Parenting

Get Your Own Damn Breakfast, Kids

Every weekday morning in our house, the alarm clock goes off at 6:30 a.m. My husband and I groan. We push snooze. Our two kids, ages 4 and 7, come pattering into our room. They climb into bed with us, and we all snuggle squished together like cosy sardines in a can. But there’s school, […]

Style

I Let My Daughter Wear Whatever She Wants

When I was 14 and graduating from junior high school, I wore what I damn well pleased. “What I damn well pleased” happened to be a slinky evening gown. It was a basic slinky evening gown, mind you, sleek and powder blue without frills. Since I was a late bloomer, I stuffed my foam bikini […]

Parenting

The Stronger Sex Revealed Through The Man Cold

  Women have been fighting to have our voices heard since forever. We’ve had to struggle to prove our worth to take on what was once considered traditional male roles, like firefighters, police officers, attorneys and politicians. It was less than 100 years ago, in fact, that we won our right to vote. Today, strong-as-steel […]

Pregnancy Health

What You Need to Know About Dental Hygiene And Pregnancy

As if pregnancy wasn’t difficult enough, along with the baby you can be carrying a host of dental issues. That’s because pregnancy hormones and morning sickness can result in unique challenges to maintaining proper dental hygiene. Dr. Tsolair Hovsepian, a dentist based in the Los Angeles area and a mum herself, says that despite the difficulties that […]

Your Health

How Self-Care Makes You a Better Mum

When I was a kid, I took Polynesian dance lessons. I stopped as a preteen when life became busy with other things (Busy: Ha! Clearly I was not yet a parent). And I took up hula and Tahitian dancing again as a college student and early in my marriage before kids. Not performing on stage […]

Your Pregnancy

Childbirth Really Was Harder On My Husband

It bugs the crap out of me when anyone refers to men who’ve impregnated a woman as somehow earning any kind of pregnancy stripes themselves. My kind of ladies are the ones who won’t ever say “We’re expecting!”  or even worse “We’re pregnant!” Nope. It’s all you, mums who have been pregnant. You endured the […]

Toddlers

Stand Back Terrible Twos: A Threenager is the Real Terror

From the time we mention we’re interested in possibly starting a family sometime soon, we’re warned about the terrible twos. “Enjoy that sweet baby now, because the toddler years are around the corner”. No one tells us that behind the so-called “terrible twos”, the real monster is lurking. The threes. The truth is, the threes […]

Parenting

How To Survive A California Winter

‘Tis the season for cocoa around the fire and snowball fights. Except that last part for us in most of California and other warm-weather-year-round states. While folks in other parts of the country are sharing memes about kids refusing to wear their snow jackets, we consider a cardigan and flip-flops cold weather gear. So, in […]

Home

Holiday Juggle Struggle: Celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah

In my family, the holiday juggle struggle is real. We celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah, but that’s only half the story. Because those two holidays don’t take into account the fact that my husband, me and our two kids live hours away from both my parents and my husband’s parents. The words “Christmas” and “Hanukkah” […]

Parenting

Hiring A Housekeeper Saved My Sanity

   I Hired a Housekeeper to Save My Sanity and Have No Regrets  Whether we’re stay-at-home mums, or working mums, or even work-at-home mums, most would probably agree that juggling parenting with our other responsibilities is hard. There are laundry piles to tackle. Sticky dishes piled in the sink calling our names. Meals to cook […]