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I’m a time-starved mother suffering from what I believe to be MUDD or Motherhood Unintentional Distraction Disorder. My mind is everywhere! But that’s okay. There’s never a dull moment around these parts! Welcome to my world!
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I’m the girl with the long face in all the pictures. Class pictures. Family pictures. Office pictures. It doesn’t matter, I’m that girl. Because of my so-called resting bitch face, I’ve had a lot of people encourage me to turn that frown upside down. To them I ask, why? A smile doesn’t change who I am. Just because I’m not smiling doesn’t mean I’m not happy. Or kind. Or fun. I’m all those things and more. So why force a smile when I’m just as content keeping a serious, sullen, or straight face?
If you you would rather hike through the woods than sip a latte at Starbucks, your wardrobe contains several camo shirts and pants, and you can’t wait to go camping with your family again, you are officially an outdoorsy mom.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, your family is probably asking for gift ideas for your nature-loving self. In case you could use a little inspiration for what to ask for this year, consider the following suggestions: Read more
A tight-knit community can provide a safe haven for your children, a reliable network and countless personal connections. With busy, transient lives — kids at school, parents at work, dinner on the table, in bed by 10 — we often don’t prioritize fostering a strong sense of community. However, our sense of community affects our brain chemistry, our general well-being and our social identities. Regardless of location, there are many ways to find and create communal settings and social opportunities. Here are a few ideas: Read more
It’s that time of year again: Thanksgiving. If you’re a mom this can be a wonderful holiday for celebrating family and being together. It can also be a Prozac-inducing food fest that causes anxiety hives and the purchase of industrial-size bottles of wine (we can dream). Well, get your hand out of the poultry’s hind end for just a minute and listen up. You do not need to be a clucking wonder woman! Not this year, momma!
Relax and enjoy! Here are 6 Thanksgiving time sucks you aint’t got time for: Read more
Whether you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home caretaker, having a career that balances time and money isn’t some all-or-nothing endeavor. You don’t need to leave your life at home to have a job, and you don’t need to quit your job to spend more time at home. Thousands of mothers are finding new ways to build careers from their living room and making good money in the process. But more importantly, they’re doing it without sacrificing the most valuable resource: time. Read more
Despite the barriers and challenges, women are as equally qualified as men to run big businesses. According to a new Pew Research Survey, most Americans found women to be more innovative, more intelligent, more compassionate and stronger than men when it comes to being organized leaders. Women are making strides in the business world. Find out what you can learn from them. Here are three women in big business who are leading the way for today’s mompreneurs. Read more
Here in Maine we’re known for our quirky little accents and plush green acres, with 90 percent of our gorgeous state covered in forest. We’re also recognized for our sea critters that make any dinner sing and our winter wonderland that is guaranteed to arrive just in time for Santa. So what are we not known for? ENTREPRENEURSHIP! Read more
Wanting a little sunshine in your life is understandable; after all, research shows that some Vitamin D can improve your sleep, boost your mood, and more. But while getting out and about is good for your health, the risk of skin cancer still exists. In fact, one in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime, and melanoma causes nearly 4/5 of skin cancer deaths.
You may think that you’re free from skin cancer risks if you don’t live in a traditionally sun-soaked state like California or Florida. However, the research may surprise you: sunny states like Florida and Texas have some of the lowest risks of skin cancer, despite popular outdoor activities like going to the beach and hiking. Other low-risk states include Nevada, Arizona, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Read more