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SASY Mom of the Week: Sonia Kang

Need a little mommy inspiration on this Monday? Look no further than Sonia Kang! As a wife/mother/entrepreneur, Sonia slays in every department. She makes time for her hubby, attends various activities with her FOUR kids and runs a successful clothing brand that is absolutely awe inspiring. All in all, Kang is Queen!

Learn a little more about SASY Sonia by reading our interview below.

As a mother of four, how do you makes sure to give each one of your children the individual attention they need?

It is really hard!! In addition to running my business, being a wife and a mom of four (one who has special needs), I volunteer at my kids’ schools, work with my non-profit organization and with our local hospital. Did I mention all of their after-school activities? We are always on the go. It took my little girl saying she wished she could spend one day with me all by herself for me to start scheduling “dates” with each kid, usually two kids per month. We pencil it in and we discuss what we’re going to do and they really look forward to it. My oldest loves a good movie, the next one is a foodie so we try out new spots, the 9 year old is happy with a fro-yo and chats, the 6 year old is all movement so a bike ride, skating, or park is all he wants to do. They look forward to it and even though it seems like I can’t squeeze in another hour…I look forward to our alone time as much as they do.

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Not only do you hold it down at home, but you also created your own company, Mixed Up Clothing. We love the slogan “friendships through fabric”…please explain how your clothing line celebrates diversity.

My fashion-brand and company motto is based on my own personal story. I am mixed (Latina and Black); my parents were both active Military and relocated often. I was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Hawaii, before settling in California and marrying my husband who is Korean. Together we have 4 children that we raise as mini global citizens in today’s diverse world.
When my children were young I wanted to teach them about their multiculturalism so I sewed clothes for them using fun, vibrant prints that had cultural influences on the fabric. What I noticed was that we would get stopped by people asking about the fabric and in turn, the culture illustrated on the fabric. While talking about the clothes and the culture I realized that the clothing I was making was my vehicle to teach others about cultural diversity. Mixed Up Clothing was born!! One of our missions is for children to learn about different cultures that are on the fabrics so that an appreciation is formed and a friendship is made…friendships through fabric!

Your clothing line also has some pretty fierce frocks for the little ones! What are your fave pieces and how do you go about choosing you fabrics?

Ah so many personal faves! I have to say I love starting by finding funky prints that show cultural significance on the fabric such as a Kokeshi doll from Japan or a senorita print from Mexico. I learn about the culture and then I design a silhouette to go along with the fabric. The silhouette has a cultural influence as well such as an Asian-inspired kimono wrap dress or an India-inspired tunic. Awhile back, I designed a Woman and Girl’s coordinating look; the samples just came in and the finished look is so fun! I cannot wait to share the designs with you.

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Now a days, so many mothers talk about “finding balance”. Do you think we focus on this too much or not enough? Should we redefine what “balance” really means?

I wonder if “finding balance” just leads to another way us moms beat ourselves up. How do you define balance, let alone reach, this goal? What does balance mean? For me each day gives me a chance to start over. I wake up take a look at my schedule and figure out a game plan. It’s about squeezing things in when you can, delegating what you can and letting go what is unnecessary. It’s about communicating your needs with your support system and asking for help when you need it. I will be honest and tell you I have learned the hard way that “balance” is a difficult way to go about measuring if you are a “good” mom, “good” businesswoman/friend/sister…. I kept trying to achieve this elusive “balance” and would feel guilty if I wasn’t doing what I thought I should be doing. I gave it up and each day I try my best to be present in whatever I am doing even if it means responding to emails at 2 am or writing this article on a Saturday night after my kids fell asleep. At the end of the day, all I can do is my best so if I have tried my best then I call that a good day.

And since we’re StilettosAndSippyCups.com, we have to ask…what is your favorite pair of stilettos?!

OOH, I love a good pair of stilettos and I reserve them for special events, fashion shows, and celebratory occasions. Maybe I’m just a shoe-lover, but it seems like I don’t get to wear those good shoes often enough. Currently, I am obsessing over the Anouk by Jimmy Choo.

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Yesssss, Sonia! We have to agree … those shoes are hot! Find out more about Sonia and her clothing brand “Mixed Up Clothing” on her Instagram and Twitter @MixedUpClothing.

Product Reviews

Product Review: Why “Tummy Calm” Should Be Called Mommy Calm!

Have you spent countless nights trying to calm a crying baby? Of course you have, you’re a MOTHER!

There were a few sleepless night, especially around the 5 or 6 month mark, where it got really tough for me. We had begun to introduce solids into #CharlieB’s diet and somethings didn’t sit well with her tummy. That led to looooong nights of crying (me and her), uncomfortable tossing and turning (me and her) and ultimately a variety of gas drops and home remedies that didn’t work.

That is, until I tried Tummy Calm. No one had suggested it, no one told me about it beforehand, I literally had never heard of it. I was just a desperate mother hanging out in Walgreens when I saw a product claiming to “provide safe, gentle and immediate relief for digestive upset.” I took the bait … and I’m so glad I did.

Not only is Tummy Calm a natural remedy for gas relief, but all of the ingredients come directly from “Mother Nature”. After giving my daughter Tummy Calm she seemed to feel better in a matter of minutes. Plus, it wasn’t hard to get her to take the drops because they actually taste good (yes, I tried them!). And although #CharlieB is now 17 months old and doesn’t have as many digestive issues as she used to, Tummy Calm still helps with pain from teething and hiccups.

Tummy Calm is something I recommend to my friends, family and even strangers (no, seriously). I love that it’s all natural, so there’s no fear of over-medicating your little one. And, most importantly, I love that it works!

Product Reviews

Product Review: To ChubChub or Not To ChubChub?

As a mother, I am always looking for products that make life a bit easier. But, in my endless search there are definitely some hits and misses. So, where does ChubChub end up on the list? Well, let me tell you a little story…

It was a beautiful, balmy day and after a fun-filled afternoon at the Club MomMe Fall Family Fest, we hopped in the car and my husband gave our daughter, #CharlieB a tasty fruit and veggie pouch while she sat in her car seat. When it was time to take her out, she was COVERED in a orange sweet potato/carrot/apple/blueberry puree. Needless to say, the clean-up was an epic task (and that’s an understatement).

Fast-forward to our ChubChub test. I had heard good things about the product, but honestly, I thought it was just another needless apparatus … I was wrong. The ChubChub provided a no mess, no stress pouch-eating experience. I didn’t have to run behind #CharlieB with a wet wipe, I didn’t have to worry about her squeezing the pouch until it was empty and I didn’t have to worry about another epic clean-up — Plus #CharlieB seemed to have fun holding the handles like a little steering wheel (parent-approved fun with food)! My only con would be that if you’re not careful you could end up making a mess while trying to attach the ChubChub to your pouch.

All in all, I love ChubChub and would def recommend it — and so would #CharlieB!

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Product Reviews

Giveaway: Garcelle Beauvais’ “I Am” Book Series!

Garcelle Beauvais and Sebastian A. Jones have created a series of books that instantly made me say, “why didn’t I think of that?”! It’s really such a great, yet simple, idea — create real life stories that children now-a-days can relate to.

Times have definitely changed. Not all families live on Main Street with a white picket fence, have a mom and dad, 2 children and 1 dog. Families today are multicultural, blended and sometimes, not living under the same roof. That’s where the “I Am” book series comes in. Because of their actual life experiences Garcelle and Sebastian know first hand how to speak to children who live these unique lives.

The I Am Book Series focuses and celebrates the diversity that exists in the lives of today’s children through our two little tykes, Nia and Jay (The series is written from a child’s perspective). I Am will stress to children that their uniqueness is a gift to be treasured, and while sometimes they may feel it is difficult to be different, they are far from alone. After all, every child is unique in their own way.

My daughter #CharlieB is only 17 months old, yet even she was intrigued by the bright colors, beautiful pictures and easy language in the “I Am” books (and that says a lot, not much keeps her attention these day, LOL). As a parent, I appreciated the different subjects each book touched on. Loving yourself, handling tough questions from friends, how to talk to your parents — both book helped in each of those areas and more. Plus, and the end of the books there’s an opportunity for more growth. There’s an about me section that kids can fill out, the family tree at the end of “I Am Mixed” is just perfect and the discussion questions are a help to both parents and kids.

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I got to meet Sebastian and Garcelle at the Club MomMe Fall Family Fest and could see the passion they have for this project first hand. I truly appreciate them for providing this kind of literature to kids … ALL kids. Whether your children and mixed, living in separate homes or not experiencing either of those situations, they can still learn from the “I Am” book series. And because I feel the books are so important, I am offering a free giveaway of a signed copy of “I Am Mixed” and “I Am Living In 2 Homes”! Just go to our Instagram page @StilettosAndSippyCups to find out all the details!

You can also find out more about the I Am book series by clicking HERE.

Fashion, Product Reviews

Why “Be Inspired Boutique” Is Better Than The Rest!

From humble beginnings as a Facebook consignment page to an in-demand fashion brand — Be Inspired Boutique is one of a kind!

B.I.B was created by Michelle Brasher, a stay-at-home mom with three kids who had a dream of homeschooling her brood. After just one year in business, Be Inspired Boutique has a community following over 450k and has just cleared $1 million in sales … talk about a “mommy mogul”!

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Brasher and her B.I.B community share common ground as women who love online shopping, giving back, and inspiration. Not only are the clothes offered by Be Inspired Boutique, beautiful, original and affordable, the first 10% of all profits go to worthy causes and charity.

I know first-hand how awesome B.I.B is because me and my mini-me got the chance to wear dresses from the “Just Like Mommy” line and we absolutely loved them! We got tons of compliments and #CharlieB didn’t want to take her dress off when we got home 🙂

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The dresses in the collection are stylish, comfortable and durable enough for a toddler, yet sophisticated enough for mommy!

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And there are tons of styles to choose from. Even if you don’t have a “mini-me”, B.I.B is still for you. With a full line of dresses, tops, bottoms and even shoes, you’re sure to find something that fits your style. Click here to check out Be Inspired Boutique and follow them on Instagram @BeInspiredBoutique! I promise, you won’t regret it.

Arts & Crafts

3 Easy Halloween Craft Ideas For Tiny Tots

It’s easier to get your kids involved with craft when their a bit older and have full control of all their little limbs. But what about those tiny toddlers that want to be involved but can’t be trusted with their own pair of scissors and a glue stick?

My baby girl, #CharlieB, is 16 months old and enjoyed these three craft ideas that were quick, easy and fun.

1. Paper Plate Pumpkin – Charlie got to get messy and finger paint the paper plate orange and daddy finalized the pumpkin by cutting out the eyes, nose and mouth from black construction paper. Win-Win!

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2. Cotton Ball Ghost – Charlie pulled the cotton balls apart to make them stringy and I glued them down to the contraction paper. And of course, daddy did the eyes and mouth, but this time used bits and pieces from a black pipe cleaner.

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3. Paper Plate Spiders – Now this project has the same concept as the paper plate pumpkin, but we used more colors and finished them off with eight colorful pipe cleaner legs.

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Bonus: When we were all done with the crafts, we baked sugar cookies and let Charlie decorate them with sprinkles, icing and edible glitter!

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At this young age it doesn’t take much to have a fun time doing arts and crafts, plus they’re usually so tired afterwards that the go to sleep early!

Lifestyle

5 Tips To Tame A Tantrum

Old Navy will never be the same again…

It started out as a normal day, we took #CharlieB to the mall to do a little shopping and she seemed to be enjoying herself. That is until we entered Old Navy. While shopping for shoes, I hear a blood-curdling scream that was jarring, yet familiar. I turned around to see MY child laid out on the floor in a full out tantrum … I couldn’t believe me eyes. To make matters worse, my husband had no idea how to keep the freak out from going nuclear. The situation went 0 to 100, REAL QUICK! Luckily, I had a few tricks in my bag (literally) that helped tame the tantrum.

1. Get down low — I’m talking eye-to-eye so they know it’s about to get real.

2. Use your indoor voice — They may be hella loud, but you don’t have to be. No matter what your request is, say it in a soft yet strong and authoritative voice…even if you think they can’t hear you over their own screams.

3. Diffuse – Whatever is causing their meltdown needs to be addressed. In my case, Charlie wanted to hold a dress that needed to go back on the rack. The dress was removed, but replaced with something else.

4. Deflect and Distract — While taking the dress, I offered her a snack — A toy, book, game, etc…could also work. And yes, I know there are folks who would curse my use of food to taper a temper-tantrum, but I don’t care. A few Cheerios won’t ruin your child.

5. Exit the scene of the crime — If all else fails, remove them from the tantrum site. Sometimes a change of scenery helps to calm the situation.

Disclaimer: These tips worked for me, but as you know every child is different. However, if what you’re currently doing isn’t getting the job done, then what’s the harm in trying a new suggestion?!

Got your own set of tried & true tips? Let us know at Stilettos.SippyCups@gmail.com.

Arts & Crafts

Pink-o-ween Punch!

Let’s celebrate Halloween Pinkoween!

There’s more going on in October than just Halloween — it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness month. So in honor of both, many are now opting to celebrate Pink-o-ween. While this concept may be old to some, it was new to me so I made a punch for my first Pinkoween party. It was tasty and pretty, but I forgot to take a picture. Womp.

Check out the recipe below and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS
2 cartons – Minute Maid Pink Lemonade (64 fl oz. each)
1L – Sprite
2 pints – Häagen-Dazs Raspberry Sorbet
Frozen Blackberries

DIRECTIONS
Combine pink lemonade, Sprite and sorbet in a large punch bowl or pitcher. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes. Top off with as many frozen blackberries as you desire. Many people use plastic black spiders (pictured above) to tie into the “Pink-o-ween” theme, but I prefer the blackberries because they still go with the theme but add a little extra flavor and act as ice cubes.

Pour and enjoy! Recipe yields about 15-20 servings.

Product Reviews

Snooknuk Kid Cafe: To Play or Not To Play?

It’s an unassuming spot — drive too fast and you’re sure to miss it — but Snooknuk is a place you definitely want to visit.

Described as an “Arts & Indoor Play Cafe/ Boutique”, Snooknuk stays true to it’s name. The “nook” like space is pretty cozy with limited seating and a somewhat modest play area, but what they lack in size they make up for in uniqueness.

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During our trip to the posh play-spot, my daughter Charlie B enjoyed the numerous items she could climb on, slide down and play with. From the jungle gym to the Jack In The Box (that had her cracking up!), there were definitely plenty of things to keep her curious mind occupied.

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The owner, Cheri Moon, is a singer/songwriter and is responsible for all the music you hear in Snooknuk … my absolute favorite part of this cute little cafe! The songs hit on various toddler topics and get across important messages with fun, youthful melodies and lyrics. It’s the perfect soundtrack to listen to while you’re eating a snack. The Cafe offers frozen yogurt, paninis, salads, a full range of hot & cold Espresso Drinks and much more. Charlie B had the watermelon sorbet and loved it!

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While a weekend visit to Snooknuk is ideal, you can also join them several times a week for their various classes. Taught by Cheri, the classes range from Kids Hip Hop to Music & Rhythm. They also offer acting, improv and even ballet classes!

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You can visit Snooknuk at 506 N. Larchmont Blvd. LA, CA 90004 and also check out their website with class times, food items and much more at www.Snooknuk.com. Tell them Stilettos & Sippy Cups sent you! 🙂

Product Reviews

Giggles N’ Hugs: The Hot Spot For All The Tots!

Upon first glance, “Giggles N’ Hugs” is a small, unassuming space tucked in the back of a corridor at the Century City mall (there are other locations as well). But looks can be deceiving…

Inside “Giggles N’ Hugs”, there’s a large area full of various activities for your little one. Climbing, sliding, jumping, hiding, crawling … really, there’s something for every age group.

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But, that’s just inside! There’s also a second play-space just outside the front doors which offers a huge jungle gym type of experience that we would suggest only bigger kids take part in.

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Aside from the play areas, “Giggles N’ Hugs” also offers arts & crafts, live music, story time and much more!

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And probably the part parents love this most — the fact that “Giggles N’ Hugs” is a kid-friendly restaurant with great food for everyone! Nope, no dirty looks here, you can take you toddler to this restaurant and know that everyone else there understands your situation. The “G n’ H” menu offers sophisticated AND simple selections, plus they focus on healthy, organic and gluten-free options for the whole family.

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“Giggles N’ Hugs” really is a one-stop-shop for a family fun day!

SASY Moms

SASY Mom Of The Week: Delia Douglas

Meet SASY Mom, DD! Delia Douglas is the Owner of DDHPR, a boutique public relations firm catering to an eclectic roster of fashion, beauty, non-profit and artist clients. Passionate about cultural diversity, Delia is co-founder of Multiculti Cuties, a culturally diverse community of moms, dads, and caregivers for social, educational and celebratory events exploring the diversity of the world around them. Plus, she’s a delightful diva with an amazingly adorable three year old daughter. Find out more about Delia below.

Q. You are the epitome of a multi-tasking mama…how do you balance your personal life and career? Has being a working mom been more or less difficult than you imagined?

A. Balance… This is something that I am still trying to master. Finding that perfect balance seems completely unachievable, so, currently, maintaining a balance that just “feels right” is the goal.

In my world one-on-one time is vital. Below are a couple of ways I found to facilitate that direct connection.

Morning Refresh Session:
The first 20 minutes of my morning is spent with my daughter completely unplugged. She wakes up at 6 am singing, talkative, affectionate, and cheerful; so we usually spend this time with silly songs or made up stories.
Date Nite Revival:
My husband and I try to keep a weekly date; usually this consists of a bike ride to catch the sunset, chats about things outside of the daily grind, sometimes a quick set by a local music band we enjoy, and most times a glass of wine.

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Q. As a PR Diva, fashion is such a big part of your brand. What tips do you have for keeping the kiddies in fashionable, yet practical, pieces?

A. Here are the 5 rules I try to keep:
1) Love it: Only buy stuff that you love.
2) Sharing is caring: Check out your local swaps, consignment, or resale shops.
3) Sale Sale Sale: Clearance sales at Carter’s and Old Navy are great for basics. Flash Sale sites like Zulily for fun stuff.
4) Go Fem: Support fellow mom-entrepreneur designers/businesses. There are some great kids-fashion designers with affordable fashion. We love Mixed Up Clothing, Tea Collection, Carter’s, Paper Cloudz, Baby Nay, and Be Inspired Boutique.
5) Branch Out: There are often some great pieces for girls in the “boys section”. Sometimes there at an even more affordable price point!

Q. We noticed a very poignant picture on your Instagram of a young girl using extreme measures to fit society’s idea of beauty. As the mother of a daughter, what do you think is the most important thing to teach little girls about beauty?

A. In many areas of our world, worth and value is measured by appearance and a skewed perception of beauty. As an advocate for diversity and an activist for positive body-image, I am passionate about working to provide more positive messaging in the media. As parents, it is up to us to teach our children that regardless of what is being shown in the media, we are all beautiful and true beauty is within.
We women need to find peace within ourselves and each other. If we can begin to love and build one another up to become positive role-models we all rise. We owe this to ourselves as well as to the next generation of young women who will follow us.

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Q. And since we’re StilettosAndSippyCups.com, we have to ask…what is your favorite pair of stilettos?!

A. Always a fan of a pointed-toe stiletto in bright red or magenta suede. Or a sparkly platform! Currently I am obsessing over these black and gold sparkly stilettos by designer Bryan Atwood.

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Super cute shoes!! A California native, Delia, her husband, and their 3 year old daughter reside in Venice, CA most commonly referred to as “Venice Beach: Where Art Meets Crime”. Catch up with Delia and her family on Instagram @heartandsol and her business @ddhpr. Also, if you’d like to nominate a “SASY Mom of the Week” please send an email to Stilettos.SippyCups@gmail.com.

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