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Homeschooling and the Endless What-if’s

When we moved to Taiwan, I knew that I would have to homeschool my kids. I have a 7 year old, 4 year old and 2 year old. So we’re talking 1st grade and preschool. I’ll be honest. The idea of homeschooling had me completely overwhelmed. The never-ending list of what if’s went through my mind on a daily basis. What if I couldn’t do it? What if I wasn’t good at it? What if they didn’t really learn anything? What if I ruined their entire education? What if I ruin them for high school? College? LIFE?! You know… a completely sane and rational list of what-if’s. 😉 Because of this list, I procrastinated. I put off planning. I made excuses and rationalized to myself why I didn’t have time. And then one day it hit me… I wasn’t doing anyone any favors by simply not trying! So I buckled down, got over my own insecurities (ha! just kidding… but I can pretend right?!) and made a plan for the week. Read the books and set a …

Taipei Vacation!

Tuesday was Peace Day in Taiwan so my husband got a few extra days off work on the weekend! Because of that, we headed up to Taipei to wander around. When we flew into Taiwan originally, we were only in Taipei for a day while we rested and then took the train down to Tainan. So we wanted to go back to check it all out! Taipei is much bigger than Tainan. While Tainan, where we live, is the oldest city in Taiwan and has nearly 2 million people who live there. Taipei has nearly 3 million people who live there and is quite a bit more modern. The transit is amazing there! Taipei has a lot more English speakers and English in general around, such as on the menus. But Tainan has more friendly people who are more willing to try and help you. Oh! and the weather in Tainan in typically waaay more sunny. So that right there means Tainan wins. 😉 Speaking of weather… we spent about 6 hours wandering around the …

The Scooter Culture is Real

Have you ever tried boba tea? You know, the tea with those little chewy balls of squishiness at the bottom? I promise it tastes way better than my description. Ha! Well, it’s everywhere here. It was invented here. No joke. Taiwan is the birth place of boba tea. The point of me telling you all of this… is that boba tea comes with the sealed lid in the States. So if you’ve tried boba tea, you’ve seen the sealed top instead of the press on lids. Like this. Then you have to poke the straw through the lid to drink it. It’s not just boba tea here. It’s all drinks. Tea, coffee, juice, water, you name it. It comes sealed and ready to ride. Because scooters. They’re everywhere here. They’re a lot cheaper than cars and really inexpensive to maintain and repair so your scooter can last a really long time with minimum expense. So they’re popular! This is where the scooter culture comes in. Products are created and marketed to be carried on a scooter. This is …

Welcome to Taiwan

We are now living in Taiwan! We’ve been here for a little more than a month and it’s been a whirlwind of experience. The first week we were here, we got down from Taipei to Tainan where we are living. We found an amazing 3 bedroom, 2 bath apartment. My husband got thrown into his new teaching job the day after we moved into our new apartment and life took off! My husband has been teaching, we’ve been traveling around and exploring any time he has time off work, the kids and I have been wandering around the city in our free time, and eating sooo much good food! One of the main reasons we wanted to move half way across the world is to show our kids that you don’t have to be “stuck”. You don’t have to stay in a job that you don’t enjoy. You don’t have to stay stuck in paying rent and bills that are ever climbing higher. We wanted to show them that you could break that cycle in …

Parenting Books Make Less Confident Parents

10 Ways to Raise Confident Children 20 Things Parents Can do to make their kids happier 8 Things Parents Today are Doing Wrong Sound familiar? Parenting books make less confidant parents. Why? Because instead of listening to your intuition, actively seeking a “village”, a group of people who can help you become a better person and parent, or reaching out to those who parent how we parent or would like to parent, books have convinced us that they know best. Or google. What do you get when you google something. You get 2 extremes. “Eh. Don’t worry about it.” Or, my favorite. “OMG YOU’RE GOING TO DIE.” Totally reasonable. (In case you missed it, yes – that’s sarcasm.) Then there is the stranger on the street. Who obviously knows how to parent your kids better than you do. And by you, I mean me. I seem to attract these people. Do I really look that overwhelmed? Is the yoga pants, crazy hair and kid smeared shirt not hip? (I HATE shopping. Mostly because these random …

Do You ‘Poo?!

Hey! Don’t worry, it’s not that kind of post… (Couldn’t help my self, I do live with any 8 and 5 year old boys…and a baby. We talk a lot about poo…) Back to my point: Tarrin and I were recently asked to weigh in on this whole shampoo or no shampoo thing. Of course we said yes…because of course we have an opinion. (Have you met either of us?!) I have been shampoo-free for nearly 5 years. Yup. I haven’t used shampoo for five years. It’s been an evolving journey for me, but I love where I’m at with it. So, once upon a time there was a girl who needed a new way to wash her hair… I started out looking for an alternative to shampoo for three reasons. First, about that time I had begun my journey of purging the house of toxic products. (Truthfully though if any of these products were really giving me great hair I probably would’ve let them stay. I’m sorry, I will never throw out my mascara.) …

Curing Eczema by “Going Paleo”

If you’ve read our “About” page, you already know that one of the main reasons I found Paleo to begin with was researching a way to cure my 4 year old’s eczema – when she was 1 year old. All of the research I did told me that eczema was the body reacting to an allergy. Most likely, a food allergy. The most common culprits were eggs, dairy or gluten. It could even be a combination of those things. The first thing we tried was to cut out eggs and dairy. Dairy was an easy one to cut out since my husband is lactose intolerant, we didn’t eat much of it anyway. This didn’t work for us. We saw no results. Our poor baby still had splotches on her arms and was noticeably itchy. My husband and I both did our own research and came to the same conclusion… Paleo. We talked about it and decided the only way it was going to work was to go 100%. We had to follow the minimum 30 day …