So, life happened, and I derailed, as one does. My dog died, my grandmother died, and I got some other bad news to boot. All progress on self-improvement tanked as I went into comfort mode (AKA eating and drinking my feelings and letting the kids watch too much TV). It was all I could do to manage normal everyday tasks and prepare for summer. We are in Spain right now for language immersion. I used to speak Spanish (which I learned in high school) with…Continue Reading “52 Cards Experiment: THE END (or Version 2.0?)”

I HAVE A MAJOR, EXISTENTIAL PROBLEM. I just started reading Mark Manson’s “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,” because I have been giving far too many ducks* these days. (*Duck = f***, because I only generally only swear when I pair up with alcohol or anger, watch out if I pair up with both at the same time). From the book:   “As the existential philosopher Albert Camus said (and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t on LSD at the time): ‘You will never…Continue Reading

So. I have been momming for 6 years now, and mostly feeling like a complete failure, which is ridiculous. But emotions are powerful, and I must contend with them. In order to stop feeling like a failure, I am going to define, for myself, the “right” way to mom. I say “right,” because there is no such thing. But I am completely overwhelmed by the options out there and the infinite ways I could mom better, so this is necessary. (Disclaimer: This is a definition…Continue Reading “The Right Way To Mom”

I have posted before about my struggles with mental health, and I will continue to do so.  Not so that you can pity me (you shouldn’t, I’m fine), or so that you can give me a hug and sympathize (I would rather pretend I never said anything, lol).   I post about this to contribute to the breaking down of the stigma’s and the feelings of isolation that accompany such things.  I have often heard the following: I never would have thought you struggle with…Continue Reading “My Mental Health Month Confession”

When I say Singapore Math, I do not mean the curriculum/books with this title in the USA.  I mean the actual math that Singaporean students are doing day to day.  I fell in love with many parts of the Singaporean education system while living there from Dec 2013-July 2016.  Because the smell of a bookstore is basically a narcotic to me, I spent a lot of time wandering the stacks of books and picking up mathematics resources and workbooks for my kiddos’ future use, and to use…Continue Reading “Strategies From Singapore: Learn To Do Math Easily With Rectangles”

Okey dokey, this post is long overdue for those of you who were my lovely customers when I started my skincare business.  :D But here they are!  Recipes.  And links.  Everything you need. Now, I want you to know that every bit of this is customizable.  You can spend hours and hours reading on the Internet about skin care recipes, and everyone who makes stuff has their own personal favorite oils.  Play around.  There are very few rules, the most important of which is to always…Continue Reading “Cheaper and Cheapest: Homemade Skincare Guide”

These are a group of interactive math stories that run as a PowerPoint show.  They do not work on mobile devices, only on computers/laptops.  Just click on the link in parentheses to download.  I only just started doing this to help my child review concepts from school, so the first few weeks of the year are currently missing.  Hopefully I will find time to do those as well.  Be aware, I am an American math teacher, so some vocabulary (and the accent) will differ.  LOL…Continue Reading “Little Interactive Math Stories for Year 1 British Curriculum”

Really, I have no idea.  I could barely figure it out for myself.  But this was a dire and pressing question for me last year when I wrote this piece for Sassy Mama Singapore. My ovaries are confused. They seem to have misplaced the memo I sent them during my hours of labour to deliver Baby Two which clearly stated that they could look forward to a lovely (and permanent) vacation. Yet within a few weeks of giving birth, to my sheer horror, I was…Continue Reading “How Many Kids Should You Have?”

I recently wrote for Sassy Mama Singapore about the benefits (and difficulties) of reading the news with your kids. My daughter is four years old. Her world revolves around playing, eating, and avoiding baths at all costs. She is very interested in anything involving silliness, sweet treats, or Sophia the First. So when she found me with my nose in The Economist the other day and asked me to read it to her, I was flabbergasted. I paused to consider the possible ramifications of reading…Continue Reading “How To Talk To Your Kids About The News”

This was written last month for Sassy Mama Singapore.   Don’t you hate it when someone gives you a hug, buries their face into you, and wipes their nose on your clothes? My kiddos love this move. It’s time saving, convenient, and they are giving me love to boot. Maybe it is their way of saying I chose the wrong outfit that day. Despite the fact that my children use me as a tissue, clothes are very important to me. I have always been a…Continue Reading “The Power of Minimalism”