"When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening. That's where the power is." I am somebody who has been in the trenches with anxiety over the last decade. I am also...
Ever since my kids were old enough to play board games, I have been the ruler of King Candy’s Castle. Through hundreds of games of Candy Land, I have been first to Peppermint Forest, breezed over Gumdrop Pass and...
I tend to have strong opinions. I'm not confrontational, so this doesn't usually lead to conflict, but occasionally it makes me judge harshly. However, having a child who tests all of my parenting methods, and constantly feeling judged on how...
Money is important.  We need it, we want more of it, and many of us have a love-hate relationship with it.  But did you know the energy of money is more powerful than the value?  It's this powerful energy...
It's kind of funny how they just send you home from the hospital with this baby with full confidence that you can parent it.  Hilarious, really.  I have a Master's degree in this stuff and I was no more...
No amount of parenting, reading, prayer, documentaries or research will prepare you for the day you catch your four year old twerking.  Yes, twerking.  I sometimes tell people I have two sets of kids. I have my two older daughters who...
Its awards season – congratulations to all the winners and also the nominees! It really is an honor to be recognized for one’s performance, isn’t it? Recently, I was bestowed the honor of Best Mom Ever. That was closely followed...
A few months ago, I shared part one of our adoption journey. Our story continues below: I didn't know it at the time, but November 2016 was basically the start of a whole new foster care journey...one that we did...
It's 3 a.m.  "Big" is in my bed--sideways, again.  I try and roll her over only to have her swing her arm into my face. 5:30.  "Little" roars like a dinosaur while running into the bedroom.  I try to quiet...
As a mom, too often I’m a “Bucket Dipper”, and that needs to stop. I’m a substitute teacher. I primarily teach elementary school, especially the younger grades. One of the classrooms I visited recently taught me all about Bucket Fillers...
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You Do You: 5 Tips for Finding Balance Working From Home

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With all that has changed over the past weeks, one of the biggest changes has been the people, or the lack thereof. As I...