Terumi learning to cook with chef Katie Chin in Seattle with Ling Ling at Blue Ribbon

Learning some quick and easy side dishes for Ling Ling potstickers and Chinese New Year with chef Katie Chin

January 31, 2019

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own Last week I was invited to a fun cooking event hosted by Ling Ling in Seattle to learn how to make yummy side dishes for Chinese New Year to accompany their tasty potstickers. Ling Ling makes pork and vegetable, chicken […]

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How to take Instagram photos on your phone - tips from An Emerald City Life

Iphone Photography tips for Instagram

March 2, 2018

How much do you love the Instagram App?  I remember when I first saw the app I was so skeptical-I asked my bestie who gets me into all things social media-people really just want to see pics?  Isn’t it just Twitter in picture version?  But yes.  WE WANT ALL THE PICTURES! And suddenly Instagram is […]

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Do you love bread? Essential Bakery in Seattle has beautiful bread?

A bakery with the most historical bread starter in Seattle? (A behind-the-scenes tour of Essential Baking Company)

January 17, 2018

A few months ago I posted a couple of my frequent Costco purchases in my Instagram Stories.  For the cabin I always purchase this Essential Baking Company bread because it lasts FOREVER in your cupboard and when you want fresh bread immediately you bake it in the oven for about 15 minutes and it turns […]

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Birthday cake for my kids' birthday

A bittersweet birthday cake anyone can make

August 16, 2017

I take baked goods very seriously.  I’m not always very good at chemistry, or measuring or even following directions very well, so I truly appreciate how magical it is when a bunch of ingredients come together in an oven and make something spectacular like a birthday cake. I know birthday cakes are special and every […]

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Geosafari Solar Rover Kit

STEM toys and ideas to help with science for kids

June 26, 2017

We have the promise of a week full of sunshine here in Seattle in the first week of summer which is pretty much our whole year’s weather goals accomplished.  So as we wrap up our last week of school and create a this summer’s bucket list (Do you do this?  Do you make a summer […]

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Customized Valentine's Cards

Some things I Zazzled for Valentines day

February 2, 2016

Zazzle contacted me last week about some of the things they have for Valentine’s Day.  I couldn’t help but see their SLOTH selection and fall in love myself so of course I had to look into this site a little further. And because Valentine’s Day is about love and other people, I decided to make […]

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cutting down a tree at christmas creek near seattle

A few Seattle weekend ideas if you need some festive plans

December 5, 2015

Last weekend we got our Christmas tree at Christmas Creek, a tradition we only broke once (last year when we had to buy our tree somewhere else that was still lovely) and still even went there just to see Santa.  I’ve been asked a lot about Christmas Creek lately and it will probably forever be […]

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farmer browns christmas tree ucut near seattle

An advent calendar made with love on a Monday

November 16, 2015

Amidst the dreary Seattle weather, the daily election dramas, the red cup battles and sadness over horrific world events I’m not ready to lose my holiday spirit.  There is so much in life to be thankful for, to be happy for and to spread joy for-I think that’s what drives me to live and I’m […]

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white cheddar cheese made by darigold

Because Darigold sent me a bunch of cheese

September 30, 2015

I never knew Darigold was a Washington brand until we started visiting Issaquah on the way to where we’re building a cabin in Snoqualmie Pass.  We’ve been finding cute coffee shops like the Issaquah Coffee Company there and Triple X Rootbeer, a fabulous kitschy diner tribute to everything we thought was lost in the 80s […]

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We almost have a roof over our heads (cabin building in the woods)

November 19, 2014

The snow is threatening to fall and we’re oh so close to getting the roof on before we get tons and tons of it in Snoqualmie Pass.  But we’re not quite there yet.  And that’s the nail-biting exciting part of building in a place with a short building season. On our last site visit, I […]

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Design a little bit of good (FashionABLE and Alt)

July 17, 2014

Here’s my little plea for some good on a Thursday afternoon when there is oh so much sad on the news. The lovely Alt team has teamed up with FashionABLE for a contest and though I’m clueless at design, I love both of these groups oh so much and I hope someone I know out […]

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So easy summer salad

June 25, 2014

I am not a big fuss cooker, so I love things like salads that taste good, have loads of vegetables and are easy to make. I usually make this salad when I have leftover roast corn-I always buy a few more corn than I think we’ll need for a barbeque then after dinner I cut […]

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Bouncy Balls, Rice Maker Pancakes and things we’ve made because of Social Media

June 20, 2014

Can you believe that summer has officially started? We had our last day of preschool and I may have bawled just a little bit-not just because we’ll miss all the sweet friends we’ve made over the years and our amazing teachers but because I’m going to have to spend ALL the days with the duo […]

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Because it is super chilly outside and you just finished that big carton of yogurt

February 7, 2014

I have been dying to make these ice blocks with my guys forever. I found a couple of spoiled yogurt cartons in the fridge (I don’t know why, but even if it’s a day BEFORE the expiry date, I get a little freaked out.) and I needed to find a non-wasteful use for them and […]

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Easy Homemade Valentines Love bugs that are not candy

January 29, 2014

For some reason I remember collecting these cute little love bugs when I was little but I don’t think I ever made them.  So this is one of the Valentines I decided that the guys and I would make for their school friends this year (while I still get to make those kinds of decisions […]

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learn how to arm knit

A truly hand-made gift for Christmas

December 17, 2013

This gift is actually not totally hand-made, but arm-made and I need to send a million thank yous to whoever pinned “arm-knitting” in my pinterest feed.  Of course something so unusual-sounding peaked my interest and the scarf Simply Maggie created looked very cool. Her youtube video for the 30-minute infinity scarf also made making a […]

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Yummy Spider Macaroons

October 21, 2013

It creeps me out that macarons so often get mistaken for macaroons.  If you want a festive macaron, get thee to Pike Place Market and try the pumpkin macarons at Le Panier.  They are probably delightful but I wouldn’t know because the 5-year-olds gobbled them up before I even got a nibble.  Macarons tends to […]

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What to do with all them apples ( The Farm at Swan’s Trail, Snohomish, WA)

October 16, 2013

I had total green apple envy after seeing my instagram feed flooded with apple picking photos all last week so Friday morning my mom, my guys and I bundled up for a rushed trip to the farm.  We only had an hour and a half (barely) to spend at a farm before school when we […]

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What jet-lagged people do the first day of a trip (Travel to Japan with kids)

September 29, 2013

I’ve read everywhere that once you land in another time zone you just have to embrace it. We arrived in Tokyo around 6 pm and we were all exhausted so we grabbed a light dinner and put the kids to bed around their regular time. And then they woke up around 3 am. We were […]

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Making a little bit of peace with my kids while I make dinner

September 19, 2013

Sometimes making dinner in itself is totally harried but it becomes utterly frantic when two little guys decide it’s time for mom to play while the spaghetti tries to burn itself to the stove.  I came up with a little game called “draw your dinner” and make the guys guess what they are having for […]

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