What do Babolat Tennis Racquets, New Balance Tennis Shoes and Wilson Tennis Bags Have in Common?

They are all in the pink for Breast Cancer Awareness MonthThere are many ways to show support for your sisters during the month of October on and off the tennis court. Noodle on these ideas and get your pink on!Off Court Support...more
What a great article Suzi. I think it is an important month and I never thought of volunteering ...more

Going When The Wind Changes: Leaving Kids I Nanny

I got the email a few days ago. It’s always like that; you get the call, or they pull you aside. You sit down on the couch and look up at them – they’re always standing – and they clear their throats, sigh, and look down at you. There’s always a look of regret. There’s always a flash of pain in the eyes.“She got into daycare. We’re not going to need you after November 1.”...more

Are You Ready for the Staggering Cost of Caring for Your Elderly Parents?

The cost of caring for an elderly parent is on the rise and with an economy that has yet to recover; caregiving is having a long-term effect on family’s financial stability.  Are you and your family ready?  Most caregivers aren't and they and their families are dipping into their own retirement plans, savings and borrowing money to care for their loved ones.  The Financial Facts...more

Enabling the Babysitter Addiction

I was reading Salon and found an article called My Babysitter Addiction. Interested, I clicked on it – and read a really honest and inspiring story from a woman who uses babysitters as part of her “global village” – you know, the one that’s supposed to help raise your child. She’s a single mother with a passel of kids, and she went from micro-managing her babysitters to allowing them to help her. In turn, she relaxed and was able to get more of her own identity back, and not just be “Mom” all the time....more

Crazy Caregiver's First Blog

    My caregiving life,unbeknownst to me, began very long ago....more

Caring for Elderly Parents - Connecting for Caring

Making Care Easier (MCE) is working to improve the ways families are caring for their elderly parents. Now more than ever, families are spread across the country. Our mission is to make care easier for the entire family by providing the tools and information needed to help everyone stay connected and take an active part in caring. I'd love to hear your story and get your suggestions what we can build online to make your lives easier....more

Long Distance Caregiving Tips

More than 7 million Americans identify themselves as long distance caregivers. If you are the only caregiver and far away, these tips will help you to provide a unique level of care for your loved one, no matter the distance.Collect Important Information about your loved one. Organized info, including your loved one’s medical, dental, financial, legal and insurance can prove to be a big help in preparation for an unexpected crisis. Financial RecordsA detailed list of assets and any debts accrued...more

Moving In

When the time comes for your loved one to move out of their home and into a place where adequate care can take place, there are many questions to consider. As our loved ones age; disabilities, illnesses and other problems arise that present the dilemma of where to move them. In this time of economic uncertainty many caregivers are having their loved one move in with them. Before this can be done, it’s important to think carefully about living arrangements and how they will affect your daily life and family....more

Understanding And Coping With Alzheimer’s

September is recognized as World Alzheimer’s Month. This dedication is a reminder to our community, our nation, and most importantly our world about the familiar yet, often misunderstood illness. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that has no known cure, although there are treatments and pharmaceuticals that can reduce the symptoms temporarily.The best way to help those with Alzheimer’s, is to be aware of “early onset” and  the gradual increase of signs and symptoms associated with the disease. The Alzheimer’s Association gives the following 10 warning signs:...more

Hubby Update - Bowel Obstruction

Around 8:30pm Thursday night Hubby and I headed to MD Anderson ER. Hubby’s stomach and back pain had intensified and he’d started vomiting.Charlie spent the night at a friend’s house. The boys thought it was super cool to have a sleep over during the week.Around midnight X-rays were done and by 2am a CT scan. The ER doctor diagnosed Hubby with a bowel obstruction. The least invasive method of clearing out the blockage is an NG tube, which Hubby protested but ended up with.The NG tube seems to have done the trick. Hubby’s stomach is no longer distended and tender....more
I'm so glad they were able to resolve this issue without surgery and I'm extra happy that ...more