Last year, I decided to finally follow my heart and change careers. Career change was not new to me. In 2002, faced with the choice of accepting a generous severance package from The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), Inc. or working in a different department at the same pay grade, I opted to temporarily bow out of the Washington, DC rat race to focus on family and finish up my graduate degree. Dual Career Path During my time away from… Read more »

I am so excited….I just signed up for Erin Chase’s Grocery Budget Makeover and took advantage of signing up at the same time for her new MyFreezEasy program as well. Since the beginning of time (well, ok, since I became a working parent), my mom, who studied Home Economics at Cornell, has insisted that I would save time and money if I cooked meals ahead and froze them. Sixteen years later (never too late to learn), I am finally gearing… Read more »

  Guest blogger Stephanie Keltner shares the health benefits of listening to relaxing music. For many of us, a day wouldn’t be complete without music. Whether you wake up to it, pass time at work listening to it, or even play a soothing song or two for your sleeping baby, music plays a role in nearly every part of our waking lives. And whether you like Mozart and the classics, alternative, jazz, acoustic or anything in between, the benefits for… Read more »

Last weekend, thanks to a Groupon offer, I tried out Bethesda Salt Cave, touted as the first and only salt cave in the mid-Atlantic state of Maryland. I opted for the special deal for two sessions and thankfully had a willing volunteer, my 12 year old son, who tagged along for the halotherapy experience. The salt cave consists of chunks of imported Himalayan pink salt adorning the walls, with ground salt on the floor (think ‘beach’ but instead of sand… Read more »

Guest blogger Pamela Moffatt reflects on finding inner peace and 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… Read more »

Guest blogger Laura Magnifico provides tips on how to minimize holiday stress. As we head into the time of year cheerfully referred to as the “Season to be jolly,” for many, this time of year is also the “Season to Be STRESSED.”  While you go into the season with good intentions of focusing on the meaning of the holiday and keeping things simple, things always seem to quickly spiral out of control. Learn how to keep stress to a minimum… Read more »

Guest blogger Deborah Hirsch contributed the following post reflecting on mindfulness.
Quick. Close your eyes. Breathe in through your chest. Let thoughts come in and out of your mind. Don’t engage with them. Exhale.
You may think you just started a meditation. But what you were practicing is mindfulness.