The last time hubby and I went to San Francisco was before we got married, so maybe, 9 years ago. Last December, my parents took the kids to SF to watch Lion King. This is our first trip together to San Francisco and we were all very excited.

We went to Pier 39 for a little stroll.


We visited some shops and got some souvenirs.


The kids took a ride on the Carousel with DH.


And we went inside the Hall of Mirrors.


It was soooo fun!

We didn’t stay too long at the Pier but we made the best of it! Can’t wait to go back again.


I’m truly grateful for First Lutheran School for being an amazing school for my daughter. I love it that she did not only learned her academic but she also learned so much about bible characters and God.

This is my princess in her graduation dress and the ribbon lei I made her!


With her cap, gown and diploma…

She’s growing up too quick.

Mother’s Day 2013

This year is an extra special mother’s day. The kid’s are extra fun and creative and a little bit grown that they appreciate holidays a little bit more than they were younger.

I also love it that I get to spend it with my mom.

Easter 2013

Easter is a tradition that we enjoy for the kids but most of all, I enjoy it because it’s another chance to celebrate being with my family and make lots of memories together.




I’ve skipped some very important highlights of our lives in the last few months. Now its time to play catch up.

DD requested a Flower Birthday Party. I saw a DIY pinata in Pinterest and decided to try it out myself. It turned out pretty neat.


Her dessert table was simple with lots of flowers.

Music with Sara performed for the kids

She also did some face painting.

I created some games for the kids.

She had a great time, I did too. I’m glad it was such a Happy birthday for her =)

Funny thing happened today….

Our kids’ school year is about to end so we were talking about their field trips.

DD mentioned how come she never had and field trips to the park unlike my DS. My husband reminded my daughter how she’s had many field trips including museums and other fun places.

When he asked my daughter which one was her favorite, she said, the “Chuck E Cheese field trip!” lol

I realized we haven’t been taking our kids to CEC because they always catch a cold or something else whenever we take them there.

So, that explains why our kids get excited each time we let them go to Chuck E Cheese. And it’s the best field trip ever! Hahaha

Kids Bento Lunch Menu Idea

Chicken Nuggets, Asian Pear and String Cheese

Pizza Bites, Strawberries, Blueberries and Celery Sticks

Fish Cake, Corn and Carrots

Dumplings, Cauliflower and Apple Slices

Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Apple Slices, Baby Carrots and a Cookie

Happy HEARTS day Everyone!

I just finished drawing a valentine’s card and I made a FREE downloadable 5×7 version.


valentine's card

Follow the link here

I haven’t felt my 100% lately and I wanted to make sure I get to still do something for my kids on the days that I don’t feel as bad.

That’s one of the biggest reasons I started making them lunches. I just stumbled upon bento lunches when I saw how cute they were and figured my kids would be more excited about their food if it looked fun.

Today, I’m sharing a few things you will need to think about if you want to start making bento lunches for your children.

1) Foods your child like to eat
2) Menu planning and shopping
3) Time for food preparation
4) Temperature control of the food
5) Containers and decorating

1 Foods your child like to eat
The lunch you will make for your child has to be something that they will enjoy and eat even when you’re not around. Sure you can come up with a great lunch box with an egg salad and cookies but if your child doesn’t enjoy these foods, you have just wasted both your time and money.

To avoid upset kids and parents…
a) Consider your child’s favorite foods
b) Introduce new foods to your child before putting them in their lunch box
c) Gain commitment and reinforce your child for trying new foods.

2 Menu planning and shopping
I normally make a menu plan and purchase 2 weeks worth of supplies to make lunches. I have to make sure I switch them up a bit to keep the kids from getting bored. There’s always something different to do whether it’s good preparation to containers or food combinations.

3 Time for food preparation
Some moms can spend hours perfecting the most creative lunch box. Some moms spend the same time making their meals from scratch. I’m the kind that can’t spend too much time preparing lunches. I always find a way to make things faster and easier even it it means the lunchbox isn’t as cute as I hoped it would be.

4 Temperature control of the food
When choosing what lunches to make your children, you may want to consider how long the food will stay out before it gets eaten or gets bad. Keep in mind the time your child will have lunch and make sure that his food will stay fresh till then. You might have to purchase a thermos container for soups and cold packs for some lunches.

5 Containers and decorating
When doing bentos, it’s important to consider the types of food and amount of food you want to use when choosing containers.
There are many stores locally or online that sells bento supplies. You don’t have to buy the expensive ones. I say invest in a couple of good pieces and stay practical.
Silicone cups are perfect food dividers and bento picks are easy decorations for your lunches. You always have the option to do fancier decorations like shaping your food into characters and other things.

Bento lunches are fun and can be a memorable part of your children’s childhood. Have a great time using your creativity in making them. Share your enthusiasm with your child and they will be so grateful and feel extra special!

Our dear friend, Music with Sara has written a new song, just in time for Valentine’s Day! The song is titled El Dia del Amor y la Amistad.  My husband and I are so privileged for the opportunity to work on the music video.  I worked on the paper cut outs and my hubby did the awesome animation.

Hope you enjoy it!

Happy Valentine’s Day