Lisa Aihara

Lisa Aihara is a visual artist and writer based in Los Angeles. A mom of two, Lisa draws (pun intended) inspiration from her own life, her sense of humor, playful art style, and her knack for storytelling to create an emotional connection. Find her online at

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Using a Weekly Planner to Record My Kids' Funny Antics

Using a weekly planner to catch all the moments I don't want to forget about my kids

A Love Letter to Spam Musubi

What's your perfect Spam Musubi?

Thinking about Japanese baby names? Start here.

I've been the go-to Japanese baby name friend. If you're wondering where to start, here's a crash course.

How I'm trying to teach inclusivity to my kids

How a mom of two navigates the difficult lesson of inclusivity—which you would think is easy as a minority, but it's a little more complicated.

10 Ways to Support a New Mom

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and also Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. If you know someone who's recently welcomed a baby, here are 10 ways you can help support them.

5 Things I wish someone told me about fertility

There are so many things I wish I knew about fertility that I didn't end up learning until I became pregnant and had babies myself.

A REAL Look at the Day in the Life of a Work at Home Mom

Not a productive life hack or daily routine schedule, just a real look at what it's like to be a Work at Home Mom.

5 Non-food ideas for your kids' Valentine’s Day class gift

Valentine’s Day is a special time for kids, but it doesn’t have to be all about food and candy. If you're looking for non-food and no-candy options for your children’s Valentine’s Day class gifts, here are 5 ideas and a free printable card.

In Defense of Video Games: I'd Give My Son a Game Before a Tablet

I would rather my son start playing video games than just watching TV. I believe there are a lot of benefits to playing video games, despite it being unfairly blamed for violence and obesity.

Family Summer Bucket List for Adventure Days

A bucket list for families to embrace an adventure mindset with kids during the summer.

Stop Overpacking

Traveling can feel overwhelming as an overpacker. Use this packing template so you can focus on the actual fun of the trip, not what to bring and how much!

Personal Color Analysis Changed My Relationship with Clothes

Personal color consultation will tell you what colors look best on you. For a mom of two, it meant the beginning of a chromatastic adventure.

The Business of Holding Yourself Back in Business

As a Japanese American, are we bound to be nothing more than excellent individual contributors?

Married Couple Answers Relationship Questions from Yo! Team

Lisa and Steven answer some relationship questions from the Yo! editorial team.

If You Gave Up on the Bullet Journal, Maybe You Did It Wrong

The Bullet Journal is a life changing method of decluttering your mind and doing more with your time. If you don't agree, maybe you did it wrong.

To Santa or not to Santa, that is the question

To Santa or not to Santa, that is the question. More than ever, it takes a lot of effort and maneuvering on the parents’ part to keep this magic alive. Some will say that the fight is worth it, others will argue it’s time to stop lying to our kids—because yes, that is what it takes sometimes to keep it going. Lying.

What to get your friends’ kids

The magic sweet spot for friends’ kids gifting is it has to be useful enough for the parent to appreciate it, but still fun for the kid (because you want to be the cool one), and also something kind of off the mainstream path so the parent hasn’t gotten it for them yet. Oh and obviously not super expensive because dude, you’re just the weird auntie/uncle still, and no need to invest in that kind of relationship.

5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Had Kids

Small talk is small talk, I get that. But I do wish that these “new parent-isms” we spit out at these folks were a bit more helpful.