MOM FRI­DAY Lov­ing and Giv­ing

Blog­ger and mom­preneur Michelle Lim tells North­ern Liv­ing what it's like to be a Mom Fri­day

Northern Living - - NORTHERNERS - BY MARAH S. D. RUIZ

B etween pre­par­ing kids for school and run­ning her house­hold, Michelle Lim still finds time to run a blog—and a suc­cess­ful one at that. Thanks to her back­ground in PR, events, and ad­ver­tis­ing, Michelle's blog, My Mom Fri­day, is en­joy­ing a good run in cy­berspace. As a stay- ath­ome work­ing mom, she finds time to write dur­ing week­nights, right af­ter tu­tor­ing her kids and fin­ish­ing her er­rands. At the mo­ment, she is also toy­ing with the pos­si­bil­ity of set­ting up a busi­ness that she can man­age from home.

Michelle is about to cel­e­brate 11 years of mar­riage with her hus­band this Novem­ber. She has been blessed with two kids: JT, who is turn­ing 10, and Mika, who is turn­ing 7. " We also rec­og­nize their in­di­vid­u­al­ity, their needs, how they think, so par­ent­ing is dif­fer­ent for each child," she says, ex­plain­ing that she is not as strict with her kids as her par­ents were with her.

She and her hus­band are less au­thor­i­tar­ian and more open to what their kids have to say. They ex­tend some level of em­pow­er­ment so that the kids learn to be more re­spon­si­ble with their ac­tions. " Even if we’re more demo­cratic, our chal­lenge is to in­still dis­ci­pline, hu­mil­ity, com­pas­sion, hon­esty, and re­spect for oth­ers."

STYLISHLY LOW- MAIN­TE­NANCE

Michelle de­scribes her style as comfy, ca­sual, and a bit con­ser­va­tive— one that has re­mained rel­a­tively the same, even af­ter hav­ing kids. She sticks to time­less pieces and sim­ple ca­sual ensem­bles, some­times adding trendy pieces or ac­ces­sories, de­pend­ing on her mood. "I still en­joy dress­ing up even af­ter hav­ing kids, and I like styling [my kids'] out­fits as well. I only wear a dress when it’s called for or dur­ing for­mal oc­ca­sions."

Prob­a­bly the only thing that changed in her style is the footwear. " I kicked the heels in fa­vor of flats af­ter I stopped work­ing, but there are days I miss cor­po­rate dress­ing."

For her beauty reg­i­men, she sticks to the ba­sics: cleansing, ex­fo­li­at­ing, and mois­tur­iz­ing. " I use Phys­io­gel cleanser and in­ten­sive cream, Cure ex­fo­liant, Shu Ue­mura cleansing oil, and mois­tur­iz­ing body oils for my dry skin."

She al­ways car­ries a lash curler, lip­stick, eye pen­cil, and mas­cara in her beauty kit but mostly keeps her makeup sim­ple. " I can go with just my min­eral face pow­der and fa­vorite Burt’s Bees Lip Shim­mer."

Fit­ness, though, is one area she feels she needs to work on. " At my age, I know I need to have some form of ex­er­cise. I’m for­ever un­der­weight, and it’s not a good thing." She has re­cently tried Vinyasa Flow yoga with her friends and hopes to start some home ex­er­cises with free weights.

Even if we’re more demo­cratic, our chal­lenge

is to in­still dis­ci­pline, hu­mil­ity,

com­pas­sion, hon­esty, and re­spect

for oth­ers.

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