Up Your Spring Cleaning Game: 5 Nontoxic Recipes

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 »


[Note: This post was written by and posted with permission from my mother, Betsy Meyer. She tells the story about the day my brother, Billy, died 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 »

Your Personal Shopper-Robinette Kimberly

As a certain song professes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Actually, for many people, the holidays are filled with stress. I recently touched based with a former coworker and family friend to find out working with a personal shopper can alleviate holiday stress. If you need to find the right gift for that someone special, India Hicks Ambassador Kimberly Ross is here to help! Shopping and gifting services are offered through her business, Robinette Kimberley. Please tell… Read more »

How Your Creative Outlet Can Become Your Career

I recently had the good fortune of attending the Southern Highlands Guild 70th Anniversary Craft Show in Asheville, North Carolina and met up with fiber artist Betsy Meyer. Meyer creates exquisite free form, woven wall art. Before her retirement, she was an award-winning kitchen and bath designer in Southampton, NY. Betsy took some time out from her loom to answer a few questions about her current love, free form, woven wall art! She is a prime example of how you… Read more »

The other week, I decided it was time to up my ‘Pinterest game.’ As an ongoing Elite Blog Academy student, I am acutely aware of how important is it to have images that ‘pop’ (attract the reader’s attention) and in particular, design images, known as pins, that are optimized for Pinterest. That said, although I can deal with the basics of Canva, graphic design just isn’t my forte. What to do?! As fate would have it, the day I realized… Read more »

Panic-stricken, I called my sister and asked,”Do you happen to have a sewing kit at work?” Nothing quite beats the embarrassment of a wardrobe malfunction, especially when it happens in the workplace. Hot, flushed cheeks. If I could, I would have crawled under my desk to hide for the rest of the day. How the heck was I going walk to metro like this, much less continue my workday? At the time, my sister and I worked for an employee-owned… Read more »

I’ve decided it’s time to step (back) up to the self-care plate and take on Hashimoto’s disease. Wiped out. Every evening, I crash upon arrival in my bed after a day in the office. Something just has to give. A few weeks ago, I had a chat with the doctor, explaining that I am perpetually wiped out and as an aside, am constantly suffering from digestion tract issues. Thyroid tests reviewed, recommendation to jack up my thyroid medication dosage and… Read more »