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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Does it matter?


Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.  ~Dr. Seuss Do you like Dr. Seuss?  We love him in our house.  And I love this quote of his, especially being a Mom.  Amidst the countless parenting books and infinite “words of wisdom” that are solicited and even unsolicited, this quote rings true.    As long as the health and safety issues are in place,  there is no perfect path toward motherhood.   And I’m just glad for that!  Because no child dots all the I’s and crosses all…

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Changing the World


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank Do you remember reading “The Diary of Anne Frank” in school?  What a powerful message of one teenager changing the world through her own thoughts written down in a small diary.  Could anyone have imagined the impact she would have? As moms, we change the world everyday!  We change the world by changing diapers and playing one more game of G.I. Joe before nap time.  We change the world by getting up early to pack lunches, drive them to school and…

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Need a Holiday Gift? What about the “F” Word?


Still looking for that last holiday gift? Is there a person in your life that you really do not want to give a gift to, but feel obligated to give one to? What if there was a way you could “keep the family peace” this holiday season without having to spend a lot of time and money? If you are interested, then I have the perfect gift for you….it’s the “F” word. What if you could give a gift that some have considered life changing? And this gift can be a holiday hit even if the other person does not…

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5 Sanity Saving Tips for Surviving The Last Weeks of School


We are down to the last few weeks of school in our area, and it promises to be a crazy few weeks. There are parties, field days, Grandparents Day and that long awaited last day of school. Is it me or does there always seem to be a terrible case of Rushing and Hurry this time of year? And then there is my favorite….the scheduling nightmare for many moms: those early dismissals that seem to be offered in droves. Here are 5 tips for to finishing the school year with sanity. 1. Celebrate the school year Has it been a…

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