• 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…

  • Family,  Kids

    Untangling Overparenting

    i recently listened to this podcast episode (found here) called untangling overparenting by christine and asha on the edit your life podcast.  it was really good and helped to untangle some societal pressures and reasons why overparenting or helicopter parenting is the new norm. the few things that really stuck out to me from the podcast were: parents are now older, more educated, have careers before kids, and are having fewer children. parents treat raising kids like milestones or “report cards” in parenting. two negative things that can happen to kids who are overparented are: it stunts their internal motivation and ability to achieve tasks, and they lie to their…

  • Fun,  Kids

    Gardening with Toddlers

    i recently read that at c’s age (almost 3), the best activities are gardening, cooking, exploring the outdoors.  sooo…that’s what we’ve been doing!  we go on these epic walks in the evening as a family~ we started baking and making our own pizzas at home~ and this last weekend we tried city gardening.  and by that i mean…herbs.  we have a small apartment and i do not have a green thumb~ so we started off with something easy: planting herb seeds and replanting a lima bean plant she made at school. c loved every single aspect of this project.  i could see why!  it was so fun for her to…