6 Truths About Helicopter Parents

My parenting style can be best described as a hybrid mashup—a combination of authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. But if one parenting style was to surface and all others sink, at the end of the day I would emerge a predominantly helicopter parent. The term "helicopter parenting" was coined back in 1990 by child development researchers Foster Cline and Jim Fay in their book, Parenting With Love and Logic. Helicopter parents, according to the official definition, take an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of Read more

How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation

Who wouldn’t want to take a vacation every month, or even every weekend? Unfortunately for most, there isn’t room for a trip in the schedule—or budget. Plus, as most holiday vacations prove, it can be exhausting and overwhelming to coordinate a family trip out of town. That’s why many people in need of a small getaway take staycations instead. Staycations allow you to relax and do fun activities with your family, all without the expense of travel or booking Read more

Top of the Tingles: The ASMR A-List

Relaxation. Euphoria. Tingling. These are the words used to describe the result of an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, trigger. In a piece I recently wrote for Sanity & Self, I describe the concept as "the physical response to auditory, visual, or tactile triggers, usually a tingly sensation similar to feeling chills. Think of the goosebumps you might get when someone whispers into your ear. That’s ASMR. Most experts attribute ASMR’s relaxing sensations to the release of endorphins, Read more

Self-Discovery Questions to Ask Yourself Each Day

In today’s uber-connected world, it’s so easy to get caught up in your phone wherever you go. Whether you're responding to work emails, organizing your kids’ schedules, or updating your Instagram, the hours can fly by before you know it. While this is certainly convenient, it can become unhealthy if it turns into a habit. Because we’re all so busy, your mental health could be suffering and you wouldn’t even know it because you’re too preoccupied to pay attention Read more

Self-Care With Hygge

Taking time for yourself as a mom can be difficult between appointments, errands and keeping everyone fed, on time and in clean clothes. Finding ways to fit in self-care and moments to yourself are so important, even short breaks can have a positive impact on your day. One shortcut to make sure you get the change to recharge is make your house ready for relaxation whenever you are. You may have heard of it as an emerging decor trend, hygge Read more

Hood Sour Cream Infused Smashed Potatoes

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Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Hood. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.  

When I think of comfort food, I immediately see visions of mashed potatoes. Glorious, delicious mashed potatoes! And one of my all-time favorites recipes for cooked spuds is Sour Cream Infused Smashed Potatoes. My brand of choice? Hood Sour Cream, of course! It’s a household favorite. Read more

Crock Pot Chocolate Candy Balls

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candy balls

There are a lot of recipes for making candy in a crock pot. This is one of the easiest and most versatile around! Crock Pot Chocolate Candy Balls are loaded with flavor and so simple to make. This is a great project to tackle with the kids! Read more

Sweet Crepes and Strawberries

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sweet crepes

This recipe for Sweet Crepes and Strawberries has been a family favorite for over 20 years! These crepes are delicious and very rich. The presentation of this recipe is wonderful, and the taste…beyond incredible. I always feel like a French chef when I serve them! Read more

Crock Pot Creamy Chipped Beef With Cheese

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chipped beefThis is NOT your grandmother’s chipped beef recipe. This modern-day crock pot version is a variation of chipped beef on toast using ground beef, white sauce, and cheese on a fresh baked biscuit. What I love most about this Crock Pot Creamy Chipped Beef With Cheese is that it’s versatile and easy to make. Read more

Crock Pot Carrot Soup

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Crock Pot Carrot Soup

Looking for a sweet, yet sassy soup that will have you going back for seconds? Look no further! This glorious golden Crock Pot Carrot Soup offers some zing with an infusion of orange juice and some mellowness with a hint of nutmeg. The delicious aroma will have your house smelling like a fancy cafe! Read more

Crock Pot Fiesta Taco Casserole

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Crock Pot Fiesta Taco Casserole

I’m a big fan of casseroles! I love that they can feed a small army and still be leftovers for the next few days. While I’m not a big fan of spicy foods, this Crock Pot Fiesta Taco Casserole is about as close to casserole heaven as you’re ever going to get. This smells so delicious while it’s cooking and it’s great for those cold winter days. All the goodness of a freshly-prepared taco, but in a casserole! Read more

Luscious Crock Pot Cheesecake

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Luscious Crock Pot CheesecakeThere’s nothing more tempting and delicious than a slice of good ole’ cheesecake. If I was stranded on a desserted island (get it?), I know I would dream about this decadent treat. It’s just that good! And so isn’t this recipe for Luscious Crock Pot Cheesecake. This is an unbelievably easy recipe that produces a silky-textured cheesecake because the cake is steamed as it bakes. Read more

Crock Pot Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

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Crock Pot Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

I’m a carb junkie! There’s nothing that makes me feel better than curling up to a bowl full of starchy, yummy goodness. And one of my all-time favorite recipes is Crock Pot Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes. What I love about making this dish in the crock pot is that the flavor is intensified and the texture (when not overcooked) is perfect. It really is the ideal comfort food! Read more