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

Vintage Postcards – A Glimmer of My Childhood

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I grew up in an old farmhouse that was moved by oxen from its original location to the place it still stands today. Inside were all kinds of storage areas and “cubby” holes. One of those cubbies was like a hidden goldmine of old memorabilia, pictures, puzzles and games. This is where turn of the century postcards and scrap books sat waiting to be adorned upon. My grandmother and I spent countless afternoons looking through these vintage gems. Read more

Cinnful Cinnamon Bread Recipe

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I love to bake. I’m really good at it, too, when I’m paying attention and not trying to be a vigilante Martha Stewart and guessing amounts using the palm of my hand and counting. Despite being a half-decent baker, I have certain recipes that I stick to over and over again. One is my Cinnful Cinnamon Bread. I make this on all the major food holidays – Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas – and often double the recipe so that I can send a loaf to my oldest boys’ grandmother’s house for them to enjoy as well. I whipped out a couple loafs a few days ago even though I had to improvise on pans since my bread pans went missing in the move. Here are a few pics and the recipe follows: Read more

You know you’re tired when…

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I’m tired. Deeply, deeply tired. It’s been a rough couple of nights. I know I’m that special kind of tired because while watching a movie with Caden, I commented that the figure in the shadows looked like “an alien with testicles.” He looked at me and burst out laughing. Read more

How the Media Made Being Pregnant After 35 a Nightmare for Me

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I was 37 when I carried and gave birth last year to my daughter, Alessandra. It was a relatively easy pregnancy, but I worried the entire time. I take that back. Worried is definitely an understatement. I was frantically obsessed that something “bad” was going to happen. The media had me convinced that because of my age there was a strong possibility I would have complications during labor or that my precious angel could be born with a birth defect. Although I was offered certain prenatal screening tests to check for problems ahead of time, I declined. I was even more petrified that invasive testing would cause complications or worse. After finally having my little girl within reach, I was not going to risk miscarrying or harming her in any way before she was born. Read more

Sugar Cookie Bars – Bliss!

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I’m on vacation, which means I’ve been trying to sneak in some baking time. Yesterday, I found a recipe on Pinterest that made my mouth water – Sugar Cookie Bars. They were easy to make and turned out to be absolutely scrumptious!


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Keep Your Parenting Advice To Yourself (please and thanks)

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I love how even at my age I am continually lectured about how I should and shouldn’t raise my daughter (and other kids – including the new one). How could I possibly have let her drink from a sippy cup at only 7-months-old? Why we would ever consider co-sleeping with her? After all, this screws with a child’s independence, right? You know, I like to think of myself as a good mother. I have raised three wonderful boys. They have never been in serious trouble or made devastating choices. They are not racist or judgmental. They are good, well-adjusted kids. I raised them and helped shape who they are today. And I did a damn good job. Read more

Aebleskivers for Breakfast!

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Caden’s grandparents are up visiting from Florida and grandma had the opportunity to teach Caden how to make aebleskivers this morning. Aebleskivers are traditional Danish pancakes. Unlike flat pancakes made in a pan or on a grill, aebleskivers are cooked to perfection in a special type of pan producing a round puff-like pastry or popover. Read more

Every Road Has Its Thorn. What?

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We all have that one song. You know, the one where no matter how hard we try, we cannot seem to figure out the lyrics. Each time it comes on the radio, is used in a movie or flows through Spotify or Pandora, we put our ear to the speaker just hoping. Hoping the words are suddenly clear and crisp. Yeah right. Read more

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