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Farmers Market Stand (DIY)

My sister Maya, had the brilliant idea of a farmers market themed party for her daughters’ birthday so I built a farmers market stand for them. This was the first time we used PVC pipes and now I wonder why I shouldn’t create everything with PVC pipes. Anyway, so happy with the outcome because it was such a joy to see the kids going grocery shopping. So darn cute, makes me so deliriously happy inside. Happy birthday Eva and Harper, Auntie Mindy loves you! These are the following materials you will need: 1. 6 PVC pipes, corner sockets to hold them in place (bought ours at Home Depot) 2. table to put the stand on 3. foam board and wrapping to make the awning (DollarTree) 4. velcro to keep the awning in place (DollarTree) 5. black cardboard paper for the sign (DollarTree) 6. tape or glue (DollarTree) 7. fake vines if you want to wrap the poles (DollarTree) 8. wooden crates (ours are big supermarket crates, but you can probably find people selling them in …

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DIY: Mini Top Hat

When you have high noon tea at a chic, elegant little restaurant, of course it’s a must to wear cute little hats.  It was my first time going to afternoon tea so I wanted to make it fun and memorable.   What’s more memorable than walking into the dainty restaurant, all dressed up and with these adorable hats?  My girlfriends and I had so much fun.  We will definitely do this again. Here is my YouTube video on how to make these mini hats:  

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Photo Session: Indian Engagement

Dear friends, it’s been almost 2 years since my last wedding gig.   And I’ve recently had a relapse.  You see, I’ve always wanted to photograph an Indian wedding.   Mainly because of all the colors beaming from the outfits, the jewelry…the traditions.   All of which screams my photography signature style – bright, bold, contrasting colors.   So as you can guess, I just couldn’t pass up the luck of taking photos for my friend’s Indian engagement party.    This was not on my “to do” list so I’ll just “air-cross” it off. After 2 years of not doing any photography gigs…it was like riding a bike (not that I know how to ride a bike but that’s the saying).   It was like I never stopped.  It felt natural…ordering people around…lol   They just don’t know because I do it with a huge smile and lots of laughter.   And my heavy dslr felt safe and comfortable around my neck.   But this was the first time, I took pictures in a saree (traditional Indian dress the bride lend me)…yes…I did.  This is me …

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Behind the Stage: Putting on a Wig

Transforming into a skid row urchin in the 60s era for Little Shop of Horrors was so much fun.   Here is a video on how I put on my wig for the show.   And a little treat at the end where I pay homage to my favorite superhero, Wonder Woman!   My little corner oasis in the girls dressing room.   These are essentials!!! 1.  My boy shorts because when wearing a skirt on stage and running dance numbers, giving the audience a peep show is absolutely NOT part of the plan. 2. For singing throats:  LOTS OF WATER, preferably with raw honey.   And when your throat gets tired and sore after a couple of shows?  Who would of thunk!?  Ginger candy…works wonders. 3.  Face towel because I tend to sweat like Whitney Houston on a big night. I’ve actually have become somewhat of the ultimate professional in the fake cut-crease eye makeup area.   Let me know if you would like to see how I created my own fake cut-crease eyelid. I learned so much…and some the hard …

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Why Not Now with Min-D!

There are many “scary” numbers like 666 or 4.  My scary number is 39.  Yes, 39 gives me a lot of anxiety.  39 is the end of your 30s!  For me, it’s the last year to squeeze every ounce of immaturity out before the start of the dreaded 40s.  When you turned 30, did you feel old?  I sure didn’t.  All the way up to 38, I was like, “I can still HANG with the 20-year-olds”.  But now, I can’t help but notice white hair, dimples and brown spots spreading through nukes and cracks of my body like chicken pox.  And where did all my pumped up, hyper sensitive adrenaline run off to? Nowadays, it’s a win just to go hiking once a month. Ahhhhh…the dirty signs of growing old.  I turned 39 a couple of months ago…I’m totally scared. I’ve always lived my life willing to put myself out there and experience new things. So shouldn’t I know my true passion by now? I am a 39 year old wife, with no kids, a …

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Gotta Start Somewhere

I have a “list”.   A list of 10 things I want to achieve before I hit the 4-0.   Yes, it looks like a resolutions list. Maybe it is.  Or maybe it’s a wish list.   I know, I know, people who make these “resolutions” rarely follow through.   But I gotta start somewhere.  Hey, I’m so serious that right before I turned 39, I canvased a whole wall of it in my office.  Big enough to remind me every time I walk in that, dude, you have things to discover. Want to create your own wall of to-do-list? It’s easy!  Click here to get step by step instructions!

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My First YouTube Video! 3 Days in New York City!

My girlfriends and I went on a spontaneous trip to NYC on Memorial weekend.   I booked this cute apartment on AirBnB perfectly situation in the upper eastside.  From the pictures on AirBnB, the stairs in front of the buildings reminded me so much of the intro to Laverne & Shirley.   I love that song – “Making Dreams Come True”.   I couldn’t help myself, I just had to make my first YouTube video with Laverne & Shirley theme song covered by yours truly.   Check out it out and please comment or subscribe or both!  And then check out some of my favorite places in NYC below to get ideas for your next trip to NYC! Food: Gray’s Papaya – Great hotdogs and the papaya drinks…YUM. Levian Bakery – Must try it, the muffins are on steroids! Things we did: Silent Disco @ South Street Seaport – I never knew dancing with headphones with a bunch of strangers with their headphones can be such a fun experience.   I seem to concentrate more on my own awesome moves than people watching which …