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Pondering thoughts, personal life experiences, mental health, marriage life, motherhood, recent reads, and everything in between!

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Lunar New Year Children’s Books

Books+Podcasts

Do you celebrate cultural holidays with your family? Are your parents first-generation immigrants? Are you a second-generation immigrant? I’m a 1.5-generation immigrant. Did you know that’s a thing?? Immigrant Definitions First-generation immigrant: born outside of the U.S.Second-generation immigrant: born in the U.S. but parents were born abroad1.5-generation immigrant: born outside of the U.S. but immigrated […]

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Tackling Atychiphobia: The Fear of Failure

Books+Podcasts

Have you ever felt a little lost in the beginning of the year, while everyone around you seemingly has their life together, making new year’s resolutions and setting their goals and intentions for the year? Have you ever felt like “I’m just a mom trying to survive these early years with my littles. I don’t […]

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Easy DIY Mudroom Makeover (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

DIY Projects

This post is sponsored by Handy Products. All opinions are my own. Do you have a functional mudroom or drop zone in your home? Or do coats, hats, purses, and/or scarves somehow end up in a jumbled mess on a bench or even the floor near the entrance of your home? After our home renovation, […]

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How We Converted Our Front Porch into a Mudroom

DIY Projects

Have you ever renovated an old home before? Or have you ever converted a front porch into a mudroom? Three years ago, we decided to move from DC to Boston to be closer to family. We had the opportunity to renovate an old home, so we took the original floor plan, printed it out, whited […]

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DIY Kids’ Reading Loft and Storefront (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

DIY Projects

This post is sponsored by Handy Products. All opinions are my own. One of my favorite things about being a mom and former teacher is observing the creativity in the way children play. Our twins have loved using their Ikea play kitchen since they were a year old, and they’ve especially loved pretending to run […]

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Setting Boundaries with Social Media

Lifestyle

Do you get sucked into spending too much time on social media? I most certainly do. 2020-2021 was an exciting year in the DIY Instagram world. I had just discovered this entire community of DIY moms, learned that you can monetize your account by partnering with brands, and my love for teaching came back to […]

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Caring for Grieving Friends and Family

Lifestyle

I went to eleven weddings in 2014. ELEVEN!! I legit had to make a spreadsheet to keep track of all the weddings and gift purchases because I kept forgetting which couples we had already purchased gifts for. There was even one weekend where my husband and I were supposed to be in Georgia on a […]

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Fostering Generosity and a Heart of Giving

Lifestyle

Before my twins were born, I always knew I wanted to raise my future kids to be kind, empathetic, and compassionate human beings, something that I felt was so hard to come by in today’s day and age. Last year, I asked my Instagram community for various things that we can do with our families […]

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How Instagram Changed Me

Lifestyle

Ah, 2020, our favorite year, no? When I look back on 2020, I see two distinct parts: For the longest time, I felt like being a twin mom was my one and only identity, and considering how dark and lonely those first postpartum years were, I’d say that was pretty accurate. But I never wanted […]

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Pondering thoughts, personal life experiences, things I love, mental health, marriage life, and everything in between.

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Motherhood

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Everything from my birth story to postpartum anxiety and depression, from c-section recovery to mom guilt and judgment. Prepare for raw and emotional posts!

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Books + Podcasts

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Gleanings from books I've read and podcasts I've been impressed with, with the occasional children's book recommendations!

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DIY Projects

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DIY project tutorials from six years of projects in my home! Very much a work in progress, migrating tutorials from my Instagram page to my blog!

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