Mother Essentials: Chriselle Lim
Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano
Plenty of fashion and beauty fans (1 million and counting, to be exact) know influencer Chriselle Lim for her popular Instagram and YouTube pages. What they might not know is that the mother of two is now pouring much of her energy into a virtual education start-up, called BümoBrain, which has been conveniently launched just when quarantined parents need it most. Created alongside fellow co-founder and mama Joan Nguyễn Trần, BümoBrain includes both live and on-demand class options tailored to children ages 2-6, and was inspired by the early education needs of Chriselle’s own kiddos, Chloe, 5, and Colette, 2. Read up more on Bümo (which translates to “parents” in Korean), plus the Los Angeles-based entrepreneur’s other Mother Essentials of the moment below!
Lacing Whale. “The kids love lacing this toy whale, which helps them with their fine motor skills.” Maple Lacing Whale, $30, In Favor Of.
Habbi Habbi Books. “We’ve been using these bilingual books to learn Chinese and Spanish.” Bilingual Books, $17.99, Habbi Habbi.
Comfy Sweats. “I live in these sweatpants and have them in every color!” STV.OV Sweats, $88, Outdoor Voices.
Nighttime Reading. “I try to read for at least 15 mins before going to bed. Currently, I’m reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.” The Happiness Project…Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, by Gretchen Rubin, $15.63, Bookshop or Amazon.
Air Fryer Love. “I use my air fryer almost every day to whip up something for the kids, whether it be nuggets, fries, etc.” Dash Tasti-Crisp Air Fryer, $39.99, Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
Concealer. “I don’t wear much makeup while at home, but when I do need a pick me up, the Armani Luminous Silk Concealer gives me coverage and a nice glow.” Armani Luminous Silk Concealer, $38, Sephora.
Blow-Up Pool. “We don’t have a pool at our house, but with these super chic blow-up pools we are able to have summer right in our own home.” Minnidip Pool, $42.99, Target.
BümoBrain. “The closest thing you can get to a real, live classroom with super intimate classes and daily curriculum sent to your portal. We do this every day and it has brought structure to both my schedule, along with my daughter Chloe’s schedule.” BümoBrain.com.
Gua-Sha. “I’ve been trying to do a gua-sha massage every night to help with lymphatic drainage and healthy, glowing skin!” Wilding Empress Stone, $65, Credo.
Foodstirs Baking Kits. “We’ve been baking a lot together as a family and we love these baking kits as it brings us together.” Foodstirs Baking Kits, $5.99, Amazon.
Vital Proteins. “This Moon Milk Latte from Vital Proteins helps me relax when I’m sleepy after a long day.” Vital Proteins Blueberry Moon Milk Collagen Latte Dietary Supplement, $47.19, Target.
Wiwiwurka Rocker Balance Board. “The kids love playing on this balance board during the day. It keeps them active and it looks great in our home!” Wiwiurka XXL Rocker, $380, Wiwiurka.
Handmade Dolls. “These dolls are Chloe’s favorites. It’s also a great way to add diversity to your children’s toys.” Sleepy Doll, $90, In Favor Of.
Lemons. “As soon as I wake up, I drink hot lemon water every morning on an empty stomach. We have lemons in our backyard and I pluck fresh lemons every morning. This allows my body to push out any bad toxins in my system.”
Amazon Fire Tablet. “There’s definitely a bit more screen-time than usual for my kids during quarantine, but with the Amazon Fire Tablet, there are very high-controlled settings and lots of educational games and programming.” Fire HD 10 Tablet, $149.99, Amazon.
Bodysuit. “I have this bodysuit from free people in every color and pair it with my jeans or even sweats. It looks good with everything!” All Day Bodysuit, $40, Free People.
Peloton Sessions. “I work out on my Peloton every day to get my sweat on!” Pelaton Bike, $2,245, Pelaton.
Puzzle Mania. “We’ve been doing a lot of puzzles to keep our minds active as we’re staying safe at home.” 1, 2, 3, Go! Puzzle, $30, In Favor Of.
For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with Matana Organics founder Gabriela Babila, interior designer Susan Work, author Tiffany Dufu, Les Gamins founder Veronique Nguyen, Lonny editor Angela Tafoya, Wiley Body founder Vanessa Wade, DockATot’s Roma Patel, designers Anna Wallack, Cynthia Rowley, Rebecca Atwood, and Dana Haim, Olympian Alysia Montano, cookbook author Hetal Vasavada, model and muse Slick Woods, children’s author Serena Minott, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, Oakland retail queen Sherri McMullen, wellness influencer Joanne Encarnacion, author LaTonya Yvette, and many, many more!
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