Over the weekend

We had a pretty quick weekend visiting family in San Francisco.

On Saturday it was our nieces Crystal’s 4th birthday (Jovie’s favorite cousin and best friend) and we had so much fun, and ate so much food! Chicken and fish katsu, pork curry, lumpia, samosas, chow mein, and all the dessert and candy you can ask for. It was definitely a gluttonous day when it came to food! Then we spent the night binge watching some more Bates Motel!

Jovie saw all of her extended family at the party, and I totally forgot that Chinese New Year of the Rooster was last weekend, so everyone is handing her red envelopes! Now this girl has more luck and more money than me ♡

Sunday we came back to Plumas Lake to watch the Super Bowl and to get ready for the new week! And seriously, how about that game!? Falcons were in the lead by 25! WOWZERZ!!! Any who, it’s more fun to watch when your teams are not playing hehe. And how about that Gaga performance? LOVED!

Now to get all of this baby stuff out of storage, do lots of laundry since all of this stuff haven’t been touched in a year, and organize for little girls arrival! I am guessing 3-5 weeks for her to make her debut.

And still, no baby name yet! Eek








Monday Motivation (Feb 6, 2017)

If someone came up to you and told you they don’t like you, who has the problem here? Not you!

You are not going to please everyone in life that you approach. You can be the same exact person to two different people, but one may like you, and the other may not. But that’s ok, that’s life. Everyone will view you differently, everyone has different views, that’s what makes all of us different.

Just be yourself, don’t try too hard, and ignore the unnecessary bull. That will make you a stronger person at the end of the day.


Why my husband and I don’t buy each other Valentines day gifts

valday-1I questioned whether or not to write this blog post, but I figured, hey! This is our life, and it’s our truth.

I follow a lot of other blogs on social media and I have happened to see a pattern of “Valentines day gifts ideas for him or her” and I almost wanted to create one, just because I thought it was a cute idea. But then I thought, wait a minute, Jack and I don’t even buy each other anything for Valentines day, so why bother. That wouldn’t be true to myself.

The main reason we don’t buy each other gifts is simple: minimalism.

I am not against Valentines Day at all, I love celebrating all holidays. I will have two girls who I would want to embrace and celebrate each holiday when they grow up. I guess what I am trying to say is, we are just bad for the economy when it comes to gifts lol.

Jack and I have been married for almost 10 years. We’ve been through our fair share of fancy Valentines days, with the big expensive gifts involved. But come spring time, while we are doing our yearly spring cleaning, these things just end up getting donated. They are either collecting dust or just never being used. And that money we spent, we could have saved.

It really makes you think. So over the years, we realized, we don’t need to prove our love for each other with gifts. A nice simple dinner is fine with us, nothing special.

Jack and I learned to just appreciate each other, appreciate the things we have, and make smart money choices while doing so. We learned to not care about material items, and focus on not having any clutter in the house. This is what brings Jack and I together lol sounds silly I know. We just love not buying each other gifts.

It is very easy to get caught up with social media and get influenced by how everyone else is celebrating a certain holiday with their loved ones. And I’m not knocking anyone down for how they celebrate it with each other, you do you. It’s just not our thing anymore.

Just wanted to share since the thought was fresh on my mind. Thanks for reading as always!



Pregnancy Fatigue

pfGrowing a tiny human is exhausting!

Pregnancy fatigue is currently my struggle in life right now. It is the one thing I can count on, not only in the first trimester, but also in the third (35 weeks).

Last night, I could barely cook dinner. I just wanted to lay on the couch and not move an ounce of my body. My lovely husband Jack offered to go out to grab take out, but I just couldn’t let him. I told him, “wait until baby comes, I am going to have you grab dinner every night.” So I pushed through the fatigue to cook for my family.

But in pregnancy, the fatigue is inevitable, thats for sure. With your hormone levels changing, and baby is now putting on lots of weight, I find myself beat! It is a struggle.

So here are some things that I find helped with my fatigue that I wanted to share:

More iron

I talked to my doctor about my fatigue and iron levels, and he approved an additional iron tablet. So that helped. Baby is stealing all of my nutrients!

Make better food choices

Choose high energy foods like: salmon, meat, oatmeal, apples, bananas, eggs, leafy greens, iron fortified cereal, nuts, and beans. Good thing I have been craving lots of these lately.

Don’t skip meals

I noticed when I skip or take too long to eat, my energy plummets and I am finding myself eating the first thing I can get my hands on, which is a no no. And I reach for the bad stuff! Keep track of your meals, it will help with avoiding crap and keep low energy at bay.

Get more rest

Sometimes, this may not be possible for every mama out there, but do whatever you can to get an extra nap in. It’s not going to make the fatigue go away, but it will help for the moment. Naps are always good, I don’t know anyone who hates naps ♡ Do whatever you gotta do!

5 more weeks (more or less) until this baby girl makes her world debut, and I am counting down the weeks because I am starting to feel very pregnant! 9 months is too long lol.

Thanks ya’ll for reading as always. Good luck to any mamas out there dealing with pregnancy fatigue! Please like, share, or repin. See you all next time! xoxo




Exclusively Pumping for 1 year: My experience + tips & tricks

pinphoto1Ah, exclusively pumping…if you’ve done it, you know it’s not easy, but it is possible! I wasn’t planning on exclusively pumping with Jo when she was born, it kind of just happened by accident. I honestly didn’t know pumping full time was even an option! I didn’t find much info on this topic either, so I created this post, to help any mamas out there struggling with breastfeeding/pumping, plus shared my experience at the end of this post.

That first month is always tough, baby has to eat every 3 hours, and you have to keep up with pumping at the same rate to keep your supply up to baby’s rate. I was a walking zombie that first month, so sleep deprived! It is not going to be easy at first, but it does get better.

My typical pumping schedule for that first month (0-1 month) looked like this:

  • Pumped every 3 hours round the clock (15 min each breast)
  • 8 pumping sessions a day
  • Baby ate 2-3 oz bottles 8 times a day

At first, your supply will be colostrum, a thick yellowy liquid full of amazing nutrients for baby! It will also start out in a tiny amount, but thats okay! A teaspoon of colostrum is highly concentrated. But keep pumping like usual and your milk supply should come in in 2-3 days.

Your baby will also go through something called growth spurts, meaning baby will eat more frequently. I would try to establish a little stash of stored milk, it’s always good to have a little extra on hand.

Also, have a reliable pumping station dedicated to your pumping sessions. Some things you’ll need for your pumping station:

My typical pumping schedule for 2-12 months looked like this:

  • Pumped every 4 hours round the clock
  • 6 pumping sessions a day
  • 2 -6 month old baby ate 4-5 oz bottles 6 times a day
  • 6-9 month old baby ate 5-6 oz bottles 4 times a day
  • 9-12 month old baby ate 8 oz bottle 3 times a day

Yup, thats right, for the rest of the year my schedule didn’t change much. I was so use to it, it worked for me, it worked for us! And I had a hefty stash growing in my freezer.

By this time, your supply will grow and baby will eat higher volumes of breastmilk. I was a full-time stay at home mom so I got use to getting up once or twice a night to pump to keep my supply up. But if you notice your supply decreasing, this article I found on how to increase your supply can help.

One pet peeve I had about pumping was the endless dishes! Washing pumping parts and bottles all day long was exhausting! My husband’s least favorite part as well haha. But I learned some tricks to make it easier:

  • Reuse your pumping parts a few times before washing! After I was done pumping, I wiped the nipple shields and put the pumping parts in a ziplock bag and sticked it in the fridge until next use. Saved me so much time on washing dishes! I just washed them once at the end of each day.
  • Also, if you have a dish washer. There are Dishwasher baskets to hold all your little pumping and bottle parts in place so you can wash with ease. Only down side about this is you would need extra parts just incase you didn’t decided to turn on the dish washer that day (we use our dish washer every 2 days).

Do and don’ts about breastmilk:

  • Frozen milk can be left in the freezer for 6-12 months.
  • Thawed milk can be in the fridge up to 24 hrs.
  • Never refreeze milk.
  • Don’t shake bottles of breastmilk, rather STIR! Shaking will create bubbles and leave your baby gassy.
  • Don’t microwave bottles! Use a bottle warmer or hold it under warm running water for 5 minutes.

Finally, my favorite bottles were the Dr Browns bottles, they are amazing!

My experience:

When Jo was born Feb 12th, 2015, I wanted to exclusively breastfeed. I did not invest in any bottles or electric pump, I just thought, how hard can it be? I was a stay at home mom, so figured, I can do this. But let me tell you, it is difficult! My nipples were flat, Jo was not latching, then my nipples became cracked/sore, I seen a lactation consultant numerous times, I was in pain from just giving birth, my neck/back was in so much pain no matter what position I tried to nurse her, and I ended up in the emergency room with Mastitis. It was just miserable that first 2 weeks, but I did not want to quit, I was determined! I did not want to give up.

So I was fed up and needed to do something, I looked at Jack, all sleep deprived and stressed out, and told him to just go to Target, and to buy a Electric Breast Pump. He got back home, and I hooked it up right away to use it. It felt right, it felt a lot easier, and not painful at all. When I gave Jo her first bottle of that tiny 1 oz of milk, she was happy! So it became the new normal for us, I ended up exclusively pumping her for 1 year and 2 days and I have no regrets!

Oh the places I pumped in: airplanes, airport bathrooms, Disneyland, in a moving car during road trips, in closets, hotel rooms, restaurants, the list goes on. But you get use to it.

Sometimes I do wish I could have breastfed her exclusively, but I had to think about mama’s health as well. So in the end, it worked well for us. Mamas don’t feel beat if you cannot breastfeed, everyone is different, every situation is different, do what works best for you and focus on your health as well.

I am due in a couple months with our 2nd girl, and I am going to try to breastfeed her directly, but exclusively pumping is an option that I now know of.

And finally, reach out for support if you are still struggling. There are lots of helpful resources out there, or you can just shoot me an email.

Thank you for ready, please like and share, see you all on my next post! xoxo


How to make a Long Tutu dress for under $5

Happy Tuesday lovelies!

Today’s blog post is a fun one! A do it yourself long tutu dress for any age! Jo’s birthday is coming up on Feb 12, and I wanted her to have something fun to wear without breaking the bank! And you all know how frugal I am. It’s super cheap and it’s very easy to make!


I got all of my material from Walmart, but I am sure you can grab these items from any craft or fabric store. Total cost for this project was just under $5! So I would highly recommend creating your own versus buying one (they can be expensive). Plus there are endless amounts of colors to chose from! Creating something yourself even makes it that much more special ♡ Lets get started on this tutorial!


Time: 30 min

What you will need:

  • tulle (I used 15 yards but you can use up to 30 yards depending on fullness you like)
  • 1/5 inch Elastic
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun or needle and thread
  • Tape measure


  • With your tape measure, measure your daughters waist with an extra inch added. example: Jo’s waist is 19 inches long, and with an extra inch I got 20 inches.
  • With whatever measurement you came up with, cut the elastic that length. Then with your hot glue gun or needle and thread, close the elastic waist band with a half inch seam allowance. This creates the waist band for your tutu dress.


  • Next, measure the height of your daughters legs, then with some simple math, times that by 2. Jo’s legs were 17 inches long, then I times it by 2 to get 34 inches. Whatever number you get, you are going to cut your tulle that long because you are going to fold the tulle in half and tie it to the waist band. I used 15 yards for Jo’s dress because I didn’t want it too full. but you can use up to 30 yards to have a big beautiful full dress.


  • Next, you are going to fold each piece of tulle in half then fold a knot onto the elastic waist band. I ended up putting the elastic on the back of a children’s chair for easier assembly.


  • Since I didn’t want to dress too full, I spaced each knot about 1 inch.


  • Finish tying your tulle to your tutu dress and you are all done!

Since my tulle dress is not that full and somewhat see through, I had Jo wear white leggings, which I think looked super cute and comfy. Jovie loved her dress and did not want to take it off, so she wore it for the rest of the day ♡


Hope you enjoy this simple tutorial, let me know if your tried it! Please like and share! And thanks for stopping by as always! xoxo



Mommy Ramblings: Weekends

Happy Monday to my readers! And happy Chinese New Year of the Rooster!

Just some Monday ramblings from this mama as I have my coffee and Jo is enjoying her breakfast while watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I try very hard to stay away from blogging and social media during the weekends because, in my family, the weekends are all about family, fun, and catching up on errands. But I am going to get back into weekend recaps for Monday blog posts to share more of our lifestyle on my blog.

One of my goals for 2017 is to blog more, so I’ve been learning new ways to accomplish that with this hectic mommy life, but it’s achievable! I do love blogging.

Nothing special this past weekend, it was a Bates Motel binge fest on Netflix! This show is super good, can’t believe I haven’t watched it sooner. It is starting to be addictive and I have a feeling it is going to make the rest of my pregnancy go by super fast haha. 34 weeks by the way, and still no baby name yet!

Anyways, this is it for Monday! Thanks for reading as always. Have a great and productive week!


The Most Delicious Chicken Soup Recipe

I am finally sharing my chicken soup recipe! I make this soup all the time. You seriously cannot go wrong with this delicious soup. It does need some time to prep and cook, but I promise you, it will be so worth it!


I found a chicken soup recipe a few years ago online, and overtime, it has transformed and evolved into this perfect soup for our likings. I always crave this soup, and I think it is so so good!! And it’s pretty healthy so that is a plus too.


The secret to a good chicken soup is the stock! And the secret to a good stock is to use the bone in chicken with some skin. You can use a whole cut up chicken, or if you prefer white meat or dark meat, you can most certainly stick to those as well. As long as the chicken has bone and some fat on it, your good to go, or your broth will lack those delicious chicken flavors. Let’s get to the recipe!


Cook Time: 1 hour & 45 min

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 2 hours

Serving size: 4

What you’ll need

  • 1 whole chicken (cut into quarters)
  • water (about 2-3 liters)
  • 2-3 dried bay leaves
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 carrots (chopped and divided)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped and divided)
  • 1 medium yellow onion (roughly chopped)
  • 2 medium baking potatoes (peeled & cubed)
  • half a head of cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 bunch of Fresh Cilantro (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon of whole peppercorns
  • 3 teaspoons of salt


  1. To create the delicious broth! Prep your whole chicken by cutting it up into quarter chunks. Use kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, but please be careful. Add the chicken to a large pot.
  2. Now to prep the veggies for the broth. Add the peppercorns, garlic, bay leaves, the roughly chopped up onion, only one chopped up carrot, only one chopped up celery, and a small handful of cilantro leaves with the stems to the pot.
  3. Fill the pot with cold water, add to the stove top, turn heat on to high, bring to a boil, then turn heat to a low simmer and cover with a lid. These veggies will be tossed after the broth is done cooking, you’ll add the rest of the fresh veggies in the last part of cooking.
  4. Simmer for 1 hour and 30 minutes. During the simmering process, you’ll notice froth building up. You can scoop it out with a ladle, or leave it since we will drain the broth later anyways.
  5. While the broth is simmering, you can prep the rest of your veggies and set aside. Peel and cube the potatoes, dice up a half a head of cabbage into bite size pieces, one chopped up carrot, one chopped up celery, and roughly chop a big handful of the cilantro leaves.
  6. Once your broth is done cooking, take out the chicken and place it on a chopping board or large plate to cool down. Carefully strain the broth into another large pot and discard the leftover cooked veggies. Your broth should be a beautiful golden color filled with lots of flavor from the chicken and veggies!
  7. Add the bite sized chopped cabbage, potato, fresh chopped carrot, fresh chopped celery to the pot of broth. Bring to a boil, then lower to medium heat and cook for 15 min or until veggies are tender. While the fresh veggies are cooking, start shredding the chicken and toss away the bone and fat.
  8. Once veggies are tender, turn off the heat, add the shredded chicken and the rest of the cilantro leaves to the soup. Cover for a few minutes so the cilantro can infuse more flavor into the soup. And finally, add salt to taste.  Serve with some rice, noodle, or add a squeeze of lime!

And your soup is done! Enjoy this delicious chicken soup recipe, I am sure this will be a regular meal in your home once you try it out and taste how yummy it is!


Thank you guys for visiting, let me know what you think about this recipe! xoxo



5 Things I Would Tell My First Time Mommy Self

image-2Of course, I had my own idea of what kind of parent I wanted to be. But let me tell you, becoming a parent is so unpredictable. I am no where near the kind of parent I thought I would be. So, I created a list of 5 things I would tell my first time mommy self. And if your going to be a first time mommy too, I hope this post can help you as well!

  1. Accept each advice from other mommies with a grain of salt: I know it can be somewhat difficult, I rolled my eyes a lot at other people’s advice lol. There are tons of ways to parent and raise a child, but take in each advice. You never know, you may end up saying, “wow, she was right.”
  2. Don’t ignore your health: Be selfish with your health. Caring for a newborn can be mentally and physically draining! I was so sleep deprived, and ended up sick in the ER with mastitis. My Dr yelled at me to take it easy, and I am so thankful my Dr told it to me straight up. I felt so much better about getting the rest I needed and ignored cooking and housework for about a month. Don’t worry about anything else, pretend you are stuck in bed, paralyzed, and only care for yourself and for baby for as long as you can.
  3. Don’t judge other moms: Don’t compare yourself either, comparing is crap! Whether you are a stay at home mom, a working mom, a breast feeding mom, formula feeding mom, a bed sharing mom, who cares! Fuck the labels. I know before I had Jo, I for sure judged other moms. yeah, I can admit it. I even judged my own mom, like, “why would you take my baby sister to the movies when she was a newborn” Yeah, I did it. But truth is, THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO BE A MOM. I have realized that every single person is different, everyone has their own preferences, their own reasons of why they did it. But deep down, we are all losing our shit! Oh, you had a beer in your 9 month of pregnancy? Cool. Oh, you leave your children at grandmas house every weekend? Thats cool too. Everyone is different, let these mommies be!
  4. Get help: Don’t deny help, swallow your pride and just accept it. Don’t be afraid to ask for it either. People are willing to help because they know having a baby is not easy. When Jo was first born, I tried to do everything myself. But caring for a new baby without any help was so difficult. This time, when baby girl is due in march 2017, I have family coming to stay, and Jo will be taken care of. This time around will be different, I will accept any help I can.
  5. Embrace what’s happening: Being a first time mommy is a learning process, don’t take it too serious. Things will change last minute that will be out of your control, so embrace it! It’s okay to cancel plans, be a hot mess, or want to stay home for dinner. Be true to yourself. You just had a baby and sometimes life can be unpredictable.

Is there anything you would share with first time mommies that is not on this list? Thanks for reading! Please like and share, thanks for your support! xoxo



Postpartum Recovery Must Haves + My Honest Experience (2017)

image-1As promised in my Newborn Must Haves post, I created a list of postpartum must haves, what to expect, and my experience.

As a first time mommy in 2015, I was so impatient, and so excited to give birth! I couldn’t stop thinking about it and couldn’t wait for my little jelly bean to make her debut into the world. I was so excited that I didn’t even think about the after math of delivering.

I thought I would just heal in a few weeks (yeah, no big deal right), then I will be back to my normal self again, get back into my gym routine again, and back to my normal life again in no time. But boy was I WRONG! Took me about 7 – 8 months to feel like my normal self, took me that long to workout again, and took that long to mentally and physically feel like I have everything under control again.

Below is a list of items that will benefit you tremendously during postpartum recovery after giving birth:

  1. Disposable mesh panties: Truth is, you will be bleeding A LOT after giving birth. The hospital most likely will be nice enough to give you a few mesh panties to take home. But if not, have a few on hand at home, at least for 1-2 weeks for the heavier days, so you don’t ruin any of your nice panties at home.
  2. Menstrual pads: The hospital may give you a few pads to take home as well, but they will be ginormous! Like from your belly button to your butt crack lol. Yeah super big ones! But bleeding will slow down so have a variety of pads available at home, from super heavy to panty liners. I bled for about 5 weeks!
  3. Puppy Pads: This item is kind of a funny one to me because when I went to bed, I was scared to bleed through my bed linens, so I thought, “PUPPY PADS!” I had some in my bathroom already and they helped a lot. But the funny part was I noticed other moms did the same thing! It is better to be safe than sorry, I slept on puppy pads for the first few days.
  4. Perineal Bottle: Or Perri bottle. My nurse gave me a perri bottle to take home after giving birth, and she stated to fill it with warm water + a tiny bit of baby wash, and after every time you use the bathroom, squirt the water to flush your self and dab with toilet paper but DO NOT WIPE!!!! Especially if you’ve got stitches, only dab the toilet paper! I suffered 2nd degree tear so this was helpful to keep that area clean down there.
  5. Stool softeners: Using the bathroom after giving birth is not going to be fun, it’s rather going to be hell. My Dr recommended I start taking these stool softeners before I gave birth, but I never did. I was all “anti medication blah blah blah” during pregnancy, but I wish I took them. Going #2 is going to make you strain and you don’t want to put any more strain on your bottom especially after just having a baby! This brings me to my next item!
  6. Hemorrhoid medicated pads: I remember having the most awful painful hemorrhoids after giving birth. So bad, that I was in tears everyday! During labor, I pushed for about one hour and put so much strain on my body that I was just all messed up down there. If your one of the lucky ones struggling with hemorrhoids, put these medicated pads on your menstrual pads or use them to wipe your bum. These pads give a cool minty like feel to calm those huge angry hemorrhoids.
  7. Dermoplast: A MUST have! Use this to take any discomfort away. This is a pain relieving spray for pain, itch, and cuts. And if you’ve had stitches, this is a must! Your hospital may give you one to have, but have one in your home just in case. This stuff is amazing!
  8. Ibuprofen: Your Dr will most likely prescribe you with a stronger dose of Ibuprofen than available in stores. Take it for pain relief! This also helped with the pain of breastfeeding for the first time.
  9. Comfy robe + Slippers: After birth, I was a complete hot mess of a mom. You’ll probably still be wearing maternity clothes as well. But to make myself feel a bit better, I had a cute and comfy robe to wear. It makes all the difference when your home all day catering to a newborn!
  10. Postpartum belly band: This is optional, I didn’t use one after my first pregnancy, but I plan on doing so this time. Especially since I will be getting surgery right after I give birth (I’ll talk more about what kind of surgery after it’s been performed). Your organs will take time to shrink back into place so this will help.
  11. Get help if you need it: Try not to be super mom and feel like you have everything under control. It’s ok to slow down and accept help! You just had a baby! I was so stressed out and emotional that a home cooked meal by a neighbor made all the difference, it really does! There is support out there, don’t deny the help. It’s ok to ask for help too. You think labor and delivery is tough, wait till after you give birth!

Have a basket of these items in your bathroom or on your toilet for convenience.

My Postpartum experience:

Your hormones are all out of wack trying to get back to your normal self after giving birth, and if your breastfeeding too that can affect it as well. I got a second degree tear and had to get stitches. I ended up in the ER with Mastitis at 2 weeks PP because I tried to get back to my normal life too quickly, not getting the rest I needed. I even got a horrible reaction (probably from the medication from getting induced) after 4 weeks of giving birth. My whole body broke out into hives, huge itchy hives the size of pancakes! It lasted about a few weeks, and I could barely carry my newborn, it was painful. I honestly thought they would never go away, I thought my life was over lol. At 6 months PP my beautiful long hair was falling out by the chunks, I had to cut it super short, I was devastated. I was a emotional mess, I cried a lot! I cried everyday in the shower. I was sleep deprived, tired, and exhausted. When my friends and family asked me how I was doing, I just cried! I was super happy to be a mommy but my emotions were a huge mess. Sure on social media I was on top of the world, a happy first time mommy, but behind closed doors, I was struggling with PP recovery. It is hard!

What I am trying to get at here is, don’t ignore the idea of prepping for postpartum recovery! It is something you have to prep for…because the recovery is painful, lengthy, and very unpredictable. Take care of your health.

Something I will tell myself after having my second baby in March of 2017, “Slow down, take your time, seek help if you need it, you just had a baby!”

Thanks for reading! Hope this has helped you! xoxo