How to pack a capsule travel wardrobe.

Packing for a trip with your kids ranks pretty high on the list of "stressful mom tasks." It's right up there with juggling multiple birthday parties in one day or "two kids in two different sports in two different towns happening at the same time." A capsule wardrobe...

Fast Friday Freezer Meal Favorites

On Fridays, we make Freezer Meals! I’ve given up entirely on weekend meal prep. It sucks up so much time and I find it really hard to focus after a week of work. The last thing I want to do on the weekend is to work on home or...

Skip the Thanksgiving turkey tradition this year.

We often host Thanksgiving but, a few years ago, I broke the bad news to my family: we would no longer be making a turkey on Thanksgiving. Like EVER again. And, so far, skipping the turkey has become our favorite Thanksgiving traditions. I waited for everyone to throw...
Six ways to (realistically) detox after the holidays.
Six ways to (realistically) detox after the holidays.

It’s that time of year when everyone is hitting the refresh button on their health. Too many indulgences and not nearly enough sleep, water, or exercise has left me feeling fluffy in the midsection. For many of us, we’ve been enjoying the holidays since pumpkin spiced...

How to get from bitchy to badass in a quick trip to Target.
How to get from bitchy to badass in a quick trip to Target.

I may have put my foot in my mouth when I claimed that "strolling the aisles of Target didn't constitute self-care." Or maybe I just haven't been doing it right this whole time.  Because, recently I managed to completely turn my mood around with a quick trip to the...

3 steps to Self Care on the Journey of Motherhood
3 steps to Self Care on the Journey of Motherhood

Motherhood is a journey and there ain't no refunds. Have you had enough of all this self-care talk?  Thinking to yourself, "Ok, all this talk is nice and all, but I don't really need any of this stuff. I'm good. I feel fine. I take time out for myself. I see my...

How to Prevent Mid-Year Burnout
How to Prevent Mid-Year Burnout

Are you here with me? Feeling stuck? Halfway to the end. Halfway from the beginning. Too far to go back. Still so far to go. 

We’re still about a month away from the middle of the year, but this year is starting to feel a little heavy for me. I’m not quite sure why. On paper, things are awesome. The weather has been amazing, I’ve discovered a new Cider Rose that has made my life, I’m taking a family vacation with my sister and her kids in July, I’ve even managed to plan a few date nights and some of them even include my husband. Things are good! Great, even. But, somehow, I’m in a funk.

Why good enough is great for this mom
Why good enough is great for this mom

I don’t have any tattoos but if I were to get one on my forehead, ok, maybe my wrist, I think I would want it to say: “good enough.”

Do you feel like that sounds like a cop-out? It kind of feels like one to me when I say it. Like, if I hired a painter to repaint my house, I don’t know that I want him to look at his work and say, “good enough!” as he heads home. Or a doctor stitching up a cut on my kid’s leg after a fall, “ok kiddo, good enough!” Seems like you’ve fallen a little short. 

3 simple and free steps to self care
3 simple and free steps to self care

Self care doesn’t have to be complex or expensive. Four letter words are the best. Short, not-that-sweet, always to the point. But not all of my favorites are the salacious ones. Two of my favorite four-letter words? Self-Care. Unlike some of their naughtier...

Not sleeping like a baby? Confessions of a tired mom.
Not sleeping like a baby? Confessions of a tired mom.

I don't know why I set my parenting expectations so high. In college I was in a sorority and our motto was, "Aim High" so maybe that's stuck with me. But somehow, every morning, it comes as a huge surprise that I did not get an uninterrupted night of sleep. I have...

Sex as self-care. Five easy steps to feeling good.
Sex as self-care. Five easy steps to feeling good.

Guest Post by Carrie Koziol, Physical Therapist and Women's Health Professional with Pilates by Carrie.  Sex As Self-Care? Buckle up! Rarely do my girlfriends and I say phrases like “I got to have sex last night” or “I’m hoping to get lucky later on.” On the contrary,...

The Best Family Travel Organization Tips
The Best Family Travel Organization Tips

Guest Post by Catherine Gibel, Professional Organizer with Less is More Organizing Services Naperville I got it from my maman. My love for travel and packing prowess that is. Every summer for fifteen years, we traveled home to Québec for a month. Not only did she pack...

Face your fears to get over them.
Face your fears to get over them.

The title of my memoir, and tombstone, will one day read: "You were a lot nicer than everyone thought." I can't tell you how many times someone tells me that after we become friends. I'm not really offended by this anymore. It's true, I suppose. I AM a nice person,...

Six ways to (realistically) detox after the holidays.
Six ways to (realistically) detox after the holidays.

It’s that time of year when everyone is hitting the refresh button on their health. Too many indulgences and not nearly enough sleep, water, or exercise has left me feeling fluffy in the midsection. For many of us, we’ve been enjoying the holidays since pumpkin spiced...

How to get from bitchy to badass in a quick trip to Target.
How to get from bitchy to badass in a quick trip to Target.

I may have put my foot in my mouth when I claimed that "strolling the aisles of Target didn't constitute self-care." Or maybe I just haven't been doing it right this whole time.  Because, recently I managed to completely turn my mood around with a quick trip to the...