Shark Friends

I have been supersizing lots of patterns lately by using fun and fluffy mega yarns.  In the spirit of Shark Week, and because we love the misunderstood fish so much, I couldn’t help but whip up a few shark friends for the kids.

This little, or should I say big, guy grew from ping pong ball size to softball size, simply by changing the yarn.  And the chenille yarn is so fluffy and soft, it makes him extra fun to snuggle!



This fun hammer head shark turned out even bigger than I anticipated!  Noah claimed him right away.  Notice his shark themed pjs!  Hehe!  He is super cuddly and soft, and I think he will go nicely with his shark snuggle sack!

Get the pattern for the Hammerhead Shark by visiting Jillian over at Spin A Yarn Crochet or click HERE.

I hope you have had an awesome Shark Week!


July 2017 YumeTwins Box Review

I have mentioned before how much I love the kawaii trend and became obsessed with research for the best kawaii themed subscription boxes.  I chose two, YumeTwins and Doki Doki Crate.  I got a six month subscription to both, and July is my second box for them.

So far, YumeTwins is winning the battle of the boxes for me, which surprises me because I thought Doki Doki would reign supreme for me.  This month it blew Doki Doki out of the water with it’s Summer Holiday theme.  Let’s jump in and see what we got!


Like Doki Doki Crate, YumeTwins also ships directly from Japan.  I have been receiving my YumeTwins box about a week and a half sooner than my Doki Doki Crate each month.


The box is  even cute on the inside, with unicorns and hearts and stars, just super adorable!


Included each month is a booklet, describing the items in the box and usually also includes some info on places to see or things to do in Japan.


Disney Suiashy “Potemochi” Plush

This was the very first item in the box, and it is super cute!!!!  There were five different plushes you could have received, and I will admit, this alien from Toy Story was not one that I was hoping for, but he is so stinkin’ adorable!  He is so squishy and soft!  The Potemochi get their name from the Japanese word “potteri” which means plump, and “mocchiri” which describes a soft, glutinous texture.  These really remind me of the Ufufy Disney plushes found in the Disney Store Japan.  He is quite large, and everyone fights over who’s turn it is to squish and cuddle him.  Love!

My Melody Dental Travel Kit

Staying true to the summer holiday theme, they included a Sanrio My Melody Dental Travel Kit, complete with travel toothbrush and toothpaste.  There were two different color variations you could have gotten, and I am happy with the one I received.  In the Doki Doki Crate, they seem to throw in random Sanrio junk, just to seemingly bump the value of their box, but this item actually makes sense and will be used.  It is also, obviously, very cute!


Sailor Moon Playing Cards

This is a special 20th Anniversary edition of Sailor Moon playing cards, by Ensky.    This looks just like the Sailor Moon characters we know and love from the 90’s!  This is a great item for playing with on long car rides or just to play with anytime.  Very cute and great item to fit this month’s theme.


Kawaii Adhesive Bandages

Brought to you by Kamio Japan, Japan’s leading stationary maker, we have a set of 15 cute bandages.  This is a perfect size for keeping in the car or your purse or even throwing in a beach bag.  There were 4 different designs we could have gotten, and I got the one I wanted, so yay!  In a house with 4 kids, you can never have too many bandages, and these are so cute, I look forward to using them for myself as well!


Re-Ment Sanrio Japanese Goods Blind Box

I love, love, love Re-ment!!!  They make teeny tiny miniature collectibles, with gorgeous attention to detail.  I made the mistake of showing some kits to my kiddos, and now they are just as obsessed as I am, they want to collect them all!


How adorable is this?!  *squeeeee!!!*  I hope to see many more Re-Ment boxes in these subscriptions, they are insanely adorable and such a fun, cute find!


Thus concludes my July 2017 YumeTwins Box.  So much better than the July Doki Doki Crate!  I paid $28.33 for this box with free shipping, because I ordered the 6 month subscription.  YumeTwins is definitely winning the battle of the boxes for me right now.

Do you have a YumeTwins subscription?  What was your favorite item this month?



July 2017 Doki Doki Crate Review

I am super obsessed with all things happy, and find myself especially enamored with kawaii items.  This said, it was no surprise that I would soon grow unable to resist the urge to subscribe to some of the sweet kawaii themed monthly boxes.  (Kawaii means cute, and stems from Japanese culture, in case you have been living under a non kawaii rock.) 

After looking at months and months of box reviews, I decided to get a 6 month subscription to two different companies, Doki Doki Crate and YumeTwins.  They are very similar in price and both offer free shipping world wide.  July is my second month for both, and one box is definitely far better than the other so far!

That said, here is my July 2017 Doki Doki Crate Review!


July’s theme is “Kirei Kitchen” which is Japanese for “clean and cute”.  If you like to be surprised with your mystery boxes, don’t read the customs label!  Also, their social media spoils a good amount of the surprise as well, which is a bummer for those of us that like to be surprised when we open our boxes!


Included in the box is a cute little booklet that has pretty cover art matching the month’s theme, as well as info on the products and other random interesting facts about Japan.


The first item in this month’s box is a Dokodemo Calimero figurine.  This is a popular retro anime character from the 1960’s.  I have never seen or heard of this character, and the description says he is supposed to hand from cups, folders, boxes and more, but he is teeny tiny, very top heavy, and doesn’t balance on anything at all.  I’m not sure what I will do with him, I imagine one of my kids will end up with him.


Tanabata Angel Hoppe-Chan!  Okay guys, this is my favorite item in the box.  Part of my reason for choosing Doki Doki Crate, was the monthly inclusion of a Hoppe-Chan figure.  So what the heck is this blob of goo?  Hoppe-Chan is a byproduct of the decoden craze, which if you aren’t familiar, is the art of using silicon and trinkets and jewels to decorate phone cases, (decoden is short for decorated denwa, (phone).  They are super popular with little girls in Japan, and even have little playsets and video games starring the colorful characters.

This month’s Hoppe-Chan is in honor of the Tanabata, or Star Festival, which is celebrated on July 7.  Her angelic design is meant to help bring the two star crossed lovers, Orihime and Hikaboshi, together.


How incredibly sweet is that?!  I love this story and really enjoy little tid bits like this that they include in their booklets.  So cute!


Okay guys.  These two items are listed as My Melody plates, and were advertised as dishes in all the Doki Doki Crate advertising for July’s crate.  These two teeny tiny items are cheap plastic.  Yes, they are Sanrio.  Yes, they are covered in My Melody, the cute bunny character of the Sanrio family.  But dishes and plates these are not.  The sticker says they are trays, and if you considered them a jewelry or trinket tray, then yes, you would be spot on and for that application they are sweet and even adorable.  But to advertise them as dishes, and then to see this?  Well, boo!  These will not be going anywhere near my kitchen.  I already have a craft in mind for them, so stay tuned to see how I repurpose these tiny little plastic trays.


An actual kitchen item!

This is cool, guys.  It is a Panda Onigiri Mold Kit.  You use the big scoop bit to mold your sticky rice into an adorable Panda head shape, and then you use the cute little paper cutter looking dealio with a sheet of seaweed to make the details of the eyes, ears, nose and mouth.

This will not get used very often, but I will definitely use it and I think it is super adorable!  What a fun way to serve rice to the kids, or kids at heart.


Hello Kitty Kitchen Cloth Set

Okay.  I feel like they are thinking if the items include Sanrio characters, they add value to the box.  However, this item is a huge dud.  Basically, it is two glorified paper towels.  The material is super thin, and distorts easily.  It is supposed to be used as a drying cloth, but I have real paper towels that are more durable than these “cloths”.  Not worth putting in the box, if you ask me.  I would have been happier with a cute spatula, or egg timer, or whisk, or anything that is actually usable.  This item was a disappointment.


My Melody Microfiber Dry Cloth

Ummmmm…….More Sanrio crap.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Sanrio.  But this is another useless item that has an overinflated estimated value just because of the brand name.  This dry cloth is micro size!!  Like, perhaps you could wash one tiny baby setting of dishes and set on here to dry, but that would be a stretch!  The only thing that makes sense to dry on these would be makeup brushes, it is that small.  This won’t be in my kitchen either and it is definitely another disappointing item.  If the Sanrio item is not usable, it is not worth including.  There are plenty of cute, kirei type kitchen items that would have been a far better value and made for a much more exciting box this month.


Piyo Piyo Apron

Nope.  First of all, this item really reeked of heavy chemicals.  Secondly, what?  Chickens walking over a sunny side up egg?  That’s kind of morbid and twisted.  This apron is super flimsy and cheap and just weird.  It is not a cute design in my opinion and will also not be making it to my kitchen.  I have received several free promotional aprons that were a far better quality than this.  Honestly, this was the very last item in a very disappointing box, so it just had no chance of being appreciated by me.


And that, my friends, was the July 2017 Doki Doki Crate.  Honestly, a big let down for me, as there were very few actual usable items.  Like I said, Hoppe-Chan was my favorite item of the box.  My second favorite would definitely be the Onigiri Mold Set, but everything else in the box was a bust for me this month.

I paid $28.33 for this box, with free shipping, because I ordered the 6 month subscription.  This box comes straight from Japan, and for me, shipping has been very speedy, which I appreciate.  I did enjoy June’s box slightly more, but so far, there is nothing making me feel motivated to keep subscribing to this crate.  I hope that changes, because I really enjoy kawaii items and was hoping to get a good stash from this subscription.  At least I know I will always have a little Hoppe-Chan waiting for me in this box!

Do you subscribe to Doki Doki Crate?  What did you think of July’s box?