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: How Does Your Garden Grow?

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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 How Does Your Garden Grow? This might mean different things for different people. Some might take it literally and link up their favorite gardening posts. For others, like me, I think of growing a garden in non-traditional ways. Each week my recipe garden grows as I create new dishes in the crock pot. I’m also growing a beautiful photo garden with every snap of my camera. Feel free to get creative and link up anything you consider to be growing beautifully! Have fun and enjoy!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: All Our Favorite Things

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Welcome to our bi-weekly Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party!  This time around we’re celebrating the things that make us unique and united with our special theme All Our Favorite Things. Each of us has certain things in our lives that we find truly special or can’t get enough of. Maybe it’s a favorite recipe or a cherished family heirloom. Or it could be a song or movie that has had a major impact on your life. Whatever it is that you love and have blogged about, we want to hear about it! Chances are, we’ll love it, too! Have fun! Read more

Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Red, White & BBQ!

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Here in the states we’re gearing up to celebrate our Independence weekend! All around the country, people will be enjoying fireworks, family outings, picnics, backyard BBQs and more. They’ll be searching for recipe ideas, crafts, things to do with the kids and even how to get barefoot and just relax (wait – that’s me). Let’s help them and each other find what we’re looking for by linking up our Red, White & BBQ posts for this week’s Ladies Only Blog Share! If you don’t live in the states, that’s okay. We still want your summery linkups in the form of food, creations, stories and outtakes. Don’t be shy! We had a great turnout last time and an absolute blast promoting all of your wonderful creations and awesome stories via our social networks. The feedback was incredible! To those celebrating, Happy Independence Day!

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Funtastical Summer!

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Summer is here! The kids are out of school! There’s so much to do and experience! But where do you start? Hopefully this week’s Ladies Only Blog Share will give you some inspiration. Our theme “Funtastical Summer” 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 funtastical summer posts – old or new – and get ready to party hot-weather style.

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Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Dedicated to 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 Dedicated to Dad link up! And Happy Father’s Day to all the great guys out there! Read more

Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Remember When

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Memorial Day is about remembrance – pausing to remember the countless men and women who gave their lives while protecting our freedoms. For many, it’s also a day to pay tribute to lost love ones, whether military or not. With Memorial Day around the corner, we thought it would be appropriate to put a spin on our Ladies Only Blog Share link party. This week’s theme is “Remember When”. We encourage you to dig through your archives and find an older post that you are particularly proud of or one that you think might brighten someone’s day. Please do not post new work. We want to see all those oldies, but goodies! Read more

Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: The Joys of Motherhood

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It’s that time of year again! Mother’s Day is upon us. This is the weekend where moms everywhere take center stage – for once. No laundry. No dishes. No carpooling. No cooking. Mom shall be waited on hand and foot! I know, I know. Who am I kidding, right? We’d be lucky if we got to sleep in until 6:30 AM. But girls can dream.

In honor of Mother’s Day, this week’s Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party is all about the joys of motherhood – the happy moments, not so happy moments, things that make you laugh, things that make you cry…the ins, outs, ups and downs of being a mom. Please link to your favorite post about motherhood. And Happy Mother’s Day! Read more

Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party: Laugh a Little!

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The past few weeks have been an incredibly stressful time – for all of us. With the recent incidences in Boston, suspicious packages and letters showing up in our nation’s capital and now a terrorist plot unfolding in Canada, we could all use a break and a good laugh. This week’s Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party is all about sharing the humorous and lighter side of our blogging efforts. Please link to what you consider to be your most belly jiggling post of the week. Let’s laugh a little! Read more