Do Your Expectations Line Up with Reality?

I have written in this column recently about emotional hygiene and doing the necessary maintenance on feelings as well as your physical body and household. Health reminders tell us to wash our hands frequently to prevent transmittal of diseases. Did you know you can “wash” your mood, too, and give yourself an attitude adjustment whenever you want to? ...more

Times Have Changed For American Families. It's Time For Policies To Change, Too.

Ten years ago, the idea that there could be policy solutions for the stress and worry and overwhelmedness weighing down on American families was considered, by most people I encountered, to be ludicrous. Women I interviewed would literally laugh in my face at the mere suggestion. "Do you want the government raising your children?" they'd snort. Times have changed. ...more

24 Help Time Management Tips for Busy Moms

Ever feel like there aren't enough hours in one day? I get you. I totally do. Time management is a tricky thing. When I started on my work-at-home journey, the biggest struggle I had was time management. I don't have regular working hours. Sure, I don't have to commute, but being a work-at-home mom means I am also in charge of keeping the household running while keeping my business up and running at the same time. ...more
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My 8 Steps To Being A Happier Mom

While there are tons of help books on becoming a mother, its still does not prepare you for what’s about to come. Lack of sleep, work/life balance, sibling rivalry (if there’s more in your clan) or to finding your mom-jo  isn’t something that can be written or we can prepare ourselves for. Just how you deal with it, is the answer!Starting a family later in life, did I think maybe I knew what I was getting myself into, but nope, not anything that my other mom friends had recommended for my newborn did my first or even second one love.  Not one kid is the same, nor parenting style, so here are my 8 steps that I’ve picked up in my years of motherhood that has me and more happy wife,  friend and mother:...more

When You Don't Even Recognize a Chicken

Yesterday afternoon the hot sun returned to us. I changed into a swimsuit, took Hemingway's A Movable Feast out to my favorite chaise lounge, and laid on my belly, propped up on my elbows to read. His simple but seductive descriptions of Paris quickly transported me to the New Orleans' French Quarter (my closest approximation). It made me want to walk, write, explore, and express the thrumming affection for the French Quarter that has grown in my heart these past several years. Good reading always makes me want to write....more

Do Your Expectations Line Up with Reality?

I have written in this column recently about emotional hygiene and doing the necessary maintenance on feelings as well as your physical body and household. Health reminders tell us to wash our hands frequently to prevent transmittal of diseases. Did you know you can “wash” your mood, too, and give yourself an attitude adjustment whenever you want to? ...more

Is FMLA Enough for Fathers?

By Cassandra Emery, associate professor at American Public UniversityIs it important for a father to be actively involved in the first few weeks of a child’s life?  Do they need time to bond with their newborn and support their partners?    ...more

How to Take Control of Your Inbox in 15 Minutes

How many emails do you have in your inbox?  After I crossed the 5000 unread email mark, I decided it was time for a major inbox-cleaning. ...more

Lose the Guilt-ridden “Shoulds” for the Magic of “Could”

The alarm rings. Too early, much too early. A whole hour early. You know you should get up. You promised yourself you’d start working out. Today’s the day! Huzzah! Yesterday it seemed like such a great idea. You even set out your gym gear, ready to get going first thing. Groan. Aargh! You bury yourself in the comfort of your bed. Just a couple more minutes. Guilt sets in…You should go. Now. Time’s a-wasting. Should, should, should! ...more

15 Seriously Happy Songs for the Summer

If you only know me from my blog posts you might think I’m a very serious person who thinks way too much. Actually, I am one of the most upbeat, optimistic and happy people I know. While I do enjoy digging deep into subjects that catch my interest, I also love to laugh, dance and have fun as much as possible. Some of the best ways to do that is to listen to uplifting and happy music....more

Times Have Changed For American Families. It's Time For Policies To Change, Too.

Ten years ago, the idea that there could be policy solutions for the stress and worry and overwhelmedness weighing down on American families was considered, by most people I encountered, to be ludicrous. Women I interviewed would literally laugh in my face at the mere suggestion. "Do you want the government raising your children?" they'd snort. Times have changed. ...more

4 Reasons to Avoid Consumer Credit Counseling & Debt Settlement Compnies

You're in debt. Creditors are blowing up your phone and you dread checking the mail because you're tired of seeing the red stamped "Past Due" letters. Most of us have been there. I know I have, but I quickly decided this was no way I wanted to live my life. I decided to take control, found my way into the financial industry and learned the secrets of debt collectors, Consumer Credit Counseling agencies, and debt settlement/debt negotiation companies. Over the course of two to three years, I dwindled down $20k and since then, I've been happily living debt free....more

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