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Semi green minimalist mom valuing education, memories, growth, nutrition & efficiency. #socal #asianmom #positiveparenting #joyfulmotherhood

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How do you phrase orders you give your kids? I’m reading Minimalist Parenting and it reminded me that if I make the kids’ responsibilities sound positive, I’ll@probably get better cooperation. Like when I set up their drop zone, I told them I set up a place especially for them so they “get” to put away their own backpacks and lunch bags everyday in their own little corner. So far, that’s worked with my 5 year old (the 3 year old is a little more forgetful) and he is happy to put away his gear everyday. There’s also a mirror for them to check themselves before they leave for school.  What do your kids “get” to do? .
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Are there any moms here that are awesome at self care? I am pretty minimalist when it comes to beauty products but I do believe that a little more effort has to be put into skin health and stress reduction. I have been putting self care on the back burner and it shows in my skin, my mood, my patience. This week I am taking on the self care challenge and making good use of all my aspirational products and spending some daily time on me. What do you do for self care?
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How often do you shop at the Dollar Tree for toys? I try not to buy the kids plastic junk so we steer clear of the toy aisle but that crafts and education section has got me. Pipe cleaners, pom poms, stickers, and most recently modeling clay. My mommy bestie @swang1231 introduced us to these clay packs that are filled with 12 colors, the clay doesn’t dry out and the kids play with it for hours making whatever inspires them. What do you buy at the Dollar Tree?
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What does your daily routine look like now that the kids are back to school? For us it’s early mornings that are busy into the evening. Wake up, run laundry, take care of the dog, breakfast, packing lunches, getting ready for school and work, drop offs, work, pickups, after-school activities, making dinner, checking backpacks and reviewing papers, bath time, stories, bedtime, house clean up, repeat.
I am tired just thinking about it. 😂
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Confession: This summer we let our reading habits slide. Between vacations, late nights, fun outings, there were so many nights we didn’t do our daily reading! Now that school has started, this is a habit we want to build again. 
Last week’s #weeklyswellchallenge was to get an hour of physical activity with the kids which will continue through before school and afterschool walks. We’re also moving up bedtime so making sure to carve out this time again now is my challenge this week! Do you have any book recommendations for 3-5 year olds?
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I wish I could bottle these last days of summer. What do you do on the week before school starts? 
We went to @soakcityca and @knottsberryfarm yesterday and had such a great time with the park empty from so many schools starting their year in early August. Do you remember when school used to start in September and we have a whole 3 months of sunshine filled fun? Our kids are seeing a shrinking summer break and as parents, we feel the need to squeeze as much into as possible. At least I do. And now that summer is almost over, I am trying to figure out if there’s something I missed.
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When you are konmari/purging/minimizing, do you sell your things? We did a massive garage clean out on Sunday (that my body is still sore from 😂) and I started to feel guilty about the amount of resources and money we were getting rid of, which is really why I started moving towards minimalism a couple of years ago. We’re donating everything but I can’t shake the @daveramsey driven need to sell the items instead. But between work, family, etc. it seems like more time than it’s worth. What do you do when you purge?
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Weekly Challenge: Get 1 hour of physical activity with the kids. This week, both of my kids are off from school and I want to find some things we can do as a family daily to keep us all healthy. It’s so hard finding time as a working mom to get my exercise in and spend enough time connecting with the kids. What are some heart healthy things your family does together?
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What do you do when you’re sick? My kids get babied when I get sick too. Vitamin C, lots of fluids, congee (traditional Asian rice soup eaten whenever sick), resting on the bed or couch with a fluffy blanket and lots of TV. 
More about my sick day in my stories.

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Did you know that @apple stores do free art classes for kids? My kids took one last night and flexed their creativity on store provided iPads and Apple pens while a Genius taught them drawing techniques. More in my stories!
Do you try to recreate your childhood experiences for your kids? One of my constant memories of childhood was making a weekly trek to the Chinese market where there were fish, crustaceans and clams live in tanks, aisles of snacks that my mother happy bought, and all kinds of exotic fruits I never saw anywhere else. Now, I take my kids when I go to an Asian market even though my weekly shop is done through instacart. I brave the chaos that is shopping with kids so they have the same experience I did as a child.
*No crabs were harmed in the making of this post* 😂
Bolsa Chica State Beach:
This is the beach that is closest from parking lot to water in SoCal. Here’s some tips for a bonfire beach day.

1. We had to queue up for entry by 5:15am to score a fire pit. There were many cars ahead of us and a race for a pit when they opened at 6am. 
2. 6 am is low tide so manly sure to head out to the shoreline to look at all the critters that are normally covered by water.

3. This beach as a really long sand flat which means lots of damp sand to gather to make sandcastles so bring sand toys.

4. The food at Beach City Provisions is terrific. Cinnamon rolls, quiche, fresh fruit smoothies, pizzas and beer at all fantastic.

5.  Bring a kite to fly to help others meeting you find your location.

6. Bring some shade and something to sit on at minimum. 
7. Boogie boarding is great in this area because of the sand flat. They also make great tables when flipped over in the sand.

8. Keep the food simple with skewers for hot dogs and s’mores and some snacks. Simple food cooked over fire is amazing.