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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BEST TIMES OF THE YEAR TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR HOME

BEST TIMES OF THE YEAR TO DE-CLUTTER YOUR HOME

Believe it or not there are several times of the year when it is the best time to de-clutter and do some deep cleaning at home. Not sure if you believe me? Remember the last time, out of the blue, you started to clean your house?!

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BEST GIFTS FOR NEW PARENTS

BEST GIFTS FOR NEW PARENTS

Whenever I hear a friend or family member’s baby announcement, I am not only super excited for them but I also jump into overdrive on what present I can give to the parents-to-be.

Prior to being a mom, the presents I gave were generally cute, admittedly not very useful, and came with a gift receipt. Eventually, I progressed to making diaper cakes as presents because I thought a handmade present is better.

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PREVENTING HALLOWEEN CANDY OVERLOAD

PREVENTING HALLOWEEN CANDY OVERLOAD

I don't have a sweet tooth so it is super easy for me to take the fun out of Halloween for my daughter (and spouse.) I don't really get why they need to go out, in the cold, walk around, to get a ton of random candy from strangers. After they proudly come home with their stash, I just look at them thinking there is no chance my daughter is eating a quarter of that and then crashing like a crazier than usual preschooler. 

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COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS OF ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS OF ANTI-AGING PRODUCTS

I think the most common misconception of anti-aging products is when to start using them. Often I hear people say they don’t need anti-aging products because they don’t have wrinkles yet. I try to explain to them the best time to start using these products is before there are any signs of aging.

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HOW CAREER PRIORITIES CHANGE AFTER BECOMING A MOM

HOW CAREER PRIORITIES CHANGE AFTER BECOMING A MOM

A couple of years ago, my younger cousin asked me to help her decide what she should take in university and what career she should go for. I told her that I wasn't going to tell her what to do and it is really her journey to figure things out. That is part of the fun of becoming a grownup! You no longer "needed" your parents to tell you want to do!  She then asked me what I wanted in a job when I entered university. I told her: "A very steady job where I sit for most of the day."  Not very inspiring. 

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HOW TO LOVE YOUR HOME AGAIN

HOW TO LOVE YOUR HOME AGAIN

I've been in my current home for over 10 years now. Honestly, I didn't initially buy it because I loved the house. I bought it because it is walking distance to my dad’s house. It was a huge fixer upper and we completed renovated it from top to bottom over the last ten yeas. I always love my home right after the renovations because it is so nice to see our hard work come to life.

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NEW WEBSITE AND RENEWED ENERGY

NEW WEBSITE AND RENEWED ENERGY

If you are reading this, you MUST have noticed my new beautiful website right?! Isn’t it absolutely amazing?! I love my new website so much I feel like my head is in the clouds!

Would you believe it if I told you that I have been blogging since 2009?! Yup, my first blog was on “Blogger.”

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PREPARING MY CHILD FOR THE REAL WORLD

PREPARING MY CHILD FOR THE REAL WORLD

Recently, my partner's coworker told him that she doesn't understand why we keep our daughter so busy with going to events and learning new things. She wondered why we don't just let her be a kid. This coworker was also a mom but her daughter was younger than ours. Her comment might have been innocent and not judgmental but it still rubbed me the wrong way.

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MINIMALISM MAKES MY LIFE EASIER

MINIMALISM MAKES MY LIFE EASIER

Now that I am thinking about it, I might have been a natural minimalist all my life. When I was young, I was always tidy and kept my room straight. Mostly because I wouldn't have to listen to my mom nag me to clean it. When I started working, I didn't buy unnecessary knick knacks because it was a waste of money and I would likely get tired of them.

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