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

Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Summer Downtime

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Summer is in full swing! The kids are out of school! And it’s time to take a vacation. Whether it’s off to an exotic island or right at home, we want to hear about your summer escapades! This week’s Ladies Only Blog Share is all about enjoying these warm, inviting days. From sun-kissed recipes and adorable crafts to best vacation spots and everything in between, we want to showcase your best summer goodies! So link up those summer posts – old or new – and enjoy your summer downtime.

Happy LOBS everyone!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Things Are Heating Up!

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This week on the Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party we’re getting ready for the hot days of summer. With the fourth of July just around the corner, you can be sure that extreme temperatures are on the horizon. How do you cool down on a scorching summer day? Do you head for the beach or stay indoors where the A/C pours a little arctic air through the house? Personally, I like the heat. Living in Maine means cool weather most of the year. So bring on the blistering weather!

Please link up your best summer stay-cool posts. Recipes for summer foods and crafts are very welcomed and encouraged. We’d also love to hear your summer stories. Happy LOBS everyone!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Let’s Hear it for Dad!

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This week on the Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party we’re doing a shout out to dads everywhere. Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, it’s a time for all of us to celebrate the patriarchal accomplishments, outtakes, and special moments of our own dads and the men who have fathered our children. You can also share the story of a special man or someone who has been like a father to you, something you’ve made for dad or Father’s Day gift ideas. We’d love to see those new posts, but if you have to dig into the archives, that’s okay, too. We look forward to reading your dedication to Dad! And Happy Father’s Day to all the great guys out there!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Memorial Day Reflections

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! Memorial Day is a time to reflect and remember those who gave their lives in honor of their country. Their service and sacrifices will never be forgotten. Many events take place on this special day to honor our fallen soldiers–from memorial services and flag presentations to NASCAR races and family BBQs. We each have our own way of saying “thank you” and remembering those who served.

Here at LOBS, we’d like to continue the tradition and ask that you link a post that reflects upon what this day means to you or can help others spend the day reflecting in their own ways. Special recipes, crafts, and other DIY-type posts are welcomed.

Thank you!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Mother’s Day Tell-All Celebration!

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! Mother’s Day is just a few days away. Although we’re celebrating, we’re also reflecting–mainly on those times when we were less than perfect mothers. It happens to all of us. We’re all human after all. So please share your stories, tidbits, and posts about some of your not-so-awesome parenting moments! Meltdowns are always welcomed! And we never judge! If you can’t find one that fits, post something that will make moms feel better after a hard day!

Happy LOBS everyone! And a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: The Lighten Up, Stress Less Fest!

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! Did you know that April is both National Humor Month AND Stress Awareness Month? And what is one of the best ways to relieve stress? Lighten up and laugh a little! So this week, we are presenting our Lighten Up, Stress Less Fest! Please link up your posts – old or new – which in some way will make us laugh or feel less stressed! Think family outtakes, funny encounters, quick and easy recipes, and so on.

Happy LOBS everyone!

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Ladies Only Blog Share: The Perfectly Imperfect Gala!

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! This week we’re celebrating all things that are perfectly imperfect, including moms! While promoting our book, The Mother of All Meltdowns, we discovered a very common theme. Mothers don’t openly talk about the “not so great” moments of parenthood; the times when they meltdown and absolutely lose their minds. To do so would reveal their flaws; exposing that they are not the picture-perfect mothers often seen on the pages of a magazine.

The truth is…not one of us is perfect. We burn important dinners. We kill ordinary houseplants. We yell. We have bad hair days. We curse. And then we curse some more. And…that’s okay! So let’s embrace our uniquities! Please link up your posts – old or new – which in some way celebrate life’s imperfections, parenting misses, and everything in between!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Spring Fling-a-Link!

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! Spring is in full fling, although you wouldn’t know that here in Maine. We’re still covered in the fluffy white stuff. And it’s cold…burrrr! Regardless, we all know that warmer weather, the sound of birds chirping, and the first peek of tulips are just around the corner. So we’re celebrating here at LOBS with our first ever Spring Fling-a-Link! Feel free to link up anything that radiates spring, warmth, yummy goodness, and more. Happy spring everyone!

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