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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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How to recover when life throws you a curve

When life throws you a curve

For a week my life was dominated by two phrases:

Extreme winter weather warning and bronchiolitis and pneumonia.

The former turned what was supposed to be a day in Portland into a 2½ day stay because of freezing rain and snow on the route home. The latter saw my son sick and in the doctor’s office one day and then in the hospital for the next two (he’s much better now). In the two days in between these events I reached my low as a mother and my productivity was nil the entire week. Continue reading


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Menu planning 101

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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail

Oh Benjamin Franklin, you are a man after my own heart.

I like things to run smoothly. The more streamlined and efficient I can make my life, the better. I want to know what’s coming at me so I can prepare and respond in the best way possible.

I was the kid who set out her clothes the night before and I’m the adult who plans meals a month in advance. Continue reading