Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Confession no.01

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

I would love to pretend that my daughters ONLY eat organic vegetables and what not but the truth of the matter is that they love Eggo waffles. I actually, embarrassingly, purchased 8 boxes (4 chocolate child, 4 homestyle) last week… so we’re set for a while. They were on sale. It makes me feel better about myself that, since she’s only a year and a half old, Amara eats the “homestyle” waffles and not the ones with the chocolate chips embedded in them. I should be so proud… right?

For Japan With Love

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

 I can barely watch the news without crying. Japan holds a very special place in my heart. Although I only spent a year there, I learned so much about myself. There was a time when I was reluctant to go and reluctant to stay but by the end of my year there I had fostered friendships and found a new appreciation for both Japan and the U.S.

I’ve donated to through www.FORJAPANWITHLOVE.com which is being organized by Lydia of Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged. They hand picked Shelter Box as the organization they are donating to. ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.

I was feeling down because I donated monetarily what I could (which really wasn’t much) and wanted to do MORE. I figured I could piggyback on what Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged has put together and donate services. This is what I’ve come up with! I’m encouraging creatives, bloggers, people who have the hook up for cool things to donate! If you don’t blog but want to contribute let me know and I can help get your donation out there. Stay tuned, I’m hoping there will be some great donations! 

I donate because…

I lived in Japan for year. It resides close to my heart. I’ve donated money but now I want to do more.

What I love about Japan

I love shirokuma. I love how I would go running in my little town and people would yell “GANBATTE!” The people. The food. The natural beauty… I could go on and on

What I am donating

Family Photography Session
Location: Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Bay Area, Mt. Shasta
includes session time, online gallery, CD of images [donation $200+]

Wedding Photography Coverage
Location: LAish Area
includes 6 hours of coverage, online gallery, CD of images [donation $1600+]

How this works…

  1. Contact me to verify this availability
  2. I’ll confirm, we set up a tentative date/plan
  3. You donate through WWW.FORJAPANWITHLOVE.COM
  4. Forward the confirmation to ayumi@youandmeworld.com
  5. I’m all yours!

I will also be participating in the Blogger’s Day of Silence. I know I haven’t blogged as much lately but on Friday, March 18th I will purposely not be blogging in honor and respect for all that has happened in Japan. If you’re interested in participating, please e-mail lydia@ever-ours.com or info@utterlyengaged.com for more information.

I am a country mouse. [Monday Me]

Monday, February 7th, 2011

I’m “all grown up” and I still get homesick.