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How to Write a Perfect Post

By on March 22, 2017

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Since starting this self-hosted web blog, I have shared with you some tips on using social media.  At this point, I have a month of blogging on this website under my belt (in addition to all my previous blogs that I’ve had).  Here’s my latest tip for you.  Use Grammarly to write a perfect post.

I remember seeing their ads pop up on websites for years, but they never really held my interest until I saw their ad run on a YouTube video.  It’s the one where a girl is starting a new job and it turns out she has to work on the computer all day, responding to customers online.  For whatever reason, whether she missed her morning coffee or is just a lazy typist, she writes a lot of painful mistakes.  Grammarly automatically detects these errors and suggests corrections.  Does this ad ring a bell with you?


For the Midnight Bloggers

As a mommy blogger, I find that the best stretch of uninterrupted time I have to write my posts happen after my daughter’s bedtime.  At this point of the day (or night, rather), my brain and body have slowed down considerably.  Case in point, I had to retype “daughter” three times to spell that correctly.  Of course, with Grammarly, I wouldn’t have to backspace and attempt to retype the word correctly.  I can boldly make that mistake and Grammarly brings it to my attention.  Click and fix it, silly.  Likewise, I wouldn’t have to save my midnight writings as drafts and give it the once over the next day before publishing my perfect post because Grammarly would double-check spelling and grammar for me.  You’re on your own in regards to keeping your post concise, though.  So, let’s move on.

Reminders to Cite Your Sources

When writing your perfect post, there may be times when you seek information from other websites.  Grammarly does a plagarism check, too. They call it plagarism detection, but I’d call it friendly reminder to credit your sources. We bloggers know better than to plagiarize other writers, right? Although, sadly I’ve seen it done.

Answer Questions or Give Inspiration

A perfect post keeps your readers in mind. You want to answer questions that your readers will be interested in. This makes a post useful and encourages the reader to asks questions of their own in the comments to add on to the discussion of your post.

Of course, not all blog posts are solely informative in nature. If you’re not answering questions in your perfect post, you should be giving inspiration. Inspire your readers through your art, photos, or poems. Spread your happy virus out into the world.

What’s your idea of a perfect post? Are you a Grammarly user?  Share your review and opinions in the comments.

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Korean Cuisine Golbangi Muchim

By on March 19, 2017

Golbangi Muchim is a spicy Korean dish that my husband and I love.  It uses some interesting ingredients, but I highly recommend this dish to any adventurous foodies out there.  This is a great recipe to start with if you are new to cooking Korean food because it’s so easy to make, you really can’t go wrong.  If you want a nice easy snack to make along with this, I recommend Peanut Chocolate Pear as the refreshing taste of the Asian pear goes well with spicy food.

Koreans typically consider Golbangi Muchim to be a dish that goes well with Korean soju, a type of alcoholic drink.  I’m not much of a drinker, so I’m fine with pairing this dish with water.  Golbangi (골뱅이) is the Korean word for Bai-top shell, a type of sea snail.  Muchim (무침) is the Korean word for the mixture of ingredients together with sauce, much like salad with dressing.


Golbangi Muchim Recipe


  • one can of Bai-Top Shell
  • one cucumber
  • one onion
  • one carrot
  • a quarter sized bundle of makguksu (Asia-style noodles 막국수)
  • one spoonful of hot pepper paste
  • one spoonful of sugar
  • one spoonful of apple vinegar
  • Optional: a handful of dried pollack (북어채)
  1. Open one can of Bai-top Shell and pour all contents (including juice) into a large bowl.  Chop each bai-top shell piece into smaller, bite size pieces.  I typically cut one into three or four pieces.  Place them back into the bowl of juice so that it continues to soak in the flavor.
  2. Wash and peel the onion and carrot.  Wash cucumber.  Cutting the vegetables into narrow slices is preferable, but I sliced my carrot and cucumber into half circles just because it’s easier.   Place cut vegetables in a large mixing bowl.  Add a small handful of dried pollack, if you’d like.  I marked this as an optional ingredient.  Note: You can also add sliced cabbage and sliced green onions as well.
  3. Boil a pot of water on the stove.  You are about to cook makguksu, which should only be cooked for a very short amount.  Cooking these noodles for too long will cause them to clump together and fail to be noodles.  You have been warned.  Now, throw in the quarter sized bundle of makguksu noodles into the boiling pot of water and cook for 3 or 4 minutes.  Drain immediately and run cold water over the noodles briefly.
  4. In an empty bowl, add hot pepper paste, sugar, and apple vinegar in a 1:1:1 ratio.  I suggest going easy on the apple vinegar since you can easily overwhelm the flavor of the sauce if you’re not careful.  Mix thoroughly.
  5. Add Bai-top Shell pieces and the sauce to the large mixing bowl.  Add a little bit of the Bai-top Shell juice, as well.  Mix everything together.
  6. Place a single serving of the noodles into your final bowl.  Add enough of the mixture to top the noodles.  When you are ready to eat, mix it all together and enjoy!

I know that a lot of mixing takes place, but that is true to its name, golbangi muchim.  Spicyness will depend on how much hot pepper paste you add.  Adjust the sauce mixture to your own personal preferences.

Do you enjoy eating spicy food? Let me know what you think of this dish in the comments!

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Otome | Reviews

Arabian Nights Love Story: Lamp of Destiny

By on March 17, 2017

Here is the first in what will be a series of posts that goes into my love for otome games.  Yeah, I’m a grown woman.  I am married and I have a kid.  That’s not stopping the young girl at heart from enjoying made-up romances with two-dimensional characters.  I enjoy these games, but some are more annoying than others.  Depending on the game, the main character you play could be kind of stupid.  I’m not so fond of the ditzy and helpless types, but I will still play just the same.

What is an Otome Game?

This little wikipedia page will go into enough details about what an otome game is, but in brief, it’s a game designed mainly for females where you attempt to develop a relationship with a male character through your choices or whatever interactions the game in particular uses.  Typically, if your score is low, you get a bad ending.  If your score is good, you get a normal ending.  If your score is great (and some games require actual monetary purchases to help you achieve this), you get the best happy ending ever.

My first otome game ever is a game series called Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side and I have all three for Nintendo DS.  Did they ever make an English version?  I’m not sure, as all the ones I have are in Japanese.  I originally started as a fun way to practice reading Japanese.  I’ve had them for years, but I haven’t completed all of them yet.  For now, let me share with you one that you can easily play, too.

Arabian Nights Love Story: Lamp of Destiny


I rate 3 out of 5 stars.

The first otome game I chose to write about is one that I’ve completed.  I say completed, as in I’ve played all three routes available, but the company stopped updating the game in 2015 and never added the fourth character, Kais.  The characters in this story are inspired from the famous story of Sinbad.  You get to meet Sinbad and Ali Baba.  There’s also a prince named Assad.  Is he a character from the original story?


I finished Sinbad’s route first and without giving you spoilers, I found it interesting how playing both Ali Baba and Assad’s routes gave me additional insight into who Sinbad is.  There were certain parts where the reaction Sinbad gives is better understood because of having already finished Sinbad’s route.  This interconnection between all the routes were very well thought out and I appreciated that aspect of the story a lot.  I liked Ali Baba because he was the stoic character.  You couldn’t really tell what he was thinking, but you knew that he would open up to you when you play his route.  However, I really liked the plot twist with Sinbad a lot.

The translation and the way the text appears in the English version of the game could use some improvement though.  I found sometimes the game inserts the wrong character’s name and some of the grammar is incorrect, however it doesn’t seriously impede on understanding what the is going on in the game.

If you are interested, download the Android version here.

Which character do you like best?  Is this a story that interests you?

These images are my screenshots from the actual game.

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How to Be a Good Mom

By on March 14, 2017

Do you aim to be a good mom (or dad, but since I’m a mom, I’ll continue to use that term in the rest of this post) but find yourself feeling guilty or wondering if what you are doing is good enough? Here’s a little message for you. You are doing a great job!

I do not dare to say that I’m some sort of perfect mom.  I learn alongside my daughter every step of the way on how I can be a good mom, or even a better mom, for her. From my experience, I have picked out three key things you can do to help you be a good mom.

A good mom has a sense of humor

If you haven’t figured it out yet, you’ll soon find that parenting a toddler is so much easier to deal with when you have a sense of humor. It helps you keep a positive outlook when your toddler grabs your last straw and chucks it out the fourth story window. Whether she is sad or happy, angry or confused, my daughter is constantly looking towards me for my reaction to whatever is happening right now in her world. If I can find the humor in a bad situation, I can help my daughter learn that you can make lemonade out of life’s lemons.

A good mom is prepared for anything

This is a skill that you will automatically develop as a mom. It basically means you can go with the flow because you are prepared for whatever curveball comes your way. Maybe you planned a picnic out at the park today, but the weather isn’t cooperating. Being prepared, you could tweak things a bit and pitch a pillow and blanket fort in your living room. Have your picnic at home and make it a camping adventure instead.

A good mom keeps a small plate

It’s important to make your daily schedule manageable.  This is for your sake just as much as it is for your child’s.  When you have too much on your plate, you’re less likely to be flexible enough to meet your toddler’s needs. This is particularly important if your toddler still naps. Don’t miss that nap!  It’s better to plan one quality activity with your toddler than cramming in a trip to the zoo, a playdate, and an outing to the playground before naptime.

Do you agree with my list? What would you add to this list?

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Family | Life | Personal

Never Skip a Nap

By on March 11, 2017

Or let your toddler fall asleep in the car. Especially when you are down to one nap a day. She’ll wake as soon as you park at home (I blame the auto unlocking function in my car as soon as I shift gear to P) and napping while in movement is not restful at all.

She won’t fall back asleep at home and she’ll get super cranky much earlier before her bedtime. She will also be tired and forget she is under the piano…standing up too quickly and cutting her head open.


Plus, dealing with daylight savings time wreaks havoc on a toddler sleep schedule.

Do you also deal with DST?  Have you ever regretted skipping a nap? What ointment would you recommend for open cuts?

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Eats | Life

Peanut Chocolate Pear

By on March 9, 2017

I shared with you an easy recipe to make over the weekend.  Here is another one for you!  This is a little recipe I made and I’m so bad at coming up with names so…here is Peanut Chocolate Pear.  It’s a nice way to dress up Asian pears for a quick snack.  My daughter loves it and I enjoy eating it, too.  I’m sharing this with you in hopes that you will also enjoy this dish with your loved ones.


Peanut Chocolate Pear Recipe


  • One spoonful of peanut butter
  • One spoonful of milk chocolate chips
  • One Asian pear
  • Dried blueberries
  • Dried cranberries
  • Assorted nuts
  1. Wash, cut, and peel one Asian pear into slices.  This time around, I used the Chinese Yali pear, but you can use any variety of Asian pear, like the round Korean pear.  Place on a plate.
  2. Put one spoonful of peanut butter and one spoonful of milk chocolate chips into a microwave-safe measuring cup.  Microwave for one minute so everything melts and pours easily.  Drizzle over cut pears.
  3. Top with some dried blueberries, dried cranberries, and assorted nuts.  Don’t feed nuts to your toddler if she is unable to chew and swallow them safely.  Otherwise, enjoy!

Allergy Note:  Be aware that this recipe uses peanut butter and nuts.  If you or your child has a nut allergy, you could replace peanut butter with nut-free butter and do not top with additional nuts.

Let me know what you think of this little dish in the comments below!

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7 Ways to Secretly Pamper Yourself

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My toddler is blessed to have me around all the time. This probably translates to her being extra clingy and unable to handle time away from me well.  Since we are together all the time, my idea of “me time” had to change to include my daughter while still treating myself.


Let Me Count the Ways!

  1. Play the music you enjoy and dance with your toddler. Put away the nursery rhymes and kid’s songs for a bit. I’m sure that was getting to be repetitive.
  2. Go out for a walk while keeping your toddler in a stroller. My daughter won’t stay seated for very long, but if you go somewhere new and change up the scenery often, both of you will enjoy it. We like the mall, neighborhood parks, and even just around the block.
  3. Tweeze your brows. Have your toddler hold a handheld mirror up for you. Challenge your toddler to see how long she can hold it still. Count aloud and tweeze away. I always feel better when my eyebrows are on fleek.
  4. Receive a massage from your toddler using lotion in your favorite scent. Your toddler will like rubbing the lotion onto your arms or legs. Your back, too, if you’re adventurous.
  5. Get some exercise in at the park. Put your toddler in the swing and push away! While that’s happening, there are a variety of exercises you can do in between each push. Easiest idea? Kegel exercises. The ones you probably practiced during pregnancy.
  6. Go to the pool with your toddler. You probably won’t be swimming as you keep a close watch on your child. Rub your feet across the cement floor of the pool (assuming it’s the slightly bumpy textured floor here) like a pumice stone. It’ll help improve your circulation. Think of it as a self-initiated foot massage!
  7. Find other moms. When you’re towing a toddler around everywhere you go, it actually brings you many chances to connect with other moms who are in the same boat and want mom friends to connect with, too. Connecting with other people face to face is such a great way to pamper yourself.

What are your secret methods of pampering yourself? Have you tried some of these yourself?

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Family | Reviews

5 Toddler Bath Products For Bath Time Fun

By on March 6, 2017

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There are tons of different bath products aimed for babies and toddlers out on the market and it can be overwhelming to pick and choose.  My daughter loves bath time and these are the five toddler bath products we use to keep it that way.


CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream

A lot of parents and even our pediatrician recommend Cetaphil for use with my daughter’s skin, but it made her skin so itchy that she would scratch herself until she had scars from her constant scratching.  I tried CeraVe Baby Moisturizing Cream on a whim (I was browsing through Meijer and had a coupon) and am so glad I listened to that whim.  It rubs into my daughter’s skin very well and my main plus is that it doesn’t seem to cause any itch, so she doesn’t have the urge to dig at her skin anymore.  The cons I have with this product is that I feel like I need to use a lot to cover her skin surface area.  I think perhaps because it is a cream, it doesn’t spread out as far when I rub into the skin.  Also, it feels like it leaves behind a slightly waxy residue.  Maybe this is a protective barrier of some sort to keep the moisture in.  It doesn’t bother my daughter, but it just leaves me feeling a bit turned off by the feel it leaves on my own hands.

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TruKid Bubble Podz

My daughter absolutely loves having bubbles in her bath and Bubble Podz has a version that is safe to use with eczema-prone skin, which is a huge plus.  My daughter had some serious patches of eczema in her first year and the pediatrician told us to keep her bath water from getting too hot, leave her in for a short amount of time, and no bubbles.  He obviously hadn’t heard of TruKid Bubble Podz.  I received a pack from my cousin’s wife and my daughter loved it.  I felt completely safe with using this product for her because it didn’t cause any irritations and rather, I felt it helped soothe her skin.  I won’t say this cured her of eczema, but she hasn’t had any reactions in a year now.

Pro Tip: Use one pod towards the end of filling up the tub.  Placing it under the running water too soon causes most of the bubbles to disappear by the time you turn the faucet off.  Also, don’t rush through letting the pod dissolve in your hand, even though it leaves the gooey casing behind.  You want the rushing water to seep through the entire product and create a lot of bubbles.

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TruKid Dancing Hair Detangler

This hair detangler is amazing! It works on the toughest tangles. I’m talking a knot in a knot. I used it on my daughter when I can’t untangle the mess with my own two hands. It leaves behind a slight shine, but that’s not a problem when I can untangle my daughter’s (and my) hair without tears  (in the hair or on the face).  This is a toddler bath product I will always be sure to have an extra one of.

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Nuby 16-piece Floating Foam Bath Animals Set

This is a nice pack of foam buddies that will stick to your tub or tiled walls when wet. It provides simple, creative play and a good opportunity to learn sea creatures and colors. There are two sets of the same eight creatures. I used one set until it got moldy.  They are sturdy so they won’t break apart easily.  I haven’t tried breaking them in half, but they seem to withstand typical toddler strength.  My daughter is not a biter, though, so not sure how it will hold up to teeth. Click the image for more reviews.

Pro tip: Separate them to air dry. I found out the hard way that if I didn’t bother to separate them after a bath session, they will grow mold that you can’t scrub off.  Simply replace with the second set or buy it again. It won’t break the bank.

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Skip Hop Moby Bath Tear-Free Waterfall Rinser

Like a typical toddler, my daughter hates getting water in her eyes or running down her face. I like this whale cup because it allows for fun and the yellow rubber grip helps rinse shampoo out of my daughter’s hair without letting the water get into her face (provided she tilts her head back far enough). The best part is that it doesn’t get moldy and will air dry well when turned upside down.

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Are there any bath products you love to use with your child? Feel free to share!

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Carrot Yam Bake

By on March 4, 2017

My friends know that I’m not much of a foodie.  I’ve always been one of those people who eat to live.  Cooking was a chore that took too much time away from other things I loved doing (mainly reading or playing video games).  Once I became a mom, though, the weight of responsibility for feeding another, dependent human being was great.  I didn’t want my daughter to grow up simply eating to live.  No, I wanted her to enjoy eating so that she will grow up healthy and tall.

I want to share with you a simple, very easy recipe that my daughter and I love.  It involves eggs so it is best suited for toddlers age one and up (and after ensuring there are no egg allergies!).  My daughter wasn’t fond of eggs until closer to two years of age, so in the beginning, it was mainly me eating it all up.  I love eggs!

Easy to make, but eats up a lot of time.


Carrot Yam Bake Recipe

Servings: Who knows…my two year old can eat 3/4 of the amount in one sitting.

Ingredients: one carrot, one yam, one cup of whole milk, three eggs, one tablespoon of butter, salt and pepper

  1. Wash the yam to clean off any dirt.  Wash, peel, and chop carrot into small circles.  Put everything into a pot of water and boil.  This is where it takes a lot of time.  You want to boil until you can poke clear through the middle of the yam with a chopstick (or a fork) with very slight pressure.  Depending on the size of the yam, it can take 40 minutes or more.
  2. In a large bowl, place yam and carefully peel off the skin.  It will be hot, but it’s easier to remove the skin like this rather than attempting to peel it off an uncooked yam.  Add carrot slices to the bowl of peeled yam and mash everything together with a fork.
  3. Add the three eggs, one cup of whole milk, and one tablespoon of butter to bowl and mix thoroughly.  Add salt and pepper to taste if feeding an older toddler.  If it’s being served for a younger toddler, hold off on the salt and pepper.  They won’t need the extra flavoring.
  4. Preheat oven to 425F.  Prepare small baking dish, preferably with a lid.  It keeps moisture in so the bake doesn’t dry out.  Pour mixture from bowl into baking dish.  Place in preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.  I like to bake for 20 minutes and then let it sit in the residual heat for another 5 minutes, just to make sure the eggs are thoroughly cooked.
  5. Let cool and serve.

My daughter still doesn’t like eggs much on their own, but she will gobble everything off her plate when it is carrot yam bake…with eggs.  Frankly, I would, too!

Try this recipe at home and let me know how you like it!  Are there any variations you did to make it your own?  Please share, I would love to try making different styles, too.

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The Two Confessions of a Creepy Mom

By on March 3, 2017

If you are here for a terrible pun, here it is.  The two confessions of a creepy mom…get it?  Not…the true confessions.  Hahaha, I told you it was terrible.

I thought about this last night after putting my daughter to bed.  I was planning on coming back out and working on a post, but I found myself whittling away the hours watching her sleep, hearing her breathe, and sniffing the lovely baby smell out of her.  Well, actually, since she is no longer (technically) a baby, she doesn’t have that sweet milk smell about her anymore…but she still smells nice.

If I was doing this to any other person, that would make me pretty creepy, right?  So, that makes me a creepy mom, but I’m proud of it.  Here’s why.

Confession 1

Ever since my daughter was born, it’s only once in a blue moon where I get a full night of sleep.  Strangely, I don’t mind.  Before baby, I could not function well without a full night of sleep.  This must be one of the many ways a mother’s body changes.  Somehow, I am very willing to pass the night away with less hours of sleep than before.  There are often nights where I choose to just stare at my child and before I know it, two hours have gone by.

This seemingly mundane obsession I have over my daughter’s nighttime sleep is just a fraction of how much I love her.  You often hear about that amazing thing called a mother’s love.  If anything, perhaps you’ve seen it in Harry Potter?  You know, the part where (spoiler??) Harry’s mom sacrifices herself to protect baby Harry?  Yeah, that mother’s love.  This is just a fraction of that.  It makes me a creepy mom, but that’s OK!

Confession 2

All creepy moms will have done this next one at least once.  We’ve kept a poop diary.  It’s what it sounds like.  Basically, we write down the times our baby poops and what color/consistency it is.  Every time.  Of course, this is mainly in the beginning when the pediatrician needs the information to make sure our baby is eating and digesting everything alright.  I hardly remember those days, though, because everything else about being a new mom was so overwhelming.  The poop diary and the feeding schedule took over my life.

One thing you might not know about newborn babies is that they eat a lot and eat often.  Or at least, I was told you have to feed them like every few hours or so…and if they are asleep, you have to wake them up and feed them.  I remember Googling how to wake up a sleeping newborn or keep them awake so they would feed.  Now, it’s more like how do I keep my child asleep?  But, you know what?  I want to do it again.  We are trying for a second before the age gap gets any wider, but no news yet.

This post was partly inspired by puns.  If you know any punny jokes, leave them in the comments below.  You’ll at least get a laugh out of me!

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