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: Thankful Hearts

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! This week we have  Thankful Hearts! Please take a moment to linkup your Thanksgiving posts – stories about why you are thankful, holiday recipes and crafts, etc. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: I Got You Babe(y)

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! This week we are celebrating Sonny and Cher style with a very special I Got You Babe(y) theme! Last week, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy so we are paying homage to all things baby (and kid) related.

Please take a moment to linkup your favorite baby (or kiddo) stories, foods they love to eat, songs you sing, books you read, etc. And thanks for stopping by! Read more

Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Halloween Bash!

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! This week we are having a Halloween Bash! It’s a ghostly encounter as we celebrate the holiday that allows the gobblin in all of us to come out. Personally, I’ll be packing away the candy corn and pumpkin goodies galore! It’s my favorite time of the year.

Please take a moment to linkup your favorite Halloween, fall, pumpkin, or seasonal posts. Recipes and crafts make us smile, and stories are always great to read while we enjoy sipping apple cider! And thanks for stopping by!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Celebrating the Little Things

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! This week we are celebrating the little things – things that we are proud of or things that make us truly happy inside. Like a new recipe. Or being published in a book. Or redoing a piece of furniture. Or being published in a book. Or even KIDS! Did I mention having a book published? That is my little piece of happy this past week. As you may have heard, myself and twenty-nine fellow bloggers released a book called The Mother of All Meltdowns. It’s been such an honor working with this group of women and a rush to finally see the words “Author” next to my name. Enter for your chance to win a copy below!

Now it’s your turn. What has you on cloud nine? No matter how small, let’s celebrate together!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Fall is in the Air!

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! This week we are celebrating the arrival of fall – relishing in the scents, sounds, and colors of the season. From orange and burgundy hues to the aroma of pumpkin and gingerbread lingering in the air, we couldn’t be happier that autumn is here. Link up those fabulous fall posts and then go enjoy the crisp, cool air while savoring a warm mug of spiced latte. I’m right behind you!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: The Plus One Event

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Welcome back to our Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party! This week we are trying something totally unconventional and new. It’s our first-ever Plus One Event!  That’s right! You’re invited to bring along one virtual guest to the party. How does it work? Simply link up one of your most recent posts – it can be on any topic and about anything – and also share one of your favorite posts from around the webosphere. It’s a great way to showcase your own work and projects, while also supporting other bloggers who may not know about our party. When entering the link of your guest, please use your own email address (very important!).

Enjoy!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: No KIDS Allowed

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Welcome to our bi-weekly Ladies Only Blog Share link party, where the most awesome bloggers on the planet link up and share posts! Our theme this week is No KIDS Allowed! With back-to-school in full swing and the kids busy with after-school sports and activities, it’s time to focus on US – even if for just a moment. For those with kiddos not yet in school, escape for a short break and enjoy a little virtual bubbly! There’s chocolate covered strawberries, too! Can’t you just taste them?

When you’re ready, link up those posts that reflect something of importance to you, something that you created, something that makes you laugh…but no KIDS allowed! We love our children, but this week’s link up is not about them. It’s about US! Enjoy!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Back to School RULES!

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Welcome to our bi-weekly Ladies Only Blog Share link party, where the most awesome bloggers on the planet link up and share posts! Our theme this week is Back to School RULES! Interpret that however you wish <snicker snicker>! Back to school is in full force around many parts of the country. Some parents are eager to see their kiddos return to the educational gardens, while others (like me) get a little teary eyed. I love having my kids around 24/7!

Either way, they’re going back and we might as well make them feel comfortable and happy. That’s why we decided to dedicate this week to all things education. We encourage you to link up your favorite back-to-school stories, shopping tips and giveaways, ideas for school lunches and anything else that might put a smile on a student or parent’s face. Have fun! Read more