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What Happened to My Weekend?

Everyone looks forward to Friday, especially Friday nights. But, after you become a parent, Friday night and the weekend mean something totally different! As I watch my younger co-workers happily pack their bags, grab their keys and head out for a much anticipated “wild weekend,” only one thing crosses my mind… I’M TIRED!    Raising […]

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A beautiful dinner alfresco, until the toddler wakes up screaming to the sound of his mom's fork grazing a plate.

How to Take Kids Out to Eat in 37 Easy Steps

We’ve all been there. It’s a Friday night, the refrigerator is depleted from the week’s school lunches and the thought of cooking and cleaning up another meal sounds about as exciting as a trip to the gynecologist. You deserve it and you know it. A nice meal out, chilled wine in a real glass and […]

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Deployment with Baby at Home

My son was 11 months old in when my army reserve unit was given its mobilization orders to be part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Before this point, being in the army had meant one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer of training; not taking up a lot of time, it was mostly forgotten throughout […]

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Words that Should Not Be Spoken

This is a list…of words, comments, statements…that should not be spoken from a husband/partner/spouse to a mom EVER.   I’m going to be upfront with you here. I’m going to list three things, but this list is not complete. Far from it, actually! And I’m sure every mom reading this could add at least two […]

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Raising Up a Bilingual Child

I always knew I would raise my child to be bilingual, because roots are so important to me. Chinese (Mandarin and Hakka dialects) was my first language. My husband is Caucasian, and very on board with raising our son to be bilingual. I appreciate him so much, especially when he remains unaffected by me sounding […]

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See Ya, Suburbs!

A few months ago, my husband and I did something drastic: we sold our home in the suburbs, got rid of half our stuff, and moved into a small two-bedroom apartment in the middle of the city. The reasons for doing so ranged from not wanting to do yard work anymore, wanting to be able […]

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My grandfather, Macario, and I on my wedding day in 2004.

Why I Keep My Maiden Name

“Mrs. Collins!” My son’s friend had to yell in my direction at least three times before he caught my attention. I was caught off guard. You see, I do not use my married name on a daily basis. Before you judge, you need to read the whole post to understand my unconventional choice. Don’t get […]

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Be Fancy AND Frugal with Craigslist!

When I decided to quit working and stay home with my children, I knew it would be necessary for me to contribute to our family in a different way. Like most stay-at-home moms, I did not choose this lifestyle because we were making too much money as a dual-income household. In fact, a large part […]

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