Avoiding summer “brain drain” with #NELSONLoveofLearning Disney Learning products

*This is a sponsored post in partnership with #NELSONLoveofLearning products. Views and opinions in this post are my own.  Summer is in full swing. The kids have been enjoying the longer days, sunshine, sleepovers, ice cream, and late nights. They’ve been on trips to the beach, pools, water parks and currently, we’re on a vacation. […]

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10 reasons why you need a Domestic Objects play tent for your child

I’ve been obsessed with play tents since I was a kid. I remember building forts with my sisters out of sheets and elastic bands. We would sleep in them and play house in them all while letting our imaginations run wild! Last year I came across a gorgeous handmade tent on the Domestic Objects Instagram […]

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When function meets fashion: Dressing my energetic child

My youngest daughter is always…MOVING! When she was in the womb she was a kicker. I could feel her doing somersaults in the middle of the night and as soon as she came out of the womb she was a fussy, loud, demanding newborn. We had to pretty much wrap her like a burrito in a […]

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Teaching my teenager to shop responsibly

*Disclosure: This blog post was written in partnership with Groupon. I received compenstaion for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own.  Gone are the days I used to shop for my eldest daughter. It used to be so simple. I would choose her clothing, and she would like it! Now that she’s an […]

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DIY Easter bunny

Once upon a time I worked in preschools and ran my own childcare center. When I decided to give my early childhood educator life a break I pretty much I gave up on doing crafts with my girls. In other words, I was over it. I prefer open-ended art anyhow but I  did provide the children […]

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“Chuc Mung Nam Moi” from our diverse family to yours

I think people are super surprised when I tell them my mom is Chinese. My sisters and I totally take after our Italian and Scottish father!  We didn’t typically grow up doing anything traditional for Chinese New Year aside from my mom giving us some lucky money.  I do recall my mom buying mandarin oranges […]

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Teaching my teenager an important life skill: How to do Laundry!

*This post is in partnership with Persil ProClean. Every single word in this post is mine and true and blah, blah, blah. If you want to read a post about why I finally taught my daughter to do laundry then keep on reading. If you don`t, then skip to the bottom where you can enter […]

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Life Lessons from raising a strong-willed daughter

Everything that drives me crazy about having a strong-willed daughter also makes me equally happy. I know it may sound crazy when I say this challenging behavior makes me happy because in the heat of the moment I honestly just want to rip out my hair! However, when I reflect on the things that challenge […]

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Is screen time affecting my children’s eyes?

When my first daughter was a baby, almost 14 years ago, I would sit her in her bouncer seat, and play Baby Einstein DVD’s. It was my saving grace! If I wanted to get anything done, I knew that if I played her these DVD’s  she would chill out and immerse herself in the classical […]

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Fill a shoebox and help a child in need this Christmas

During the  holiday season, I look for ways I can teach my children the importance of giving back. I try to emphasize this all year, however, during the Christmas season when my  children can get extremely absorbed in what gifts they would like to add to their wish list, I make an effort to remind […]

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