Customized photo books as a gift


Since the beginning of the digital photo era, we spend more time taking pictures, capturing memories, but less time reminiscing those memories. Especially, in a family like ours where we take about 15-20 photos on a regular day and about 600-700 when we go on vacation, selecting photos, uploading and sharing them with remote family members is a big … [Read more...]

DIY shirts, Father’s Day gift for Simpsons fans


This is the gift we, I and the kids, gave to my husband last year as Father's day gift. I think he's tired of the Homer Simpson themed shirts, I buy for him. So this time, I decided to make a matching set of t-shirts for him and the kids. I purchased iron-on fabric transfer sheets and plain shirts to design the t-shirts. I found the images … [Read more...]

Traveling with Children: Tulum, Mexico


This is the third and the last part of our vacation to Cancun, Mexico and our day trips to Chichen Itza and Tulum. Mayan City of Tulum is on the Carribbean Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, south of Playa del Carmen. It is on the main road of "307", the same route that goes to some of the favorite theme parks such as Xel ha, Xcaret and Xplor. It took … [Read more...]


Every year, writing a birthday post gets harder. Explosion of feelings that my children ignite inside my chest, every minute, every hour, cannot be explained in one post. I am definitely one lucky mother, of two of the greatest kids ever. And my firstborn, my son, is turning 8 today. I am in total disbelief that I am a mother of an 8-year … [Read more...]

Raising Baby Chicks, Chicago Style


Last month, (April) my son's class setup an incubator in the class. They were learning about the eggs, life cycle of eggs and chickens. The eggs hatched on April 29th, as my son dutifully informed me. He was very excited. Few fays later, we got a notification letter asking for parents' permission to hold the chicks. He held the chicks. That Friday, … [Read more...]

My “The Blog Workshop Online Conference” experience


I've attended my very first blog conference, The Blog Workshop Online Conference, this past weekend. I was at home, enjoying the rare and beautiful sunny weather in Chicago with my family during the day and attending the conference in the evening from my laptop. I attended the conference in my office, in the living room and even in the backyard, … [Read more...]

Traveling with children: Chichen Itza, Mexico

Chichen Itza is one of the biggest and well-preserved archeological sites from Mayan Civilization that is quite close to Cancun. Since the world didn't end on 12.21.12, we decided to visit the site during our vacation in Cancun. We had a rental car and it took us about 2 hours to drive from Cancun to Chichen Itza. The roads were very well paved … [Read more...]

This weekend in Chicago


A list of activities in and around Chicago that are on my radar for this weekend. The weather forecast looks very promising. Enjoy the great weather, outdoors. Saturday, May 18 - Maker Faire Chicago: We buy Make Magazine. The fair should be interesting. Location: CarL Shurz High School, 3601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL Saturday-Sunday, May … [Read more...]