How I Met Your Mother

Sit down, kids, and I’ll tell you a story. One of the greatest things I ever did was to take a low point in my life and esteem and turn it into motivation to focus on time for myself, and getting back in touch with things I enjoyed. I was in my late 20s, single,Continue reading “How I Met Your Mother”

Fifty Years of Sunny Days

Can you tell me how to get…how to get to Sesame Street? I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in this world who can’t tell you where on dial (okay, even if there are no dials anymore) to find that famous neighborhood where sunny days sweep the clouds away. I personally have a hardContinue reading “Fifty Years of Sunny Days”

1-4-3 in the (neighbor)hood

“There is no person in this whole world who is a mistake, no matter how different that person may seem.” If you grew up watching beloved children’s television star Fred Rogers, you may already know that 1-4-3 was one of countless ways that he found to tell children how loved they were. 1-4-3 are theContinue reading “1-4-3 in the (neighbor)hood”

Putting down the lists OR A healthy perspective thanks to Conan

Make the most of your time. Enjoy what we have. It all goes by fast. We hear this stuff a lot. All the time. Yet, it often seems to fall on deaf ears, even for the most well-intended of us. I mean, it’s hard not to get distracted in today’s world isn’t it? With aContinue reading “Putting down the lists OR A healthy perspective thanks to Conan”

The Gnome that saved our Christmas

With the hustle and bustle of life keeping us in an ever-increasing flurry – what needs to get done, who needs to be where – this time of year can lose a bit of its magical luster as we get older and slip into the robe of responsibility that is adulthood and parenthood. We carryContinue reading “The Gnome that saved our Christmas”

Shelving the present

This morning I was standing in the middle of our living room, getting dressed for work. It’s not the usual place I prep for the day, but everyone else in the house was still asleep, and with a nine month old with a temperamental wake-up, I didn’t feel like tempting fate and having anyone wakeContinue reading “Shelving the present”

Read it again! And again! And again!

Our two and a half year old daughter has a book she adores called 5-Minute Pinkalicious Stories, filled with 12 different stories featuring her favorite animated counterpart, Pinkalicious. It was found in her Easter basket, a gift from that hippity hoppity Easter Bunny, and has become a staple of almost every evening storytime. Twelve storiesContinue reading “Read it again! And again! And again!”

The life-altering mindshift of appreciation

About a year ago, I felt like I was living in a constant state of stress. Whether it be work, family, adult and parent responsibilities, finances, aspirations left unreached, creative pursuits, or issues with the world at large, I was a ball of worry, nerves, pressure, and so much more, clawing at the walls forContinue reading “The life-altering mindshift of appreciation”

You don’t have to be friends with everyone

I was driving our son to school recently when, staring out the back window at the houses and businesses passing us by, he suddenly asked why one of the kids at school didn’t want to be his friend. “I say hello and I’m nice to them, but they tell me they don’t want to beContinue reading “You don’t have to be friends with everyone”