DIY Garage Ball Storage Rack


This project is one from the summer. The number of various balls in our house have been increasing over the summer. The football ball, basketball ball, soccer ball. The smaller ones for my daughter, the bigger ones for my son. We needed to organize all the balls and get them out of the way. You can find similar ball storage racks and organizers all … [Read more...]

Adler Planetarium Astro Overnights


We attended Adler Planetarium's Astro Overnights for kids, the first week of November. Even though we visit Adler at least once every year, neither I nor the children have visited Adler after dark. It was an evening well spent. Everyone including adults had great time and learned stuff that we didn't know. The weather was very mild that evening. … [Read more...]

How to roast chestnuts


I and my whole family love oven roasted chestnuts during cold night in winter (in Chiberia). It's better to buy them early on in the winter, even though it's more expensive. Later on, the yield of good quality chestnuts per purchase drop immensely and you start to get one good chestnut among a whole handful of molded ones. There is a trick to make … [Read more...]

Why I love reading parenting books


If you follow me on Goodreads, you know that I love reading books, mostly, parenting books. I have more books on my "to-read" shelf than "read" for obvious reasons. Some of the books I have or was planning to read are already outdated as my children grew out of 1-6 age phase and are moving steadily towards teenage phase. My love for reading … [Read more...]

Tips for Hot Chocolate 5k Run – Chicago


This Sunday morning, I'll run at Hot Chocolate 5k Run in Chicago. This is my 2nd year and I wanted to list my tips for the new runners this year. Bear in mind that I am just a recreational runner as you read my list. Last year, I ran at Hot Chocolate despite the overwhelming negative reviews about how bad the organization was in the last two … [Read more...]

Gluten-free Paleo Pancakes


When people hear that I don't eat gluten containing foods, they usually ask me what I eat, mainly, at breakfast. Conventional breakfast consists of a variety of baked goods with wheat flour. Bread, pancakes, waffles, donuts, muffins, you name it. I think in conventional diets, breakfast is the most carb loaded meal of the day. Unless you are eating … [Read more...]

Little Purple Riding Hood


Red is so overrated. This purple velvet fabric was to be a regular cape but my customer changed her mind to a "Little Red Riding Hood" style hooded cape afterwards. I used Fleece Fun's Red Riding Hood Pattern for child. You can print her children's red riding hood pattern at home and and easily put it together with her instructions. Once I cut the … [Read more...]