Glass Bottle Cutting x DIY

What do you do when you have a ton of empty wine and beer bottles? Single stem flower vases? Nope! Decorative pieces collecting dust? Nope! We’re going to cut them in half! :) My friends at Opendoor Cafe and Courtyard called me up to share in this fun DIY project. They have been hosting many events at their awesome space recently and had accumulated a lot of wine and beer bottles. Instead of finding a place to recycle all the glass (which, by the way, is an extremely difficult feat in HK), they decided to cut them and give those bottles a second life. I’m all for repurposing and reusing old items so when they asked me to join them I couldn’t resist!

Just a side note, this DIY project definitely requires a steady hand, patience and time to master the skill. It’s definitely worth your time as the results are beautiful! Cutting bottles at different heights create candle holders, drinking glasses, flower bouquet vases and whatever else you would like to do with your new bottle.

Materials:

- glass bottles of different sizes and colours
– glass cutter
– gloves and protective glasses
– non-slip surface or mat
– a variety of objects with different heights
– kettle with hot water
– bucket of ice water
– heavy duty sandpaper

Steps:

Step 1: Remove all the labels from your bottle the previous evening by soaking it in water.

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Step 2: Boil hot water in a kettle and fill a bucket with ice and cold water. If you have googles or gloves, put them on now. :) (We didn’t have any on hand that day but this is something you definitely should invest in for this DIY.)

Step 3: Decide where you want to make a cut in your bottle and choose an object of the appropriate height. Place that object in-between and on the non-slip mat. Hold the glass cutter firmly on top of the object with one hand and using your other hand, place the bottle as close to the object (we used a jar of minced garlic) as possible.

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Step 4: With a firm and steady hand around the neck or body of the bottle, rotate the bottle clockwise applying even pressure with the glass cutter to make a straight line. DO NOT go over the line twice. This is probably the hardest part of the process because if you apply uneven pressure or if your line is not straight, the glass bottle will not cut smoothly or in a straight line.

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Here is an example of what happens when the seam is not straight.

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Step 5: Pour hot water from your kettle along the scored seam of our bottle. Immediately dunk your bottle into the ice bucket. Repeat the hot water and ice water steps until the bottle separates into two. If you were able to score your bottle with a straight line using even pressure, you will hear a nice “pop” and the bottle will be cut perfectly.

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Step 6: Sand down the edges of your glass. Alternatively, you could also dip the edges in hot wax to avoid the sharp edges. It also looks quite nice as an added decorative element.

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Step 7: Voila! You have now made an adorable drinking glass, candle holder, flower vase et al :) You can mix and match different bottles to create unique decorative pieces too!

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Once again, a huge thank you to Kristy and Gabbie of Opendoor Cafe & Courtyard for sharing this super creative and fun DIY with me. :) If you try this at home, please take a picture on Instagram and use the hashtag #mgdglassbottle. I’d love to see what you come up with! Follow me at @mamagoesdiy

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Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Goes DIY
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Summer Pom Pom Cushions x DIY

A few weeks ago I was in the lovely crafters-DIY heaven aka Shum Shui Po with a friend keeping her company as she searched for fabrics to make new cushions. She was buying fabric to bring to Switzerland to sew cushions with her mother in law on their upcoming family vacation. She generously offered to help sew cushions for me as well which was super sweet of her!

Upon looking through rolls and rolls of fabric, I stumbled upon a beautiful bright blue floral number that inspired this DIY. It had Anthropologie written all over it without the price tag. :) I added on this gorgeous mustard pom pom trim to create a fresh new summer cushion to update my home for the sunny weather.

This is a pretty straight forward DIY and it helps if you have a sewing machine. We are essentially making a basic rectangular envelope cushion cover. Let’s get onto the DIY!

 

Materials:

- 1 yard of your preferred fabric (This makes two rectangular cushions with the dimension of  24 x 16 inches.)
– Pom pom trim
– Sewing machine
– Sewing kit
– 2 cushions that will be covered by the fabric
– iron (optional)

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Steps:

Step 1: Measure your cushion to see how much fabric you’ll need. You will need to cut 3 pieces of fabric. My cushion was 24 x 16 inches so I added 2 inches to that measurement and cut out 2 rectangular pieces of fabric at 26 x 18 inches. Taking the second rectangular piece, I cut it in half width wise at the 13 inch mark. Now you have 3 pieces of fabric.

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Step 2: The two smaller pieces will make your “envelope”. Fold one side of the fabric width side, about 1 cm and iron the fold down. Then sew along the folded line to close the seam and avoid having a frayed edge. Do the same for the other piece of fabric for your envelope.

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Step 3. Place your large piece of fabric coloured side facing up. Then place the larger envelope piece on top, coloured side down. Place the last smaller piece on top of that coloured side down.

Step 4: Pin into place and sew 1 inch from the edge along all four sides.

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Step 5: Flip your cushion cover right side out and pin the pom pom trim along the width of the cushion. Using your sewing machine or hand sew the trim to the cushion.

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Step 6: Put your cushion into your cover and voila! Your very own summery pom pom cushions!

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I would love to see your pictures if you’ve tried this DIY. Follow me on Instagram at @mamagoesdiy and tag your photo with the hashtag #mgdcushion. Enjoy the warmer weather wherever you may be reading this from!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Goes DIY
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IKEA Hack: Cake Stand x DIY

You go to IKEA to pick up one thing and end up spending hours scouring each section and coming out with bags and bags of things you “must” have. But let’s face it, you probably only needed 3% of what you actually got. Am I alone? I think not! During my last trip to IKEA, I went with my friend and business partner who helped me stay away from buying another decorative piece for my already crowded flat and we managed to get all the items we needed in a pretty decent time. We have been looking for a cake stand for a photo shoot but haven’t been satisfied with the limited selection we’ve found. As we were strolling around the candle decor area we found two pieces for this extremely simple DIY to make the perfect cake stand.

Materials:

1 Skurar Candle dish (white)
1 Ersätta Block candle holder (white)
1 glue gun
1 pencil
cake (optional – I happened to have the cake I made from my cake decor class)

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Steps:

Step 1: Turn your candle dish upside down and set on the table. Place your candle holder upside down onto the middle of the dish.

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Step 2: Using a pencil, trace the circumference of the candle holder.

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Step 3: Liberally dispense some glue from the glue gun to the bottom of the candle holder. Quickly place the candle holder onto the marked circle on the candle dish. Press firmly and let it set for 15 minutes.

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Place a pretty cake on your new stand and viola! There you have it, in 3 simple steps your very own cake stand! This easy DIY is the perfect addition to any tea parties you’re planning on throwing. And if there are no tea parties planned in the near future, you can put candles or whatever else you would like to display on this pretty dish.

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If you try this DIY out let me know! Follow me on Instagram (@mamagoesdiy) with the hashtag #mgdcakestand.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Goes DIY
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Spring Favourites x Review

Spring has kind of been showing dual personalities lately in the ‘Kong. One minute we have blue skies, sunshine and not a hint of humidity. The next, we have black rain warnings coupled with hail and temperatures that require, *gasp*, a sweater. I’ve found a few products that keep me in the spring-y mood even when the weather doesn’t always cooperate. These few items have not only been practical for a stay at home mama like myself, they’ve put a little skip to my step as I often feel quite pampered after using them.

While visiting the Lion City a few months ago, I stocked up on some new products at Sephora. The first product I picked up was philosophy’s newest multi-purpose bath scent in the collection of “Field of Flowers: Gardenia Blossom”. If you love the fragrance of gardenias like me, then you’ll definitely enjoy this bath wash. It doesn’t lather up much like most of philosophy’s products but the scent lingers and makes you feel fresh and clean (like any good bath wash should!). Unfortunately, I believe this particular fragrance is limited edition. Check out philosophy’s other “Field of Flowers” line for other floral scents.

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The second product I picked up happened to come from the small bins that are strategically positioned to the check out lines at Sephora. This product has now officially become my favourite facial cleanser. Coming from fresh, it’s the Soy Face Cleanser. This super light cleanser doesn’t have much of a scent but it definitely helps remove almost all my make up including the stubborn liquid eye liner and waterproof mascara. It doesn’t strip my face of moisture and is super gentle while still being effective. It’s made for all skin types and boasts of being rich in amino acids. I use it every day in the shower and will most likely purchase the full size when I’ve finished up using the half size.

Going along the theme of scents, I indulged a bit a few months ago during my 30th birthday with a new signature fragrance. I had been using Burberry Brit Sheer for the past few years and felt like I needed an update especially on a milestone birthday. :) I’ve always loved walking into the Diptyque store in IFC and smelling all the amazing candles and perfumes. I could never bring myself (well, let’s face it, the hubs could never bring himself) to purchase any products as they are quite an investment. Turning 30 seemed like a good “reason” to splurge and adopt a new scent. I ended up choosing a beautifully floral (surprise, surprise) scent of Ofrésia. It has sweet freesia and blossom notes with a hint of spice. I absolutely love it!

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Also during my birthday, a dear friend gifted me with the most beautiful cream and gold floral statement necklace from Caty Style. I think y’all are starting to see a flowery trend here… :) I love dressing up simple tops with statement necklaces. They truly bring your entire outfit to the next level. Whenever I wear this necklace, I feel less like “slummy mummy” and more like “yummy mummy”. There, I said it. ;) Side note: One of my favourite places to purchase statement necklaces besides Caty Style is at Zara.

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And finally, the last piece to my spring puzzle. The Keds for Kate Spade tennis shoes. The husband recently picked these up for me and I absolutely LOVE them. The gold polkadot on a cream canvas shoe with a bright pink trim on a classic Keds. Ugh! It’s so me and I’m dying for drier weather so I can wear them out every day! Not only are they adorable, they’re super comfortable too and they bring me back to my first pair of Keds as a child. Totally a #TBT kind of moment.

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So there you have it, a few of my favourite Spring items for 2014. I hope you find ways, big or small to brighten up your day. But the best accessory of all in my opinion to brighten up any rainy day is bringing a smile to others. Have you noticed that most people are rushing in and out more than usual on those wet, dreary days? You’d be surprised at how much you can bless others simply by slowing yourself down to take notice of the needs of those around you. Maybe it’s giving up your seat on the MTR or holding the door for the person behind you. Perhaps it’s paying for the lunch of an unsuspecting person sitting alone on the next table or a simple “Good morning” or “How are you?” to your taxi driver.

Doing good with small acts of kindness each and every day is the best look you can wear any season in or out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Goes DIY
xx

Cola Chicken x Recipes

Sunday night dinners. Personally, one of my favourite evenings because I get to try out different recipes in the kitchen for my family. There is nothing more comforting than winding down an eventful week and weekend than staying home on Sunday; mentally and physically preparing for the week ahead. One of the best ways I unwind is cooking in the kitchen. The hubs sent me this amazing article on Buzzfeed that consists of 33 recipes using only THREE ingredients! PERFECT for busy mama’s like myself.  On the list was a favourite of mine that I hadn’t had in a while. Coca Cola Chicken. Now that might sound like the weirdest combination and fusion gone wrong, but trust me, it’s one of the easiest and most delicious and tender chicken dishes out there! I changed the recipe and added a few more ingredients for more flavour and depth to the dish. Give it a go and let me know what you think :)

Ingredients

1.5 litre of coca cola
4 chicken thighs
1 cup of brown sugar
2 tbsp dark soy
4 garlic cloves
2 large onions
pinch of S & P

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Steps

Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C.

Step 2: Mince garlic and chop onions into eighths. Set aside.

Step 3: Slice chicken thighs into medium to large pieces. (Side note: They shrink a bit in the process of cooking.)

Step 4: In a medium sized bowl, combine the cola, brown sugar, dark soy, salt and pepper and stir to dissolve the sugar and incorporate the spices. Add chicken and onions into the marinade. (At this point you can let the chicken marinate over night but because I was impatient (and hungry!) I skipped this step.)

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Step 5: Transfer the chicken and onions along with the sauce to an oven proof dish and bake for 60 minutes.

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Step 6: After an hour, check on the chicken. It should be cooked through already but if you prefer darker caramelisation then you can leave it for a few more minutes.

Step 7: Serve with your favourite sides and enjoy!

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You can take the extra sauce and reduce it to a syrupy consistency over medium heat. It’s lovely over rice or vegetables and of course drizzled over the cola chicken. :)

Hope this easy recipe brings some fun and zest into your dinners this week!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Goes DIY
xx

 

Let(ting) It Go

Now before you go and assume that this post is about the ever popular and catchy song “Let It Go” from the recent Disney film, “Frozen” you can stop right there. Although I happen to LOVE the flick and it’s deeper themes and meaningful storyline but I’ll save those thoughts for another day. :)

I’ve been thinking about this post for quite some time now and feel like sharing my thoughts may free others who also experience what I’m still learning.

While vacationing recently sans baby, I couldn’t help but find myself constantly checking in on Little A and his whereabouts and  “whatabouts” (What is he wearing? What is he eating? What time did he sleep until? What is he doing?) Even though I completely trust A’s caregivers who were watching him, I simply just couldn’t get out of mind all the little tweaks that were happening to his routine that I’ve built up. Not like a few days can mess up his schedule, but I was not feeling alright about letting go of the idea that “my way is the best way”.  With his different scheduling for naps, his activities and as silly as the clothes he was wearing – I was at times, fixated on my phone for updates when I should’ve been gawking at the amazing ocean before me and sand beneath my feet.

Maybe it’s the Type A personality in me, but I love being in control. Growing up, that trait often surfaced as the bossy older sister/cousin who strongly suggested that my younger sister and cousins join the play I would direct…OR ELSE. In high school and university, the “bossiness” took on another shape and led me to many different leadership positions in clubs, organisations and church events. I had a less demanding attitude (I hope…) and more of a share-the-responsibilties-but-I’m-still-in-control kind of arrangement.

As I began my career as a teacher, I knew that working with children meant that there needed to be lots of room for flexibility. For some reason, I understood that and went with the flow, at least I think I did! But after having Little A, no amount of years in teaching or working with kids could prepare me for the constant changes that happen on the daily.

You see, having Little A meant I had to let go of my pride, my desire to do everything on my own and relinquish control. It was difficult to admit that especially when I was trying to stay afloat as a new mama. Thankfully, I came to my senses, asked for help, and more often than not, family and friends were more than willing to help. It really does take a village.

You become a happier mama when you’re in a community. Plus, having others who love and support your children show them the importance of doing life together. Here’s to learning to let go each and every day and being more open to change, unexpected surprises and adventure.

 

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Thanks for letting me be honest, Internet. I hope we can all strive to let the little things be little and let go of our need to be in control at all times.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Goes DIY
xx

Mizuki x Review

Whenever hubby and I can get away for a date night, we take the chance without thinking twice. Time alone is so precious and is appreciated so much more after having a child! We love Little A, but Mama and Papa need our alone time too. :) We were on our way to a well loved resto of ours when we decided to change locations last minute. Thankfully the taxi driver stopped right in front of where we needed to get off. The hubs had been to this restaurant with a co-worker before and was raving about how good it was.

IMG_4617Mizuki is hidden away on the tiny street of St. Francis Street in Wan Chai. I had no idea that street existed until we went that evening. St. Francis St. is lined with small cafes, bespoke tailors and hipster stores. There are vegan and health food stores in the alleys and a chic Swedish boutique around the corner. There’s a really cool vibe to that area and I definitely want to go back during the day to check it out.

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IMG_4602There is nothing that grabs your attention to the small Japanese restaurant at first. In fact, if we were not purposefully looking for that place, we would’ve walked right on by towards the other more interesting store fronts. Upon entering Mizuki, you are greeted with friendly staff to a quaint space filled with small tables, two private rooms and bar seating. What I noticed right off the bat, was that 90% of the diners were Japanese. Always a good sign when you’re eating at a Japanese restaurant! :) We opted for the set dinner for two that went for $880 for 8 courses. We decided to add on a spicy tuna roll for added gluttony despite the waitress telling us that we had more than enough food. :D

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The spicy tuna roll was delicious! Perfect ratio of sashimi to rice :) The rice was coated with Japanese spices to give it a kick. Really nice, and a great way to start the meal.

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The meal began with the Japanese appetizer which consisted of 3 elements. Fried fish skin crisps with a mayo dip, pickled sea cucumber and a fried snow fish with vegetables in a pickled sauce. The crisps were fried to perfection without the oily aftertaste. They had a lovely flavour to them and were warm. I’m not usually a fan of sea cucumber but the small pieces had a nice bouncy texture that was refreshingly sweet and sour. Finally, the snow fish. Simliar to the texture of cod, which was lightly breaded and fried. It was sitting in a sweet and tangy sauce with julienned veggies and it was simply delightful! We knew that if so much thought went into the starter, the following dishes would be nothing short of delicious.

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The second dish that came was the gorgeous selection of sashimi. I had mentioned to the waitress that I prefer salmon and tuna over other cuts of sashimi but the hubby would still like to try everything. When the platter came, there were extra pieces of tuna and additional fatty salmon. Nice touch, Mizuki, nice touch. The pieces sat on a bed of ice, so they were refreshing to the taste. No complaints here!

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The third dish was not memorable and honestly the only flaw to the great set dinner. It was the Hokkaido Flying Fish Roe salad. It was a surprisingly large portion of julienned cucumbers, crab meat and roe tossed in a heavy, heavy mayo dressing sitting atop a bed of fresh greens. The greens were coated with a light rice vinegar vinaigrette. The mayo topping was way too heavy and something we could’ve gone without.

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Now the fourth dish was the grilled Japanese eggplant. They deep fry the eggplant before grilling it with light seasoning. The used red and white miso glaze to finish it off with crushed sesame seeds. Seriously, flavour bomb bite sized! The sweet and nutty flavours from the miso was the perfect accompaniment for the eggplant. Perfection.

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After the egg plant came the Kagoshima Wagyu Beef Skewer. Oh. My. Tastebud. Heavens! There were three perfect little cubes of wagyu on each skewer. The dish came with a glossy dark teriyaki dipping sauce and a grainy mustard and yuzu paste. The hubs and I couldn’t help close our eyes as we savoured each bite! The beef was medium rare, seasoned only with salt and pepper and tiny fried garlic pieces on top. I’m drooling just writing about it…

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The next dish was beautiful salmon and salmon roe sushi Kansai style. Kansai style is pressed sushi which usually comes with quite a bit of rice. We were so full by this time, we had to remove some of the rice from the perfectly formed rectangular shapes. I have to note though, that the sushi rice was seasoned well and the baby radish micro green on top added a nice kick to a simple dish.

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Last but not least came the tempura dish. Lightly breaded, delicious vegetables and shrimp that were cooked perfectly. The order of the dishes came a little mixed up but we didn’t mind. It was nice to end on a personal favorite. Side note, we had started eating before taking a pic :)

The meal ended with a cold Japanese Mandarin orange and free sesame ice cream. What a deliciously satisfying meal! I love date nights with hubby! They’re so needed to catch up, talk about anything and everything and laugh with my best friend. As cheesy as this may sound, any meal, whether we’re in a fancy Michelin star restaurant or hole in the wall, I wouldn’t want to share it with anyone else but him. :)

Check out Mizuki at 11 St. Francis St., Wan Chai.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Goes DIY
xx

Embracing 30

I would be lying if I said the months approaching my 30th birthday wasn’t filled with some sort of anxiety or trepidation. The thoughts of leaving my 20s scared me as I wasn’t sure I was ready for the inevitable. Reaching a milestone birthday really makes you reflect on the last decade and also how fast time flies by. My 20’s were marked with amazing challenges as well as extraordinary adventures.

  • I was working on two degrees at university in the hopes that my education would somehow help make the world a better place.
  • I experienced heartache and disappointments and I discovered my strengths and limits.
  • I fell in love with my soulmate who is truly the man of my dreams. (Gotta appreciate my man!)
  • Together, we made decisions that would ultimately move us half way across the world away from our family and friends.
  • We got married.
  • We began our new life in Hong Kong and were immediately bitten with the travel bug.
  • We experienced many different cultures together and fell in love with the rich heritage each country had to offer.
  • We got pregnant and fell in love with the sweetest little boy that we can call our own.
  • We entered into one of the most deeply satisfying chapters of our life (thus far!) as parents.

And today, I turn 30.

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In so many ways, my generation has embraced 30 head on. We do not grive our “passing” youth as we truly believe that the best is yet to come. I sincerely believe that this is the year to dream big again. I’m thankful that in my 29th year, I’ve had the support and encouragement from my husband, family and friends to envision and pursue my dreams. And within the last few months; even days, I’ve seen parts of this dream start to take shape! Taking the lessons I’ve learned from the last decade, I can only hope and pray that I don’t stop dreaming and continue believing that anything is possible.

I’m so excited to see what this year has in store – because if it’s anything like the last year, then I know 30 will be nothing short of amazing.

Exciting things to come on this blog and beyond…Here’s to embracing 30! #30flirtyandthriving!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Goes DIY
xx

On a personal note:

I’ve been so blessed to have had celebrated my birthday twice this past weekend with old and new friends. Being surrounded by people who have made such an impact in my life reminds me of just how blessed I am. My husband made a beautiful scrapbook for me detailing the last decade of birthdays with pictures from each year. I was overwhelmed as I reflected and looked back to all the love and memories in the pictures. I’m thankful and so happy to say that many of those people I celebrated my birthday with 10 years ago are the same ones I celebrate this year with and an addition of new friends from recent years. The husband also got family and friends from Canada and Hong Kong to write a special message for me in the scrapbook which sent me over the edge of feeling completely overwhelmed with love. As if all that wasn’t enough, the husband booked a surprise trip to Singapore for our little family for the weekend! Can we just take a (long) moment and appreciate my hubs? Seriously, best husband ever! From receiving packages in the mail to very thoughtful cards and gifts to being celebrated so extravagantly this last week – I can only thank God for these blessings in my life. Every good and perfect gift comes from Him. And on this milestone birthday, I am reminded of His goodness and deep love for me. All I have is from Him and all to Him I owe! 

Be My Valentine? x Recipe

Ahhh, February 14th is just around the corner and you know what that means…! Valentine’s Day! For some, this day is way overrated and commercialized. For others, it’s a day where their relationship status is emphasized and usually expectations to find love or maintain love is heightened all the more. Many argue saying that Valentine’s Day should be every day, and I can tell you that I for one do not object to that. However, I think it’s kind of special to purposefully celebrate your love for those around you or a special someone on the same day many others around the world are too. I’m all for the cheesy cards, sweet gestures and fancy meals. I’m totally drinking the Valentine’s Day via Hallmark juice! But at the end of the day, it’s always been about celebrating love and appreciating those around me. What can I say? I love, Love!

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A friend of mine recently made these decadently delicious Oreo Marshmallow treats. I fell in love with them immediately! She so graciously shared the recipe with me so I thought I would make a few treats for those I love around me. This is seriously one of the easiest desserts to make and it’s oh. so. good.!! A handful of these sweet treats and a l’il love note will have your special someone over the moon. :)

Oreo Marshmallow Hearts

Ingredients:

54 oreo cookies (crushed finely)
1 large bag of marshmallows
2 small bags of marshmallows
1/2 stick of melted butter

Steps:

Step 1: Using a blender, blitz up your oreo cookies until they are fine and resemble soil crumbs. :)

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Step 2: In a large pot under low heat, melt the butter completely.

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Step 3: Add all the marshmallows into the melted butter and stir with a non-stick spatula until incorporated. The mixture should be smooth.

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Step 4: Turn the heat off the stove. Pour the oreo crumbs into the marshmallow mixture and mix away. :) You will need to work fast while the mixture is still pliable.

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Step 5: Pour the batter into a tray lined with parchment paper and smooth over with spatula. Refrigerate for a few hours to let the batter set.

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Step 6: Using a heart shape cookie cutter, cut out pieces of your finished dessert and pop them into cute bags.

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I hope you enjoy blessing family and friends in your life with this sweet treat!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mama Goes DIY
xx

Balsamic Strawberry Oat Muffins x Recipe

One of my dear mama friends made these delicious muffins for my little guy a few weeks back and needless to say, he was hooked after the first bite. Not gonna lie, the hubs and I have deemed it one of our favorite baked goods. This recipe is on a regular rotation with my usual baking now because it’s so easy to make and it’s practically fool-proof :)

The original recipe can be found on Simply Recipes. The recipe I used is tweaked a little with some substitutions for a healthier option.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups of instant oats
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 medium sized pack of fresh strawberries
2 tsps white sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp finely ground black pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Steps:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400F.

Step 2: Wash and slice strawberries into quarters. Toss strawberries in a medium bowl with white sugar and balsamic vinegar. Set aside to let the flavours marinate.

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Step 3: Mix the oats and vanilla yogurt together in another medium sized bowl.

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Step 4: Incorporate flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper and cinnamon together.

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Step 5: In the oats and yogurt mixture, add the brown sugar, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract. Stir lightly to incorporate.

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Step 6: Carefully fold in the flour mixture. Be mindful not to overmix as it will create tough and chewy muffins!

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Step 7: Fold in the strawberries into the batter and pour in any extra sugary balsamic juice goodness in as well.

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Step 8: Pour into greased muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes. (Side note: since I live in HK, I don’t have a proper oven (ugh, I know, don’t even get me started!), so I use a toaster oven instead. The baking temperature is not consistent, so around the 10 minute mark, I usually turn the muffin tin tray around to ensure even baking.)

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Step 9: Pop those little beauties out on a cooling rack and serve at room temperature. Enjoy!

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I found that the mini muffins can keep well in an airtight container or in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. But let’s be honest, they’ll be gone within the first 2 hours. :)

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Let me know if you try this recipe out and if you made any variations! Check me out on Instagram @mamagoesdiy for more pictures of the final product!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mama Goes DIY
xx