Why Not Taking Care of Myself is Lazy and Selfish

I don’t know how to explain how much effort it takes to keep me upright and moving forward this time of year. For a girl who clearly suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder, Washington State is a rough place to be in the Winter months. I know I should probably change my story about how I fair in the winter months, and some years I do better. However, generally the winters I do well involve quite a bit of travel, and for reasons out of anyone’s control, there has been no travel this winter. So, without elaborating too much, I’ll just say, I’m more than a little sluggish right now....more

Makin' It introduction

Makin' It with Jenny Hall ...more

4 Mommy Wars That Should End

Although 2015 isn’t even half way over, there are some things that I would like to see laid to rest before we welcome 2016. I read a lot of mommy blogs and there is always some  ‘mommy war’ cropping up. Parents are duking it out over who raises their kids better and who has it harder as a parent. I thought the U.S. Congress had problems! Trust me, their arguing and intense debates is nothing compared to those moms who are steadfast in their beliefs and are committed to verbally annihilating anyone who remotely disagrees with them....more

I Hear You!

  Can you listen to a person talk and REALLY HEAR what they’re saying? Can you listen without judging them?Can you listen and then validate what they say?Then YOU are a terrific human being, and dare I say, a rare commodity, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!...more

Can We Really Keep Our Children Safe?

Recently I watched a video clip of the hit HLN show Nancy Grace in which Ms. Grace discussed a case where a baby sitter is accused of allegedly bragging about sexually assaulting a child in text messages to her boyfriend. Ms. Grace leads into the story by informing viewers that the babysitter holds a Master’s degree and works at a high priced oil company. She further shares that the boyfriend also has a Master’s Degree and makes a five figure salary at the same oil company. I didn’t understand the relevance of sharing this background information about the couple....more

Are We Sending Our Kids Mixed Messages?

As McKinley grows and begins to get involved in more and more activities, including athletics and social groups, I find myself having internal debates about how to communicate the right information to her....more

Should You Consider Adult Day Care For Your Aging Parent?

 Are you considering sending your parent to Adult Day Care? It’s a hard decision to make with so many considerations. You must go to work everyday without worrying about your loved one constantly…are they okay, are they roaming outside of the house, are they a danger to themselves and to the house?...more

A Daughter Teaches, A Mother Learns.

I'd like to tell you a story about a baby girl. Did her mother know one day in April that her doctor appointment would not go as planned. Did she know they would tell her she would deliver her baby that day. Did she know the doctor would use terminology she did not read about in the baby books. Did she know after a suggested sonogram, she would be told that her baby has a "myelomeningocele - spina bifida, a neural tube defect in which a developing baby's spinal cord fails to develop properly." A what? And explain it in WORDS she can understand please! NO, I did not know....more
Thanks Heather! She is beautiful!more