Advent now is my favorite season, but it wasn't always that way. I used to rush about, making an exhaustive gift-giving list, putting out every decoration we owned, and thinking I needed to bake and go and do and ..... whew. If only that baby would just get here. Two years ago, I sat at home with a broken toe and sprained ankle, watching as others put up our tree, fluffed our wreaths, and … [Read more...] about Crazy Busy? ‘Tis the Season! Let’s Do This
It is not uncommon for many of us to "blow it" over a holiday weekend, but Stretchy-Pants Week doesn't have to turn into an entire month. Want to get back on track? Then take a look at the list below. Here are 5 ways to refocus and recover after a holiday: Stop beating yourself up about what you ate, drank, said, did, or didn't do. It's a new day. Stop replaying the narratives. Forgive … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Get on Track after a Stretchy-Pants Week
What’s your plan of action when you feel a cold or other illness brewing? In our home, we take a multi-faceted approach to boost our immune system. First, we have a mantra that we’ve said for years. It sounds a little hokey, but we use it whenever one of us is feeling run down and susceptible to illness: I am healthy, and I will remain healthy. This mindset shift works as a code to ourselves. … [Read more...] about Got a Cold? Boost your Immune System this Winter
This is how I discovered the importance of self care and a healthier lifestyle. For a time, I went about my days with anger and frustration simmering just below the surface. I tried to push through and dismiss my feelings, but too often they spilled over and landed on the people I cared about most. The move to a new state that we’d made just a few months prior felt like it had been the … [Read more...] about Temple of the Spirit: My Self Care Story
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?