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 »

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 »