• Reducing Frustration At Any Age

    I have a hard time, as an adult, defining and dealing with emotions. One of the common emotions we feel (as humans) is frustration. Reducing frustration is certainly a learned skill! What exactly IS frustration? Here’s the definition: the feeling of being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something. AKA: What I want to happen isn’t happening. I am going to try harder to make it happen. When/If it doesn’t happen, all hell is going break loose (emotionally speaking). Interestingly, frustration seems to be an evolutionary trait. Think about what happens to you when you FIRST feel frustration. Don’t you scrunch up your face, roll…

  • Five Steps to Feed Your Family on A Budget

    ood is expensive and sometimes it seems IMPOSSIBLE to feed your family on a budget and still put healthy meals on the table. But...it can be done!!! My family of three eats a healthy (vegan) diet - three meals a day, seven days a week - for less than $400 per month. Consistently. And you can use these five steps to feed your family healthy meals no matter what your budget is!

  • How to Raise Financially Savvy Kids

    Who among us hasn’t made a money mistake? Who hasn’t said, “Wow, I wish I knew that 20 years ago!” Or, “I wish I would’ve been taught this stuff in high school!” We all want our kids to have better lives than we did and wish they could learn from our mistakes. Be financially savvy kids. Whether you’re just now getting your finances on track, you’ve been doing it for years, or you’re not sure yourself how to navigate them, keep reading for how you can raise your kids to be financially responsible, starting as young as 3 years old. There are only four things we can do with money.…

  • Car Seat Safety Tips

    In this post you'll learn how to choose the right seat for your child, when to progress them to the next stage, common mistakes and safety tips for winter. By the end of this post, you'll be a car seat safety pro helping all your Mama friends. After all, sharing is caring!

  • Non-Toy Gift Ideas for Kids

    The gifts that mean the most are the ones that come from the heart. The ones that make you feel special. Non-toy gifts that help make memories...not the stuff that accumulates in our living room. But I do want you to be inspired to give from the heart and make memories...so whether it's Christmas, a birthday or just because, here's a list of non-toy gift ideas to help you do just that!

  • Diary of An Anxious Mom

    Coming from a family with hereditary depression and anxiety (literally, practically every female for four generations has had symptoms on a varying scale), it came as no surprise to me that I was the “1”. An anxious mom. As in “1 in 7 new moms will be affected by Postpartum Depression and/or Anxiety,”. I am an anxious mom. My Postpartum Anxiety (PPA) went undiagnosed for many months. The day I knew this was not normal, that I really needed to reach out for help, was the day that I called out of work because I LITERALLY could not get myself and my baby girl out the door. The world inside…

  • Diary of An Anxious Mom: Part Two

    I was speaking to a group of expectant parents and asked them to describe childbirth in one word. One of the fathers-to-be said “worrisome”. As an anxious mom myself, I wanted to make sure we circled back to that. After much discussion, we got to the core of his word. What he really meant was "fear of the things he couldn’t control". As a group, we continued to discuss this topic…this lack of control…as it applied to childbirth. But we also discussed it in terms of parenting and life in general. I shared a story with the group and now, I'd like to share it with you.

  • Kids In the Kitchen: Turn Meal Prep Into Family Time

    Whether your infant is just starting to get excited about the world around them, of your school-age child is asserting their independence, the kitchen is the heart of the home. It is a great place to connect as a family. Check out the age-appropriate tasks that you can safely assign to your kids in the kitchen and the developmental milestones they reinforce.

  • Five Ways to Be An Emotionally Present Parent

    I teach classes to expecting parents. We talk about diapering, bathing, how to take a temperature...the logistics. What we don't talk about is the emotional stuff. The stuff that, if mastered, can make you an emotionally present parent. Here are the five most important emotional tools in my present parenting tool kit. Whether you are reading this after a midnight feeding with your newborn or on a sanity break from your toddler, having these five skills at your disposal will keep your family dynamic calm, peaceful and happy.

  • Be Prepared For the Most Common Tests During Pregnancy

    You have just peed on a stick (or two or twenty) and gotten that life-changing news that you are pregnant. Rest assured…this is just the first test in a long line of tests during pregnancy (screenings and diagnostics). First of all, let’s understand the difference here. Screening tests gauge risk factors for certain issues. Diagnostic tests confirm or deny the presence of those issues. Many of the tests early in pregnancy are the less invasive screenings. If those results warrant further investigation, you will be sent for the, usually, more invasive diagnostic tests. I know this is overwhelming. You are probably still trying to wrap your head around the fact…