Busy Mama Essentials – 4 Refreshing Products From Japan

As my profile says, I’m mom/teacher by day and a writer by night. I’m working on several projects for four different clients at the moment, including a major travel project for the Tokyo metropolitan government. Needless to say, I’m busy all day, every day. It’s hard to get time for myself, but I don’t want to neglect myself, especially my skin!

How To Make A Reservation For The Hungry Caterpillar Cafe

Today’s post is a follow up to my post about my date with the monster at The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe in Ginza, Tokyo. Here’s a (VERY image heavy) guide to navigating the online Japanese reservation form for the cafe. I just want to say that graphics are hard to do! Major props to all the graphic designers out there!

Skinvill: Japan’s Hottest Cleansing Gel

I wrote in my 2018 goal post that I wanted to return to my fashion/beauty roots… but I had no idea it would come so quickly. Last week, I completed an article for Live Japan reviewing Daiso’s 100 yen cosmetics and skincare. Later that day, my LB Cosmetics eyeliner arrived. Then two days later, I got another shipment of sponsored makeup Now comes another beauty related post (I know, I know – where’s the Japan stuff and baby spam?)

An Honest Look At Life In Japan – Working and Dating

My little monster was being her cute destructive self, and I got to thinking about how I never, ever imagined I’d be married with a dog and a baby here in Japan. Needless to say, life, when you’re single, is much different than life when you’re married and with a child. And reaching all those milestones when in a foreign country can be overwhelming.

A Mini Guide to Japan’s Seasonal Drink and Snack Ingredients

If you follow me on Twitter or watch my Instagram stories (and if you don’t, you totally should) you know that I’m a fan of limited edition seasonal stuff. I’m always trying out the latest product that has 新発売 (new release/shin hatsubai) or 期間限定  (for a limited time only/kikan gentei) plastered on it. In fact, the Japanese text in my Twitter profile proudly states, “I’m addicted to limited edition things” (#期間限定に弱い/kikan gentei ni yowaii).

Hatsu Sekku: Celebrating Heian Japan Customs With Baby

Hatsu Sekku: Celebrating Heian Japan Customs With Baby Hina Matsuri (雛祭り)and Kodomo no Hi (こどもの日) are 2 of 5 sekku, traditional Japanese celebrations deeply rooted in Japan’s Heian imperial court. Hatsu Sekku (初節句) are Momo no sekku (桃の節句) for baby girls and Tango no Sekku (端午の節句) for baby boys.