Favorite Things in June 2013

My Favorite Things in July 2013 - Don't Mess with Mama.com

This month marked a few special milestones for us. First, my middle son graduated from kindergarten. I know, I know – it’s kindergarten. While I’m proud of his efforts and moving on to first grade, really the milestone for me is the fact that he’s growing up and moving on. He’s not my baby anymore […]

60 Day Challenge: 60 Posts in 60 Days

60 Post Challenge

It’s been just over two years since I first started blogging. In some ways, it feels like I’ve been doing it forever but in other ways I learn new things every day. It’s been quite a journey and something that I’ve been wanting to do is post more often, but haven’t found the time. This […]

It’s The Little Things…That Bother Me the Most

What Annoys You the Most?

I’m generally a pretty happy and upbeat person.  Over the years I’ve had people tell me that in the midst of disaster or tragedy, I’m a sense of comfort since I’ve always got a smile on my face and some positive thoughts to offer.  I think it is flattering to be known as that person. […]

What I Wish I Knew About Sex After Childbirth

What I Wish I Knew About Sex After Childbirth - Don't Mess with Mama.com

Honestly, I wish someone pulled me aside after I had my first son and explained to me that my libido was going to take a nosedive. Or that sex was going to be uncomfortable. Or that laughing too hard would make me pee my pants – literally. More importantly, I wish someone told me all […]

Moms Not “Lovin’ It”: Stop McDonald’s Junk Food Advertising to Kids

#MomsNotLovinIt Graphic

For decades, McDonald’s has profited at a staggering rate yet at the cost our children’s health. Their strategy has been to spend an enormous advertising budget to market junk food to kids. Today, I’m joining mothers around the world are uniting for this Mother’s Day to say we’re not “lovin’ it” and want CEO Don […]

How to Use Hot Rollers Tutorial

How to Use Hot Rollers

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BlogHer BHTV. All opinions are my own.  I love getting haircuts because my hairstylist does an amazing job with my cut and always (on my request) curls my hair. My hair is straight, and I’m all thumbs when it comes to curling my […]

“Watch What Happens…” In Our House Regarding Kids & TV

Kids and TV

The other day I caught up with the mom of one of my son’s besties from school. While waiting for our kids to be dismissed from kindergarten we talked about their recent after-school playdate at my house. I recapped of how much fun they had and mentioned how worn my son was afterward and that […]

Mom’s Solo Weekend with the Kids – A Survivor’s Story

Mom's Solo Weekend with Kids

I recently did something I had never done before. No, I didn’t skydive, get a tattoo or even go on a wild spending spree at Bloomies (I wish!). I spent the entire weekend with my kidlets, ALONE. No husband, no extended family, no mommy friends, no playdates… NOBODY but me and the kids. I know, […]

Sleep Challenges with Babies and Kids

Welcome to the February 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Addressing Sleep Challenges. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they address sleep challenges in their homes. You […]

What Do Kids Really Mean When They Ask, “What’s For Dinner?”

What's For Dinner? DontMesswithMama.com

Lately, I noticed something my son was doing that his friends in kindergarten weren’t. They ran up to their mommies and daddies when they came to pick them up after school and gave them big hugs and kisses. Mine just always wanted to know, “What’s for dinner?” After a long day at work I always […]

Wordless Wednesday: Jedi Training

Jedi Training Sword

My oldest boys went to a Star Wars-themed birthday party last weekend. Little did we know it was time for Jedi training with Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Every kid had a chance to duke it out with Darth – nice alternative to beating the hell out of a pinata. I did feel sorry for […]

Not So Wordless Wednesday: My Food Heaven

H-Mart - Asian and Gluten-Free Foods supermarket

Never in a million years did I ever expect to be able to find a gallon-size container of spicy kim chee along with a bag of Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour in the same supermarket. It’s like I’ve died and gone to heaven where my two favorite genre of foods have come together. But no, it’s actually […]

CFL Lightbulbs: Green But Are They Safe?

CFL lightbulb

Tonight I was so excited to clean out my walk-in closet. I was getting rid of old clothes and years of stuff that I’ve never done anything with. I dusted to clean out the shelves and noticed the lightbulb. I wanted to take it out to dust it off, and while I unscrewed it the […]

Favorite Posts of 2012 and Reflecting on a Crazy Year

I can’t believe it’s already 2013. The last year has gone by so fast. As I was thinking about writing this post, I couldn’t help but smile at all the wonderful (and trying) things we’ve experienced in the last year. It’s truly been a whirlwind. 2012 was definitely a year of journeys – from our […]

Wordless Wednesday: Happy New Year!

new year long noodles

I hope you all had a fun-filled New Year. We barely made it to midnight. My middle son fell asleep before dinner and we woke him up at 9 pm to join the festivities, and then the baby and my oldest son fell asleep for the night. I even dozed off for about an hour […]

Getting Caught Up in Elf on the Shelf Mania

elf on the shelf

I admit it. I got caught up in Elf on the Shelf mania this year. After two years of watching my friends post hilarious photos of their elves in mischievous scenarios — from making snow angels in powdered sugar to taking a ride in Barbie’s sports car — on Facebook and Pinterest, I wanted in. […]

Wordless Wednesday: Enjoying the Little Moments

bicycle rack

After what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. last week, I feel like life has been on slow motion. I can’t even begin to imagine what it feels like for the affected families. Still, I feel sadness, sympathy, shock and helpless. And at the same time, I’m trying to enjoy every little moment […]

Wordless Wednesday: Best Santa Photo Ever

santa photo

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a crying baby in Santa’s lap.

Wordless Wednesday: Elf on the Shelf Newbies

elf on the shelf

This is the first year we’ve done Elf on the Shelf. I admit that before we started, I thought all my friends who were getting way into it were a little nuts. It’s just a doll, I thought. But now I get it. We’ve been putting Elfy (that’s what the kids named their elf – […]

Am I “Asian Mom” Enough? and My HuffPost Live Segment

I was a panelist on HuffPost Live for a segment called Don’t Judge Moms with Erin Cox of One Hot Mama, Farah Miller of HuffPost Parents, Diane Kline of QuirkOut and Rhiana Maidenberg of Married with Toddlers. I was honored to be featured with this talented group of moms. We talked about our experiences with mommy guilt. […]