Little Women: Big Impact

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Admittedly, as the curtains drew open at the renowned Cine Capri in Scottsdale, I sat with a furrowed brow and a biased attitude, wondering if filmmaker and actress Greta Gerwig’s rendering of Little Women (2019) could hold a candle...
A few summers ago, I was tidying the back porch and something did not smell right. I searched and searched, convinced it must be a dirty diaper or trash. I walked into the kitchen and the smell was suddenly...
Christmas is my favorite season. As a child, I always enjoyed the decorations, the yummy fudge my aunts and grandma would make, and listening to Elvis and Alabama play holiday classics on the old jukebox in my dad’s bar...
Ugh, moving is the worst. Even in the best of circumstances moving really is the pits. Add in two kids under 4, and you’ve got a tiring, long, few weeks on your hands. Even with just a 3 mile move...
Like clockwork, my human alarms created commotion this morning as I lay in bed half awake. I check the time on my phone, convincing myself that it is still too early for my little dudes to be awake. Sure...
"Middle School Can Be A Wild Ride" A couple of years ago, one of my son's elementary school teachers summarized perfectly the tween years.  My son was approaching 6th grade and I asked for her thoughts.  She said, "Be prepared....
Motherhood is such a whirlwind. Your entire life revolves around you and a significant other (maybe). Then a few magically painful hours pass and everything, and I mean everything is different! Showers are timed, your job is broken up...
Working from home sounds like a dream to some mothers, right? Gym clothes, sipping fresh lemon water while joyfully typing away. Well once you live it, you realize it isn’t such a walk in the park. Before I begin...
I always knew that I wanted to be a mom, but I honestly don’t think I knew just how challenging it would be.   Let’s start with a disclaimer: I have two little boys, who really are the lights...
Video Gaming Then & Now I remember when my family got our video gaming console in the 1980s. I grew up in a small town in Indiana, where summers were for running around outdoors, but the winters could be brutally...
A hot topic that I often see in articles and also find myself discussing with other moms revolves around the preservation of our self-identify as mothers. Self-identity is a word that carries a lot of weight. What exactly is...
I didn't choose the minimalist life, the minimalist life chose me. I met my husband when I was seven years old. By the time I was 12 I made it known that I would marry him and no one could...
A few months after my oldest was born, I took over running a small family business. The business was in desperate need of attention and I was needing to use my brain for more than calculating feeding times. It was a...
The other day I went to a workshop titled “Change” by The Zen Bird. I went because I don’t like change and wanted to see if there were any directional tools I could use to help cope when change...
When I was younger, I remember regularly asking my mom what her favorite age for me was. And her reply was always, I enjoyed you as a baby, but I love the age you are now.” As I sit here today,...
No matter if it’s your first baby, or fourth, taking care of a new baby is difficult. Exhaustion, mom guilt, older siblings, and daily responsibilities tend to monopolize a new mom’s attention, putting her postpartum care on the back...
“I have to get out of this house today,” I thought as I watched my two-year-old twin boys push around their toy trucks on the hardwood floor while I sipped my morning coffee. I considered what we might do...
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I Watered and Waited

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Something deep in my spirit can relate to this plant. Over the 4th of July holiday we took our usual trip to visit my mom and stepdad. We would be gone 4 days, and was I worried about the plants....
One of my good mom friends and I got to talking about the challenges that parenting can present. We moms are often caught with the feeling that our cups are overflowing, and we are giving all aspects of life...
The life of a modern person no longer appears without such things as a tablet, phone, computer. Children, watching the lives of adults, begin to be interested in gadgets from diapers: since mom and dad pay so much attention...
There are some people who possess the baby whisperer quality, but I somehow missed that one. I have friends who just couldn't wait to have another baby to cuddle and wear in a baby carrier.  All I could think...
Like many of you, I recently heard about the horrible conditions of many asylum-seeking migrant children detained at the Southern U.S. border. These include little-to-no access to soap, toothbrushes, water, food, medical care, beds and blankets as well as...
Giving birth and bringing a new baby into this world is considered a magical and heartwarming experience. On the other hand, it’s also one of the most mentally and physically draining experiences you can have. The birth of my...
It seems like food has always had a negative effect on my body. From a young age I remember telling my parents that hot dogs gave me headaches.  My family chalked it up to me being dramatic. That is...
Finding Purpose Leads To Longer Lives  Do you ever ask yourself what motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?  Having a sense of purpose just might be extending your life. A new study by JAMA, the Journal of...

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