Wednesday, May 25, 2016

How to Wash Your Damn Clothes in Japan - The American Idiot's Step by Step How-to Guide

This month, we moved into a lovely, temporary apartment in beautiful Nagoya, Japan. Our property management company specializes in foreign relocation and I was so relieved when I found they had created a manual for every appliance in our furnished flat because we do not speak a lick of Japanese.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Last Chance to Get $50 Off Summer Camps with Digital Media Academy

* This post was sponsored by Digital Media Academy.

I know you've heard me tout the wonders of Digital Media Academy before but time is almost up to get your kid enrolled into their summer camps and they're filling up fast! If you your 6-12 year old signed up before 5/31 we have a coupon code for $50 off!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Giveaway - Beach Bike for Father's Day

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We have another great giveaway for Father's Day coming up!!! Who would like to win this awesome beach cruiser? You don't have to live at the beach to ride it but you do have to be 18+ years old and a US resident to win!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

My Little Boy and his Prayer at a Buddhist Temple in Japan

There's a few things I was hoping would happen on our extended stay in Japan but it is the little surprises that are making our trip meaningful and memorable above and beyond what I had expected on our hunt for things to do with little kids.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mother's Day Move to Japan

As some of you may know, my husband is a Project Manager for LEGOLAND parks around the world. This year, he is working on LEGOLAND Japan. A little over a month ago he came to me and said that he wanted to head out to Japan to be on the ground for a few months as the timelines of some of his projects got shuffled around. His guy could not leave Dubai to oversee Japan as they had initially planned. He asked if we would like to join him.

Our son is 4, our daughter is 1, I work as a blogger and writer, so this was something I thought we could possibly do. I couldn't really think of a good excuse NOT to do it. Hubby rented an apartment, we packed everything up and here we are!

Since our apartment is not ready, yet, we are spending a couple weeks in a hotel in Nagoya. This is our first time in Japan and there is a lot to see and do, here.

We spent the last few weeks packing and prepping our house and tying up loose ends. As a blogger that has no staff (and I prefer it that way) my blog has suffered a bit. I've been trying to offer giveaways and other quick posts to keep things going around here, but things have slowed a bit. I'm not the big breadwinner in the family, so of course my blog is the first to suffer when we are tight on time.

Once we get settled and we get over the jetlag, I plan on getting back to one of my favorite things to do in the world - writing on this blog.

The kiddos and I, and Daddy too, when he has time, plan on exploring this city and all it has to offer. We have already been to the Pokemon store twice at the request of our 4 year old. We also plan on venturing out to Tokyo and Tokyo Disneyland if we can manage it.

Hopefully, I will be able to share all of our adventures and get back to polishing all the drafts that have piled up in my files. I truly love to write and work but as usual family comes first and we wouldn't have it any other way.

In the meantime, I am posting more frequently on Instagram and Facebook, so make sure you follow me there if you like to hear me babble or you want to see pictures of all the interesting and exciting adventures to come.

Side Note:
Us DeMarias are mostly vegetarian. I am mostly vegan and very rarely eat things that contain any animals products if I can help it. I always tell my kids that although we don't eat animal products at home, it is hard to eat vegan when we go out, so we just do our best. This is why the kids are vegetarian. I on the other hand, am just so OVER animal products. I have read and seen enough that I am not only opposed to the thought of consuming anything that came from an animal, I'm kind of disgusted and offended by it.

Quite frankly, I'm not sure how anyone could NOT be outraged by what is done to animals so humans can have their breast milk and meat. There is enough information, pictures, video and firsthand accounts of how animals are treated all the way up to the violent and horrific ends of their short lives. Rant rant rant.... my blog, my rant. Deal with it. I'm hangry, ok.

This has always been a difficult thing for me to reconcile with those around me who are blind to the facts, but as a social creature who cares deeply for humankind as well, I do my best to overlook other individuals' eating habits and lifestyles and instead focus on the good and inherent kindness of people, regardless of how they eat. I'm going to be employing this philosophy in a big way, here, where it seems as though like-minded vegans will be harder to find than English speaking Americans.

I thought being a vegan in Florida was hard... in Japan, it is a great way to go on a diet. On a positive note, this is why I brought my bikini and am already looking good in my size 4 shorts. SO looking forward to a vegan food festival here next week. I will make up for 2 weeks of starvation ;)

Monday, April 25, 2016

Digital Media Academy Summer Camp and 2016 Coupon Code

* This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Digital Media Academy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Time to start thinking about summer camp for the kids. If you would like to find an enriching and educational experience your 6-17 year old will LOVE, Digital Media Academy has some amazing digital arts and computer classes. Right now, they are offering our readers $100 off their one or two week camps.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Giveaway - $125 for Wall-Ah Decals

Welcome Everyone to Wall-Ah! Giveaway

There's nothing like a BIG cool wall decal to really make a kid's room. Do you want to update a room? Enter our giveaway for Wall-Ah Decals!!!