It's hard to believe September is already here and in less than a week we will be heading to Rome (remember J's 10th Birthday Surprise?). The crazy thing is j still thinks the trip is only for his big brother J and Appah. J is planning on surprising him with the good news the day before we leave. It has been a busy month with work and getting back in to our school routine so I am still planning our itinerary. If you have any last minute recommendations (sites, restaurants, shops, tours), I'd love to hear from you!
Here are a few Rome related posts that I've bookmarked:
This year one of my goals is to try new things and say "yes" to opportunities that will challenge me personally and professionally. So today I am excited to share that I now a contributor for OH HAPPY DAY, an amazing DIY party blog authored by Jordan Ferney. Every month I will be sharing fun party or holiday inspired DIYs on OH HAPPY DAY. You can find my first project, Paper Stripes Favor Boxes DIY, right here.
And if you have any comments on party or holiday DIY projects you would like to see in the future, please let me know!
One of the perks of living in Busan is easy access to Japan. Last year we went on family trips to Tokyo and Fukuoka and Osaka was the next Japanese city on our "to visit" list. Although I think spring or fall are the best times to visit Japan (spring being my favorite, hello beautiful cherry blossom trees!), due to Appah's work schedule we went a few weeks ago in mid-August. As expected the weather was hot and humid, but thankfully our hotel was connected to a train station and all our destinations were close to train/subway stations.
If you ask the boys what their favorite thing about Japan is, they will immediately answer "the good food"! I have to agree! We ate bowls and bowls of delicious udon and donburi, plates of perfectly fried katsu, fresh sushi, and shabu shabu. For breakfast we love going to the quick and cheap "diners" where you buy food tickets from the machine (j's absolute favorite). Busan is lacking in good burgers so we even sacrificed one meal and ate some burgers and fries in Osaka. And since the weather was hot we enjoyed eating ice cream every day (I love green tea floats)!
Although I originally had a long list of sites to visit in Osaka, once I realized it was going to be hot and humid I decided to play it by ear and focus on relaxing and having fun together as a family. So in between our three delicious Japanese meals each day we took the boys to their favorite store on earth (the Pokemon Center) and a few of my favorite stores (Uniqlo, Muji, and Tokyu Hands).
The beginning of August has arrived which means we will leave for our Osaka adventure this weekend and the boys will return to school in 1.5 weeks. The summer really flew by and although I think there is more that I could have accomplished, I am happy with our leisurely summer pace. So as we say goodbye to summer and hello to a new school year, I made a few fun goals for August.
AUGUST FUN GOALS
+ Eat a lot of pahtbingu (Korean shaved ice).
+ Enjoy creative time with my boys (we just finished making some fun handmade clay bead necklaces).
+ Sew two more dresses (I don't think I will be meeting my goal of 10 dresses, but I'm trying!).
+ Write some belated handwritten thank you cards (it is never too late in my book!).
+ Clean out our closets (pass along, donate old clothes). (What, this doesn't sound like fun to you?)
What are you fun goals?
So many of my friends are pregnant or have recently given birth, so I have babies (and baby clothing) on my mind. I adore the beautiful clothing produced by MUKU. Founded by a couple in Lithuania, MUKU clothing is a "balance between form and function with each product being designed with your child in mind." I love the simple and clean lines, natural fabrics, and muted color palette. MUKU also has a womens and home line, although I have to say I am more partial to their girls line (I wish they would offer the line in big girl/small mama sizes).