The Best and Worst Things to Buy on Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and has been a culture installation for generations. Many people use Black Friday to kick off the holiday season, and businesses are more than happy to keep the tradition alive. There are certainly some fantastic deals you can find on Black Friday, but there are also some deals that are not as good as they seem. Some items are ideal to buy on Black Friday, but not Read more

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

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

A Yuletide Intervention

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10 Iconic TV Characters We Encounter When Flying

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The whole flying thing scares me. I’ll get that out of the way now, before you think I’m one of those people who has racked up 9,746,997 frequent flyer miles (hells no!). It’s not the being in the air at the mercy of some unknown pilot or the treacherous seagulls trying to migrate into the engines that makes me uneasy. I mean, shit happens, right?

What really drives me to drink cheap boxed wine are the people we encounter when flying. The faces might be different from flight to flight, but the personalities are always the same.

Here are 10 you might recognize through the faces of iconic TV characters: Read more

When Penises Are Blue (Not Sad. Like Really Flippin’ Blue.)

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NICK: Why is the head of Luca’s penis blue?
ME: Ummmm, because it is.
NICK: Is there something wrong with it?
ME: No. Baby boy pee pees often look like this. Read more

Cupid Causes Venereal Disease

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I’m pretty sure that at some point someone explained to me why Cupid was associated with Valentine’s Day. Then I had children and my mind became a floating melon. I can’t remember which name goes with which kid. And I sure as hell have no flipping clue why a naked troll armed with a crossbow is love’s representative. So I did what any upright mammal with two legs would do…I Googled to find the answer. Here’s what I learned: Read more

Inside My Head…

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Are a million thoughts all jumbled together.

Is a to-do list a mile long.

Is a teenager still wearing a Bon-Jovi t-shirt and rockin’ blue eye shadow. Read more

This Thing Called Motherhood…

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With the recent birth of our son Luca, I’ve been thrown back into the ring of motherhood full force. It’s one thing mothering and caring for older children, but having two under the age of two is taking it to another level…level of total chaos, that is. It’s been 20 years since I had more than one under the age of two. Now I remember why chocolate became my go-to meal and my hair constantly resembled Don King’s. There’s no time for breathing let alone jumping in the shower to clean the ungodly scent of spitup, poop, and smashed food from your body. I’m a walking disaster and, I’ll admit, I have been feeling sorry for myself. I want to look like Angelina Jolie…just for a minute! I want to sleep for 20 hours and feel like I can take on the world! I just want two seconds to breathe… Read more

Where does time go when you’re a mom? The Infographic…

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About a month ago, I wrote a post entitled Where does time go when you’re a mom?which received a lot of commentary and input from moms around the globe. I had mentioned that an infographic might be necessary to get a real grasp on how our time is actually spent. Well, here it is and, holy bat balls, are we busy! Let me know how this differs from what your day looks like. I’d love to hear from you! Read more

What’s the way to Golden Pond?

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I’m at that age when I thought I’d have my shit together by the age I am now.

This should be tattooed across my forehead. It’s not that I don’t have my shit together; it’s more that I’ve had a constant series of setbacks. Failed relationships. Desperate divorce settlements. Home ownership security to you-never-know rental agreements. Most recently a job opportunity fell through after I had already gieven up the security of another job. Setback after lousy setback.  I mean, really. What’s the way to Golden Pond? Read more