My life without Facebook

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I deactivated my personal Facebook account more than a year and a half ago. We were on vacation. Wi-fi was only available in our hotel lobby and nowhere else. I preferred to sacrifice social media for a week, instead of soaking the sun on the white sand beach on my vacation. After 3 days, I realized something that blew my mind. I was still … [Read more...]

Back to school, back to blogging

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It's been 3 weeks since we've returned from our month "long" vacation and children started school. Between a month which I wouldn't get myself to sit in front of the computer to blog because I was vacationing and another month I couldn't sit in front of the computer to blog due to back-to-school craziness, it was one of the longest blogging hiatus … [Read more...]

Eight

Every year, writing a birthday post gets harder. Explosion of feelings that my children ignite inside my chest, every minute, every hour, cannot be explained in one post. I am definitely one lucky mother, of two of the greatest kids ever. And my firstborn, my son, is turning 8 today. I am in total disbelief that I am a mother of an 8-year … [Read more...]

Her brain vs. his brain

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I like yoga but I can hardly meditate. I cannot empty my mind. I never understood how one could not think about anything. A big example: my husband When I and my husband first started to date I would talk and he would listen. (Later on, he figured he needed to talk to shut me up) There would be long pauses of (awkward for me) silence, when I … [Read more...]

Tired of thinking

I get tired of having to think and having to make decisions on many small things, every day, instead of the actual physical chores and errands. I feel like my brain is steaming from all the thinking: what to prepare for breakfast what to prepare for snack bag what to put in the backpack for activities of the day how to answer "I don't … [Read more...]

Practical Parenting in Real Life

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This blog, like many other parenting blogs, is like a small stage of our real lives. Especially Practical Mama, not being a personal / diary blog, reflects very limited portion of the daily hustle. I share tips and tricks that I try and find helpful after so many trials and errors. That means there is a lot of trial and error going on behind the … [Read more...]

Luck, be a husband…

I read "Choosing my own's" Jamie's Love letter to her husband. I was thinking about writing something similar recently, because I think I am one of these lucky ladies. Knocking on wood, really, I think finding the perfect someone whom you can share life, love and kids is pure luck. I feel like he's a part of me. But not like I am totally … [Read more...]

Craving

I am terribly craving to read a book. I have so many waiting for me on the shelves of my library. Childcare and child psychology ones, books about plays, novels, books in foreign languages - which if I don't practice soon enough, I'll forget. And I am about to order another batch from Amazon.com, after a long long time. I was able to get by, by … [Read more...]

Up and down

These last 2-3 weeks have been full of ups and downs like a roller coaster. I console myself continuously saying, "this is nothing", "these will go away" and "we can take care of this". I am also grateful that we are in good health (at least nothing untreatable, god forbid). It is kind of a test, I guess. Here is a list of my ups and downs for the … [Read more...]

A great quote to share

My daughter is still incubating and - thanks to my mom and husband - I am enjoying my time before the baby by reading more books. Here is a quote I wanted to note from the book I am reading now,  Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers, an addition to the Baby Whisperer books, which I highly recommend. “You can, and should, be in charge, but … [Read more...]

Evidence that reveal you are a new mother

The time flies by. It's already February and I wish, I can just slow down the time. Time seems to go faster after being a mom. You wake up, then suddenly it's night. You go to bed, then it's morning. Sometimes an angel stops by to help you for few minutes to give you a break, time seems to slow down a bit. Or you go to work, or have a night out … [Read more...]

Why?

…. is a license (education) not required to have and raise a child for a mother and father, even though a license is required to drive or to get married? ….care all kinds of adult education classes, such as sewing or make up courses easier to find and more popular than child care classes? ….do public schools and colleges not offered courses … [Read more...]

Motherhood by the book

I read one too many books during my pregnancy and the first months after my baby was born. I've decided to apply all the rules and lessons I've learned but real life taught me otherwise. Here is what I've read and what I say now based on my actual experience: 1. I read that: When a baby is born (s)he should be given only breast milk or the … [Read more...]

Exciting Beginnings

I was told “children turn parents’ lives upside down” when I was pregnant. It was a completely different story before that, but the moment you announce you are pregnant, everyone starts to advise you to “enjoy these last quiet moments”. Being obnoxiously positive-minded, I never took this in a pessimistic way. Life changes, love grows and … [Read more...]