Our California Central Coast Adventure

We often take the place where we live for granted. People come from all over the world to travel up and down California, but somehow, I never seem to find the time to venture outside the San Francisco Bay Area (and occasionally Wine Country). This year, I resolved to show our California girls more of […]

Allowances for children

Allowances For Children

How do we teach children to handle money responsibly? I asked myself this question last month—my younger daughter wanted to purchase Valentine’s Day gifts for everyone in the family, but had already spent most of her allowance on potato chips and Pokémon cards. This put me into one of those typical parenting dilemmas that we […]

Singapore Marina Bay Sands

My Top 5 Things to Do in Singapore

My husband grew up in Singapore—as some of you already know—and we travel there regularly to visit his family. Last December marked my 10th year of going there, and it was one of my best trips. We spent quality time with family over the Christmas holidays, and there was no lack of babysitters so we […]

Family hugging

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

I want to take a moment to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you! Thank you for supporting me and reading along these past few months as I launched this blog. I love learning what you like reading about and seeing your comments. As we approach 2018, I’m looking […]

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m getting ready to head back east for a very traditional New England Thanksgiving dinner. All the elements that you see portrayed in idyllic family life will mostly likely be present complete with a kids table this year. We will have lots of family, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Health We are fortunate […]

Managing Holiday Stress

We are officially one week away from Thanksgiving! It totally snuck up on me this year. I’m not sure how it happened but it did. This year, we are spending Thanksgiving with my family in New England. I’ll get a chance to catch up with nieces and nephews and see how they’ve grown in the […]

Slow Cooker Recipe for Indian-style Curry

My husband is from Singapore, a Southeast Asian country predominantly populated by Chinese, Malays and Indians. These three groups of people have lived in close proximity for many years — first as a British colony, then as an independent nation — Singaporean food is a unique combination of cuisines and culinary traditions. Whenever we travel […]

5 Ideas for Easy Entertaining

If you’ve spent any time in the Bay Area, you may have heard of this saying: “The coldest winter I ever spent was summer in San Francisco.” Our real summer tends to be in September/October—the skies are blue, the air is still, and the bone-chilling fog has disappeared. A few weeks ago, I met up […]