Author: Mommy to Max

2017 New York Baby Show – Ticket Giveaway!

NYBS2017-Ticket Giveaway-Blog-700x500[2]Back when I was pregnant with Alexa, I purchased tickets to attend this show. Two years later, I am getting paid, as a blogger, to attend the event! ūüôā

The 2017 New York Baby Show, on May 20 & 21 from 10:00AM-1:00PM at Pier 94, is the biggest baby expo for new and expectant parents in the country. It is now in its seventh year, featuring top baby and maternity brands, innovative products, great speakers and seminars, and giveaways.

I had a lot of fun attending as an expectant parent. And for all of you preggers, the event is well-ventilated and air-conditioned! (Probably the single most important thing to note when venturing outside in May.)

Anyway, I loved being able to see so many different baby products and brands – especially from lesser known but equally amazing companies. There’s also a million raffles you can sign up for. I didn’t win anything but there were some really great prizes.

Normal ticket price is $30 per family (for 2 adults and up to 4 children), and $20 per individual.

Free Ticket Giveaway

Today, I happy to give away tickets so that you and your family can experience the show. Winning is easy Рthe first 10 readers to register here get free entrance.

50% Off Ticket

If¬†you aren’t¬†one of the first 10 readers, no worries, you can still purchase tickets here for 50% off.

Give me a shout out if you plan on attending because I will definitely be going this year!

Alexa: 18 Months Update

My darling daughter, you’ve grown so much since the last update I wrote for you 10 months ago.

During this time, your personality has truly blossomed and I love learning more about who you are.

Mostly, you are exceedingly sweet and gentle. You love to give me the snuggles that I craved from Max when he was your age. You will crawl into my lap and just lie there while I can stroke you.

You have the softest smile, accompanied by your tinkling, wind-chime giggle.

And nothing could have prepared me for just how girly you are turning out to be! It wasn’t until I had two children – a boy and a girl – that I understood how¬†gender differences can be so innate.

I also can’t look at you without seeing myself – both the good and the bad.

Your dad and I are often in disbelief by how similar you are to me. Especially when he sees your attitude.¬†We’re lucky that your¬†dad loves seeing the¬†baby “me!”

Anyway, you have my petite bone structure, high forehead, fine hair, and small features. Incredibly, our teeth structure is identical Рtwo large central incisors (i.e. buck teeth) with small lateral incisors and large, needle-sharp canines.

The good is, you will always look¬†younger than you are. You’ll hate it, at first, but come to appreciate it after college. It takes awhile for it to become¬†a good thing.

The bad is, you have my fierce temper. On the outside, you might look sweet and innocent but you have one of those tempers where you don’t give a crap about anything when you’re mad. ¬†This is also something that improves as you get older – if you want to have friends and to get married, that is.

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Non-Toxic Toys

This post contains affiliate links. You can read about my disclosure policy here.

Over the years, I have done a lot of research into the best non-toxic toy companies for babies and toddlers. I have also had the opportunity to accumulate toys from most of the brands featured.

Several factors that I use to evaluate safe non-toxic toy brands include, among other things, whether the toy company is reputable, has a proven safety track record, uses non-toxic finishes and materials, or is based in the USA. (Note that I did not disqualify a company solely because their toys might be produced in another country.)

I have broken down my list into companies that focus primarily on wooden toys versus other safe materials.

Non-toxic wooden toy brands:
Other non-toxic toy brands:

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The Start of Our Home Renovation Project

I previously mentioned that we were in contract to¬†buy a home. Well, we finally closed and, since then, life has been a non-stop whirlwind of meeting or speaking with¬†general contractors, architects, kitchen designers, roofers, painters, gardeners, the list goes on…

I think I’ve dealt with almost¬†20 tradespeople in a span of three¬†weeks!

Mr. C and I bought a solid house in a great location. However, the interior is dated and the kitchen is terribly laid out. In light of the fact that we *hope* this will be our forever home and that we have two young children, we are trying to renovate as much as possible before moving in.

This means: Gutting the entire kitchen and three bathrooms, reflooring, raising ceilings, knocking down walls, replacing the roof, converting the fireplace, adding and/or redoing all closets, painting. Basically,¬†a lot of effin’ work.

And, of course, that also means I am now in neurotic research mode. Which has since become my full-time job, for the time being.

I plan to start documenting my home remodeling journey, if for no other purpose than to share my neurosis with others.

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Race: Lessons from a Three-Year Old

It all started innocuously enough.

I was doing work¬†on my laptop while Max played nearby. I am an attorney so I¬†had to search for a¬†law firm’s contact information. After a quick Google search, I found the firm’s website. I clicked on the link and was immediately¬†greeted by a row of middle-aged white men in suits with¬†big smiles, one of them cradling a distinction award of some¬†kind.

I couldn’t help but mutter, “Well, that’s a lot of white men.”

Max, being three years old and inquisitive about literally every damn thing, perked up and asked, “What white men?”

Crap.

On the other hand, I realized, this is the perfect teachable moment!

I think we can all agree that we live in tumultuous times, whichever side of the political spectrum you may¬†fall. And race can’t help but be in the forefront of my thoughts these days, with all the talks about the Muslim ban and Mexico border wall. You see, I am Asian-American. And in America, that means I have always been a minority.

So race matters.

I sometimes forget about race, living in NYC, one of the most diverse areas of the county. There are even places where I look around and everyone is Asian or Asian-American. But travel outside the metropolitan area and I become far more race-conscious, by necessity.

As a minority, I have to be even more acutely aware of the importance of raising tolerant children that embrace diversity and multiculturalism.

So back to Max. I had him sit on my lap while I Googled some images for race + diversity where I come across a picture collage featuring people of all different races, genders, ages, and orientation.

The entire time, I am secretly patting myself on the back for using this as an opportunity to introduce him to the concept of race.

I pointed to the following picture:

And I asked, “Which of these people do you think looks most like you?”

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