DIY Japanese-Themed Party

I grew up with birthdays celebrated with joie de vivre, handmade invitations, and homecooked food. And these parties always had a theme. My aunts and uncles all pitched in to make the invitations and décor, and games and entertainment. As an adult, I loved themed get-togethers, even if it was just friends coming over. We’d […]

Postcards from the Edge (and Wherever Else I Happen to Be)

I’ve been traveling for work often in the past four years, twice a year at the least. Once, I had five out-of-the-country trips and at least four local trips all in one year. That was the year that I flew in from Malaysia late afternoon, and early the morning the next day, I flew out […]

The HP Academy of Homeschool Shmool

This year, we finally took the plunge and decided to homeschool the girls. It wasn’t a sudden decision; I informally homeschooled the girls before we put them in for Kinder, and it was always one of the options, albeit not the most likely one. Until now. Why did we decide to homeschool? Three main reasons. […]

Lemon Bars, Child Labor, and Tough Love

This is really a recipe post. The girls baked a scrumptious batch of lemon bars this afternoon. But I have a longish intro; scroll down if you want to skip it and go straight to the recipe. Raine, who turned 9 a couple of months ago, decided that she was old enough to bake on […]

Child’s Play

There used to be an ad (Milo, I think) that said something like, “A child playing is a child at work.” And true enough; Maria Montessori says that play is the work of a child. Play is how kids learn to deal with the world around them, how they practice skills—from motor to social to […]

Review: My First Hands-On Bible

  I have been trying to incorporate the Word and Bible reading into the girls’ daily life (and mine—but that’s another story). Raine’s had several Bible story books over the years, and we’ve been reading those off and on, but I wanted something deeper and more meaningful. We also tried memorizing one verse a week, […]

The Adventures of Supercow

Welcome to the first Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (March). To celebrate National Women’s Month, our participants share how breastfeeding has changed them as a woman. Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.  I have been breastfeeding for four years straight. I breastfed Raine, my oldest daughter […]

12 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money

This article is from Rochelle over at Pinay and Money. She’s an advocate of women achieving financial freedom, and I thought she’d be a great resource person to help us teach our kids about money. Do visit her blog—you’re sure to pick up a lot of financial tips. The idea of parents discussing money with […]

Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy: A Guide to Portion Sizes

From birth to six months, all your baby will need is breast milk or formula (while some start solids as early as four months, recent studies show that babies’ digestive systems may not be ready to handle anything other than milk at this point; and some anti-allergens are not  yet produced, leaving babies susceptible to […]

Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy: Four Feeding Habits to Break

I have always been a serial muncher. Chalk it up to my four years of high school dorm life (when has dorm food ever been appetizing?). My favorite eating pattern is salty-sweet-salty-sweet, which usually translates to chips-cookies-chips-chocolate. Then I married The Hubby, who didn’t eat with as much gusto as I do, especially snack food […]