The Best On-The-Go Salad!

A large bowl of nutritious goodness awaits you, and it is only 30 minutes away! This on-the-go salad is perfect for busy families, if you’re looking to eat better or simply because you love eating anything out of a jar (that’s me!). The salad ingredients are perfect examples of how …

How to Appreciate the One You’re With: Take a Step Back

I want to tell you a story. It goes a little something like this: We have a water dispenser on our refrigerator. We live in a rental, a rental that we love, a rental that I am doing everything in my power to manifest in order to buy from two …

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! If you’re a brand new mama, perhaps this is your first official Mother’s Day…or maybe you’ve experienced 18 of these holidays and your babies have left the nest. No matter what age our children are, they will always be our babies. And every Mother’s Day (actually every …

Dad Talk Spotlight: Alex Holguin

We focus so much on motherhood: leaning into the motherhood, transitioning to motherhood, finding your group of live-or-die friends via motherhood. But what about the dads? When my little twosome expanded into a threesome, my marriage was affected. All of the blissful time my hubby and I had shared – …

The Guide to Happiness Starts Now

Happiness. It can be a loaded word for some… For most of my life, that word seemed just out of reach. When you’re growing up in a Midwest middle-income household with three older sisters and one younger brother, you basically only wear hand-me-downs for your entire childhood. That does not …

Conversations With My Daughter

There are very few things I love about Facebook. Like very few. But one of the things I do love – besides feeling all the love on your birthday – is when parents post random, hilarious, honest conversations with their kids. While I was writing my novel about a five-year-old who …

A Mom, A Moment, A Movement

The seeds for this blog, my first for Joy of Mom, were actually planted several years ago—six to be exact—on a flight to the west coast. Remarkable things were manifesting. I was about to be face-to-face with celebrated authors and luminaries whom I’d admired through their books, beliefs and numerous Oprah …

Life’s a Peach: Darling Magazine Peach Upside-Down Cake

If you aren’t familiar with Darling Magazine, you should be. They are absolutely lovely. There are not many media sources who are portraying women in such a positive, optimistic and thoughtful way. Their goal is to inspire and empower rather than mold and influence. I feel it goes without saying …

A 10-Minute Meditation Routine

A 10 Minute Meditation Routine That Will Change Your Life Meditation is one of those practices with which most of us wish we could incorporate into our lives on a daily basis. Maybe we don’t know how to, maybe we don’t think we have time, or maybe we don’t necessarily …

Best Skincare Tips for Moms: Interview with Dr. Paul Nassif

There is just something about seeing the bright, happy face of children that warms our heart. Kids just have that natural glow that can’t be bottled because it’s part pure wonder and never ending joy! With the focus on wellness now, I know all moms out there want to make …