Author Archive for BabyChin


25 Creative Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

I have fond memories of going Christmas tree shopping with my parents every year, always the day after Thanksgiving.  They would let us pick out the tree, strap it back to the back of our SUV, and we'd spend the afternoon decorating away.  I have always loved the smell of pine infiltrating the house - [...]


Figuring Out Sleep When Adding a 2nd Child to the Family

Amongst all the worries that ran through my head when we decided to add a 2nd child to the family, the one that really kept me up at night was probably the issue of sleep! As parents, we all know how sacred sleep is, and how hard it can be to come by, especially those [...]


25 Possibilities for Playing Pretend - A Gift Guide

Ever since Noelle turned 3, she has really ramped up her pretend play, and as she turns the corner to 4 she is getting even more elaborate with her imagination. It is so fun to see how she emulates adulthood in the ways that she projects onto her pretend play toys. Pretend play is more than [...]

The Ultimate Galbijjim (Korean Braised Short Ribs) Recipe

Galbijjim is a very popular Korean braised short ribs dish known for its combination of salty and sweet, infused in falling off the bone short ribs. I usually reserve this recipe for the most special of occasions, like Christmas, but it is perfect for the winter months when you want something warm and hearty to [...]


Perfecting a Roasted Turkey

Call me crazy, but one of the things I look forward to each Thanksgiving is making Thanksgiving dinner! I roll out of bed bright and early, and am ready to get the day started. There is just something about all the aromatics filling the kitchen, and Christmas music playing in the background that puts me [...]


Raising an Introverted Child in an Extroverted World

Last year, we cancelled Noelle's 3rd birthday party because she kept shaking her head, saying, "I don't want to blow out my birthday cake. I don't want everyone to watch me." So we stooped down to her level, looked her in the eye, and asked if she wanted a birthday party. She shook her head [...]


An Easy Holiday Recipe: Cranberry Catalina Chicken

This is one of those ridiculously easy, you can do it with one hand, type recipes. But more importantly, it tastes delicious! I make it throughout the year because it is SO EASY to make - who doesn't like a set and forget recipe with less than 5 ingredients?? However, it is really ideal for [...]

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