Sparkle was born and raised in the Gresham area, but just recently moved back to Portland from the Seattle area. She is half Hmong and half Chinese. Her ethnic names translate to shiny light, hence why her American name is Sparkle. She is an Instructional Designer working from home and creates training materials. She is also a loving wife and mom to a precious 9-month old boy, Boston. For fun, she loves to craft and make things. Sparkle also enjoys her morning coffee and traveling the world. You can see more of her card-making creations on her blog at

Capturing Our Family Moments with Samantha Shannon Photography

{This is a sponsored post. A mini photography session and digital prints were provided in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.} Is it time for you and your family to get...

Capsule Wardrobe 101: How and Why to Take the Plunge

In the last year I transitioned from working full-time out of the house to being a work from home mom. Previously, the weekends were the only time I wore casual clothes. Now that I am mostly...

Eight Rules of Safe Water Play

This summer my son started taking swimming lessons.  Since he just turned one, it's really a class to get him acquainted with the water.  It has been fun to see him get more comfortable in...

The 10 Most Important Things I Learned During My Baby’s First Year

My son is turning one at the end of the month and I am full of many emotions.  I can hardly believe that a year ago we welcomed our sweet little baby boy into...

Fun and Fabulous Birthday Freebies

It's true, my birthday is my favorite holiday of the year!  My mom was born in December and, for most of her childhood, her birthday got lumped with celebrating Christmas.  As a result,  my...

Simple Strategies to Save Big on Family Essentials

A few years ago I made it a personal goal to cut my grocery and household product costs in half.  I reduced our budget amount and learned how to use coupons to get more...