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1st Birthday party

Birthdays with Purpose

I can remember some of my own birthdays as a kid: cake, ice cream, and presents. Simple and sweet. Now looking at social media, kids’ birthdays have become a production. Customized birthday invites, coordinated outfits, elaborate themes, and loads of presents. My son’s first birthday was an elaborate production. First birthday, first child, and first grandchild. […]

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New minivan mom

Minivan Moms vs. SUV Moms

Dear Minivan,  I’m sorry I hated you before. I SWORE I would never get you. SWORE. I’m too cool for a minivan…why do I need one??? I’m an SUV mom. I don’t need one. What ARE the minivan perks, anyway? Reality check: I need a minivan. I was like every mom (and dad) out there; […]

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The Mother in Law

4 Common Types of The Mother in Law

The Mother In Law—a scary creature that will either embrace you or criticize you for the rest of your life. Whenever that word is spoken in a room, most everyone rolls their eyes and all secretly cringes inside. Whether they appear every weekend or only on holidays, we all know one or have one. This […]

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My son watching my husband cook

Promoting a Healthy Lifestyle at Home

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and with that in mind, I wanted to share a few tips on how to promote a healthy lifestyle at home. It’s never too late to start practicing healthy food and exercise choices, and hopefully we can break the cycle of obesity in our communities. According to the […]

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Family Picture during our trip to Shanghai in February

Raising a bilingual child

Everyone has something they regret during their childhood. Whether it was not being nicer to a sibling or not trying out for a certain sport, we all regret something in our past. My regret was not being fully bilingual. I grew up semi-bilingual because my parents would speak to me in Chinese with English blended […]

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