21/365 Throwback to last spring when Gemma visited Vietnam for the first time (and met dozens of extended family members as well). Spending this past week with my parents and speaking Vietnamese all day has reminded me of how challenging it is to raise a bilingual child without family nearby. I'm far from fluent and even less so after moving away from home. Trying to teach her my limited vocabulary has been tough at times, but makes me even more determined to expose her to the language as much as possible so she can communicate with family when she's older (as most of them on my parents' side only know Vietnamese). So far she's picking up both languages seamlessly, and just says the words that are easier for her at the moment, like hello and shoes, or nước and bò. I hope she/we (as my husband is trying to learn at the same time too!) can keep it up with Vietnamese kids' books, Vietnamese cartoons on YouTube, and FaceTime with the grandparents a few times a week. Anyone else out there with a bilingual household? How are you helping your kids learn another language, especially once they're in school and it's all English, all day long?
SUNDAYMONDAY // we’ve ditched homeschool today because SUN’S OUT FUN’S OUT ☀️☀️☀️ ok so we lasted 5 mins at the pool before there was a den building / towel dispute, and then someone 😑 forgot the snacks so y’know, anarchy beckoned. Then to top it all off the sun thought SOD THIS and went and hid behind some gnarly looking clouds 👋🏻⛅️ . But then - PLOT TWIST - peace was restored because the kiddos found a lonely little gecko👉🏻🦎seemingly trapped in an upturned pool lounger table thing. The things that unite them, honestly 🙄 so the gecko has been freed into the flowerbeds, towels have been redistributed and we’ve come in for snacks. Even though the sun is back out.... 👩🏼❤️👦🏼&👧🏼 HOW’S YOUR MONDAY GOING / NOT GOING?!?
p.s. obvs my #whatmamaworemonday is this jazzy pineapple bikini that cost a very agreeable $5 (‘bout £3) sorrynotsorry for the sunshine @rachelthehat @heyitsromeca
Almost two years ago, I got a message from @jessleigh_yoga inviting me to meet up if I ever found myself in Sayulita. I don’t quite know how we found each other in the Insta-world, but I’m so glad we did. I get to shoot with Jess for the third time this week, and it just makes me so grateful for social media. In all the ways it is used, some negative, I decide to look at it purely for how awesome it is and what wonderful people I get to meet because of it. Like so many things... it is what you make it. 📷: @jessleighcreative
You know how some plants get damaged when in direct sun? The same thing is happening to your skin when you get sunburnt! ☀️Make sure you are putting on at least a SPF 50+ every morning and avoid exposure as much as possible to protect your skin from irreversible damage inside and out! • Fake it don’t bake it 💃🏽
Such a wonderful (wine) weekend spent with friends 🍷 Not pictured: the massive amounts of cheese eaten, the 11 pm dance line party, and the many laughing fits.
Please peep the Uggs I wore on our Sunday morning walk. Clearly I came prepared for the outdoors. #trollunderthebridge#yumwowwoah#sunsoutbunsout
Pumpkin porridge, inspired by @symmetrybreakfast In this episode of my pantry clean out, we’ve got: arborio rice, red rice, millet, @bobsredmill farro and steel-cut oats. So easy, so good. Why not step your #porridge game up a notch and add some vibrant colours to your #Monday mornings? .
Accompanied by my favourite little carb-y pillows of joy, this combo of Chinese steamed buns #窩頭 and porridge is a breakfast staple in #🇨🇳. Both their high carb content provides that much needed energy to kickstart your day. .
Pumpkin or any other winter squash of your choice, 3 1/2 cups
Arborio rice, 1/2 cup
Red rice, 1/2 cup
Millet, 1/2 cup
Farro, 1/2 cup
Steel cut oats, 1/2 cup
Water, 8 Cups
Recipe (serves 8):
1. Chop pumpkin into large chunks and steam until flesh is soft (around 10 minutes)
2. Meanwhile, pour all grains into a large pot and add water. Bring to a boil. Make sure to stir the pot every 5 minutes or so to ensure nothing sticks!
3. Once pumpkin is cooked, scoop out the flesh and discard the peel. Using a fork, mash the flesh into a purée.
4. Stir in pumpkin purée and simmer on low heat until all the grains are fully cooked (around 15-20 minutes) You’ll know when it reaches porridge consistency 👌