Remembering my uncle, our hero

Uncle Mark Helmet

It’s been over four years since I woke up and learned that my Uncle Mark had passed away. It was just a few days after our birthdays (his on January 12th, mine on the 26th). His passing was sudden, and saddened us all. At only 52, he was the youngest of my mother’s siblings and the closest to her in age. More than half his life was dedicated to the service and protection of others in his adopted country, and to loving and caring for his family.

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Into the Weekend

ITW European

From Carissa

I find that with neutral, classic pieces it is easy to inject new looks by adding a fun scarf or statement earrings. However, I’m not the kind of shopper that immediately shells out to buy the newest trends. Bethany and Amanda of @whoawaitwalmart find the cutest stuff at very affordable prices. Makes me want to take a trip to Walmart for more than just laundry soap and cleaning supplies.

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My love/hate relationship with my hair

Everyone has that part of them that they feel could be improved, that they work on and are proud of. Some do countless crunches and exercises to keep their core tight. Others wake up and meticulously groom and draw their eyebrows. For many years, all I could think about was my hair.

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Into the Weekend

From Carissa

Browsing through the Instagram photos of the Gee Family makes me long for the freedom and ability to sell everything and travel around the world. Although Garrett Gee did make $50 million when he sold his tech company, they did sell all their possessions and just used that money to fund their travels (Yes, the money in the bank was a nice safety net).  I love reading stories like this where families brave being in new and different surroundings. What a great opportunity for the kids to learn about other countries, cultures, and people!

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How to teach kids to embrace their heritage

May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month this year, and one thing my sister and I talk about constantly is finding ways to teach our children about their heritage. We grew up in the Philippines, so it was very easy to know the Filipino culture—we were constantly surrounded by it. As I raise my family here in the United States, it is a little more challenging and requires more effort. It is important to me though that my children embrace their Filipino heritage as this helps them form an identity—who we are, where we come from, and what we believe in. These are some of the ways in which we have encouraged our kids to learn about, and be proud of, being Filipino.

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