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

Tips for a Fabulous Fall Yard (and Beyond!)

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Autumn is not the time to ignore your lawn and landscape. In fact, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds homeowners that what they do this fall will determine the quality of the family yard next spring and summer. According to Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI, “Fall is the perfect time of year to use your outdoor power equipment for mowing, mulching, aerating, trimming, and patching the yard. The family yard produces oxygen, reduces the urban heat island effect, filters and captures runoff, improves air quality, absorbs carbon dioxide, supports biodiversity, and controls erosion.  Everyone – families, pets, and our wildlife — benefits when the yard is in top shape.”

OPEI offers the following tips to make sure you have a fabulous family yard this fall and beyond. Read more

Tips For Getting A Service Dog

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For children with disabilities, service dogs can be wonderful assets. These animals undergo lengthy and exacting training to enable them to help with everything from completing daily tasks to surviving emergency situations. If you’re thinking about getting a service dog for your child, here are some helpful considerations. Read more

How to Love Yourself

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Moms often find themselves taking care of everyone’s needs, except their own. Between kids, careers and significant others, our self-care seems to fall by the wayside. Sometimes you need to put yourself first and there’s no need to feel guilty about it! Committing to your well-being is one of the best investments that you can make for you and your family. When you are at your best the people who depend on you will benefit as well. Read more

28 Kids Cereal Products Found to Have High Levels of Glyphosate

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Glyphosate residues were found in several popular oatmeal, kids breakfast cereals, granola, and snack bars—but at levels much lower than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threshold levels. Experts do say that it is difficult to estimate risk from these levels, but the current report is quite perturbing as children are getting consistently exposed to the dangerous chemical. Read more

Stop the Spam: A Short Guide to Ending Unwanted Calls

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Ever been the victim of an unwanted sales call? Who hasn’t? Telemarketing offers, robocalls and spam texts might seem as inevitable as death and taxes, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Indeed, there are a number of ways you can spot, avoid and block these unwanted calls for good.

Here’s a short action guide you can use to stop spam in its tracks. Read more

10 Holiday Decor Pitfalls That Homeowners Fall For

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You might think there’s not much that can go wrong with the festive décor. Yet, there are dangers and pitfalls everywhere you turn. Once you go through the entire list you might find quite a few mistakes that you make every year. Starting from the tree to the lights, there are so many things you can over-do and under-do. Here is a list to avoid this holiday season: Read more

DIY Energy Checklist For Your Home

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Any step you take to make your home more energy efficient is important. Not only is going green good for the planet, it’s also great for your budget. Think about all the ways you rely on energy each day — from your HVAC systems to water heating to appliances and lights. Even parts of your home that you may not immediately connect with energy usage, such as air sealing and insulation, can play a big role in how much you consume. Because it takes so much energy to power a single-family residence, there are dozens upon dozens of opportunities for reducing consumption in it. Plus, when you make little tweaks here and there, those small changes can add up to a big difference — both in your home’s efficiency and in the costs of daily living. Read more

6 Christmassy Ideas for this December

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Christmas provides an ideal opportunity to come together with your loved ones to have a little fun and make wonderful memories. If you want to have a season to remember for many years to come, there are various fun and festive activities you can enjoy with your friends and family.

If you are stuck for fun things to do and need some seasonal inspiration, here are six Christmassy ideas for this December. Read more