Finally, I know how to explain “yeet hay” (熱氣) to my English friends!

Great way to explain something that’s been very hard to explain for the longest time.

Dreaming through life

Finally, I know how to explain “yeet hay” (熱氣) to my English friends!

For those of you who have not come across the term “yeet hay”, please read my previous article here on what is yeet hay and why it is difficult to explain:



For those of you who already know what yeet hay is and struggle to explain it to your western friends, or to even convince them that it exists, without talking about yinyang and Qi energy, here’s your answer – in western science, the equipment to yeet hay is “acidosis” and more generally is explained by talking about the difference between “acidic and alkaline foods”.


Acidic and alkaline – pH levels in the human body

You pH level is the measure of exactly how acidic or alkaline we are.  A pH of 0 is completely acidic, and a pH of 14 completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral…

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Why why why in Chinese culture…

It’s February of 2015. The Lunar New Year is once again upon us. It doesn’t happen often but sometimes I meet someone who asks me something of the Chinese culture and I get stumped.

Homemade Nian Gao

Homemade Nian Gao

For example, why is red a lucky color in the Chinese culture?

Why? Well, what kind of question is that? It’s like asking someone why the sky is blue. Well, it just is!

The reality is, we grew up with parents who didn’t have the time to answer all of our questions, and it was easier for them to tell us “it’s just like that”.

Asking so many questions was a sign of disobedience, which was frowned upon.

To answer the question, “Red is the Chinese national color and represents happiness, beauty, success and good fortune.”

Also, I believe the word red, in Chinese, 红 – hóng, also sounds like the word for “revolutionary” in Chinese. This lent it to being used in many ways in the language and was tied to good luck and growth in government, and in turn, in every day lives of the Chinese.

You can read a bit more on lucky colors and symbols of China right here:
Lucky Numbers and Colors in Chinese Culture

By the way, I attended many functions for this past Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year. I’ll share some photos and videos below of the many things I saw and ate. Happy Year of the Goat to All!!!

Lai See Moneyyy!!!

Lai See Moneyyy!!!

Beautiful Lotus Pastry

Beautiful Lotus Pastry

Young Lion Tamer

Young Lion Tamer

Confetti Popper

Confetti Popper

5 of 12 courses for a New Year Banquet

5 of 12 courses for a New Year Banquet

So much yummy lucky foods

So much yummy lucky foods

Leftovers for Days. Yay!

Leftovers for Days. Yay!

Good Luck to PS Trading Co in The Year of the Goat! Fortune, Success, Health, Growth, and Prosperity!


Encouragement towards young children

This morning, Dakota stacked some things on the tv stand. It doesn’t seem like much of a lesson but here’s why I feel it was an important learning experience for us.

Originally, I was asking her to,

a) Move away from the tv screen bc I felt she was standing too close, which leads to eye strain, which can lead to impaired vision.

b) Stop trying to put the plastic stool on the tv stand, explaining the stool belongs on the ground, for sitting, and not on top of other furniture. It’s not going to stay up there, it doesn’t fit and will fall off, possibly onto her foot.

Dakota, 1/28/15

That is, until she proved me wrong. Because she was so determined to get the stool up on the tv stand, she finally found a spot for it and it stayed. I was surprised. I gave her a high-five for her determination and her success. She then put more toys on the stool. She was excited that she found a new perch for her toys. I was excited for her.

In this case, I gave up discipline for a later time in order to focus on what’s more important – her development, foster natural curiosity, creativity and imagination, tenacity, and self-directed play.

Thank you, Dakota, for teaching me everyday.


Retro Pilot Cap Pattern for Toddlers

Hi All! I found this amazing pattern on Pinterest.
It’s in Finnish so I thought I would share it, Google translated, for all you non Finnish readers 🙂

(from: http://kukikkaatkuosit.blogspot.com/2011/02/tassa.html?&cuid=1af36ff1bf4dd0fd3f908791118976ff)

FEBRUARY 25, 2011


Toddlers Retro Pilot Cap

The desired formula comes in. (Here’s the link to the pattern pieces.)
(The first two are the pilot of the cap formula.)

Top reads DOWNLOAD from which images can be downloaded and printed.
Note: images should be printed on an image editing program, and original size.
The formula is printed when the normal size. I drew a smaller formula, but if you want to make a bigger cap (which suited my son, age over 4 years old), see the previous post about the Journal of the edges of the image to zoom 1cm drawn.

Lyhykäinen job description: Lined Hat is made. Sew the pieces together first crown of the head and the side pieces, darts off, sew the pleat in the side piece to the front. The size of a mountain. Set cover and lining right sides together and sew together, leaving behind open. Sew the back of the cap in the neck seam allowance rubber band. Close the gap, quilting sew around the edge of the cap. Sew the strap (lining + cover credits against each other, turn, darts). Try to cap the child’s head and mark the belt place, sew. Attach the snap or button mortgages.

The formula work by the way when I did, but the length of the strap was not enough, so check it out in your case!

I so hope you like this cap as much as I do and get to make this for your favorite toddler 😉

xoxo, Cindy


Dates Family Visit to NYC

The Dates family and Dakota’s first time on the NYC subway!

I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it was for the Dates family to visit us all the way from Texas and Idaho to finally meet Dakota. We had so many “firsts” during this visit and it was quite an exciting time experiencing New York with Jeff’s family (now also my family)!

Great day with our family. They all came over to visit. Jeffrey made queso and served with chips. We sat around and watched 101 Dalmations while Jeffrey put together patio furniture and set up the new umbrella (SuperDad!). We prepped and had bbq on the deck. Cleaned up. Got ready and took the train to the Highline (Dakota’s first subway ride!). Walked Highline from 14 to 30 Sts. Trained up to Columbus Circle. Walked thru Central Park and took photos on bridges and rocks (Dakota’s first time in CP!). Had a yummy dinner at Pizzarte  Hailed a gypsy cab and bartered him down from $35 to $25  Went home on the L. Gave the baby a bath and now ready to pass out. #lifeisgood


The family, our first time at Grimaldi’s Pizza after all these years.

Dakota’s First Time In A Pool

Me and Dakota, our first time at Shake Shack in Westbury, NY.

Dakota’s First Adventure in Central Park

Dakota playing with her awesome new cousins, Reilly and Kinley.

Dakota with Aunt Jenny



Amber Necklace for Baby Dakota and More…

Amber Necklace

Dakota is about 5 months now and she has been drooling, blowing bubbles from her mouth, finger-licking, thumb-sucking, and gargling for a couple of months. We have decided that she’s in the process of teething. I had seen All About Amber necklaces during my last visit to Caribou Baby and read up on them. Apparently, they aid in teething, pain from teething and drooling for teething babies.

Some information about amber teething neckaces:
They have
•Immune boosting properties
•Anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties, and
•Recognized by allopathic medicine as a natural analgesic

We picked up a strand and some Hyland’s teething gel a few weeks ago and now, after rinsing the necklace and drying it in the sun, Dakota wears it every day. I’ll let you know if I notice any difference from wearing the necklace. She hasn’t been especially fussy or anything like that, so we don’t have to use the gel yet. Do you believe in amber teething necklaces or do you think it’s a hoax?

Image of Dakota

Photo of Dakota looking up at me from her crib. I love this app I used on my phone called Paper Artist.

Last weekend Jeffrey, Dakota, Dexter and I attended Bushwick Open Studios. After seeing this event promoted online a few times and realizing a couple of the featured artists are from our building, we decided we would check it out. Also, The Brunckhorst Company sponsored the event by opening up its private Rock Street to be used as an outdoor gallery. We were especially excited that the local businesses were supportive of the emerging art from our community. After wrapping up Dakota in the mei tai, we headed upstairs in our building to check out the artwork on the 4th floor and also made an appearance on the rooftop where gallery hoppers we lounging and enjoying the view and nice weather. On our way back down, we picked up Dexter and all went out for a walk around the neighborhood. Rock Street had some great outdoor installations and it was a great walk with the family. Dakota fell asleep in the baby carrier on the way back. She had a full day of art-going!

Rock St. Bushwick Open Studios 2013

Dakota and I on Rock Street at Bushwick Open Studios 2013

Jungle Themed Baby Shower Paper Canopy

On another celebratory note, my friend is expecting a baby boy soon. Some of the ladies got together to plan the baby shower and I went to help them set up the decorations. They chose a jungle theme for the baby shower in anticipation of their little Lion King to come. Strands of giant paper jungle leaves were hung in this Webster Hall bar in the East Village to create a canopy-like effect. It came out beautifully! Below is a thank you card my friends sent us for their baby shower gift. We can’t wait until their little prince comes into this world! Also, to the left is a photo of another card sent from my best friend, Peiney, when she travelled to Korea. I put it in the shot just because I think it’s such a cute card ^_^

Is it just me, or do you also admire people who can find the time, make the time, to send out correspondence through snail mail?Thank You <3