Save Your Sanity with these Easy Tips for Busy Mom

This morning, my daughter informed me that she needed jelly beans for school.  Um, WHY? you ask?  Because apparently jelly beans come in handy during math class for graphing and such. I really think the easiest way to save your sanity is to not have kids! Do I have jelly beans stashed in my pantry?  NO!  Because if I DID have jelly beans stashed in the pantry I would have eaten them all by now.  Factor in the emergency orthodontist appointment and everything else on the to do list, some days I just want to crawl back into bed at 8 AM!I know … [Read more...]

Tips to Make Your Commute More Enjoyable

When my husband and I lived in Texas, we lived about 2 to 3 miles from work.  We took our motorcycle in or rode our bikes.  It was a pleasant trip and we got to work without too much stress.  Fast forward a few  years and we find ourselves in Atlanta.  The houses 'in the city' that were close to my husband's job were way out of our price range so we ended up about 20 miles out of town in the 'burbs'.  The commute for my husband was something LESS than enjoyable.  In fact, he was seriously miserable having to deal with city traffic every day.  … [Read more...]

5 Family Tradition Ideas You Need to Start

Everyone has their own family tradition ideas that play a part in their holiday planning. I grew up enjoying the chaos of friends and family during the holidays.  Big dinners, multiple stops at different people's houses, playing with cousins and general chaos.  Those were some great times that I look back on with fondness now that I'm an adult.  After college, my husband and I moved halfway across the country from both of our families.  After that, holidays had no cousins, or traveling, or chaos.  It was a difficult adjustment for me to make … [Read more...]

How to be Productive Even with Kids at Home!

The school year is stressful for moms.  There is homework to help with even though you don't understand basic math anymore. There are field trips to remember and possibly chaperone.  There are more after school activities than you remember signing up for.  Our lives from September to June are busy and over scheduled.  So when summer gets here, the last thing I want is a rigid schedule.  However, with kids running around I often find that it's 2 pm and I am still in my pajamas and have yet to actually accomplish anything but clean up their … [Read more...]

Tips For Finding Inner Strength To Become Truly Radiant!

This post about finding inner strength has been sponsored by Arm & Hammer™ through their partnership with SWAY. I have been compensated for sharing this information with you, however all opinions are my own.I am not what I would call a beautiful individual.  I'm not overly negative about myself, just realistic.  While I am not scaring little children who gaze upon my face, I am not winning beauty pageants either.  I'm okay with that.  Because true beauty comes from a person's inner being and not their outward appearance.  This is a … [Read more...]

The Many Faces of Christmas

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who happens to be Jewish.  We were talking about our plans for Christmas Day which, for me, starts way too early, involves many gifts and too much eating, and usually a nap by early afternoon.  Her Christmas Day involves meeting several other Jewish families in the area for a buffet dinner at a local restaurant.  She was annoyed because apparently it is a Jewish tradition to eat at a Chinese buffet on Christmas day but none of the Chinese restaurants around us are open.  Apparently Golden Corral … [Read more...]

What Does the American Dream Mean to You?

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for MassMutual. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.When I look back on my childhood in suburban Connecticut I am pretty sure that my family was living the American Dream.  We had a modest sized house in a close nit neighborhood.  It was not a mansion in a gated community but there was plenty of space as long as my sister didn't hog the bathroom for too long when I had to go!  We felt safe playing in the streets, had good friends, and a … [Read more...]

Career Building Tools from Mom Corps YOU

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.When I was pregnant with my first child I decided I wanted to stay home after he was born rather than put him in daycare.  That meant leaving a job I loved doing cancer research for a large medical facility and taking a very drastic reduction in income.  I thought I was ready....little did I know that one car accident later I would be looking for … [Read more...]

Valentines Day Gifts for Moms: To heck with the roses, do the laundry!

We are quickly approaching that oh so romantic holiday called Valentine's Day.  Already, I have seen commercials that are promoting the perfect Valentines Day gifts for moms.  There are advertisements for diamond rings, fancy cars with red bows on top, and romantic vacations for two.  While these are certainly nice gift ideas, the beautiful Lexus would quickly be covered in food crumbs and dog slobber, the diamond ring would get lost in the garden, and who is going to watch  my kids while I cavort on the beach with my husband?  Sometimes I … [Read more...]