Category: Awesome Hospitality

[Celebration] — Labour Day

Can you say food overload much? Yes – all the dim sum our friends brought over was crazy – we all had two meals out of it. Lunch & dinner – I had to make sure they finished it up before leaving our place! It was a fun & relaxing day – main goal was to catch up with everyone. Relaxing led to being lazy! But it’s all good! Hard to get everyone together unless it’s special occasions – so it was awesome getting to catch up!

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[Summer Fun] — Toronto Railway Museum & Ripleys Aquarium

My son loves all types of transportation – so riding the Toronto Museum Train was a must on the list. The mini train seriously is nothing much but he still got very excited. An adult must be riding it with him – it cost $6.00 for the both of them. Whatever makes your kid happy right? I believe it was less than a 5 minute ride around the area.

 

After the mini train ride – Ripley Aquarium was our next destination. We’ve wanted to visit this place for awhile – so fitting it into our summer calendar was a must.

My whole family was excited when we got to the entrance. The tanks of fishes were so gorgeous! There’s so much to learn and see. I am sure that both munchkins’ will have class trips in the future here.

My faves were the jellyfishes. So unique and interesting. The play area was small and crowded but that doesn’t stop my son for having fun and playing with other kids.

We bought some candies at the gift shop to end our fun day out. We took about 2.5 hour to walk through the whole aquarium. If we had more time – I think I’ll go through it one more time. It’s a nice place to go once but I’m not sure if I want to revisit? Maybe in a few years?

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[Summer Fun] — Barrie Hill Farm & Wasaga Beach

What a wonderful time at Barrie Hill Farm with our friends! It was our first time picking blueberries and strawberries. At first – hubby wasn’t too thrilled about the idea but he ended up enjoying it.

Munchkin#1 did not pick anything because he is OCD and didn’t want to touch anything. His job was to hold the bucket while his parents collected the goods. He had a lot of fun with his friend running around the farm.

After around 3 hours being at the farm – we headed for lunch at our friends Japanese restaurant. We had such an amazing meal – all of us were stuffed!

We stopped by Wasaga for about 2 hours after lunch. The water was quite cold but the kids still loved it.
What an amazing fun day out with our friends and we got to meet some new friends too.

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[Celebration] — Kendra & Ryan’s Wedding

We joined our two good friends on their special day of their lives! What an honor to witness their unconditional love that day!

Started off the day at church – which was the most important part of the day. We joined them again in the evening at the banquet.

Both boys behaved well – Munchkin#2 slept before dinner was finished serving. Which was perfect because mommy and daddy got to enjoy some wine! It was so much fun that I drank a little too much. Too bad most of our friends had to drive – otherwise it’ll be even more fun.

Congratulations once again!

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[Summer Fun] — Hubbys’ Co-Workers Gathering • Barbecue & Wine

What is better than some wine and barbecue over a hot summer day? It was a nice get together with Hubbys’ coworkers – catching up with life. Nice conversations and nice wine = a perfect summer patio day. Food was delish with a mixture of everything.

We try to get together every summer and it’s nice for me to socialize with Hubbys’ coworkers. Sometimes they invite me to go to their work dinner but with 2 kids – there’s no way for me to go. Maybe I’ll join them for their work lunches one day! It’s nice to feel included into things. Hubbys’ coworkers are all very nice & easy to get along. Till next time!

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[Celebration] — Joelle’s 4th Birthday Party

 

We celebrated Princess Joelle’s fourth birthday early July. The theme was everything pink & purple & princess-y.

The adults get to catch up & eat while the kids did their own thing! Which was perfect! I love how the kids get to celebrate birthdays together every year! What a blessing it is to have each other as good friends!

Cheers to another year older & stay healthy forever Princess Joelle! Can’t wait to celebrate many more birthdays with you!

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[Celebration] — Cayden’s 1st Birthday Party

What a blessed day getting to celebrate his FIRST birthday with families and friends. We had about 50 attendees that day and it was fun catching up with everyone!

Hubby’s friend came with a professional camera and took some decent photos with us. So this post includes both Iphone & professional photos. We are so grateful to have a friend take photos! Photos mean the world to especially me! Thank you so much Kev!

 

Kids had loads of fun chasing each other around. They all love the wagon!

Munchkin#2 was a bit nervous when we all sang “Happy Birthday” to him. All eyes were staring at him – I would be nervous too.

I am so glad to be hosting this birthday party with adults and kids. But next party – I will only keep it small to the kids. With a party this big – it’s so hard to catch up with everyone. A conversation could only last maximum 10 minutes. Having a small and intimate party is definitely easier but I won’t say I will never host a big party again. Friends and families play a big part of our lives – we wouldn’t be who we are without them! Thank you all for finding the time out of your busy schedule to come out & love these munchkins!

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[Food] — Scaddabush Italian Restaurant – Richmond Hill Review

Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar has been one of my fave go to place when I crave Italian food. My fave entrée is the chicken sandwich and their garlic fries! #nomnomnom. Makes my mouth watery typing up this post!

There food is very delicious and tasty! The interior of this restaurant is unique too. It’s always busy when I dine here – so make sure you make your reservation!

I can’t wait to be back and try some new entrées and appetizers! Have you been here? What are your faves? Comment below to share! Stay tune for more foodie reviews & advantures!

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[Food] — Smash Kitchen & Bar • Markham & Review

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I had lunch here with my husband and two boys the other day. It was a quiet afternoon – which I love! I’ve been here a few times for dinner but never lunch.

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I’ve decided to try their meatloaf while my husband had their burgers and fries. I wasn’t a big fan of their meatloaf – it wasn’t my taste. I love how it had a lot of vegetables under – love the onion rings as well. But the meatloaf wasn’t so good. I only ordered it because I’ve read some good reviews about it. I only took a few bites of it and that was it. Such a disappointment – should of ordered something else. Other than the meatloaf disappointment – service was on point. What is your favorite on the menu to order? Comment below to share!

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[Celebration] — Jayden’s 5th Birthday Part 1

Munchkin#1 had an early mini birthday celebration with the relatives on February 20th, 2017. Usually we would have them over after his actual birthday party after the kids’ leave. But since it was also Family Day – we decided why not have a lunch and have our kids bond with their relatives right?

Nothing much – I made a small lunch, catch up, sang Happy Birthday, and played monopoly!

We had so much fun playing monopoly with the relatives. It was actually our first time playing together! We had quite a good laugh and glad everyone enjoyed it! Hubby and I ended up winning the game by luck. This game requires a lot of luck!

After a 2-3 hour game of monopoly – we headed for a very early dinner. It was such a fun day and I think we should have it much more often! Both our boys behaved very well. Munchkin#1 got to spend quality time with Great Grandma when we were busy playing.

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[Celebration] — Christmas 2016 With Relatives

This will be the last Christmas event that we celebrated in the 2016! Christmas with relatives has been a tradition every year for us. This year is exact special because we are hosting. I love hosting events because of all the organizing and planning that includes in it. I plan my menu days in advance – I even plan the set up of my table. I put 100% on what I do because I love what I do.

It was so much fun getting to gather together and catch up! Look how festive everyone is – they are mostly in red! We didn’t bother changing out of our Christmas pajamas since Christmas Eve because it’s very festive! We are very blessed to have them in our life and I cannot wait to host another Christmas event like this!

Have a THANKFUL day!!!

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[Event Planning] — Kerropi DIY Theme Party • Decorations, Party Favors, Prize Baskets, Food Stamps

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Do you guys remember Kerropi? Kerropi is a Japanese Sanrio character and we don’t see this character around often anymore. It was so much fun creating and designing for this party! This theme was for my son’s 1 month celebration party. Here you see above is the banner I created & the 145 food stamps I designed, cut, and paste together. I should of made more food stamps – I didn’t have enough for all the finger food I had.

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Prize baskets for the games we played that day. Another fun project for me to put together these 6 baskets and our friends enjoyed them too. I try to put in kids snacks to bring back childhood memories. There were six different kinds of snacks in each basket.

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Here’s the favors I had for our guests. There’s two parts: DIY candy kabobs & loot bags. For the candy kabobs – putting it together was messier then I thought. I wanted to give up after the second kabob! It was just so sticky and messy! Especially being OCD myself…. I did end up making 26-27 of those. Guests tend to like them because it was wrapped nicely and it’s a unique kind of favor. I might do them again for future parties? Who knows… As for the loot bags – there were 3 different kinds of snacks: chocolate chip cookies, chewy bars, and ritz cheese dip sticks. I love putting together loot bags! I made about 25 of these and I almost didn’t have enough. Well technically I don’t have enough because I want to give a few more out for people that visited at different times.

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Cut out around 45 of these cuties to decorate around our home. I’m usually watching TV when doing all these DIY stuff – so it’s really not that much work to me. If you love what you do – its really fun!

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Two out of the four party games we had. We had the famous diaper game, cotton challenge game, chubby bunny, and musical chairs. I’m so glad that our friends enjoyed the game and had fun. Having games at a party gives a better connection and vibe with each other. It’s just much funner then sitting around and being on their phones.

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Last but not least – the party food! It’s mostly finger food – which is easier to manage! I had meatballs, cheesey mussels, chicken bites, chicken nuggets, Greek pastry (forgot the name), devil eggs, potato salad, and cupcakes. The potato salad was a big hit! I was actually surprised that people wanted more but I didn’t have anymore! For sure will be having that again for my next party!

Overall – it was so much fun organizing yet another party! This is actually the very first party for my Munchkin#2! Do you plan your parties too? Care to share some of your tips? Comment below to share! Stay tune for more daily updates – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time! Thanks for dropping by!

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[Pregnancy Journal] — Bringing Home Baby

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Finally going home!

We brought Munchkin#2 home on July 5th 2016, Tuesday. We were actually happy to be going home so fast because at first the doctor and nurses told us it’ll be a week or more. But since Munchkin#2 was gaining weight with no other problems. We were good to go!

He stayed in the NICU room for a total of 6 days. I have to say the nurses are amazing there! I felt so comfortable with their care of our baby. They were very accommodating too. After my discharge – I was allowed to stay in the parent room for a few days. Whenever Munchkin woke up for a feeding – they would let me know by knocking on my door. I seriously didn’t mind staying there for a few more days – but of course there’s nothing better than the comfort of my home. Sometimes I miss being there and I miss the nurses too!

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Home Bound

That morning – I woke up around 9ish and had everything packed. The doctor came to chat with me and asked if I was comfortable taking him home. Of course! He also told me about his appointments. Than this lady came to do a hearing test on Munchkin – which he passed. After that I talked to a lactation nurse about breastfeeding. Everything was good to go. I’m actually quite surprise with the many support this hospital provides! It’s so different than 4 years ago!

We left the hospital in the afternoon that day. Munchkin#2 did cry a little bit during our wait to the car because Hubby had to cool down the car first due to the heat. It was crazy hot! After cooling down the car – we were all settle in and he didn’t fuss anymore.

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Big brother first time holding baby brother! Look at that excitement!

It was easy taking him home. It felt right at home with our family of four. He slept most of the time and only woke up for feedings. Stay tune for more daily updates – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time! Thanks for stopping by!

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[Pregnancy Journal] — My C-Section Experience

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last babypump picture & last picture of my munchkin being the only child

Before knowing that I was FOR SURE getting a C-Section – I was scared shitless. I never had any major surgeries or never been cut open before in my life. This was my major surgery!

I had two days to prepare for this surgery and to be honest. With so much going on – I barely had time to think about it.

The day of my C-Section – I had a little over 2 hours of sleep. Since the C-Section was scheduled 6:30AM in the morning – I had to be at the hospital at 4:30AM that day. Dropped my son at my in-laws around 4 in the morning. I felt kind of guilty of leaving him there because he was a bit sad.

Got to the hospital a little earlier than expected. Checked in, changed, and the nurses did what they needed. IV, blood sugar, and blood work. After they poke the IV in – I had to visit the bathroom a 2-3 times.

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all our stuff for the hospital

The two hours I was there flew by so fast. When time came – the nurse walked me to the surgery room. I imagined the surgery bed would be big but to my surprise it was small. I saw everything in the room… It looked big and scary thank god my OB was the one doing my surgery… She comforted me and held my hands while getting my “pain medication” – it’s something like epidural but there’s another name for it. While getting my pain medication – I did feel a little pressure but it was gone fast. The pain medication worked so fast – it was within minutes that half my body was frozen. My arms were shaky though and I couldn’t stop the shake. I had trouble breathing too.

They didn’t tell me the procedure has started… The nurse took my husband in and that’s when he told me it started awhile ago.. Lol I think they didn’t want to scare me because if they did tell me it’s starting – I probably say “Please wait or please not yet!”

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I was cold after the IVs.. before surgery

They told my husband not to watch what was going on in case he faints – so he didn’t get to watch munchkin#2 coming out & cutting the cord.

The procedure was quite fast – everything was done less than an hour. I think sewing my stitches took longer than cutting me up & taking the baby out.

When Munchkin#2 came out – my husband follow the nurse to the nursery and did skin to skin time. I had a peek when he came out of my belly but I was dying to see him and touch him. Hubby went totally MIA on me the rest of the surgery. I was so anxious to hear about everything! Was baby okay? How does he look like? Did he cry a lot? Was he breathing ok? So many questions in my mind!

The nurses’ transfer me back to the recovery room till the pain medication was dying off a little and I can move my foot.

Thirty minutes in the recovery room – my OB came in with my husband’s phone and told me everything us looking great and here’s his phone with pictures and videos of Munchkin#2. I was relieved!

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my first few glances of Munchkin#2 from my husbands iphone

I was already having conversations on Whatsapp and posting photos on Facebook after 30 minutes of being cut open. I imagined myself feeling sick and in pain. But it was none of that.

Hubby came to the recovery room shortly. Than shortly after they pushed me to my room. I still didn’t get to see my baby boy by then. Imagine how crazy I was feeling? I had to wait till I can get off my bed and sit in a wheel chair. I was going a little crazy!

While waiting – the nurse and hubby walked in with my baby! I’m like OMG! I finally got to hold him! It was the longest wait of my life. It was just tough not being able to see him or hold him when he first came out of my belly. He was so precious & tiny!

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opening gift from baby brother before visiting baby brother at the NICU room

Anyways – back to my c-section experience. The nurses gave me pain killer every 6 hours and checked my belly. I didn’t dare to look at the scar or anything.

After being discharge on the third day – I didn’t take any pain killers afterwards. I didn’t have time to go to the pharmacy to pick any up. I just wanted to spend all my time with my two boys. To my surprise – I felt no pain even with no pain killer. I only felt a bit of pressure getting off of chairs/beds/couches and that was it. Walking was fine. I didn’t feel the stitches at all.

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my first time visiting the NICU room

This C-section experience was better than I thought. There were no pains but only pressure. I thought I was going to die from pain. How could I not when knives did cut me open! But there really was no pain! Thank you God and mommy for watching over me!

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mommys’ precious little munchkin

Since there were no pains involved – everything at home went back to normal. Cleaning, cooking, chores and etc… Even hubby went right back to work.

I feel so blessed to have experience two kinds of delivery. Although both types of delivery did scared me! Hope you enjoy reading my experience with my C-Section delivery. Stay tune for more updates – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time!

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[Food] — Sogong Dong Tofu House • Markham & Review

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SoGong Dong Tofu House is located at the First Markham Plaza next to VIP Pho. It was my first time dining at this family run restaurant. I have to say – the complimentary appetizers were delicious! I love the potatoes!

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Hubby ordered the Teriyaki bulgogi to share with Munchkin and it came with a pot of purple rice.

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I ordered their beef tofu soup and it was amazing! I love myself a pot of delicious soup anytime and any day! I asked for mild – so the soup wasn’t too spicy. They have a few kinds of tofu soup on the menu and I cannot wait to try them next time. Have you been here? What are your faves? Comment below to share! Stay tune for more food reviews and adventures – this blog is updated regularly at 12PM Eastern Time! Thanks for stopping by!

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