Good Behavior for 100 please

There was something that my family, close friends and I observed about my sons' behavior over this recent visit that had us all questioning where it could be coming from. It's an observation I made months ago. However, as a mother I realize I can be a little sensitive and I definitely over analyze sometimes. Regarding my son, I watch him close and sometimes notice things no one else would otherwise notice. I continued to monitor him without raising the issue initially....more

A Hybrid College Education for the Adult Learner...too bad it doesn't save energy

I need to get my bachelor's degree in order to get ahead in my job, but I didn't have time to go to a traditional college because I have two kids. (Man, I should like one of those commercials).  So, I started what is called a hybrid program which is a blend of on campus classroom meetings with a strong online component as well.  I take one class per semester, do a whole bunch of online assignments and drive 60 miles to campus 3 times a semester.  On paper it doesn't sound too bad.  In real life it is a different story. ...more

A Fit Mom's Thoughts - My Humble Beginnings

Let's start with an introduction - my name is Rachael and I'm a thirty year old new(ish) mom. I say new-ish because my son will be turning 10 months this week. In the grand scheme of things I suppose that does qualify me as a new mom, but sometimes I feel like people hear "I'm a new mom" and roll their eyes! But I digress....more

3 Ways Working Moms Can Manage Their Schedules to Fit Around the Family Dinner

As a married mother of two energetic boys and the CEO of a company, I know that effective time management doesn’t come easy. It takes a lot of planning in advance and conflict minimizing like making lists each night of how you’re scheduling the next day and setting the kids clothes out the night before to glide through the usual morning obstacles with (some) ease. And the way you manage your time, believe it or not, greatly affects your dinner schedule, especially if you make it a point to end each day with a meal with your family....more

The Perfect School Mom

This week The Happy Boy's school is celebrating Fiesta by having different activities each day. Yesterday they had a rally, today every kid had to take a dish to share with the classmates (this should be illegal) and tomorrow they are having a mini parade were each child is asked to decorate a shoe box and walk while pulling it....more

A Behind the Scenes Look at an Auto Show

So, many of you know that I travel and some of you even know why. But I've never really shared a real look at what I do and why. I just returned home from New York working as a spokesmodel for Mitsubishi Motors at the New York International Auto Show, and when I travel for shows… that is precisely what I'm doing. Below is a little video I put together to give a glimpse at what part of our day at the show looks like....more

A stressful job today may keep your mind sharp after retirement

If you have a stressful job, there may be good news regarding mental decline as you age.New research that analyzed 4,182 participants' data found that certain kinds of challenging jobs can slow mental declines in memory after retirement. The study controlled for income and formal education.So what kind of tasks (at their job) are we talking about?- analyzing data- developing objectives and strategies- making decisions- solving problems- evaluating information- thinking creativelyHere's what I read:...more

I can't live without my blog!

Today’s Blogher NaBloPoMo question is:  Does blogging bring out my best or worst selfI blog for myself but I also blog for others.  This blog is not really a personal blog where I vent or complain, so I do not believe it brings out the worst in myself.There are times when I’m writing a post or filming a video that I stop myself because I sound like I’m telling my audience what to do.  I don’t want to tell people to do things “this” way because doing things “that” way is wrong....more

Office Supplies I'm Loving

I am a complete office supply nerd. Back to school displays? LOVE THEM. I get all geeked about pens and notebooks and cute paperclips. Maybe it’s because I am paper-and-pencil kind of girl – I still handwrite notes and outline blog posts on paper. Or maybe it is because I am a complete Type A individual who loves things to be organized, categorized, and color-coded. Whatever the reason, I am a true office supply geek. ...more

Life of a Solo Mama

At the entrance of our home there is a sign that reads,"Happy is what we make it. Always has been, always will be." Ironically the sign sits atop a coat hanger that is used mostly on rainy or cold, dreary days. It serves as a positive daily reminder to focus less on what appears to be "wrong" or missing in our lives and more on the many blessings we take part in everyday as a family. ...more