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How to Plan a Weekend Away from Your Kids

I’m writing this in my underwear from a hotel room in Boston. I slept until 7:30am this morning, which in my house is the kind of luxury usually reserved for my birthday. Yesterday, she and I saw our first movie in a theater since July 2015. We waited two and …

A 10 Minute Meditation Routine That Will Change Your Life! #joyofmom

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 …

The Messiness of Motherhood: Welcome to Your New Life

I look around. Crusted oats and gelled chia seeds cling to a bowl on my desk. A cup of coffee, still hot, rests to my left, along with a calculator, my daughter’s latest work from school, bills, tweezers and a stack of books. They have somehow gathered in my writing …

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 …

Inspiring and Expanding Our Child’s Creativity! #joyofmom

Inspiring and Expanding Our Child’s Creativity

Inspiring and Expanding Our Child’s Creativity Blip. Beep. Ding. These are the sounds coming from your child these days thanks to the iPad and video games that seem attached to their small hands. In this day and age, kids are spending more time in front of the television and computer, …

Hope In a Jar! #joyofmom

Hope In a Jar

Hope In a Jar The call went out from a dance studio in the suburbs of Nevada. It was on one of those crumpled pieces of paper that kids leave in their backpacks for a week and then tell you must be done by morning. “Dear Parents,” the note read. …

10 Ways to Declutter Your Mommy Life Before Summer Is Over! #joyofmom

10 Ways to Declutter Your Mommy Life

Tick, tock, tick, tock. That sound you’re hearing in your heart is summer beginning to wind down. For most of us, there are only six more weeks (!) until the new school year begins. Are you already asking yourself: Where did my summer go? If so, it’s time to declutter …

When the Unspeakable Happens - Joy of Mom

When the Unthinkable Happens

What do we say when the world goes crazy? When we want to cry and hide. When we want to shut our eyes. What do we say when our children ask us why Facebook is plastered with photos of the Eiffel Tower? When they hear the news. When they look …

Our Quick Tips For Relaxing This Weekend! #joyofmom

Weekend Rx: Quick Tips For Relaxation

Our Quick Tips For Relaxing This Weekend It’s Friday, which means the weekend is almost here! Through the countless loads of laundry, packed lunches, baseball games, homework help, and, for many of us, a full work week on top of it all, we’ve made it through the week. While of …