winners, farm update, & marathon monday starts soon!

Hi friends! Just a few quick updates as this fresh new work week gets going.First, our giveaway. The five winners have been chosen for that fabulous new furniture painting e-book by Refunk My Junk, and I contacted everyone early this morning. If you see your name here, please send me an email address so we can get you a promo code and you can download this gorgeous and fun book pronto.

All or Nothing

Yesterday I found myself on a train into New York City to have lunch with two friends. One who lives in Manhattan and one who was visiting from out of town for a conference.When my husband handed me the train ticket, I jokingly thanked him for issuing me my “day pass” from the insane asylum.As I sat on the train I marveled at how quickly I have always been able to disconnect from my kids. Even when they were babies....more

Mondays Don't Have to be BLAH

Let me start off by saying, "Happy Monday. You are Awesome".See, Monday is already starting on a positive note.We party, relax and have so much fun over the weekends that we just want it to last a bit longer. Then the alarm goes off (or if you are like me a little one wakes up) and you realize that it marks the beginning of a new week. ...more

I Missed My Aha Moment!

An Invitation!On June 25th, I received an interesting email.  It was from a woman named Rachel who works for the company that produces the Mutual of Omaha's Aha Moment campaign.  In her email, she stated that she had come across my website (this blog!) and she “couldn't help but think” that I “might have an aha moment to share.” Her email continued as follows:...more

Living a "Self" Center life leads to joy and happiness!

We think that we should be selfless, think of others, not oneself. To be a good person you should put others before yourself, always focusing on the other person, not you. This way of viewing how we should live does not lead to living with joy and happiness. In fact the opposite is usually the result of focusing on others, not you gives all your power to others instead of inwardly focusing your power on you....more

"Memory Provides What Life Does Not"

"Memory Provides What Life Does Not"Last December, I took a fall outside my apartment where I've lived for 15 years. When I came to, an ambulance was rushing me off: about 50 miles across the Los Angeles Basin .There were  never any X-rays, MRIs or medical attention given to me....more

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

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
Gmail is my personal business only, so stays pretty clear. As gmail still does not have easy ...more