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

My Favorite Pins of the Week: Lifted From the Pages of a Book

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Since launching Blue Lobster Book Co. back in January, I’m finding myself immersed in the world of books all day, every day. This makes me incredibly happy, because I’ve always been a book worm and would simply love to live in a library. Think one will rent me a room? I could use the vacation! On Pinterest this week I was blown away by some of the “things” people have created with old books or based on the notion of something appearing to be part of a book. And I thought Picasso had talent!

I’ve been so intrigued and excited by what I’ve found, I wanted to share with you. Here are my favorite pins of the week: lifted from the pages of a book: Read more

My Favorite Pins of the Week: WTF, Take Three

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It’s been quite some time since I’ve shared some of my favorite pins of the week. In all honesty, I’ve had less time to play on Pinterest since launching my business. I can barely take a shower, let alone pin! Today I took a few minutes to see what wild and wacky stuff people have been pinning. Now that I feel like I’ve been chewing on paint chips all morning, here are My Favorite Pins of the Week in this WTF edition, Take Three… Read more

My Favorite Pins of the Week: Creepy Dolls

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With Halloween right around the corner, I ventured onto Pinterest to see what cool or cute costumes I might be able to create for Aless. What hit me in the face was anything but cool or cute. Pinterest has turned into a graveyard of horrors, and I suddenly found myself lost in the World of Creepy Dolls! Read more

My Favorite Pins of the Week: Underwear Gone Wrong

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I’m pretty particular when it comes to underwear, which is probably why I only own three pairs of panties and two bras – that are more than five years old. Pathetic? Maybe. But I can honestly say, they are the most comfortable intimates I’ve ever owned. And sadly, I haven’t been able to find the exact brands/styles since. So…What’s a girl to do? Well, for starters you can peek around on Pinterest and see if you can come up with some comparable styles. Or…you could find the most completely, totally, absolutely hideous undergarments on the planet – causing you to never want to shop for unmentionables again. Yep. I’m sharing my latest Pinterest trip with you. In this segment of My Favorite Pins of the Week, I present Underwear Gone Wrong:

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My Favorite Pins of the Week: The Worst Inventions EVER

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Digging through the playground known as Pinterest this week, I fell upon a pin that seriously had me questioning what the hell the so-called inventor was thinking. Which got me thinking, what other inventions would make my Worst Inventions EVER list? After spending a few hours digging through pin after endless pin, I’ve come up with seven that are sure to make you say, “What the nucking futts?” A couple I didn’t pin because I’m pregnant and they made me want to barf: bacon-flavored soda, exhaust-scented candles and a nostril cleaner that scrapes the boogers right out from your innards. Ewwwww!

Here are the ones I could reasonably stand… Read more

My Favorite Pins of the Week: Best of the Lady Bloggers

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pinterest2This week I decided to pull my favorite pins directly from our shared Pinterest board, Ladies Only Blog Share. I’m so proud at how this board has grown and the participation that we have from lady bloggers all over the world. It’s been fascinating to see what sparks the most interest and engagement and what pins actually get us into comment trouble (boy do I have a story for another day).

If you’ve never visited this board or would like an invite, please leave a comment and we’ll get you added just as soon as possible. We have some great women pinning away including Janine of Confessions of a Mommyaholic, Christine of The Mom Cafe, Michelle of A Dish of Daily Life, Dawn of Joyful Scribblings and so many more.

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My Favorite Pins of the Week: Awesome Tips!

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While perusing Pinterest the other day, I discovered some alternative uses for crock pots including using these handy gadgets to make soap and candles and even as potpourri warming units. I was so excited that I decided to poke around and see what other helpful tips I could dig up. Did you know there are some foods that last forever? That’s right! Making the list: salt, sugar, white vinegar, honey, rice, cornstarch, hard liquor, maple syrup and pure vanilla extract. If properly stored, you can hang onto this group for as long as required. I also learned that putting a paper towel in with your stored salad lettuce will keep it fresh all week long. The paper towel will absorb the moisture, which is the culprit for wilting lettuce. Very cool! Who wants to eat soggy salads! Also – storing yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese upside down makes them last up to one week longer! Woo hoo!

Here are some more of my favorite pins of the week: awesome tips that I hope you find helpful!

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My Favorite Pins of the Week: Metal Lunchbox Hysteria

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Back-to-school season is in full swing around these parts, and lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how things have changed since I was in elementary school. We never had fancy calculators, ate full meals out of cardboard boxes or were given donor laptops to help improve our education. Nope. We walked miles in deep snow to get to a one-room schoolhouse where we were beat with a ruler if we got out of line. Wait. That was my grandmother’s school experience. For me, I remember how much I loved my metal lunchboxes! Each year, I would get to pick out a new one and enjoyed using the older ones for storage, as pencil boxes and to even house my Barbie dolls! So I took to Pinterest this week to reminisce and look at some days gone by.

Which of these lunchboxes did you carry to school? Read more