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 the holidays. Depending on your essential oils stash, you can create a different blend for each of the twelve days of Christmas (or eight days or Hanukkah, or whichever holiday you observe). My favorites this time of year are Christmas Spirit (I love the cinnamon and citrus highlights) as… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »