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

How can you miss your Olympic event?

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The story of the Egyptian wrestlers missing and thereby forfeiting their matches because they showed up late is really quite depressing. Supposedly they were unaware that the events for that day were at a different time from all previous events. In a world fueled by smartphones, GPS and mobile apps, there is simply no excuse for such a costly mistake. Beyond that, where the hell were their coaches? Was no one paying attention to the schedule? If I were one of these unfortunate athletes, you better believe there would be some kind of body slamming going down. Someone would be wearing the podium. Read more

Crunchy Onion Burgers Recipe

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If you love to grill, here’s a fun and tasty twist on traditional burgers – crunchy onion burgers. Made with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and French’s original French Fried Onions, they are full of robust flavor and literally melt in your mouth when grilled right. Read more

Salve, Mercurochrome & Robitussin – The Cure-Alls of the 1970s

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Little Aless is still sick, which caused me to pause and reflect today. Growing up, there were three products that made everything better. From cuts and bruises to sore throats and coughs, my grandmother was always “administering” (I use this term lightly) one of these products in or on me when I was hurt or sick:

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Listen to Your Mommy Gut

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We made our first trip to the ER last night with Miss Aless. At first we thought she had a head injury, because she knocked her noggin off of the side of the coffee table while trying to stand yesterday. Don’t judge. Stop thinking we’re horrible parents. It happens when kids start learning how to walk. And most of the time – like yesterday – there is very little reaction time.  One second she was up and then the next, BUMP, she was down. It was a double whammy, too. After hitting the front of her head, she landed on her butt, lost her balance and fell over backwards – another BUMP! Neither hit was particularly hard, but sometimes you just never know. Read more

The Anti-Lullaby

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I have a theory. I believe the person’s voice a baby hears most often (other than mama’s) while in the womb, is the voice he or she responds to most after being born. My reasoning is that no matter how long Aless has been sleeping or how hard she is zonked out, if Nick speaks – whether a whisper or a room rumbling yell – she awakens immediately with eyes wide open and looks around for him. Read more

5 Things Every Work-From-Home Mom Needs To Have

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Working from home has both challenges and rewards. If you’re trying to balance working from home with little ones in tote, it can be more on the challenging side, but not impossible. It’s actually quite easy to work from home and be a caregiver with the right tools and mindset. As a work-from-home mom, I know there are a few things I cannot live without. Here are my top must-haves: Read more

My Self-Tanning Adventure

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Today, I tried a new self-tanner. Not one you pick up from a drugstore either. I indulged. This baby was special ordered. Since my skin cancer scare, which we’re still monitoring, I have vowed to never let the sun or a tanning bed toast my skin again. And I won’t break that vow. 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

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