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I’m officially two weeks out from surgery & I’m feeling a little better each day. My face is still paralyzed, but there’s more movement, little by little.
Gratitude. I'm feeling a deep, overwhelming sense of gratitude for my family, my friends, my community—for you guys. For your words, your messages, your prayers…they helped me more than I’ll ever be able to express properly. Thank you barely scratches the surface. Despite the circumstances surrounding it, feeling that kind of outpouring of love is nothing short of life-changing. It will always...
Have I wished sometimes that I could go to a Mom’s Night Out & have a glass of wine? Sure. But who am I kidding? It’ll never be just 1 glass of wine.
On June 8th, 2014, I woke up, hungover, in a Caribbean resort, wincing with hazy memories of trying to hit my husband while he held our 18-month-old daughter on what was supposed to be a nice family vacation with my in-laws. “You couldn’t have waited until the last night to ruin the trip?” I grimly thought to myself (my...
I scoured the internet & library for kids' books featuring AAPI characters. This is just a sampling & certainly doesn't cover the breadth + diversity of the AAPI experience.
One of the ways I find most helpful to start meaningful discussions with my children about topics such as ethnicities, cultures, religions, equity, etc., is through literature. Often books find the words that my normally verbose self lacks. I try to be intentional about what I'm reading with my children and how characters are portrayed. The podcast Teaching Hard...
Traveling w/ kids during the pandemic? Risky, but we did it. Our tips, lessons & packing essentials for flying (airport, plane + rental car) that made it (feel) a bit safer.
As someone who loves to travel, this year-long quarantine has given me (among other things) a mad case of wanderlust. The good news is that the more people who get vaccinated and COVID rates go down, the more travel opportunities will start to pop up. We had a chance to fly from Philly to Colorado recently with the...
Jill is a momma of 6 grown kids who has a penchant for style, fashion and maybe just a little too much love for shopping (what a big mood).
Long time listener, first time caller, Jill, hit us with a Power Move of an introduction email: If we were ever looking, she said, for someone who could write about "how to layer for hot flashes" or "what to wear to your colonoscopy" we should let her know. Power. Move. For now we're doing a little "getting to know...

Weekend 4.10

We're reflecting on injustice as it plays out in court & legislatures, plus cute everyday fashion, Tammy Duckworth & acts of kindness in the face of hate.
I've been a little quiet about recent events in the news lately (not my usual move, I know) but I’m having trouble sorting through my own messy thoughts, much less finding the right words. I keep thinking that long-lasting change probably does come with a certain amount of upheaval and discomfort and so maybe we are heading in the...
"I never want to be an adult!" my Big Feels 8-year-old announced & promptly burst into tears, 2 pages into reading Celebrate Your Body.
"I never want to be an adult!" my Big Feels 8-year-old announced, and promptly burst into tears, two pages into reading Celebrate Your Body by Sonya Renee Taylor aloud with me, a book about puberty for girls and those who identify as such. "There goes my Mother of the Year trophy," I thought to myself as I sought to console...
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Growth and change -- two hallmarks of our last couple of years here at TME -- are, ultimately, a good thing. But they both come with side effects. More readers also means that many people no longer know who we are, they don't know our stories, our thoughts. We are strangers. And our changing world is making many of...
I'd love to say it didn't happen to me -- to us. Time goes by, life continues, and suddenly you realize that you don't remember...everything. That some things from your past are not quite clear. When you look back, there's something that terrifies you, but it hurts so much that you put it into oblivion. Something makes you block that...
In light of the vitriol & xenophobia toward Asian-Americans (words matter, folks) + the economic impact on those families, we're sending some local love to our fav Asian restaurants.
Hey, Friends! We haven’t done a local love roundup in a while now, and we put together a different version this month, one specifically dedicated to small and local restaurants we know and love that are owned by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  We recognize that there are multiple facets and consequences of the xenophobia plaguing our country, and that...