Flower Girl Tutu

There is nothing more versatile than a classic tutu. It easily transitions onstage to off. Day to evening. Grocery store to sand box.

flower girl tutu, DIYThe tutu is appropriate in any setting in any season under any circumstance and is especially perfect if you are exactly three and three quarters years old.

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Spice Rack Bookshelves

My daughter’s bedroom recently got spiced up. Pun fully intended. I turned these IKEA spice racks into easy-to-reach bookshelves. Now, if any of you scream “Nice Rack!” to me when I see you in town, I won’t flip you the bird because I’ll know exactly what you’re talking about.

DIY, spice rack, bookshelves

Try it. I dare you.

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Win 6 Free Months of Storage with Clutter!

In Asian cultures, celebrating the new year includes getting organized and clearing out the clutter. In this multi-culti home we celebrate several new years, and each is a new opportunity to simplify our lives. I’m a firm believer in clear house/clear mind.


So last week I finally dealt with all the baby stuff. Yes, the “factory is closed” but I’ve been hanging on to much of it till my best friend had her baby. Guess what? She had her baby! This crap is hers now!  Continue Reading…

Has Being a Mother Made Me a Better Waitress?

So I had this idea to work a shift in a diner to see if being a mom had made me a better waitress. It was supposed to be a fun, lighthearted post–  but it took a little turn. Check out my piece on Huffington Post to read how everything changes when you have kids. Including the way we handle sexual harassment.

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Log Warmers

In LA most of us are looking at your wintery posts of snowmen and ice skating and warm cozy fires with envy. But there’s one thing we have that you don’t.

log warmers, logs, yarn, crafts, holiday decor, fireplace, leg warmers, upcycle, sweaterLog warmers on our fire logs!

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DIY Paper Tassel Garland

While helping my friend make paper tassel garlands for her event Club Mom Me Fall Family Fest, I decided to make a video tutorial so that her staff could help us when they come in on Monday. Then I thought– why not make the video public? Et voila- Home Made Mimi’s first YouTube video! My husband did a great job shooting with my phone while the kids watched Mary Poppins in another room (gotta love that woman). I hope you all find this paper tassel garland super easy to make and string one together for your next party!

Recipe for Disaster

Today I’d like to share a modern take on a recipe that has been with my family for generations. This particular form of Disaster originated in Southern Babylonia and was etched into twelve ancient tablets before going viral on Pinterest just last week. I’ve adapted the recipe to fit our gluten-free diet, but all variables can be substituted with more or less the same results.

recipe for disaster

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Toga Party. Or, Why Grown Ups Should Play Dress Up.

Despite what some people say, Halloween is NOT just for kids. Who said that anyway? Someone slap some Groucho glasses on that guy. No one has the right to say what something is or is not for any one group of people.

toga party, toga costume

OK, fine. One declarative statement is allowed: TOGA PARTY is not for children.  Continue Reading…

Top 25 SoCal Moms!

Photo of the Year Winner!

I was selected for VOTY/PhOTY 2015