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Embracing Self-care: Peace in the Home

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A group of bloggers are doing a series called Embracing Self-Care and each is posting on the same topic every Wednesday this month and they’re extending an open invitation to join in. Here are my thoughts on this week’s topic, Peace in the Home. And check out the other installments as well: Know Thyself and Health and Spirituality.

If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy

As much as I wish this wasn’t true, it is. There’s a direct ripple effect that takes my frustration and stress directly to my children. I recognize more and more that my behavior, attitude and even countenance can change their moods quick. So, this mama needs to stay happy and enable peace to flourish in our home. Continue reading


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10 unexpected lessons about motherhood

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Before I became a mom I knew there was lots of stuff I didn’t know about motherhood. I mean, there were more books than anyone can count written on the topic, more blogs than I cared to read and billions of women who were mothers before me. What did I know? While I did a fair amount of research on the subject, though not as much as most women due to the lack of an English ‘Parenting’ section at my local Hungarian library, I was relatively clueless when my daughter came into the world that frosty January morning. I knew I was embarking on a steep learning curve, I didn’t appreciate just how steep it would be. Some things I’ve learned along the way haven’t surprised me, others seem somewhat random and downright ridiculous. Here are my 10 favorite unexpected lessons about motherhood: Continue reading


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When what you need isn’t a break

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I was done. It had been a harrowing week as the mother of two small children and I needed a break.

A guest was coming over for lunch on Saturday and we needed to have an uninterrupted, adult conversation so the kids were going to my parents for a few hours. But on Friday I asked my mom if they could stay the night. She said ‘Of course!’ Continue reading


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What and how I feed my kids

What I feed my kidsI’m not exactly a foodie but I do put a lot of thought and effort into what I eat. Making food from scratch is a hobby and I enjoy learning about how to get the greatest benefit from what I eat. When Eleanor turned six-months and showed interest in solid food, I poured my efforts into providing her with healthy, homemade meals. I pureed batches of fruits and vegetables in our tiny apartment kitchen and carefully introduced her to new flavors and textures. I’ve learned a lot about feeding children since those early days and though I am by no means perfect, I’ve found a way of providing our children with healthy, delicious meals while passing on positive attitudes about food. Continue reading


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Letter to My Empty-Nester Self

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Hello Empty-Nester self,

I know, I know. I have it so good.

Eleanor is a super-fun toddler who is only occasionally snarky and is just blossoming every day. Edward loves (is there a stronger word than love?) for me to hold him. Those clear blue eyes meet mine and tell me I’m the only woman in the world to him.

I have time with our children. I get to spend all day tickling tummies, reading stories, giving kisses and being a hero. Continue reading