New Year’s day traditions

Happy New Year’s Eve blog world!

We don’t have big plans for New Year’s Eve this year, but we will be celebrating New Year’s Day with a few traditions that we follow every year.

New Year’s day is a big holiday for Koreans, signifying family, growth, a clean start…

Usually for lunch, we will have traditional rice cake soup with my family called duk gook.  It’s thinly sliced rice cakes cooked in broth and topped with sliced beef, eggs, and nori.  I love duk gook.  It’s the “chicken soup” for my soul.

The girls get to wear their han boks, traditional korean dresses.  They love to wear them, and this is one of the few times a year they are guaranteed to wear them.  Here are my girls in their dresses this year.  I really wanted a canvas of them in their dresses, so after Thanksgiving, I made pretty flower crowns, curled their hair, gave them a little lip gloss, and took them out for pictures.  Here is my favorite shot:

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In their han boks, the girls will bow deeply to their elders, i.e. my parents, and in exchange, they get money and blessings for a new year…lucky girls!  This tradition is called seh bae.

After eating duk gook, and the girls seh bae, we just hang out.  Usually, we will all gather to make home made mandu (dumplings).  We make a bunch to eat fresh and to freeze.  They are so good steamed, in soups, pan fried, and deep fried (you may have heard of yaki mandu)…  YUM!!!  Here’s a pic I took a couple years ago.  Those are my Dad’s hands.  🙂

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That’s pretty much it!  What are some of your New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day traditions?  I’d love to know!

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 2015

2014 December Daily: Day 1-7

I have finally made some progress on my December Daily!  Normally, I keep up with it every day.  However, because we were on vacation at Disney the first week of December, I have been playing catch up ever since!

This year I’m using the October Afternoon daily flash album.  Since it’s thinner than albums that I’ve previously used, I’m trying to keep my pages pretty flat.  For my album cover, I decided to keep it simple.  I just used some red yarn and wood veneer that I got at Michael’s.

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And here’s my title page:

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Day 1:

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Day 1 in my album with a 4×6 journaling card:

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Day 2:

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Day 2 in my album with a 4×6 photo & journaling card on the back:

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Day 3:

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Day 4:

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Day 5:

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Days 6 & 7:

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I used a lot of products from Teresa Collins, Studio Calico, Dear Lizzy, American Crafts, October Afternoon, Heidi Swapp, Elle’s Studio, Pebbles & some older Martha Stewart.  Some of the numbers are from a free advent tag printable found on the simple as that blog, here:  and I used a paislee press digital template on page 2 that I purchased here:  .

If you have any specific questions about a product, I will answer to my best ability.

Have a great weekend!

Merry Christmas: our holiday card and picture with Santa

Behold…our 2014 holiday card!ahsang Christmas card

Naturally, I wanted to use pics from our trip to Disney World on my card this year.  I couldn’t decide on just one picture though, and I wanted them printed on stationary card stock, not photo paper this year.  Normally, I design my own 5×7 card and have it printed at my professional lab (last year I had them printed on metallic paper), but with our trip to Disney the first week of December, I needed a quick and easy option.

Even with the crazy discounts offered on sites like shutterfly and tinyprints, I wanted a more budget friendly option.  (We had just spent a ton of money at Disney after all…)  I got an e-mail from Costco advertising premium stationary greeting cards with great prices, so I decided to check it out.  Compared to other sites, their selection was limited, but I found a design that I liked, it was double sided, and it included envelops with our address printed on the back flap for free!  I plugged my photos in, placed my order, and had it delivered to my local Costco.  When I picked them up about a week later, they were packaged so professionally, and the quality was perfect.  For a pack of 50 cards, I spent right under $40, tax included.  I couldn’t be happier.  I will definitely be checking Costco out again next year!

On a side note, our dorkie (dachshund and yorkie mix) wanted to send her parents a Christmas card as well.  LOL!  Her parents live with a friend of mine, so I included it with our holiday card.

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We finally took our girls to see Santa a few days ago.  Because they have a photog mom, they posed and smiled for the camera before they even talked to him!  They are professional models (ha ha!)!  I only had to snap one photo with them & Santa, and it came out perfect.  With the pictures out of the way, of course they told him all their hearts’ desires.

Here is my pic from my little point and shoot camera that I keep in my purse:

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Happy Holidays friends.

Easy kids Christmas crafts

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Now that Christmas break has started, the girls and I have stayed in our pjs more days than we have gotten dressed.  Yikes!  The girls and I love crafts, especially around Christmas time, so we’re taking advantage of the abundance of free time.  Here are two crafts that are easy, and both my 4 & 8 year old had fun putting these together.

Straw bead necklaces: 

First, grab your supplies.  All you need is some straws (I picked these cardboard Christmas straws up from the target dollar spot), ribbon or string, and scissors.

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Have the kids cut up the straws into different lengths.

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Then have the kids string them together like they would any other beads.  I told my girls to alternate red and green, and to be sure to use different sized “beads.”

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Tie the string together and viola!


Popsicle stick Christmas ornaments: 

I love having the girls make hand made ornaments every year.  I saw these popsicle stick ornaments on a friend’s instagram feed, and I already had all the supplies, so it was perfect!

First grab your supplies.  You will need popsicle sticks, paint, glue, googly eyes, mini pom poms (we used red for Rudolph’s nose & a silver one for the tree), string, and some buttons.  *optional: hot glue gun

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Glue the popsicle sticks into their basic shapes.  I used 3 for Rudolph and 4 for the tree.  (I glued the sticks with a hot glue gun so we wouldn’t have to wait for the glue to dry before the girls started painting.)

Then, have the kids paint their ornaments: brown for Rudolph and green for the tree.  Set aside and let dry.  Once the paint has dried, you can help the kids glue on the eyes and nose onto Rudolph, and the buttons and silver pom onto the tree.  Set aside and let the glue dry.  Once everything is dry, you can add a piece of string to hang them on the tree.  I also had the girls write their name and 2014 on the back so we can look back and remember when they made them.

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Hope you are all having a great Christmas break!

Happy Sunday!

photographer: M family session

Hello blog world!  I’ve been such a blogging slacker!  I have good excuses though…

We just got back from Disney world a few days ago, and I feel like I need a week vacation to recover from our disney vacation!  My to-do list is a mile long!

I had a few photo sessions during Thanksgiving week that I am busy editing.  I finally finished the M family’s beautiful session at 3:00 am yesterday.  I loved this session!  The location was beautiful (love all the fall colors), the light was amazing, and the family is so cute.  Here are some favorites:

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I still have a ton more photos to edit, plus Disney photos, and I haven’t even touched my December Daily yet!  One step at a time, right?!

Happy Wednesday y’all!