Bye Butt Crack

Not again! My heart sank with disappointment.

I bought a couple of branded denim pants from a resale store before summer. It’s one of those unique pants with interesting colored patches. I thought it would be cute for Austria, besides it was not that expensive. It was a size 8 and Austria is size 6 so I thought it would definitely fit on her when school starts. And so I thought!

I was excited to put it on her for her first day in 1st grade! I wanted to make it memorable. Of course she didn’t really care whether she is cute or not, it’s the least of her concern. As a girl with Autism and sensory issues, she can wear pretty much anything as long as it is soft and the tag is removed.

I could not zip the zipper because her waist got bigger. I adjusted the garter so the button may reach the button whole and it did! But then I felt so bad her tummy was so squeezed and I felt she could not really breathe. Not only that, as soon as she sat down, I could see the butt crack!

In a span of 3 months she grew taller and wider! What happened! She couldn’t have possibly grown that fast?  I wanted to keep these jeans not because they were unique, I guess I am also just in denial that she is really growing.

But my big girl has a ‘real’ problem. Sadly it is one that hundreds of thousands of women everywhere have. I just can’t find a pair of jeans that fit right. Although I’m not so sure that it is that they don’t fit right but manufacturers are not designing or making high-waist jeans for girls.


Austria has a high-waist that creates a cute butt crack. :)

I can find her pants that fit her booty, waist, and legs. It was not easy, but I have found some that fit. They look great on her for as long as she is standing up, but the minute she starts to run, play, and/or sit down they start sliding down her hips and her butt crack shows.

We have tried belts and long shirts, but nothing seems to help. There are some days when her school aide would insinuate that I should buy her a size bigger than 6. But the pants is already size 8!

It’s embarrassing and frustrating at the same because I can’t seem to do something about her pants.  Our close friends and her older brother Vincent would make fun of her because her butt is always showing. I myself find it cute but a mother’s worst fears (or one of them) are kids laughing or teasing my baby. Something HAD to be done! Ugh.!!

We’ve tried on pretty much every pair of jeans. I’ve been able to find in a store and they all have the same issue. I knew that it was time for me to come up with a solution of my own. It was time to break out the sewing machine.

I had seen these bands for adults that they could wear under their shirts to look like they had on a longer tank, but I had not seen any for kids. I knew they couldn’t be that hard to make so I decided to give it a try.

I already have a box of tri–colored cotton layer that I bought at Bed Bath and Beyond for myself but since it is my size, I just need to cut and sew it to fit her size and make “hide yo’ butt crack to finally rest!. :)

my kiddos

Austria wearing the layered band over her regular pants. With her brother Vincent.


29 Delicious Vegan Breakfast

1. Jumbo Chickpea Pancake

Jumbo Chickpea Pancake

Protein, fiber, and the perfect hummus/avocado/salsa canvas. What else could you ask for in a breakfast? Recipe available here.

2. Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles

Blueberry Oatmeal Waffles

Reason enough to finally get that waffle iron. Get the recipe here.

3. Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Nutella, meet your match. Get the recipe here.

4. Jelly Filled Muffins

Jelly Filled Muffins

For when you’re feeling a little fancy. Get the recipe here.

5. Tofu Omelets

Tofu Omelets

Eggs not invited. Get the recipe(s) here.

6. Toast With Refried Beans And Avocado

Toast With Refried Beans And Avocado

For the kitchen-phobic vegan. If you can make toast, you can make this breakfast.Get the recipe here.

7. Soft & Chewy Sugar-Free Baked Granola Bars

Soft & Chewy Sugar-Free Baked Granola Bars

Perfect for the health conscious, on-the-go, freezer-utilizing vegan. Get the recipe here.

8. Wholesome Banana Bread

Wholesome Banana Bread

Like cake but for breakfast. Get the recipe here.

9. Pearrific Green Smoothie

Pearrific Green Smoothie

Easy, breezy, beautiful Smoothie Girl (or Boy!). Get the recipe here.

10. Sun-Dried Tomato, Mushroom, And Spinach Tofu Quiche

Sun-Dried Tomato, Mushroom, And Spinach Tofu Quiche

Perfect for the people that like to cook once and eat for a week, this quiche can be eaten cold out of the fridge or heated in the microwave. Get the recipe here.

11. Alicia Silverstone’s Peanut Butter Granola

Alicia Silverstone's Peanut Butter Granola

Waste money on store bought granola? As if. Get the recipe here.

12. Baked Blueberry Donuts

Baked Blueberry Donuts

Because muffins get boring after awhile. Get the recipe here.

13. Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Sandwich

Don’t let the meat eaters have all the breakfast sandwich fun. Get the recipe here.

14. Warm & Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa

Warm & Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa

Quinoa: Not just for dinner. Get the recipe here.

15. Stacked Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

Stacked Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

As it turns out, Strawberry Shortcake is not just a cartoon characterGet the recipe here.

16. Canal House Lentils

Canal House Lentils / Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton

Lentils for breakfast may sound weird, but we’re not making this up. Dishes like this are standard morning fare in Japan. Get the recipe here.

17. Pan Seared Oatmeal With Blueberries

Pan Seared Oatmeal With Blueberries

Take oatmeal to the next level. Get the recipe here.

18. French Toast

French Toast

How to say “I love you” in Vegan. Get the recipe here.

19. Tofu Breakfast Tacos

Tofu Breakfast Tacos

Because everything tastes better in a taco. Amirite? Get the recipe here.

20. Luscious Indian Cream Of Wheat

Luscious Indian Cream Of Wheat

Creamy yet healthy, cream of wheat is the breakfast enigma of our time. Get the recipe here.

21. Egyptian Ful Medames

Egyptian Ful Medames

All that protein in one little bowl. Get the recipe here.

22. Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble

Bon Appetit / Matt Duckor

Serve to your egg-eating friends and see if they complain. Get the recipe here.

23. Loveliest Lemon Pancakes

Loveliest Lemon Pancakes / Kathy Patalsky

Just make sure you make enough for seconds… and thirds… and yeah, probably fourths too. Get the recipe here.

24. Citrus Granola Parfait

Citrus Granola Parfait

Another good excuse for all those Mason jars you bought. Get the recipe here.

25. Detox Green Monster Smoothie

Detox Green Monster Smoothie

Feeling last night’s bad decisions a little too much this morning? Get the recipe here.

26. Samoan Coconut Tapioca Porridge

Samoan Coconut Tapioca Porridge

Simple yet impressive, just like your ex-boyfriend. Get the recipe here.

27. “Hot Chocolate” Banana-Nut Oatmeal

"Hot Chocolate" Banana-Nut Oatmeal

With only 382 calories and a respectable 11 grams of protein, this proves once and for all that chocolate is a health food. Recipe available here.

28. The Incredible Vegan Frittata

The Incredible Vegan Frittata

Yeah this one will definitely take a little while, but just look at how incredible it is and tell me it’s not worth it. Get the recipe here.

29. Carrot Cake Jars

Carrot Cake Jars

We say the [vegan] cream cheese qualifies this as a breakfast. Get the recipe here.

The Real Paul Walker

Moses and I normally have Fridays a ‘Red Box‘ movie night. We browse on their website and select the movies we missed watching in a wide screen. Last Friday, we got Paul Walker’s ‘Fast and Furious 6′ movie. It was exhilarating, breathtaking, action packed film which we loved! We usually watch the ‘Behind the scenes’ or ‘making of the movie’ features but the DVD didn’t have the extras so we went online searching more about his movies and the story of his life.


Actor Paul Walker wasn’t just a pretty face on the big screen. He had many facets to his personality, things he didn’t really share with the public, which made him breath of fresh air in Hollywood.

Walker majored in marine biology in community college and fully planned to pursue a career in studying the sea. He was sidetracked when he got a part in the 1998 “Pleasantville,” a paycheck he simply wanted to use toward his education. The movie roles started quickly rolling in after that, and Paul decided to go with it.

Walker believed in helping others. After seeing the devastation in Haiti after the massive earthquake in 2010, Paul founded Reach Out Worldwide, a disaster relief organization that specializes in arriving quickly, clearing access, providing basic necessities and medical assistance to ease the survivors’ pain and bringing hope in the bleakest of circumstances.

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Tacloban City after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. 2013

Most recently, ROWW went to the Philippines to provide care to those suffering the effects of Typhoon Haiyan. Tragically, Walker’s death happened just after he left a ROWW event in Southern California.

The fact that most people are unaware that he was even doing this kind of stuff shows his real intentions behind it. Thankfully, the group is dedicated to continue fulfilling his vision.

Rest in peace Paul Walker, your legacy will be remembered.


In order to make a bedroom loved by the kids, you don’t have to spend a lot of money. By applying cheap kids bedroom decorating ideas, you can get a room that makes the children feel happy, comfortable and ease playing or sleeping in their own room. What should we do?

1. The first step is determining the theme! Make sure the theme can be combined with accessories that aren’t too expensive and can be changed at any time, especially when the kids grow up. You can decorate a room with a mural.

cheap kids bedroom decorating ideas

2. In order to make the theme can be fused, cover the wall with a new color. Give a touch of new paint. It’s part of kids bedroom decorating ideas which is simple and doesn’t need a lot of money.%nbsp:

3. Decorate the room with inexpensive accessories such as stickers or posters. Stick it at some point in the room such as doors, walls, wardrobe or bed.

cheap kids bedroom decorating ideas

4. Rugs area can add beauty to children’s bedroom. You don’t need to buy a new and expensive one. Buy carpet remnants which available at some home improvement warehouse stores.

5. In addition to stickers or posters, decorate the room with picture frames and put paint or photo made by children.

cheap kids bedroom decorating ideas

6. Change the bedding and curtains. Choose similar colors or themes that give the new look impression.

That’s six things about cheap kids bedroom decorating ideas. Make a plan first so your spending can be controlled!


A Lighter, Simpler, More Beautiful Holiday

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Allison Vesterfelt of AllisonVesterfelt.comsimple-holiday

“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things – not the great occasions – give off the greatest glow of happiness.” —Bob Hope

I believe it is possible to do less, buy less, cook less, work less and even decorate less and still have a full, happy, satisfying, beautiful holiday season. But in order to get there, and stay there, we’re going to have to focus on a few changes of mindset.  Or, at least I am.

The other day my husband and I were driving to an event together and, out of nowhere, he asked, “Hey, do you realize we’ve never bought each other Christmas presents?”

Honestly, when he asked that question, my heart leapt a little. I knew it was true, but it sounded so harsh to say it outright like that. In fact, I found myself feeling a little embarrassed, thinking of a million excuses for why this was the case…

But just as I started to let my thoughts get away from me, my husband spoke up again. “Honestly, it doesn’t bother me if it doesn’t bother you.”

The truth is it doesn’t really bother me. But I find myself thinking it does. I find myself worrying what people will think, or what they’ll say if they find out. I find myself thinking about what others are doing for the holidays that I’m not doing; and feeling pressure to make my holiday season look and feel a certain way.

But our decision to forgo Christmas presents (which was mostly out of necessity at the time we made it) has actually opened space for us to have a lighter, simpler, more beautiful Christmas. I’m not against celebrating, or against buying presents. In fact, my husband and I may buy each other presents one day.

But I do believe the common maxim “less is more” applies to the holidays more than it does to just about anything else. And I think each of us will discover a more satisfying holiday if we’ll focus on the following changes in mindset.

1. Don’t get too stuck on “the way you’ve done it before.”

If you grew up in a family or neighborhood (like I did) that went all out for Christmas, maybe scaling back for your own holiday celebration makes you feel a little bit like I felt when my husband reminded me we have never bought each other presents—like a failure. Or, like you’re doing it wrong.

I have good news. There is no wrong way to do it!

Try not to get too stuck on the way you’ve always done it before. Instead, focus on the values you want to cultivate in your family or community or home this year, and experiment with creative ways to promote those values. Also, if you’re entering a new season of life (newly independent, newly married, have young children, or have a newly empty nest), what better time to start fresh with a brand new “way?”

If you’ve always been extravagant in the past, you don’t have to “live up” to that version of yourself, or to anyone else. Take a deep breath. You’re not a failure.

2. Focus on experiences over possessions.

One of the reasons my husband and I have never bought Christmas presents for each other is that we are always traveling for the holidays. We live far from all of our extended family, and in order to spend time with family (without breaking the bank) we have had to choose between plane tickets and Christmas presents.

We’ve agreed together that, when it comes buying habits, we will always (not just at Christmas) value experiences over possessions. Possessions are nice, but they rust, rot, get stolen and burn in fires. Experiences can’t be taken from us. They have eternal value. Consider how you cultivate experiences this year, rather than just buying gifts which will likely end up in the Goodwill pile in a few months or years.

3. Do the best you can with what you have.

This is advice a mentor of mine once gave me about a totally different subject, but I think it applies here, as well. When I was getting ready to go on a date, she would advise me not to go buy brand new clothes, or to feel like I needed to lose 10 pounds before the date, but simply to, “Do the best you can with what you have.”  In other words: be the best version of yourself.

I would give really similar advice when it comes to Christmas. Do the best you can with what you have. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy presents, or that having a Christmas tree is a waste. It simply means don’t go into debt over presents or trees. It means decide what you’re going to spend on Christmas—and it doesn’t have to be extravagant—and then do the best you can with what you have.

4. Turn off the TV (or find other ways to avoid being swayed by advertisements).

You’d be surprised how influenced you are by advertisements. Suddenly you begin thinking that everyone has a better Christmas planned than you do. Everyone’s Christmas tree belongs in a department store, and everyone’s husband is buying them diamond earrings, and everyone else is buying their kids new computers. That’s simply not true, no matter how convincing the ads make it look.

The other thing that’s not true is that families who have these things are automatically happier (like they are in the commercials) than your family, or other families who go without. Presents are nice. But they can’t make you happy.

If you want a truly happy holiday season, you’ll have to find ways to cultivate happiness from the inside.


Allison Vesterfelt blogs at where she inspires and encourages others to live with less. Her book, Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage is helpful and compelling. I highly recommend it to you. She is also worth following on Twitter

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