• family

    New Luminosity Show from Big Apple Circus Giveaway

    Ok. Who doesn’t enjoy a performance? How about a Circus? Most kids love the circus and I’m hoping my kids will too because we were asked to attend the new show, Luminosity, from the Big Apple Circus next month. Only one thing I’m not too excited about is clowns – it’s an old childhood thing – but I definitely can’t wait to see double trapeze artists soaring, teeter-board acrobats flying, and the wire-walkers suspended in mid-air under the Big Top Tent. I know my lil man will enjoy the juggling – he’s fascinated with throwing things – and lil lady will love the horses because every lil girl love horses,…

  • social good

    Valentine’s Day 2014: #iLOVEmySELFie Movement of Self Love

    Today is Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re in a relationship or single it shouldn’t matter. Because more than anything this day is about LOVE – plain and simple. To promote this concept of LOVE – The day is finally here – the official launch of the iLOVEmySELFie campaign. I’m on the Board of a non-profit organization, Independent Awakening, and we are so proud of this movement. Here’s a short video from our Founder Dr. Neeta Bhushan sharing about the #iLOVEmySELFie movement. Check out our website, spread the movement and join us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and even email. selfie + empowering quote + creativity = iLOVEmySELFie Join the Movement! Tag us…

  • inspiration

    Artwork: Friends Who Are Sisters

    Over the last couple months, I’ve spent some time thinking about my artwork. The response I’ve received from people when they find out how I draw my art has been wonderful. People have told me how much they love the concept of sending hugs and kisses to people via art. They’ve said they love the creativity of it. It makes me feel… great knowing I headed down the right path when I decided to share my art. Because ultimately, my XOs are a piece of me… an extension of my soul. In December I drew a piece for someone who represents what happens when friendship blossoms… it becomes Sisterhood. I…

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    99 Cents Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Tea/Coffee and $25 mGift Giveaway

    I don’t start my day with coffee, but I am a huge fan of tea. Hot or cold, I can drink tea all day. Really. I’m not addicted to tea. I just feel great after a nice cup of tea. May be it’s my Chinese heritage that taught me to appreciate tea. Either way, it’s a big part of my life. I can very well make my own tea at home, of course, but sometimes when I’m out and about, I need a place to buy one. A few weeks ago I was told about Dunkin’ Donuts January promo – $0.99 Iced Coffee and Iced Tea! This weekend I stopped…

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    Letting Kids Get Dirty

    I recently discovered my lil man loves to finger paint. It was a big surprise to me because as an infant and younger toddler, he was always afraid to get his hands dirty. He’s always loved to paint, but always insisted on using a brush. After learning about how he loved to finger paint, I went all out. I decided to let him paint a canvas. He definitely enjoyed it especially since it was with his two favorite colors of the month. Then an idea came to me. I wanted to give my in-laws a Christmas gift while we were  there visiting. I asked one of my Sister-in-laws what she…

  • inspiration,  life

    2014 Word of the Year

    Last year I chose a word of the year – FOCUS. I reminded myself daily to remain focused. At first, I thought I had to choose just one business or area of my life to focus on for the entire year. It took a month for me to truly understand the word I had chosen. I realized I could work on each of my businesses and still be a good mother simply by focusing. That meant I didn’t have to give anything up. I could focus on photography one morning and sewing the next. Some days I broke it out by hours. This allowed me to focus on a client…

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    Holiday Gift Guide 2013: For the Kiddos

    Alright. The second week of December is coming to an end already. Crazy! I’m definitely not prepared for Christmas. If you’re in my boat then it means you’re still looking for presents for your wee ones. Here are a few items my kids love that you should check out whether they’re for your kids, nieces, nephews or friends kids.   Melissa & Doug Deluxe Vehicles in a Box Jigsaw Puzzles – Lil man LOVES jigsaw puzzles and I love the ones from Melissa & Doug. These sets come with four different puzzles (12 pieces each image). Each puzzle is identified by a shape. The kids have fun while learning their shapes…

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    Light Up Links for Kids

    Last month, my friend Natalie at Hollywood Hot Moms asked me to check out Light Up Links.  What exactly are they? Think glow sticks, but in a shape of a ball. I was hesitant at first because there are a lot of small pieces and they’re meant for children a little older than my kiddos. With a 16-month-old, I always worry lil lady will eat toy pieces. But, like legos, we had lil man play with the Light Up Links on our dining room table with supervision. These are actually really fun once you have an understanding of what it does. The balls light up once you shake them and…

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    Holiday Gift Guide for Women (ahem Mom) 2013

    The Holiday season is finally here. Definitely one of my favorite times of the year. Why? Because I truly enjoy giving gifts. There’s just something about seeing everyone smile when they open a gift. This year I decided to do a holiday gift guide – best gifts for women (mom cough). Each of these items are awesome! Why? Because not only are these all small businesses, but they’re also women-owned. Two things I often look for when I shop – supporting my fellow women and small businesses. The added plus? These wonderful women are all friends of mine who do amazing things with their businesses and products. [row cols_nr=”3″ bg_color=”46bcb7″]…