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My Baby shower at Bedford Post Inn

Every time a celebration rolls around I think it should always be an excuse for a party. I have hosted quite a few birthday parties for my children, as well as parties for the grown-ups, including 9 milestone birthday parties, baby and bridal showers. That’s quite a number of parties under my sleeve, and I wholeheartedly enjoy the experience. To me making someone happy and seeing a smile on their face brings me the most joy. I get so much of a high out of throwing parties for others. I prefer to be on the giving end than the receiving end.

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Ten things we wish for our son as he celebrates his 10th birthday

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Today marks a major milestone for our son, as he turns 10 today.  Oh how time flies!  It is hard to believe that he is in the double digits already.  He has always had this very cool, mature and funny personality and he has grown up to be a wonderful boy.  It is because of him, and the way he made it all so easy for us, that we were able to explore the option of having 2 more children. Continue reading

Coloma is not only for fourth graders

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Our group camped in bunkhouses at Coloma Resort

 

I recently returned from a fourth grade, two day trip to Coloma, California, as a parent chaperone, and this was one of the most amazing experiences that I have had. Who would have thought that being in the presence of 72 4th graders, 3 teachers, 5 naturalists, and 14 other parent chaperones would have brought this immense excitement? Continue reading

Six reasons why you should volunteer at your child’s school

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Many of us are very busy parents, with schedules that have us wishing for our own personal assistants.  In order to streamline our lives, we tend to focus on the things that are most important, and everything else can be put on the back burner.  We are left with very few options and most often, volunteering at our children’s school becomes an after thought and not a priority.  Yes, volunteering could be exasperating, but if we recognize the benefits that volunteering at our children’s school could bring, then we can be proponents and active participants.  Here are 6 reasons why you should consider volunteering at you child’s school.

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Three Northern California weekend getaway destinations that we love

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When I moved to Palo Alto, almost two years ago, I promised myself that I was going to explore the entire Bay Area and beyond, scouting locations where I would want to spend a relaxing weekend.  Relaxing for me means not waking up before 7:00 am by one of my human alarms; not being in the kitchen like an inn keeper, accommodating various breakfast requests; or not hearing my name over and over again to direct me to settle scores, put peace, or to listen to stories about someone not being fair.  I am sure many can relate, and so as moms, we definitely need a break, to come up for air and also to claim our own identities. Continue reading

Ten reasons why Palo Alto home owners and renters should vote Yes on Measure A

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By now most of you have seen the lawn signs, and some of you may have even gotten a call or an email from someone asking whether you will support Measure A, or the parcel tax proposition.  This may be new or even confusing to many, as this is not something that is voted on every general, state or county or city level elections, and there are no polling booths or fancy politicians campaigning.  However, the people behind the movement are parents like most of you, who live in Palo Alto and came here for the schools, and advocating for the support of Palo Alto Schools.  Many here are happy to reap the benefits of rising property value, one of the best districts in the state of California, and the synonymous view that Palo Alto equals education, and we can all thank the parcel tax for helping to maintain this type of branding.  Continue reading

Academic redshirting your child: Is it a good or bad thing

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While picking out a kindergarten for your child remains a nerve-racking process, yet another decision that us parents have to think deeply about is the age at which our babies should start going to school. There have been a lot of debate on this, and I for one see nothing wrong with the idea of redshirting especially for the social adjustment of children.  I do not support it as a means to giving children an edge, which many parents are guilty of doing.  For those of you unfamiliar with this term, redshirting is the concept of delaying school admissions by a year beyond the age of entrance eligibility. This is especially considered for children who have birthdays in the latter half of the year. Instead of joining school at age 5, parents are holding back their children until age 6. Continue reading

NASA’s manned mission to Mars a success: Three women at the helm of this scientific breakthrough

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This is definitely wishful thinking, but it could certainly be a reality.  By the year 2035 NASA wants to have its first manned mission to Mars, and we could have three female astronauts at the helm of this scientific revolution and even more women spearheading the mission.

As we celebrate Women’s Day 2015, I feel that our focus should fully embrace the push for more women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.  This shift may not totally eliminate the wage gap, but would give women a better chance of becoming innovators, and helping to not only change their trajectory, but change technology.   Continue reading

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