Joyful Self-Care Guide How to Conquer Darker Days

Are you a cooler temps, pumpkin spice kinda gal, or do you prefer sipping cool drinks by the pool or beach in the heat of summer? Personally, I wish I could have the best of both worlds–sunshine AND crisper, longer days. Alas, ’tis the season to ‘fall’ into autumn in Happy Valley (central Pennsylvania) and with that come shorter, darker days. How can you conquer the sluggishness you may feel this time of year? My solution is to listen my… Read more »

Autumn is the Season of the Soul quote

Are you a cooler temps, pumpkin spice kinda gal, or do you prefer sipping cool drinks by the pool or beach in the heat of summer? Personally, I wish I could have the best of both worlds–sunshine AND crisper, longer days. ‘Tis the season to ‘fall’ into autumn in my neck of the woods (Happy Valley, central Pennsylvania). That means shorter, darker days and battling inertia. Who else has trouble getting out of bed when the temperatures drop (and it’s… Read more »

DIY Clay Mask Recipe for Busy Moms

I don’t know about you, but my least favorite night of the week is Sunday. Yikes! Whoever invented the five day work week must not have enjoyed staying at home with family. So what’s a working mom to do to unwind at the end of a busy weekend? How about mixing a bentonite clay mask with some essential oils? It is so easy you will never want to buy a pre-made mask once you try this! What makes this mask… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

relaxation and lavender

One of my favorite memories of childbirth in Japan was a postpartum aromatherapy massage. I had a c-section and in Japan, the hospital clinic insisted that I recuperate for a week. (This could be the subject of another post!) Post-Partum Massage On the morning of my hospital discharge, I had my very first (and to date, best) massage. The lavender essential oil used by the massage therapist helped me relax. Despite not having had a restful night, I felt completely… 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 »