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Sunshine loves to bowl. We went this morning with his best gal friend and had a great time. The bowling alley turned on the disco lights and music. The kids danced and bowled! It was a super fun way to spend 2 hours!

Look at that ball go!

 

Will it be a strike??

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I just finished watching The Help which was really good. The movie reminded me of my previous life in Shanghai. We lived there for  3 1/2 years and during this time, I was spoiled by our aiyi aka housekeeper. I rarely had to buy groceries, do laundry, clean, or cook. Crazy, when I think about it now!

Yes, I do wonder why we moved back especially on the days when the chores are piled high with no end in sight. Since help is more expensive here, we now have a housekeeper come every two weeks instead of six days a week 😦 But, to help me with the daily chores, I’ve employed a few machines! If it weren’t for these machines, I’m sure I would have gone mad by now. What would I do without the dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, kitchen aid, and vitamix? My absolute favorites are my vacuum and floor washing robots. I let them room my hardwood floors and am so happy to find my floors clean. Sure, they do get stuck and are loud (perhaps, they are complaining!), but they sure help me keep my floors clean. With a young child, I sometimes find myself running the machines at least twice a day. They do work best on hardwood floors so if you have carpet, I don’t recommend them.

What machines or tools do you use to help you survive housekeeping?

iRobot Vacuum

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We love the Children’s Museum of San Jose. The space sparks one’s creativity and allows you to see, play, and learn.

We have visited a few times this past year and I’m still amazed by its permanent and new exhibits which rotate every few months. This month, they are featuring a Mammoth exhibit which is quite extensive and allows children of all ages to learn about this interesting animal.

Mammoth Discovery at CDM features Lupe's actual skull, femur, and pelvis fossils.

We also love the Art Loft area which allows kids to use different mediums to experience art. Sunshine loved using the wooden pencils to draw a cow and elephant. He based it on the cave drawings that was provided. I love how the colors show through the black paper! He was so proud of his drawings. It was so fun to watch the process as he was quite into it!

Drawing cave drawings using different papers and pencils

One of the best permanent exhibits is their bubbalogna blowing area. It is a truly magical place to see how bubbles are made and how big they can become. There are so many ways to make the bubbles and it is so cool to play with.

Let’s make huge bubbles!!

I love the place just as much as my Sunshine does. Hope you have a chance to visit when you visit Northern California!

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Views from My Sunshine

My sunshine loves to take photos using an old camera I gave him. Some of the photos are pretty good. Take a look and let me know what you think!
 

T-shirt Sunshine made on Sat!

 
Close-up of his fav Sandbox!
 

His veggie garden

Interesting shot of his trains!

Pretty good capture of our living room.

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On a recent visit to a friend’s house, she gave me some huge zucchinis from her garden. Her family doesn’t like them! But I knew exactly what to do with them.

Growing up, my mom was a wonderful baker. During the Fall, we would enjoy apple pies, pumpkin bread, and my favorite zucchini bread. The recipe is a little timing consuming because of the grating zucchini but it is worth it.

Thereceipe freezes well after it is baked and cooled. I made muffins so my sunshine could take some to school and get some yummy veg into his body! He thinks it’s a cupcake 🙂

My Mom’s Zucchini Bread Recipe:
3 eggs, at room temperature
3 t. vanilla
1 C. vegetable oil
1 C. sugar
2 C. peeled, grated zucchini, drained
3 C. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. baking powder
1 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. iodized salt
1 C (4 oz) chopped nuts
1/2 C. raisins

Grease and flour 2 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pans, bake at 325 degree for 1 hour.  Allow to stand in pans 10 min., then remove to wire racks to cool.

Lots of grating!

Almost ready to eat!

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Hmmm. Friday night was my first meal since my detox and it was so yummy! It was so fun to cook after juicing for a week. Homegrown eggplant, bak choy, and peppers from my old neighbor’s garden were the main ingredients! Nothing fancy but it sure tasted good!

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At Deborah’s Palm, I came across these beautiful cards created by children who have suffered or witness domestic violence. The Support Network uses art therapy to help children deal with their fears and anxieties, encourage healing, and provide a voice for them to be heard.

The cards came be purchased at Deborah’s Palm or call Support Network 408-561-6100 ext 122 or order at www.snbw.org. When you buy these cards, you are helping not only women in crisis, but also their children.

I can’t wait to start sending to my friends and sharing these wonderfully designed cards. Have a Great Day!

Set of 8 cards & envelope for $12.

Aren't these designs darling?

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