Holiday Aromatherapy: The Twelve Blends of Christmas

I know we haven’t even gotten through Thanksgiving yet, but I have started diffusing holiday-inspired essential oils. Holiday aromatherapy can help busy moms cope with the stress of getting ready for Christmas (or whichever winter holiday you observe, for that matter)! My favorites this time of year are Christmas Spirit (I love the cinnamon and citrus highlights) as well as Northern Lights Black Spruce (terrific for ‘grounding’ and calming), and Peppermint (think candy canes but not disgustingly sweet)! If you… Read more »

Joyful Self-Care Guide How to Conquer Darker Days

Are you a cooler temps, pumpkin spice kinda gal, or do you prefer sipping cool drinks by the pool or beach in the heat of summer? Personally, I wish I could have the best of both worlds–sunshine AND crisper, longer days. Alas, ’tis the season to ‘fall’ into autumn in Happy Valley (central Pennsylvania) and with that come shorter, darker days. How can you conquer the sluggishness you may feel this time of year? My solution is to listen my… Read more »

Holiday Gift Guide for the Tech Savvy Teen

Scratching your head over what gift to get that tech-savvy teen in your life? I hear you! For this holiday gift guide, I reached out to my children (teen boys, ages 14 and 18) for suggestions on what gifts to include in this list. My younger son is still thinking about it, but my older son who is a freshman at Penn State sent over his recommendations. I was tempted to call this the twelve days of tech gifts, but… Read more »

Office Holiday Party Gift Guide 10 Gifts for Under $20

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (before you know it). Until you have to add one more holiday gift to your list — the office gift exchange, sometimes known as the white elephant gift exchange. Those exchanges are supposed to be fun, but often result in unwanted and tacky gifts, let’s face it! And trying to get something within budget — usually set to $10 – $20, can be yet another challenge. Well, we CAN DO this….Here are… Read more »

Spooky Gluten-Free Halloween Treats You Can't Resist

Does the thought of going gluten-free for Halloween spook you? I recently jumped back on the gluten-free wagon as part of a holistic approach to taming my Hashimoto’s and healing my gut. With Halloween just around the corner, a certain level of fright crept up on me. Our department always hosts a Halloween potluck party nicknamed ‘Spooky Boucke.’ Desperate for some creative gluten-free Halloween treats, I posed a question to the universe, umm, kindred spirit bloggers, and was overwhelmed by… Read more »

I still get anxious on Sunday nights, no, actually, it starts Sunday afternoons, because I dread having to wake up for work early Monday morning. But I had to bring home the bacon (and pay the mortgage) somehow and I figured no one else actually liked their job anyways…right? WRONG! I must have complained to my mom one too many times about my stressful Washington, DC commute–she finally told me I should read a NY Times bestselling book by Ruth… Read more »

DIY Clay Mask Recipe for Busy Moms

I don’t know about you, but my least favorite night of the week is Sunday. Yikes! Whoever invented the five day work week must not have enjoyed staying at home with family. So what’s a working mom to do to unwind at the end of a busy weekend? How about mixing a bentonite clay mask with some essential oils? It is so easy you will never want to buy a pre-made mask once you try this! What makes this mask… Read more »

Finding myself: A Journey in Self-Care

Thursday I woke up and like magic, turned 50. Yep, it’s been half a century since I came into this world on a Friday the 13th.  When I woke up, I struggled with planning and indulging in a day of self-care. Instead of letting waves of frustration flood me, I paused and thought about the irony. I am a recovering Type A, so it can drive me bonkers when I don’t have at least a vague idea how my day… Read more »

From Anxious and Frustrated to Joyful and Empowered

I’ve been busy digesting the past few weeks. I sent my firstborne off into the world of college. Of course, it didn’t quite go as planned. I was expecting a normal ‘meet the roommates’ and their parents and then take my son out for lunch or go on one last Target run, but nooooo! I showed up anxious and frustrated, thanks to car troubles. About 15 minutes before arriving at our destination (Erie, PA), my trusty red 2007 Saturn Vue… Read more »

sending firstborn off to college

I must confess. I am both scared and excited about sending my firstborn off to college. Now, let me set the record straight. I have always been comfortable with sending my children off for summer and other vacations sans moi. I encouraged my son to apply to colleges not only out of state, but also out of country and was serious — he could go as far as his heart desired. But now I am nervous, scared, excited (for him),… Read more »