Jai

Jai
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Jai is a mother, wife, grandmother, and United States Air Force veteran who has lived in the greater Albuquerque area since 2013. She has been married to her husband since 2005. Together they are raising a blended family of six wonderful kids. (Wonderful most of the time, anyway.) In her free time, she can be found reading, collecting Amazon products she doesn't need, avoiding laundry, or developing her extensive repertoire of embarrassing dance moves guaranteed to embarrass her kids. She is a super mom, just ask anyone, well maybe not her kids. See dance moves mentioned above.
Kinship Care Changed My Life :: Raising My Grandchildren

Kinship Care Changed My Life :: Raising My Grandchildren

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This is the story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down (*sung in my Will Smith voice*). My life instantly changed once I agreed to raise my three young grandchildren. Kinship care...
My Favorite Children's Books for Black History Month

My Favorite Children’s Books for Black History Month

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Black History Month celebrates the achievements of influential Black people. It's also a great time to emphasize Black people's struggles in American history so we remember. It is a horrific part of American history...
Budget-Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Budget-Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

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Hanging Christmas stockings is a tradition that started in 1823. Almost 200 years later, children still wake up Christmas morning with giddy anticipation of what treasures await in their stockings. Whether it's you or...

Bored with Board Games? Try These Fun Family Activities

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Finding fun family activities is important, especially now when most kids are glued to an electronic device. It can be challenging to compete with the likes of TikTok and Minecraft. Board games are a classic...
3 Reasons Why Teens Are The Worst

3 Reasons Teens Can Be the Worst (But There Are a Few Perks)

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The teenage years are the worst. No, seriously, they are pretty bad. Maybe not as bad as stepping on a Lego, but darn close. Of course, I can't speak for all teenagers, but let...
How I Learned to Support My Nonbinary Child

How I Learned to Support My Nonbinary Child

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Motherhood is an adventure. Fortunately, many have taken this trip before, and there are plenty of books to help guide one. However, occasionally this journey takes an unexpected turn on the road a little...
Spring Cleaning: My Favorite Places to Donate to

Spring Cleaning: My Favorite Places to Donate

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Spring is finally here! Birds are singing. Trees are budding. And that nagging inner voice about spring cleaning is getting a little harder to ignore. Listen to that voice. Spring is the perfect time...
4 Family Fun Activities with Elf on the Shelf

4 Family Fun Activities with Elf on the Shelf

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It's that time of year again. Time to bust out the Elf on the Shelf! Otherwise known as that time of year when mothers ask themselves why they drank the Kool-Aid and jumped on...
Guide to Food Assistance Resources in Albuquerque

Guide to Food Assistance Resources in Albuquerque

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Many factors are contributing to the spike in food prices. As a result, many households struggle to put food on the table. Momming is challenging enough without the added stress of worrying about providing...
Mason Jar Ice Cream Recipe

Mason Jar Ice Cream Recipe

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It's summertime! One of my kids' favorite summertime staples is ice cream. "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream" is their mantra. We always visit the local shops for their favorite...
lumpia

Lumpia Recipe for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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One of my favorite foods to make during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is lumpia. Lumpia is a type of spring roll from the Philippines and Indonesia. It can be either sweet...
Mother's Day as an Adoptee

Celebrating Mother’s Day as an Adoptee

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I'm sharing pictures of my mom and me in honor of Mother's Day. I know what you're thinking: "Cute! I see where she gets her good looks from." Okay, probably not that. Maybe something more...