Dear President Obama: What About Parents Who Stay Home?

[Editor's Note: This post has been updated as of 2:15 pm CT 1/22/2014. The author would like to clarify that she is not asking for a childcare tax credit for parents that stay at home. She believes increasing the dependent deduction by $3,000 instead would benefit more families in America.] So I watched the State of the Union address last night with my husband. It is a miracle I made it over half of the way through as most years I bail after 10 minutes....more
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Bringing Back the Sick Day: Why you should just give in and rest when you are sick

I have been battling a bad upper respiratory virus the past few weeks. I felt it coming on one Friday night, all scratchy throat and tired muscles.What did I do? I just kept going, of course. We had plans Saturday after all.  I just kept drinking hot tea, sucking cough drops and went to bed a little early.The cold worsened and I began to leave out optional activities. But still I plowed ahead. During meetings I sat at a distance with a box of kleenex by my side. I refrained from giving physical adjustments to my yoga students....more

How to Stay Sane This Christmas: Taking 25 whole days to get ready

"Are you ready for Christmas yet?"I hear this question all the time and it makes me cringe. Because inevitably the answer is, "Nope, I'm not."I am not one who plans ahead what I will cook or craft. I don't ever have all my presents purchased no later than Black Friday.To be honest, we don't even have our tree up yet.I hope it will happen this weekend, but with the way our schedule looks, who knows?...more

4 Ways to Keep It Simple At Christmas

So, we made it through Black Friday. A day when people wake up in the wee hours of the morning to be the first into stores to snag deals and buy gifts for all the people on their Christmas list.Our family doesn't really participate in Black Friday activities. Mainly because only my tween daughter likes to shop and none of us like crowds.But there is another reason we don't hit the mall on Black Friday. By and large we try to keep it pretty simple around our house. Not only on Black Friday but throughout the Christmas season....more

Parenting with an Anxiety Disorder

Parenting children while dealing with an anxiety disorder can be a very tricky dance.If you are like me, of all the things you worry about...more

An Easy Exercise to Keep You Grateful This Thanksgiving

As we enter this week of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be helpful to share with you an easy gratitude exercise.So easy you can practice it anywhere and anytime....more

10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Beauty

I've been having a lot of conversations on looks and fashion with my ten-year-old daughter recently. She is not only at the age where she is beginning to notice these kinds of things, but is also standing on the edge of puberty and interest in boys. It is a very tricky time to say the least. So when a friend suggested the blog prompt 10 Things I Know to Be True, I decided to dedicate this post to her. ...more
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3 Thoughts on Surfing

Now that I am a couple of days past my first experience with surfing, there are a few thoughts that keep rising up within me. It turns out riding the waves did teach me a lot about life, but not in the ways I had expected.I never had a transcendent moment where I felt One With the Ocean as I had hoped, but I did gain a lot of respect for people who have committed themselves to be wave riders.  There is a reason surfers are all ripped and buff my friends. Surfing is HARD WORK....more

Getting Over My Fear of Flying

In just a few days I am going to fly in an airplane for the first time in seven years. This lack of time in the friendly skies is no accident.I admit to you, dear reader, that I am afraid to fly.  This hasn't always been true.  I flew several times during my twenties and at first I loved it. I flew solo to Norway when I was 18 to visit my brother and his family for a week. Great flights there and back....more

The Joys of Minimum Wage: What I learned from my two year stint as a barrista

I write a blog post this cloudy Monday morning as I'm camped out with my laptop at Bare Bulb Coffee. Although this may sound pretty typical to you, today marks a big change for me. For I have spent the last two years opening the doors of Bare Bulb Coffee every Monday and Wednesday before the sun comes up to brew up some Joe and bake muffins and cinnamon rolls for the hungry people of Middle Georgia....more