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Chinese New Year Celebrations Conclude with the Annual Lantern Festival

In just two days, the two week long period of Chinese New Year celebrations will come to a close. So of course, it is only right to end China’s most important holiday with one of their most important festivals. The Chinese Lantern Festival can be traced back to the Eastern Han Dynasty, over 2,000 years […]

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The History Behind Japan’s Girls’ Day Traditions

With the arrival of March, we can begin to look forward to a transition from the long and cold winter into the beginning of the spring months. The coming of spring not only means welcoming warmer weather, but also a season full of fun and traditional festivals and holidays throughout Asia. One of the first […]

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Japan Celebrates the Arrival of Girls’ Day

Excitement is growing throughout Japan due to the arrival of one of the nation’s biggest holiday traditions, Girls’ Day. The millennia old celebration, also referred to as Hinamatsuri or the Doll Festival, takes place every year on March 3rd. With all the history and tradition behind this special day comes just as many customs and […]

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The 7 Ways You Can Become a Naturally Optimistic Person

In recent years, many studies have been done looking at the relationship between positive thoughts and overall health. Research has been able to show that those who identify as optimists are subject to many health benefits including fewer colds, lower blood pressure, a reduced risk of heart disease, and even a slightly longer life. Author […]

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7 Ways Moms Can Plan an Awesome Staycation This Spring Break

Kids count down the weeks till their end of February or spring break, but for moms it usually means a full week of keeping the kids occupied, and sometimes that can prove to be a challenge, especially if you are living in a cold climate. Some families take this week to plan a trip, but […]

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My Review of Eileen Wacker’s ‘Red Penguin and the Missing Sushi’

In Eileen Wacker’s second book in the Fujimini Adventure Series, Fujimini Island is filled with excitement as the animals prepare for the much anticipated Moon Festival Celebration, a traditional Chinese harvest festival. All the hamsters are busily making beautiful traditional lanterns while Red Penguin is crafting her prized sushi. The other critters who live on […]

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3 Moms Make a Parody of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’ and the Results are Amazing

The women of What’s Up Moms turned Taylor Swift’s hit “Blank Space” into a hilarious parody just for moms. With their new lyrics they preach about lack of sleep, play dates, watching Frozen for the millionth time, chores, their Starbucks addictions and more but all with a humor that every mom can relate to. The […]

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A Summary and Review of Eileen Wacker’s Pink Hamster and the Big Birthday Surprise

The fourth installation in Eileen Wacker’s Fujimini Adventure Series, stars the adorable and peppy Pink Hamster who is beside herself with excitement when she wakes up ready to celebrate her birthday. Her absolute favorite part about her birthday is the cake- so much so that she has been dreaming about it all night. As soon […]

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Books for Christmas – Barrett Russell school

Event Date: December 25, 2014

OnceKids believes passionately in supporting children’s literacy, so this last Christmas we made a gift of 270 books to kindergarteners at the Barrett Russell school in Brockton, MA. Many of these children did not own a single book! We’d like to share some of the photos from that Christmas, and encourage all of our readers […]

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Get Ready for the Sheep!

Nearly half of the globe‚Äôs population believes in and celebrates Chinese or Lunar New Year. Should a busy family try to win the attention of the Green Wooden Sheep? Yes. Yes. Yes. Chinese New Year, called Lunar New Year in Korea, has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years. Originating during the Shang Dynasty (about […]

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