Mellow time...

After the action and adventure of summer, autumn is a time for some calm, a good time to just be "mellow".

"Summer is already better, but the best is autumn. It is mature, reasonable, and serious. It glows moderately and not frivolously. It cools down, clears up, makes you reasonable"

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."
~Elizabeth Lawrence

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~Albert Camus

"Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons."
~Jim Bishop

"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from tue autumn tree."
~Emily Bronte

"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days."
~John Burroughs

"A September to remember. An October full of splendor. A November to treasure."
~La Prevenchere

"The season for enjoying the fullness of life - partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth"
~Dennis Waitley

"Love the trees until their leaes fall off, then encourage them to try again next year."
~Chad Sugg

"Autumn asks that we prepare for the future - that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keepinh. But it also asks that we learn to let go - to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness."
~Bonaro Overstreet


Hope you love my autumn photos and the quotes that I compiled from different authors.

~Az' Mum


12.14.2013 Saturday

Grannyba wants to have a day with us. We were supposed to go in Ginza but she thought it would be more fun for Azumi if we go to Harajuku instead.

So here, Azumi was waiting for Tiya to say goodbye before we go to see her grannyBa.

Here is one of crowdest and most interesting streets in Tokyo, the Takeshita Dori.

It's always full of people especially during weekend.

This street is packed with footwear, clothing and accessories stores, restaurants, dessert shops, coffee shop, and a lot more of goods stores.

Lots of affordable stuffs

I was feeling like a tourist for taking photos but this lady covered her face when she noticed I was about to take a picture of her.

So I stopped. Besides, most stores has "no photos" signs at the entrances. Which I think is not making sense because this street is one the tourist spots of Tokyo.

Anyhow, Azumi was enjoying the leisure walk.

** Line emoji was smitten ^ ^

**at Omotesando

** Nice Illumination at Omotesando Hills B3

** We had lunch at Salvatore Coumo at Omotesando Hills.

** I looked so tired here.. (Coz I really was)

** #azumistyle

** Wow! Christmas Illumination at Omotesando.

** Our last stop was in Kiddyland. Azumi was delighted!

It was fun.
Thank you to Azumi's grandma for shopping presents for her.

Happy weekend ❤️

12.17.2013 Tuesday

Goody! I got a letter from my sweet Azumi again this morning.

Always sweet....

What's inside?

* do re mi fa so ~ ♪(v^_^)v

* Mama + Azumi = sweety belle

* kawaii princess sweety belle

Azumi's letters are my treasure.

Az' Mum

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When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.

Have fun!(^^)

Az' Mun


Halloween events are fast approaching, and so as Azumi's school's Halloween Party.

Having seen a lot of cute diy halloween costumes in Pinterest last year, I'm not so into idea of buying one for Azumi anymore since they are not cheap. You can easily spend ¥3000~ and up on a kids' costume, ¥5000~up if you buy online. The styles are so limited that you end up having the same costume with the schoolmates.

Last year, at Azumi's school, princess costumes were popular for girls. There were Rapunzels, Belle, Aurora, Ariel, Snow white, Cinderella... Name it! ^ ^

Since Azumi wanted to have a princess costume as well, I recycled her witch black dress costume worn the previous year (when she was in Pre-B), and unlashed that crafty side of me.

Here is my inspiration from Pinterest.

This is what I came up with 2 sleepless nights ^ ^

DIY Queen of Hearts costume

And here is the Princess of Hearts

I forgot to blog about this costume.

Nevertheless, this year I decided to unleash again the crafty side of me. I think these diy inspirations are cute and easy to make for your little girls. You might get ideas too.

Native American Costume

I love this one. You can use brown tulle, or fabrics, cheap leathers or felt, and feathers.
This is actually my first choice for Azumi.

Peacock Costume

This is so creative! I'm not sure whether those peacock feathers are cheap or not. Too bad it's not available in our craft store, if it is, it's surely expensive ~ knowing Japan lol.

Awww this can be time consuming and needs alot of tulle rolls.

The simpler and more creative version. Cute!

You need royal blue and blue green tulle, green, blue, and brown felt.

Strawberry Costume

The simpler handmade version.

You need red shirt, red tulle, black and green felt. I think you can also use yellow felt for the seeds.

Raining Cats and Dogs costume

This is the easiest and cheapest diy costume you can ever do (that is if you already have dog and cat stuff toys at home)

If you are still looking for inspiration or want to see what other people have put together, head on to Pinterest which has a chuck full of DIY goodness.


Much love,
Az' Mum.

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Wow, I can't believed that the day my little girl was looking forward for so long has finally arrived. Last week we celebrated her big "5" years in her most requested place, Tokyo Disney Resort (^.^)

Oh 5 years... This is the official age that most of us, mommies think that kids have moved farther away from the baby they used to be.

Happy 5 years Azumi

No matter how many years come and go, you will always be the little girl that I will always love snuggle in my arms...


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8.9.2013 fri

Yukata Day is one of the most anticipated events in Azumi's school. Kids get to wear their cute kimonos and the school has prepared fun activities for the whole day.

I am excited for this day because Azumi will finally wear my hand sewn obi belt with a matching hand made hair bow.

My effort has paid off because she loved it and I got some compliments too.

Kids posing in their cute yukatas before the school bus arrives.

Yukata is a traditional informal kimono that is made of cotton or synthetic fabric. It is usually worn in summertime especially during festivals (matsuri).

( video )

Parents weren't allowed to participate their school's Yukata day. Nonetheless, we went to another festival after school (^^) at Showa Kinen. However, it was not a japanese festival ~~

Can you guess???

Oktober fest at Showa Kinen

( video )

As usual, it was a great friday!