Friday, December 19, 2008


All I have to say is I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!

The book is just a great page turner. Couldn't put it down. I got so ran down and sick because I stayed up so late reading this book.

The movie. I think I need to see it again. I was super critical of it. Comparing the book to the movie and critiquing the acting. I want to see it and just enjoy the story, not be a movie critic.

I have heard people say, "I'm not into vampires". This is not what you think it is. It's not sucking blood and bats.

I am taking my time reading the second book. I want it to last. I know I am getting the third book from my kids for Christmas. Can't wait! Then, sadly, I will be on the fourth book and the story will end. :(

It is listed under children's books. This is a bit embarrassing. It doesn't seem to matter to most women my age and older. I have talked to tons of ladies who have enjoyed reading about the Cullens and Bella.

The coolest thing is that I have a client from Forks. Forks is the town that the story takes place in. She was telling me all about it. When she goes back for the Fourth of July I may have to tag along for a personal tour.

Another good easy read. Enjoy!

xo M

Winter Wonderland

It is C-O-L-D! We love it. We sled down our hill and ride quads all day long. The city closes our street and it is perfect for sledding. The boys play outside from morning till night. We take hot chocolate and chicken noodle soup breaks. FUN!!

Friday, November 14, 2008


Newest find and addiction. PRUNES. Yep, you got it. I heart prunes. Just like grandma.

I am telling you that these little gems are yummy. I had a coupon to try out these Sunsweet "ONES" and can't get enough of them. They are individually that. They are sold for around $2-$3 per 7oz. container. I noticed inside my container there is a coupon for .75 off.

In case you all have forgotten what prunes are. They are pitted plums. The package says they are "bite for bite better than fresh fruit" and that dried plums deliver more nutrition than any bite of fresh fruit. I am just going to believe that because they are so good. You can eat 5 prunes for 100 calories. Mmmmmmm Super sweet like candy. Nice texture. Just yummy.

My son loves them. I just toss one into his lunch box and he thinks he got a treat. Let's just hope no one realizes that he's eating prunes.

I have to point out the super cute packaging. I could just stick a bow on top and give it as a gift. Wouldn't that be funny. So, watch out friends...your all gettin' prunes for Christmas!!

xo M

High School Musical on Ice

We took the kids and my mom to see High School Musical on Ice. It was an okay show.

I am always impressed with ice skating. These people go out there and ice skate, dance, sing, act, and memorize it all. They do up to three shows a day. I guess that's why Disney signs up young people to do the shows.

The music was good, the set was okay, our seats were great, and the souvenirs were expensive. I guess that's all I can say about it. The show was mediocre. There were some "WOW" moments. Overall it was just so-so. The ice show I loved and was blown away by was the Monsters Inc. THAT was amazing.

They had the show playing several days and times at the Comcast Arena in Everett and they have more shows playing at the Key Arena in Seattle. I don't know why they do that. We went the Saturday show and the seats were only a quarter full. Thats right! About 25% full!! They can't be making money. The only way they can make up for it is by selling those junky souvenirs. It was terrible. Not only do they come up and down the isles, sell in the corridors, they have the vendors lined up like a wall when you leave. They are standing outside waiting for your $$$. You can hardly walk out without bumping into the sales people. I think we grabbed the kids, held our breath, and made a run for it.

I have attached a link for You Tube with a 2 minute video clip I found. Take note of the photos I took. You can see the empty seats.

xo M

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Sceens from Halloween

Thought I would share some photos from Halloween.

The boys were a clown and a magician. People thought my oldest was a girl. You could hardly recognize him in the clown get up.

I made peppermint patties into spiders. It sounded like such a cute idea to give out to the classes. What a project. Take my advice and don't make 60 of these. Cute but way to much work. The kids didn't care anyway. They just wanted the candy.

The cub scouts had a trunk n' treat. It was really fun. Thank goodness it didn't rain. The photo is our trunk, otherwise known as the jail of the dead. We went for the scary look instead of the harvest, kid friendly, cute look. My husband and the boys were super proud of the gore they created.

A friend of mine dressed up as Sarah Palin. Whether or not you voted that ticket or not you have to admit she looks great. (On a side note: I am glad the race is over and looking forward to supporting a new president. Sorry Sarah...have fun in Alaska.)

Then there was the horse we saw trick or treating. Yep, a real one. Can't beat that.

Now I gotta gear up for Thanksgiving. Can't wait for turkey and gravy...and pupkin pie!

xo M

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rikki Rikki

I went out to a nice dinner with my good friend Linda. I always ask her to choose the restaurant because she has celiacs disease (can't eat wheat gluten). I don't mind at all because I love visiting with her, I love getting out of the house, and I just love to eat about anything.

She wanted to try out a Japanese restaurant in Kirkland. It is called Rikki Rikki. The website is

We went thinking it was just a sushi place. It was more than that. It had a good menu. The food was moderate and the prices were "Kirkland" prices. A bit high I think. The menu they show online has been changed slightly with increased prices.

The atmosphere was like a moderate sushi bar. Not a high end place. Comfortable for sure. Good service. Tight seating.

The California roll was 3/4 real crab and 1/4 artificial crab. Linda had to request all real crab due to the celiacs. I didn't think it was the best sushi around.

I LOVE black cod. When I saw it on the menu I had to get some. It was very small and wasn't that great.

The best part of the whole dinner was dessert, of course! I had the tempura ice cream. It was big enough for one hungry person or two people to share. Very yummy.

I don't think I would go out of my way to visit Rikki Rikki again. I would go to I Love Sushi in Bellevue.

xo M

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mini Cupcakes. Cute and tasty.

I have to say that I am pretty proud of myself. I made these mini cupcakes for the class party on Friday. I even made and tinted the buttercream frosting. I had never decorated cupcakes like this. I always just spatula the the frosting on. It was fun to do it this way and turned out so darn cute! Oh, they taste really good too.

I wish I would have made chocolate cupcakes instead of white. The orange frosting would have looked better. Oh well.

xo M

Friday, October 24, 2008

Cosmetic Brushes

Okay ladies. You need to wash your cosmetic brushes. If you own nicer quality brushes you should take care of them. Many women are using mineral make up now days. This make up is usually applied with a brush. If you own one you should keep it clean. Most nice brushes are made with natural fibers than can be washes like hair. AND no one likes dirty hair...especially on your face! Ewww.

Some brushes that I keep clean are my eyeshadow, powder eyeliner, blush, mineral make up, and bronzer.

Here is what you do. Use a bowl and add some warm water and a few drop of your favorite shampoo. Swirl the brush around. You will be shocked at how much old make up comes out. It may make the water look like mud. Take the wet soapy brush and swirl it around in the palm of your hand, rinse, and start the process over. Do this until you feel like it is clean. Make sure to rinse well. While doing this keep the hairs nice and maintain the shape of the brush. Once it is washed and rinsed shake out the excess water. Set out to dry.

Having quality makeup brushes is important. Your makeup will go on better and the brushes can last for years.

Hope this helped. You all look beautiful!

xo M

The photo shows my freshly cleaned brushes laying out to dry.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sorta been dreamin'.

Sorta been dreaming of Disneyland. We were there last year during October. We had such an amazing time. Wish we could be there again.

We bought tickets to the "Trick or Treat on the Street" party at California Adventure. They shut the park down and only allowed a certain number of guests in for the trick or treat extravaganza. They handed out pounds of candy throughout the park, had special shows, and of course a parade. The characters were dressed up too.

We dressed up as a royal family. A few young girls asked for photos with us and one asked my husband for his autograph. Funny. I think they thought we were Disney people??

Trick or treating just won't be the same this year without Mickey and friends.

xo M

The photos are from our trip and 6x6 scrap book pages I made. The best photo is of us on the roller coaster in our costumes! WEE!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Now this is something you can sink you teeth into!

Carmel apple anyone? How can you not love such a treat? These turned out so pretty and tasty too.

We used carmel and chocolate chips. Melt the carmel, coat the apple, then roll in your favorite candy treat. Put it in the fridge for about an hour. Once the carmel is set up you can slice it up or eat it off the stick. We let ours sit at room temperature so they wouldn't be so hard.

One hint. Once you wash the apple make sure you dry it thoroughly. The water will not allow the carmel to stick.

Gather the kids around for this one and make sure you load one up for your self!

xo M

Sunday, September 28, 2008


I know. I know. I haven't been tending to my blog. I have been a bad blogger.

No good excuses. Just lazy and busy.

I know, how can you be lazy and busy all at once? Somehow I manage to do both. If I am not busy then I am being lazy. In turn I end up with no posts on the blog.

I can tell you that I blogged for our local paper. That was fun. I wrote for them twice in September. They printed a little bit from one day and printed everything I wrote from the second day. Pretty cool huh?

All I know is that I always feel like I am playing catch up. Today was so beautiful and I spent it shuffling papers and cleaning the office.

What I really want to do is scrapbook and play with stamps. You know, crafty sorta stuff.

Alright, that's enough for now. I will try to get some stuff up on the blog soon. You all take care.

xo M

Friday, September 12, 2008

Foot in mouth disease.

I have a case of foot in mouth disease.

First let me say that I don't think I have many haters or enemies. If I do they are kind enough to be nice to my face.

I ran into an old friend at the grocery store. This old friend really, really dislikes me. She thinks I did something towards her, against her, to her...whatever. Any ways whatever it is, I didn't do it. She has totally misunderstood the whole situation.

When she saw me I said hello. She turned beat red and said "oh great, this is my luck day." I sorta approached her to maybe have the chance of a reasonable conversation. She started talking very loudly to draw attention. She was saying that she would never forgive me, don't even think it will ever be the same, and that I have betrayed her.

I don't hate her. I feel sorry for her. I do wish we could talk. So, I tried to talk. When I did..I screwed it up BAD! Of all the things I could have said....I said the wrong thing. I feel like such a heel. What a jerk. Instead of maybe having a chance to make things civil I made it worse. I totally added fuel to her fire. I could just kick myself. I ruined my opportunity to make a moment of peace.

Great. Now what? Don't you ever wish you could do a conversation over? Don't you ever play the "I shoulda' said" game?

Do I send a card or something? I probably should just forget it. It's really over with now.

Thanks for reading my rant.

xo M

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hot outta the oven.

Don't you love the fair? I know a lot of people who prefer to pass on all the fun. Not me. I like seeing the vendors, going on the rides, the animals, people watching, and of course the food. It is sort of a tradition to go to the fair. Sometimes we go twice! It's one of those things my husband and I both grew up doing. He even thought it would be "romantic" to propose at the fair. I know sorta sweet and sour at the same time. Let me repeat...He proposed at the FAIR! Yikes. I don't usually share that.

Anyways. I love scones. I saw this box of "Fair" scone mix at Costco. My lovely client Julie told me she buys boxes at a time because it's so good. Well, I tried it out. It was pretty easy to make. You do have to do a little bit of kneading. That isn't something I do everyday...especially with something made from a box. So the boys and I mixed, kneaded, and cut out the triangle shapes. We got the warm scones outta the oven and loaded them up with home made jam and butter. YuMmy! Mmm, Mmm, good. Nothin' like a warm scone.

The box comes with 4 pouches. You can make a dozen scones from each pouch. All you need is water to mix it and some flour to knead it. You can do a variation by adding some blueberries, cheese, or nuts. The box also has recipes for shortcake and gourmet waffles.


xo M

PS. I may be blogging for the New Tribune one day during the fair. Fun.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Have you tried habanero peppers? Well let me give you an idea of how hot those little suckers are.

On a some sort of pepper scale a green pepper is at the bottom as far as spicy hot goes. It is ranked at zero. A jalapeno is rated at around 2300-2600. So, there is a bit of a bite. The habanero is rated at the top of the heap. It comes in at 230,000-260,000. VERY hot and spicy.

I have to tell you that I once ordered habanero chicken thinking it would be zippy and tasty. It was painful! I couldn't close my mouth it was so hot. I think I was panting like a dog.

So, my sweet boys and I decided to have a Dorito Habanero taste test. We had my mom, her husband, the two boys an myself line up with our one chip. It looks like a regular dorito. (Play a fun HOT trick on someone by switching doritos!) We had milk ready for those that needed to put out the fire. I have to say, it wasn't as hot as the chicken I had. I was sorta disappointed. My oldest son was the only one that seemed to need the milk. I really liked them actually.

If you want a spicy chip to go along with that sandwich these may be for you. Habanero Doritos!

xo M

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A different kind of wedding.

Now I know not everyone will appreciate this posting. Some people have super strong feelings one way or the other. So be it.

Well, I went to a gay wedding. Yep you're read correctly. I went to see two men "tie the knot". I guess it's called a commitment ceremony.

My sister in law was invited as a guest and brought me along as her date. I didn't know these two men. It didn't matter. I had to go watch. Sorta like a reality show. I have to say that I was curious how the whole thing would be pulled off. Would there be one in a dress? Would it be like a traditional wedding? Who walks them down the isle? Would there be rings and a KISS?

As we were going to the roof top of this building to watch the ceremony I realized that we were in the elevator with lesbians. I think they thought my sister in law and I were "together". Yikes. Well, if that's the case I hope they thought I was the girl!! LOL.

Any way. There were no dresses. They wore matching suites. A mother and sister walked them down the isle. There was a song, a minister of some sort, rings, and even a kiss. I have to say that I didn't think the kiss would bother me. Well, it sorta did. It went on a bit to long.
The reception was normal with toasts, music, and cake. The food was really good! We pretty much ate and ran.

Overall I would say the whole experience was like any wedding. ..except with two guys. People were genuinely happy for them. They seemed "in love". There was nothing that caught me with my mouth hanging open. They were just two PEOPLE who want to have a committed life together.

xo M

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Lemme tell ya.

Lemme tell ya. I have been so busy with hairdo's, lashes, and life.

We are going camping. This means that I work my butt off the week before AND the week after our trip. I have to cram everyone in or they freak out.

I am really looking forward to being a vegetable. That is what I am hoping for any ways. I don't want to take any major hikes or strenuous bike rides. I just want to sit there with a book and a marshmallow roasting on a stick.

I know, I know, not likely to happen. Somehow I will get sucked in by my boys. I can see it now. Me, the mountain bike, the not so cute helmet and sweat rolling down my neck. My butt checks bruising, my tummy growling, and my body aching. Oh well. I have to look on the bright side....I need the exercise.

So, have an easy week. I hope to blog like a mad women when I return. Take care.

xo M

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Doggles goggles!

Oliver is a super stud in his new doggles goggles!

These are not only cool looking but they help protect your dog from getting eye injuries while hanging their head out the car window.

These are a size medium and feature flames and interchangeable lenses. I paid about $17.99 plus tax.

They carry them at my local vision center, specialty pet boutique, and online. Here is the website.

I gave Ollie treats and lots of praise when I introduced these. He seems fine unless he is left alone in the car. In that case he takes them off.

Have an easy weekend.

xo M

PS. Shout out to Danelle's dog. I bet he looks good in his Doggles too!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Today. Sun, toilet, and tears. Oh my.

I need to talk about my day.

I got the kids off to VBS. It's not fun to get up like it's school hours.

My husband had the day off so after VBS we went to Wild Waves Water Park. I once again contributed to getting age spots and wrinkles. I cooked in the sun and then felt guilty about it. When we were leaving my stomach felt really BAD.

Got home and drug myself to the shower. Ended up spending some quality time in the bathroom with my sick tummy. Yuck. Must've been that funnel cake with strawberries and whip cream OR was it those healthy nachos?

Got my self pulled together and called my mother to apologize for something I said yesterday. She started out calm and rational and ended up screaming at me. She was apparently not ready to accept my apology and just wanted to give me a list of all the crappy things I have done. It was also a chance to rehash why she is so kind and wonderful and she doesn't understand why no one can see how sweet she is. I ended up bawling and just letting her know I couldn't carry on any more of a conversation and hung up.

So, got up early, visited the toilet, and my mom freaks out. BUT...the boys had a really good time. Thank goodness.

I am exhausted.

Thanks for taking the time to be a friend and reading my lame problems.

xo M

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fiber One bars.

These "granola" bars are pretty tasty. They are loaded with 35% of fiber in each bar. Heaven knows that I need some fiber. LOL

I am pretty particular about granola type bars. If they taste healthy I am turned off. If they taste like kid food and sugary sweet I am turned off. If they are way chewy or way to dry I am turned off. SO..these are just right! Not to sweet, not over the top with tasting like health food, and not dry as bark.

I have only tried the oatmeal chocolate.

Let me know what you think!

Take it easy.

xo M

PS. Thanks to Melissa S. for telling me about these. :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

More fun than I thought.

When my husband wanted to take the boys to the NHRA drag races I was a bit worried. I thought about the crowds, the heat, my kids being hungry, them wanting to use the restroom, etc...

I know I am a bit of a control freak. To prove how much of a freak I am I decided that I would go along. NOT to see the races but to make sure my husband was looking after the boys. Making sure the boys were not getting sun burnt. Making sure the boys were not hungry. Just making sure they didn't get lost. I obviously had complete confidence in my husband.

Well, I went. Everyone was fine. AND....I had a really good time!! It was so FUN!!!! I know, like I said, FREAK!

Take a peek at the photos. Thoughts please.

xo M

The drivers pictured are Ashley Force (John Forces daughter), Antron Brown, Gary Schelzi, Brandon Bernstein, and Tony Pedregon.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Fun, easy, good summer read. MRS. PERFECT

Title - Mrs. Perfect Author - Jane Porter

Okay ladies. This was a great book. Thanks to my wonderful client, Michelle, for turning me on to this one.

I haven't really read anything like this. It is definitely written for women, mothers in particular.

I enjoyed it so much that I ordered another book written by Jane Porter.

I also enjoyed that fact that I live in Western Washington and the story takes place here. It was fun to read about familiar local hot spots.

I would love to hear from you if you have read this book. Sorta like an online book club. Take care and happy reading!

xo M

Try this one on the grill. Mmmmmm

This recipe calls for quite a few ingredients. I like the flavor but would change the red wine vinegar to a touch of balsamic vinegar...or both!?

I like this recipe because you can add more or less of the seasonings you prefer.

I sliced the cooked chicken and served it with a salad. The salad had a few slivers of red bell pepper, mushrooms, blue cheese chunks, blueberries, sunflowers seeds, boiled egg, and black olive. On the side were canned cooked white beans. I sprinkled a bit of balsamic vinegar over them and put a piece of fresh basil leaf on top. That was super yummy!!

Whisk together these magical ingredients.

1 lime juiced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 cup white wine
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Adding red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper if you like it to have a little "kick".

6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thick

Marinade for at least 30 minutes. I let mine sit in the fridge for 24 hours.

I sorta thought this had an Indian or middle eastern flair. I really like the ginger and cumin flavors.

You can click on the image to enlarge it.

Give it a try and let me know.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

My moms birthday party.

I had a birthday party for my mom this past weekend. It turned out really well. As you can see from the photos, my family is Korean.

That is me along with my mom and aunts.

The party was held at a Korean restaurant. I posted a picture to show what I did for some of the table decorations. I made photos of her and printed words under each one. Everyone really enjoyed seeing how she has looked over the years.

I really enjoyed doing this for my mom. I had so much anxiety but it turned out fine.