Sunday, June 24, 2018

Life-changing advice for our children

If you haven't already, do check out Skye Gould's amazing website for a beautiful collection of lunchbox notes from her mom:

"...From 2003 to 2004 when I was 12, my mom, Stephanie Skylar, wrote me more than 100 advice notes. We called this project “Lunchbox Letters” and I kept them in a Sketcher’s shoebox. More than a decade later I decided to curate and share our story. This small window of time in my life was very significant. Shortly after I finished 6th grade, my family moved from a small town in Ohio to South Florida. Before this move, I was extremely shy; being a confident young woman was never something that came naturally to me. My mom wrote me these letters because she believed in the person that I was always meant to be. I am eternally grateful for these reminders," Skye writes.

Let this be an inspiration for you to connect with your kids in a similar way. As our little guys get older, Sung and I are more and more convinced that it's our duty as parents to let our kids know and constantly (consistently) remind them that everything is going to be OK, even if they don't necessarily believe us.

I mean, look at what Lisa McInness-Smith's mom and dad did for her! (Watch the amazing Ted talk below; it is SO uplifting!)

Friday, March 4, 2016

This has got to be the coolest thing you've seen this year

If this doesn't make your day today, I don't know what will.


Is this fabulous duo for real or what...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bensimon Tennis Elastique sneakers on sale for $30!

If you like Bensimon tennis shoes as much as I do, here is great news for you:

The Tennis Elastique sneakers (shown above) are on sale for $30-35 (+free shipping) right now!

This has got to be the best deal on Besimons that I've ever seen.

(And I've been buying Bensimons for almost a decade now, since 2007!)

This is another slip-on pair I had and loved. This color is also available right now in above design, make sure to pick "beige," believe it or not. :^)

Grey and Beige are $30; Navy is $35.

That's all for today. I just had to tell the world about this great sale.

Happy shopping!

(First image from Shopbop)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Delicious organic chicken nuggets with homemade look and taste

Every busy mom needs a reliable ready-made food item to just grab and go and in my years of experience with chicken-lovers, these are the best, healthiest option out there.

Bell & Evans is a true winner when it comes to breaded chicken products. They are made from all natural chicken and raised without antibiotics and are 100% whole breast meat pieces, with no extenders or fillers or preservatives.

Let's just say everyone I have served these chicken nuggets and tenders to had thought that these were totally homemade. Every. single. time. :-)

They go on these massive sales (otherwise they're 6.99-9.99 per pack) once in a while, so do wait for a sale to stock up!

(Yes, I can be a crazy lady taking pictures of a freezer section at a grocery.)

I usually just pop them in the toaster oven to serve with fruit (we like glazed mango pieces or apple slices) as the boys' afternoon snack or use them in salads.

They are totally, absolutely fool-proof and always always delightful. Two thumbs up, for sure!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Setting aside time to eat together

If you haven't been doing so already, start eating with your kids as many times a week as possible.

According to The Atlantic, a study conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has found that "children who eat dinner with their parents five or more days a week have less trouble with drugs and alcohol, eat healthier, show better academic performance, and report being closer with their parents than children who eat dinner with their parents less often."

It doesn't have to be a super fancy or trendy meal each and every time. It is the quality time spent together during mealtime that matters most. According to Elizabeth David, the American culinary evangelist, enjoying basic meals with loved ones makes for the best eating, and the equation for physical and psychological well-being is easy: Eat simply and eat together.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Best hot cocoa ever

And by best I mean a healthier option that is not made of crazy artificially flavored/fake sugary, chocolatey stuff.

The Whole Foods' house brand products are not always spectacular but they certainly nailed this hot cocoa.

Thank you, Whole Foods!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Be merry this Christmas!

We are truly, truly happy for all the things that we have been blessed with this year.

(Yes, that's us the first day Target showcased their Star Wars merchandise this summer)

We are just filled with gratitude that the boys are healthy and happy.

Anything else is, really, a total bonus.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Amazing backsplash tiles+tile decals

Am I really the last person on earth to find out about these handsome backsplash tiles over at, believe it or not, Home Depot or Lowe's...?

I totally love these looks:

(Found at Home Depot)

(Both found at Lowe's)

And then of course, there are these easy and gorgeous tile decals...

Just peel and stick and your kitchen (I'm sure I could use these in bathrooms as well?) would totally feel like a new space!

(Above images are from an Etsy seller Bleucoin; they're probably totally photoshopped, but you get the general idea, right? ;-)

Speaking of Etsy... What does Etsy not offer...

I did a little more search and found this shop that has really beautiful wall decals:

(Above images from HappyValleyGoods)

Aren't they the best?!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Electric toothbrushes in place of goodie bags

For Collin's birthday last year, these are what I sent along to his kindergarten class:

(The "tags" read: "Thank you for being my friend!")

Surprisingly, Collin didn't seem to mind the idea and all his classmates actually loved them.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Activities for boys?

Have you heard of this cool mommy blog entitled "All for the Boys" yet?

If not, I'm strongly nudge you to hop on over immediately to explore. ;-)

Allison, a mom of two boys, has amassed quite a collection of crafts and activities over the years, and has graciously been sharing her ideas, tips, inspirations, printables, product reviews...just the entire treasure trove on the World Wide Web. (How generous is this fabulous mom?! :-)

I can't say enough what a great f you have hands-on children who love creativity and play (OK, that would be ALL children out there ;-), this is the one blog you should be keeping track of on a daily basis.

My little guys love all things science, so you know that I was one happy woman when I first found out about Allison's blog!

That's all for today. :^)

(All images from All for the Boys)

Friday, December 18, 2015

Growing up too fast...

Collin turns 7 today.

I just can't believe it.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Best, easiest chocolate chip cookies ever

When I recently found out about this amazing food blog Pinch of Yum, I immediately knew that I had totally been missing out on some really great stuff all these years...

I mean, I did think I had found some of the best cookie recipes out there, but this one by Lindsay really tops them all.

There is no need to refrigerate the dough for hours, and I sometimes don't even use the electric mixer and the cookies come out just fine. (Insert: "Where have you been all my life?!?!?!")

Basically, this is my go-to recipe when I'm baking with the boys.

And trust me, if I can whip these amazing chewy chocolate chips up in 30 minutes, anyone can.

(Although, I have to say, my cookies kinda look nothing like Lindsay's, they come out pretty fantastic every single time!)

Now, hop on over to Pinch of Yum for the secret to best, softest chocolate chip cookies!

(First image from Pinch of Yum)

PS) Yes, I, too, do own a fancy DSLR camera but hardly use it because I'm just...totally lazy. (At least I'm honest...? ;-)

How to speed read

If you're nerdy like I am, here is a skill you can test and obtain through practice.

I'm sure you've heard this before but the key is to not read aloud in your head (yes, somehow unlearn that subvocalization!) but quickly skim through text without "going back" to what you've just read.

You're welcome. :-)

(Image taken from this good read over at lifehacker)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

We like stripes...

Like, a lot...

...Or a little too much...

(That's us in Maui, by the way... When Aaron was so small!)

(The boys got to see Disneyland at last this summer!)

(Again, this is the best RC toy we found.)

(Remember this post? ;-)

I don't know how this is so...

What do you dress your boys in?! Where do you shop?

Boys love stuffed animals, too

I never even knew we had so many!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Best Ben & Jerry flavor for coffee drinkers

If you like coffe AND ice cream but haven't tried this yet... I dare say you're missing out.

It's also good to have on hand when you're trying to get a bunch of stuff done past midnight -- which is my life EVEY DAY -- but don't have the time to make a cup of latte... This flavor really gives you the biggest caffeine buzz!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Strolling around Manhattan

This picture of the boys taken this summer is cracking me up right now.

What can I say, the Superman totally had a big lunch...

Yes, you may laugh. :^)

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Jeff Bridges knows how to love a woman+genius parenting tip from his mom

Sung and I love anything with Jeff Bridges in it because he is such a great actor (one of the best, for sure).

But boy, can I just say that this recent article (featuring this Oprah's Master Class episode) about Jeff Bridges' love story totally made my heart swell?

How adorable is the story of their fateful first meeting and how sweet is it that they've been married for 38 years now!

Listen to him talk about his thoughts on marriage...

...And if you should watch one more worthy Youtube video today, I'm also loving his stories about his mom and how she gave him the greatest gift that a mom could give her child -- time together every. single. day.

I mean, I strive to spend quality time with each of my children on a daily basis, but I have to admit, our time spent together isn't always necessarily quality time.

On most days, I'm good about staying away from my laptop or my phone whenever my children are around (I go by my self-imposed "no-phone-while-the-boys-are-awake" policy), but I'm also cooking in the kitchen or cleaning up some kind of mess somewhere (which, if you think about it, could all get done while the boys are at school if I spent my morning hours wisely -- basically, if I worked less during the day and got much more done at night) if I'm not chauffering them around to different things after school...

Well, I did resort to getting the boys to do food prep with me and they seem to not mind the "chores"...they're excellent garlic peelers and scoopers of all grainy things now. Oh, and to my and everyone's surprise, the Aaron Man can get some serious dishwashing done by himself!

(By the way, if you haven't checked it out yet... Isn't his official website pretty cool! ;-)

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Thank you for getting along

Collin and Aaron, you guys are truly the best.

Thank you for being such happy guys.

Thank you for all your love.