Spring Cleaning + Decluttering Party

It's a tough job getting the whole family onboard for spring cleaning + decluttering. Weekends are so packed with activities/my shoots/social commitments that we rarely have any spare time. And when we finally have some time to relax, decluttering is the last thing on anyone's mind (except mine!). So I thought the only way I could get the rest of my family to participate is by making the task less aversive. I tried to turn a boring task into a somewhat attractive package - we can play music, munch on snacks, time box the activity so it feels less like a chore. I emailed this flyer to my husband and printed it out for my daughters. My older daughter quickly said "at least snacks will be served." There you go, I think I am headed in the right direction. An intentional approach by sending a 'party invite' may be the way to go. If I get more ambitious, I'll ask each family member to pick five very small projects to simplify and streamline the process.

How do you handle long procrastinated family projects when everyone's so busy even on weekends? Any tips/tricks to accomplish those tasks smoothly?


Kids fashion: Roundup of ss18 favorites from Kodomo Boston

We teamed up with our friends at Kodomo Boston to curate our favorite pieces from their SS18 collection. For this upcoming season, we blended vintage and contemporary prints with minimalist basics to strike the perfect balance. Most of these versatile pieces can be worn with solids or can be easily mixed and matched with other new or existing pieces from your wardrobe.

Being a mom of two girls, I am naturally drawn to more feminine looking outfits. However, what I Iove about some of these pieces is that both boys and girls can rock them. For more unisex, ethical and comfortable children’s fashion and outfit inspiration from independent designers, check out @kodomoboston on Instagram. Shop online or in stores at their South End and Beacon Hill locations in Boston (or their third location in Chestnut Hill starting April 9).

Summer is looking mighty chic! We can’t wait for blue skies and lots of sunshine to enjoy our summer wardrobes.


Starting a Book Club for kids

We have always enjoyed reading to our girls and have also encouraged them to read on their own. Our older (now 6.5) has been reading independently since a year and a half ago and has really taken a liking to it! To keep her interest going and to make reading a fun, social activity, we had the idea to start a little Book Club for the girls last year. To kick it off, I asked five other kindergarten families (basically my daughter’s friends) to join and we created this club for them. How fun!

We’ve had a total of seven meetings so far. We pick a book for each month and also bring a couple of our favorites to read during the meeting. Initially, one of us moms would read aloud to the girls. However, now that the girls are in first grade and becoming confident readers, it’s a pure delight to watch them read and take control! It also gives us moms a reason to catch up and share a beverage! This is a monthly ritual we really enjoy and look forward to.

Some of the books we’ve read so far (monthly picks + during meetings):

We don’t really have a set criteria for selecting books. I generally look for off-beat themes that encourage creative thinking and have a good underlying message. Amazon reviews and  recommendations from friends always come in handy. So far these book choices have been great; Virginia Wolf and The Night Gardener are my personal favorites.

We had a discussion at our last meeting about theme-based Book Club meetings. Our current theme is ‘space’ and we just finished reading this amazing inspirational book Hidden Figures recommended by one of our Book Club friends. Some potential themes could be pets, travel, and so on. There can be endless options and the books for that month would be geared towards these topics.

We look forward to continuing this tradition and widening our book selections. What are your or your kids’ favorite books? Where do you get book recommendations from?

If your child is 6-8 years old and would like to virtually join our Book Club, I would be delighted to share our monthly book choice. Just send me a message and jump in on the fun! : )

P.S. On keeping a reading log!


Museum with kids: ICA BOSTON PLAY DATE

As I’ve written about in previous posts, I love to take my girls on adventures and museum trips have been a favorite lately. We recently visited the ICA in January and had a blast! I’ve shared some of our favorite exhibits and activities below.

Nicholas Nixon Exhibit

This was one exhibit I was eager to see. Nixon is a Boston-based photographer who photographed four sisters every year (one of them his wife) from 1975-2007. This is his ongoing project titled The Brown Sisters. The concept was intriguing and my girls even enjoyed seeing the changes of these women over time and hearing the story behind it. Definitely worth checking out!

Family Art Making: Animating Characters

Museums always come up with the best activities for children to participate in. This time around my girls made animated characters and used their creativity to come up with them on their own. It’s fun to watch them create their own imaginary animated characters.

Family Film Program

I never thought of introducing kids to movies of different backgrounds or documentaries but after seeing a few short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, we were hooked! Riceballs from Australia and Welcome To My Life from the USA were two favorites. The others movies we watched were in Italian and Hungarian and it was mostly animation and less dialogue so my 6-year-old could follow by reading the subtitles, and I helped my 5-year-old when she needed it.

We also watched both Revolting Rhymes movies based on the rhymes written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Needless to say, watching these movies was our favorite activity from this visit. I have been trying to get a hold of more independent kids movies to offer the girls variety and to expose them to different cultures. Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out a way to access more films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival. I did, however, find https://facets.org/kids/ - a platform that gives kids access to global independent movies to promote creativity, engagement, and curiosity. It is subscription-based and the girls and I have been enjoying it lately. We have really enjoyed a few movies, and a few not so much but the best part is these are really short films and touch a variety of interesting topics. It’s been an enjoyable experience and a great alternative when we don’t have the time to watch an entire commercial movie, but still want to sit and watch something together. I’ll share more about our experiences with Facets in a separate blog post.

Now back to the ICA. We stayed at the museum for about 3 hours before we got hungry, and since there is no longer a cafe, we headed elsewhere for food. The rest of our time at the museum was filled games of I SPY and even some outdoor time because the weather was surprisingly nice for January. We’re excited to go back again soon! In fact, if you are in the Boston area and looking for something fun to do this Saturday, check out ICA Play Date, a fun, family-centered day at the museum.


girls fashion blog: bathing suits we love

Can you believe it's almost time to start shopping for bathing suits? Although this inconsistent New England weather has us doubting if summer will arrive on time this year! Whether you're headed on a sunny vacation or eager to spruce up your little one's summer wardrobes, we have you covered. These one-piece suits include a range of colors, shapes, and patterns! 

Which one of these is your favorite?

1. Blue ruffle girls swimsuit
2. Sparrow printed swimsuit
3. Light pink panther swimsuit
4. Long sleeved girls swimsuit
5. Paint design swimsuit
6. Text printed girls swimsuit


Beautiful Boston - Beacon Hill and Back Bay in Snow

In the past 3-4 years, I have mostly only picked up my ‘real’ camera for client shoots and not for myself (for some fun recreational photography). I decided to change that in 2018. I had to remind myself how I first got started back in 2008-2009 just casually taking pictures of beautiful Boston, and how much I enjoyed it and missed it. It’s truly a treat to find some time to walk around and create photos with no specific agenda and no desired outcome. So while Boston was hit by multiple nor’easters in the past two weeks, I decided to take my camera out for a winter spin.

Sharing some pictures of Beacon Hill and Back Bay neighborhoods of Boston.


A Solo adventure in palm springs

I visited Palm Springs last month in February for Alt Summit and it has been on my mind ever since. Due to a couple of flight cancellations, I got bonus 24 hours in Palm Springs and, let’s just say, that one extra day was just enough to fall madly in love with that place.  Palm Springs has its own vibe, and one simply has to get it! It’s like being transported back in time, in the mid century era, and living that lifestyle. As a midcentury modern lover, I was in paradise.

I experienced the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and went on a short wilderness walk, enjoyed the midcentury architecture (including some celebrity homes from the Rat Pack era)  and the spanish cottages, and spent some time in downtown Palm Springs visiting some art galleries. I, of course, had my camera with me and I could have just got lost with it for hours. It was an ideal ‘my kind of day’ and I’m so glad I got a chance to go on a solo trip -- it was nerve-racking at times but so worth it!

Wilderness Walk

View from the observation deck


Midcentury modern architecture

Movie Colony

Spanish-Style Homes

La Plaza, Palm Springs

There’s a lot more I wanted to do -- visit Joshua Tree, take a more leisurely tour of the architecture, and experience more of its desert lifestyle. I would love to travel again with my family one day, perhaps for the Modernism Week.

Have you been to Palm Springs? Is it on your bucket list?