Warning: How PizzaBoxes Can Be a Fire Hazard

My family recently learned how pizza, more specifically, pizza boxes, can be a fire hazard. Two weeks ago, I headed off for several days without my family and almost without a care in the world to my first blogging conference. I attended Focused Blogging in Richmond, Virginia. In another life, this would have been a 90-minute drive (without traffic), but now Richmond is over 4 hours away from home. The first night, during dinner, I received a frantic phone call… Read more »

Mother's Day Meditations: Letter to My Mom

Dear Mom, This Mother’s Day, I wanted to tell you how much I love you and reflect on how much I have learned from you. First, let me tell you how much I envy your energy and grit. No matter what challenges life throws at you, you jump right back up on your feet like a cat! As a parent, when juggling work and family life overwhelms me, I stop to pause and wonder…”How did mom pick up the pieces… Read more »

Letters to Girls Who Dream of Flying

Inside the Creative Mind This post is the first in the series, “Inside the Creative Mind.” Let’s kick off this series by interviewing Ms. Shona Bramble, author of Letters to Girls Who Dream of Flying. Shona, thank you so for taking the time to answer a few questions for my blog readers over at www.allthingsrelax.com and congratulations on publishing such an inspiring book, Letters to Girls Who Dream of Flying. So, let’s dive (or should I say lift off) into… Read more »

Hack Alert: Safe Guard Your 401(k) Funds

This is a ‘quick and dirty’ post, as in slapping this on my site as fast as my fingers can type warning. Although my niche is not financial planning or frugal spending or anything remotely financial, I am compelled to share a dire warning. Cyber attack. A malevolent entity or human being hacked into my childhood friend’s 401(k) account today. She is a hard-working professional who juggles work and family. Imagine working your buns off and squirreling away a nest… Read more »

Today started with a vivid dream. I don’t usually remember my dreams, thanks to my sleep apnea! I won’t go into details today {future post!}, but it was a powerful dream. Today started out as a typical working mom’s juggling act: caring for a sick child, arriving late to work, and shopping for a new real estate agent. Sadly, I’m not kidding about the third item…. After a long day of mental gymnastics, I came home to the most precious… Read more »

The Well Ordered Kitchen Planner

Taming Chaos in the Kitchen The Well-Ordered Kitchen Planner could not come at a better time of year–’tis the season for spring cleaning. My kitchen and pantry could use a serious overhaul. Our pantry is still the dumping ground for random ‘things’ without a ‘home.’ Half empty paint cans, two crock pots, and a million dollars. Ok, maybe not…. Pulling my hair out trying to decide what to eat for dinner is a common occurrence in our household. Almost daily… Read more »

Raising independent children

Save Fragile. Eggs. Pushed out of the feathered nest. As a child, I was expected to work hard with an end goal of self-sufficiency. Independent. I have the same expectation for my teen-aged children. As a mom, I am amazed at how adeptly my now 13- and 17-year old boys have embraced any speck of freedom and independence. Oh, I started them out young, for sure! Traveling Solo Unaccompanied minor flights to visit grandparents in Florida, France, and Fiji. Ok,… Read more »

Guest post by Pamela Moffatt: Now and Zen I Breathe Peace. On finding inner peace in the middle of chaos.

Guest blogger Pamela Moffatt reflects on finding inner peace through meditation. “Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart,” wrote one of my favorite authors, Unknown. Someone unknown, like me, thought about peace while their toddler screamed in the checkout line? Or when the Social Security officer they had waited hours to see… Read more »

I don’t know about you, but this has been a rough winter filled with procrastination. Just getting out of bed in the morning feels like an Olympic sport. The struggle to fight inertia is real! Opened boxes strewn across the basement floor. Four months after moving, we still have boxes and boxes of ‘stuff’ that haven’t been unpacked yet. Every time I walk by those boxes, the contents are screaming for my attention. Even more frustrating is the scope creep… Read more »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Save Shake your shamrock or shamrock shake? Apparently, my kids report that the ‘big’ thing in our small town is going to McDonald’s for a shamrock shake. (A large shamrock shake from Mickey D’s, by the way, packs in 820 of not so healthy calories, so you’ll need to shake, shake, shake more than just your shamrock if you drink one today!) If you opt to forgo the fast food shamrock shake, you can jump over… Read more »