Life · tips

4 high tech products for the home to make your life easier

My home life has been even busier than usual recently as my family was adjusting to some big changes.  About four months ago, we changed our childcare arrangements from full-time nanny and part-time preschool to full-time preschool only for both of my kids.  When my boys were babies, we had always used nannies because we… Continue reading 4 high tech products for the home to make your life easier

Life · tips

How to creatively organize and display your children’s artwork

Melissa (circa 2012, sans kids) declared that she would never have a million pieces of children’s artwork plastered on her refrigerator and stuffed in random drawers.  As always, life has a way of teaching you a lesson when you say “I will never do this or that.”  As you can guess, my real life in… Continue reading How to creatively organize and display your children’s artwork

Food · Life · tips

10 tips to help you survive the weeknight dinner challenge

Preparing and cooking dinner every night can be a real struggle, whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom with little ones.  For most working parents, by the time you get home it’s already past 6 pm, and the thought of making a healthy dinner (that the kids will actually eat) can be overwhelming.… Continue reading 10 tips to help you survive the weeknight dinner challenge

Education · Life · tips

How to easily set up a college savings plan

We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the cost of attending college in recent years.  Even the relatively affordable state colleges are not great deals anymore due to rising costs of tuition and room and board.  I remember that when I was an undergraduate student at UCLA in the ’90s the annual tuition was under $4000… Continue reading How to easily set up a college savings plan

Career · Life

7 tips for success you can learn from Chip and Joanna Gains from Fixer Upper

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes certain people more successful and fulfilled in their careers and personal lives than others.  The combination of intelligence, hard work, natural ability, and luck have often been recognized as the four pillars of success.  Why is it, then, that so many people who seemingly have these… Continue reading 7 tips for success you can learn from Chip and Joanna Gains from Fixer Upper

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

Effective discipline for toddlers and preschoolers

  I have received a few requests from friends to do a post on effective discipline for toddlers and preschoolers because my friends think that my two boys are well behaved.  My two boys (almost 2 and 4) generally put on a good show when we are out (which I’m eternally grateful for) but at home, it’s a different story.… Continue reading Effective discipline for toddlers and preschoolers