adventures in mini golfing

2014 - 04 - April - Mini Golf

An ordinary Saturday afternoon was transformed into a race through the mini golf course with the latest pre-LPGA player this week.


And by pre-LPGA player, I mean that we’ve got a long way to go on the putting greens.

2014 - 04 - April - Mini Golf

We had taken Miss L mini-golfing last summer, but it didn’t work out so well. Well, she did get a miraculous “hole in one” on hole #3, but that didn’t seal her interest. She was done by hole #12 … her patience for this “fun” game had worn thin on that very hot morning, so we called it quits and went inside for video games and lemonade. But this time… her inner field hockey skills kicked in and she was ALL ABOUT getting through each hole as fast as she could!


Meanwhile… mom and dad were trying hard to actually maintain par in this oh-so-serious game of putt putt.


Dad was clearly winning the day… despite the fact that we didn’t have time between holes to even record our score.

2014 - 04 - April - Mini Golf

And Miss L… well she was busy celebrating each hole like she was winning the Masters tournament.


Because it’s just not a successful day at the mini golf course without 17 giant WOO HOOs!!! (That ball eating 18th hole was not too popular in her eyes.)

2014 - 04 - April - Mini Golf

#DisneySide Giveaway

Since the soggy and windy day washed away a lot of elements to our celebration, it also didn’t allow everyone to fully share their #DisneySide (or in our case… their #RunDisneySide) which I was pretty sad about.

So I’ve decided to extend the magic here instead and give away some lovely prizes as well!

Simply take a photo of yourself (or family members) sharing their #DIsneySide, tag it with #Disneyside and post it to your favorite social media spot, and come back to share a link to the image here…. then you’ll be eligible to win one of the following 12 prizes:

9 copies of this adorable Mickey & Minnie print of artwork by Will Gay (p.s. you can get this as wallpaper for your computer HERE):

And 2 copies of this adorable limited edition Winnie the Pooh lithograph:


Plus one special mystery prize!

You can also get additional entries for daily tweets, following @kim_michelle on Twitter and liking my Facebook Page as well!

The contest ends next Thursday night (4/3/14)… so get ready to show your #DisneySide loud and proud.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

how to throw a successful birthday party for 4 year old’s in the rain

You might have heard that California is in the middle of its worst drought in history. And perhaps that while most of the country has been dealing with epic snowstorms and a winter that Elsa “the snow queen” just doesn’t want to end, we’ve been getting sunburned and eaten by mosquitos. It’s not right… but that also made me think that throwing an outdoor birthday party on the first week on March would actually work.

2/16: 68 degrees
2/23: 73 degrees
3/9:  70 degrees

But March 2nd?  It was 52 degrees, wind blowing, and threatening to rain at any moment.  Oops.

Did this mean that all of our best laid plans for a super awesome color run flanked by bubble games, decorations and short sleeve t-shirts went right out the window when we woke up to see that miserable morning weather? You bet!

Did it mean that there were discussions of cancelling the party up until the moment that the first guests were arriving? Of course!

Did it end up ruining a 4 year old’s birthday party? Not in the slightest.

Because kids don’t care about fancy balloon rainbows you ordered from China 6 weeks ago, or how the favor box display area is set up. They don’t care about any displayed food as long as there IS food. And weather? Well… it’s a birthday party… who cares!

So we threw out the old schedule and all the expectations of the original party… and revised.

  • Instead of 2 hours… we’ll be there for no more than an hour!
  • Hand out the favors immediately so kids are dressed and ready for the color run!
  • Once everyone arrives, go straight to the pinata!
  • Start the kid’s color run!
  • Sing “Happy Birthday” to L
  • Eat!
  • Let people leave at their leisure

And it worked!

First… the favors! 


Everyone got a box (decorated with Crayola marker spray paint by Miss L herself), with rainbow candy canes, lots of Disney tattoos, a #RunDisney braceley and craisins! (To make sure that everyone was able to show their #RunDisneySide!)

They also got kid sunglasses and a white t-shirt in their size with the event logo…


THEN… the pinata!


The ANGRY BIRDS pinata was very angry. (Are we the pigs in this situation? Exacting revenge on the birds? Hmmm….) That’s why we made sure there were older brothers there to help beat the heck out of that silly red bird.

Then they ran!

Mr. M ingeniously used balloons and garden stakes to mark the course, and in spite of the wind all but one remained in tact!

The kids got covered in color and everyone got a rainbow running medal!


Then we sang Happy Birthday….

And then all the kids ate all of the glorious rainbow food (as seen here in no pretty way whatsoever as to keep it from blowing away)!



That would be Fruity Pebbles chicken strips (using the Cap’n Crunch Chicken recipe), rainbow fruit kabobs on rainbow paper straws, Rainbow Deluxe mini cookies, rainbow Jell-O along with rainbow cupcakes and rainbow cake. PHEW….

And then everyone went home to their warm houses, and we took the presents home to open them far away from the wind and impending cloudbursts that happened just 15 minutes after we finished cleaning up!

And that, dear friends, is how you throw a successful birthday party for 4 year old’s on a wet and soggy day.

tried and true: soy marinated tuna (aka. seared ahi)

A few weeks back, I posted this image of our seared ahi dinner on Instagram. It’s one of the easiest appetizers (or full meals if you make larger servings) that we fall back on all the time in our house. Tuna, avocado & sushi rice, all completed and in your tummy 30 minutes after getting home!


Maguro no zuke Donburi (Soy-Marinated Tuna)

adapted from recipe on

1/2 lb. of sashimi-grade yellowfin or bluefin tuna (check Seafood Watch for what to buy), cut into 3-4 sections
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp. sake
2 tsp. mirin
2 cups cooked sushi rice
1-2 avocados (depending on preference)
Sesame seeds, for garnish
Wasabi paste, for serving


1. Boil 4 qt.s of water. Prepare a large mixing bowl with ice water.

2. Prepare sushi rice, according to directions, in your rice cooker.

3. Prepare a marinade of soy sauce, sake and mirin in a large plastic bag.

4. Drop 1 piece of sushi in the boiling water, and submerge it for a total of 5 seconds. Take it out and place it in the ice bath for 10 seconds. Place it on a plate and dry with paper towels. Repeat with the remaining pieces of tuna.

5. Place the tuna in the marinade, seal the bag, and keep it at room temperature for 30 minutes. Rotate the bag around 15 minutes.

6. Slice the avocado into small pieces to accompany the tuna.

6. To serve, slice each piece of tuna into small serving pieces. Plate with rice and avocado, and drizzle remaining marinade over the dish. Add sesame seeds and wasabi as desired.

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