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

10 Must-Follow “Tips for Moms” Pinterest Boards

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Pinterest is the new playground for millions of women around the world, including moms. Some of my favorite boards feature pins that truly help my “mothering” efforts. Whether you’re a seasoned pinner or just venturing on to Pinterest for the first time, these “Tips for Moms” Pinterest boards will help you save time and money and possibly prevent you from pulling your hair out. They are definitely worthy of your follow! Read more

Recommended on Netflix: TV Series

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I’m not a huge fan of movies on Netflix. To me, the choices are pretty slim and what movies are available are those you have either seen a hundred times on The Hallmark Channel or simply passed on the first time around. But! I do love the TV series they have on there – all those shows you saw advertised at one time, got excited about, said “I’m definitely watching that when it comes out this fall (or summer)!” and never actually got around to watching even the pilot episode of a single one. Well, Netflix lets you redeem yourself! Read more

Are “junk food laws” a bit unsavory?

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I just finished reading a TIME article that discussed the results of the first study covering the effectiveness of so-called “junk food laws” in schools. According to the study released online in the journal of Pediatrics, “laws strictly curbing school sales of junk food and sweetened drinks may play a role in slowing childhood obesity.” May? Oh, that’s encouraging. Read more

How can you miss your Olympic event?

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The story of the Egyptian wrestlers missing and thereby forfeiting their matches because they showed up late is really quite depressing. Supposedly they were unaware that the events for that day were at a different time from all previous events. In a world fueled by smartphones, GPS and mobile apps, there is simply no excuse for such a costly mistake. Beyond that, where the hell were their coaches? Was no one paying attention to the schedule? If I were one of these unfortunate athletes, you better believe there would be some kind of body slamming going down. Someone would be wearing the podium. Read more

Crunchy Onion Burgers Recipe

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If you love to grill, here’s a fun and tasty twist on traditional burgers – crunchy onion burgers. Made with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and French’s original French Fried Onions, they are full of robust flavor and literally melt in your mouth when grilled right. Read more

Salve, Mercurochrome & Robitussin – The Cure-Alls of the 1970s

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Little Aless is still sick, which caused me to pause and reflect today. Growing up, there were three products that made everything better. From cuts and bruises to sore throats and coughs, my grandmother was always “administering” (I use this term lightly) one of these products in or on me when I was hurt or sick:

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The Anti-Lullaby

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I have a theory. I believe the person’s voice a baby hears most often (other than mama’s) while in the womb, is the voice he or she responds to most after being born. My reasoning is that no matter how long Aless has been sleeping or how hard she is zonked out, if Nick speaks – whether a whisper or a room rumbling yell – she awakens immediately with eyes wide open and looks around for him. Read more

5 Things Every Work-From-Home Mom Needs To Have

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Working from home has both challenges and rewards. If you’re trying to balance working from home with little ones in tote, it can be more on the challenging side, but not impossible. It’s actually quite easy to work from home and be a caregiver with the right tools and mindset. As a work-from-home mom, I know there are a few things I cannot live without. Here are my top must-haves: Read more