Embrace the Lemon Cheesecake! by Susan Shifay Cheung


Recently, I saw a funny cartoon entitled “The Seven Dwarves of Menopause” and they were duly named: Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful and Psycho! Having experienced all these states, I’m either approaching early menopause, or it’s some deep seated anxiety about my birthday! This birthday I can’t say I’m in my early anything anymore. I think the old-fashioned, polite phrase would be to describe me as a woman of indeterminate age. Okay, you can call me vain, but when the young man in the grocery store called me “Miss” instead of the usual “Ma’am,” I beamed at him. I…

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First Day of School! by Susan Shifay Cheung


The kids are back in school, although I still can’t get my head around the fact that school starts in August here. I behaved just like that daddy clown fish in the “First Day of School” scene from Disney-Pixar’s “Finding Nemo.” I think I was more excited and even more nervous than my two children. While I was flitting around trying to remember stuff, they took the first morning in their stride, getting up without my dragging them out of bed, donning their new clothes and backpacks, and even enduring, with much patience, my quest to take the “perfect” first…

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Cooking Anyone? Try “Weekend Table” blog….


                        So I was perusing some of the Mommy blogs (there’s only about 5 million) and came across “Weekend Table” written by a mommy, lawyer, and self-proclaimed amateur cook from Connecticut. She loves to entertain in her free time and shares her recipes on her blog. The recipes are diverse-from main dishes to sides to desserts, etc. There’s even a gluten-free section of recipes. I realized recently that I only have a handful of “go-to” favorites in my repertoire of personal creations and one of those is “mac-mac” (yea,…

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Naked Triplets – ’cause “nude triplets” sounds weird, right?


So I was meeting with a couple other moms recently regarding our local Meet Up group…..our group is growing and we are planning some fun activities in the near future.  A local college (Anthem College) offered their facilities for us to have our upcoming meetings.  While brainstorming about types of speakers we’d enjoy for our group, potential outings, etc. we were wrangling children in a conference room.  One was a 17 month old little boy in addition to a set of 2 year old twin boys who enjoyed running laps around the large conference table.  I remarked that I was…

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Happy Mother’s Day!


Today is Mother’s Day!  A special day set aside to celebrate Motherhood and all it nuances.  What are your plans for today? Sleeping in and having breakfast in bed?  A special lunch or your favorite meal?  Or just snuggling with your little ones.  Perhaps you are sharing this special day with your own mother or a special person that may not be physically related, but you share the kindred spirit.  Regardless of your plans for this Mother’s Day, may it be filled with sweet memories and some relaxation. Happy Mother’s Day!