Raspberry Cream Cheese Croissants

Now that I’m back from my fun little jaunt to Oregon – it’s back to the simple life in my new sleepy little town πŸ™‚

After a couple relaxing nights catching up on “The Walking Dead” and staying in with the boy, I’m spending today being domestic and catching up on stuff around the house… and squeezing some time in to blog and lay out in the sun! Today’s high says 77, but because of the high altitude, it’ll probably feel above 80 in the sunlight. It’s still in the low 60’s now, with a slight breeze so I don’t feel like I’m too hot just yet.

By the way, the Vampire Weekend Pandora station is amazing, and perfect for a little laying out!

Usually, I leave brunches on Sundays to the boy, since I cook dinners during the week, but we had a little collaborative breakfast today and made scrambled eggs and Raspberry Cream Cheese Croissants (thank you to Shannon, from So Rumbly In My Tumbly for the recipe!)

The recipe called for strawberry, but we had raspberry jam on hand so I decided to try the recipe with that and see how it turned out. It was delicious! A little on the sweeter side for what we’re used to eating for brunches, so I’d recommend it as an afternoon tea snack for those of you who aren’t prone to sweet things for brunch. Mine didn’t turn out quite as nicely as Shannon’s, which is why I won’t be posting a picture today πŸ™‚

I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday’s!


LeeMo Spring Cleaning Sale

It’s that time of year, folks – spring cleaning! Out with the old and in with the new πŸ™‚

In honor of making room for new, exciting things, all LeeMo earrings have free shipping through my Etsy Shop until May 11th – now’s your chance to grab that gift for Mother’s day πŸ˜‰

Use code SPRINGTIME at checkout.

Happy spring, all!

updates + features

Ok, folks… I know it’s been quite a while since I’ve blogged. To be fair, I was moving across the Pacific Ocean back to the States πŸ™‚

It’s true – I’m back in the States! Japan was wonderful, and I loved every second of it, but I was ready to be back in the states and start on a new path. I decided to relax a bit in Vernal, Utah (random, I know) – and I made a friend here who happens to be a fashion blogger!

She was wonderful enough to feature a pair of LeeMo Earrings on her blog, which you can check out here. Her style is adorable – and it’s always great to see how people pair different types of items! Go check out her Facebook page and become a fan, now!



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I went to Arashiyama in Kyoto with a friend of mine in early December to see the bamboo forest. They were doing a thing where they lit the forest up at night and you could walk through the whole area and see everything. It was absolutely gorgeous, as you can see!


I also decided to make another pair of custom chopsticks for myself with my new Kanji name πŸ™‚

Kobe Luminaire

When I was a kid, my aunt and her friends used to take me to the luminaire show in Kobe. I loved it and thought it was so incredibly beautiful, so I requested that we go again this year, for old times sake. This time, I wasn’t as wowed as when I was a kid – don’t get me wrong, it was still gorgeous – but it just wasn’t the same πŸ™‚

The focus this time was on eating, which unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of. There were sooooo many booths set up, and it was so cold and we were so focused on trying different foods that I didn’t quite have enough hands to also be taking pictures πŸ™‚

Enjoy some of the luminaire, though ^.^




I went to Tokushima (in Shikoku) with my aunt a while back for an agility competition for her dog. While she and her dog were running around in the rain, I had a chance to get together with a friend from high school who I hadn’t seen since graduation (8 years!). We decided to take a drive around some parts of Tokushima and check it out since we were both unfamiliar with the area.


amazing lighting as the rain stops and sun pops back out to say hello


a really really awesome wall – look how the rocks go from jagged to smooth!


we also happened upon a little hiking trail and got a great view overlooking Tokushima


old school phone booth




couldn’t resist a photo op of my LeeMo earrings (www.leelamorimoto.com) on the mossy tree


gorgeous flowers on someone’s doorstep


my aunt and i stopped for some of the best softserve ever on the way back to Osaka πŸ™‚

I always love road trips with my aunt cuz we just laugh and have a great time. We stop along the way at different rest stops that are famous for things here and there and try different types of food and think up different things we can pick up for the rest of the family back home.

Tokushima was amazing – and it was a great break from being in the midst of a very very busy city. I forgot how much I enjoyed hiking and being in nature πŸ™‚

Kyoto Aquarium

I am SO far behind on keeping you guys in the loop for what I’ve been up to here in Japan. So bad, in fact, that today’s post is about a trip I took in October. I say it every time, but I really really want to write more regularly this year ^.^

The aquarium was pretty cool, for being in the middle of the city. It wasn’t my favorite aquarium by any means – the top of my list is still the Kaiyukan in Osakako (near where I live).

It was pretty small, but there were lots of fun aquatic creatures and the architecture of the whole place was pretty cool. Β They’re known for having a dolphin show, which unfortunately I didn’t make it to so I can’t tell you about that…..

Here are a couple snapshots (all from my iPhone 4S) that I took while I was there:


some super super chipper looking toads






coolest looking jellyfish ever


my morning face


tree frog – who knew this is what they looked like underneath!


turtle melon bread – a special design specifically for the kyoto aquarium. super adorable but not the best I’ve ever had πŸ˜‰


side view of the main tank


sea urchin eye… I didn’t even know they had eyes!!