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My Secret Weapon for Thanksgiving

So I felt completely prepared for Halloween. Costumes were picked well in advance, timeline to make the costumes was planned out, and all fell into place. Thanksgiving…complete different story. In the past, our family plus the in-laws opted to go out and eat. Just easier. Only downfall…no leftovers! So with the new house and baby girl being 3, I volunteered to cook Thanksgiving dinner. I’ve done my fair share of research on roasting the absolute-perfect-juicy-turkey but since I’ve only made a turkey once in my life (and I remember it being on the dry side), I must admit I’m a bit nervous. Sure, my family won’t care if I mess up the main dish, but the idea that I wasted time fretting over a turkey and then the turkey to just be blah…well, that would not sit well with me! haha! So I’m sharing with you what I’ve learned…

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Williams Sonoma’s wet brine seems to be a popular one. Heck, if Pioneer Woman is a believer in it, I am a believer! I also looked into pre-brined birds and while that sounds like it would really cut down on the prep time, I’ve read mixed reviews especially the ones from Trader Joe’s. So this year, this Turkey Brining Blend will be my secret weapon. I’m looking forward to it! What I’m not looking forward to is parent teacher conferences, report cards, and Thanksgiving break…only because that means Christmas is right around the corner. Oy! I’m soooo not ready for Christmas!

Hope your Thanksgiving meal planning is going well! Any go-to recipes you’d like to share?!

big sis

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Any G.O.D Kpop fans out there!?

Back when I was a college student, I met two great friends that eventually became my college roommates after dorm life. I lived with them and another bestie that I’ve known since jr high. It was quite an adventure. We did pretty stupid things like any normal college kid. We chased after k-pop celebrities, specifically a group called G.O.D.

Their music is good, their background stories are fun especially since one is from the states, and the whole idea of them brings back good memories of college days! When we found out they were having a reunion concert after 14 years, it was only fitting that we would go and relive those days together. SOOO WORTH IT!

We did a lil smooth talking and got bumped to floor level seats. I mean Joon Park touched my hand! We were that close! Don’t mind me, even moms get to get a lil excited over their boy band crushes…right? :) Just wanted to share some pics from that night at Staples Center last week…

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A friend bought a selfie stick and had it expedited so that we can have some selfie shenanigan fun at the concert. Definitely worth buying by the way!

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And this last photo just cracks me up. I found it so hilarious that my old college roomie found this app and downloaded a message for them and held it all throughout the concert. Super fan right there!

-lil sis

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Halloween Bird Wings

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! I always feel the rush of the holidays after Halloween comes and goes, especially considering the girls’ birthdays are in November.

Here are some of the few pics of us in costume. Sadly, I didn’t get around to making the owl costume for the hubs. Next time. His response when I told him I might not have time to make his set of wings made me think it was A-OK that he was missing out on the bird fun.

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The last pic was in my oldest daughter’s class. Everyone dressed up as their favorite storybook character, and I wasn’t about to get a different costume than the swan princess. Lo and behold, we ebay’d “The Swan Princess” and it came right in time for her presentation.

The girls’ birthdays are three weeks away. We decided on doing a lil getaway, so I’m going to pack up some balloons and their gifts and for sure we’ll need to buy a birthday cake somewhere. 6 & 4 years old. Yowza, they’re getting big!

-lil sis

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Halloween Witch Shoes, Ghosts, Treats Galore

I’m officially ready for Halloween!

We’ve got lollipops dressed up as ghosts!

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We’ve got witch shoes for our go to pecan-rolo-pretzel treats!

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Have a fun filled, safe Halloween, friends!witch shoes

big sis

p.s. I used Tootsie Pops and cut out white Cotton Fabric 5.5 inches x 7 inches and they left me just enough space to place a tag on the bottom of the stick. Baker’s Twine in orange and white were used for the ties.

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Halloween Treats for the Teachers!

Prior to making costumes, I started pinning away ideas for treats for the kids’ classmates and teachers. I knew I wanted to bake/make something edible for the teachers so I searched for a cute way to package them. Can always count on Skip to My Lou for cute holiday ideas!

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I just finished sewing up baby girl’s costume and while her dress does not look like Glinda’s from the Wizard of Oz, it’s pink, frilly and she adores it! And that is all that matters! :) I’ve got one more costume to sew up, and I can start crafting for the kids’ classes. Yikes! We are cutting it super close. This month is zipping by!

big sis

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Two down, two more to go!

I’m sewing like a madwoman these days! Both sets of wings are completed. My chicken wings need a lil tweaking, so I only have pics of my oldest sporting her swan princess wings.

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 It’s been a fun process to see them get all excited as I progressed with their costume. Are you done yet? Are you done yet? The girls have been asking to wear their wings around the house and outside now that they’re completed. Crossing my fingers they don’t get all dirty and completely mangled by the time Halloween comes around!

-lil sis

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Dolls: Work in Progress

Battling a cold and doing my best to finally do a mini shop update. I won’t lie…this could be my last update before the holidays. With so many of the kids’ activities ongoing, it leaves me very lil energy at night to sew until the wee hours like before. Sign I am aging that’s for sure!

Here are a few dolls that have been completed…

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I’ve got 2 more girls to complete and hope to have them in the shop next week.

Thanks for stopping by!

big sis

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Custom Big Sis

lil sprinkles rag dollthank you, Linh!

big sis

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Handmade Bird Wings

So the kids all want to be birds for Halloween! My oldest requested a swan princess costume, and I immediately thought of Bjork’s Academy Award dress circa 2001. That iconic swan dress with the head wrapped around her neck…would I be able to make that for my girl?! My youngest wants to be a chicken. She’s just the quirkiest, and I love that about her! After pinning and googling, I came across this beautiful pic of wings. 

wings6Love this all around because it doesn’t just have to be for Halloween! I’m sure the girls will have fun adding this to their dress up collection. Eri has a beautiful blog that is both in Spanish and in English. She gives the tute for the DIY wings here 

The hubs and I decided to get in on the fun because like they say birds of a feather flock together. And I just want to get in on the fun and have something to wear too! Halloween makes me feel like a kid again. I’m making myself some peacock wings and he will be an owl. I started on my daughter’s wings, and I’m hoping they come out ok. Here is how the swan is turning out so far… 

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Let me tell you, it is quite hard finding shades of white and silver fabric that my daughter likes. We spent an hour at Joann’s. She definitely has her own opinion of what she likes.

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Good thing I’m starting early because I still have a ways to go! Have a great wknd everyone!

-lil sis

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Grocery Bag Holder

Sorry for the radio silence. With husband taking some much needed time off to the twins starting 3rd grade (yikes!), I spent lots of time away from the computer. The twins start their 1st full week full time this week. phew! that was a mouthful! And my baby girl starts her 1st day in mommy and me preschool tomorrow. Lots of changes…lots of growing up to do :)

We thoroughly enjoyed our summer, despite it being a very busy one. I’m not sure I could have changed much and it’s looking like my future summers will be just as busy if not busier when baby girls starts her activities. So for now, I will treasure the lil downtime I have when the twins are in school.

I was able to get one sewing project completed during the summer. What a big accomplishment! Not sure how I had time before to make dolls! I’m hoping that as we get into the routine of things, I will have a bit more time to sew. Oh, how I miss it.

My pantry was desperately needing a bit more organization.

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This is the first thing you see when you open up the pantry. A brown paper bag filled with plastic grocery bags. I use to fold them up into cute lil triangles…pre-kids that is. So getting rid of the ugly mess was a must.

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Being a fabric hoarder pays off! I combined one of my favorite prints with brown linen and created a grocery bag holder! Tutorial can be found here. Obviously, I modified mine a bit but I used the same dimensions. I also used a medium interface to stiffen up the fabric slightly…just so that it would hold its shape. Now, if only I could figure out a place to put all my reusable large bags, my pantry would be done!

But time to shift my attention to Halloween. My family (at the moment b/c you all know how that goes with kids) has decided to be characters from the Wizard of Oz. I am torn…do I magically sew up 5 costumes or buy them. Time will tell…

Thanks for stopping by! and for continuing to support this lil space of ours!

big sis

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