Toys, Stereotypes, and Christmas Shopping

There I was in the midst of a Marshalls store going a little toy crazy trying to decide what toys to get for my kids for Christmas. The Caterpillar brand backhoe came with batteries and buttons and hitting one of them instantaneously spewed out the familiar “beep beep” sound of a big vehicle backing up. PushContinue reading “Toys, Stereotypes, and Christmas Shopping”

On Being a Mom and Trying to Write

It’s 6:20 a.m. Late by my new standards because I would ideally like to wake up at 5:30 a.m. But you won’t find me complaining much. Wait…no you might just find me complaining a little. I like this time of the morning when I get to write, when I get to sometimes contort my reluctantContinue reading “On Being a Mom and Trying to Write”

A Week of Memories with Grandparents

I grew up with the security of unconditional love from extended family members. I want my children to get that same kind of love – the kind that only grandparents can give, the absolutely selfless and unconditional kind, the kind that has the license to spoil grandkids (within reason)…and to have uncles, aunties, and cousins around withContinue reading “A Week of Memories with Grandparents”

A Gratitude Post for Thanksgiving

It is Thanksgiving week. Just last month, I wrote about celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving. This month, America celebrates its own Thanksgiving Day. Celebrated on the 4th Thursday of every November, this year, the date falls on the 24th. While modern day celebrations of Thanksgiving are mostly about being with family, sharing a festive meal till your buttonsContinue reading “A Gratitude Post for Thanksgiving”

Stay-at-home-Mom Anniversary: A Year in Review

Note: This is a long post. A few weeks ago, I completed one year as a stay-at-home-mom. Most first year anniversaries are marked by some kind of a special event, however small and insignificant it may be. My one year anniversary came and just like that, without so much as a whimper, left. In fact, IContinue reading “Stay-at-home-Mom Anniversary: A Year in Review”

What Worried Me/ Worries Me About Raising a Daughter

I wished my daughter into being. I know this. I wanted a girl really, really badly to make my family complete. Not that having another boy would have made my family any less complete, but there is something about having a boy and a girl combo that makes the family dynamic just a little differently specialContinue reading “What Worried Me/ Worries Me About Raising a Daughter”

3 Smart Ways to Save Money on Kids’ Clothes

If you’re like me, you are always in for a good deal, whether it’s on groceries or your kids’ clothes. I never pass on a good deal and over the two years since having kids, I have realized that it is really not worth spending a lot of money on clothes for children simply becauseContinue reading “3 Smart Ways to Save Money on Kids’ Clothes”

Multicultural Kids and the Legacy of Family Rituals – Diwali Series Part II

  In Part I of the Diwali Series, you read about my Diwali morning dwelling in nostalgia whilst enjoying some hot chocolate and marshmallows making memories on a rainy day. (There is a lot going on in today’s post and not all of it may read coherently. Please excuse any choppiness.)  Soon after sipping on ourContinue reading “Multicultural Kids and the Legacy of Family Rituals – Diwali Series Part II”

Of Rains, Memories, and Cultural Comfort – Diwali Series Part I

Sunday, October 30th was an eventful day. Culturally. Experientially. Physically. Emotionally. My multicultural family celebrated Diwali – The festival of lights after having celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving earlier in the month. Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrating, more secularly, the victory of good over evil. There are religious meanings associated with the celebrations too but I’ll leaveContinue reading “Of Rains, Memories, and Cultural Comfort – Diwali Series Part I”

My 2-year-old asked me to “Calm down”

The same energy that works for me professionally, does not quite do it for me, personally. I am not much of a laid back person. I’d like to think I am but I am really not. I just don’t work that way. I get annoyed easily. I lose my patience quicker than you can sayContinue reading “My 2-year-old asked me to “Calm down””