ORGANIZE WITH A SUNDAY BASKET

ORGANIZE WITH A SUNDAY BASKET

My “Sunday basket” started when I bought a beautiful turquoise in basket for my work office but decided it was too pretty to bring to work. I kept it at home and it became a dumping ground for all my papers. Once in a while I would go through it (when it started to overflow from the top) and see what things I needed to file, do something with (read a letter), or re-think at a later date.

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MUST HAVE ITEMS FOR ROAD TRIPS WITH CHILDREN

MUST HAVE ITEMS FOR ROAD TRIPS WITH CHILDREN

Does going on a road trip with your children cause you anxiety? It used to for me too. After each road trip, I learned something and was able to prepare better. This blog post shares my list of must have items for road trips with children. Some of these items I bet you would not have even thought about!

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10 EFFICIENT GROCERY SHOPPING TIPS FOR MOMS

10 EFFICIENT GROCERY SHOPPING TIPS FOR MOMS

Personally, some days I love to go grocery shopping. I would peruse the aisles leisurely and see what deals I find or new products I didn’t know about. During these times, I am also more willing to try new foods and recipes. If the store has other things like clothes or toys, I will be in there even longer. Other days, I JUST NEED TO GET IN AND OUT OF THE GROCERY STORE STAT.

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DIY ACTIVITIES TO TEACH YOUR CHILD LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE

DIY ACTIVITIES TO TEACH YOUR CHILD LEARN A SECOND LANGUAGE

One of my 2019 new years resolutions is to help my daughter learn more Chinese.

She started going to Chinese school back in September of 2018 and it was a really rough go for her. Above is the picture I took of her first day at Chinese school. She struggled going to class because she didn’t understand what was being said to her.

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HOW TO RUN ERRANDS EFFICIENTLY

HOW TO RUN ERRANDS EFFICIENTLY

Would you agree that weekends should be for fun and play with our kids and not for chores and errands? I agree 100%

As a working mom, my weekends are the most important days to spend with my daughter. These are the days we are not tied to a routine and can go out to explore and play. The absolute last thing that I would want to do on the weekends is to run errands. Sure, I can run errands with her but it is no fun for anyone and we both prefer to do fun things. Obviously, errands have to be run and I cannot put it all on my spouse. That wouldn’t be fair to him.

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10 DATE NIGHT IDEAS FOR NEW PARENTS

10 DATE NIGHT IDEAS FOR NEW PARENTS

Valentine’s Day celebrations have been drastically different before and after becoming parents. Prior to becoming parents, celebrations would romantic and well thought out. We would either go out for dinner or make each other dinner/dessert. There would be a real focus on showing each other that they are loved. After becoming parents, there is still some effort but I would say there is less focus on making it an incredible night of romance.

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MOTHERHOOD DECLUTTERED

MOTHERHOOD DECLUTTERED

Does it spark joy for you? If you haven’t heard if this phrase from Marie Kondo, you might be living under a really big rock, or you don’t have access to Netflix. On the very first day of 2019, Netflix released an original series named Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. In this series, families welcome the tidying expert, Marie Kondo, into their homes to declutter and find joy in the possessions they decide to keep.

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FIVE BENEFITS OF BABY-LED WEANING

FIVE BENEFITS OF BABY-LED WEANING

Most parents think that they need to start their baby on solids using pureed food. But maybe you've heard that you can skip the mush and start your baby on finger foods from the start! It's called baby-led weaning, and it allows you to enjoy your meal along with your baby.

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SETTING GOALS FOR 2019

SETTING GOALS FOR 2019

Recently, I heard a saying that really stuck with me: Don’t live the same year as the last. This really got me thinking about how I can have a better year than the last, do greater things, and achieve more. The only answer I came up with is to plan ahead and set goals.

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ACTS OF LOVE FROM YOUR CHILD

ACTS OF LOVE FROM YOUR CHILD

Sometimes it is hard for us to believe our kids love us because they often don’t listen, do the opposite as they are told, and act like turds. Every since my daughter turned four years old, she has turned into a different person. A person that is argumentative, questions authority, and questions the logic in rules. Basically, she turned into a grown up overnight.

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2019 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

2019 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Last year’s resolutions made things definitely interesting, by doing less and not more, focusing on self care on a regular basis, and making personal relationships a priority, exciting things came my way. This year, my focus will be on things that needed to be a priority for a while but was neglected because they are plain difficult to tackle.

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CREATING HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

CREATING HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

After my daughter was born, I really wanted to start some holiday traditions for her so that she would have memories of them growing up. In comparison to my spouse, I didn’t grow up with a lot of Christmas traditions. We ate a Christmas dinner and opened presents but that was the extent of Christmas.

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EASY DIY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR KIDS - ACTIVITY KITS

EASY DIY CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR KIDS - ACTIVITY KITS

In last week’s blog post, I discussed how expensive buying Christmas gifts can get and how you can save money. This blog post is kind of a continuation of that post of how you can create some great DIY activity kits for kids that won’t break the bank.

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SLEEP SOLUTIONS FOR KIDS OVER THE HOLIDAYS

SLEEP SOLUTIONS FOR KIDS OVER THE HOLIDAYS

The holiday season is upon us and for moms we can basically translate that to “more work and less schedule”. We don’t want to miss out on all the family activities but we also don’t want to be paying for it for days/weeks after, so how do we achieve balance?

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COST EFFECTIVE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

COST EFFECTIVE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

I absolutely love Christmas time because I love buying presents for all the people I love. I really like to shop for others because giving gifts is my love language. That said, I tend to shop really early, forget that I have already bought gifts for a specific person, and overspend.

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10 EASY CHORES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

10 EASY CHORES FOR PRESCHOOLERS

Years ago, when my daughter was still a baby, I read an article that some 18 year old's enter university without basic living skills like cooking or doing laundry. I was appalled. At that moment, I told myself that I am going to start giving my daughter chores as soon as she is able to. (I know we all say things like this but I stuck with this one.)

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BACK ON TRACK WITH HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES

BACK ON TRACK WITH HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES

It's been a few months of packing those school lunches.....are you getting tired of it yet?!  Maybe you started the year gung-ho to make Pinterest-inspired, fancy home-made lunches all year long. And most of us are over that by oh….about week 2 of school!

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DIY RAINBOW CAKE TOPPER

DIY RAINBOW CAKE TOPPER

Last year, I was very ambitious and wanted to make a cake for my daughter’s birthday. I tried but fairly quickly realized that I suck at baking and following instructions. The hack I came up with last year was buying a plain cake from my local bakery and decorate it myself. My daughter loved her “Peppa jumping in muddy puddles with her family” cake last year. (She absolutely didn’t make it easy.)

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