• Family,  Kids

    Threenager

    oh Lord…we are in the thick of the threenager years and it is HARD.  i’m not sure if it’s b/c she’s our first, so just parenting a child is the hard part.  ORRR if our child is really THAT much harder. c is VERY strong-willed and stubborn (go that from me) and there are some things that she just won’t back down on.  i understand her reasoning and WHHYYY she wants it, but the bigger problem is that she’s not listening to what mike and i are saying.  like her will to do something HER WAY and in HER TIME is stronger than any time-out, spanking, scolding, lecture, taking toys…

  • Holidays,  Kids

    Halloween Costume Ideas

    Halloween is one of my faaaaavorite holidays and having a little one has really multiplied my love for it.  This will be C’s 4th halloween holiday, but like her 20th-24th costume photo opt because… well i’m her mom.  lol. here are some fun ideas of what we’ve done in the past.  i’m not sure what we’ll do this upcoming year, but i know that for trick or treating c is going to be ariel.  before then, i hope our family can dress up as something cute like robbers, some cartoon family, etc.  

  • Family,  Kids

    Table Manners for Toddlers

    oh my, getting a toddler to sit at the table during dinner time can be the MOST challenging part of my day.  c will sit and eat for about 5-10 minutes and then she’ll start to stand in her seat, wander from the table, bring toys to the table, etc.  as a new mama i have no clue when it’s the right time to teach c all the rules, but i definitely needed to put some guidelines in place so that mike and i could EAT or even have a conversation! here are some fun things that have helped us and will hopefully creating a foundation to build on as…

  • Family,  Kids

    Three Years and 3 Months

    i can’t believe i have a three year old TODDLER.  just seriously blows my mind.  time is going by SO SO fast and before i forget, i’m going to try and document some of the best memories/moments of C these days… -c’s English and Korean are EXPLODING.  she says the most HILARIOUS phrases in both languages and the way she understands the world is really surprising.  she understands so much more than i give her credit for knowing at 3 yrs old.  funny phrases/words: “widibittit” (for a little bit) “i hiiiiidingggg” (when she just covers her eyes) “bow cereal” (for cereal in a bowl, not just loose cereal and a…

  • Family,  Holidays,  Kids,  Travel

    Hawaii 2018

    oh my…this last trip to hawaii was different than my previous trips since we went with friends!  two families came to hawaii with their little ones and we stayed at the Hawaiian Hilton Village Hotel thursday to sunday.  it was a trip for the books and i have to say, a REALLY fun way to vacay! c and i got to hawaii about 1 week before everyone else to hang out with my parents.  c only gets to see them once (mayyyybe twice) a year, so i wanted to make sure we had as much family time as possible.  my parents also managed to squeeze 1 year of spoiling into…

  • Kids

    Ballet

    C is starting ballet this month and I seriously could not be MORE excited.  This has been one thing I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do with a daughter (and tea parties!).  I bought C a few outfits from amazon and here’s a pic of her in one!  EEEEK.  SO SO CUTE!!! Here are some links to what I bought from Amazon below: MdnMd Girls’ Glitter Camisole Tutu Leotard $10.99 Arshiner Girls’ Ruffle Sleeve Skirted Leotard $12.59 Capezio Daisy 205 Ballet Shoe (Toddler/Little Kid) $16.15 I wanted to literally buy her 10 outfits, buttttt who even knows if she’ll LIKE ballet right?  If she does, and if Mike doesn’t kill me for…

  • Family,  Kids

    Instilling Confidence and Self-Esteem in Kids

    this is a topic that i am really passionate about.  confidence in kids.  i am NO expert and i am learning how to do this along the way~ but i’m really hoping to focus on it so that as c grows into an adult, she grows into a confident and centered woman. i was super sheltered as a child and when i went to college, i feel like i made a lot of mistakes.  i didn’t know how to be open minded or take risks or even live while making smart decisions. sooo, in an effort to constantly communicate with c, give her life tools to make smart decisions, AND…

  • Events/Parties,  Kids,  Travel

    C’s Third Birthday: Disneyland

    This was a hard year for our family with all of my pregnancy losses and a focus to get better.  The idea of throwing a huge party for C was just too much, but I wanted to find a way to make her feel EXTRA special and loved for this big day.  SOOO I planned a three day celebration for our three year old girl. <3  I planned three days of fun with little presents on each day to make the three days EXTRA EXTRA special and wonderful for this big 3 year old bday.  ANDDD to maybe even put my mind at ease so that C didn’t miss out on…

  • Family,  Fertility,  Kids

    Remembering Loss: Coping with Miscarriage

    if you haven’t read the first article this journey, please click here first before reading below. i’m about 6 months out from my first miscarriage and 2 months removed from my second.  not a day goes by where i don’t think about these babies and wonder what they would look like, be like, feel like in my arms. i have found a lot of solace in speaking to other mamas who have lost babies and listening to podcasts, reading instagram messages, etc.  because i find it SO SO therapeutic, i thought i would share with other mamas who may be going through what i am. Social Media Accounts There are…

  • Kids

    Physical Learning for Toddlers & Kids

    i don’t know about you, buttt i love looking up learning and physical milestones that babies/toddlers/kids should be reaching.  it helps me know if c is on track and what the next step is so that mike and i can support/nurture it.  that sounds cray i know~ mike always gives me side eye when i bring it up.  lol  i feel like it’s my job as a parent to make sure she is growing and thriving right?  she doesn’t have to be doing what 5 years olds do, but i want her to be able to achieve average 2/3 year old milestones.  reading these charts/articles also helps me know what…