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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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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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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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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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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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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MEAL PLANNING HACKS FOR FAMILIES - PLANNED EXTRAS

MEAL PLANNING HACKS FOR FAMILIES - PLANNED EXTRAS

If you're a mother like I am (3 kids over here!), you're probably tired of the never-ending task of feeding your family. It can be overwhelming to find the time and motivation to plan, organize, shop, prep and clean up food. All around your kid's schedule and demands, and possibly your own long work day and commute.

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HOW TO GET MORE DONE IN 24 HOURS

HOW TO GET MORE DONE IN 24 HOURS

Everyone gets the same amount of time each day. 24 hours is all you get. However, there are ways to get more done in a day when you learn to use your time wisely. The very first step to using your time wisely is to determine how your time is currently being used and how much time you actually have.

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IT IS ALWAYS EASIER TO STAY HOME THAN TO GO OUT

IT IS ALWAYS EASIER TO STAY HOME THAN TO GO OUT

It is always easier to stay home than to go out, but you should still go out once in a while. It's not that I have been in a rut. Actually, I just have been super comfortable staying at home and not going out. I have created a routine for my family and the thought of disrupting any of that at any time gives me a lot of anxiety

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MAXIMIZE YOUR WORK DAY

MAXIMIZE YOUR WORK DAY


I don't mind being a working mom because I really do enjoy my job and the people I work with. The biggest downfall is being away from my daughter. The second biggest downfall is the lack of time to do everything that needs to be done. I struggled with the latter until I realized if I use my time effectively,

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SELF-CARE SUBSCRIPTION BOX - I CARE CRATE REVIEW

SELF-CARE SUBSCRIPTION BOX - I CARE CRATE REVIEW

I am a newbie at self-care. I was never good at taking care of myself because my inner voice always told me that doing things for myself is vain, frivolous, and a waste of money. I should be doing something productive, better yet, something that yields a financial gain. 

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GREAT THINGS ABOUT HAVING A 1970'S WEEK

GREAT THINGS ABOUT HAVING A 1970'S WEEK

When our dayhome was closed for a month with less than a month's notice, we were left scrambling for care for our daughter. If needed, we were prepared to each take two weeks off work to watch her but that would really suck because that means no family vacation! Luckily for us, my mother-in-law stepped up and volunteered to watch our daughter for two weeks.

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CLEARING MENTAL CLUTTER

CLEARING MENTAL CLUTTER

Yes, I know how it feels when you have a million of things to remember and you lay awake at night thinking about EVERYTHING. Your mind is constantly going and it is so hard to slow it down or even to shut it down.

I found when my mind is cluttered, I am more irritable, harder to focus on the task at hand, dwelling on the wrong things, and generally less happy or likely to smile.

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SELF CARE IS NOT SELFISH

SELF CARE IS NOT SELFISH

We never stop. As women we are always on the go, cooking, cleaning, working, doing. We forget that taking care of others includes taking care of ourselves. Our own guilt plays a role in how much we do and how little we stop to think about us. We feel guilty about relaxing, letting others down and having to tell others no. Guilt prevents us from realizing that self-care is not selfish, self-care is self-love.

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