change of address

change of address

Sorry the Not So Berkeley Mom has been MIA, but I moved! You can now check me out on my new blog Poche De Maman for more articles on food, travel, design, and life with kids. Thanks for visiting and see you at my new site! -Catherine

cherry blossoms in bloom

cherry blossoms in bloom

I’ve been trying to get back on the sewing horse and made this dress for my little girl. It’s reversible, twill on one side and a floral print cotton on the other. Inspired by spring, and a cherry blossom pillow in my daughter’s room, I decided to sew cherry blossom appliqués on the dress. I … Continue reading

lazy days

lazy days

This (not so Berkeley) mom has been feeling rather lazy lately. It’s been a few weeks since my last post and I’ve been sick with the flu the past month. Which also means the kids were sick too. The kids are all better now, finally, but I’m still fighting a cough and sore throat. Last month, … Continue reading

tilden, lawrence & pizza

tilden, lawrence & pizza

We had beautiful weather in the Bay Area last week (now it’s raining) and my son asked to go to the beach this past weekend. I thought about taking him to Muir beach but it seemed like a far drive just to let the kid play in the sand. Plus there was the risk that … Continue reading

oh no sugar!

oh no sugar!

I was blessed with fast metabolism. It’s amazing the sheer quantity of food I could eat without gaining any weight. But now that I’m older, with two kids under my belt (literally), it’s getting harder and harder to pack it in and keep it off. Pregnancy was my excuse to pig out without any remorse. … Continue reading

yosemite winter

yosemite winter

Over President’s weekend, we took the kids to Yosemite to see snow. Wintertime is turning out to be my favorite season to visit Yosemite. Gone are the crowds and bumper-to-bumper traffic. It’s beautiful to see the snow-covered boulders and trees made famous in Ansel Adams photos. In spring, when the waterfalls are flowing in full-force, … Continue reading

belated valentines dinner

belated valentines dinner

True to form, we celebrated Valentine’s Day late this year. My father-in-law was alone this Valentine’s so he brought over Sichuan take-out for dinner on the 14th. Not a bad way to spend Valentine’s Day since I didn’t have to do any cooking or preparation. But I promised to make my husband a nice dinner … Continue reading

i heart cookies

i heart cookies

My son loves to “make” cookies with Play-doh: roll it out, stamp out different shapes and “cook” them in his Ikea kitchen oven. I figured he would love to help me make the real thing. I was planning to buy ready-made sugar cookie dough but didn’t want to make a stop and get the kids … Continue reading

bye-bye bridal

bye-bye bridal

In a previous life (before kids) I was a bridal gown designer. Yes, I made wedding gowns. I designed them, draped them, made patterns and sewed them, with the help of two assistant seamstresses who could sew much faster than me. My love of fashion began at an early age. While other kids were excited … Continue reading

heavenly haven

heavenly haven

I’ve been posting a lot about restaurants lately. I don’t intend to make this blog all about restaurants, but I guess I spend a fair share of my life eating and enjoy the occasional meal out. Now that our kids are going to bed reliably every night, we have reinstated Friday night date nights. Our … Continue reading