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Confessions of a Mom with a Strong-Willed Child

I yell at my kids. I’ve grabbed my son Jack by the arm and literally dragged him to his room. I have slapped his hand, spanked his butt and told him I’m moving to California and never coming back. None of this I’m proud of. It actually haunts me at …

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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 …

We Time Vs Me Time! #joyofmom

We Time vs. Me Time

I remember the early days when my son was a baby and taking a shower was an actual event. Could I leave the baby for a few minutes even though he was sleeping? Was my husband watching? Should I pop out of the shower in my terry cloth towel and …

Taking a Breath: Reflecting on Motherhood

It can be hard to find the time to breathe. Ballet class. T-Ball. Pick up kids from school. Change diapers. Clean the bathroom. Soothe a teething toddler. Make dinner. Some days, it feels like motherhood is a constant chain of chores. Help with homework. Load the dishwasher. Go to the …

Um, Om & Namaste.. #joyofmom

Um, Om & Namaste

Um, Om & Namaste  Don’t hate me, but I’m that mom. I’m the one who has done the same yoga-Tai-Chi-Pilates class for 15 years, but I’m usually getting there just a bit late (dashing in from work!). I know that really stinks and please don’t judge me. I’m the one …

Finding Moments of Joy

As the holidays approach, there are so many exciting activities that keep us busy as the days seem to whirl on by. Shopping for the perfect presents, planning lovely meals for your family, and decorating your home to feel extra warm and cozy. But as our to-do list grows there may be some days when our patience shrinks. …