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
As I trained for my first (and to date, only) marathon, the words of a longtime friend kept coming to mind. Always remember, YOU signed up for this. I laughed when he said it, but I didn’t know how true his statement was. Yes, I registered online and paid the registration fee. I printed out the training plan. I bought new gear. The anticipation was pretty exciting, before I had put in any … [Read more...] about You Signed Up for This