I have a confession to make: I am not "hip and with it." I know that phrase is almost as dated as I am at this point, but it’s the truth. I’ve never been trendy or on point when...
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Disclaimer :: Messenger Kids sponsored this blog post, however, the opinions and paragraphs belong to the writer. Staying in touch with my long-distance family over the holidays has always been a bit challenging, but when we downloaded the Messenger Kids...
"How are you doing, mama?" A friend casually posted this question on her Facebook page. GIFS and funny comments followed her post. It stopped me in my tracks, though. Because I'm not sure how I'm doing. One day, I get the...
“Oh why can’t every day be like Christmas? Why can’t that feeling go on endlessly?” These Elvis Presley Christmas song lyrics ring in my head as I think about stretching Christmas this year. My husband and I have been talking...
I am a self-proclaimed nerd, so it’s no surprise that when Netflix started rolling out Asian dramas, my little Asia-loving heart swelled. I am the classic poster child for an Asian drama-loving woman. I grew up in the heyday...
When I was a teenager, I played competitive travel softball. My team was unique in that we started playing together in 7th grade and stayed together until we graduated high school. We were more like family than teammates. But...
2020 crashed a lot of plans, but we weren’t going to let it ruin our Disney trip. We planned our trip in 2019. We were looking forward to character hugs, fireworks, and all the little extras in between. When...
'Tis the season! The season for voting, that is. I remember the excitement I felt as a child when going to vote with my parents. Now I'm excited to vote with my kids in tow. It'll be an experience, I'm...
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In 2005, I logged into Facebook for the very first time. Back then you had to have a university provided email address to create an account. I lived through the "Stephanie is" phase of Facebook when you could only...
Every year, it is the worst conversation my husband and I have. Where and with whom are we going to spend the holidays? His family lives far away and expects a holiday visit. My family lives a little closer, but also...

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