FAQ on CNY traditions

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Remember last year’s post on my Chinese New Year celebrations? Reading back on the article this week, I actually thought last year was cold, but this year was a killer. One day, it was 5 degrees with a negative feel!  But it was well worth it.

For the first time since I joined my husband’s lion dance group, I went to almost every lion dance practice and march that he attended. It was really powerful looking at this form of art from a more concentrated lens and understanding the meaning behind every move, every drum beat, and every dance form. I wanted to know the reasoning behind everything – especially how the lion dancers and drummers coordinate. Thinking back 10 years ago, it was just noise for me as it is for most people still, but the beat of the drum has actually become music for me while the lion dance and kung-fu aspects have become an appreciated study. While taking photos and helping out through the parades, I observed, questioned, and enjoyed every moment I could. It was actually nice to hear people questioning me because it motivated me to find out the answers myself and be able to explain them better.  Well, here’s a few of the simple answers for you!

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A Valentine Special

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Are you ready for a special treat?

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It has been a while since Lilspirations had a Featured Spotlight post! (In case you didn’t know, Featured Spotlight is when we shine the light on someone and readers can go behind the scenes to learn about the maker/owner!)  2015 was a good year where I had the incredible opportunity of meeting owners such as Solomon Choi (founder of 16 Handles), Tony Quach (founder of Snowdays), and makers like the talented Andrea Watson and Kristine Brookshire.  This time, I’m super excited to feature someone new to the business and having a really awesome purpose behind her work.  

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Year of the Monkey

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Happy Chinese New Year to all those who celebrate!  Here’s a little embossing of a monkey, some flowers for beauty, and clementines for prosperity. 🙂 I went a little minimal this year! but if you’d like to see my previous years’ posts about the holiday, you can read Chinese New Year Festivities and “Ten Things To Do During CNY”

 It’s the Year of the Monkey, so get ready for lots of adventures too!  Wishing you all health and wealth all around, a joyful and happy new year!  xoxo 

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Got a Picky Eater at home?

Since this isn’t a mommy blog, I won’t have the answers for you.. But I know someone who will!  Parents of picky eating munchkins, this one’s for you! 

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I’m so excited on this February 1st to announce a Kickstarter project created by my close friend and mentor, Kendra Chao. Kendra is now the author of Read Them and Eat, fun interactive books that help children see food in a new and adventurous way.  Because her son Lucas, is a super picky eater, she created these books to help children enjoy eating their vegetables. Sometimes, the airplane trick doesn’t work and neither does bribing your kids. So why not turn eating into an activity that results in a finished plate?  It’s an awesome idea, and I know it’ll positively impact many people out there!

If you’re interested, through the Kickstarter website here, you can support her project (even $1 helps!) or get your own copy of Sally Strands and her Wacky Hairstyles and The Most Delicious Train Ride.  I’m quite excited to get my own copy to read to my niece! 

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Here’s Kendra and her son, Lucas! 

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 I hope you’ll support this wonderful project and really fun cause! The campaign will run until February 22nd!  xoxo 

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