OUR CHRISTMAS DAY ER SCARE-WHAT EVERY PERSON OF ASIAN DESCENT SHOULD KNOW

OUR CHRISTMAS DAY ER SCARE “ARE YOU ASIAN?…” I could have never guessed that after deciding to become a blogger my life would become more and more of an open book. And for those of you that know our family personally you know  that we are quite the opposite in everyday life.  Nonetheless, what happened to  my husband who is …

The Ultimate Tips For Planning A Disney Vacation For Under $2K

The Ultimate Tips For Planning A Disney Vacation For Under $2K   “I instantly thought to myself, who can afford to go to Walt Disney World then…?” About a month ago, our family headed to the inglorious world of Disney. Our daughter had recently turned the great, big, three years of age. Every day we …

UNEXPECTED EXPECTATIONS IN PARIS—RAISING MULTICULTURAL KIDS IN FRANCE

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Must-Haves For Traveling To India With Kids

Must-Haves For Traveling To India With Kids November 2015, was our first multicultural family trip to India. It was the first time that my 2-year-old daughter and I got to meet my Indian husband’s extended family in India. It was a phenomenal trip, and in the course of writing about the trip, we have gotten …

MASALA HOLIDAY(S)

MASALA HOLIDAY(S) The fusion of two distinct cultures doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you and your significant other are willing to openly communicate and compromise with each other.  As an interracial/intercultural family we wanted to incorporate different elements from our family culture into our union.  One in particular, we came up with …

10 THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT GOING TO AN INDIAN TEMPLE

10 Things No One Tells You About Going To An Indian Temple Visiting An Indian Temple For The First Time With my initial jitters subsiding I walked thru the front doors of the Indian temple with my future In-Laws and fiancé.  Out of the blue, while visiting with my Parents in Chicagoland, Illinois for the first time, my future …

7 AMAZING MULTICULTURAL DIWALI GIFT IDEAS

This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:   Maple and Marigold on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating Diwali in …

Trial And Tribulations Of Multiracial Kids Hair Care

Trials And Tribulations Of Multiracial Kids Hair Care Hair Daze After our biracial (African-American and Indian-American) daughter was born, I presumed that taking care of her hair would be a breeze.   No, it’s not the notion that because she is “mixed” that her hair would be easy to comb and style etc.  One of the labor and …

TEACHING A BIRACIAL CHILD ABOUT DIWALI

TEACHING A BIRACIAL CHILD ABOUT DIWALI   Our biracial (African-American and Indian-American) daughter had been anxious to open the Diwali trunk box we got in the mail since its arrival.  When we got home it was sitting on our front porch and Amaya automatically thinks that anything delivered in a brown cardboard box must be …

RACIALLY COLORBLIND MYTH

 RACIALLY COLORBLIND MYTH WHY I DON’T BELIEVE IN BEING RACIALLY COLORBLIND “Wouldn’t it be great if we could all be celebrated instead of just tolerated!” “Do you think racism will ever cease to exist?”,  my Humanities honors teacher pressed me after class.  I was the only African-American in his class of approximately 30 students.  “No!”, …