DEALING WITH TOY CLUTTER

DEALING WITH TOY CLUTTER

Unless you loved toys to begin with and is a collector of them, it seems like toys only start coming into your house (and life) immediately after you have a child. Everyone, including yourself, loves to buy toys for your child because of the joy on their face when they receive and play with them. The buying and seeing joy, leads to a never ending cycle and an accumulation of toys in your home. In this blog post, I will share my tips on how to deal with toy clutter and end the cycle of toys coming into the home.

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2019 RESOLUTIONS QUARTERLY REVIEW

2019 RESOLUTIONS QUARTERLY REVIEW

At the beginning of the year, I shared my 2019 New Years Resolutions because I wanted to be held accountable. Here is a review of how I did during the first quarter of the year. I think I did pretty good on 2/3 resolutions and excelling on the 4th resolution I added!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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