Life · Motherhood

5 children’s birthday party favors that last longer than 5 minutes

Most children’s birthday party favors have a play life of five minutes and will inevitably collect at the bottom of toy bins and later in landfills.  With my son’s 4th birthday party coming up, I was brainstorming for party favors that are more environmentally friendly and/or have a longer play life.  Here are 5 children’s birthday party favors… Continue reading 5 children’s birthday party favors that last longer than 5 minutes

Motherhood

Why I stopped buying educational toys for my children

In our achievement-driven society, many parents are trying their best to hasten the intellectual development of their children to give them an academic edge.  My sister-in-law told me that preschoolers in her community were already doing book reports.  At my son’s preschool, my husband overheard a parent telling the teacher that her three-year-old daughter can count to 100.  When he… Continue reading Why I stopped buying educational toys for my children

Life · Motherhood

Good reads: for life’s difficult moments

Sometimes when we are going through difficult situations that we are not ready to share with anyone, reading about other people’s challenging experiences can help to validate our feelings and make us feel a little less alone.  Here are a few good reads for some of life’s most trying times: Miscarriage Moms of special ones Deciding to put… Continue reading Good reads: for life’s difficult moments

Life · Motherhood

I never had to drink coffee until I became a mom

I have always enjoyed drinking coffee.  Back in the days when banks served coffee, any time my sister and I would go to the bank with our parents, we would make our own cups of coffee with 10% coffee, 50% milk, and 40% sugar.  We felt so grown up sipping our “coffee.” When coffee houses like Starbucks started… Continue reading I never had to drink coffee until I became a mom

Career · Motherhood

The best networking tip I learned from my 18-month-old

When I was pregnant with my second son, several people warned me that the new baby may be overshadowed by his big brother, who was a cute toddler with a magnetic personality.  As though it was a self-fulfilling prophecy, for the first 18 months of my younger son’s life, he was out-shined by his charismatic older brother.  As a baby,… Continue reading The best networking tip I learned from my 18-month-old

Motherhood

7 steps to finding a great nanny

In my previous post, comparing 5 best child care options, I mentioned that after deliberating on the pros and cons of the different child care options, my husband and I decided to go with the nanny option.  The main reason we picked the nanny option was that we wanted the highest level of individualized care and attention for our then… Continue reading 7 steps to finding a great nanny

Motherhood · Style

Cute and comfortable shoes for babies and toddlers

My general shopping philosophy is to save where I can, but splurge when the quality of an item is better at a higher price point.  When it comes to kids clothes, there are plenty of stylish and affordable options to choose from.  With shoes though, I find that you typically get what you pay for.  Since the cost-per-wear ratio… Continue reading Cute and comfortable shoes for babies and toddlers