How I Lost My Flotation Tank Virginity copy

I had been thinking about testing out a sensory deprivation aka flotation tank session for a few months, but finally took the plunge and lost my ‘virginity’ on the 4th of July. The past few months have been particularly stressful (life happens) – even to the point of where I have trouble just breathing.  After seeing a friend post a Facebook live video after her flotation tank experience in California, I decided that I needed to give this a try…. Read more »

Well, my firstborn graduated from high school last weekend. Oh, and his younger brother moved up from middle school to high school. So the imminent threat of an almost empty nest is my reality. Actually, true confession, ever since my son accepted his university admissions offer, his upcoming departure from the proverbial nest has been lurking in the shadows of my mind. I’m actually still trying to figure out my gameplan for ‘survival.’ Yep. Since about January, I will often… Read more »

Last year, I wrote a post honoring my mother for Mother’s Day for all that she has done. This belated Mother’s Day, I am writing an open letter to my pride and joy, my two sons. Dear N & M: Words cannot describe the love and joy the two of you have brought to me. I could have a challenging day at work, but at the end of the day, I remember that I am coming home to two of… Read more »

Tired Mom's Guide to Making Dinner

“Qu-est-ce qu’on mange ce soir?” (French for “What are we eating for dinner tonight?”) is the dreaded quotidian question. In my case, it’s usually my husband asking and generally speaking, he is asking what I’d like him to cook since he has more time and energy to do the cooking.   Lately, though, I sensed my family’s fatigue with the usual repertoire and despite stepping in myself now and then to help out, kept thinking something had to change. Ironically,… Read more »

Renew You Spring Cleanse

Can you believe it’s spring? Actually, I can’t since Mother Nature pulled a belate April Fool’s trtick today by dumping a few inches of snow in Happy Valley. Yet, just the day before, we had crocuses in full bloom, so I’m still holding out hope that spring will soon arrive. The upcoming transition to spring and recent over-indulging during Easter (for me, baked ham, not Cadbury Easter eggs or candies) are excellent reasons to join a wonderful opportunity for a… Read more »

Spring cleaning this season will  be different in my house. Living in central Pennsylvania, I know better than to take the sun and temporary temperate temperatures for granted. Faster than you can say spring break, we could be back to snow and winter temps. Yet, as I was listening to the delightful airy melody of happy birds (not angry, lol) singing, my rêverie was interrupted by the nagging thought that spring cleaning is around the corner. Now is a good… Read more »

Essential Oils to Help Moms Relax

I am so stressed out just trying to pick the right headline for this post, so please bear with me if it isn’t particularly click-baity, lol, and don’t be surprised if you come back later and it’s changed. What does the word ‘relax’ evoke for you? For me,  I often associate it with that Frankie Goes to Hollywood song lyric ‘relax, don’t do it.’ The online Webster’s dictionary’s fourth definition is “to relieve from nervous tension.” As some of you… Read more »

Billy

[Note: This post was written by and posted with permission from my mother, Betsy Meyer. She tells the story about the death of my brother Billy at age 7. I have vivid memories of my mom writing and editing this story throughout my childhood. I can still hear her furiously pounding away ‘hunt and peck’ style on her manual Smith Corona typewriter.] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The flashbacks are cruel and unexpected. The trigger might be an ambulance siren or mounds of fish… Read more »

In the NICU

Have you ever had that nagging feeling when marking your calendar that you have forgotten something? It could be that you have already made plans, but forgot to mark it, or in the deep recesses of your mind, you know something important happened on that day, but it hasn’t quite surfaced? This happened to me last week. The date in question is January 15th. I had scheduled a medical appointment for my older son. I kept wondering why I felt… Read more »

xThe Twelve Cardinal Scents of Christmas

I don’t know about you, but for me this time of year is not only magical, it’s also stressful. Around this time every year, I am operating under the false impression that everything is under control. The internal dialogue sounds something like this: Christmas tree up? Check. Gifts hidden from the kids? Check. Tree decorated? Umm….Nope. Gifts wrapped? Of course not!! Holiday post cards sent? Maybe. The list goes on. You get the idea. The illusion of preparedness rules until… Read more »