Happy Easter! 2015

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a beautiful day today! Mine was amazing. 🙂 I cannot begin to express how blessed I am to have such a large close-knit family. My Mom and Grandmas’ are awesome cooks and one day I hope I’ll be one too! For now – everyone will just have to enjoy my super-extra-well-done oven french toast. LOL!

Traditions make holidays super special. Some of the ones we have for Easter are having poppy seed rolls (passed down by my Czech grandmother), purchasing an Easter Lily, having a butter lamb and eating horse radish before getting our Easter baskets – the last two which we adopted from the Polish parish we were members of before. (We’re not Polack! Lol!) Variety is the spice of life. 🙂

And… of course I couldn’t resist and had to record the day through a series of pictures. Enjoy!

easter decorated tree

Our decorated Japanese Maple :3

Easter Lily

My sisters gorgeous Easter Lily 🙂

butter lamb

Butter lamb – have you lost weight???


Mom’s china out for the holiday!


Some of Grandma’s goodies – so good!

mashed potatoes

Mmm…mashed potatoes.

Peep treats

More of Grandma’s yummy treats.

poppy seed rolls

Poppy seed rolls – our Czech family tradition! Yum-may!

candied yams

Candied Yams


Beer spiked sauerkraut and kielbasa – seconds please!

Jello fluff

Other Grandma’s awesome jello fluff! You make the best Grandma!

strawberry cheese cake

Light Strawberry Cheese Cake


In the famous words of Ponyo “HAMMM!!!” lol

lit candle

Ambience 🙂

wine glass

My glass – half full! 😉


Grandma’s colorful salad. 🙂


My Easter “basket” – Om nom nom!


Daffodils at my parent’s home. So pretty!


Good food, great company and many wonderful memories!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San


Mother’s Day Preparations~!

Tomorrow is Mother’s day and I don’t know about you, but my Mom has some pretty high expectations of how her many children will bless her on this special day…

So the traditional gifts for mother’s day are pretty similar to other holiday/event gifts. Such as flowers, candy, health and beauty items, breakfast lovingly burned- I mean prepared, love coupons, handmade cards and items, jewelry etc. Except in the case of Mother’s day, you want to remind her that she has children and you’re thankful that she gave you life. So commence the mom-ized items! 🙂

This year the offerings include:

The Handmade Card

Made by my little sis Nina



The Special Corsage


Selected by moi. (instead of a generic bouquet)


The Personalized Jewelry


Almost a decade ago my mom bought her own custom birthstone necklace (similar to the one pictured above) and she loved it! However, after only a few weeks of use, one of the charms slipped off the heart and was never seen again. The store that it was ordered through couldn’t order replacement charms – she would’ve had to have bought a whole new necklace. Needless to say my mom didn’t wear it after that. 😦

But it is my desire to overcome this negative memory and try again!

So the base for the custom birthstone necklace was a gorgeous silver necklace with a heart pendant that I ordered from MaiJewelryShop on Etsy:


 Then toss in the custom birthstone charms I ordered from NatureWalkJewelry on Etsy:


And then combined into one necklace by moi. 🙂



I had to play around with several ideas before I came up with the “least likely to get lost” attachment solution. (the charms are attached to the pendant instead of the chain)

And then last but not least:

Personal H & B Products

…Which my sister Maru has squirreled away to surprise mom with. 😉

Are you ready for Mother’s Day?