Birthday Menu


My daughter chose "flowers" as the theme of her 5th birthday party. We celebrated at home with her friends. My mom and I prepared the dishes. This was her "fruit cake". I used watermelon, honey dew melon, blueberries, raspberries, pineapple (hearts & flowers) and tangerines with the help of few toothpicks. Kids loved it. This is the whole … [Read more...]

Organizing LEGO instruction booklets


I've written how I tried to contain the LEGO parts mess by storing them in ziplocs by color in this post. Since LEGO’s are both of my kids' the favorite toys and the toy that they spend time playing the most, we are continually accumulating new models. After I organized the parts and pieces, the instruction booklets started to become a bigger part … [Read more...]

Roasted Root Vegetable Medley


This recipe is a modified version of one of the dishes in Ultimate Reset. I have been receiving a big bag of Root Vegetable Soup mix from Fresh Picks for the last two shipments, I decided to cook this instead of cooking soup over and over. Ingredients: 1 big carrot 1 medium sweet potato 1 big red beet 1 medium yellow onion 1 yellow … [Read more...]

Art Class at Chicago Art and Design Center


I got a groupon for an art class at the Chicago Art and Design Center way back, most probably a year ago. As per the norm, of course, I decided to book my class one month prior to the looming expiration date. I went alone but most attendees were in groups. It is a BYOB event. Everyone had their wines. I recommend that you eat before the class, … [Read more...]

Repurpose: From toy chest to ottoman bench


We've been making some decor changes in the house since the kids are transitioning from toddler, preschooler setup to elementary setup. I have been trying to get rid of unused items through craigslist or simply by donating. I also try move around some items to reintroduce them with a better purpose. This almost-7-year-old IKEA toy chest is one of … [Read more...]

Post-Reset test results

This will be short. My results: Weight: Lost 6 lbs. ( (BMI from from 22.4 to 21.5) Cholesterol: dropped 19 pts. (practically non-existent at this point) LDL: dropped 37 pts. (way low) Body fat dropped from 32.2% to 29% Glucose level was normal, dropped just a bit. I also noticed my skin is clearer. I had some acne and red acne … [Read more...]

Ultimate Reset – Final Day

Today is the final day. Lunch with seaweed was almost unbearable, but I ate it no matter what. I was starving. Cucumber-avocado soup in dinner, compensated for the fishy smell of the seaweed. Then we were done. 21-days of cleanse. I am glad I've done this with my mom and my husband. It really helped to stick with it, not cheat and go through. I … [Read more...]

Ultimate Reset, Phase III Day 6

This is the day before the last. This week has been hard. It was hard not only because I was traveling for business for a part of it but also because I was constantly feeling hungry. Eating only fruits for breakfast doesn't keep me full until lunch. In addition to that, during my travel, I figured why my husband was complaining about being … [Read more...]

Ghost costume for kids- DIY


This is the easiest Halloween costume ever. My son came up with the idea and loved it. He got so many compliments for his costume. Sewing part was easy. The only issue, I really had to work on was his safety with the length of the costume. Materials: 2 yards of white muslin fabric White thread Black … [Read more...]

Ultimate Reset, Phase II, Day 5

We had fruits this morning. Lunch was miso and microgreen salad. I ate Day 6's dinner because it was harder to pack and bring it with me to the trip. Kabocha Squash with Tahini sauce. It was delicious. It was so filling that I had to skip the steamed veggies that was in the menu. I packed my lunches and meals for 4 days for my business trip. I … [Read more...]