piñata how-to (with lots of pictures!)

Let’s be honest, making a piñata is a bit of a process – there are a lot of steps and a lot of waiting around for things to dry – but it’s not difficult! Since they’re not easy to come by in Japan, if I want a piñata I have to make it myself.

Whether you’re looking for a handmade touch or have no other option, I hope this tutorial helps you make one too! READ MORE

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loving: my little tote in a gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. floral

I first wrote about my affection for SORAbento over on Daily Mochi in this post. At that time we had two bento bags and they’re still great, but the tote bag is probably my current favorite. I love the Rifle Paper Co. print – with the dominant tan and navy tones, it’s perfect for everyday use.

The tote is simple and compact, with an interior pocket that’s perfect for keeping track of the little bits and pieces that disappear in even the smallest bags. READ MORE

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Halloween books (and our favorite bilingual books for toddlers!)

When I decided to write this post I imagined myself gathering a small stack of Halloween books from our shelves, but quickly realized that we only have two!

Oops. As anticlimactic as that may be, it was a good reminder that I need to finally order the two that have been sitting in my shopping cart: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara. Are there any others that you would recommend? READ MORE

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quick stew & this week’s meal plan

this week’s meal plan

It’s been rainy and grey with back-to-back typhoons here in Japan, so cozy is definitely the goal when it comes to meal planning. We’ll be home for lunch most days, which means that leftovers are a bonus. I also have some produce in the fridge from last week’s trip to Costco that I’d like to use up. READ MORE

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