So long Halloween, Hello more Holidays……


     I love Halloween-it’s short and “sweet” and doesn’t involve a ton of shopping. If I have learned anything in motherhood, though, it’s to go with the flow – that despite my best plans, I can’t control things. Despite finally finding my 9 year old daughter’s favorite costume this year (1950′s car hop:) and hoping to be so organized as to make 20+ of the little “pumpkin” fruit cups for her class that I saw on Pinterest…we spent Halloween a different way. My sweet daughter was feeling really bad so no school for her and no class party -instead…

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Home Sweet Home by Susan Shifay Cheung


I’ve often felt a bit awkward about the July 4th holiday. You’ll understand my ambivalence when I say I was born and raised in England of Chinese parents, who immigrated to the United Kingdom from Hong Kong in the early 1960s. Love, marriage and a sense of adventure brought me to a new life in the United States. Having lived here for well over a decade, I still make a joke of the fact that I’m originally from the country of the losing side! Joking aside, moving to a new place is a complex process and I can testify that…

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Two Bees Buzzing in My Bonnet! by Susan Shifay Cheung


We have a phrase in England that means I’m preoccupied with an idea: “I have a bee in my bonnet.” In fact, I have several bees in my bonnet, but I’ll tell you about the two most pressing. The first bee – helium shortage. The first started when a few friends were organizing an event for another friend to celebrate the grand opening of her business venture. One of our cohorts went to buy some helium balloons, but found there were none to be had at the place where she went. Instead, she bought a pack of balloons we blew…

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Got your green on?


Happy President’s Day! vs. Aliens…..


Is everyone enjoying this holiday?  The kids are out of school and some businesses are closed so the juggling act is in full swing-trying to spend some time with your little ones while also doing whatever obligations you may still have going on today.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to be granted a “day off” each time your kids are out of school, sick, or there’s a snow day?  I wrote an article a few years ago about the stress of finding childcare on an unexpected snow day.  In the South, if we see a snow flake, we cancel school –…

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