Category Archives: Relationships

Young woman carrying baby and shoppingGood Activities for MOM That Benefit the Whole Family

Gеtting involved in mom activities саn make уоu a bеttеr mother tо уоur kids. Mothering iѕ a job thаt takes lots оf heart аnd stamina. In order tо nоt deplete уоur оwn emotional reserves, уоu nееd tо tаkе good care … Continue reading

Mother and Daughter10 Things Parents of Special Needs Kids Want You to Know

For this article, I posed the question “What do we, as parents of disabled/special needs kids, want others to know?” on a support group for families, parents, and individuals of kids who have disabilities. The responses were much the same, … Continue reading

Family DentistA “Couples Valentines Party” Made Easy

I love to throw a good party and Valentines is one of the easiest themes to go with.  If you like to entertain, then this year consider swapping your traditional Valentines date night for something more exciting.  Plan a party … Continue reading

Help BlocksFinding Good Support: It’s not just for boobs.

Phew! I just surprised myself with that title. But,  seriously ladies, what’s worse than a no-support bra? So let’s get real. Your body, even more specifically, your boobs, need good support, so what are we willing to do to go get it? We … Continue reading

Mother and DaughterThrough My Daughter’s Eyes: Motherhood and Self-Perception

You know those days when everything catches up to you? And you just can’t take anymore? And you are depressed about yourself? And you wonder why and cry and cry and then cry some more? I know we’ve all had … Continue reading

Woman laying with book over her faceLiving with Adult ADHD, a Recovering Alcoholic, and Why Glenn Beck is My Hero

Eleven years ago my husband told me about a new show he was listening to on AM radio and suggested that I might like it as well.  I was shocked to hear this “sick twisted freak” (a phrase often used … Continue reading

Baby Wise SleepingGetting Your Newborn To Sleep At Night…..

I’ve never claimed to be a parenting expert; I just read a lot of books that have taught me the importance of schedules, routines and sleep. Sleep is so important, especially in the first year of life, because the human … Continue reading

BooksParenting Books 101

For anyone who knows me, it’s no surprise to hear that I’m the biggest book lover. Ever. I love books. I love fiction, organization, self-improvement, parenting, sci-fi, relationships, whatever! When it comes to informational books such as parenting or relationship … Continue reading

Mother_and_BabyHappy “Imperfect” Mother’s Day!

I have noticed a strange phenomenon as Mother’s Day rolls around.  On a day that we are to celebrate and honor all that motherhood is, I hear so many mothers saying that they detest Mother’s day.  The arrival of the … Continue reading

Working Out TogetherFitness Exercise Routine That Strengthens Marriages

Years and years ago my husband bought a box set of DVD’s for the Fox Show 24 with the intention that we would watch it and exercise together. I was already exercising to some of my favorite TV shows and … Continue reading

Hands Lending HelpCancer Help? Form A Cancer Stinks Group

Years ago I was shocked to receive a diagnosis of thyroid cancer. I had just given birth to my third child and emotions were running high for me and my family. I remember how long the months went by as … Continue reading

Family MovingHow to Prepare Your Child For A Move

Imagine leaving the only place you’ve ever lived. As it is, your child’s days are full of surprises and new experiences. When it comes to moving to a new place to live, it takes a lot of early preparation to … Continue reading

Beautiful Messy Hands10 Tips for Less Frustration and Mess-Free Fun

“Stop, take a deep breath, and think” That’s the lesson from an episode of Blue’s Clues on dealing with frustration. It’s taken me some time to figure out how to not get frustrated with my toddler (or myself) over the … Continue reading

CheerleaderMom-Cheerleading

I have a confession to make. I make fun of cheerleaders. Not all cheerleaders…just some. I was that sports girl, playing basketball, volleyball, softball, ran some track and I’d say to myself, “I’m going to try out for cheerleading as a … Continue reading

LonelinessMourn With Those That Mourn-Part 2

In part one of this series I spoke of helping children through loss.  In part two I will speak to dealing with the loss of a spouse.  I must admit that writing the first part was much easier.  It had … Continue reading

Daughters, Sisters, & FriendsFor My Daughters

I have been blessed with three little girls.  So basically my home is filled with lots of pink, drama and Barbies.  When I was pregnant with my third and found out the gender I was worried that my husband would … Continue reading

Every Child Is DifferentEvery [Child] is Different

Earlier this week, L received her 3rd round of Botox Treatments on her right side, and so she has been a little weaker due to the recent treatment. I typically put her in her leg/ankle brace so she’ll have a little … Continue reading

Child at GravestoneMourn With Those That Mourn-Part 1

The most common question asked of me after my husband passed away is “Is there anything I can I do for you?”.  I can see in people’s eyes that they want to help, but they don’t know how.  The problem with that … Continue reading

Child & BroomThe Lost Value of Work

Recently at my job, I’ve observed and participated in a few interesting conversations regarding work. There are quite a few fellow employees that think work is standing around at the front desk, talking to each other about the woes of … Continue reading

Kids Looking Out WindowFun, Free Ways to Entertain Your Kids on a Cold Day

Whether it’s raining, snowing, freezing, or sweltering hot outside these easy activities will keep your little ones free from the dreaded whining phrase we all know, ” Mommy I’m bored.” As a mom to five children under the age of eight, … Continue reading

A Labor of LoveMommy Myths: Here’s the Real Story

I remember those carefree days before I had children.  The days where I would look at other mothers, silently judging them in my head, saying to myself, “When I am a mother I will NEVER let my child eat a … Continue reading

Child DoctorQuestions to Ask a Potential Pediatrician

As parents, we want what’s best for our kids. I was lucky enough to have, in my opinion, the best pediatrician around! A few months ago, we moved to a new city, and I didn’t know what I was going … Continue reading

Mother Daughter Holding HandsBecoming Your Child’s Advocate

As a mom with a child with a minor disability, I have had to learn how to fight for my daughter, to become her advocate if you will. I think that one of the toughest things about being a mom … Continue reading

Pay up, Sweet PeaGood-bye slobs! Teaching kids to clean up after themselves!!

Does having clothes on the floor after bath time, toys dropped randomly in every room, dirty dishes on the counter and wrappers left where they were open sound familiar?  It was a constant at my house.  Now I do not think my kids … Continue reading

Child Eating PeasFeeding my picky eating toddler

There was a time when my son was eating peas and avocado and asked for more. That time has long gone. Somehow around 2 he turned against the color green and would not touch any vegetable…or meat, or eggs, or … Continue reading

Mom SurprisedWhat to do when your kid drops the f-bomb at age 2!

My 2-year old daughter LOVES animals.  We visit the LA Zoo often and I know a whole lot more about animals than I did pre-parenthood.  I got her a subscription to a magazine called Wild Animal Baby that is put … Continue reading

Traveling with ChildrenAirplane Travel with Children

A few months after I had my first baby we planned a trip to visit family.  An airplane trip.  I was terrified.  Like many new challenges for a first time mom, I didn’t know what to expect; I had visions … Continue reading

Christmas German NutcrackerHoliday Traditions

I sleep with monkeys.  And I’m not talking about my husband and daughter.  I mean stuffed monkeys.  Elephants.  Even Goldilocks (but never the three bears for some reason known only to my toddler).  And, unfortunately, Elmo, who feels like the … Continue reading

Child Holiday Melt-downHow To Handle A Holiday Party Melt-down

You’re stressed out over finding the perfect gifts for your children or the holiday dinner that you haven’t begun to plan and the last thing you want is a melt-down while you’re trying to cross something off your list, or … Continue reading

Child with Mom Practicing Speech TherapyQuit Asking Questions – What?

Every week my son and I have a speech therapist come to my house and train me on how to help him learn how to speak. My son is almost 2 years old and is experiencing a speech delay. Of … Continue reading

Couple on a Date Night InDate Night…At Home

How long has it been since I’ve been out on a date with my husband?  Well, let me think for a minute…too long!  Our dates come few and far between depending on grandparents visiting or finding a reliable babysitter.  Also, it seems … Continue reading