Friday, December 31, 2010
Cold days in winter make it a perfect opportunity to do arts and crafts with children at home. Consider introducing them to Korean paper folding - you may know this art as Origami. Korean paper folding is a valued tradition that goes back long ago. We recently added these traditional Korean hanbok paper folding art sets.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Due to customer requests, we now have a Korean Lullaby CD for sale! Perfect music for your baby while you try to soothe your baby to sleep. Click here to purchase.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Looking for Korean cultural ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree? You can make your own by using the Korean folk magnets. All you need is ribbon and strong craft glue (or crazy glue). The black magnet has enough gap for you to place a ribbon through it. To secure it, you can use glue to keep the ribbon in place. No need to worry about the ornament breaking since these Korean folk hanbok magnets are made of rubbery clay!
To purchase these Korean folk clay magnets, you can click here.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
"Our journey to adoption started after our emotionally
draining fertility treatments came to an end. Additional
treatment options were available, but we did not feel they
were the right choice for us. Instead, on September 24th,
2007, we chose to pursue adoption.We both felt that this
was God’s purpose for us.
Adoption has brought our family so many blessings. Every
day we look into our son's eyes and are so thankful for
him and all the wonderful people who took such great care
of him before he was in our arms forever. We couldn't
imagine life without him. He has brought so much joy
to our family!"
Although National Adoption Month officially ended in
November, we hope that the personal stories shared by
the winners have helped in raising adoption awareness. To
see more beautiful families formed through adoption, you
can visit nationaladoptionmonth.blogspot.com.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
We recently updated on Little Seouls Party website. Please come visit and check out our newly designed site at www.littleseoulsparty.com. You can find custom Korean inspired birthday invitations, thank you cards, banners, party favors, doljabi items, memory boards, and much more! Although our items are catered towards the Korean 1st birthday called a doljanchi, we can customize for any special occasion!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sanrio is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year! They hosted a Sanrio Small Gift Show in Santa Monica to commemorate the special occasion. Since we live nearby, we decided to go and see what it was all about!
I did not realize how crowded the show would be. I also did not realize that most of the participants would be adults and not children. Sanrio has a huge following among all age groups! Despite the crowds, my kids had fun playing miniature golf, riding the ferris wheel, playing booth games and visiting the art exhibit. The line to the gift store was over 2 1/2 hours long, so we were unable to view the adorable items for sale.
I hear the next Sanrio Small Gift Show will be in Miami. For more information, you can visit their site here.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Below is a photo of their family with
the judge on the day their son's
adoption was finalized.
Below is what they shared about their
We decided to adopt after our first son
was born, following a complicated
pregnancy.Our little Lukas Gang-seok arrived home to
us from Korea on October 21,2009. He is an
absolute love and we can't imagine not
having him in our lives! Of course, this
experience has changed our lives in many
ways...we have developed a real appreciation for the
Korean culture and are so grateful for the love and
care that Lukas received while still in Korea.
We are a second time around adoptive family waiting for our second son to come home. Our daughter was also adopted from Korea (pictured with us and our biological son). Our son's name will be Jamin S. Lee. We decided to adopt after our son Jadon was born with medical issues (that did resolve over time with no adverse effects) but were told by our doctor that a second pregnancy would be very dangerous. My husband grew up in Daegu, Korea and I worked in Daegu for 4 years as an ESL teacher/professor. So, we went ahead and adopted our daughter Arianna from Korea three years ago. After meeting many Korean American
families who mostly adopted girls, we realized there was a need (if we were going to
adopt again) to adopt Korean boys. So, here we are waiting for our little Jamin to
come home! I would LOVE to win this because the bedspread I picked for our son's bed
actually has airplanes on it like the poster!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Meet the Albano Family! Hear their story:
We decided to adopt when infertility was introduced
to us after already having one biological child. I
am now SO THANKFUL that infertility was our ‘issue’
since our family now boasts our two beautiful,
wonderful, brilliant Korean-born daughters.
Adoption changed our lives so much that we now are
HUGE adoption advocates! We feel priviledged to be
a part of a larger adoptive family and especially
blessed to be a part of the Korean culture. We are
so thankful and blessed to be an adoptive family.
Our children: Christian, biological. Lily & Mimi,
Monday, November 8, 2010
I am a second generation Korean American, who speaks basic Korean mixed with English when speaking "Korean." I say "Korean" because I think I'm speaking "Korean" until native Koreans or first generation Koreans smile at my use of "Konglish." What is Konglish? Konglish is the use of English words in a Korean language context. I notice my Konglish is most heard when speaking with my parents, since I talk "Korean" with no inhibition.
Here's an example:
"Umma (엄마), Chinese food muh goh sheepa (먹고 싶어) or Korean food?"
My mom, who immigrated to the US as a young adult, also uses a milder version of Konglish when speaking to our relatives in Korea. It's funny how she doesn't even realize that she uses English words in her Korean conversations!
I am not surprised that Konglish is also widely spoken in Korea. In Korea, however, English words are sometimes used out of context or made up words are used. For example, "fastaurant" is not a word in the US but Koreans may use it for fast food restaurant.
If you want to learn more about what is going on in Korean Konglish, read Rick Ruffin's article in Yonghap News by clicking http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/n_feature/2010/09/28/50/4901000000AEN20100928005000315F.HTML
If you want to test your use of Konglish, try speaking Korean to a person who knows no English, then you will realize how much you depend on the use of Konglish.
Photo credit - Yonhap News Agency
Friday, November 5, 2010
"We decided to adopt because we knew there were so many children in the world
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
To celebrate National Adoption Month, we would like to honor adoptive families by doing special giveaways! We will be doing 2 giveaways. The first one called "Welcome Home Giveaway" is open to those waiting to bring their child home and who has received their referral photo. The winner will receive a personalized Welcome Home Banner and 20 personalized announcement/arrival cards!
To enter the "Welcome Home Giveaway" Contest, please submit a (1) referral photo, (2) child and family's name, (3) brief statement about how you decided to adopt, (4) future bedroom photo/and or family photo (if available) and (5) why you want to win this. *Also, please let us know if it is okay to share photo and story for contest purposes. * Submit your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org and make sure you subject your email as "Welcome Home Giveaway."
Winner will be announced on 11/19/10.
Our second contest is the "Korean Hangul Poster Giveaway" Contest. We will be randomly selecting 4 adoptive families (one each Friday for the month of November). In order to enter this weekly giveaway, please submit a (1) recent family photo, (2) brief statement about how you decided to adopt, (3) share how adoption / child has changed your family, and (4) child and family's name. *Please also let us know if it is okay to share your photo and story for contest purposes.* Submit your entry to email@example.com and title it Korean Hangul Poster Giveaway. Only one entry is needed for the 4 weekly drawings. Winner announced each Friday!
Poster will size 12 x 18.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Congrats to 3 year old Bella for winning Little Seouls's Halloween Costume Contest! Her mom did a fabulous job making this costume and taking such a great photo! We hope you enjoy our $50 Gift Voucher to Little Seouls!
Thank you to everyone else who entered the contest! It was a tough decision this year! We enjoyed seeing everyone's costumes!
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Looking for Korean food recipes for kids? Or want to join a Korean American community to talk about food and cooking as it relates to children? Check out the Facebook community of Korean Cooking for Kids. They have compiled recipes from various Food Bloggers and Cooks to make menu planning more easily accesible.
Here's their facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Korean-Cooking-for-Kids/118218451543090?ref=ts
Or if you can to http://www.koreancookingforkids.com.
The facebook page is updated most regularly so its best to go there.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Here is a list of Korean schools and organizations that provide Korean classes for children. If you can't find one in your city or region, try contacting the National Association for Korean Schools at www.naks.org. You can also check with your local Korean church to see if they provide Saturday Korean School.
Korean Educational Center in LA
Korean Institute of Southern CA
Orange County Korean Cultural Center
San Diego Regional Council of Korean School Association of America
Bakersfield Regional Council of Korean School Association of America
Korean Schools Association of Northern CA
Silicon Valley Korean School
Korean School of Ann Arbor
Sae Jong School
Beverly Hills, Michigan
Tucson Regional Council of Korean School Associaion of America
Austin Korean School
Greater Dallas Korean School
Korean Academy of Colorado
DC Metro Area
National Korean School Association of Washington DC Metro Area
New Hope Academy
The Hawaii Association for Korean Schools
New Mexico Regional Council of Korean School Association of America
Las Vegas Area Council of Korean School Association of America
Korean Society of Oregon
United Korean School
Seattle and Bellevue)
Olympia Korean School
Olympia Presbyterian Church
Midwest (IL, WI)
Korean School Association of Midwest USA
The National Association for Korean Schools Northeast Chapter
Korean School of New England
Korean Language and Cultural Education Institute
Korean School of NY
Central New York Korean School
Korean Heritage School for Adoptees
Dasom Korean Academy
Southeast Regional Council
Thursday, October 14, 2010
I've been noticing a new trend lately...doljabi sets made out of clay! I'm not very crafty but if you are, I'm sure you can make these. I would suggest Crayola Model Magic dough since they dry nice and firm. We would love to see someone's attempt at making them. Actually, the first 2 people to send us a photo of their work will receive our Little Seouls Korean alphabet poster! Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
For those of you who don't live near Korean bakeries but want to display a Korean rice cake for your party table, you can try a fake DIY one. This faux rice cake can be a perfect addition for your dol table or for a special occasion like your parent's 60th (hwan-gap) birthday.
Materials and directions:
- Round circular strip of thick cardboard (0r get cardboard and cut according to shape)
- Crayola model magic dough or something similar (white and brown color as shown)
-Brush to make the texture marks of a rice cake.
-Print out of Hangul letters
(for dol, you can use the print out below).
-Form and shape as shown
Great DIY ideas like this can be found on www.korean1stbirthday.com, a resource guide and forum for those planning a Korean party.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Please send a photo of your child to email@example.com to enter our Halloween Costume Contest for November. Entries are due on Oct. 30, 2010. Winner announced on Oct. 31, 2010. When sending a photo, please send us your child's name, age, and consent to use photo for contest purposes.
Since it is fun seeing kids in costumes, we may share your photos on our Little Seouls facebook page. Please note that by submitting your entry, you are agreeing that we may post your child's photo on facebook and our blog for contest purposes.
Thank you! This contest is open to children up to 12 years of age. Please no scary costumes as this a family friendly site. Prize will be $50 Gift Certificate to Little Seouls!
*This contest will be part of our November Baby of the Month Contest.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Here is an interesting product made in Korea to detect poop in diapers. An alarm and light goes off once it detects urine and feces. I can see this being useful in a daycare setting when many babies are being cared for at once. But I personally think a mother's smell is good enough..
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Here's the popular YouTube video of a cute little girl promoting Samsung’s Smartphone Galaxy S for the U.S.market. She is doing the infamous ‘gok-ji-jeom’ dance which became a craze in Korea after celeb Kim Soo ro introduced it. This dance routine became so popular in Korea that it was used by the Korean cheering squad during the 2006 World Cup. The video has gotten close to 3 million hits!
Source: Korean Herald
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
LA Korean Festival
Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2010
Seoul International Park
KORUS Festival (Virginia)
Sept. 17 - Sept. 19, 2010
Annandale KMART Parking Lot
Chuseok Festival in NY (Korean Produce Association)
Oct. 9-10, 2010
Randall Island Park
12 - 10pm www.kpany.org
Korean Festival in Houston
October 23, 2010
Houston, TX 77010
Bernardsville NJ Chuseok Festival
Oct. 3, 11:30 -3:45pm
First Presbyterian Church of Bernardsville
321 Mine Brook Rd. Rt. 202 s. Bernardsville 07920
30th Annual Korea Day Parade and Festival NYC
Broadway and 32nd Street
Oct. 2, 2010
*Please let us know if you know of any others!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Need ideas for your child's Paegil party, otherwise known as the Korean 100th day birthday celebration? Check out this amazing party inspired by the Taeguk Korean symbol. All DIY items and decor by Jack's Mommy! More information can be found on her blog. Click here.
What is "Paegil"? One hundred days after a baby is born, Koreans have a small feast to celebrate the baby's survival and health. The feast is much smaller than the Dol party. Rice cakes, red bean cakes and other traditional Korean food is usually provided.