April 1, we all know, is April Fool's Day. It's also my friend Judy's 65th birthday. You might expect she's been the victim of a few birthday pranks through the years. This year, Judy already has made her birthday wishes known. It's for everyone to complete a Random Act of Kindness. That's #RAK, if you post to social media and know what a hashtag is. She made her request on … [Read more...] about Instead of an April Fools Prank, How About Acts of Kindness?
My mind is racing through my list of activities and commitments ahead in the next few days, scrolling through a mental to-do list that needs to be written down. I feel my pulse quicken as my thoughts dart from what I should have finished already to what I’ve yet to start. And I’m not even out of bed yet. Sound familiar? With the holidays upon us, the feeling of overwhelm can be great. It … [Read more...] about Overwhelmed? The 1 Question to Ask Yourself
True confession: I just bought cream soda … made with high fructose corn syrup. Anyone watching me at the grocery store and unaware of my inner turmoil would have thought that I was insane because of the dance I was doing with different cartons of the stuff. I was getting ready for my son's birthday party, and he had requested cream soda and Doritos to go along with the pizza … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Doritos and Cream Soda
We may wish for the Norman Rockwell version of Thanksgiving, family smiling and laughing joyfully as they surround a table with a big ol’ turkey. But let’s be real. Someone will say something provocative. And then someone replies in anger. Old slights resurface. New ones leave a fresh cut. Tensions run high when people who normally don’t spend a lot of time together come together for an … [Read more...] about Keys to Surviving and Thriving in the Holidays
One of the most difficult concepts I ever had to learn – and that I still sometimes struggle with - was the importance of putting me first. As Moms, our lives revolve around other people, especially if we take care of little people. We make sure they get where they need to be. We put meals on the table. We help with homework, volunteer at schools, assist with extracurricular activities, give … [Read more...] about Self Care vs. Self Sacrifice: Which Do You Choose?
If you’ve ever found yourself at the grocery store, confused by whether to choose an organic option over a conventional one, here’s some help. Each year, the Environmental Working Group publishes two lists. One, the “Dirty Dozen,” is those vegetables and fruits that you’re best off buying organic, because the conventional ones are highly sprayed with pesticides. The “Clean … [Read more...] about The Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen