Students Bring Chinese and Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival Traditions to their U.S. Campus

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Guest Post by Sue Kaiser, Director of Customer Relations and Student Services at TransPac Aviation Academy.

Photo Credit: TransPac Aviation Academy
If you were to ask many American university students what comes to mind when they think about the moon, you would get a barrage of answers - Everything from the song “Blue Moon,” the famous children’s book Goodnight Moon, and the sad memory of realizing that the moon isn’t actually made of cheese. And yet, for many of the students at TransPac Aviation Academy, the moon carries a whole different meaning.

Every autumn, Chinese and Vietnamese cultures celebrate The Moon Festival, otherwise known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. Traditionally, it is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar and Vietnamese calendar. For most individuals who celebrate the festival, it represents a time for families to come together and give thanks. It is also tied in to many ancient Chinese legends, such as the story of Chang Er, the woman who flew to the moon and inspired many poems and songs.  


Krusteaz Flatbreads Prize Pack Giveaway

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Krusteaz's New Flatbread Mix Line
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Disclosure: Bicultural Mama received samples to assess for this post. All opinions are solely Bicultural Mama's.

With our newborn recently arriving, time is tight in our family. Sure, we stocked up on frozen foods and other convenience meals, but eventually we wanted to eat something that was a bit more homemade. 

However, we’re not yet in the stage where we can cook things from scratch (maybe when baby is older), so making semi-homemade meals works for us now. As such, the new flatbread mix line from Krusteaz fit in perfectly for us to create a delicious meal while saving time.  


Off to College: A Mother’s Musings On Letting Go

Pin It By Teresa Kuo, Bicultural Mama Contributor

Congratulations to Maria of Bicultural Mama on the birth of her daughter! While she and her family settle in with her new addition, I am experiencing the other side of the coin—learning to let go of my first born who is getting ready to go off to university.

I remember the first night bringing him home when he was born. My husband and I were quite unsure what to do with this crying, hungry, bundle of beautiful joy. Being new parents, we struggled as all new parents do learning the baby’s cues, moods, and needs while balancing the art of daily life on the fumes of little to no sleep.

I still recall those early days with bleary eyes and depths of tiredness only known to new mothers and fathers, how after being fed and changed he sometimes would just stare at me with those inky black pools of eyes like a wise old man letting me know, “You are doing fine. You just keep it up mama.” Those nights, right before he would fall into that deep newborn sleep, my mind would wander thinking of my dreams, hopes, fears, and aspirations for this little person that I was now responsible for.


Bravado Nursing Bras – Beyond the Ordinary

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Disclosure: I received samples to assess for this post. All opinions are solely my own.

We have great news to share…Baby #2 arrived a couple weeks ago! With experience from our first baby, we were more prepared for baby’s arrival. We got the baby gear out of storage and made sure we stocked up on diapers and wipes. Not only did we get baby ready, we got mommy ready, too.

Items I knew I would need were nursing bras, and the timing worked out for me to review nursing bras by Bravado just as the baby arrived. I had a couple of old nursing bras from when I had my first baby, but they were itchy and not very supportive. As such, I was glad for the opportunity to try new nursing bras.

Bravado started with the Original Nursing Bra which is still their bestseller more than 20 years later. The brand has a strong reputation as having comfortable, stylish and quality nursing bras. They became the Go-To bras recommended by lactation consultants, midwives, childbirth educators and others in the health care community. They’re a favorite of celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé Knowles, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner and Jessica Alba, too.


Mom’s Easy Dan Ta Recipe (Chinese Egg Tart)

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One of my favorite childhood Chinese pastries is Dan Ta, or egg tart. They’re a staple in Chinese bakeries. We’d eat them for breakfast, at Dim Sum, as a snack or for dessert.

Traditional Dan Ta recipes require you to make the dough which is tasty, but adds time. My mom’s adapted recipe is ideal for those who want the taste of homemade Dan Ta, but may not have the time or cooking expertise to create bakery-perfect tarts. I fall into this latter category, and as such was excited to give my mom’s easy and convenient Dan Ta recipe a try.


Babyganics Organic Sunscreen Products Make Summer Fun Safe for the Whole Family

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Disclosure: I received samples to assess for this post. All opinions are my own.

It’s the peak of the summer which means lots of fun in the sun. But getting a sunburn is no fun and not safe for anyone in the family. The good news is that babyganics, a line of organic, eco-friendly, non-toxic baby-safe personal care and home products, offers a broad selection of sunscreen products.

I had the opportunity to review a few of its sunscreen products. What I especially like about babyganics is that all of its SPF formulas are either pure mineral or mineral-based. They also provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and are non-allergenic, tear free and waterproof. The products have also never been tested on animals.

Though the product name has “baby” in it, these sunscreen products are ideal for anyone. Our whole family used the samples I received. After all, even adults can benefit from non-toxic products.

Here’s a summary of the products I sampled. Both were free of PABA, phthalates, parabens, fragrances and nano-particles. They also were water resistant (80 minutes) and pediatrician and dermatologist tested.


Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles: A Loving Story of Adoption and Chinese Culture with Recipe

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Disclosure: I received a copy to assess for this post. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

One of my favorite childhood foods was my mom’s birthday noodles. On our special day, mom would cook up a massive plate of Chinese noodles accented with vegetables and chicken.

Noodles are eaten for good luck and represent a long and happy life. Mom never used a recipe because she just knew from experience how to make the delicious birthday noodles. It’s a dish she still makes today decades later.

When I came upon a new children’s book that called Mei-Mei's Lucky Birthday Noodles [Tuttle Publishing], it brought me back to my childhood. Written by Shan-Shan Chen and illustrated by Heidi Goodman, the story introduces children ages 4 to 8 to the Chinese tradition of eating lucky birthday noodles on your special day.

However, it’s more than just a story about noodles. The book is also a loving story of adoption and how Mei-Mei’s parents strive to keep her Chinese culture as part of her life.
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