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

Stonewall Kitchen: Great Products for Busy Moms

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I mentioned in a previous post that I recently placed second in a Pinterest contest winning a gift certificate to Stonewall Kitchen. If you’ve never heard of Stonewall Kitchen before, let me just say, it’s to die for! This purveyor of specialty foods got its start at a local farmer’s market. Today, the company has 9 stores throughout New England and is featured in retail establishments nationwide. And I happen to love their products! Read more

How Mommy Bloggers Can Use LinkedIn

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Think LinkedIn is all about showing off your resume and qualifications or simply a tool for performing a job search? Think again. LinkedIn is actually a very beneficial tool for mommy bloggers and can be an incredible resource for your blog. Considered the ultimate B2B social networking platform, I use it extensively for my social media clients and believe it is one of the most effective drivers of leads, traffic and referrals (when used correctly).

Now you might be cringing at the thought of adding yet another social media platform to your efforts. I promise you will not be disappointed. Thankfully, once set up, LinkedIn requires less time and effort than maintaining a Facebook page or keeping up with Twitter.

Here are a few reasons you want to be on LinkedIn: Read more

Old-Time Fried Cakes Recipe

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Still digging into the old recipe tin I found stashed in a moving tote. Another gem turned up, again in my grandmother’s handwriting, a recipe for “Fried Cakes.” I had to improvise because I think she assumed we would all know how to whip these up. Enjoy! Read more

Are you a tattooed mommy?

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A few years ago, I got a tattoo on the back of my upper right shoulder. That’s right. I’m a tattooed mommy. And I don’t regret it. I gave years of consideration and thought to whether or not I wanted to forever mark my body and when I decided I did, gave it years more thought as to what graphic representation I wanted. 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

Just another mommy blogger?

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I just typed in a search term on Google that I never thought in a million years I would be looking up:

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There’s a valid reason for this. I received my first mean comment about my blog – errr about me – this afternoon. Someone wrote:

“Your blog is funny but you seem like just another boring suburban housewife. Just another mommy blogger and there are too many of you.”

Excusez-moi? 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

8 “Vintage” Cooking Tips and Tricks

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While going through an old tin of recipes my grandmother collected during the 1960s and 1970s, I came across a list of “Cooking Potpourri Tips” that she had compiled. In meticulous handwriting it said:

“Like most space-age homemakers, I have a rather full schedule. Below I have written some handy tips for other busy homemakers.”

Space-age or not, these are some goodies: Read more

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