Monday, December 19, 2011

Busy making origami flowers

I've been so busy making origami flowers.  These origami flowers came out way better than the ones that I made few days ago.... I finally perfected my handmade gifts for my family & friends.  My 7 year old daughter is actually learning to make these flowers as well. She is getting good at it and helping me out. We are having a lot of fun making them:-)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Elves in our neighborhood

Oh my, little Elves are running around in our neighborhood. Over the last couple of days we've been getting door bell rings during our dinner time. When we open the door, there is no one standing, expect for the gift(s) sitting on our porch. The first night was a binder with 12 days of Christmas stories. Today was two wooden sea creatures for my girls to paint. We have an idea of who is doing this…. so we emailed one of our neighbors asking if it was them. Well, this is the response we received:  "On the Elves...well, I've heard rumors that there have been elf sightings in our neighborhood.  But I can neither confirm or deny that they've come to your house! :)"    How cute:-)  My girls are very excited and they truly believe that these little gifts are coming from Elves!

Recycled Starbucks Bottle #2

Two days ago, I wrote about my recycled Starbucks frapuccino bottles....  Basically trying to turn a recycled bottle into a gift.

As you see my pictures, I personally think that my #1 bottle came out great. However, last night, I came up with another version. This time, I made origami flowers and added them in the bottle with chocolates & candy canes.  Oh and I designed a gift tag as well.

Now I can't decide which one I like the best. Can someone tell me if you like #1 or #2?  Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Finger Knitted Hat Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Shine (also known as Natural74), the owner of a blog called Natural Healing! You are the winner of my A Finger Knitted Hat Giveaway:-) Thank you for sending me a quick email reply with your mailing address.  Your hat will be mailed out tomorrow. Please leave me a comment under this post, once you receive your package. Thank you again for participating. I hope that your daughter loves the hat.

Recycled Starbucks Bottle

I am addicted to Starbucks Frappuccino (Mocha & Mint Mocha). Well,  I've been recycling all of the bottles and did not know what to do with them until now. Yesterday, I realized that I have Holly & Pine cone trees in my yard to use them as holiday decoration. I put a red ribbon on a Starbucks Frappuccino bottle. Then, arranged holly & pine cone branches in it. I need some input on this..... What do you think? I was thinking about making more and give to my family, friends and neighbors. Any comments, remarks or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.Thank you!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

2 visitors in our backyard

Since we moved into our house in July 2011, we often see many wild animals (deer, skunks, coyotes, owls and etc) in our backyard. Last Sunday morning when we were eating breakfast, we saw 2 deer visiting us in our backyard. My girls got all excited. They were glued to the window just watching deer roam around in the backyard.  We love our backyard nature zoo:-)

Friday, December 9, 2011

I Love L-Bow Mittens & Gloves

My oldest wearing L-Bow Mittens. (4 years ago)
When my oldest daughter was little, I used to get frustrated the fact that the snow used to get into her winter gloves. Well, I researched around and found a product called L-Bow Mittens. It is a pair of mittens that cover all the way up to your child's elbows. Just look at my daughter's picture wearing them. I purchased a toddler size L-Bow Mittens 4 years ago and absolutely loved them. They kept my daughter warm & no snow getting inside of her mittens.

Mittens are still in a great shape.
My oldest has out grown these L-Bow Mittens and my youngest daughter will be wearing them this winter season. Even after 4 years of use, these mittens are still in a perfect shape.

I searched L-Bow brand products this morning online. I was able to purchase a new pair of L-Bow Gloves for my oldest daughter. The L-Bow mittens($19.99) / L-Bow gloves($24.99) are a bit expensive, but I rather have something that keeps my daughters' hands warm for their outdoor play in the snow. Based on my own personal experience, I highly recommend L-Bow mittens / L-Bow gloves to anyone!

I shopped through Ebates today and saved extra money on this purchase.  I  Logged-in Ebates, then went to Gander Mountain. (I got 3% cash back plus Free shipping on any order) also carries them as well. However, shipping estimate was around $7.75. I tried to shop through other sites, but shipping fees were over $8. After calculating each of the store's final check out price including taxes, Gander Mountain via Ebates had the best deal. If you are looking for a great pair of mittens/gloves for your child, check out L-Bow Mittens/Gloves@Gander Mountain via Ebates today! Happy Savings!

Please don't forget to check out my current giveaways! They are ending soon.....

A Finger Knitted Hat Giveaway - One lucky winner will be announced on December 12, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A Finger Knitted Hat Giveaway!

Front view of the hat.
I am currently into finger knitting and made an extra hat just for this blog. This will be a cute hat for any little girl.  My 7 year old & 2 year 10 months old daughters love my finger knitted creations.

The size of this hat is one size fits most for a little girl aged  3 - 7 years old. Sorry for not being specific. I'm still learning….  The retail price of this hat is about $25 (Based on a similar item on Etsy). This hat was finger knitted by me with a lot of love. It took me about 4-5 hours to make it.  Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Oatmeal was used.

To enter this giveaway is very simple. Just leave me a comment below with an answer to why you would like to win this hat.  Good luck everyone!

This giveaway entry ends on December 11, 2011@11:59p.m. I will announce the winner on Monday, December 12th, 2011. I am hoping that I can mail this out to the winner before Christmas. The winner must privately contact me within 24 hours of the announcement via email with their mailing address. This giveaway is only for the U.S. Residents. Good luck everyone!

P.S. I do have a dog at my house. Although I made this hat in a room that I don't allow my dog, I do not want take any risks on anyone having an allergic reaction. Thank you!
My daughter modeling for this hat.
Back view of the hat.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Turkey Day everyone! I (Poppin' Mom) have a cold and feeling miserable since yesterday. At least I do not have to cook today. I bought a $25 gift card to Boston Market for only $15 from last month and it arrived just in time for Thanksgiving.  Since all of our family members don't live near us, we have been getting Boston Market meals for Thanksgiving at our house. That is kind of becoming our family tradition. We had a choice of visiting our family members on the east coast this year, but we just did not feel like traveling for 11 hours in a car with two screaming kids. Anyway, I am very thankful for things that we were able to accomplish this year and also thankful for family & friends who supported us. I'm wishing that everyone is going to have a great Thanksgiving day today!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

My First Giveaway Winner!

Kathy S. from WI is the winner of my first giveaway that ended on last Sunday! I have announced it under the comment section on my post, Poppin' Cents first Giveaway Contest!.  Although, this giveaway was kind of small but I am thankful for two people who left me comments to participate. Congratulations, Kathy S.! We have been communicating via email and your CD has shipped this morning. Please come back to leave me a comment once you receive your package!  There are more giveaways coming soon@Poppin' Cents, so please stay tuned everyone!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sign up with Ebates and Receive a Free Gift Card

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If you want to save money this holiday season, sign up with and get your shopping done early. Remember, in order to get this offer, you must sign up using this special link here and make a *qualifying purchase. Happy shopping & saving everyone! *There are some restrictions & rules so please read them when you sign up with

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

My First Finger Knitting

I'm not really a good knitter, so I looked around and found a way to make a matching hat & scarf by just using my fingers. I found a book called "かんたん&かわいい子供のゆびあみ" (Easy & cute finger knitting book for kids) online. It is a book written in Japanese that is geared towards kids. Oh, I forgot to mention that besides English, I can speak, read and write Japanese. Anyway, I followed the instructions and it was very simple. Although this book was written in Japanese, I think anyone can learn from it.  This book had many pictures & illustrations.

Once I was done making these, my oldest daughter was very happy! Look at the pictures below.  She wore these to school yesterday and her friends were asking if theirs can be made. My daughter now wants to learn finger knitting. I might finger knit with her during Thanksgiving break.

I love handmade stuff. If you have questions about my finger knitting, feel free to leave me a comment. I might even make a tutorial in the future on YouTube....

Please don't forget to enter my latest giveaway contest!: