Finding Beauty In Self-Care

As I grow older and busier, I realized that I tend to prioritize obligations so much that I forget about myself. I skip lunch because I want to finish up an assignment. I eschew a fun board game night or table tennis meet-up because I think I should be taking pictures of products. I bought a bento cookbook, an introduction guide to calligraphy, and printed out Japanese hiragana and katakana lists to refamiliarize myself with the language, but I haven't touched a single one....more
I'm a very emotional person, which I am trying to work on. I know from experience that when I'm ...more

Feeling Beautiful in Pregnancy

I think it's only natural for every woman to want to feel like her best self. When you look good, you feel good! True story.Since we learned that we are expecting, my body has gone through lots of changes. My bod is at the stage right now that I lovingly refer to as pregfat (pregnant plus fat). Instead of pregnant, I mostly just look like a plumper version of myself. All of my regular clothes still fit, but I have an obvious stomach pooch that is no longer suck-in-able but doesn't quite look like there's a baby in there....more

Marinating in Autumn

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "The earth laughs in flowers."  If so, then I believe she seduces with the colors of autumn. ...more

Make Beautiful Ripples Wherever You Are

Anxiety courses through me when more than one person needs me at the same time. For instance, not long ago, two very close friends were having a personal crisis at exactly the same moment. One of them was texting me. The other was calling. It all went down on a night that I usually reserved to do fun adventures with my kid.I couldn’t have an adventure with my kid and be there for both friends. I had to choose, and I felt horrible about that decision. It seemed no matter what choice I made, it didn’t feel right because there would be at least two people who I couldn’t help....more

Don't be a baby. Why not?

http://magnoliabeginnings.org/2012/07/26/dont-be-a-baby-why-not/       I think it’s time for me to be more child-like. I’m tired of being adult about everything. ...more

Instead of eating the chocolate this Valentines day, rub it on with this delectable chocolate beauty treat!

It isn't easy for moms to take the time to care for themselves so this Valentines day treat yourself to some Chocomania body butter by The Body Shop! It will leave your skin feeling silky and rich with the sweetest scent of chocolate that will leave everyone wishing you were their valentine....more

the identity of me

 So the other day dada went on over to Ikea and bought honest-to-God-full-price shelves. Matching shelves. The shelves I have been lusting after for...um, years?...more
totally! and in five years they may look totally different. the adventure of life, right? thanks ...more

Happy New Year: Resolution Central

Every year I make resolutions. Most years I can make it about 4 months into the year before I throw in the towel. They are your standard variety resolutions such as lose weight, stop biting my nails, grow my hair long, etc etc. ...more

(nablopomo #12) be willing to be

Good morning, good morning --I'm feeling a little off-kilter this morning, not quite full. Maybe something in me is following the moon....more

Finding Balance (or, The Never Ending Search)

Making family time is important to me. How do you balance your children, relationship, and work life?    Good question. I constantly feel like I'm trying to find and maintain balance in my life. Every now and then I feel balanced and then something new gets thrown into the mix. And I start over. ...more