The Mixed Up Blog

The Child They Said Would Never Walk..

  As a Modern Mom contributor, I share about being a multicultural mom raising my children to be multiligual and learning about other cultures. This time I wrote about raising my oldest daughter who has a genetic disorder and were told she may not walk or talk. Here's a sneak preview. "As an infant, my daughter missed all of her developmental milestones. Cooing, babbling, crawling, walking, talking…all delayed.  At well-baby checkups, I would express my concerns to the doctor but he reassured me that all babies are different and we would continue to monitor her development.  But by the time...
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Interview by The Lookbook Philosophy

I love days like this. Production is in full swing and things are flowing smoothly. Kids are covered so I can spend all day at the office without having to run back and forth picking them up, running them to their activities and then trying to get them off to bed so I can finish the day's work. What was even better was the meetings I had today. The first one was a check-in with our publicist, Delia, from DDHPR We were gathering items from the line to share with Cam Anthony, the 12 year-old with the "Golden Voice" who...
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Celebrating "Faith" and World Down Syndrome Day

According to World Down Syndrome Day Organization, "21 March 2014 marks the 9th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day and each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. But there is still so much more we can do. Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the world to choose your own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities." Mixed Up Clothing...
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How do you teach your children about cultural diversity? A Freshly Picked/Mixed Up Clothing Collaboration

As a mom and an entrepreneur, I know how hard it is to start a business. Then once your business is up and running, it is even more difficult to balance your business and family. As you know, I have four children ranging from 5 to 21 years old and each one has an average of 2 activities each so I will be the first to say that I tow the line each day between being a “good mom/wife” or a “good businesswoman” (whatever “good” means). Coupled with the mommy/wife/businesswoman guilt, I’m screwed!   There are days when I feel...
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Designed with Curves in Mind: Sorella Swim

I have struggled with my weight for most of my adult life.  I had my first child at age 19 and since then it’s been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs (mainly ups) of my weight. By the fourth baby, the weight was very hard to lose.  What’s worse than not being successful at losing weight, is the fear that I am passing on my unhealthy relationship with food and my weight onto my children. I talk and even joke about being over-weight daily. I make self-deprecating comments as if to beat someone to the punch. You know,...
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Mixed Up Review : Circle of Friends Children Haircare Products

 Circle of Friends    A friend of mine from my non-profit organization, Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC), brought Circle of Friends products to my attention. And I’m so glad she did. I immediately loved the bottles as each depicts a character-or friend-from a different part of the world.  I was raised in Hawaii, so I knew I had to try Leilani's Halakahiki Lotion. And boy the `a`ala  (fragrance) brought me back to my days on Oahu. Colorfully illustrated, each friend lends his or her name to each product and offers a short story on the back. Like Mixed Up Clothing, Circle...
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"Are You Her Mother?"

This is an excerpt from my blog post on My family loves celebrating “firsts.” First anything. First smile, first word, first birthday, first haircut - you get the idea. But on my daughter’s first day of school in her dual language (English/Korean) classroom, we got our first “are you her mother?” question. As a biracial mom raising multicultural children faced with questions like this, I have to remind myself that most people are just curious. My first inclination is to answer, "who do you think I am?" But I don’t, because I have been trained. To read the entire...
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Would you walk up to 12 miles each day to get water? The Samburu Project

Let’s just jump right in (pun intended) and talk about water. According to 85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet.   783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. 6 to 8 million people die annually from the consequences of disasters and water-related diseases. Global population growth projections of 2–3 billion people over the next 40 years, combined with changing diets, result in a predicted increase in food demand of 70% by 2050.  About 66% of Africa is arid or...
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Dia de los Muertos: Celebrating the life of 할아버지 (Haraboji)

Mis hijos y sus abuelos It has been just over a month since my children’s haraboji  (grandfather in Korean) passed away after a long battle with cancer.  His passing brought up the tough question that has plagued many parents: How do you talk to your kids about death? Death is one of the hardest subjects to broach with young children, especially when you’re struggling to deal with your own sorrow. My 8-year-old reacted one way and my 5-year-old another. One became clingy, while the other was his usual cheerfulness. Our daily routine had been interrupted as days and nights would be spent...
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Mixed Up Clothing on Mixed Race Radio

Sonia discussed with host Tiffany Rae Reid about global diversity that is represented in the clothing line. Link>>
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Keeping Up With the Kids!

This past weekend, we had so much fun at our photoshoot. Thankfully, all the parents and kiddies showed up on time! The fun of the matter was that all the kids were able to play together. Isn't it great how kids make friends so easily? We had one mommy in particular entertaining seven kids with a kick ball and her iPhone to stop-and-play music. Mommy Shannon plays a song while the kids hand the kick ball or any ball to the person next to them. When the music stops, the child holding the ball is out.  This simple and easy...
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Mixed Up Clothing Wins Red Tricycle's 2013 Totally Awesome Awards

Mixed Up Clothing has won Red Tricycle's 2013 Totally Awesome Awards for Most Awesome Clothing Line for Girls. How awesome is that. Link>>
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