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25 Ways to Avoid Raising a Picky Eater

I originally wrote this post on avoiding raising picky eaters 6 years ago, and I think it’s still relevant today. Charlie and Olive are now very nearly 7 and 9. They still aren’t big eaters and have days where they eat like birds and days where I wonder how they fit so much into their tummies, […]


ADHD Executive Age

Mr. Bee sent me this chart about the average adjusted executive functioning age for children with ADHD, and it blew my mind. Charlie is 8, but according to this chart, he has an executive functioning age of 5.33, which is younger than Olive! It really made sense to me because when Charlie and Olive have […]

Life Update

After Mr. Bee’s mom died, my first instinct was to leave the Philippines immediately. I didn’t feel safe and I had kids to protect. We got 24-hour a day armed guards. I researched moving to Korea because we still had many business affairs to settles in the Philippines, and the US is on the other […]


I apologize it’s been so quiet around these parts. Life is still crazy on this remote island in the Philippines. We’ve been here almost 3 years and so much has happened, I don’t even know where to begin. The kids and I recently moved to the island capital six hours away while Mr. Bee stayed […]


A Beach Birthday Party in the Philippines

We recently attended a birthday party that incorporated some fun, new-to-me Filipino traditions. With the beautiful tropical ocean as our backdrop, birthdays are usually relatively simple affairs here in the Philippines. The kids were each given a straw hat, and it was absolutely adorable to have them match in pictures.


Link Roundup – February 16, 2017

Working on a resort, I’ve met people from dozens of countries around the world. People who have never been to America imagine everyone there owns many guns; some have even told me they’re too scared to visit America because of all the guns and their fear of being shot. I cannot fathom how school shootings […]


The Longest Ongoing Parenting Challenge

…has been sleep. My kids are 6 and 8 and we still have nightly bedtime battles. Figuring out sleep was the hardest part of being a new parent. I had absolutely no prior experience with babies, and putting them down for so many naps a day was not easy! Then we went through sleep regressions, […]

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