Thursday, August 30, 2012

Healthy Recipe: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

It's hard to get kids to eat healthy snacks. My daughter eats so little so I tend to let her eat whatever she likes. Although, I realize that wasn’t a smart idea. I am always on the lookout for healthy snack recipes to try at home. I also love to bake with her. Cooking with your kids is a great way to teach them how to eat healthier. I found this recipe via last weekend and decided to give it a try. These cookies turned out delicious and nutritious.

Ingredients (adapted from
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Pregnancy Update: Week 35

Well, here I am, 35 weeks pregnant! I can’t believe I’m here already. It seems like this pregnancy has gone by so fast. Technically, I still have 5 more weeks to go but for medical reasons, I am going to have this baby early (I won't bore you with the details). I'll get to meet my baby girl as little as two weeks from now. We are beyond thrilled and cannot wait to welcome baby Madelyn into our home!

I have a list of things/projects to do before the baby arrives. My husband finalizes his travel schedule for work so that he can stay home for an extended period of time. I plan to make some last minute shopping this week for the baby. On top of that, we're still working on little projects here and there for the nursery. I am happy to say that things are starting to come together. Anyway, here are some of my latest purchases for the baby.

I've always wanted to nurse my baby but couldn't do it with my first one. This time, I am determined to try again. After doing extensive research online, I decided to purchase the Medela Pump-in-Style Advanced On-the-go Tote. I am not the stay-at-home mom type and I don't plan to be one. I have looked into several options and the on-the-go tote seems like a good choice for working mothers. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this pump will be put to good use.

I bought the Longchamp Planetes large tote last week and plan to use it as a diaper bag. I just can't see myself carrying a traditional diaper bag. I was debating between 2 sizes but decided to go with the large one. There are so many things that I love about this bag. It's lightweight but extremely durable. It's also waterproof and the material is so easy to clean. It has everything that I am looking for in a diaper bag. If you plan to use this bag as a diaper bag, an organizer is a must. A purse organizer makes it so easy to look for stuff and also gives the bag a little more structure.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Turn a maxi skirt into a tube dress

At this stage of my pregnancy, I am done buying maternity clothes. I bought this Old Navy maxi skirt early in my pregnancy. However, after this post, I didn’t want to wear it anymore for several reasons. The fold-over waistband has so much extra fabric. When I wear this skirt as is, the extra fabric shows under my tops. On top of that, the length is just a bit too long for my 5'2" height. I have to be extra careful when walking as I don't want to fall over anything.

The other day, I pulled the skirt up and attempted to wear it as a dress. It was a bit loose around the waistband but I love the new length. To fix the waistband, I slimmed both sides to make the upper part of the skirt smaller. The skirt/dress turned out perfectly. I’ve been wearing this maxi skirt as a tube dress ever since.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

CLOSED - Giveaway: Win a cross-body bag from OASAP

Congrats to Vic! Please contact me to claim your prize!


Hi everyone!

I am hosting a small giveaway this week. OASAP sent over this vintage pin buckle cross-body bag a few weeks ago. Since I already have a similar cross-body bag, I am giving away this bag (in cream) to one lucky winner of Sydney's Fashion Diary. Giveaway is open to US readers only.

To enter, simply leave me a comment and let me know you'd like to enter. That's it! There is no need to do anything else. Although, I would appreciate if you could follow me on either Google Friend Connect or Bloglovin. I'll pick a random comment next Sunday (08.26). Be sure to check back to see if you're the lucky winner!

Good luck!

Monday, August 13, 2012

and we chose...

Thank you all so much for your input and feedback on my last post. We loved both names but decided that the name “Madison” was much too common for us. We wanted a tradional name with a modern twist of spelling. With that said, my husband and I strongly feel the name “Madelyn” suits both our tastes.

As for her middle name, we went with “Lam-Anh” (in Vietnamese). For those of you who aren’t Vietnamese or do not understand Vietnamese, Lam means turquosie and Anh means intellectual brightness. One of the things I like about her middle name is how well it flows with her first name.

{A sneak peek of Madelyn's nursery}

Of course, everyone has different tastes, styles, and opinions when it comes to baby names. In our hearts, we believe we have the perfect for our baby girl.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The quest for a name

In case you didn't know, my husband and I are expecting a baby girl in 5 weeks! We started looking for names right after we found out the gender. After spending countless of hours searching through baby name sites and making lists, we finally narrowed it down to 2 names.

1. Madison
2. Madelyn

About the name “Madison”:
  • The meaning of the name Madison is 'Son of Maud - Matthew's son'
  • Sounds modern
  • Easy to spell
  • It is a unisex name
  • It is way over used (it has been the most popular girls' name in the U.S. for the past 10 years)
About the name “Madelyn”:
  • The meaning of the name Madelyn is 'Woman from Magdala' 
  • Sounds classic and ultra-feminine
  • This spelling could be a hassle 
  • It's definitely a girl's name
  • It is far less popular than the name Madison
We had a really hard time deciding on a name for our baby girl. After going back and forth many, many, many times, we finally decided on a name. Before I tell you what it is, I'd love to hear your opinions. What are your thoughts on these names?

Thanks in advance,

Friday, August 3, 2012

Delightful dots

I've been patiently waiting for this H&M dress to hit the stores ever since I saw it on their site. I was excited to spot this little number a few days ago. Of course, it came home with me. Straight-cut dresses still work for me at 32 weeks. I wanted this bold print dress to be the focal point of my outfit so I kept my accessorizing to a minimum. I added just a solid-colored belt to break up the field of dots. The jersey fabric expands comfortably with my belly. I plan to turn this dress into a sheath dress by tapering down both sides after the baby is born. Speaking of the baby, our excitement for this baby's arrival grows each day as it becomes more and more real =) Have a great weekend, everyone!

What I am wearing:
Dress: H&M - size XS (love this peplum version!)
Belt: Ann Taylor perfect skinny belt (buy similar - 30% off)
Shoes: Banana Republic (buy this year's version)
Watch: Michael Kors 5128 in rose gold

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pregnancy Countdown: Week 32 - Getting the nursery ready

Decorating the nursery is one of the most exciting things that I look forward to doing. I wasn’t sure where to start at first but I knew I wanted a modern nursery with neutral colors. I really dislike super gender specific nurseries. Although, it’s been tough to find nursery items that are modern, not too cutesy and affordable. There just aren't a ton of options out there.

Our home has 4 bedrooms and one of them was used as an exercise room. It’s not ideal to have exercise equipments upstairs but we never had a reason to move them down to the basement. Well, now we do =) We decided it's time to turn this exercise room into a baby room.