Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Adult acne and face mapping

(My acne-prone face! 
See zits on nose, cheek, around lips, chin...just everywhere.
And that's me recovering from the zits. They're usually much, much worse.)

I started suffering from adult acne ever since I got pregnant with my first child, so it was eye-opening to read up on this insightful article that explains what is really going on whenever zits appear in different spots every now and then.

According to some dermatologists, "where you’re breaking out can reveal a lot about what’s going on in your body" and this, they say, is what an "acne face map" looks like:

image: IMAXtree

Isn't it totally interesting?

Please go on over and read the article in its entirety and see if it's true for you.

(Image from theFashionSpot, the first-ever and largest online fashion community!)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How to tell if you have a great photographic memory

So... This is the result I got when I took this genius test:

According to the authors of the test, "only 1-2% of the human population has the ability to remember 80% of the faces they have seen at least once during their lifetime."

Isn't that crazy?

Additionally, this is what my result said:

"Are you even a human? 
You possess the rare ability of remembering 80% of the faces you see. 
This quality is so rare in people, that police forces in England have started working with people who have your special ability, asking them to find wanted criminals by looking at CCTV footage."


Go on and take the test to see!

(And then of course, there was this other test on reading others' facial expressions and this is the result I got:

"You’re incredibly observant. You are very alert and have strong instincts. You are able to read people’s emotions and make sense of the way they are feeling in an instant. You don’t miss a beat and it is hard to get much past you! Have you ever thought about working as a detective?"

Maybe I should have tried to become a detective of some sort? Haha. :^)

(Links, quotes, and image from Bright Side)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Finding the ideal best age gap between siblings

I don't know where we first heard/read it but back when Collin was around 18 months, Sung and I were so convinced that 3 years was the optimal age difference between siblings.

Now that Collin and Aaron are exactly 29 months apart and are playing so well, I forget that I used to worry so much about whether or not they'd get along.

(They do say 2-4 years is the most common age gap.)

Collin and Aaron in the fall of 2013; they were almost 5 years and 28 months, respectively
(Yes, Aaron was a gigantic baby)

If you're looking for the best way to space out your children, this good read lists a good number of pros and cons for every age considered by parents, and includes this hilarious sketch:

Yup, that was totally the scene in my household for a while until this spring.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Our favorite song

Believe it or not, Collin and Aaron's favorite song is "Close to You" by The Carpenters.

I used to sing it lots to Collin while nursing him (along with this beautiful song) and he actually still remembered it when I started singing it to Aaron when Aaron was born...

And now Aaron loves the song, too. They can't stop singing it, especially before going to bed. :-)

Can you believe these guys?!

(Please click to enlarge.)

(Yes, Aaron's shirt really does say:
"The Force is strong with this one" ;-)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Shearling-lined Bensimon tennis shoes

Yes, there is such a thing.

Here is my pair:

And I've just found the US vendor who sells these shearling-lined sneakers.

(Somebody please pat me on my back! :^)

As for summertime wear, this is what I like the best...

It may just be my feet but the tennis shoes (like the ones I'm wearing below) start to rip on the sides after about a dozen wears.

Ho hum.

That's me and Aaron during our Starbucks run :o)

Monday, November 2, 2015

A smiley baby to make your day

Aaron at 5 months wearing size 12M...

Monday, October 26, 2015

Character cakes from Whole Foods

Yes, you can order custom birthday cakes from Whole Foods.

We've always eaten mostly only Whole Foods cakes because they're so much less sugary (v. important!) and are always made without artificial colors, flavorings, or preservatives.

Best of all, their prices are comparable to conventional supermarket bakeries' and definitely much more affordable than bake shops that specialize in fine custom cakes!

Here are Collin's birthday cakes over the years:

I only have one tip for birthday cakes:

Do not assume that everyone will eat cake...never, ever listen to anyone who tells you that for a party of 25 people, you need a cake that can feed up to 30 people.

Just FYI... After the full-sheet-size Skylanders cake party above, which by the way was attended by some 60+ kids and adults total, this is what we had to deal with the rest of the week:

...and this actually was AFTER we had given away huge chunks (note: not slices) of it to the party venue staff, sent guests home with multiple slices, and had given some away to FIVE of our neighbors.

Um... Did I mention the cake barely fit in the back of our SUV???

(Let's just say that a good parenting lesson was learned that day. ;^)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Mansur Gavriel, I love you

All year, all I wanted was a Mansur Gavriel and I finally, finally got hold of them this summer.

Let me just say that they really are beautifully crafted...and immediately made me wonder why I had been paying $$$ for designer bags of very similarly fine quality and craftsmanship...

...but let's not forget the ordeal I've gone through over the years to procure these bags. ;^)

Thank you, Sung!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A must-have toy for boys

If you have a boy and you should get him one toy this year, this is the toy.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Boys after church

One summer morning, we found a boy who didn't want to head home after church...

Needless to say, this happens quite a lot and the boy's older bro is not at all fazed by all that's going on...

This was the moment before Sung found the boys.

That's all for today. :^)

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A playground with a pirate ship

If your household includes anyone under the age of 7 and you have never been to the Weehawken Waterfront Park yet, please check it out!

Happy Collin at age 4

Monday, August 10, 2015

Dear Aaron

You know I was thinking about you today...

...about how small you were...

...and how happy you were, smiling and smiling always...

I love you so much.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

You're the Obi Wan for me

Thanks to this cool gift guide, I got Sung these cute mugs for Father's Day:

They were such a big hit! :^)

(Yes, we can't wait till Episode VII comes out...! Just four more months! Haha.)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Infant car seat with alarm feature

With vehicular heatstrokes rising at an alarming rate every year, it is a true relief that a major baby product manufacturer came up with this genius idea at last: To sound an alarm to alert the driver that the baby is in the back seat whenever the driver turns off the car's ignition.

(And the other great thing is that the alarm also goes off if the chest clip is unbuckled mid-ride.)

This is truly the first-of-its-kind car seat and I believe it will change lives in big, big ways.

Walmart’s director of corporate communications put things into perspective in this interview: "Our hope is that no one would ever need the SensorSafe system, but the reality is that one child dies every nine days” from being left in a car. :-(

Well, I'm so hopeful that this brilliant feature will prevent numerous fatal accidents involving infants and young children (especially when they're so young and nap frequently, which is usually the case of babies getting forgotten) and I so so highly recommend this to anyone out there shopping for a baby car seat!

A big yay for Evenflo and Walmart!

(And thank God also for women who do this for other people's children!!)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Potty training too early

As a mom who wasn't too worried about potty training early, I was so happy to see that there were some major benefits to not pressing my children to be toilet trained by 3 (or even by 2, which seems to be the most common age among the moms I've met over the years... Yes, I was shocked.).

If you never thought that chronic constipation or UTIs are something your young child might suffer from, please think again.

Here is an eye-opening revelation over at Babble that really put things into perspective for me a few years back and if you think you and your child might need some help, here is the website of the article's author, Dr. Steven Hodges.

(Yes, constipation and UTIs are all treatable. Please do not worry!).

As for the boy who looks like he's fully potty trained by now (because he's so old at 4 years and 2 months) but still wears nighttime diapers when going to bed at night...

I'm not too stressed out about Aaron because even though Collin potty trained late at 33 months AND still wore his nighttime diapers to bed till over a year after that, he was/is totally fine.

As in, I just waited and waited for Collin to give me the go... Then one day out of the blue, he was totally game and never, ever looked back. He never had an "accident" since so naturally, I don't mind repeating the whole process with Aaron.

Oh, and both of them poop daily. It's pretty cool. (Sorry for the TMI but if you've read the above article, you're probably wondering...! :-)

Also... I might have been the only nutty mom but here is a good read on why we must not freak out at the thought of our kiddos using the public restrooms.

Friday, July 17, 2015

What your tummy really looks like after giving birth

Have you seen these pictures that a brave new mom posted on her blog, to show that women's bodies don't just bounce back right after giving birth?

What tummy looks like at 37 weeks and 24 hours postpartum

Julie Bhosale, a nutritionist mommy of two little ones told The Huffington Post UK:

"I really struggled with all the body changes I went through after the birth of my first son. I felt a lot of pressure to get my body back -- and expected that because I was fit and healthy it should be easy"...

..."I also struggled to breastfeed my son and so my confidence in myself and has a women and as a mum was really low. So after the birth of my second son I did this as I thought it may help just one mum not feel so alone."

Isn't Julie a phenomenal woman?! What a brilliant and courageous idea was it to document her post-baby days this way and share it with other women around the world who might be struggling out there? (And how beautiful is this mom!)

As I've shared in my previous post here, I have strong feelings about the media falsely portraying and promoting what post-baby bodies "should" look like. News moms everywhere are not only overwhelmed by the challenges of caring for a newborn but are also flooded everyday with the pressure or are judged negatively to look a certain way (unrealistic is the word that comes to mind) soon after giving birth and this must be stopped. I've always told my girlfriends that it is OK to not look like you've given birth right after you've given birth; that it takes time to recover from all the changes that your body has gone through over the course of 9 months; that you do not need to take unnatural, extreme measures to repair your body the second your child comes into the world. Your baby needs you to be the mommy!

OK. I'm getting carried away now... :^)

Please do read Julie's full interview with The Huffington Post UK here.

(Images from Julie's personal blog; her two boys are just so so so adorable!)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Best store-bought cookies ever

Hands down, these goodies from the Dancing Deer Baking Company are the best cookies ever.

I don't buy packaged cookies unless I really must (I usually bake my own, thanks to all the awesome recipes around the web, such as this and this and this :^) and even when I do, I only try to get those Whole Foods cookies that are freshly baked in-house, but oh boy. These Dancing Deer Baking Company cookies really, totally rocked my world.

I stumbled upon them by chance because they came with Delta Airlines' in-flight Luvo meals and I was truly surprised+impressed by how soft and chewy they were. In fact, I'm running over to Whole Foods after this post so I can stock up on these yummiest cookies!

I'm supposed to be recovering from my week-long trip to California but all I can think about are these yummy cookies...

Did I also mention that they're non-GMO and free of preservatives and artificial flavors/coloring? :-)

(Images from Dancing Deer Baking Company website and, my "online Whole Foods")

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Make your own animation in 5 minutes!

I'm sure you all know, but you can make your own "animation" (ahem) using any one of the many, many GIF makers out there.

Sung made this for the boys one lazy weekend and they could not have been more psyched. People were jumping joyfully at the idea and there were shrieks to be heard when it was time to view the finished product.

It was quite life-changing, I must say:

We were happy, too, because this animation took mere 3 minutes to "film" and 1 minute to "edit."

You can even add your own "musical score," if you wish... (Thank you, Internet!!!)

The director/producer and his fans...
...Enjoying the best fish & chips
at A Salt and Battery in West Village!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Best way to cuff jeans

I got this trick a couple of years ago from who else but the folks over at Real Simple, my most favorite magazine! :^)

Here are the very very simple steps:
  1. Grasp a bottom hem and fold it vertically so there’s a ½-inch tuck in front.
  2. Hold the tuck in place while you roll up the hem by about two inches twice. 
  3. Repeat with the other cuff.

This quick trick basically creates this nice, stylish look:

Park Overalls in Dixon Wash

Think of a bit puffy pegged (or rolled-up) jeans vice folded jeans, which can totally look awkward, IMHO...

It probably doesn't sound so right now, but once you try this trick, you will know that the difference is huge! :o)

(Top image from Real Simple; bottom image from Madewell)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Organic Nutella

Yes, there is such a thing.

This is all we ever eat because when on sale at Whole Foods, it's only $4.99.

It is so soft and creamy and spreads like butter, which makes it a total winner. :^)

As for what else you can do with Nutella... Here is a great 3-ingredient cookie recipe. You read that right -- just three ingredients and all this serious, fantastic goodness!

(Bottom image from

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A song for today

I can't believe that June is almost over... Just how time flies.

Just to share... Here is one of my most favorite songs ever, a song I first heard at a friend's wedding and fell in love with.

It's such a beautiful song that makes me get teary eyed every. single. time I listen to it.

.....15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to lose
15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got a hundred years to live.....

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How to arrange flowers at home

If you love to pick up flowers from your neighborhood grocery store but never know how to arrange them yourself...

Well, Ms. Gwyneth Paltrow has graciously shared some really great tips here, complete with a step-by-step guide with pictures. :^)

(Image from Goop)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Amazing posters for children's room decor

How cute are these $8 nursery prints from this amazing Etsy shop By Samantha?

An 11 x 14 poster for $8?

It's just unheard of! :^)

Oh, what would we do without Etsy.

(All images from Etsy's By Samantha)