoy the pictures just as much as I enjoyed doing all the DIY projects!

My sis-in-law had a great theme idea for her baby shower! It was inspired by this website: The custom labels, table tents, banner, and poster was all DIY using a laser printer and Avery labels. The layered "hot choco" containers at from Ikea and filled with SwissMiss cocoa mix, chocolate chips and marshmallows. The "milk" bottles are from and filled with marshmallows, white sour balls, and white chocolate covered gummy bears. The pushpop containers are some and filled with a layered Oreo Cheesecake.

This notebook for baby was purchased at Office Depot in the Martha Stewart section! Again, the inserts wer…

Kain Na Tayo! Kamayan Experience

"Kain na tayo" in Filipino means "let's all eat!" It's one of my favorite Filipino phrases to hear!

It's even better to eat in the "kamayan" style of the Philippines. "Kamay" means hands in the Filipino language. The traditional way of eating in the Philippines is with the hands, especially dishes that are "inihaw" (grilled) or "prito" (fried). When eating, one would take rice pressed together with his fingers and pick up pieces of the main dish. Large banana leaves are used in place of plates. 
Kamayan is rarely seen in the city areas of the Philippines. The western influences in the city areas makes it common practice to use spoons and forks. Filipinos tend to feel the spirit of kamayan when eating during out of town trips to the provinces, beach vacations, and town fiestas. Eating kamayan, for me, is a way of "coming home" and brings with it a spirit of community. 
A few months back, we visited Villa…

The Massage that Comes to Your Office

I'm so happy I'm now on summer vacation from work! When the students are on summer break, so am I! Yay! It's a time to reset, de-stress, and enjoy time with my family and friends!
On this Throwback Thursday, I think back to the last few weeks of the school year. It's always super busy and stressful. Clearing seniors for graduation, finalizing student class schedules for next school year, and making sure students are signed up for summer school takes up most of my time as a school counselor. The end of the school year is also when there are more students (and parents) having personal emotional issues where they are needing someone to talk to to get them through life's pressures. 
One of my counselor colleagues, Nestor, at the local adult school, whom I've worked with at Sweetwater High in the past, knows all too well the stresses of the end of the school year. Knowing this, he was kind enough to have his friend Akoni visit with our counseling team during one ou…

Balboa Park Resident Free Tuesdays

For me, every summer is a great opportunity to spend lots of quality time with my family. The busyness of the school year has all too wrapped up with routines where summer allows us to just take each day at a time!

One of the highlights for me each summer is the Resident Free Tuesdays at Balboa Park. The museums rotate Tuesdays to offer free admission to San Diego residents. Being a family of four, enjoying the museums at Balboa Park can get pricey, but thanks to the resident free Tuesdays, we're able to enjoy what Balboa Park has to offer at no cost.

Here is the schedule for the free Tuesdays at Balboa Park:

First Tuesday

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Centro Cultural de la Raza

San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego Natural History Museum (Not valid for 3-D films)

The Timken Museum of Art is always free.

Second Tuesday

Museum of Photographic Arts

San Diego History Center

Veterans’ Museum and Memorial Center

The Timken Museum of Art is always free.

Third Tuesday

San Diego Art Institute


Father's Day Fun at The Discovery Cube

During our trips to Disneyland, we've passed by the Discovery Cube on the Interstate 5 dozens of times. We've always made a point to visit "one day", but when we saw that there was going to be a Mythbusters interactive exhibit coming through, we had to schedule a visit. Hubby was so excited he actually asked for the visit for his "fathers day gift"!

There was so much to do inside the cube! My favorite was the bed of nails that I actually laid down on. My boys where amazed!

The boys liked the Eco-Challenge area which had an interactive screen on a shopping cart, a scanner, and an awesome pretend store that taught kids how to shop eco-friendly. There was also a recycle center! So very cool!

Of course hubby's favorite part was the Mythbusters Exhibit! The kids loved the "Toast - Butter Side Up or Down" exhibit with several different contraptions to test whether toast has a tendency to fall butter side up or down. Hubby couldn't resist the &qu…