Month: September 2015

5 tips for planning a halloween party without losing your mind

Step 1: Plan a halloween party Its October! Tomorrow anyways. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! Yes, Halloween! The stores have already displayed and stocked up on their halloween decor, costumes, candies, and everything one needs to go big on the big 31st! This year will be our 3rd Halloween with O and 2nd year we’ll be hosting a little party for him and his friends. But from what i’ve learned from my previous year, careful planning should take place quite in advance if you’re going to make it happen. And not turning into a zombie. Especially if you have other obligations like WORK! And it doesn’t have to be super extravagant or completely Pinterest inspired (I will be creating a board which you can check out by the way on my Pinterest), but something that at least the kids and adults can enjoy. The whole point is having fun and seeing cute little ones in costumes, because lets face it, thats what we all care about anyways! Planning will save a lot of time and …

Restaurant: Burma Superstar

Review of Burma Superstar – San Francisco Clement Street 309 Clement St. San Francisco Guest post by The Husband Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely his.  Today’s review is on Burma Superstar San Francisco’s Lunch Menu. I had some extra time at lunch today so decided to go with my boss to lunch and after much deliberation we decided to go here over Dim Sum. I’ve been to Burma Superstar in Oakland before, so was pretty excited to go to the original one. We got there around 11:30AM, and there was no line and just a few people present, but by the time we were eating at 12:00PM the placed was packed and there was a line outside. A nice touch they had for the people waiting outside is hot tea for them.  The placed was very nicely decorated with burmese photos and decor throughout. According to their website, “SHARING BORDERS WITH INDIA, CHINA, LAOS AND THAILAND, BURMESE CUISINE IS INEVITABLY INFLUENCED BY THE SPICES, SEASONINGS, INGREDIENTS AND COOKING STYLES OF ITS …

5 things you should know about film photography

A guest post by Carol Ly of Carolly Photography My friend and film photographer Carol, sits down and gives us the 411 on film photography.  1) Film photography for weddings are everywhere. Just look through all the top bridal magazines and blogs. Most of the photographers who shoot the beautiful, natural light weddings are film photographers. Film can look very editorial and if you’re drawn to magazines like Martha Stewart Weddings, Town & Country, or blogs like Style Me Pretty, OnceWed or Magnolia Rouge, many of these editors favorite and featured weddings are done on film. It has a high-end look to it and photographers who shoot film tend to be very picky about how they photograph, thus curating images with a lot of intention and thought behind it. Film looks very classic, clean, and timeless. 2) Film isn’t perfect. The wonderful thing about analog equipment is the way it introduces imperfections to an image, that are actually quite beautiful. Think of listening to music on a record play versus an mp3; the subtle inflections …

My 6 week Journey to Wellness – Week 4 Recap

Hello! It’s been a very busy week so I haven’t had a time to do a recap until now. I made another video though, which I hope you’ll enjoy at my expense (posted at the end of this post). Goals For The Week Let me recap my goals for the week. Workout everyday this week (maybe between work sessions as your break) Add healthy snacks between smaller meals (best if you can prep ahead of time so you don’t prep during work time) Take O on errands so you don’t cut into work time Connect with a MOPS group Arrange a MNO at your house for your friends while Chris is gone How Did I Do? In Summary, I worked out 3 days again out of 7. Did the exercises as a break between work sessions. I really enjoyed doing that. I did some strength exercises, and a little bit of cardio (running). I did try snacking the first few days, but I didn’t prepare for the week ahead of time so I ended up skipping …

Restaurant: Sushi Sam’s Edomata

A restaurant review of Sushi Sam’s Edomata – San Mateo 218 East 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401 A guest post by The Husband Disclaimer: Another entry by my husband. He’s a fast writer. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely his.  Nicole and I try to do a date with just the two of us once in a while just so we can still connect without O once in a while. Today for our date we decided to go to Sushi Sam’s Edomata in San Mateo. Located at 218 East 3rd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401, it is one of the few restaurants in downtown San Mateo that has 4 stars and over 1650 reviews. We’ve been there several times and it hasn’t disappointed. Outside below the “Sushi Sam’s Japanese Restaurant” awning you come across the storefront which has several fliers posted against the glass as well as a blue “Sushi Sam’s Edo Mata” sign with a menu.  Inside the restaurant to the left is a sushi bar with some sake on the wall and a small sitting area. Walking to the …

Restaurant: Izakaya Hashibiro Kou

A restaurant review of Izakaya Hashibiro Kou-Filmore District San Francisco 1560 Fillmore Street San Francisco, CA 94115 A guest post by the husband Disclaimer: Another entry by my husband. I guess he eats out  more than I do lately. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are solely his. Photos are also credited to him. I guess this entry would go under the eat category of eatsleepplayblog.com. A few friends of mine decided to go out to eat last Thursday. We decided to go to Izakaya Hashibiro Kou, a Japanese Tapas restaurant in the Fillmore district of San Francisco. This was indeed a convenient place to have dinner since it is only 4 blocks (10 minute walk) from where I work. The plan was to meet them after work. After a lunch work meeting with my colleagues, I had a few minutes before starting my afternoon block and decided to read some reviews about the restaurant (see links to reviews at the bottom of post). The reviews raved about the restaurant saying that it …

My 6 Week Journey To Wellness: Week 3 Recap

I’m half way through! It’s been getting harder to keep up while trying to keep all my priorities in order. But Darcy has come to my rescue again following week 2! We touched base over Skype to review the end of week 2 and set new goals for week 3. I shared how trying to get work done made it easy for me to ‘let go’ of my exercises, even if it were only 15 minutes. Which doesn’t make any sense. So we looked at my ‘work’ responsibilities and what I took away from our conversation was the need for me to develop a type of system that will help streamline my work process so that i’m not wasting time figuring it out as I go along. So I spent the later half of my week trying to do that, and it helped me stop obsessing over things that I had no control over. Towards the end of the week, I freed up more time to do some exercises. Goals for the week Stream line work flow …

My 6-week journey to wellness: Week 2 Recap

At the beginning of the week, Darcy and I synced up to talk about goals for week 2. She was really encouraging about my first week’s progress. We talked about what things I valued the most based on a tool I had used (physical fitness wasn’t one of them). It helped me see that what I spent most of my time, energy and money on determined what I valued the most. Makes sense. Those things were work, O and my personal interests. She also gave me some feedback and support around my work, which I didn’t expect, but it was really thoughtful of her to do so. Getting feedback like that was really empowering. Goals Exercise: Still keeping to working out every day, blog only at the end of the week Food: Keep track of what i’m eating, try one new clean recipe this week.  Work: Write down all the things I need to get done  Meditation time: Try to do it early in the morning (without falling asleep) How did I do this week? Day 1: Was still …