DESIGNING AN INSPIRATION WALL

DESIGNING AN INSPIRATION WALL

This project started off as a gallery wall but I changed it to an "inspiration" wall for two reasons:

1) It is in my home office and I need to reclaim it back as my office. Since my daughter turned one years old, she started to use my office for arts and crafts. While I love sharing the room with her, I'm hoping to occupy at least 50% of that room.

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MAIN THING I HAVE FORGOTTEN AFTER BEING A MOM

MAIN THING I HAVE FORGOTTEN AFTER BEING A MOM

Among the million things I forget on a regular basis (brush teeth, put on deodorant, grocery list, etc) and random basis (scheduling a dental appointment, picking up developed pictures, registering for toddler gymnastics, etc), there is one main thing I have forgotten after being a mom....

....that my partner matters and I need to connect with him too.

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WHY YOU NEED TO START DERMA ROLLING

WHY YOU NEED TO START DERMA ROLLING

Growing up, I was told to be gentle with my skin because if I rub it or do too much with it, I will have more wrinkles when I grow up. I adhered to this somewhat growing up. As I got older and my skincare routine included more steps, I started to grow weary of this “tip.” I asked myself, how is it that I’m doing more with my skin and yet I look better?!

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HOW TO DEAL WITH PARENTING SHAMERS

HOW TO DEAL WITH PARENTING SHAMERS

Previously, I wrote about how you can be a non-judging mom. But what can you do when parenting shamers keep coming at you?

If you are a mom who reads buzzfeed or knows who Chrissy Teigen is, you will already know she is the queen of #clapback to parenting shamers. She literally does not give a crap about what strangers on twitter are saying about her parenting style. Rightfully so, just because she is a celebrity it doesn't mean her private life is open for people to comment on or worse, shame for her.

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IS #MOMLIFE ACTUALLY A BORING LIFE?

IS #MOMLIFE ACTUALLY A BORING LIFE?

One Friday afternoon, my single coworker was telling me about all her plans for the weekend which included trying out new restaurants, meeting friends, going for walks or hikes, and going out to listen to live music. When she asked what I was doing, I said: "Nothing. I have a boring life."

As soon as these words left my mouth, I immediately regretted saying them.

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MEN'S STYLE AND JORD WATCH GIVEAWAY

MEN'S STYLE AND JORD WATCH GIVEAWAY

Dude, another watch/pair of shoes/pair of glasses?! How many do you really need?

This is what my inside voice used to say when my partner came home with another one or sometimes several of these items at once. (One day, at the end of the year, he came home with four pairs of glasses. He said he had to use up his health benefits. Go figure.) I didn't understand this obsession until I spoke to a guy friend that simply said: "We don't have a lot of accessories. We just have watches, shoes, and glasses to show our unique style. Every single guy wears a shirt and pants to work." Light bulb moment. I get it now.

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DIY FELT CHOCOLATE CAKE SLICE

DIY FELT CHOCOLATE CAKE SLICE

This project got started because I had a massive bag of stuffing for 3 years (that was going to be for another project) that finally popped. All the stuffing was coming out of this bag because I guess it couldn't stand to be contained in a plastic bag anymore. Rather than put the bag in another bag, I decided I needed to do SOMETHING with this. Enough is enough. Well, actually, enough procrastination on my part.

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HOW TO MAKE FAST AND HEALTHY DINNERS AS A WORKING MOM

HOW TO MAKE FAST AND HEALTHY DINNERS AS A WORKING MOM

Going back to work after mat leave was tough for me for so many reasons:

1. I hated being away from Grace and guilty for having to do that;

2. Less hours in the day to do household things; and

3. Getting a healthy dinner on the table for Grace fast.

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HOW TO SURVIVE ON VERY LITTLE SLEEP AS A PARENT

HOW TO SURVIVE ON VERY LITTLE SLEEP AS A PARENT

I think everyone knows by now that life changes when you have kids and you don't get the same luxuries that you had before. One of the biggest change (for me) that I missed the most is sleep. I joke with new moms that my favorites things pre-kids were: Having hot showers, eating hot food, and sleeping. Post-kids: My showers are so quick the water doesn't even warm up by the time I'm done. The food I eat is usually room temperature or cold. I literally sleep less, when I can, and accept that on a particular day, I will have to survive on crappy sleep.

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DIY GARDEN MARKERS

DIY GARDEN MARKERS

It wasn't until I met my partner that I learned about all the different herbs you can cook with. Until then, I was cooking mostly Chinese cuisine and there aren't a lot of herbs used. I still don't know how to cook with most herbs but the recognition of them is even worse. I blame it on them all looking the same and lack of interest on my part.

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DOING IT ALL AS A WORKING MOM

DOING IT ALL AS A WORKING MOM

What exactly does it mean to do it all? Does doing it all mean you are the perfect partner/wife/mom/person? Oh please! As moms, we all have a million of things to do in a short amount of time, that should have been done yesterday or last week, but is only being partially done now because we just found the time and the kids are in bed.

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DIY DENIM CRAFT APRON (MINIMAL SEWING)

DIY DENIM CRAFT APRON (MINIMAL SEWING)

As soon as I saw this craft apron pop up on my feed, I knew I had to make it for Grace. That was of course over a year ago. I waited this long because I had asked my partner for a pair of his old jeans and that never came through. He either thought his jeans were too good or the ones he gave me was too old/trashed. Then it dawned on me one day that I can buy a pair of used ones at Value Village. (Yes, took me over a year to have this "dawn" on me.)

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WHAT I DID TO DEVELOP MY DAUGHTER'S LITERACY SKILLS

WHAT I DID TO DEVELOP MY DAUGHTER'S LITERACY SKILLS

One day, Grace came up to me and said; "Mommy, I'm a chatterbox." I responded with "Yes, you are." Then I thought, where did she learn the word chatterbox?!

At just over two years old, Grace started putting together 11-12 word sentences. I thought this was normal until everyone told me that she is really advanced for her age and she really knows a lot of words. I did some research and learned at two years old, most children know about 200 words and puts together 2-3 word sentences. Whoa. She does 11-12 word sentences and knows at least 400 words. That is when I knew Grace was really advanced with her literacy.

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WORKING TOWARDS #MOMGOAL: BAKING A BIRTHDAY CAKE (TAKE 3 AND FAIL)

WORKING TOWARDS #MOMGOAL: BAKING A BIRTHDAY CAKE (TAKE 3 AND FAIL)

Honestly, after seeing how my first and second cakes turned out, I was pretty confident to bake my first cake from scratch. I was so wrong and this third cake was such a learning experience.

When I talked to my professional baker friend, Marie, after baking my cake, she asked why I didn't talk to her FIRST before attempting this. I yelled: "BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE EASY." She just shook her head and said I told you that baking is not easy. Specifically, she said:

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WORKING TOWARDS #MOMGOAL: BAKING A BIRTHDAY CAKE (TAKE TWO)

WORKING TOWARDS #MOMGOAL: BAKING A BIRTHDAY CAKE (TAKE TWO)

After consulting with my professional baker friend, Marie, she gently suggested that I try yet another boxed cake first. This time I should be more confident, calmer and I should swear a little less. WTF?! Not going to argue with her, because she (for sure) knew a lot more about baking than me. I did make the following decisions for my next cake:

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AGING GRACEFULLY - MULTI-TASK PRODUCTS FOR BUSY MOMS

AGING GRACEFULLY - MULTI-TASK PRODUCTS FOR BUSY MOMS

I have always been a multi-tasker but after I became a mom, I really had to kick this multi-tasking thing in high gear! I realized I now have less time in general and most of it was used on someone that needs a lot of attention and assistance with every aspect of her life. A couple of times, I ran out to run errands with Grace and she got a lot of complements on how cute she looked in her outfit. I didn’t get any because I looked like crap. I had 25 minutes to get out the door and 20 of it was used on her.

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WORK AND HOME– STRUGGLE OF WANTS

WORK AND HOME– STRUGGLE OF WANTS

I am a working mom and one of the lucky few that really like my job. I have been at this job for 9.5 years and I still enjoy coming to work every morning. The job itself and my coworkers are great.

After every long holiday or long stretch at home with my daughter, I get giddy when I start counting down to going back to work. People usually dread the first day back in the office. I drive to work with rainbows and hearts shooting out of my car. Don’t get me wrong, I love her and I love spending time with her.

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CREATING THE ENTREPRENEUR MINDSET

CREATING THE ENTREPRENEUR MINDSET

"Mindset" seems to be one of those trendy terms everyone throws around when something isn't going their way or change needs to happen. People always talk about changing your mindset to change the outcome or path you are going. I fully agree with this. You can think your way to a different path if you have the right mindset. For an entrepreneur, this is what I think the mindset looks like:

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WORKING TOWARDS #MOMGOAL: BAKING A BIRTHDAY CAKE

WORKING TOWARDS #MOMGOAL: BAKING A BIRTHDAY CAKE

One thing that I learned over the years about New Years Resolutions is that once they are set, you have to actually work towards them. If not, they won't get done. One of the #momgoals I set for this year is to bake a birthday cake for Grace. I have ZERO baking skills. Figured this is the perfect time to learn and try because quite frankly, she doesn't have an exceptional palette yet. She won't know if I "really" screwed it up bad.

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