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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 ModernMom.com 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 Unwater.org 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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Back to School Necessities

On KCAL 9 in Los Angeles, Mixed Up Clothing is featured in a segment highlighting new back to school trends and ideas. Mixed Up Clothing starts at 4:15.
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An I am Mixed/Mixed Up Clothing Collaboration

I Am Mixed and Mixed Up Clothing in collaboration. Mixed Up Clothing provided promotional items for the launch of Garcelle Beauvais' and Sebastian Jones' book.     
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Mixed Up Clothing Nominated for Red Tricycle 2013 Totally Awesome Awards

Mixed Up Clothing has been nominated for Red Tricycle's 2013 Totally Awesome Awards in the category of "Clothing Lines for Girls." Please vote for us and thank you.
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Momtrepreneurs featuring Mixed Up Clothing on the Today Show

Sonia was featured on the December 6th episode of the Today show focusing on "Momtrepreneurs" with Natalie Morales and fellow momtrepreneur Soleil Moon Frye. Follow the link for the full story. Link
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