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: A Celebration of Women

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? Yep! The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

When I think about the women who have in some way made a difference in my life, I of course think of my grandmother, mother, and sister. From a historical perspective, Virginia Woolf, Katharine Hepburn, and Harriet Beecher Stowe always come to mind. Here at LOBS we’re joining this wonderful celebration by paying tribute to all the amazing and influential women who have touched our lives. Please link up your posts – old or new – which in some way honor, recognize, or nurture women and mothers. It’s a Celebration of Women!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Walking the Red Carpet

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! This week we’re walking the virtual red carpet – Oscars style! Will you be watching the 86th Academy Awards on March 2? I know my TV will be on. I enjoy a glimpse of glamour and a sneak peek of movies I might have missed throughout the year. If only we could attend the dinners, after parties, and visit backstage!

Well this week, we can! Please link up your Oscar-worthy recipes, crafty creations, stories, and everything in between. It’s our turn to walk the red carpet!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Random Acts of Kindness

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! This week we are celebrating Random Acts of Kindness and all the good things that we can do for others. What is one thing you can do today to brighten someone’s day? Maybe there’s a special teacher who deserves a note of appreciation. Or has your neighbor gone out of his way to help you with a difficult situation? There are so many ways to express kindness. Step out of your comfort zone and make someone smile!

If you’ve already committed an act of kindness and blogged about it, please share it here! If not, please link up your most recent post that will make others smile. Recipes, inspiring stories, and crafts are all perfect! Have a great weekend! Read more

Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: We HEART Valentine’s Day

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! It’s that special time of year when love is in the air and Cupid’s arrow is ready to strike! Around here we HEART Valentine’s Day not only because we get to indulge in those delicious candy conversation hearts, but because the holiday is filled with recipes, crafts, and special stories bursting throughout the blogosphere.

Before you break open that bottle of expensive champagne or turn on that sexy music, please take a moment to link up your favorite Valentine’s Day posts – old or new. Roses are red, violets are blue, happy Valentine’s Day from LOBS to you! Read more

Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Cry Me a Frozen River

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! This week we’re taking some inspiration from Justin Timberlake and the state of much of the world today. “Baby it’s cold outside” is an understatement! It’s freezing! Yeah. I know. Cry me a frozen river. And I will…right now!

When you’re done enjoying a little serenade from JT, we’d love for you to link up your favorite winter-weather posts. Warm your soul recipes, stories about playing outdoors in the snow, crafty creations to snuggle in…if it’s about keeping warm, we want you to link it up. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: The Best of 2013, A Year In Review

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ladiesonlyblogsharenyWelcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! Can you believe it’s a new year? Time really does fly when you’re having fun. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a moment to reflect on 2013. The last year brought many memorable moments and a ton of awesome posts to the blogosphere. We lady bloggers should be proud of all we accomplished in the past twelve months! Let’s share what makes us go “YES!” If there is a post you are particularly proud of, please post it here to be memorialized in our Year in Review.

Here’s to a productive, healthy, and happy 2014! Happy New Year everyone!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Breathe & Reflect, It’s the Holidays

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! Okay. It’s almost Christmas. There’s still so much to do, but let’s take a moment to just…breathe. 1, 2, 3…Feels good, doesn’t it? This is the time to regroup, get what we can done, and just accept what we cannot. It’s also a great time to reflect on the year. What did you accomplish that you never thought you would? Did you travel somewhere that you’ll never forget? Please take a moment to link up your favorite posts from 2013 or keep it festive with holiday recipes, stories, and more. We’re just so glad you stopped by! May you have the merriest Christmas ever and a wonderful (and safe) New Year!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: These Crazy, Stressful Holidays

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! Our theme this week reflects on the total chaos and stress that often comes along with the holiday season. Buying presents, decorating, baking, holiday parties…We want you to relax and unwind! So please take a moment to link up your festive posts, tips and ideas for the holidays, simple recipes, funny Christmas stories, etc. And thanks for stopping by!

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