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

Maintaining a Healthy Family After a Split

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An understandable priority for anyone experiencing a break-down in their marriage is to guarantee the continued happiness and growth of their children, maintaining a healthy family in spite of the new pressures that have emerged after a split. Understandably, it can at times feel difficult, but with courage and the right preparation, you will be best-placed to continue providing for your family’s needs, ensuring as little disruption as possible occurs in the lives of young ones. Here are some steps towards creating a happy living environment for your kids after a break-down of your marriage. Read more

Tips For Staying Healthy This Fall and Winter

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As a mom, you are always running yourself ragged. Taking care of kids, errands, cooking, and cleaning doesn’t tend to leave much time for taking care of yourself. But as the weather gets colder and we delve deeper into the fall and winter months, self-care is more important than ever. No parent has time to get sick during these months of back-to-school, holidays, and everything in between.

To keep yourself healthy and in tip-top shape this fall and winter, consider these tips for self-care this fall: Read more

September is the Month to Prepare for Emergencies

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September is National Preparedness Month which means it’s the perfect time to start conversations with your families about what to do during emergencies. It can be challenging to teach children about emergencies since it’s such a scary topic, but it’s essential. Try to make learning about emergencies as fun as possible by having pop quizzes on the topics or taking field trips to learn more. This post is just a starting place for emergency preparedness. Make sure to have the conversations with your family that make sense for your situation. Read more

Decorating Ideas Using Garden Leftovers for Fall: Go Green this Halloween

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Is the air crisp? Are you feeling a little bit chilly in the evenings? Yes! Fall is here people. After you’ve prepared your garden for autumn, it is time for decorations. This year, we don’t want you to source plastic pumpkins and carving templates because you can have some fun making your own.

You’ll hear people refer to anything round, orange, and used for squash spiced lattes as pumpkin, which is generally true. In autumn, we want to concentrate on winter squash and gourds for our decorations. After all, it is the central theme for Halloween.

In collaboration with Oliver from Wonderland Gardens, we have rounded up the best ideas for Halloween celebrations. Read more

6 Spending Habits to Slash

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Though earning a raise is certainly nice, cutting expenses can also help you achieve financial freedom – or at the very least, save money for a rainy day. Though it may seem difficult, particularly if you’re on a fixed income and feel that all of your current expenses are justified, it is doable. And you may be paying for things that you don’t need to. Take a look at your monthly expenses and see if there’s any savings to be found. If you’re at a loss, here are six common spending habits that you should consider slashing from your monthly routine – it could reap dividends down the line! Read more

Healthy Tips for a Brighter Morning

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Your morning routine has a big impact on how you feel throughout the day. If you’re feeling groggy, stressed out and short on patience, your morning routine could be to blame.

Here are some tips that will help your mornings – and your days – feel less like a struggle so you can feel less stressed, more productive and happier overall. Read more

Organize For a Freer Closet and Mind

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A study found that people spend ten minutes every day, looking for misplaced items around the house. The study also found that four out of ten people argue with their partners over this. Do you too find yourself falling into this trap often? If yes, it’s time to get organized. Read more

How To Help Your Child Cope With Grief After Losing Their Pet

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Few things are as painful as losing a beloved member of the family — and not just the two-legged variety, either. Whether a cat, dog, or any other animal, pets quickly become part of the family due to their loyalty, their playfulness, and their protectiveness. So when they die, either from natural causes or from euthanasia, it can be very difficult for everyone…particularly for children.

Death is, unfortunately, one of the certainties of this life, but saying goodbye is never easy, and it’s particularly difficult for children since they may have a harder time making sense of it all.

Here are three things to keep in mind when it comes to how to deal with your child’s grief of losing their pet. Read more