How Not to Be That Mom on College Move In Day

The college experience is a big deal for everyone in the family, it evokes change on every member of a household. The younger sibling who no longer shares the bathroom or has the comfort of knowing her sister is just in the next room at night. he dad who is used to catching the football games with his son. The mom who has devoted every ounce of her being to raising her child and micro-managing outfits, tasks, and chores. But the overall college experience belongs to the student. College Move-in day (and college in general) is not about you! ...more
I dropped off my son a little over a week ago and I was only THAT mom when no one was in the ...more

Caring for Children and Aging Parents

If you are like us, you have a little one running around your home.  While our grandmother often appreciates my son saying hello, giving hugs and showing her his new toys, she doesn’t enjoy it as much when he launches himself over the couch and on to her lap, or when he runs by and crashes into her. What to do?  Here are some of our solutions that we hope might be helpful! ...more

Getting Hitched

The object of my affection had put it off for as long as he could, stalling the way men do when on the verge of making a big commitment. But when our oldest announced that he was moving to the east coast for grad school, my man knew he couldn't put it off any longer. He had to Read on......more

DeeDee

Let me introduce you to today's Grand Ideas' feature. She is the loving grandmother of 4 precious grandchildren who affectionately call her DeeDee and granddad is called Poppie. Her daughter, Staci, is the mom of the oldest "baby angels" who are Ethan - 12 and Sierra - 10. Corey, her son, is dad to Alexi who is 8 and the youngest is Mallori who is 4 years old. ...more

Wanderlust Wednesday. Corn Islands.

Wanderlust Wednesday. Corn Islands.Big Corn and Little Corn make up this small island cluster nestled east of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.Photo credit: travel.nytimes.com...more

9 Ways to Help Your College Senior Land His First Job

As the parent of a college senior, you may be feeling anxious about graduation day and wondering how to help your child prepare to find work in the recovering job market. The current unemployment rate for college graduates ages 21 to 24 is 8.8 percent (up from 5.7 percent in 2007). Graduating in a bad economy has long-lasting consequences; the class of 2013 will likely earn less during the next 10 to 15 years than if they had graduated in a year when job opportunities were plentiful....more

The Serenity of Sadness

Throughout this journey, I think I have managed to hold it together pretty well, maybe too well. I had my share of meltdowns, but predominately in the realm of anxiety not sadness. I've obsessed, I've worried, I've won several gold medals in overthinking and immersed myself in happy distractions. That's what I do in the face of traumatic/dramatic events, I block, I distract myself, I don't let it in. I am GREAT at it. Until I'm not. Because inevitably the giant tsunami comes crashing down upon me. Like it is now....more

Help Wanted: How to evade the empty nest

 It’s no secret that I will be an empty-nester in just 3 weeks. I’ve talked a lot about giving thought to whether or not I should continue blogging. I started this blog for a few reasons, some (two actually, who shall remain nameless) of which are flying the coop or leaving the nest   or something....more

Once Upon Another Time

I lost the baby pool by 4 hours. The man who is technically still my husband has a new baby as of 4:00 am yesterday. I have spent the last 24 hours trying to decipher what it is that I am feeling. I think the answer lies somewhere in the haunting Sarah Bareilles song that has been running through my head on a loop since yesterday afternoon, "Once Upon Another Time"......more

Empty Nester Living Large in Small Accommodations

Living in “small” spaces is the new challenge today. “Tiny” living is life in an itty-bitty, little house, and they can range from 117 square feet to no more than 500 square feet. Now that’sseriously small living! Although some “small” houses might go as big as 874 square feet, and that is pure luxury living....more
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