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Self Care For Beginners - 4 Easy Suggestions

In my 20s and 30s I used to brag about my invincibility. I would go non-stop and blithely pronounce to anyone who would listen that I intended to “sleep when I’m dead.” I know, I know. I was young and naive. The fact of the matter was that I rarely, if ever, took care of myself. I was always focused on goals, achievements, and meeting the excessive expectations I had of myself. I had a family to take care of! Dreams to achieve! Things to conquer! My high tolerance for discomfort meant I juggled all the balls I had in the air—but at…

4 Easy Ways To Cut Expenses While Still Enjoying Life

There is literally nothing I enjoy less than budgeting. My husband and I work together on it, and by work together I mean he budgets and I try desperately to stay within the parameters. He is terrific at making sure that bills are not only paid but also that emergency funds are stocked and that we have spending money for the fun stuff. My job is to stay out of his way. And to not whine too much about it. This year we’ve decided to do more traveling than in previous years so it is more important than ever for us to cut back and…

Confession: I’ve had the same hair style since for nearly 10 years. I didn’t realize this to be true until a few days ago. While playing around on Pinterest I came upon a picture that I knew well. It was my someday-I’ll-get-up-the-nerve-to-change-my-style picture. I’ve had it on my radar for three years and I’ve always been to scared to actually get the cut. Yes, you read that right. I was scared to cut my hair. In my defense, I’ve had this hair style for a long time. I mean, I always thought I was trendy but mostly that is because I changed the color. (A lot.)…

“Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates and guys are just people to have fun with.” – Sex and the City Some of my fondest memories in life have been made with my girlfriends. I had an impressive girl squad before Taylor Swift made them a thing. (Err… maybe even before she was born come to think of it.)  My first “squad” was in college. Jen, Kat, Zoe and I navigated the complexities of emerging womanhood and college life together in a run down apartment in Baltimore. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, we battled term papers, heartaches, fake IDs, and 90s…

On July 10th the entire world changed. That morning began harmless enough. Both my husband and I hurredly got ready for work. I had an early meeting I was prepping for and he was hoping to get out the door before six to avoid traffic. We kissed, said the requisite goodbyes and were on our way. That is, until he showed up again 20 minutes later complaining that the pain in his back had returned. “I’m going to see a doctor today,” he informed me. My husband never sees a doctor (because MEN) so I was surprised at his announcement.…

Is there anything more therapeutic or satisfying as shopping? Of course not. We all know the answer to that, don’t we? As I shared with you a few days ago, I was given the opportunity to work withQueenstown Premium Outletsin Queenstown, Maryland to experience outlet shopping nearthe beautiful Eastern Shore. As a working mom, I am obsessed with trying to maximize my time. Rarely will you find me not multi-tasking or brainstorming or delegating. Shopping excursions aren’t the exeption to this norm so I worked out a plan of attack ahead of time in order to get everything accomplished that…

As a working mom, shopping is a luxury. I love shopping, don’t get me wrong, but window shopping and shopping for pleasure are not something I’ve had the luxury to enjoy for quite some time now. Because CHILDREN. And WORK. And NO KIND OF FREE TIME WHATSOEVER. But this weekend I’m breaking protocol (thanks, family!) and spending some quality time at Queenstown Premium Outlets in Queenstown, Maryland. I’ve spent the last year of my life using and reusing the same work wardrobe and frankly, it’s time I added some pop to my otherwise predictable ensemble. How this working mom gets herself ready for outlet shopping days……

So this WINTER thing sucks. After weeks of lethargy, apathy and marathon television viewing (with no end in sight) I am crying UNCLE and admitting that my moodiness is probably more than a simple phase. I just haven’t been myself. I’m unmotivated, irritable and sort of wandering aimlessly through my days. So. Not. Me. In the past I’ve scoffed at the notion that Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, was a real thing. (In my defense, there seems to be a disorder for everything these days. Just saying.) But once I began researching it, I not only believed it to be a real disorder, but…

Hello, friends. So here is the thing. The Internet is a veritable treasure trove of awesomeness. This is probably not a newsflash to a savvy blog reader like yourself. The problem with the Internet is that it is sometimes overwhelming and easy to get lost in. Also not a newsflash.  Have you ever found yourself aimlessly bopping around the net when suddenly you find THE MOST AMAZING THING and need to share it with friends? Of course you have. Since there is a pretty good chance that you and I are not Facebook friends (okay, some of us probably are) and…

My husband is a good man.He puts up with A LOT. He and I are opposite in so many ways. He is a detail man. Aneverything-has-a-place-man. Anif-you-put-things-right-back-where-you-found-them-we-wouldnt-have-this-problem-man. I am NOT. I try. I really do. But I am more of a free spirit when it comes to organization, especially when it comes to housework. And, of course, my husband is essentially right.(Albeit in a housework-utopian-society-kind-of-way.)As for me, there is always SOMETHING that comes up to thwart my efforts. Lets go on a journey through 10 minutes of the mess and chaos of my life shall we? A prime example a…