DIY: Little Explorer Binoculars

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Right now Callan is at such a fun age and all she wants to do is explore and “look for coo-coo birds.” Yes, I said coo-coo birds. Not really sure where her fascination for finding these birds came from but we search long and hard for them haha! You can’t do it without a good pair of binoculars though, so I whipped up a pair of kid friendly, no worries if they get dropped, binoculars just for Callan! She has to have them wherever we go now, but you know what they say…”Adventure is out there!”

Since it was such a big hit with Cal, i’m sure other kids would like a pair too so I wanted to share this super easy DIY on how to make them.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 toilet paper rolls for each set of binoculars
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Washi Tape to customize your binoculars
  • Yarn

Step One:

Using your hole punch, punch a hole just slightly down from the top of two of your toilet paper rolls.

Step Two:

Cut about a 30-inch length yarn and thread an end through each hole punch and tie a knot. This will be your strap.

Step Three:

This is your time to customize your binoculars with your washi tape however you would like!

Step Four:

Cut an end off of your third toilet paper roll for what will be the connecting piece to hold your binoculars in place together. Cut it into two strips, one for the top and one for the bottom.

Step Five:

Hold the rolls together and hot glue one piece on the top and the bottom of your binoculars.

Ta-Da! There you have it, the cutest pair of binoculars for your little ones to explore with!


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Birthday Gift Guide

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Once July hits, it seems like i’m celebrating someones birthday every couple weeks! And we all know what birthdays typically include…gifts! This past year I meet this super sweet boss lady, Stacy, at Babychella selling all kinds of handmade products. Recently, I’d discovered that she made the perfect gifts to celebrate someones birthday, weather it’s a baby being welcomed into the world or a co-worker in your office, shes got you covered! I couldn’t help but share her products with all of you, so here’s a mini gift giving guide perfect for his or her birthday.

  • Birthday Block

A handmade, hardwood keepsake block to celebrate baby’s first year on this crazy little thing we call earth! It includes the year, the animal for that year and all the traits said to belong those born in that year which you might see your little one taking after. So cute, right?! You can customize your block and make it even more personal with your child’s name, measurements and choose to make it pink, blue, or green. We have one for Callan, and absolutely love it, it’s the perfect addition next to a few other memorabilia’s in her room.


Get your block here!

  • Birthday Dog Pillow

 I’m not sure about anyone else’s kids, but Callan loves stuffed animals. Seriously guys, I don’t think shes meet a stuffed animals she hasn’t liked. That’s why im so excited to give her a birthday dog pillow to snuggle and celebrate with! Each pillow is sewn from hand with eco-friendly, water-based inks, cotton fabrics and poly fiberfill. It comes in either blue or pink, and you can choose the which pattern you want to customize the back side of your pillow with!


Get your pillow here!

  • Birthday Candle Block-Cupcake

One of Stacy’s new products is her birthday candle block. This is perfect as a cake topper or you could do what I did and give one to a friend along with their present! It’s also a great little way to celebrate someones birthday at work, or someone in the family, especially if your not doing a dessert that way they still have a candle to make their wish on! It is available in lilac, raspberry, sky, and grass.


Get your birthday block here!

  • Air Plant Cube

First of all, air plants…why have I never had one before?! I’ve never been good at keeping plants alive, but air plants seem to be a bit of a game changer, so low maintenance and so cute! These air plant cubes are another new product of Stacy’s that are so versatile for any occasion. You can give them as gifts, decorations for baby showers, keep them on your desk, window sill, or even on your table! You can choose from two color ways (brights or pastels) and sizes (the large 2 1/2″, or the small 2″).

Get your air plant cube here!

So there you at it, the ultimate Stacy Wong handmade birthday gift guide! I hope this makes looking for a gift for that special someone a breeze. Stacy also offers a variety of different handmade wooden products such as gender reveal eggs, super cute mugs, and puzzle blocks for kids and so much more! 

Museum of Ice Cream

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To a kid museums sound pretty boring, that is until they made a museum all about ice cream! 

Los Angeles opened a pop up Museum of Ice Cream this year that was only supposed to stay for a couple months, but it did so well they extended their time here and we were lucky enough to get tickets! And I knew Callan wouldn’t mind if I dragged here to a place where she got to eat all kind of treats and swim in a pool of sprinkles;) 

Here’s some of the fun we had during our visit…

Hello…calling all ice cream lovers!

One of the first room we went through was the banana room, it was so much fun! The wall paper smelt like bananas, you could swing and there was a ton of hanging bananas, it was just bananas!!

The next room over was the mint room. They gave us some mint chocolate chip mochi balls when we walked in and had two long planters going down the room. Inside they were growing mint leaves and for the soil they used cocoa mulch, which we learned could be used for soil for pretty much all plants!

Finally, we made it to the very anticipated pool of sprinkles! Although, to be honest I was a little disappointment. They let in a group of people at a time and we happen to be in a really big group and the pool was a lot smaller than we imagined so it was pretty crammed in there, not very much room to play or take a picture. Also, not to mention the people who were trying to have legit photo shoots were getting upset with people getting in their shot. But, it was still a cool experience to play in a pool of sprinkles either way!

& we had to end our trip with a giant ice cream cone to take home!

Thanks for having us Museum of Ice Cream and making all my Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory esk dreams come true!

Tuesday’s are for Tacos

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For the past couple weeks, me and some of my closest gal pals have been meeting for some tacos, tequila and girl talk! 

I thought I’d step up my taco Tuesday attire with some Mexican vibes in my flirty, fun, colorful skirt that makes me feel like that dancing lady emoji in the red dress šŸ’ƒšŸ¼ paired with my mate the label tank that reads “not your mamacita”

Throw on a some tan booties and your good to go!

If your wearing this and you don’t feel like stuffing your face with some amazing Mexican food, I don’t know what will! 

Time for Me

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Between Callan and work and somehow managing to squeeze in hanging out with friends, I’m exhausted. Then I realized why this was…I haven’t had a moment to myself to just breathe in who knows how long! I’m always trying to make the most of my time and lately all it feels like all I do is work, so when I do have an opening in my day and a friend asks if we can meet for lunch or something fun, I usually go because who knows when the next time our schedules will both be open at the same time again. But at the end of the day I’m totally defeated, you know why? Because I never have time to do anything for myself!

The truth is…I’m totally an introvert and love to just be alone. Even just painting my nails or read a book puts me in a better mood! When me and Dominick first started dating, there was plenty of times that I picked staying home by myself rather than hanging out, it just felt necessary. Then we had Callan and life just started moving at hyper speed, and well I was never really alone. Especially now that I’m working two jobs and she’s older now (which means she’s constantly wanting to do stuff), finding a moment to yourself is tough. 

As most of you know and can probably tell, me and Dominick are no longer together and have taken on our new role as co-parents. Yeah yeah I know, it’s sad and it sucks but to be honest, our time apart has actually repaired our friendship, believe it or not. We get along so much better now and work together as a team better than we ever have. Maybe there was just too much pressure on the relationship? I’m not really sure, but being apart it’s working for us.

Of course, how this was going to effect Callan was our biggest concern, so we wanted to keep things as civil and normal for her as possible. My parents got divorced when I was ten and it was like world war three, they could barley be together in the same room, and eventually my relationship with my father disolved completely. So, it was really important to me that she didn’t grow up that way (*disclaimer: for the record,  my mom is a saint and raised me and my two sisters alone better than with the help of my dad. She’s a better dad he could have ever been and twice the mom she ever thought possible). We (after much trial and error, arguing and negotiating) decided to trade off with Callan every four days and help each other in between if we need it. We also make a point to do something all three of us, Callan, Dom and myself, at least once or twice a week just to remind her that everything is okay and we both still love her just the same. In fact, the funny thing is, I actually think we get together and do stuff together more now than we did when we were together! 

Anyways, now that I don’t constantly have Callan with me, I’ve learned to take full advantage of my alone time to re-center and just relax. Of course, this time isn’t for long periods at a time due to my work schedule and other miscellaneous stuff, but I need to remind myself to slow down every now and then so I don’t totally lose my $h!@. Seriously guys, a nap or my personal favorite…heading down to the beach and getting lost in a good book for an hour or so, can make all the difference. After just an hour or two to do what I want is like a reset button and a way more pleasant person to be around haha. At night, my guilty pleasure is making myself a drink and mindlessly re-watching friends for the gazillionth time, because let’s face it, FRIENDS WILL NEVER GET OLD! And I know I’m not the only one who feels like this sometimes, I’ve had friends that cancelled plans because they need some time for themselves and I totally get it! There’s no shame in having a little “me time” every now and then, more power to ya for admitting it! 

And don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love love love my time with Callan, and I cherish it now more than ever, but some time apart is healthy for both of us. Plus it gives Callan and her dad special one on one time together to keep their relationship strong. So in the mean time, this mama will keep workin’ on herself!